Looking at the Minor Arcana
The 3 of Wands is a good omen, a good card to get if you’re deep into a project. It means that you’ve succeeded in creating your idea, and you’re looking to give it some depth, a life of its own. What this means is that your idea is ready to be expanded.
~ 3 of Wands Symbolism ~ This is the fourth installment of the 3 of Wands: Weekly Tarot Card. You can read the first three installments in the following links: Monday Observation and Description Tuesday Meditation Wednesday Suit/Element and Number 3 of Wands Symbolism…
Today we’re going to look at the element and number of the card, the two components that give a broader understanding of the 3 of Wands, before we get into the specific imagery tomorrow.
This is a time to journal about what stands out to you in the card, or in any of the cards presented here. Don’t put meaning onto them just yet, but just spend time thinking about what you see and what stands out to you.
This shows that these sticks are not a clash in the wild, but a contained, possibly controlled clash in the 5 of Wands.
The ecplipsed sun is daylight being crossed with night. The shadow of the moon creates shadows to be adressed.
When water meets fire, there is steam, and steam burns in a deeper way.
Unlike the other wands, which have twigs coming off the branches, these do not. They are direct, pointed, with a focus.
The 2 of Pentacles is an assurance that so far you’re keeping everything in balance. However, it can also be a reminder that you need to look after yourself in order to do so.
Symbolism is a means of accessing messages in the unconscious self, and thus, while there are some representations that seem universal, the only ‘real meaning’ is that which rings true for you.
There are two ways to look at the suit of Earth in the Tarot: that as Pentacles and that of Coins. Papus explains that the suit of Pentacles is where we transition ourselves. Just as tens can be the end of a cycle in each suit, so too are the Pentacles, and they elevate us to the next level.
Today we will work to ground the dancer in the 2 of Pentacles through meditation. This is your opportunity to delve into the card and explore what it means to you. What you pick up through this meditation is your own personal experience that will contribute to your personal understanding of the card.
Over the past three weeks we’ve maneuvered through the 2’s in the Minor Arcana, starting with the Wands, then diving into the Cups, and considering the Swords. In the fourth week of the 2’s we arrive at the Pentacles.
This is the fifth and last installment in this Weekly Tarot Card series. The next series will begin on Monday. However, if you’d like to get caught up on the rest of the week, you can use the following links:
• Monday Description and Observation
• Tuesday Meditation
• Wednesday Suit/Element and Number
• Thursday Symbolism
After spending time getting to know the 2 of Swords through our own observations and meditations, we began looking at the 2 of Swords in a more ‘universally’ symbolic way, through the numbers, elements and symbols.
Spending time breaking apart the card gives you access to different ways of looking at the card, which will come in handy as it turns up in answer to a variety of questions and a in a variety of positions. Flexibility in understanding is the key to reading Tarot effectively.
Defining the Card
The suit of Swords corresponds to the element of Air, which indicates thinking and communication. The crescent moon in the 2 of Swords reminds us that though the blindfold prevents us from seeing the answer clearly, our intuition has a voice and its own sight.
The 2 is an indication of the duality of the situation, the two options that are to be decided between. Likewise, it’s a reminder of balance. There are two things at play here – thought and communication. Communication can correspond to messages, and thus listening to them. Thus, the 2 takes on another meaning in the 2 of Swords, a balance between thinking and communicating, a balance between communicating and listening.
The 2 of Swords is a blind balance. A figure is in need of putting down the massive swords, but can’t see which one to put down first. Because of the blindfold, she doesn’t know the entirety of her situation, but knows that she must make a decision. The moon calls upon her to use her intuition and to trust herself in knowing what to do. But the pressure of making the wrong decision is causing her turmoil. The grey of the ground and her dress show that it actually doesn’t matter, that no matter what decision she makes, life will move on, it is merely the pressure of having to make the decision that is causing her stress.
The Swords indicate this is an intellectual decision, something that she can only mentally weigh. It is within her to make this decision, no one else, or anything else externally can sway her. The number 2 indicates the balance that is needed.
The 2 of Swords indicates being held motionless at the hand of indecision. It isn’t an easy choice, but it must be made, and no movement can happen until it is. Be aware of deceptions that might lead you astray.
Keywords: stalemate, difficult decision, stagnation, false information.
The rough sea in the immediate background of the 2 of Swords shows the difficulty of the situation at present, but the calmness in the distance shows that things will reflect that calmness once the decision is made.
Given that the suit of Swords and the element of Air correspond to two features, communication and thought, and the number 2 corresponds to balance, the theme of the 2 of Swords is a balance between communication and thought.
The suit of the Swords resonates with ‘I think.’ Spend time thinking about your experience, about the figure in the 2 of Swords. Look at your own card, and consider why it is she can’t put down the swords.
This is almost like meditation in a way. You’re focusing your attention on the card while allowing any thoughts about it to rise and pass, without shifting focus. At the end of this exercise, take a recording device, whatever that may before you, and note anything that popped up in the card for you. Consider any particular symbols, colors, imagery that tried to get your attention. At this point, don’t try to interpret it, simply note it
We understand ourselves through introspection, but likewise, part of who we are is reflected in those we spend time with. The 2 of Cups invites us to share ourselves with another. By doing so, we share of ourselves and thus we grow, and likewise we learn about ourselves by seeing who we are through the eyes of another.
The images represented in the cards are designed to be visual triggers for understanding. They are to assist the story, they are to stand out to you during readings. Not all the imagery will be apparent at the same time, but can show itself in the right situation.