Tarot Card of the Week: April 18, 2016 – April 24, 2016
Five of Wands
With Mars and Pluto both now retrograde, you may find that your competitive urges are not only being reawakened this week but also potentially misguided and misdirected.
These are both very passionate archetypes (with Pluto being the higher octave of Mars). But the stationary retrograde energy can force it inward, and as you know what goes in must always come out.
It can magnify their respective impulses: anger, aggression, impatience and combativeness (Mars) and power, control, intensity and forcefulness (Pluto).
It can see you fighting for the sake of fighting, acting without thinking, or ignoring repercussions. It can manifest as refusing to see another’s point of view or being so invested in your own that you fail to hear them out.
On the up side, these transits can increase your natural confidence and self-esteem. They can see you feeling invincible, to the extent that you’re willing to put yourself out there — letting nothing stand in your way. But on the downside they’re potentially careless and reckless — especially if you allow your ego to take charge.
The Five of Wands — this version for the beautiful Gypsy Palace Tarot — refers to conflict, strife and competition: forcing your will on others, trying to be heard above the “roar” of opposing viewpoints and struggling against cross-purposes.
You may have to look at where you may have been pushing your views forcefully onto others. You might not even realize that you’re doing it, yet your actions can translate as pressure, at at least on some subconscious level.
Petty squabbles can erupt into major arguments because no one’s actually listening to what anyone else has to say.
The important thing to remember is that most disagreements are based on misunderstandings in the first place. The inability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes –- coupled with the need to be heard — is behind almost every argument out there. And this combination can be a recipe for disaster.
These retrogrades can exacerbate whatever impatient, combative and aggressive tendencies you already have and turn them against you. Because of this, there may be certain topics that ought to be automatically off limits this week. Like politics and religion. Not because they’re unimportant, but because everyone involved is going to be already so invested in their own point of view that absolutely no progress can be made.
This week’s card — Five of Wands — comes from the beautiful Gypsy Palace Tarot, designed by Nora Huszka. The creation and marketing of this deck was the result of a successful campaign and funding through Indiegogo.com.
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