A man who does not know how to be angry does not know how to be good. And a man that does not know how to be shaken to his heart’s core with indignation over things evil is either a fungus or a wicked man.
Henry Ward Beecher, social reformer and abolitionist (1813-1887)
For the first time in over six years, the Knight of Wands has burst onto the scene. And right on time, I would say.
The Wands suit of the Tarot is ruled by the Element of Fire. Therefore, it involves our passion, the life-force and creation, action, will, and energy. And the court cards are the “people” cards, usually representing actual persons, including you, or someone you may know (more rarely, they may simply represent energy).
The Knights of the Tarot are always about movement, and how a person might put that suit into motion. So the Knight of Wands could be thought of as action squared: action of action. Pretty dynamic!
As you probably know by now, the court cards do not automatically represent a person of the gender depicted. Furthermore, as a dedicated activist and feminist, and as is noted in Pamela Colman Smith: The Untold Story, the delicate features, rosy lips, and curls peeking from her helmet make it quite clear that the Knight of Wands is meant to be a woman.
The plumes on the helmet and shirt are made to look like flames, and the Knight wears the symbol of the salamander, a mystical creature of Fire.
But unlike the salamanders on the King of Wands’ robe, hers are open, without the tail connected to the mouth, representing her youth, or perhaps incomplete plans and loose ends.
The Knight’s horse rears up, eager to explode into action, dashing off to the battle. This hero is on the fly, or just at the beginning of her quest, whereas the King has arrived at his mastery and accomplishment.
The Knight of Wands is spontaneous, hot-headed, charismatic, quick to laugh or anger, and is a creative blaze of activity. She is often charming, and pulsing with sexual energy.
Monogamy is not always her strength, but she is extremely loyal to her, understandably, huge circle of admirers and friends. While she can be impulsive and unpredictable, she takes her honor and integrity absolutely to heart, and is a true heroic figure.
Hot Times Ahead
As I write this, some of the violence in the wake of the widespread protests seems to have abated. But the marches and unrest continue (I hope), and probably will until real reform is assured.
Meantime, astrologer Diane Lang of Libra Seeking Balance muses that in the wake of last week’s opening shot of the much-discussed 2020 “Eclipse season” —
There is a great deal of anger floating around in the atmosphere on [last Friday’s] Full Moon Lunar Eclipse… The source is Mars in Pisces squaring the Gemini Sun-Venus and Sagittarius Moon whilst conjoining Neptune in Pisces.
Both the source of our anger and its target seem to be in a constant state of flux, not an easy thing to live with! The desire to retreat into denial is strong, in part because the Gemini Sun-Venus conjunction would prefer to avoid unpleasantness if at all possible.
Mars-Neptune aspects can be extremely enervating as well, so many of us may need to get more rest than usual. It is OK to take more frequent breaks or choose to postpone complicated tasks for the time being.
Once Mars leaves Pisces for fiery Aries on June 27, energy levels will improve along with the ability to take direct action. Mars is always more effective in the cardinal signs and he loves being in fiery Aries.
However, as others have pointed out, Mars in Aries, especially with so many other confusing and confounding influences in play, could be problematic.
Thus, our fiery action hero embodies that “take no prisoners” attitude. In fact, she does not take “no” for an answer in any circumstances that she has focused her will upon.
Good friend Lorna Bevan from Hare in the Moon Astrology adds her own thoughts about the energies seething around us this week:
Reminder: we are in an unpredictable and volatile triple eclipse tunnel until July 22. Sudden shifts are everywhere and you won’t see them coming. There is nothing to do, ritualise, practise or change- just stay open and say Yes to change wherever it shows up in your life.
These cosmic wild card eclipses are delivering you to a part of yourself that you’ve never met before and she is kinder, braver and wiser than you ever imagined:
- The map is not the territory.
- Respect for everyone’s map of the world
- People make the best choices they can at the time from the thinking that looks real to them at the time.
- Increase choice by constantly shifting from your Small Me perspective to the Witness Perch and back.
- Action changes understanding. If you want to understand something, act, move, embody it.
And there you have the very best directive for this week’s restless, “let’s do this” compulsion of the Knight of Wands:
Stay open to YES.
The Knight’s Charge
This week’s Knight of Wands portends that we can expect bold, aggressive drama. In such times, that may be exactly what is needed.
The inertia of over 400 years of entrenched racism in America is at a crossroads. The mad tyrant-in-waiting came out of hiding in his bunker to stand before us, holding up a Bible. Militarized police are treating the public like wartime enemies and people are being maimed and killed for no other reason than that the paramilitary cops can get away with it.
You can shake your head and turn away, or you can act. But your choice will echo down the halls of history. You are either a help or a hindrance to the metamorphosis now in progress.
If we are shaken to our heart’s core by “things evil,” let’s get a move on. Sitting on the sidelines, wringing our hands while waiting for someone else to come to the rescue is not just misguided. It is another form of wickedness.
It’s time to unleash and embrace profound change, because ready or not, it is already upon us.
Warning: the following video, portions of which were shown on the June 7 episode of Last Week Tonight, with John Oliver, contains explicit language, righteous fury, and a get-up-off-your-behind call to end the rigged status quo.