It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.
~ Bilbo Baggins, via J.R.R. Tolkien
This week, which holds the space between two powerful eclipses, kicks off a Mercury retrograde, and sees the Sun moving from Libra into the dark power of Scorpio, we have yet another visit from the suit of fire and passion. Let us welcome the Two of Wands.
While Wands so often chafe for action, the Twos portray choices, duality, and decisions regarding this and/or that.
As we can see, the nobleman of the castle holds a globe in one hand and appears deep in thought. Below him is the peaceful village, but his gaze is turned out to the sea.
He holds a wand in his left hand, ready to wield it if he desires. For now, though, it rests on a parapet decorated with white lilies and red roses – a magical motif about purity and passion that we see prominently highlighted in a number of the cards, including The Magician, The Hierophant and the Ace of Pentacles.
The second wand is secured to his castle wall. The gentleman has turned his back to it, and looks off into the distance. Here we see a man in a moment of thoughtful decision-making.
While the Wands acknowledge our longing for action, the Two offers us the wisdom to hold on a bit, and wait.
This seems a wise way to proceed in a week that is certainly a time of betwixt and between.
For starters, Mercury retrograde, of course, is all about slowing down, double-checking all plans, communications, and travel, and being prepared for setbacks.
On Wednesday, the Sun enters into the sign of Scorpio: harbinger of Samhain, the end of the old Celtic year, a time for honoring the cycle of death and dying, and the final harvest.
And we are in between a lunar and solar eclipse. In such an eclipse period, as Susan Miller writes, “you may feel like you are walking across a bridge to a brand new place, with no turning back from where you started.
“The door behind you latches, and locks. You can’t go back because after the eclipse you will know more and understand things that were never clear to you before. In that sense, you really can’t go home again.”
So it would seem for the character in our card. How is it this way for you?
It seems to me that his two wands create a sort of doorway, or a magical threshold. But how shall he move through it, at this height and from within these walls? Surely he will have to pass through and depart the castle.
Will he be able to say goodbye? Or will he remain within the safe walls of his home?
Like the merchant, we may gaze out from the shelter of all that we have created. Are we in a castle of safety and security, or behind walls that lock us in place? What adventure beckons to us from the far horizons?
There is a quiet tension here between the security of success and the call of new risks. Take plenty of time to consider. This is not the time for hip-shot decisions made on the fly.
If you don’t keep your wits and stay steady on your feet, there’s no telling where you might end up.
Caution and a cool head are the way to move forward, with your magic wand at the ready.