Many long years ago, I was sitting across the table from my tarot mentor in her living room. She shook her head and sighed, “you’re like a bird beating its wings against the cage when the open door is right next to you. You are already free.”
I had absolutely no idea of what she was talking about.
How could I possibly be free with all the burdens I carried and the challenges I was facing?! Where was this open door she was talking about?! Clearly, she didn’t understand at all. (She did.)
When I tell my clients that they are already free, that all they need to do is slow down and shift their perspective a little bit, they also have no idea of what I’m talking about – most of the time. Some do, though. And that’s exciting.
We all carry burdens, we live in a culture that traps us with burdens and rarely frees us to explore the richness possible in our lives. So we trudge along and we accumulate the baggage that we are expected to carry. Maybe work, or family, or health, or finances, or more likely all or most of them. Burdens and challenges. We can barely pick our heads up long enough to see past the burdens to the beauty around us.
Too many of us are waiting for someone else to come along and fix it. That’s not how it works. Especially not in this reading. There are no white knights riding in to save you. You must free yourself. The Queen and the Page are your guidance for releasing the burdens in the Ten of Wands.
The Queen of Swords says: free yourself from the beliefs that have imprisoned you. If your mind is fettered, you cannot put down the burdens. She is fierce – and so must you be. Look closely at her wrists, she used the sword of her mind to free herself from bondage. She has sovereignty over her mind – it does not control her. You can too.
The Page of Cups says: listen to your dreams and intuition. If you have no dreams, what will call you forward into the future? If your burdens are all you are willing to allow into your life, you will never put them down. Your intuition will speak to you about many things, and it may be as strange as speaking with a fish, at first. The more you practice listening, the easier and less strange it will become.
With the guidance of the Queen and the Page, you will be able to choose which of the wands to keep, which to pass along to someone else, and which to place down and walk away from. You may end up with just one, a walking stick to help you along the path of adventure.
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