When the situation is desperate, it is too late to be serious. Be playful.
~ Edward Paul Abbey (1927 – 1989)
This week, we have a rare visit from the Page of Wands, a Court card. Neither as dramatic and spiritual as the Major Arcana’s big life lessons, nor as pragmatic as the actions, moods, and energies represented in the Pips (Ace through Ten cards), the face cards are the “people cards.” There are four of them in each of the four suits.
All of the Pages are messengers, portraying the innocent side of the suit, pointing to hopefulness, and fresh beginnings.
And what an especially joyous, light-hearted energy the fiery Page of Wands offers! Whether he (or she) is an actual child, or simply the child-like innocence that comes when we truly celebrate life, the sunny Page of Wands is the dancing spark of potential, magic, desire, and daring.
He brings a blaze of light and hopefulness in perfect timing for the biggest vacation week of Summer (for Canadians and Americans at least).
He even defies the depressing headlines of global crisis, war, disenfranchisement, and civil unrest. Here in North Carolina, in the midst of the swelling numbers of “Moral Monday” protesters, the Page of Wands is the one who is cracking jokes and cheerfully cooking meals to feed the detainees.
This Page reminds us to steer clear of cynicism, frustration, and despair, lest we become like those grumpy grownups we are so weary of (and once swore we would never become).
Instead, lighten up! Get up – get moving! Take action! It’s time for a lot more laughter, more heart-felt joy, more good energy.
Whatever situation we’re in, as serious as things may be, the Page urges us to turn off the pressure cooker of heavy responsibilities and worry.
Unplug yourself from the relentless news coverage, which is increasingly inane, self-serving, and focused on the dramatically negative.
What if you could simply close the door on those stifling, annoying people and situations that threaten to entangle you? What if, just this one week, you played hooky at least a little while each and every day?
Get silly. This is your permission slip to duck out the door and enjoy being alive. Play with your kids. Heck – be a kid again.
Get creative, with no judgments or practical purpose allowed!
Buy yourself a box of crayons and a big pad of paper and go to town! Dress up in a funny hat. Nurture your playful, magical child self. If you’ve wanted children, this is a splendid time to try – either human children, or maybe those creative dreams you’ve longed for.
What feeds the flames of your desire? What joyful news have you waited for so long to hear? The Page is here to tell you that now is the time, this is it.
Don’t let your inner cynic or critic snuff out the light of cheer in your soul with overwhelm, fears, or doubts. There is something (or someone) whose passionate, siren call is singing your tune.
Answer! Answer with all your heart.