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Mystic Monkey: The 6 of Wands

Well, howdy-do! Lookie who’s crawled out from beneath the rubble of the Tower to blog another day! And today’s tarot card of the day looks much brighter indeed. Technically, I first pulled the 8 of Cups, but I’ve covered that one previously, so I drew an additional card: the Six of Wands.

Stringing the above three cards together, I see a narrative of upending unstable living to move on to something better, healthier and more purposeful, and seeing some positive achievement as a result of that. While this isn’t playing out for me in a dramatic way at the moment, I do see how my immediate present has followed this trajectory in micro ways, and that’s been satisfying. Being a Major Arcana card, the Tower warns me of an overarching issue that could plague my life in general if I let it, but for today, the Minor cards are telling me that in my day-to-day, I’m doing okay. The past week, I haven’t exactly been at my best (giving in to tendencies as I will often do when left to my own devices), but these last two days definitely mark improvement.

Anyway, to bring focus back to the Six of Wands, we see a man confidently riding on his horse, like a knight on his white steed, returning from some victory abroad, perhaps, that has earned him his laurel wreaths. With back straight up and chest puffed out, he’s feeling pretty good about himself at the moment, which is reward in itself, but we see that he is also being celebrated by a group of people in the background, seemingly cheering on his triumphs with staffs upraised in hip-hip-hooray fashion. So, in that regard, this card signifies not only achievement but recognition of it, which is always nice. When we toil day to day at work or home, we can get through it (and keep it up) better when we at least feel like we’re appreciated for our efforts, that all our work isn’t for nothing. Not that we should be all about external praise and impressing others–those can be shallow and short-lived glories–but at the right moments, the right encouragement and reward can be a powerful esteem-booster and help us believe that we can just when we feared we couldn’t.

I particularly take this meaning away from this card because it came up once in a reading for my adult nephew, who was a bit lost on his path and asked the tarot for some clarity on when he could expect to finally start making forward movement in a career. The cards showed his eagerness to set out on this journey and how his temporary job was at least a practical way to earn some money in the meantime. As to what would give him that ultimate nudge, though, his frustrations and disappointments also showed up in the cards as a potential sink-or-swim catalyst. Looking for clarity on that, I drew the Six of Wands and speculated that after a discouraging period, maybe it would take getting recognized for something (whether at his day job or for his personal, creative projects) to feel more confident in his abilities and add momentum to his quest. Sure enough, he soon after received an award and extra responsibilities at his part-time job in recognition of his good work, which seemed to spark his pilot light back to life and transform his outlook on himself and his options, at least enough to motivate him to more seriously research and pursue his desired path. He embraced the fire and action of the Wands and is totally on his way now!

Anecdotes aside, every tarot card has a shadow side (yeah, they’re nuanced like that), so the Six of Wands sometimes also strikes me as a warning not to rest on your laurels. Yes, great, you’ve accomplished something and should treat yo self for that, but there comes a time when you have to buckle down again and keep at it. Keep striving, improving, because each little victory is fleeting and there’s always something else we must reckon with. Don’t let the highs go to your head, as you might not weather the lows so well if caught off your guard. It’s like in ancient Rome when a victorious military leader returned from war and was celebrated with a grand public triumph; standing behind him on the chariot would be someone whispering in his ear, “Look behind you”–as in, remember where you came from, that you’re just a man and fortune can turn on a dime (or in their case, I dunno, on a denarius?), so, sure, soak this moment up but leggo the ego. And when I really look closely at this Rider-Waite-Smith version of the card, the person on the left doesn’t actually look that happy for the victor, and the one next to him/her doesn’t even appear to be looking at the man of the hour at all, staring off to the side instead. Fame is fickle, and folks can be quick to envy or begrudge someone else’s success, especially if you’re a sore winner, so don’t rub yours in anyone’s face–and be ready for some competition that might take you down a peg. Any of those bystanders could easily use their sticks to knock you off that horse.

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Crystal pairing: almandine garnet for success and confidence while also staying grounded.

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Mystic Monkey: The Ace of Wands

Hmm, today’s tarot one-card draw does not surprise me in the least…

The Ace of Wands signals new projects and opportunities, a creative spark that bodes well for diving into a new challenge. Why doesn’t its appearance today surprise me? Well…

Recent readings that included the Six of Swords and Eight of Cups basically told me to cut my losses and move on to something better, just when I was questioning yet again why my current manuscript has been such a struggle. Intuitively, I know: it’s not the right story or I’m not writing it the right way. So, I’ve made the decision to scrap what I’ve written and start over! It’s the first time I’ve done that with a manuscript, something I’ve always feared would happen, but now that it is, I feel liberated. Second chance! Fresh start! And I’m okay with that!

