Thursday, January 14, 2016

Eight of wands – Wake me up inside

Today’s card is the Eight of Wands from the Mary El Tarot. We see a winged red lion carrying a sleeping child under a starry arch of Nut, the Egyptian goddess of the night sky. The lion holds in his paw and hand a rainbow lemniscate, the symbol of eternity.
It might appear that God is carrying you here, that you are watched over by divinity, but in truth it is you, the wisest most courageous part of yourself who is carrying you.
This card is a wake-up call to your sleeping self.  The part that thinks she is alone, separated, inadequate, not worthy and so on. All of us have a greatness inside ourselves which yearns to be embraced, if we only would wake up and see how strong and wonderful we really are. The best way to “wake up” is to relax and to listen to our inner voice, which will inspire us to create with colors, movement, words and music. There in the beauty and splendor of art we will begin to get a feel of our true potential

“You were born with potential. 
You were born with goodness and trust. 
You were born with ideals and dreams. 
You were born with greatness. 
You were born with wings. 
You are not meant for crawling, so don't. 
You have wings. 
Learn to use them and fly.”
Rumi

11 comments:

  1. Beautiful card. And the meaning you have pulled from it is wonderful. Everyone has that inner fire/power. Mine has awoken before but it seems to be sleeping again...but that can change if I allow it to.

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    1. Maybe you're just taking a little nap instead of being in hibernation :D

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  2. I get the feeling that lion is about to toss that sleeping woman into the air to get her to wake up. Much like labor pains suddenly make a woman drop everything she's doing and focus on the imminent birth. :)

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    1. That was indeed an experience of being in the present moment. I never have known how strong I was until then

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  3. accountability and consequences = grown up and responsible
    Funny how so many people blame a god instead

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    1. Blame is always easier than shame :)

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  4. One of the things this image makes me think of is that we can move quickly and powerfully with greater ease when we are rested and connected with source... Still not sure about this deck ;)

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    1. You do read it very well though :)
      I love how we can interpret each card in so many ways.

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  5. Lovely. This deck lives in my house, but it is actually my husband's, not mine, and I don't read with it very often. This art for the 8 of Wands is stunning. And your words bring to my mind the concept of divinity and where we discover it - outside? Inside? Everywhere? You have a great point that at times people wait for something external to occur, to inspire them to create, or to make change, rather than realizing that that very fire lives within them. But then there is an aspect of the divine in that - it is often how I think of the Strength card, in fact... the lion is that spark of the divine within us, the light of confidence, strength and compassion that carries us onward even when times are challenging. Then, considering that this is the 8 of Wands, I love how your description highlights the "ah hah" moment that this card can sometimes represent... the moment of inspiration, the "waking up," that precedes the hustle and bustle of movement. <3

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    1. O my, what a beautiful profound addition to my post. Divinity is something which we humans never grow tired of contemplating. The moment I think I got it, something shifts and the search continues :D

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