Wands or Staves are the suit of energy, passion, fire and desire. In aces we see the very first spark of this idea, and it sets off with a BANG! A new passion, the fire under your backside, or the situation that can’t be ignored any longer. It is the reason you get up in the morning and the desire you embrace before sleep. And as with any tool of power, be careful in the wielding: it may bounce back and smack you too.
It is a big stick. You may already be working with the powerful energy of this card. By the time this card comes up in a reading, I am usually well into the task. Awake before dawn while the sky is still grey. Can’t sleep longer, there is too much to do. Besides, I have a headache. If this card were a time of year, it would be the First of May with all the fruitfulness and budding energy of Summer ahead. Time to make hay, chop wood, build the house and otherwise work toward that goal you are so passionate about.
The waiting prize is over the river and on top of the mountain, but seems quite attainable from our perspective. It looks to be barely a day’s trot out there. Heck, we may even arrive by noon! Oh yes, enthusiasm rides as high as this wand in the sky and is the magick inside that makes the wand burst forth in new leaf.
On the Shadow: I paraphrase a preacher once heard to describe this sort of epiphany received by trial. He called it the “2 x 4 = Ah-ha!” method the Universe sometimes uses to reach her children. It is how the message gets through if you’ve been too stubborn to listen any other way. It also means you are valued enough, and ready to receive this energy and lesson. This is an alternate reading for the card in the Smith-Waite deck. Oppression and sudden change are the words in older deck interpretations. Keep ahead, stick with it and look for the carrot instead. You have the chance to receive this budding energy like a divine gift. As usual, you decide.
Images from The Smith-Waite Tarot Centennial Edition Deck are used in this blog. They feature the artist, Pamela Colman Smith’s, original coloring and lovely back design. The cards are a bit oversized and printed on sturdy cardstock. This deck is one of my personal favorites. =:->AD
Rider-Waite images used with permission of U.S. Games Systems, Inc., Stamford, CT 06902. c. 1971 by U.S. Games Systems, Inc.