5 is the card of The Hierophant, structure, institution, tradition.
Wands are the suit of fire. Strength, inspiration, creativity.
The 5 of Wands shows conflict.
Shadowscapes Tarot – I read this as a man vs nature card as the athlete runs in the opposite direction of all the animals. They embrace the wands behind the athlete as they embrace only the one they use as a tool. Spread out, look at the bigger picture, consider different approaches, look to nature
The Wild Unknown Tarot – The wands are not parallel, they are not ordered or perpendicular. They look like brushes or pencils thrown down when working. The conflict has stopped order, structure, and progress.
Smith Tarot – I usually see a fight in this card, but no one looks dressed for battle. They also don’t look like they are hitting eachother. I wonder if they are dancing. Perhaps instead of physical fight this is more about disharmony in the group, they are out of step and out of focus. Some are blaming others, it may soon become violence.
Court cards, much like minors, are a set of cards I feel like I need to sit with still. Today I drew my card.
By my card I mean I am a Libra. I’m an extra Libra Libra. My Sun and Moon are both in Libra. My rising sign is Gemini. I have so much air in my chart it is unreal.
That said I’ve used this card (begrudgingly due to the very gendered nature of the court cards) as my signifier in readings.
I want to break out a few things about this court card.
The suit of Swords is the element of Air.
This is the suit of action, change, intellect, logic, and strategy. In the shadows, the suit also represents rash decisions, judgement, and abuse.
Queens embody the whole range of the suit. They channel all of the power of the suit and wield the weaknesses of the suit as advantages.
There are some differences between the art in the three cards I pulled today.
The Shadowscapes Tarot queen looks like her sword is the moon. The watercolor is very muted and reads to me as subtle but wise. She is surrounded by birds and crocus. She bears a heron on her shoulder and has a winged cloak. She is looking into the future and is cast in profile. Her garb is flowy and light purple. This card evokes the priestess for me. A woman who is wise and understanding. I picture this queen as in the mother stage of her life.
The wild unknown is a white owl perched on a sword hilt. The owl looks towards the viewer with squinted eyes. I read this as very judgmental. This deck labels the card the “mother” instead of “Queen”. This is the look of the mother asking why you were out late and didn’t wipe your shoes on the way in. They want the best for you but may be too direct.
The Smith Tarot pictures a woman in profile seated. She holds a sword in one hand and the other is outstretched in peace, this creates an interesting juxtaposition with the sword. She is crowned. This evokes the act of judging as well for me. The pictured queen may be in the mother stage of her life as well. She is cloaked in a heavy cloak and wears a flowy white robe. The clouds in the background are very subtle in reminding you of the element of Air.
This amused me as I considered removing the major arcana from the draw deck before starting. I feel like I need to sit with those cards more than the majors, especially as I really love decks with pip cards. This could be a good experience to look into the number symbolism of the cards. I think I will do this tonight as I felt pretty excited about getting a minor to focus on for the day.
While on break ay work, I pulled a card with the Golden Thread Tarot app and was amused to get the 9 of Wands. I will not be talking about this at leangth here, but it does inform how my thought process through the day went in terms of the daily perspective on the card I drew.
I looked up the Numerology of the number 9 immediately as that was the third time I’d noticed it for the day (the 2nd being when at work in a series of numbers as the “outlier” in data I was looking at).
The Number 9
Everything I know about Numerology came from Buckland’s Guide to Witchcraft. In reading back over his section on Numerology and the number 9, it didn’t feel right. I also realized he is mostly concerned about birth numbers and name numbers. I am really more interested in the symbology of specific numbers.
I struggled to find different resources for Numerology at first. I settled on looking into numerology and number symbolism in conjunction with Tarot.
This yielded more results that made sense to me, and was formatted in a way I found easy to read. I rather liked the way this was worded:
Fruition, attainment, bringing things to a conclusion, completion, fulfilment, selflessness, magnetism, idealism and giver of wisdom or inspiration. Many 9s in a reading mean that situations or events are nearing completion or have just been completed and another plateau awaits.
(Via Biddy Tarot)
Looking another place I found this passage which furthered where I was understanding these two cards to lie in the tarot meaning sphere:
The number 9 also resonates with learning to say ‘No’, creative abilities, sensitivity, loyalty, generalist, discretion, brilliance, problem-solving, inner-wisdom, self-love, freedom, popularity, high ideals, tolerance, humility, altruism and benevolence, empathy, non-conformity, artistic genius, an expansive viewpoint, eccentricity, communication, influence, perfection, magnetism, understanding, forgiveness, compassion and sympathy, the visionary, duty and calling, obligation, mysticism, optimism and Divine wisdom.
(Via Numerology – The Vibration and Meaning of Numbers)
Looking at this page reminded me as I got to the correspondences section at the bottom that all of the minor arcana correspond to a major arcana card. The 9th Major is The Hermit.
The Hermit (9th Major Arcana)
All of the minor arcana correspond to a major arcana card. The 9th Major is The Hermit. Now I want to give a brief aside to the fact that in The Wild Wood Tarot the 9th Major is The Hooded Man. His meaning does not differ meaningfully from that of The Hermit (according to the accompanying book).
Hello, old friend. I see you seeking there. You worried introverted Virgo, looking to the earth, seeking endlessly, pilgrim and scholar. Shadow worker, teacher, mentor, friend.
Whenever you arrive I always ask these two questions:
What is the truth of this card?
What overwhelms this card?
9 of Cups
What is the truth of the suit of Cups?
Emotions are pure and need to be experienced.
Self-care is important.
Relationships are the fuel to your inner workings.
Changing it up and going with the flow can lead to unexpected and exciting places.
What overwhelms the suit of Cups?
Emotions that boil over
The ending of relationships
The beginnings of relationships
Routine where there should be spontaneity (and the inverse)
Thinking too logically, not listening to your heart
Being rooted down to tightly.
Traditionally I would have looked at this card and said it was about too many of choices to make, about having too much on your plate. But thinking about the 9 of Cups through the lens of the hermit I instead want to talk about things like self-care, introspection, and shadow work.
This accidental stumble backwards to the 9 of Cups was interesting. Usually, I would start by spouting off what the 9 of cups means based on how I’ve generally interpreted it (especially in the absence of additional cards), and then move on to associations, more generic meaning of the suit, and then finally settle on the major that tied to the minor I was dealing with.
This has led me to decide two things:
I’m going to try to replicate this winding path tomorrow and see where it lands me.
I am going to remove the majors from my pull deck before bed tonight.
Patrick (@inthe78cards [Youtube] [Instagram]) and Kelly (@TheTruthinStory [Youtube] [Instagram]) are running an August Tarot Experience they are calling #TarotPerspective.
The idea is that you draw a daily card each day during August and while working on what that means for you you find that card in two other decks. You then use those three cards to sit with the ideas that card represents in your day.
Here is their intro Video.
Kelly also did an intro video found here. Patrick’s intro video is here.
Tarot Perspecitve – Day 0 Deck Choices (left to right) The Wild Wood Tarot, The Wild Unknown, The Smith-Rider-Waite
I am excited for this experience. I have pre sorted the Wild Wood Tarot and the Smith deck to be in order so that I can easily find the matching card from The Wild Unknown. I have the book for the Wild Wood Tarot handy (as I have not used it much). It is possible I will switch the Smith deck out after a few days as I am a bit undecided about it being involved.
I am going to try and post the draw to Instagram in the morning and then post a blog post in the evening. It is likely I will do some days two at a time in order to give myself a breather. This will likely happen if I pull a card I have sat with at length before.