Page of Arrows
The green woodpecker contains the sacred colours of nature – red, white, green and gold – and is known in folklore as a `yaffle’ because of its distinctive laughing call. It is said to hold the secrets of the Tree of Life, as it spirals up trees and disappears within them to nest.
Their drumming (pecking) on trees which echoes through the woodland heralds your entry to a place of the heart.
In the tarot the pair of woodpeckers look at each other, a third flying down the arrow shaped path, guiding you to love.
The power of universal lore is at work here, either within the individual or permeating a web of circumstance that will bring profound change and new spiritual hope. The Star of prophetic guidance and inspirational knowledge has risen and will guide you on your forthcoming journey through the forest.
Hold this ancient and basic truth near the core of your being and navigate by it and you cannot go far wrong. It is there as a talisman as well as a symbol of the universal cycle of nature.
Whenever you are feeling lost in the dark labyrinth of life, remember that you are formed by the same laws and primal matter that bind The Star together and fuel its giant heart.
Drawing The Star card signifies a renewal of spiritual energy, cleansing and healing, a revitalised sense of direction, guidance from your ‘lucky star’, an intuitive knowledge of your destiny.
[We consist of atoms and particles like stars. The most ancient symbol of life and death in European culture is the cup and ring mark, and this is the shape made by stars forming themselves in the cosmos. This shape itself clarifies why The Star card is linked to the Aces-from nothing, something is formed, i.e. 0 becomes one.]
Spark of Life
Ace of Wands
The turning of the cosmic axis that generates the spark of life. The drill symbolizes the skills that exert control over the environment, directed by the human intellect.
Renewed will and life energy. Sudden determination and action. Return of health. Positive energy. A new force in one’s life, as yet unformed and unchanelled.
Waters of Life
Ace of Cups
The waters of life retain the ancient wisdom ready for reawakening. The moonlit pool of the universal soul retains all memory, ready to renew the inspired quest.
…one receives new inspiration from ancestral wisdom.
The ice of winter melts with a renewal of inspiration, and one is emotionally awakened. Sensuality returns.
Patience and prudence are the keywords here, although trust plays a large part in the process of crossing to the island where insights into your own unconscious workings will be revealed.
This process differs from The Hermit’s journey in the fact that The Hermit makes a conscious decision to withdraw and contemplate the universe but with Reflection a surrender of will is required.
Insights may come from dreams and meditations, but now is not the time to force the pace or drive on with a plan or desire until you have heard what your soul has to say about it and your bruised and wounded spirit has been healed.
Be patient. Let the journey commence and awaken afresh and full of energy ready to deal with the world and the challenges it raises.
When the foundation of one’s life seems to have collapsed beneath you, you can seek sanctuary in Reflection from the emotional intensity of The Blasted Oak.
Reflection is concerned with sacred mysteries…
In a reading this card indicates profound healing, a period of introspection, healing, immersion in myths and visions, stellar lore, conception, learning about yourself.