Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
For this week of the New Moon in Taurus, as we count down the days to the ancient rites of Beltane, we have a familiar visitor. Let us welcome the Two of Wands.
It is interesting to me that the last time this Two came calling, last Autumn, it had visited on two concurrent New Moons. Now here it is again, in a New Moon week.
New Moon is when we make our wishes for the coming month. In the sweet, dark stillness within which life gestates, we plant seeds both literal and those of our intentions.
But what shall we wish for?
Twos in the Tarot 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 the 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!
Magical, Liminal Times
I always imagine that these two wands create a doorway, or a magical threshold.
This week, in the lands above the equator, we prepare for May Eve and Beltane, the magic-filled beginning of Summer’s fertility and burgeoning life. And in the Southern Hemisphere, our friends will simultaneously celebrate the rites of Samhain, a solemn holiday for honoring the ancestors and beloved dead.
Our Two echoes the fact that on both sides of the Equator, we, too, stand in a liminal space where the veils between the Realms grow thin.
In addition, on Wednesday, we welcome the New Moon in sensuous, Venus-ruled Taurus. That which we initiate in this New Moon may be blessed by abundant good fortune and juicy fruition.
We are thus called to make important choices as to where to focus our magic and life’s energy.
So, the question this Two asks is — what IS your desire?
How To Decide What Matters
I am a fan of making choices based, not only on logical analysis, but on also allowing ourselves to feel our deep desires and passions.
In my mind, that is precisely what our Two of Wands gentleman is doing. Here he stands on the rooftop of his stronghold, yet gazes thoughtfully upon the globe, and the wider seas that beckon to him. The Wands of desire, growth, and creativity are his doorway.
Author and inspiration expert, Danielle LaPorte writes –
Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have. Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life…
What if, first, we got clear on how we actually wanted to feel in our life, and then we laid out our intentions?
What if your most desired feelings consciously informed how you plan your day, your year, your career, your holidays — your life?
You know what will happen with that kind of inner clarity and outer action? You’ll feel the way you want to feel more often than not. Decisions will be easier to make: You’ll know what to say no to and what to say hell-yes to.
You’ll be more optimistic, more open-hearted. It will be easier for you to return to your center in the midst of a challenge.
Danielle teaches her clients how to connect to and then map their wild, true desires. Only after that, are we ready to make our to-do lists, set strategies, and so on.
Without the passion engendered by our desire, those lists don’t have a chance. Fear shrivels our options and ability to act. Courage overcomes inertia and emboldens us to make the changes we want.
Still, I appreciate that although passion may ultimately drive the figure in the Two of Wands, he does pause and consider his options with care. Finding this balance — neither over-analyzing, nor acting on blind impulse — points to success.
A Blessing for My Fellow Tarot Travelers
Finally, when I pulled this card today, it seemed a beautiful omen for my friends and colleagues who will attend this week’s 2017 Tarot Readers Studio, one of the largest and most beloved Tarot gatherings on the planet.
I am aggrieved that I am unable to join you this year. But perhaps this card came to my hand today as a message that I am with you in spirit, and already planning to seeing you all next year.
It also felt like a blessing for those who are traveling from all over the world to be there. We have many participants from Canada and Mexico, naturally. But also, many Tarot practitioners have traveled to the Readers Studio from China, Australia and New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, and all over South America and Europe.
May this card portend safe and happy travels, as well as glorious new discoveries.
May it bless you to know and thoughtfully wield your power. For each of you, my Tarot friends, is a daring adventurer poised on the edge of magic.