Summary: This week may see you thrust back into the fray of something you believed resolved. You thought everything was fine, more than fine in fact, so why do you suddenly feel backed into a corner and ganged up on? Some position you hold or decisions you’ve made will be called into question, but it is important that you take time to analyse your stance without self-critical judgements. Confront any uncomfortable truths about your motivations or agenda. Is what you’re sticking up for true to your highest ideals? If not, humbly bow out. If it is, find that source of inner strength and fight for it!
The first thing that popped into my head when I drew the Six of Wands was, “no time for resting on your laurels”. There is a situation that you perhaps feel was resolved to your benefit or liking, and while it is important to take the time to acknowledge all of our little victories and graciously accept any recognition or appreciation we receive, it is not a state of being one can remain in for very long. Life goes on, more challenges arise and we are tested over and over again.
From the Seven of Wands it seems that whatever has been accomplished will soon have to be fought for once again. While you may have felt a sense of completion, others may not, and it doesn’t look like they’re being too quiet about it. Maybe the outcome wasn’t as lasting or successful as you had first hoped and you feel called upon, or even baited into, defending your position.
The King of Swords could represent advice for how to handle this situation: channeling his energy of detachment and clear reasoning, refusing to be drawn back in by taking an impartial and objective position. For sure, emotions are running high and it may be a very good idea to project his image of the calm, still centre in the eye of the storm. You can do this by resolutely keeping your cool, actively listening to all sides and appealing to logic.
However, the feeling that I am getting here is that this King presents us with a challenge, he represents another person, perhaps the one that’s asking you to defend yourself, even testing you. It could well be that the conclusion of the matter rests on their shoulders and you must appeal to their sense of fairness for a just solution. I see this person as being one that you seek approval from, but perhaps no matter how hard you try, nothing ever seems quite good enough to satisfy them – this could even represent your own inner harshest critic, who you seek to pacify – so have a think about exactly how many knots you should tie yourself in to please them.
Either way, whichever scenario resonates and whatever it is you are called upon to stand up for this week, the Night Queen wants you to know that you must travel into the depths of your soul to affirm the beliefs that you hold. You must face your fears of feeling unpopular, besieged and judged by opposing forces and opinions. Discover your personal truth, and do not seek the approval others, seek only the approval of your highest self. Know in your heart what is worth fighting for. Once you have reaffirmed your trust in your own judgement, you will know what needs to be done and find a huge well of strength to draw from.
As an additional note, it’s interesting that I drew the 6 and 7 of Wands in sequence, not only was the deck well shuffled, I fanned out the cards and selected them individually! I see this little coincidence as adding to the message this week – whatever challenges you are facing now, they are a part of the natural progression of things; while it may not feel like it, this is all part of the path that you are on, bumpy though it may be. Stay true to your course, weather the storm and this too shall pass in time.