Upright: Portal, Spiritual Awakening, Inquisition, Thirst for Knowledge
Reversed: Fear, Uncertainty, Self-Doubt, Self-Sabotage
There are so many ways to study and decipher the tarot. It feels like an infinite treasure chest of knowledge, which makes sense if it’s been sent to us by Source. Sometimes I find it overwhelming to land the meanings in our three dimensional reality. Almost like trying to describe a vivid dream. The dream was so powerful, so striking, yet explaining the experience to another human almost feels impossible. Tis the spirit of the two of wands.
If we take a step back simply study the number two from a numerology standpoint it signifies two important concepts: polarity and balance. What once was simply a divine spark now shares energetically with another. How do these two forces align? How do they oppose each other? It illuminates a portal in which we communicate ideas in our shared reality. Without darkness there is no light, without hatred there is no love, without doubt there lives no faith. These polarities create a cacophony of illusions that make us feel separate, or apart from one another. In this human experience we have somehow agreed to this idea of separateness. While the agreement might exist, does it match the truth? The spark of the ace is where it all began. Where everything was one.
Wands are the suit of fire, passion and most importantly, spirituality. Fire is mighty, powerful and ever changing. It can’t be contained or else it will snuff out and disappear. It flickers, moves and motivates with powerful energetics. The wands is where the minor arcana begins and ends. When we recognize the two as it appears in the suit of wands, or fire, it offers us an examination of polarity and balance in the realm of the Spirit. I like to visualize this card as two bright poles of mighty light with it’s infinite knowledge whirling around them like lightning. It’s where the soul begins it’s awakening, if the person is ready to heed the call. If this spiritual knowledge comes too soon in our journey it can often cause confusion, anger, fear or sadness.
Most tomes about the tarot like to reference the ever popular Rider Waite deck. Imagined by Arthur Waite, illuminated by Pamela Smith Cook and first printed in 1919, these 78 cards are examined by every angle by tarot scholars. While I give reverence to this deck’s significance, I can’t say that it resonates. Here we see the Two of Wands depicted as a solemn man standing atop a bereavement between two pillars. Instead of glancing gleefully down at his bounty he gazes miserly at the globe that rests in his hands. The card as illustrated here suggests spiritual unrest among material gains. If only time travel were possible as this ideology may have been revolutionary over a hundred years ago and spot on. As our spiritual collective shifts and changes I have to say that I’d like to see a deck that better reflects these nuances.
In the meantime, if this card pops up in your reading let it offer you a moment of reflection. Whenever I pull from the wands it’s usually a message delivered from The Divine in a very concise and specific manner. In the upright position it’s the encouragement you need to keep going. Reversed, take a moment to meditate on what blocks need to be addressed before you can move forward.
Questions to ponder if this card appears:
- What can I do to further my self-exploration and self-knowledge?
- How can I deepen my ritual or practices?
- When I get extremely quiet, what do I hear?
- What negative, false and self-limiting beliefs do I need to discard?
- Who will assist me on my journey? Part of the power of two is asking for help.