Tarot Card of the Day

9 of Wands (Deck: Tarot of the Divine by Yoshi Yoshitani)

Today, the 9 of Wands represents resilience. The ability to bounce back after a traumatic, hurtful, or stressful event in your life. We all go through these times. It’s just part of life. How well and how fast we bounce back afterwards depends on us. Do you wallow in your pain for as long as you can, or do you shake it off and move forward? Rarely are we at either extreme, usually somewhere in the middle. We need to take a little time to figure out what we need to learn from the experience, and then move on. No wallowing, and no ignoring it either. Both have negative consequences. You need to absorb the lesson, which may take a little time, and then move forward with purpose.

In the Tarot of the Divine deck, the 9 of Wands is represented by the Russian fairy tale Vasilisa the Beautiful. It’s a Cinderella-type story. A beautiful young girl’s mother died and her father married again to a terrible woman with 2 daughters. They were all very jealous of her beauty and kind nature. While the father was away, the stepmother took the 3 girls to a hut in the woods. There was no fire, so the stepmother sent the girl to Baba Yaga who lived in the same woods to get some fire. Baba Yaga sets the girl to impossible tasks to earn the fire. The girl had a magical doll that her mother gave her and the doll said for Vasilisa to rest and the doll would complete the tasks. When Vasilisa took the completed tasks to Baba Yaga, Baba Yaga was surprised and asked how she completed them. Vasilisa told her she was blessed by her mother. Baba Yaga sent her away quickly with a skull full of burning coals (the promised fire) and said she wanted nothing to do with blessed people. When Vasilisa arrived back at the hut, the skull magically burned the stepmother and sisters to ashes.

The 9 of Wands, like all the tarot cards, has many meanings associated with it. This time I chose to focus on resilience for the 9 of Wands because I am currently bouncing back from a stressful experience. How resilient are you? Do you wallow? Do you blow things off and go on like nothing happened? Or do you learn your lesson and move forward? We all have different levels of resilience, but we all need to follow those same steps. Learn, move on. What do you need to learn from and then move forward? What pain are you holding onto? Dig into that experience and figure out what lesson you can take away from it and then let it go and move on.

-MAJK Mom (majkmom.com)
(Resource: Beneath the Moon by Yoshi Yoshitani)

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