6 of Wands – No Pain, No Gain

6 of Wands No Pain, No Gain

After yesterday’s Tarot Soul Coaching draw about conflict and defeat, today we get to celebrate victory with the 6 of Wands. The 6 of Wands following the 5 of Swords is apt, as there can be no success or victory without sacrifice and some form of (self-)defeat. Even in conflicts where we choose to walk away, we have to defeat our separate self’s sense of pride and need for validation.

Let’s see what A.E. Waite says about the 6 of Wands (in the card to the left above) in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot:

A laurelled horseman bears one staff adorned with a laurel crown; footmen with staves are at his side. Divinatory Meanings: The card has been so designed that it can cover several significations; on the surface, it is a victor triumphing, but it is also great news, such as might be carried in state by the King’s courier; it is expectation crowned with its own desire, the crown of hope, and so forth. Reversed: Apprehension, fear, as of a victorious enemy at the gate; treachery, disloyalty, as of gates being opened to the enemy; also indefinite delay.

With the 6’s belonging to the sphere of Tiphereth in the Middle Pillar on the Kabbalistic Tree of life, they all have a transient quality. Worldly success cannot last long because most of us are too inept at keeping things in balance between the Pillar of Severity and the Pillar of Mercy for more than a moment. Most of us have yet to become ‘Christed’, radiating the light of Tiphereth from our hearts with a steadfast love for All.

Yet, we can all learn to lead lives that we are proud of. We can all do our best. Doing our best means making sacrifices and saying no to a whole lot of distractions along the way. In Benebell Wen’s Spirit Keeper’s Tarot , we see that such sacrifices have been made since the victorious heiress to the Kingdom has been pierced through by one of the Scepters.

The Astrological correspondence for the 6 of Wands is Jupiter (The Wheel of Fortune) in Leo (Strength). Jupiter is an expansive and beneficent energy, and charismatic and noble Leo seeks to come out on top, to lead and to take centre stage. When these combined energies are imbued with a sense of duty to the Divine, the victories gained by the person who wields them are be for the Highest Good. However, if motivated by the pride of the separate self, much destruction follows and the victory is only an illusion.

In the Frideborg Tarot we have rays of light expanding (Jupiter) out from the lion (Leo) depicted in the card. This is one of the cards in the deck where I have chosen to work with the energy of an animal that perfectly captures the energy of the card. Lions are chosen as emblems of royalty for a reason.

A minute’s success pays the failure of years. ~ Robert Browning Click To Tweet



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