Ninth Day of Epiphany: A Pause in the Struggle

The Nine of Wands and the Sun (reversed), from Le Tarot des Femmes Erotiques.

Le Tarot des Femmes Erotiques is not always so easy to shuffle. These are big cards. So perhaps it’s not surprising that a couple of cards got away from me and jumped out of the deck onto the floor: the Nine of Wands (A Pause in the Struggle) and the Sun reversed (Life’s Joyful Admiration).

This deck, with all its nudity, always brings to my mind themes of vulnerability, courage, and revealing of the truth–of the idea of not trying to hide anything.

The Nine of Wands isn’t just any old pause. It’s not a self-indulgent chance to go and get a massage. It’s a moment to stop and rebuild our fortifications, to get ready for the rest of the work that has to be done.

And the Sun, reversed, here, makes me think of spending too much time in the sun–so much that our eyes get used to blindingly bright light and then, when we go back into the shadows, it’s a little hard to see, at least until our eyes adjust.

When the sun is that bright, when it’s crazy hot outside, that’s a time when it makes sense to adjust our schedules so that we’re not out in the middle of it at the time of day when the sun is at its worst. That’s a time when it makes more sense to do outside work early in the morning and late in the afternoon or early evening.

What I’m trying to say is that in the year to come, when challenges arise, even challenges that we can’t do anything about (like the weather), we can still adapt. We can adjust our schedules and our way of life. We can simply pause at times when it is impossible to go on. That’s not giving up. It’s just pausing.


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