Wild Unknown Tarot today. Still can’t find my Legacy deck. I threw: Four of Swords reversed and the Two of Pentacles reversed.
The Four of Swords (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Libra, “We are,” partnerships, balance, cooperation) can represent a pause or truce or mutual deterrent, or a time of silence and isolation used to prepare for challenges to come. While the person in the image on the traditional card appears dead, he is actually in a meditative state, OOB in order to prepare. Often it is necessary to take a moment to absorb what has happened thus far, and this card offers that pause. The truce represented by the Four of Swords does not happen due to weakness, but rather through conscious choice and through a balance of power. After all, the truce is “supported” by Swords, the suit of the intellect.
The Wild Unknown Four of Swords shows a lamb, all curled up and serene, beneath four Swords hanging point-down above him, with a brightly-glowing third eye chakra. This tender, untried youth is resting below four Swords hanging precariously above him, and yet he does not appear frightened. He is alert, so he knows those Swords are there even though he does not even spare them a glance, but he is not even prepared to run should they come loose. Perhaps his stillness is part of his protection. It is as if he is keeping those Swords up there with his serenity, his stillness, his awareness of what is going on around him, and his belief, his mental force . . . his Will!
The Two of Pentacles (Jupiter, expansiveness and growth, justice, fortune, in Capricorn, “I build,” ambition, caution, cunning) reminds us that everything always ebbs and flows, and we need to do the same in order to remain dynamically balanced. Change is what allows stability to be functional, and we should keep in mind that change, no matter how uncomfortable, is a good thing. We can survive this kind of dynamic balance and even thrive if we remain aware on many levels, not just the physical world.
The Wild Unknown Tarot LWB keywords for this card are “balance and change”; the image is a black and white butterfly with a pentagram on each wing, with a multicolored (one color for each physical world element) symbol of eternity circling each of those pentagrams. The butterfly often symbolizes complete metamorphosis; after all it goes from egg (which could symbolize potential) to caterpillar (which could symbolize the decision to do something with that potential) to chrysalis (which could symbolize the manifesting or development of that decision into reality), and then finally to an exquisite butterfly (the end result). This process follows a “ritual” of sorts, and it takes time to complete. The end result, the butterfly, looks nothing like the other stages in this process. Perhaps the balance being represented in this card is achieved by accepting both change and the status-quo (or the end result with the initial intentions). Or, since the butterfly also represents the element of Air and the workings of the intellect, perhaps the balance is connected to the physical world and the etheric realms of feelings and thoughts and beliefs.
The message here is clear: rest will not be beneficial to me today, and I probably won’t be able to access my own Will in order to remain balanced throughout my tasks. I could very well be suffering from a “vacation hangover,” and as I attempt to return to my regular schedule, I might also attempt to not become discouraged if overcoming lethargy turns out to be a difficult task.
Yes, I ate too much. But I am getting back to my regular aerobic discipline, and while it might take me a few days to be back in the groove, it will happen!! Once these two cards are turned upright, I might actually be unstoppable. Look out, here I come!