Card study: Ten of Wands

Screen Shot 2018-03-04 at 4.12.04 PMSeeing this card can instill a sense of understandable dread. But it often means that we need to keep going and with one last push will get there. In the Cosmic Tarot, there are a few odd symbols that are worth noting.

We see the planet Saturn in the orange sky (orange being a color of creativity.) Saturn understands limits of time and matter, which reminds us that this too will pass. Saturn is a god of agriculture who reminds us that life is a cycle of death and rebirth. We must harvest when we have the opportunity.

And notice the figure is in a pigeon pose. Interestingly, pigeons represents confidence and assurance in challenging situations. So a lot of food for thought in two small symbols.

Nine of Wands: cobras

Screen Shot 2018-02-27 at 2.32.19 PMCard study: Nine of Wands. There’s a lot of powerful imagery in this card! We know the lion stands for our untamed self and our animal instincts. It represents passion that propels us through our journey. But notice the Cobra wrapped around the prominent wand. Cobras carry different imagery than most snakes. They do represent transformation as do most types of snakes. But they also represent both a means of death and an antidote to death, according to ancient Egyptian mythology. So what could kill you could also cure you.

Further, because of their size and the way they can raise their bodies, they also represent the raising of Kundalini energy,  a strong and primal energy. Kundalini energy is sacred. It is a form of enlightenment and awakening this coiled serpent should not be taken lightly. What is interesting is that this serpent can be awakened not only by study and/or a guru, but also through trauma, sexual experiences with someone with an awakened Kundalini energy, or illness.