So then, also unsurprisingly, I drew this card today from Alana Fairchild’s Sacred Rebels Oracle deck: “Shock of the New.” New, new, new! I’m detecting a pattern here. This card encourages me to embrace the strangeness that challenges my conventional attitudes yet will help me birth something new and wonderful. Yeah, okay! I’m up for that! As it is, I’ve been so distracted lately by all sorts of metaphysical interests, which is way New Age-ier than I’ve historically been. But the fervor with which I’ve been gobbling it up has got to mean something, so I’ve been trying to just surrender to it and see where it all goes. As the oracle card says (per Alana’s guidebook):

There are rumblings and stirrings of the creative life force happening now — deep in the undercurrents of your being. […] So be on the lookout for the big shift of new birth, the shock of the new, the unconventional, the strangely beautiful and the disturbing liberation of that which is foreign stepping into your life. […] You are being invited, dragged, nurtured and coerced into the new. You can handle it!

This captures the spirit of the Ace of Wands very well, that stick that pokes at us to act on our creative potential in some new undertaking, going with our gut rather than thinking about it too hard. Just do it, as Nike would say. And what better day than today, when I was already planning to set up a crystal grid for creative inspiration and action for the full moon. So, waving my wand, I say, All right, Monkey, let’s manifest some shit! 🧙‍♀️

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My chosen crystal pairing: prehnite + tourmaline for inspired action and new challenges.


Mystic Monkey: The 5 of Wands

Happy Monday, all! What better way to start the week than with a little group conflict… 😀

Those darn 5s. They, along with 7s, like to herald conflict and struggle in tarot, but what can ya do. That’s life. Here in the Five of Wands card, we see a group of lads duking it out with their staffs (hello, sausage fest!). This isn’t generally a positive card to me, but it’s not as bad as it initially appears either. This doesn’t look like combat so much as friendly competition. We’ve got five people dressed quite differently from each other, signifying their differences in perspective as well. This could be a clash of viewpoints on an issue or how to accomplish a team goal, or individuals vying for an achievement. There’s also confusion here, a lack of clarity that obscures the way forward and keeps anyone from making progress. I look at the chap on the left, though, who seems to have freed his wand from the fray and thus holds it up victoriously–he’s gotten himself out of this tangle and can now make more productive use of his time, be on his way ahead of the rest. There’s this healthy aspect of competition that encourages you to do your best and set yourself apart, but it’s also good to work with others, to brainstorm and hear diverse opinions–as long as everyone is listening and valuing that input; otherwise, you really will get nowhere.

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My chosen crystal pairing: aqua aura quartz + fire agate for clear and calm communication, focused action, and blocking negativity.

 


Mystic Monkey: The 8 of Wands

Yikes, drew my tarot card this morning and almost forgot to write about it today! Here’s a little somethin’, then, about the Eight of Wands.

Pew-pew-pew! Eight wands, firin’ at ya! No person present in the card, just these long projectiles headed your way. These could be a plethora of opportunities coming to you, choices you must make, and the speed at which they’re flying to you might make this overwhelming, but you need to act just as fast. The fire element of the wands calls for this swift action, and the air through which they fly shows the mental decision you must take. Or a burst of ideas you have, some of which will reach their target while others’ll be hit or miss. The number eight, too, is meaningful in that you’re nearing completion of something, so don’t start dilly-dallying now. Keep the forward momentum going. This can sometimes also mean air travel.

I did find myself with quite a bit of options today, not least of which are the flight tickets I must book tonight!

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My chosen crystal pairing: amber + aventurine for decisiveness and quick action.


Mystic Monkey: The Page of Wands

Greetings, and welcome back to my shenanigans! My tree is sadly absent one sister now, with whom I had zee best week venturing around my zoo and beyond. *sigh*

As I return to regular routine with great melancholy, today’s tarot card is the Page of Wands.

This dude is rocking the sacral chakra colors like his mother, and you know what? Who says he’s a dude? Court cards like this are traditionally associated with certain genders and even skin tones and hair color, but I prefer to interpret their particular energies, applicable to anyone who embodies the same.

In this Page’s case, tones are earthy yet vibrant, a salamander-spotted tunic in vivid yellow depicting the fire within, as she’s ready to embark across a vast orange landscape of creativity and passion. She’s cloaked in courage and ambition and looks fondly at her wooden staff, seeing the fertile green potential sprouting from it, a wand for her to wield and create with as she forges ahead with naivety yet determination and drive. She’s only scratched the surface of what she can achieve, or is about to, and while she might stumble here and there on the peaks and valleys of her journey as she learns and grows, she learns and grows all the same, the wand steadying her steps ever more. She’s focused and free, her lust for life and to reach her goals already a feather in her cap.

Interestingly, today I also drew a card from my brand-new Halloween Oracle (’tis approaching the season, y’know?)–or, rather, the card flew out of the deck of its own volition during shuffling. I got the Witch, “The earthly weaver of the worlds.”

As I’m renewing my daily tarot practice and looking to work with other new decks today, I like to think both of these cards are signaling this rekindled creative and metaphysical focus. The Witch manifests fire with her own two hands, just as the Page seeks to apply the fire of her mind and spirit to bringing something into being. Working with tarot and oracle cards does give me a sense of uniting the unseen with the seen, the physical cards feeling so amazing in my hands as my mind and soul energy melds with them to create visual messages of what lies within. These messages are a call to action as well, which embraces the energy of both Wand and Witch: intentions made manifest.

