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Tarot Card of the Week: January 31 – February 6, 2011

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.

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  • January 31, 2011, 12:29 pm Carey

    How fitting. Although this is a slightly different angle on this card, but perhaps the message/solution is the same as described by your guest above, and I’m just not seeing it. Just yesterday I was informed of the USDA’s agreement to allow Monstanto’s round-up ready alfalfa to be used nationwide, and that Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley and Stonyfield have publicly announced that they no longer oppose the use of GE crops ( Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa) and are prepared to negotiate a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack. Thus the struggle begins in ernest for us small-dogs who still have the energy to fight this. Usually I believe it is best when everyone wins, but in this instance, I really don’t know that there is a place for companies like Monsanto. Here is a link to an article on the organic consumer’s website. http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_22449.cfm

  • January 31, 2011, 2:21 pm Beth

    Oh, Carey.. this is so horrible. I am a member of and subscribe to the Organic Consumers Association news, and yes, they have been fighting for months against this.

    It is an extremely grave decision.

    Unfortunately, while I believe in Obama, he continues to keep some very questionable advisors in his inner circle. Vilsack is, as are a number of Obama’s other advisers, firmly in the pocket of big business. 🙁

  • January 31, 2011, 2:43 pm Beth

    On a different note, I wanted to share with my readers here that the person whose email I quoted for this week’s post just wrote to tell me that my decision to post his old note was a very strange “coincidence.” (No, we don’t really believe in those, either!).

    First let me tell you that honestly, I decided to post his old message because I just “happened” (I know!) to run across his email in a file that I don’t normally go to. It was so appropriate, and since I’d just written this card up in late October, I felt guided to use it. Besides my own rationale, I didn’t dream why.

    But my friend just wrote to tell me that over the weekend, at the same place he wrote about six years ago in this post, a terrible scandal and crime occurred, resulting in the suicide of the employee involved. This has all has brought grievous consequences for a number of innocent people who work there, as well as utter horror for the dead person’s family.

    So my friend has requested that everyone reading this might please send love, light, and healing energy to the family of the suicide victim, to those who were harmed by that person’s actions, and all others affected. They really need it right now. Thanks.
    ~ Beth

  • January 31, 2011, 3:46 pm carey

    Oh Beth, about your friend, please tell him I am sending all of the above to the victims family. Oh, such saddness.

    And about my first comment. Because of the propensity toward confusion suggested in this card, In all fairness, I feel I must add one more perspective, which I have just discovered, that of the CEO of Stonyfield. Here is a link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-hirshberg/speaking-with-one-voice-t_b_816447.html.

    Carey

  • February 3, 2011, 9:00 am Madeleine

    Oh Beth, what dramatic and oft-times confusing times we live in! I will bring my prayers for this troubled family and all who have suffered consequences, into my morning meditation.. blessings to all..