Fasten your seatbelts folks, it’s going to be a bumpy ride for the next few months.
~ Astrologer Lynn Hayes, commenting on the astrological aspects that may be influencing the many uprisings and revolutionary fervor currently affecting world governments. They include Tunisia, Egypt, Thailand, Krygystan, Ivory Coast, Haiti, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen.
This week we have a very powerful confluence in the turning Wheel of the Year. It brings us the celebration of the cross-quarter Sabbat of Imbolc (also called Candlemas, or Brighid), the New Moon of Aquarius, and for more than a billion people, the celebration of the Lunar New Year.
I was certainly hoping for a more optimistic or peaceful message. Instead, this week brings us a card that comes up at times of intense change, competition and/or strife.
Interestingly, at this moment on our planetary journey through the seasons, the length of daylight and Sun’s apparent position are precisely where they were at Samhain. And that is exactly when we got this card last.
If you would like to read my more traditional interpretation of the Five of Wands, please visit here.
Instead, this week I thought I would offer a different viewpoint. It comes from a reader six years ago who shared his personal experience of this card at his company. (And by the way, I welcome your posts or emails about your own experiences with the cards, too. And let me know if it’s okay for me to share!).
Usually I read your web site daily during lunch. Last week was so busy that I never got to it. This week, I’ve had a second opportunity to see the Five of Wands as Tarot Card of the Week. Perhaps it pertains to my situation.
I’m a worker bee in a very large department of a manufacturing company in Atlanta. The department-head, many rungs above me on the corporate ladder, is possibly leaving due to a personal issue which arose abruptly several weeks ago.
There are five, repeat five, individuals who report to the department-head. These are all good people, but each might not mind moving up. Right now there is a void; the department-head isn’t performing the job and no one else is performing it either.
The department-head isn’t communicating effectively with the five who are one-rung down or delegating responsibilities. The five are all valiantly carrying on, but with less success than is optimal.
Part of that may be because the department head, who might NOT leave, likes to make virtually all final decisions. Who would want to overstep and risk recriminations? Part may be because none of the group of five wants to be perceived as using someone’s very-serious personal problems as a means of advancement. Part may be because there is no clear leader among them.
Today, this card looks to me like five men who are trying to build something together. They’ve all brought their contributions and supplies – the logs they are waving around.
But there is no organization here and they are flailing about in a rather dangerous manner. In this image, no one seems willing to lay the foundation, they all want to be on top.
It looks very much like the kind of hassle where everyone is trying to be the Alpha, but they are all pretty equally matched. Instead of finding a way to cooperate, they are wasting their energy with hassling one another. And the building never happens.
How might this apply to us this week? While the powers-that-be jockey to gain the upper hand, what progress is being undermined? Where in our circumstances might a decisive leader be needed, and how do we choose one?
A little friendly competition can be wholesome and help us improve. But if it becomes the main focus, and our ego does not make room for cooperation, fighting and destructiveness will result.
Zero sum games are rarely a wise way to play in the field of life.