Two of Wands: Mars in Aries

Astrology dice showing the glyphs for Mars and Aries

I have been extremely interested in the Golden Dawn astrological correspondences to the Tarot cards ever since I heard that such a thing existed. As I have done some research into the correspondences, I have found that they add depth to the card meanings for me. This astrological year I am hoping to cover those card meanings, but there are a lot of cards, so let’s see how I do. Each card corresponds to a certain planet in a certain sign. In a later post I will outline how these signs and planets are assigned. I just learned that myself, and I have found it fascinating.

Since the sun is in the sign of Aries at the moment it seems like a good time to cover the cards that correspond to Aries, which are the Two, Three, and Four of Wands. Today I am going to write about the Two of Wands.

Two of Wands from the Smith-Rider-Waite deck

The Two of Wands can sometimes be hard to interpret, especially since the Two of Wands looks pretty similar to the Three of Wands. The Smith-Rider-Waite Tarot shows a figure who is standing on what might be a balcony. He is holding a globe and one of the wands, looking out over the land to some water.

Two of Wands from the This Might Hurt Tarot Deck. By Isabella Rotman

In the This Might Hurt Tarot by Isabella Rotman, there is a woman sitting on the hood of a car. The car sits in front of a body of water and the woman is looking intently at a map.

Diving In

In order to talk about the Two of Wands, we first need to step back and talk about the Ace of Wands. Wands energy is all about movement, passion, and our creativity on fire. The Ace comes to us as an invitation to step into our creative fire. It could be a passion project calling to us. It could be that we have had this great idea for so long and we just need the fire and the motivation to step out into our power and work toward that goal. So the Ace asks us to look within and find that power and that motivation to move forward.

But then we come to Two of Wands, and we have to find a way to channel this fiery energy. There is a reason why the glyph for Mars is an arrow pointing up. It takes the energy of fiery Aries and channels it in a certain direction.

And the twos in the Tarot are an invitation for us to pause. All of the twos ask us to pause in some way. The Two of Wands is asking us to pause in this energy, this invitation to do and be and create, and to come up with a plan for what that is going to look like. We think and talk about Mars being the warrior planet, but if the warrior goes to war without a plan, he is going to lose the war. So the best way to channel the fiery Aries energy is to plan where to concentrate it.

So the Two of Wands is this pause in between touching in with our passion and actually doing something with it. It is a space of planning, setting goals, and basically mapping out how you are going to move forward with all of the wonderful creative energy that you have.

So how is the Two of Wands showing up in your life? Let me know in the comments.

Entering Cancer Season

Entering the Waters of Cancer Season

Today marks the beginning of Cancer season, the beginning of the season of summer. We leave the yang, explosive information transmission that is Gemini and enter a yin period of inward reflection on emotions.

Nature around us is lush and green, and the increasing temperatures and sustained periods of light require plants and animals to seek shelter and water. And at this time let us not forget about those in the west and Midwest of the United States who are experiencing record high temperatures, drought conditions, and wildfires. We pray that the waters reach you soon!

Cancer is ruled by the moon, our closest celestial friend. The moon is so close, in fact, that it actually influences our oceans and tides. I imagine that since we are made up of mostly water, it is not a long shot to suggest that the moon affects us as well. I admit that I am only starting my journey with working with the moon so I can’t speak a lot about that here. But I do know that the moon is connected to our ability to feel. Just as the moon moves quickly through the zodiac (completing a cycle in roughly 28 days as opposed to the sun’s 365 days), our emotions quickly move, change, and morph, never quite looking exactly as they did a moment ago.

The sign corresponding to Cancer is the crab, and here we get to the heart of the matter (that was a Cancer pun, but you may not get it for a moment). The crab has a shell that protects it from predators and other outside forces. For us, we feel our emotions in our hearts (there it is!), and when we get hurt emotionally we build up our own defenses. It may be hard to trust a potential partner if we have been hurt by a partner in the past. We may think twice about telling a friend a story that leaves us vulnerable if that backfired on us in the past. For every hurt, another brick is built into the wall of our defenses. Our job is to try not to build the walls too high. We do this by becoming aware of the emotions we are feeling and allowing ourselves to not only feel them, but process them by walking ourselves through what happened and how our emotions changed during the experience. How did our emotions change? Did the other person actually do anything wrong or are we reliving an emotional script from the past that got triggered during this experience? While we want to keep ourselves protected from hurt, we don’t want to completely alienate ourselves from others, either. Cancer asks that we look inward at our emotional terrain and see if we have a healthy balance between protection and vulnerability.

Cancer and the Tarot

The Chariot from the Smith-Rider-Waite Tarot

Cancer corresponds with the Chariot card, number VII in the Major Arcana. The Chariot is the thing that moves us. Think about it as the shell of the crab. The crab carries its shell everywhere with it, just as the Chariot carries us. There are so many things that can carry – pieces of our societal culture, our public persona, what we do for a living. But when you think about the crab and how it moves with its shell, pretty soon that crab grows too big for that shell. It grows out of that shell and it has to find a new shell. It’s just part of the growth process of the crab.

The same is true for us. Look closer at the picture of the Chariot from the Smith-Rider-Waite deck, as Jeff Hinshaw of Cosmic Cousins podcast implored his audience to do as he pointed out that the Chariot has no wheels! It might be the finest Chariot around with all of the fanciest accommodations, but if it has no wheels you aren’t going to get very far. Maybe what has been moving you is not built for growth. Or maybe it has carried you so far but now the wheels have worn or fallen off. You will not be able to continue the journey unless you find something new to move you. Much like the crab who can’t continue healthy growth unless he finds a shell that fits.

Cancer season asks us to examine what is moving us, to feel into all aspects surrounding that, and to let go of what needs to be left behind, if need be. Feeling into life and where your life is going is vital Cancer work.