i was thinking a lot about the dual nature of tarot as i prepared to draw this morning's card, particularly how sons/knights can represent the strengths and weaknesses of each suit. i find them such fascinating, difficult cards, and was intrigued that i hadn't pulled one in awhile, particularly since i've been in such a challenging mental state for so long. my cards do seem to tease me, because of course i pulled the son of wands as today's daily draw. clearly i have more reflecting to do.
oh, this charming, clever, passionate son. bold and confident, adventurous but flighty, he brandishes his fiery wand with pride and stares straight ahead, never looking back. he knows what he wants and it doesn't even occur to him that his plan might not work out. this son of fire, of energy, of inspiration and creativity, is always on the move. he pushes forward, obsessive and driven, craving the next high and completely sure of his place in the world. i've written about him before, but today i think he carries a different message for me.
there's no fear in this snake, no hesitation, no room for self-doubt. he's ruled by his passions, by that constant need for adventure - everything in his posture is about the next big thing. wrapped around the wand, bathed in the brilliance of its light, he barely seems aware of what's around him. he's focused solely on what's next.
and while this card clearly carries warnings, and there can be danger in this kind of single-minded pursuit of passion and glory and excitement, there's something so lovely in his pure, unadulterated eagerness. he could be the captain of a ship, staring into the storm without fear. he could be a warrior, believing in the honor of the upcoming battle. he could be a firefighter, assessing the blaze and knowing it's time to run into it. that intense focus, that readiness for whatever is around the corner - he's not afraid of the challenge, he's actually seeking it, anticipating the next big thing.
to actually welcome what's coming, even if it's unknown - there's beauty there. and after yesterday's three of wands, with its glimpses of a colorful future, perhaps i can begin to seek hope too.