Another duel spread today. We are on fire to start something new or accomplish something (Ace of Wands) but this journey is one that may need to be long and slow. Our enemy (reversed King of Pentacles) is whatever is blocking our ability to be patient. The thing is, while we may be ready to put on armor and go out and do battle, like the figure we can barely see on the Ace of Wands card, what we want to accomplish won’t come about by winning a battle. This project requires a different kind of strong spirit. It requires that we take time for solitude and meditation, preferably alone in the mountains, like the monk Kukai, founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism, who is depicted on the Samurai Tarot’s King of Pentacles card.
However, don’t be disheartened–the Ace of Wands suggests to me that at least our intentions are clear–and that’s the first step of any journey. Just be aware that not every battle is won by actual fighting. Find your way carefully on this path: the tools that will turn out to be your best resources won’t be as obvious to you as weapons are to a warrior. When in doubt, follow your moral compass and take the high road. It won’t fail you. Most of all, exercise patience — the victor in this battle will be the one who is the most patient — the one who knows how to wait and let nature take its course.