Thursday, March 18, 2010

Intuitive Tuesday on Thursday -- The King of Wands

On Intuitive Tuesdays I select a card and give you my interpretation of it. On Thursday I select one reader's comment and pull an additional card.

I encourage you to read about the additional card I pulled this week and see how it applies to your life. Anything that is brought to one of us is a message for all of us.

This week's Intuitive Tuesday card was the Six of Cups, a card of happy childhood memories, thinking about old times and nostalgia.

Today I pulled a card from the Gilded Tarot deck for Allison who said:
I haven't visited your site before, but this really hit a chord with me.

I've been going through a rough patch lately, what with having a miscarriage recently and all. Today on the drive home, I thought about my lost little one. How, in the short time I had her/him, I dreamed about going to the zoo. The look of wonder. I remembered going to the zoo with my own family when I was a child.

And so, your line about being present and creating great memories strikes home. I feel like I've lost most of the past month in grieving. That's okay, but thank you for the reminder that I am still here in this life, have a future to look forward to, and that I want that future to have many great memories to reflect upon.
The card I selected was the King of Wands. This card symbolizes the qualities of leadership, confidence, charisma, enthusiasm and a commanding presence. This could be traits that you exhibit, a specific person in your life or a situation you are currently involved in...or a combination of all of these things.

You mentioned recently having a miscarriage. Someone very close to me, Tonya, experienced the same thing about a month ago. For her, it has been a time of grieving -- for the "lost little one," as you described it, and also for the hopes and dreams of what was to be.

It's been tough for Tonya and her husband to move through this and for her to keep her faith about the order of the universe. She is looking for answers and/or explanations that may never come. And yet, she moves on, just as it sounds like you have done.

In selecting this card for you today, it feels as though (after a period of grieving), you are summonsing your King of Wand qualities to gain strength and momentum to help you move forward. Wands is a suit of energy and action. If you haven't already, you may begin to feel growth and renewed energy after your period of grief. You may see yourself taking charge to bring about positive creative change in your life. 

If the King of Wands symbolizes a person, a King tends to be strong male in your life -- your husband, father, older brother and/or professional (boss, physician, etc.) If this indicates a person in your life, as you read the list of possibilities of who this might be for you, you probably have a good idea which person this card is pointing to.

If you have a good idea, this person may have strengths that you need to tap into or lean on as you move through this time. Soon you will feel what has been difficult begin to move into a more transitional stage, and then into a growth stage.

This person will help you along the way -- by being there for you, offering support, giving you advice or providing strength for you. Pulling this card calls your attention to this person in your life and reminds you that it's OK to lean on other people temporarily as you gain back your own strength.

It sounds like you have been through a tough time. Hopefully the King of Wands brings you a message of strength and encouragement to continue to move forward.

One last thing.  My friend, Tonya, who I mentioned above as having recently had a miscarriage, said someone had commented on what a "bad" thing this was. As I said, Tonya has been trying to make sense out of it. She was pondering the question, "Was it really 'bad?'"

It reminded me of a story that I read in the book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman. Here is the story as told on pages 103-104:
An old man and his son worked a small farm, with only one horse to pull the plow. One day, the horse ran away.
"How terrible," sympathized the neighbors. "What bad luck."
"Who knows whether it is bad luck or good luck," the farmer replied.
A week later, the horse returned from the mountains, leading five wild mares into the barn. 
"What wonderful luck!" said the neighbors.
"Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?" answered the old man.
The next day, the son, trying to tame one of the horses, fell and broke his leg.
"How terrible. What bad luck!"
"Bad luck? Good luck?"
The army came to all the farms to take the youg men for war.
The farmer's son was of no use to them, so he was spared.
"Good? Bad?" 
Remember that you are at this (possibly very painful) point in the story. The King of Wands message might be to be in the moment and feel everything that is here for you...while you continue to allow the story to unfold.

This is a good message for all of us, especially as we each face something that appears to be "bad."

Bad? Good? Who knows?


Mad Hatter said...

Thank you, Sheri. I know and love that story and I needed to hear it this week...I have to look at my own situation with the same question - is this good luck or bad luck? And I am trying very hard right now to summon my King of Wands. I sure needed this post today.

Kim said...

I love the Way of Peaceful Warrior and truly apppreciate the reminder of that story. Thank you!

Allison said...

Thank you so very much.

This is the first week since my loss that I've had more good days than bad; I have felt the energy and momentum you spoke of. It's a new and more focused feeling. For a period of time, I questioned if I would survive the loss. But instead, I am growing and finding strength that I didn't know existed. Strength that I might not have found without experiencing this.

Your closing: "Bad? Good? Who knows" is so on point. I guess... situations don't have to be classified; they just are.

My condolences go out to your friend Tonya. She is not alone in her pain.

Thanks again. This has meant more to me than I can say.

excavator said...

When I had a miscarriage nearly 14 years ago I was crushed. After two cycles passed we tried again and conceived a boy who will be 13 in June. If the first pregnancy had made it, this beautiful son wouldn't be here.

My mother miscarried her first pregnancy. That was two months before I was conceived...had that pregnancy made it, I wouldn't be here.

The same is true of a friend of mine. She wouldn't be here had her mother's prior pregnancy made it.

Good news? Bad news? Only time will tell...when we're grieving it is so hard to wait for the long view to play out...

I hope that Allison and Tonya will soon have cause to rejoice.

Lori Lavender Luz said...

I love that story. Ethel once told it to me.

It has changed my perspective. It helps to see things in waves. Energy waves.

Best wishes to Allison and Tonya.

Quiet Dreams said...

I didn't comment on the original post, but, as usual, the cards you pulled spoke to me. I've been coming out of my cave a bit lately; it's scary, but it also feels good. Thank you for doing this every week for us.

Tami said...

What a wonderful progression your site has taken, Sheri.

Not only are we blessed with wisdom from your divine guidance, we are supported by the love and unconditional friendship found here.

Thank you, Sheri, for showing me that the energy of the King of Wands is there for me when I call upon it.

And thanks and love to you -- Mad Hatter, Kim, Allison, excavator, Lavender Luz and Quiet Dreams. Your support lifts me up.