Fast away the old year passes…
Hail the new ye lads and lasses…
Traditional Yuletide carol
Our Wands visitors continue to add spark and energy to these waning days of 2018. This week, we are welcoming frequent visitor, the Two of Wands, to December’s party.
As I have written before, Twos portray choices, duality, this and/or that. And Wands are associated with the element of Fire, ruling over action, creativity, energy, passion, and power — perfect for this fiery Sun in Sagittarius time of year.
This is the gentleman of the manor, probably a merchant of means, since he does not appear to be a soldier.
The wand behind him is secured to his castle wall. He has turned his back on it, and he faces towards the sea in the distance.
He holds a globe in one hand. Is he contemplating conquest? Or perhaps he is scrying with it, like a crystal ball.
In his other hand, he holds the 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.
The Merchant and the Priestess
I always imagine that the two wands here create a sort of doorway, or a magical threshold. And that could hardly be more apropos for this liminal time of year.
They also hearken back to the columns in the foundational Two of the deck, the High Priestess. She sits between two columns named Boaz (the column on our left) and Jachin (the column on our right), which are from the fabled temple of Solomon.
Most scholars agree that Jachin means, “to establish,” while Boaz is not as clear and has been interpreted as strength, boldness, or perhaps fleetness. It also has been described as representing the unknowable.
So when we look at our merchant on the wall with his two Wands, we see that the Jachin-like one is bolted onto the stone. Strength, security, and establishment are clearly represented here.
In his left hand, though, he holds up the wand of Boaz. What shall he call upon it to create? Or will he remain on his wall, gazing at the globe in his right hand?
What is his true desire? Does he want to stay where it is comfortable and secure? Or risk going back out into the world and the unknown?
Is he, in fact, divining the answer through his magical gaze, perceiving answers directly from the Earth Herself?
This week, we enter an ancient time-out-of-time known as the Halcyon Days. This is a period when, as the Yuletide season drew near, it was considered bad luck to continue with business as usual.
Instead, as much as sustenance would allow, the workaday world was put on hold while joyful family and friendship connections were re-established. Truces were established and peaceful time was made in the home. Preparations for the upcoming sacred celebrations were the priority.
I will have lots more to say about this observance tomorrow with my annual post, but for now, it is especially lovely that this particular card will guide us into this gateway time.
This is the time of year that is betwixt and between – the dark, silent weeks that follow Samhain, but before the kindling of the newborn Sun at Yule.
It is an ideal period to acknowledge where we have been, what we have learned, and take stock of the achievements that, like the merchant’s castle in the card, have created security and structure for us this year.
But this is less about finances (or else it would be Pentacles), and more focused on creative projects and successful endeavors of all sorts, including our magickal work.
After the potential of the Ace, progress has been made, but, holding the world in our hands, we might ask — now what?
Now we stand on the parapet and gaze out, musing on future plans and adventures. There are choices to be made, but we may savor this time between the done and the not yet begun.
The Two of Wands suggests that this is the time for deep meditation, reflection, and the restoration of our energy, before charging towards our next goals.
How To Decide What Matters
Speaking of making decisions, I am a fan of making choices based on logical analysis, yes, but also on 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, magic, 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 (you know, a map — similar to a globe, you could say).
Only after that, are we ready to make our to-do lists, set strategies, and so on.
Fast Away the Old Order Passes
Without the passion engendered by our desire, we stay stuck on the fence (or castle wall, as the case may be). Fear shrivels our options and ability to change.
But the antidote to fear is action. Courage overcomes inertia and emboldens us to take the steps towards what we want.
There is a choice before you. Take your time and consider carefully, knowing you have enormous power at your fingertips.
Then you will be ready to dare — and to move forward.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses!