After the focus on the Devil for the past few weeks, I decided to move on to the Tower. You might say that’s not much of an improvement, but hey, it’s a change 😃 This week, I’m drawing from the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot (Llewellyn, 2010).
This isn’t a deck I like much. I got it mainly for the book, as I’m doing some research that required some Golden Dawn input. Still, I thought that if I could get a deck to match, it would act as a good mnemonic or reinforcement.
Anyhow, letting the image of the Tower inspire me (as much as is possible with a deck I find horrendously ugly), I noticed the shattered top, the lightning (or whatever that strange green and red blob is meant to be), and the remaining tower:
What thoughts need to change? – Two of Wands – Dominion
A bizarre green hand explodes out of a red cloud, holding two crossed over wands. The Wands cards, normally some of my favourites in the tarot, are my least favourite in this deck. This card, though, is one of the ones that speaks to me more: trying to grasp onto two different things.
I need to change the idea that I can control everything. Trying to hold on tight and be in charge just isn’t working, anyway.
What energy is fueling this shake-up? – Four of Cups – Blended Pleasure
Pure white water flows from a lotus flower at the top of the card. The two cups below capture it, before it flows on down. However, the water runs out as it gets to the bottom two cups. The book says: ‘The titlem Blended Pleasure, implies that there is pleasure associated with the card, but not without its drawbacks.’
I enjoy eating sweet treats. There’s pleasure there in the taste and the variety. Yet, it certainly has its drawbacks, too. This catch 22 situation is driving the need for change.
What foundation can you build upon? – Ace of Cups
A hand holds out a single cup. Water bursts from it joyfully, flowing into a lotus pond.
For me, this is a par excellence card of love. Not just romantic or carnal love, though, but also spiritual love. As such, it’s about feeling connected to source.
I’ve been thinking a lot over the last week about what it means to pray, to meditate, to do a spell, and to perform a ritual. One of the things that this card brings up for me is the idea of letting go and letting God(dess), as the saying goes. Or: ‘Thy will, not my will, be done.’
In some ways, this is something I have railed against. To a degree, I suspected this was part of the patriarchal means of control that dominates much of institutionalised religion. In paganism, instead, they say: ‘An it harm none, as I will so mote it be.’
Yet, even within paganism there are different phrasings, such as something along the lines of: ‘In the best and most helpful way for all, may this be so.’ After all, how can a human know what will be the best way for something to happen?
The foundation I can build on, then, is a willingness to open myself to spirit. I have changed my meditations the last day or two, away from my idea of how things should be, to simply spiritual cleansing and healing.
To read journal prompts based on these cards, click here.