Twos are the number of union, while Wands or Staves are the suit that symbolizes the element of Fire, representing energy, passion, and the desire that drives humanity. So in this card we see the combining of energies can bring the very world into your hand.
My dog has a chew toy shaped like a globe. Made of rubber, the continents are raised and a different color from the oceans. It is soft and fun to play with, easy to throw, and a little unpredictable in the rebound. She likes to take it to the top of the stairs and watch the tiny planet bounce down, then she races to go catch it wherever it bounces off to. We say she’s got the whole world in her paws.
The world is in your hand today, and may feel a bit more responsible than a puppy as you balance its weight against only part of your energy held with the other hand. Your second wand, the rest of your energy is at the ready. By rubbing two sticks you can make fire, signaling many for miles… but you would have to drop something important to make it burn.
As Waite points out, the key to the image is in combined symbols of lily, rose and cross lying just below the stave he holds. The lily of death, passings and eternal renewal is crossed with the thorny, fruitful, beautiful rose of life. Two is the number of Wisdom on the Tree of Life, so we may see our man is well placed at the top of the castle, with good perspective and the understanding of the situation.
He must decide, yet because of his position, many will be affected thereby. If he leaves, he may loose perspective and must choose what to carry forward. If he stays put… perspective and a beacon fire, or perhaps stagnation with little accomplished on the ground.
The day is clear, we’ve had a good look. Let’s keep a firm grasp (can’t resist: Don’t drop the ball!) and get moving. The other wand is secure for now – ready for our return when we need a fresh perspective, or to light a cozy flame through the night.
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.