Tarot Card of the Week: King of Wands

Using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck, the card I drew was the King of Wands.

This card depicts a king on a throne; he is leaning forward, in a confident manner. He is strong-minded, feels that his ideas are best, and expects others to follow him. This card indicates that you may find yourself wanting to take risks to achieve your goals this week, with limitless enthusiasm and energy.

With the kind of drive and desire like the King of Wands, you may be successful at whatever you pursue, or you may be viewed as being too forceful, taking unnecessary risks.

Watch out for getting too upset if things do not go your way, try to curb your impatience, and not try to force others into seeing things your way. You will want to consider others’ opinions as they may have some good ideas to help you.

Reflect upon your enthusiasm and drive, and see how it may be affecting you in the week ahead.

Tarot Card of the Week: Nine of Wands

Nine of Wands card from the Universal Waite Tarot Deck.

Using the Universal Waite Tarot Deck, the card I drew was the Nine of Wands.

This card depicts a man surrounded by eight large wands; he is leaning on the ninth wand. His head is bandaged, as if he has been fighting in battle. He is surrounded by the wands, which could represent obstacles in his way. He appears apprehensive about overcoming these obstacles.

Things may start smoothly, but you may hit a roadblock or setback this week. It could be the Universe saying that it is time for a break to regroup and plan your next move. You may wonder if you can even take it anymore. Should you just give up? Although he has been injured, the man in the card looks like he still has strength and determination left in him.

You are close to reaching that goal, closer than you may realize. Don’t allow fear to immobilize you and prevent you from achieving what you desire, dig deep for courage. Regain your strength, evaluate what needs to happen, and go for it again.

As I was meditating upon this card, lyrics from an Eagles song popped into my head — “Take it to the limit, one more time.” That lyric fits this card. And why not enjoy the song as well while you are here.

Have a good week!

Happy Ostara (Spring Equinox)!

The first official day of Spring has arrived. For today is the day that the light and dark are of equal lengths, and the days will begin to get longer. More time to enjoy the outdoors.

Many faiths celebrate this time of year. The word Ostara is just one of the names applied to the celebration of the Spring Equinox on March 21. The Venerable Bede said the origin of the word is actually from Eostre, a Germanic goddess of Spring. It’s also the same time as the Christian Easter celebration, and in the Jewish faith, Passover takes place as well.

For early Pagans in the Germanic countries, this was a time to celebrate planting and the new crop season. Ostara is the time for new beginnings and awakenings, to act upon things we planned during the Winter months.

Ostara by Johannes Gehrts
Ostara (1884) by Johannes Gehrts. The goddess flies through the heavens surrounded by Roman-inspired putti, beams of light, and animals. Germanic people look up at the goddess from the realm below.

Many symbols that are associated with Easter had their roots in ancient Paganism. Symbols of fertility and new life such as eggs, flowers, vines, and rabbits. In medieval societies in Europe, the March hare was viewed as a major fertility symbol — this is a species of rabbit that is nocturnal most of the year, but in March when mating season begins, there are bunnies everywhere all day long. Many parents take their children to visit the Easter Bunny, and my parents were no exception.

Little Stevi with Easter Bunny
Little Stevi with Easter Bunny.

I look a bit unsure, but still likely enjoying the festivities of that time of year, anticipating coloring eggs and eating candy. I have a childhood memory of an Easter Sunday after attending church, excitedly running around the wet and slightly muddy grass on the church grounds in my white patent leather mary janes, white tights, and new pink Easter dress, enjoying the warm sunny day. I got mud spots on myself, I don’t think my parents were too pleased with that.

Ostara Tarot Cards – Place the Chariot, card 7, on your altar as a sign of confidence in your ability to test what you have learned during the Winter months. Unlike the Fool, the Chariot knows the reason for his journey and creates his own destiny through his actions. The Eight of Wands generates creative new ways forward. The Magician, card 1, symbolizes the ability to visualize goals on the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual planes of existence. He then asks you to get to work on those goals to make them your reality. From Tarot for All Seasons: Celebrating the Days & Nights of Power.

Ostara Tarot Cards
Ostara Tarot Cards

Ostara is the time of renewal, rebirth and change. Just as nature is reborn, what will be reborn in you? Start something new during this time, or look back on what you had done in the past that you enjoyed and bring it back again for a rebirth. Or take a look to see if some spiritual housecleaning is needed, this is a good time for that as well.

Be joyful on this Ostara, the wheel has turned, the Winter months are behind us, and Spring is here again!