Back to the Wild Unknown Tarot! My cards are the Daughter of Wands and Death reversed.
The Daughter is equal to the Page. The Page of Wands (Cancer, “I feel,” sensitive, tenacious, nurturing, moody; Leo, “I am,” passionate, dramatic noble egotistical; and Virgo, “I serve,” practical, analytical, work and service oriented) is fun to be around, unless you have a migraine. He is about being open to new experiences and about being enthusiastic about whatever is happening, and his optimism just might tip things into the right direction. He is reversed today, and my energies might be a bit scattered. My easily distracted state of mind might not be a hindrance, though.
The image on the Wild Unknown Daughter of Wands is beautiful. The snake (the symbol of Wands in this deck) is vibrantly colored, as if she had just completed shedding her skin. She is coiled around her Wand, a branch from a flowering cherry tree. Flowering cherries symbolize clouds, the birthplace of the lightning strike, and they symbolize the ephemeral nature of life (a concept which has a name, “mono no aware,” the awareness of impermanence. The serpent on this card has almost completed positioning herself in the symbol of eternity, the figure 8. But the symbol is not complete; another indication of impermanence. This image seems to be telling me to enjoy and take advantage of the beauty of “now,” because it is a unique work of art, gone in a blink of an eye.
The Death card of the Major Arcana corresponds with Water (cold/binds and wet/adapts, and sensitive, imaginative energy that strives to stay the same or take the same course), Scorpio, Nun (fish head; liberation), and the Path between Tiphareth (the hub of the creation process where energies harmonize and focus to illuminate and clarify) and Netzach (the stimulating factors of emotion and inspiration), and it tells of natural change that cannot be stopped, and that usually involves the potential to step upward on the evolutionary ladder. Many people fear this card, but Death can be seen as representing natural change through alchemic putrefaction. This card also reminds us that in order for the seed to sprout, it must be destroyed or broken open.
I adore the image on the Wild Unknown Death card; it absolutely captures the idea of transformation without bringing in the fear. Here is the duckling of The Fool and the swan of the Cups Court Cards of this deck, or at least what is left of them after their life forces have departed and their bodies have mostly decayed and gone back to where they began so new life can spring from their ingredients. There are still some feathers left, and a beak on the skull, like the fading memories left in our minds of someone who was once alive. Most of what was here once has gone on to another plane of existence, the life force back to the Divine and the body back to the Earth. We don’t know what it is like to die, but there is a rightness to this image that reassures. Life may not be forever, but neither is Death.
Endings are as necessary in life as beginnings, and today I am being reminded that the cycles of life, no matter how pleasant or feared they may be, have a beauty about them. Our life cycles have an elegant simplicity about them. Nothing is wasted, and everything has value. As I move away from the changes and transformations that have occurred for me over the past months, I need to remember to not dwell too much on the events of the past, or the possibilities of the future. Instead, I should embrace this moment in time and look for the possibilities hidden within it. They have so much to offer me, and they are right here, in my hands. How exciting is that??!!