Sasha Graham’s Tarot Card a Day Blog

Seven of Wands

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Activity. Movement. Engaging.

 

The Seven of Wands has been a tricky card for me to decipher in the past. Sevens in tarot imply Victory, so one may view this card as a triumph. The wands express fire, passion and energy. So, the essence of the Seven of Wands is the victorious combination of exhilaration and combustion. That is pretty powerful! The picture on the card leaves much open to speculation. Who is this gentleman battling and why aren’t they revealed? Is this a cruel fight between enemies or playful game amongst friends? What is that strange mountain he is standing on and does the river give way to a waterfall? One thing that can’t be denied, a lot is happening in this card.

I pulled the Seven of Wands for this past weekend. If the Seven of Wands represents energized activity, it was right on target. The weekend flew by so quickly, I did so many things, and I could barely catch my breath. I had a playdate, a bridal shower, a party, friends in from LA, a yoga class. Plus, we lost an hour due to daylight savings. Yay for sunlight! The cohesive piece of whole weekend was that I had a great time! I can’t say my energy was at full Wands capacity; I stayed out ‘till 2am Saturday night and paid the price the next morning. I was, however, surrounded with friends and family the whole weekend, I was engaged, busy and happy.

I get the sense from the Seven of Wands that although he is pictured alone on the card, he is anything but. I think the Seven of Wands has much to do with the energy exchange you engage in with other people. Just think, when you are having a fabulous day, you can’t help but lift the spirits of those you interact with. You are free with the jokes, with compliments and easy in spirit. However, isn’t it easy to make someone else feel bad when you are having a bad morning and snap at someone?

Are you aware of the influence you have over other people? When you find yourself busy, do you easily go with the flow, from one activity to the next? Do you open yourself up when you are feeling great and close off when you are felling low? If you were the person pictured in the Seven of Wands, whom do you think you’d be sparring with? Is it a playful game or more of a fight? If you are fighting, is it really worth it? Could your energy be better spent in other ways?

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Eight of Wands

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Speed. Energy. Safe Journey.

 

The Eight of Wands is a feisty, fiery card. To experience the energy of the Eight of Wands, imagine the music of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, a racecar accelerating past 90mph, the power of the space shuttle’s engines. Because the Eight of Wands resides within the realm of Wands, it expresses passion, fire and excitement. It could easily be romantic excitement or pure enthusiasm for what you are doing.

I pulled the Eight of Wands and laughed when I saw how it applied to my day. If you have been reading my blog, you might recall I am trying quite hard to live life in the moment. To take life as it comes and not anticipate anything. I want to be present. At first, it seemed like it might be hard to get anything done. It seems contradictory to stay focused on the present, yet lead a productive life. When I drew the Eight of Wands, I came to the realization, I actually get more done living in this way. Rather than anticipating upcoming tasks and spending a lot of time pondering if I did or didn’t want to do them, I just got them done. My level of productivity has increased three fold. Yesterday, I think I crossed the island of Manhattan four times on foot, got a ton errands done, hit a yoga class, wrote, wrapped 16 party favors, and read for a client, all with my four year old in tow. What really linked my activities to the Eight of Wands was the excitement within me as I went about my day. Life feels amazing when you are truly living it.

Take a look at the Eight of Wands. Can you imagine a passionate energy infusing you through out your day? What are the things you get most worked up over? Is it romantic attraction, politics, money? Are you passionate about what you do for a living? If you have a day, where you have a ton to do, try this exercise. Before you get out of bed, picture the Eight of Wands. Imagine the speed and power of the wands, helping you. Aiding you as you go from here to there, getting everything accomplished in the best way possible. Trust you’ll get it all done. More importantly, enjoy the ride!

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Strength

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Inner Power.

 

Okay. I have to be honest. It came time to draw my card of the day and I didn’t like what I picked. I chose another, didn’t like it, and chose another. Finally, it became clear the message the cards were sending me. I just picked the Strength card out of the deck because it looked like there might be a problem heading down the road. I figured if something weird might happen, I could just focus on my inner strength to help me get through it. I put it far out of my mind. I didn’t want to ruin my day based on a few cards (Seven of Swords, Eight of Swords, Chariot reversed).

