Thursday, April 14, 2011

4/14/11—Combining Preparation with Opportunity

Today's Draw: The Archer (Major Arcana 7) from the Wildwood Tarot. Are you about to embark on a new adventure? Are you ready to let loose some new ideas or a creative vision? Are you prepared for the change ahead of you?

Yes, I'm bragging about having the Wildwood before pretty much everyone else in America. If you can't wait until June, order one from The Book Depository UK. Mine arrived in about a week.

The Archer is loosely related to the Chariot in traditional decks. But this isn't a traditional deck, so it gives a different bent to the meaning. To become a skilled archer like the one on the card takes years of preparation. The arrow represents our creativity and must be released in a controlled and steady manner. In a traditional deck, the animals drawing the chariot would represent the will, but in this deck, it's the bow. The wolfhounds are messengers of the archer's strength, and are safely and obediently contained. No, in this card, the only thing the Archer needs to control is the release of the arrow, a skill she's mastered over many years.

This card signals the dawn of a new adventure. It's a time for bold commitment. It asks us to take a moment to gather our tools and steady our state of mind. Then move forward with calm and precision. And, as the book states, let your soul take flight.

This couldn't have come at a more opportune time for me. Over the past few weeks I've committed to embarking on a more professional approach to tarot. Which means I'll be reading professionally in my spare time. And I've also started working on a pretty exciting project that I hope will one day be published. I've considered this before, but never seriously. However, recently, the thought has transformed in my mind. Now it feels "right". And talk about preparation! I've been reading for 25 years, I've led psychic development classes, I have a regular course of continued learning and I've recently launched a blog. None of this was done for the current purposes. It was all done from a passion for the practice. And all of a sudden, this direction makes sense. It's time. (I'm not abandoning my current career, however…haha. Just want to make that clear for clients and associates that may be reading along.)

So what about you? What's loaded in your bow? And has your time come…a time when you can approach it without fear?


  1. This reminds me of a Stephen King quote that has been inspring me to write of late. He says that if you lift weights for 15 minutes every day for 10 years you'll get muscular. Similarly, if you write every day for an hour and a half for 10 years, you'll become a good writer.

  2. Good one, Sarah. It's funny how we prepare ourselves for things without even knowing what we're preparing for. Like the first 10 years of my professional writing career. I had no idea that the contacts I made and the skills I polished were preparing me for my freelance career. Until one day I suddenly recognized the call and I looked back and saw the path so clearly, yet unwittingly, taken.

  3. I wonder what other patterns we have in our lives that are pointing us in a direction we aren't yet seeing.

  4. Oh, and I should also comment that the title for this blog was taken from something that Oprah says...luck is the result of preparation meeting opportunity. And that's something I firmly believe in. I'm not a fan of the traditional meaning of "luck". I think we create our own luck.

    Another thought that comes to mind is what someone once said about why one person is successful where another is not...because the successful person was willing to do what the unsuccessful person was not. We can't get what we want without doing the work and taking the risks involved.

  5. Sounds like you're really aiming that arrow for a specific goal, I wish you luck and success with all of your projects.

    The Wildwood Tarot looks like a lovely deck.