Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I am on the threshold.
~ W. Eugene Smith (American photojournalist, 1918-1978))
Today, I was very curious to see which card would guide us in this week that ushers in the Lunar New Year of the Wood Horse, the turning of the Wheel that celebrates the sabbat of Imbolc/Brigid/Candlemas, Venus stationing direct, and the New Moon in Aquarius (also a Super Moon and a “black moon”).
With such potential for heaviness and drama, it is a relief to welcome the Two of Wands.
Twos portray choices, duality, this and/or that. And Wands are associated with the element of Fire, depicting action, energy, passion, and power.
As we can see, the wand behind the wealthy merchant is secured to his castle wall. He has turned his back on this, and looks in a different direction.
He holds in one hand a globe. In his other hand, he holds a second wand, which rests on a parapet decorated with white lily and red rose – a motif of intertwined purity and passion that we see prominently highlighted in a number of the cards, including The Magician, The Hierophant, and the Ace of Pentacles.
I always imagine that the two wands here create a sort of doorway, or a magical threshold. But how shall he move through it, from within his castle walls and at this height?
Like it did last year, this card appears during the week that Barack Obama will be giving his State of the Union report.
Increasingly, I see Obama as a conflicted figure much like the one in this card. For, as Arthur Waite describes it, the man on the parapet is like the Emperor Alexander, who thrives on change, striving, and innovation, but is poorly equipped for the harness of routine obligation and ongoing management.
And our frequent visitor and friend astrologer Lorna Bevan writes of this week, “The changing of the guards takes place on Thursday and Friday with an electric New Moon in Aquarius followed in less than 24 hours by Venus turning direct [conjunct] Pluto, Mercury entering emotional Pisces, and Venus/Pluto opposed by Jupiter.
“This Chinese New Year will bring a huge, palpable shift in energies, as we move from two Water years of deep introspection into the extroverted, progressive, ground breaking Wood Year of the Wild Horse. This is a once in 60 year opportunity for every one of us.
“After recent years of degenerative energy when endless corruption, soul searching and emotional battering ruled, 2014 will be a year of fast personal growth. It’s time to follow your inner voice, to reset your compass and find deep reservoirs of hope and faith.”
In addition, it seems to me that the Two of Wands is well-suited to Imbolc’s celebration of the rebirth of the Crone Goddess as the young Maiden, heralding the first stirrings of Spring. Indeed, this is one of the great threshold moments of the Craft; a fire ceremony for dedication, and for setting a new intention for our studies, work, and devotion.
This is an ideal moment for gazing out upon your own world, and considering what goals you will be setting, and what oath of power, magic, and transformation you will make for a year and a day.
Will you remain within the sheltered safety of your walls? Or will you dare climb down from the heights you have achieved, ready to risk it all and begin anew?
How will you wave your wand of manifestation and magic?
There is a choice before you. Take your time and consider carefully, knowing you have enormous power at your fingertips.
Then move forward into your most passionate calling.