The day wasn’t a total nightmare. As a matter of fact, most of it was quite lovely. Then, my daughter threw the mother of all tantrums at a play date. It was awful and left me feeling like a complete failure. Later that evening, my husband graciously put her to bed and I went to the movies to see a film based on a book I really enjoyed. It was not a good movie at all and I pondered the Strength card as I walked home. Had I utilized my inner Strength to act in the best way when my daughter started freaking out? Doubtful. Had I somehow created her tantrum by thinking something bad might occur based on the cards I pulled? Okay, thinking like that will drive me crazy! I had to let it go. Four year olds spaz out sometimes, just a fact of life. Maybe if I use the imagery on the card it will aid in how I deal with the situation, next time she has a tantrum – assuming there is a next time.

The Strength tarot card talks about using your strong inner power. It is only through a resolute and firm belief in oneself that the trainer is able to exert calmness over the large lion looming over her. Can I be stronger and more resolute the next time a situation like that occurs? Absolutely. Can I do better? Yes, I can. Can I be strong without being to controlling? Good question and I hope so. Normally, I end my blog with questions turned around to you, the reader. Right now, I’m still trying to figure them out for myself.

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The Ace of Swords

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A Gift. New Beginning. Fresh Start.

An ace in tarot is always a gift! Aces start their particular suit and represent a new beginning. The Ace of Swords specifically deals with the mind, the intellect. Although the suit of swords is often seen as the toughest suit to deal with and lots of sword cards appear frightening, the Ace of Swords is particularly jubilant. Because aces are so fresh, often the effects of the card are not seen until later. Whenever an ace appears, I tell the person I’m reading for to trust their instincts. One can look at aces as the seedlings sprouting beneath you, the rumblings of fantastic new ventures. Your job, when you receive an ace, isn’t to figure out what it means. Your job is to follow your instincts and allow the ace to work for you. Trust that whatever develops, it will be good.

I chose the Ace of Swords yesterday and carried it in the back of my mind all day. I reminded myself that The Ace of Swords says trust any clever ideas that come to you. I also regard Swords as the writing suit because the sword reminds me of a pen. The Ace of Swords reminded me of how hard I’ve been working to use my mind to experience life in a better, richer, fuller way. I’ve said earlier, the sword is representative of the mind. Well, the mind has a habit of acting like a tape recorder. I often replay negative things that happened over and over again. Or, my mind might get stuck on a negative thought and obsess about that. I know this is not productive and I’d much rather be in charge of my thoughts than my thoughts controlling me. I’m also actively trying to live in the moment, paying attention to what is right in front of me. If I am successful at being present then my mind doesn’t have a chance replay any negative old patterns. I’m too focused on what’s going on.

Now, look at the Ace of Swords. If I can control my mind then I am like the hand on the Ace of Swords. I’ve grasped the sword victoriously. I’ve won control over my thoughts! As a result, I’m happier because I can focus on all the good. I can’t even begin to tell you how much this process has helped me become a better parent. My home life, my career, everything I experience is more vibrant, more alive and full of more joy.

Do you think it possible to gain control over your thoughts? Do you think you can improve your life based on the quality of thoughts in your head? Do you sometimes replay negative past experiences over and over again? If you could utilize your mind to its fullest potential, what do you think you could do? If you like, gaze at the Ace of Swords and imagine yourself taking control over your mind and thoughts. Imagine what victory means to you. Imagine yourself getting whatever it is you desire in your life.

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The Ten of Wands

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The Ten of Wands brings us to a conclusion as tens always imply endings. Wands represent passion, fire and creativity, so we have the end of a cycle that generated lots of excitement. What is the fellow on this card to do? He seems overburdened with all of the wands, as if it were too much for him to carry. Each wand blossoms with fresh leaves, implying new growth. What is the lesson of this card? Let go of what you don’t need. In other words, don’t break your back. If you have to force something to happen, maybe it is not worth it.

I don’t know about you, but I often overwhelm myself. There seems so much to do in a day, let alone a lifetime. I can easily paralyze myself when I start to think about all the things I want to accomplish. Add to the mix, I’m a passionate person who gets excited at the drop of a hat. I have always had loads enthusiasm; it was the follow through that was tough for me. The answer? I, like the fellow on the Ten of Wands, needed to slow it down. Were he to give his wands a rest, he might realize he need not sacrifice anything to get to where here’s going. Perhaps, he needs two trips to carry those wands or maybe he doesn’t need all ten wands. The key here is if he takes a break and reevaluates his situation, he’ll be much better off. He’ll find himself more productive in the long run and save himself a sore back.

In what area of your life are you overexerting yourself? Can you stop and take a pause to reassess where you are headed? Would it be possible to plot out a simpler course for yourself? Are you involved in any activity where you are putting harsh physical stress in your body? How can you ease the load that you carry? Can you discard what is not essential in your life? I think you can.