Magic wands

So! It’s 2013!

A year I’ve decided will be characterised by hard work, being even more broke and still having a lot of fun. Awesome. Without wanting to go into detail here and now, there’s a big project brewing – perhaps not huge by other peoples’ standards but bigger than anything I’ve personally ever attempted, and it’s fair to say I’m wetting myself. What what what minor totem shall I adopt to *sproing* me into the new year with the inspiration and energy I need to get stuff happening?

Why, the Ace of Wands of course!

There’ll be a plenty of earthy explorations of pentacles and their admirable work ethics to come as my project grows, I’m sure – for now, in the first days of this new year, it’s sexy, sparky, sparkly fire that I need. I’ve already pulled out my Magician and bowed to her ‘no excuses’ insistance that I get some serious shit done this year. Now I need the spark.

And here it is:

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Ace of Wands, from the Wild Unknown Tarot, by Kim Krans

I’ve written before about aces being opportunities. In the Waite-Smith tarot there are godlike hands appearing from the sky, offering their symbols in the most unignorable ways. They shout ‘Lookit! Here you go! Now what amazing things are you going to do with this?’ It’s already about creation, about beginnings – and in the suit of wands it is a life force – kinda like the beginning of everything. Over a fair amount of inebriants recently a friend and I argued vehemently about the ‘hierarchy’ of the elements – she insisted that fire was the bottom, the basest of the four and I had it as the highest. I’ve sobered up now and I think she was right – until you have fire, there is nothing at all.

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Ace of Bows: ‘Spark of Life’, from the Wildwood Tarot by Will Worthington, Mark Ryan and John Matthews

In the Wildwood Tarot, wands are bows – and I couldn’t imagine a better symbol for this dynamic, forceful suit. A bow can heat and animate my airy ideas, sent arrows of thought flying through the air and drive them to goals they could never reach alone.

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Ace of Wands, from the Anna K Tarot, by Anna Klaffinger

In the Anna K, a wand links two clods of earth, two pieces of land, carrying our heroine from one landscape to the next, enabling her to take the risk, to make the journey. She knows where she wants to go, and she uses her wand to take her there.

And although The Magician has the elements of each tarot suit at her disposal, it is a wand she holds high above her head. Her magic wand will attract lightening from the heavens/universe and conduct it down, through her own body, to earth, where she can make stuff happen.

tarot wands fireSo The Magician will be my major totem this year, and the Ace of Wands my minor least for now, in these early days. Part of The Magician’s gift is that she knows which tool to pick up when, and my wands may morph through to swords, cups and earth before I achieve my goals for this year. But right now, at the start of this new and busy era in my life, a magic wand will be my tool to get things going.


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