Okay, so now I’m babbling but all in all feeling very cool and pleased with today’s reading and my efforts going forward. 😊

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My chosen crystal pairing: vanadinite, for focus and fire.


Mystic Monkey: The Queen of Wands

Hiya! Onward to Day 4 of my tarot card-a-day reflections. Only 74 more to go! 😃…😬…😦

Anyway, several cards tumbled into my lap today (whoa, hey there), but this little lady was the only one to present herself face-up.

I love her.

She’s just got it so together. She’s creative, she’s passionate, she’s fun, and she’s fiercely loving. She even has a kitty! She strikes me as a bit witchy for that reason, as if the black cat is her familiar and she can wield her wand for magic. Fiery solar plexus and sacral chakra colors here (yellow and orange), so I’m fully feeling the vibe of creative and sexual passion, confidence, joy, optimism, and drive. I have fond respect for all the queens, but the Queen of Wands is one I’d actually want to hang with. She seems full of whim yet no-nonsense at the same time, like she’d join in the laughs and be game for something totally spontaneous, but she isn’t going to take anyone’s crap and is only in it for a truly authentic experience. The sunflowers add to her charm, warm and happy as they turn to face the light, yet they’re also strong and hardy. Not delicate like other flowers. The lions add to the vim and vigor (the ones above her head look ready to party), but they can also be fierce and protective when need be–even kitten has claws and stares us down intimidatingly, still primal and superior in its evolved domesticity. The clasp on Queenie’s cloak shows her to be lionhearted as well. You want to stay on her good side. But she’s great. Loyal and lovely. Maybe a little eccentric. Very determined. I can only hope to embrace her energy today!! 🌻🌻🌻

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My chosen crystal pairing: orange calcite + carnelian for creativity and drive.


Mystic Monkey: The 9 of Wands

Greetings, all! And so commences my card-a-day tarot draw, as I yammered on and on about in my previous post.

I asked the cards what I should be most mindful of today, and the Nine of Wands jumped out of the deck whilst I shuffled. (Oh, and by the by, I’ll be using the Rider-Waite-Smith deck–and perhaps variations thereof–to stick with traditional imagery.)

Looking at this guy, I see he’s gotten his ass handed to him. But he’s still standing (while I’m now desperately keeping Elton John out of my head). He doesn’t look happy, but he’s got resolve (just as I’m resolved to keep Elton John out of my head.). He clutches his staff (no double entendre intended, though these wands are so phallic it’s distracting, amiright?) behind a protective fence, having undergone some hard knocks but rallying and on the defensive. He’s learned a tough lesson and will be stronger for it, ready to finish his mission. For now, though, he’s bandaged and still healing, yet the tiny sprigs of leaves on the wands show his potential for brighter, victorious days. He will venture out into that vast landscape again, but at this time, he takes pause.

I’m not as yet sure how this will apply to me today. I, too, am literally healing as I recover from a sinus infection that’s had me down for the count, pressing pause on life for the most part to get over it. I wonder, though, if there’s something else I must defend myself from, something making me skittish about moving forward. The man in the card looks a bit paranoid to me now, so might I get defensive over an issue of my own making? What am I wary of?

I will leave this to marinate in this guy’s blood, sweat, and tears and return later with any new insights…

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Okay, so the day hasn’t quite ended yet in the UK, but I have since drawn this Affirmators! card (see below), which reinforces the health speculation I had above. Sinus infections are a marathon, not a sprint; I’ve already battled this for over a week, and it won’t be quickly over, but giving myself a low-key day helped me to further lick my wounds, and I’m definitely feeling much better, rarin’ to go on new projects of the personal and professional variety. (Affirmators!, by the way, are the non-affirmation-card-deck person’s affirmation card deck. Feel-goody and wise yet full of more cheek than cheese. I love ’em!)

This afternoon, I also received the online tarot reading that I’d requested earlier this week. I mostly wanted to see how someone else interpreted the cards, but it was truly a two-birds-one-stone situation as I went ahead and asked about my writer’s block. I won’t get into the details of the response, but I definitely take away that I’m close to achieving my goals and just need to get back on the saddle again. That I’ve had victories and suffered some defeats, but it’s predominantly in my mind, so now after my period of self-care, it’s time to go back into battle and complete my quest. I’ve been complacent and need to fire up that wand elemental energy!

Sooo…that’ll do it for today, everyone! This post has been sponsored by the Nine of Wands, and we’ll see what’s in the cards for me next. Until then–Monkey’s on the mend! 🐵

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Oh, and while I consider this exercise a ‘daily’ draw, I may not actually get around to posting every day. I will do my damnedest, though! And also provide…

My chosen crystal pairing: amber + lemon chrysoprase for physical and emotional healing.


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