In the countdown to Halloween I will be looking at the secret warning behind some of the cards you may think of as positive, happy or delightful cards.
The brightest light casts the darkest shadow.
What do you think of this card? Success, victory, good news?
All true of-course, it can be a really postive and exciting card...
You know what they say;
"if it looks too good to be true..."
I always ask myself, what is beneath that bloody blanket on the horse?
Look carefully, it covers the whole of the body, even the legs. When ever anyone tries to cover something up I am left wondering WHY?
Is it a real horse, or a weird kind of mummers horse, where the body is in fact is employees, servants or foot soldiers.
Is his success won by treading on the backs of others with no care at all?
And notice how fancy fine he is, how proud and tall he sits in the saddle.
It brings to mind an old Inn and a wise hobbit who said;
"Well, if he was one of the enemy, he would look fairer and...well, feel fouler, if you see what I mean. "
Or if you prefer poetry;
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
And I guess that is why sometimes (just sometimes) the 6 of wands worries me.
Most of the time it is a joyful exciting card, but it has also represented very manipulative, destructive and dark characters in the past who seem to have a glamour surrounding them...