Today’s card is The Archer from The Wildwood Tarot. At first glance a very January like card. Yesterday I’ve learned it is wise to choose one wand (from the Eight of Wands) Today The archer is here to teach us how to proceed. She looks like a courageous, independent, self-reliant woman to me. Her two dogs are there to help her with the hunt and to watch over her and protect her in times of danger (Thank God(dess) for the dogs when you are alone in the woods) But remember the dogs are the outer representations of your own inner strength.
Meaning from the book: “The dawn of a new adventure, folded in the web of universal potential, waits for you to string the bow of your imagination and loose the arrows of creativity. This is a time to be bold and commit to the hunting of new life and a better relationship with the world, as well as the fulfillment of wholesome ambition. Take a moment to gather your tools and steady your state of mind. Take careful stock of what you want to achieve, why and how you will go about it. Then harness your potential by filling your quiver with all the talents, knowledge and cunning you possess and string the ‘bow of burning gold’ with the ‘arrows of desire’. Take a deep breath and be calm. It is time to let your soul take flight.”
The whole process of shooting the arrow is metaphorical for how we pursue our new ideas, goals, projects and resolutions for the new year:
“Stringing the bow, gives the wood potential for the release of energy, drawing the bow controls and harnesses that energy, and releasing the arrow with intent finally sends the archer’s will through the air to it target”
We have to be confident and focused. But at the same time patient and relaxed. Feeling the need and feeding our intent with energy and releasing it with a steady mind into the universe. To trust in ourselves and our capacity but perhaps even more to trust in the Universe to be on our side.
For me this is a wonderful card. Not only for today but also as an accompanying energy throughout the year