Tarot Daily Dot Decoder, August 27, 2014

9 of wands

Today’s Tarot is the IX of Wands. According to ‘A Feminist Tarot’ by Gearhart and Rennie, this card illustrates the knocks taken from our own comrades in the greater struggle. But today when I look at this I see the struggle itself that is as relentless as the tide. At a cost, the situation has been brought under temporary control. All the wands are in a row.

The Tarot is a rich source of archetypal imagery from Western culture. For many of us it is deeply familiar. The cards make excellent writing prompts, as Jessa Crispin wrote in last Sunday’s New York Times blog. I totally will be that kind of card reader in my post-retirement years, gods willing.

But the cards are only cards. Sometimes I look for symbols of ideas that I don’t find well-represented in the Tarot. Like solidarity among workers.

If I ever design my own deck I will include a barn-raising card. Communal labor in a common purpose. Connections and coalitions. If you don’t find what you need in the old scriptures you can always write new ones. That’s the eternal process.

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