When I read for an old friend of mine, like a did a few evenings ago, she shrinks behind her fingers, expecting the baddies of the tarot deck to be waiting close in the wings. They sometimes do. But in combination, even the not-so-yucky cards can pack a punch. Look at this miserable ‘three’ for starters.
Opposition, as shown by the 7 of Wands, is never something I relish. I hate confrontation. This card showed up in the same position just a few days ago, and when it did, I mentioned an inner-struggle – a duel with the more negative thoughts in my head. Maybe this still applies, since when I look at this trio this morning, my inner-critic is already shaking a stick in my direction, telling me that I’ll never become what I want to be.
The cards on either side bring context to the 7 of Wands. On the left, the 7 of Pentacles is turned upside-down. What might have been a card of positive long-term-goals and a flourishing enterprise in an upright position is depicted as a crop which isn’t bearing fruit and has little hope of surviving even the mildest of winters. When these two cards are partnered, I see the difficulty of pulling things off and I worry that I am wasting my time. Is this just me being over-anxious and self-critical as usual? Or is there real concern here, which I don’t wish to acknowledge?
On the other side of the 7 of Wands sits the miserable 10 of Wands. This guy has had as much as he can take. His goals are in sight, but he can’t see them and is buckling under the strain of his load before time. When together, these cards suggest the overwhelming task at hand. The card reinforces the stresses of the 7 of Wands. It is hard to keep going when you are burdened by physical and mental opposition.
These cards show a battling against tiredness, pressure, and a worry that things will not pan out as I might want. However, I have not yet seen a fight that the guy in the middle card cannot win. He stands high above the opposing wands and has the advantage. Even though bashing them away is a pain in the butt, it isn’t impossible. I am in a position to fight feeling overwhelmed, tired, or inadequate. Yesterday’s cards showed initial reward, which was inspiring, but these cards suggest a fear of the more distant future. Something I could manage to turn around by staying focused.
Illustrations from The Pamela Colman Smith Commemorative Set by Pamela Colman Smith