Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 8

It’s Day 8 of the challenge set by Ree at 78 Keys, and today her question to us is this: Which card do you dread pulling the most?

Queen of ArrowsThe Swan
Queen of Arrows
The Swan

I don’t think that there is any “one” card I dread pulling the most. The ones that are hardest for me though are the Court Cards, especially with The Wildwood Tarot deck. They’re heavily linked into the path-workings on Shamanism, and frankly, I’m totally unaware of that skill set and method of working, so they’re the hardest one(s) for me, though some are starting to sink in.

In a spread for clients, the main cards that I don’t want to see are the cards that indicate that their chosen course of action may not bear the fruit that they most need, so we have to rework the question again until we discover a course of action that the cards indicate are favourable. It’s not the first time I’ve done this using more than one Tarot deck, as 78 cards aren’t always enough! It also helps if you’re comparing options, to use more than one deck for each option. Ciro’s decks are great for this as their format and creation process were the same.

Queen of Swords
Druid Craft Tarot

The Queen of Arrows (aka, Queen of Swords) on the right above is hardly the same as the Queen of Swords in the RWS or Ciro’s decks, but in truth, it’s more than about a woman who can deliver the truth. It’s about developing and being aware of the sense of self: something very much shared with the Queen of Swords. The Queen of Arrows is also very much about grace, style, poise and she’s not just about wielding the Ace of Swords and cutting through the nonsense (or crap) that people have or use as excuses or crutches.

“I can’t do this because of…” or “I won’t do that because…” Because, because, because… The Queen of Arrows doesn’t have any because excuses, she just gets on with it and sorts it out, does what needs to be done to be her true self. What’s your crutch, the one you really ought to learn to do without?

On the left here we have the image of the Druidcraft’s Queen of Swords, painted by the same artist, Will Worthington. This is more of the regal lady, sitting atop of the throne, telling people how it’s going to be. Do you need to do the same for yourself today? Or perhaps for a loved one or two?  Whatever you need to borrow from what, for me, is the most awkward section of the Tarot, they’re there to lend a hand. Honestly!

 

4 Replies to “Wildwood Answers: 30 Day Tarot Challenge ~ Day 8”

  1. The card I dread most is the Nine of Bows-Respect. The Wodwose is a compelling image that always fills me with dread and usually comes up around a particular colleague with whom I have an ongoing struggle.

    1. I had that with the 5 of Wands and a colleague that I could no longer work with nor trust. The Woodwose reminds us to have self respect and to command respect. Borrow his energy and stand your ground: Good luck with the colleague! Its never easy when we have conflicts that sap energy that frankly, we’d avoid in other situations. You might want to pull a card (or three) that asks how you can maybe resolve this situation with said colleague? Keep the Woodwose up front, as he’s representing the situation 🙂

      1. Thank you. Perhaps if I make peace with the Wo(o)dwose (WWT spells it with one o) I will make the situation more livable. Clarissa Pinkola Estes writes: The wild and instinctual nature means “to establish territory, to find one’s pack, to be in one’s body with certainty and pride regardless of the body’s gifts and limitations, to speak and act in one’s behalf, to be aware, alert, to draw on the innate feminine powers of intuition and sensing, to come into one’s cycles, to find what one belongs to, to rise with dignity, to retain as much consciousness as we can.” Perhaps I can replace what I perceive as his demand for respect with an echo of dignity.

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