~ Valentine Michael Smith
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
This week, we are offered one last chance to launch our New Year’s new beginnings and hopes for 2013. This week of the Aries New Moon is a blend of the Aries astrological New Year’s energy with the dark moon’s seed-planting genesis. To aid us, we are graced by the Three of Wands.
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 the figure in this card might remind us of The Magician, master of manifesting, as if seen from behind.
Of course, the Wands are associated with the element of Fire — the qualities of creativity, action, growth and passion, a perfect match for the Aries New Moon.
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.”
Back in the late 60s, when I read (multiple times!) Stranger in a Strange Land, 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 generally hated waiting. And 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.”
The Two of Wands, which visited us back in February, portrays a time of deciding.
But now, in the Three, 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) already juggling the next thing, this is a chance to stop. Take some time to experience the energy of transition and timing, and observe how what we have planned is now coming home to us.
“Waiting is” means that we open a quiet space in the midst all our doing. This is where inspiration and spiritual replenishment occur.
This is also a good week to consider how plans made now could pay off for you later. What seeds will you plant for this first New Moon of Spring? Are you willing to wait patiently for your desire? How might you get energized for your new goals ahead?
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?
Use your wisdom to know and name what you wish to manifest, perhaps in ritual, or other ways of focusing. If your vision is the call to become something better, you have the golden blessings of the Universe.
May your best, brightest desires return to you threefold.