In celebration of the first annual International Tarot Day, a bunch of us from all over the globe have gotten together to bring you a fabulous blog hop through the tarot deck! I'm so honored to be a part of this huge endeavor!
My card is the Six of Wands.
For me, the Six of Wands is more than a card of victory. It's an indication and celebration of the battles fought and won.
While we may bask in the glory of onlookers and even derive further motivation from their cheers, we still know in our heart of hearts that getting to this point was not easy. We fought tooth and nail to survive, and very likely we didn't come out of our skirmishes unscathed.
This sense of triumph in the Six of Wands is especially poignant because it follows the strife of the Five. Depending on one's view of the Five of Wands, the fighting could be between friends or colleagues, as a result of one's own excessive passions (for better or for worse), or any of a myriad of interpretations. But there's generally a sense of crisis about the card.
The Six, on the other hand, shows us the aftermath of that strife, and it's very often depicted as a victory procession through streets full of admiring spectators.
What is sometimes missing from -- and what I find very important about -- the Six of Wands is the internalized aspect of the central figure. How does s/he feel about the fight that s/he seems to have won? What wounds has s/he sustained? What people or things did s/he have to sacrifice for victory? Who did s/he lose along the way?
When this exalted figure looks up to the heavens or out in the crowd, what to they contemplate?
This is precisely what I hoped to evoke in my own rendition of the Six of Wands. I wanted to look at the internal changes that only a true test of fire can effect in us.
Okay. I'll be the first to admit that I'm no artist and that I only dabble in fine arts. (Crafts are another story!) Meaning, please don't judge me/my work too harshly! While the end result may not be spectacular (it looks better in person, I swear!), I did spend a lot of time on it, and I hope that effort comes through.
|Six of Wands|
I wanted this figure to be rather androgynous and definitely battle-worn. The armor isn't shining; it's dented, dirtied, and chipped from the blows of his/her opponents. His/her greaves are caked with mud, and the shredded cape and livery are stained with blood (their own or of the fallen?).
S/he is weary of fighting. The true victory is that it's over... for now.
I realize my post is a bit on the short side, but I'm gonna chalk that one up to extra effort put into my project.
I truly hope you've enjoyed my little contribution to the blog hop!
We seem to be skipping the Seven, but do make sure you check out the Eight of Wands by Jill Pitts at The Astro Dancer.
Have you hopped into the middle of our leap-frog? Then do take a look at Vix's tarot spread for the Five of Wands at New Age Hipster.