TITLE OF CARD IN RW
DECK: Ace of Wands
BASIC DESCRIPTION: A large white hand
emerging from a wisp of gray cloud holds a leafed rod. The hand
appears to glow, and some leaves are falling down. The landscape
below features a green meadow with a few trees, a river, a small hill
topped by a castle, and hills or low mountains in the distant
FIRST THING THAT STRUCK ME: The whiteness of the hand, and the lines radiating out from it, which make it appear to glow.
SOME UPRIGHT MEANINGS: Elemental fire, flame, light, warmth, and energy. Source, origin, identity. Conception, beginnings, new ideas, inventions. Inspiration, motivation, prodding, incitement, prankishness. A moment of illumination, an impulse to do something new. Activity, initiative, creativity, expression. Vitality, enthusiasm, confidence, boldness, courage, conviction, self-realization. Energy applied to begin a project or creation. Growth, enterprise, potential, unfolding. The promising new beginning of a project, idea, or adventure. Birth, fertility, sex, phallus, masculinity, power.
SOME REVERSED MEANINGS: Chaotic, unfocused, unmanageable energy. Damaging overzealousness, blind power, the destructive, burning use of fire or light. Bad planning, false start, cancellation, stunted potential, blighted growth, closing of ventures, leaving town. Loss of direction, stagnation, malaise, dullness, lack of energy or motivation, trepidation, burn out, writer's block. Impotence, infertility, barrenness, emptiness.
BIBLICAL: Aaron's rod (of Egypt
fame), which blossomed and later was put into the Ark of the
Covenant. Also the "brazen serpent" which Moses erected in the
QUOTE: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, and the Spirit gave them utterance."--Acts 2:1-4
MYTHOLOGICAL: Prometheus bringing
fire to man.
HISTORICAL: Peasants with sticks.
ANIMAL: While salamanders correspond
to Wands in general, the Ace in particular makes me think of the
rhino, giraffe, and elephant.
FOOD: carrots, celery
HERB: stinging nettle, chili pepper
FLOWERS: sunflowers, calendula
TREES: Looks kind of like a birch branch, except for the color.
LOCATION: The background looks like Lenzburg, with the castle and the Aabach.
TIME/SEASON: indeterminate (green trees=summer?)
MUSIC: "Fire" by Hendrix; "Light My Fire" by the Doors
FILM: "Walking Tall" and all "go for it" films.
BOOK: All inspirational or "go for it" books.
PUBLIC PEOPLE OR EVENTS: Olympic
torch; Hendrix's guitar
OCCUPATIONS: baseball, polo, hockey, pool player; musical conductor, guitar player; carpenter; blacksmith; designer
QUOTES FROM OTHER SOURCES: What was it Roosevelt said: "Walk softly and carry a big stick" or some such?
PEOPLE OR SITUATIONS IN MY LIFE: This
card came to tell me I was pregnant. (But it also made me think I
would have a boy.)
PERSONAL THOUGHTS: I think the sexual aspect of this card is too often overlooked.
Reverse creativity--What I mean by this is, not what *is*
the inspiration, but what *was* the inspiration. What was the
inspiration for the pyramids, the sphinx? Eternity, for one (or
two). The monuments, regardless of their meanings and purposes,
were intended to last as long as possible. Perhaps the pharoahs
who were allegedly (to be) buried there obtained eternal life.
Their monuments certainly did. The Great Pyramid is like a
giant 3-D puzzle. Who came up with that, and how, and why?
Dang, I bet they had job satisfaction! (And maybe still do? Or
This is a kind of reverse, past-looking way to see the Ace of Staves. But it still fits in with my main interpretation of this card as "life-affirming" (creation, procreation, after-life, etc.)
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Ace of Wands IMHO created: April 25 to May 30, 2004; last modified: never