Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home. The last American soldiers will cross the border out of Iraq — with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that the American people stand united in our support for our troops. That is how America’s military efforts in Iraq will end.
~ Oct. 21, 2011, Barack Obama, President of the United States
This week of the Scorpio New Moon, leading up to the ancient festival next week of Samhain, we are visited by the Six of Wands. This is a card of inspiration and triumph. The hero of the battle rides among his people bearing the symbols of victory. His enemies are defeated, at least for now, and his people look forward to peace and prosperity.
Ruled by Jupiter, the Sixes in the Tarot are expansive and benevolent. They are about the resolution of the conflicted Fives, and the benefits of cooperation and sharing with others. With Wands representing the fiery force of creativity and action, this Six is the triumph of daring, with successful results that that all can see.
This champion rides unarmed, and the wreaths remind us of the great completion we see in the final wreath on The World card. But as Arthur Waite himself notes, this hero has probably not yet won that final victory.
However, by meeting the challenge, this card indicates what is possible when we step up, and act on behalf of our beliefs.
Leadership is risky business, for it makes one the obvious target. It might be more comfortable sometimes to defer and let others take charge. But when we step forward, great things can happen. True success means that we must become the heroic character of our own life story.
This card is also a reminder that no one is successful without the help and support of others, whether they have been actively engaged in the project at hand, or whether they have been those teachers and role models that have shaped the hero.
When we believe in our success, we learn to conquer fear and doubt. Whether the battle is still ahead, or over at last, celebrate your triumphs this week with grace and gratitude for those who have helped you. Savor the sweetness of your victories, for you have surely earned them.
And whether or not we have agreed with the politics and purpose of their deployment, let us all celebrate and honor the war-weary women and men who will be returning to our shores in the weeks ahead.