~ Discovering the Wild Unknown 6 of Wands ~
Today’s card draw in the Discovering the Wild Unknown series is the 6 of Wands.
I want to start off by providing an important notice, which will be included in all of this series. However, other things that will be included that you can skip to are:
- Card Description
- Considering the Card, where I look at how I would interpret certain imagery used
- Traditional Rider-Waite definition
I only include the latter as a comparison, to show how wandering down your own understanding of images and symbols can bring you to a similar meaning, though along a different path with different experiences. This is to help expand knowledge of the card.
I will not, however, be including the definitions from the guidebook, as that is not the point of this. Also, I don’t have rights to that material.
I started this series because I had read that people struggled with the deck purely because the definitions in the Little White Book were very Rider-Waite-based, and that there wasn’t much wisdom regarding the animals and symbolism chosen.
This series is to help you to decipher the meanings yourselves. I am by no means saying what I have to say about the cards are correct for anyone outside myself. However, I am providing my daily journal entries regarding the deck to act as a guide so that you can begin your own journey.
When I started tarot, I had no idea what to write in my journal, and thus didn’t. Instead I obsessively read and re-read the Little White Book belonging to the Spiral Tarot (which is why today I can completely quote the book). I didn’t trust myself to know the cards, even when I could recite the definitions. I was afraid to put the book down.
To this fear of lack of knowledge, Kim Krans, creator of The Wild Unknown, writes:
You do know enough. You’ve been a person on earth every day since you were born. You’ve experienced all the emotions and situations these cards depict. Quiet the naysayer…don’t let it prevent you from sitting down with a friend (or yourself) and using these cards to help talk about what’s going on in your life. It will be positive. It will be radical. You’ll find things start to reveal themselves through the cards that have been hidden away, covered with dust.pp. 10-11, The Wild Unknown Guidebook
Description of the Wild Unknown 6 of Wands
At the bottom of the Wild Unknown 6 of Wands is darkness, from which six branches crisscross and entangle each other. The darkness fades completely to a white background as it reaches the top of the branches, and a blue and green butterfly flies upward.
Traditional Card Meaning
The traditional Rider-Waite depiction shows a figure on the back of a horse. They move from the left side of the card straight to the right side of the card. Around the figure are Wands in the air, five of them, presumably held by people who are cheering him on. The figure holds his own wand with a wreath at the top of it, denoting victory.
This card isn’t just about achievement, but about acknowledgement as well. Not only has there been a victory, but everyone can see it.
What I derive from the Wild Unknown 6 of Wands
I love this card. I’ve been waiting for a while to talk about this card.
It’s actually the Wild Unknown 6 of Wands that inspired me to do this series. When I was going through the deck, this card caught my eye and I thought ‘that’s nice, but what does it have to do with victory?’ Then I sat with it. And the more I sat with it, the more I saw.
The darkness is in the brambles. When you actually watch a butterfly or a moth, they are not graceful creatures. They’re beautiful and enchanting, sure, but they are not graceful. The flaps of their wings make them appear wobbly and they look like they’re riding ocean waves as they make their way through the air.
Now, imagine them in a tangle of branches like that. A butterfly would have two options: To crawl along the branches where they cross to find its way out, or to try and fly. I personally see a butterfly or moth using their nature and flapping their beautiful wings to get out, causing them to bump along each of the twigs and branches, getting knocked down, potentially tearing their wings. Or, if they don’t, then they have a long and complicated walk.
However, this butterfly has emerged, brilliant and without a tear on either wing. It made it through the chaos. It worked hard and was successful.
My personal journey with this particular card even denotes its meaning. I saw just a pretty picture, but without substance. But I kept coming back with it, and gave it my time. By doing so, by doing the mental and intuitive work, I was able to see the meaning in the card, at least for myself. That is my own personal victory.
About the Deck
The Wild Unknown Tarot is a 2016 Harper One publication, created by Kim Krans. The deck is widely available at most bookstores who carry Tarot cards, but also on Amazon. Kim Krans always wrote The Wild Unknown Guidebook.