And the day came when the wish to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. commonly attributed to Anais Nin
In this week of the darkening Moon and the end of the Celtic Year, we are visited again by the Two of Wands.
Frankly, I am relieved not to have another in our string of Major Arcana cards. But I do find it interesting that this Two has returned once again, as it did last month, at the New Moon.
Twos portray choices, duality, this and/or that. And Wands are associated with the element of Fire, depicting action, energy, creativity, change, passion, and power.
As we can see, the wealthy merchant holds a globe in one hand. In his other hand, he holds a second wand, which rests on a parapet decorated with white lilies and red roses – a motif we see prominently highlighted in a number of Tarot cards, including last week’s Hierophant, the Magician, and the Ace of Pentacles.
These flowers represent the intertwining of passion and purity in the human experience. Both are necessary for humans to fulfill their highest potential.
The second wand behind him is secured to the castle wall. He has turned his back on this, and gazes out across the water.
This is about as pensive and introspective as the action-oriented Wands get!
I always imagine that the two wands create a sort of doorway, or a magical threshold. How apropos for this threshold of the magical Year, as the Wheel of Time turns, and the veils between the worlds part.
But how can the figure in the card move through it, from within his castle walls and at this height?
The globe in his hand shows the Old World continents, not the New. And is it merely a coincidence of perspective that he appears to stand on only one leg? Will he move forward? Or stay safely back?
From Conquest to Administration
As this seemingly endless American election grinds on to its conclusion, this Two may ask, can the successful warrior (or campaigning politician) learn to transition to the actual administration of government? Or will s/he continue to hunger for battle, dwelling on revenge against those who opposed?
Will the leader be satisfied as the manager? Can an explorer/innovator/pioneer settle down to the day to day grind? Or will they forever dream of faraway adventures?
How many times have we come to the end of an important challenge, only to feel somewhat let down? Do we, too, long for new escapades?
Once we have won the day, fought for our achievement, and hit the pinnacle of success, it may become our full-time job to then tend it.
When you arrive at the cherished goal, can you sustain it? Or would you rather climb down from the heights you have achieved, ready to risk it all and begin anew?
What Is Missing? What Needs to Go?
With the New Scorpio Moon right on the cusp of the Celtic New Year (Samhain), Annie Heese at Cafe Astrology notes:
Scorpio New Moons are generally good for working on our self-mastery skills. We may want to pinpoint the things in our lives that make us feel out of control, such as addictions and debts, and work on freeing ourselves of these emotional burdens.
This New Moon cycle is also an opportune one in which to explore what is missing in our lives that leads us to engage in these self-destructive behaviors. This cycle represents an opportunity to rid ourselves of the “junk” in our lives–material and spiritual.
With this potent Scorpio energy, we have the chance to make important changes in our lives.
The merchant deliberating on the edge of the wall seems an apt illustration of this. How appropriate then that the Two of Wands suggests we prepare to act, but take careful measure before leaping into the fire.
Open The Door To Yes
How will you wave your wands of manifestation and magic? What creative desire in your life needs to express itself? Clinging to what seems “secure” may not serve you best.
This is an ideal moment for gazing out upon your own world and making some plans.
With the help of the New Moon, and the thoughtful magic of the Two of Wands, what goals might you be setting? What oath of power, magic, and transformation might you consider making, as you prepare to celebrate the magical New Year?
There is an important choice before you. Take your time and consider carefully, knowing you have enormous power at your fingertips.
Then blossom! With all your sacred passion and fearless heart, blossom!