~ Valentine Michael Smith
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
This week, we step back from the intensity of all the Majors we’ve been getting, which is just as well, since the astrological forecast for this week has enough drama to go around.
The threes in the Tarot are the expansion cards, the creative growth that comes from the initiative of One combined with the duality of Two. The threes represent manifestation and synthesis. And so we can note that the figure in this card is a nod to the Magician, master of manifesting, as seen from behind.
Of course, the Wands are associated with the element of Fire — the qualities of creativity, action, growth and passion. Arthur Waite describes this card saying, “Here we see a calm, stately personage, with his back turned, looking from a cliff’s edge at the ships passing over the sea. Three staves are planted in the ground, and he leans slightly on one of them.”
When I read (over and over!) Stranger in a Strange Land back in the late 60s, it was a kind of bible for myself and my counterculture friends. Everything in it resonated on every level, I grokked it all – except for that waiting bit.
Being a teenager, I just generally hated waiting. But in those momentous times, everything felt like life and death. How could anyone possibly wait? We had waited long enough for civil rights. We had waited long enough for the war to end.
Famed futurist Peter Russell writes, “For most of us waiting is not easy, often a bore…We want the waiting to be over with, so that we can get on with whatever is the next task at hand. Yet in treating waiting this way, we deny ourselves a most valuable opportunity.
“Pure waiting, not waiting for any event to happen, just waiting without wanting, can be a profound spiritual practice.
“When you simply wait, not waiting for anything in particular, not wishing things were different than than they are, the mind relaxes. And, as you let go of wanting, you will probably find your awareness of the present moment expanding.”
From the Two of Wands, which portrays a time of deciding, the figure has launched his dreams and choices into real action. With a calm confidence, in the golden light, he waits, knowing all is coming to perfect fruition.
When success is in sight, instead of pouncing upon it, or (more commonly) rushing ahead with the next thing, this is a chance to stop, experience the energy of transition and timing, and observe how what we have planned is now coming home to us.
This is also a good time to consider how plans made now could pay off for you later. Are you willing to wait patiently for your desire? How might you energize for new goals ahead?
Sometimes we have to dig deep to be patient and wait for the right timing. “Waiting is” means that we open a quiet space in the midst all our doing. This is where inspiration and spiritual replenishment can occur.
Here is an opportunity to see the big picture of your life, and lay the groundwork for a long-term, successful future. What vision nurtures your better self? If you knew you had infinite time and resources, what would you set into motion?
What are you hoping to attract to yourself through your best efforts? With whom do you wish to share your creativity and passion, and to what course of action are you ready to commit?
Use your wisdom to know and name what you wish to manifest. If your vision is the call to become something better, you have the golden blessings of the Universe.
May those desires return to you threefold.