I spoke in front of a group of people recently with a general theme of getting through life and using spiritual tools to help us achieve our life goals. This was not a metaphysical crowd but when I mentioned that I was a tarot reader one of the women in the group talked about a time she had heard me speak in the past and I had talked about a particular tarot card that had inspired her. The card was the “Surfer” – the “Man of Cups” (King of Pentacles) from Dr. James Wanless’s Voyager Tarot. I was astounded because it had been many years since that first speech but I, too remembered that reference. Such is the power of tarot!
If you are not familiar with the Voyager Tarot, it is a really cool and useful version of the tarot. The deck and its accompanying guidebook Way of the Great Oracle “blends shamanism, psychology, art, and mythology into a modern ritual for self-creation” as noted on the back cover. James calls it a GPS for the soul and I think that is an apt analogy. The cards are not classic medieval characters but rather collages of objects that represent the energies of each tarot card and the Man of Cups happens to depict a surfer riding the emotional waves of life. I have always loved that image. For me it’s quintessentially what we are trying to achieve in our lives. We need to learn how not only to accept the way things are in the world but how to rise above the very things that would defeat us and ‘surf’ towards the best reality we can conceivably co-create.
To be honest I had forgotten what tarot energy that card was actually meant to show in Dr. Wanless’s tarot. I would have guessed it as any of the kings (or Man cards) and especially the King of Wands. I think it can represent any of the top cards in the suits because they are the cards of mastery. There is much allusion to achieving balance in the tarot and the Man cards, or kings, indicate that we have surmounted the difficulties inherent in each suit whether it be our intellect, our physical reality, our ambition or our emotions. Isn’t that the whole point – or at least part of the process of learning lessons here in Earth School?
Tonight we have a full moon in Taurus and she will be a super-moon, so she will be attracting attention from everyone whether they are into new age concepts or they just like to stare at a big, pretty moon. Even though super moons can be emotional, this moon is in Taurus (yes, we are in the time of Scorpio but that is the sun sign) so the earth elements of Taurus will bring about a grounding and calming effect. That’s a perfect way to ride the emotional waves, especially here in the U.S. where we just experienced a huge outpouring of intense and often negative energies surrounding the elections.
Today ask yourself what wave you need to ride. Whether it is emotional, mental, physical, or spiritual decide what energy you are called upon to surf and get out there and catch that wave!
Blessings – Mary Ellen