The earth has grown old with its burden of care
But at Christmas it always is young,
The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
And its soul full of music breaks the air,
When the song of angels is sung.
~ Philip Brooks
After the phenomenal six-week string of Major Arcana cards, with all their complexity and deep insight, this week, the Tarot brings us back to Earth. Or does it?
Welcome to the Eight of Wands!
After the quiet reflection and pause of last week’s message from the Hanged Man, it is time to get moving!
Now, as we head into the last week before Winter Solstice and Hanukkah, with Christmas less than two weeks away and the end of 2011 in sight, many of us are in a peak time of busyness.
I love how the Tarot is often absolutely literal. December 12, according to industry experts, is expected to be the busiest day in the history of Federal Express, and Friday the 16th, the United States Postal Services expects to have their heaviest shipping day this year.
This is also the week that Mercury, planet of travel, communication, and technology, shifts from retrograde, and heads direct again. All those missteps, delays and glitches we may have been enduring should begin to clear up considerably!
This is the only one of Pamela Colman Smith’s Minor Arcana cards with no human figure or parts in it. In fact, there are no figures, animals, or celestial bodies of any sort. This, then, is a universal message that is not tied to any one situation, but reflects something about energy itself!
After all, the Wands represent the qualities of energy, fire, action, desire, change and growth. And the eights of the Tarot are about abilities, self-directed action, and moving ahead. So here we see action at its essence – focused, without baggage from any particular circumstance or personality.
Yet we can also see that this is not chaos. The Wands are moving swiftly forward, neatly aligned. While there is a lot in motion, it is also moving with skillful simplicity.
Arthur Waite described this card as “the arrows of love.” Where are you aiming your passion and love? Who or what is now the target of your desire?
Many of us are probably traveling and caught up in many activities. But rather than being drawn into a whirlwind of busyness or draining stress, the Eight of Wands encourages us to prioritize and organize so that we are easily moving everything forward, in a beautiful harmony.
This week, after so many powerful soul teachings from the Majors, we are invited to set aside introspection, reticence, or doubts. It’s time to put all those lessons into action!
What goals are you working towards? What is the ‘heart of the jewel’ for you? How can you better manage your inevitable multitasking, so that everything is working together? What possible hindrances and detours can now be resolved?
The wands are headed downward, straight for their target. If your aim has been true, successful completion is on its way.
This week, let your joyful soul that is full of music break the air!