This week, I drew from the Animal Totem Tarot. The card I drew was the Page of Wands/Salamander.
This card depicts a salamander emerging on a stick from a bush or fallen tree. He is curious as he views the world around him, and almost appears to be smiling with excitement. There is water in the background. Salamanders need to be near water and keep their skin moist, if their skin dries out they will suffocate and die. This is an interesting observation since Wands tend to be associated with the element of fire, and in the Rider-Waite deck salamanders are depicted in the Wands court cards.
Fire can boil water until it has evaporated, or water can put out fire. The direction the fire and water take depends on how it is started, handled, and the intention.
You may begin to embark on a new creative pursuit this week, one that you have or will be passionate about. That energy, when focused, can allow you to grow and expand your ideas as you learn. But don’t get so obsessed that you exhaust yourself or burn out. New pursuits are exciting, but be sure to temper it with time for rest so you can rejuvenate.
Message from Salamander:
“In order to harness the energy of inspiration, you need to connect to your creative center. This in turn will spark the flame inside of you that is just waiting to burn brightly. Now is not the time for mastery, however; it is a time of experimentation and fun. Learn as much as you can while you can and don’t worry about doing it the wrong or right way.”
For the Tarot card of the week, I am using a new (to me) deck, Aquarian Tarot. Originally published in 1970, the images on the cards are Art Deco-inspired, and do have Rider-Waite symbolism. Art Deco saw a resurgence around that time, which is what may have influenced the artist, David Palladini, as he was creating the cards in this deck. I enjoy retro/vintage items, and was looking for decks that are still in print or available (and affordable) that were published during the 1970s. This was one that came up in my searches, and I am looking forward to working with it.
The card I drew was the Two of Pentacles. This card shows a man staring at two pentacles seeming to be swirling in a figure eight in front of him. He seems dazed, or fixated on the pentacles. There appears to be a body of water with waves behind him.
The image on this card differs from the traditional Rider-Waite deck in that it is more “zoomed in” to the person in the card. It looks like he is not trying to balance or juggle the pentacles with both hands. He may be holding them in his left hand, but not his right.
This week, consider if you have things truly under control. You may be portraying to the world that you have things under control, but do you really? Are you hiding your challenges, trying to detract from them, or only show part of what is going on? If you are feeling overwhelmed to the point of being dazed or tired when looking at the tasks you are trying to juggle, you may need to make some adjustments, such as bringing in additional help (another hand?).
This week I wanted to work with one of my new decks, Animal Totem Tarot. The card I drew was the Nine of Wands / Ram. It is interesting to note that I drew the same card several weeks ago, but from the Universal Waite Tarot Deck. Getting the same cards repeatedly is a sign that the Divine is trying to send a message that we either did not hear the first time, or to remind us to keep reflecting upon this message, as it is still applicable now. Sending it again in a another deck could be a way for the Divine to communicate the message in a different way to us, asking us to look at another aspect of this card.
This card depicts a lone ram standing on top of a mountain. There are nine wands beside him. He looks proud but you can see the scars from his past battles. He stands confident as he appears to be waiting. Because he is on the top of the mountain, it indicates that he was successful in his battles.
In this card I sense more confidence, compared to the Nine of Wands in the Universal Waite Tarot Deck that I drew several weeks ago. The Ram knows he is strong, it is like he knows he is the best. The wands appear to be more of a support behind him, or that they are his weapons, instead of something to hide behind. When I look at this card I think “Just try it! I will beat you again!” Realize how far you have come, you are entitled to be confident. There will be others who challenge you, but you have the strength to overcome.
In the book that accompanies this deck, there is a message from the Ram:
“When you have what others want, there will always be another battle lurking just around the corner. Yet what the untrained warrior doesn’t know is that with each battle you become stronger, more focused, and even more committed to your goal. Your scars are more than repaired wounds; they are badges of courage and honor and each one makes you tougher and more resilient than before.”