Today’s card is the Ace of Wands from the Joie de Vivre Tarot.
An Ace is always a positive card and this one looks particularly delightful.
She carries a wand with the sun atop it and there’s a bright aura of magic in the air. She conjures the stars from the swirling air around her. Her companion reminds me of a Lion Rampant which shows up in countless coat of arms designs. Reading about rampant lions on Wikipedia taught me that when referring to mythical beasts such as dragons or gryphons, the term “segreant” is used. So I guess her mount is a mythical creature segreant.
A lion in that pose traditionally stood for bravery and nobility, which is fitting for this card. An Ace is always a positive card: it means something new, something good is on the way. The energy of wands is the energy of fire, which you can see in the sun and the star imagery.
I also love that they’re leaping out of this abundance of flowers and what sort of look like peacock feathers. They’re encouraging you to take that leap into a new creative project. Maybe you’ve been waiting to start writing a new novel, or maybe you’re being called to a new spiritual path, or maybe you’re thinking of learning meditation. This card says to go for it!
The ace stands for confidence, standing in your own power. It represents a seed that is going to burst forth into a flowering plant. Sometimes when you see an Ace you might not feel its power yet, but the Ace is telling you that it’s there, so watch for that burst of courage and energy.
You’ve got all the fiery creative energy of the Wands suit behind you, charge forward with your magical powerful self like a lion rampant (or a lionlike creature segreant). Nothing can stop you.
Today’s draw is from Paulina Cassidy’s Joie de Vivre deck. This deck is a very whimsical and fantastical deck and it has a very Tim Burton meets the world of Faerie feel to it. Each card has a name and a story to go along with the traditional interpretation of the card. This King is named Serenity and he’s described as a healer.
This king radiates power. It’s a calm and quiet strength. You won’t find him shouting in any kind of conflict, he’s the figure who calmly presides over a chaotic situation without letting anyone get hurt or overly distressed. He stands ready to listen and offer counsel when you ask. I particularly like the dichotomy of motion and stillness I read in this card. The arc of his magic from the bowl over his head to his open and outstretched hand gives me the impression of a a graceful circle dance, but the rest of his posture is that of a fixed point, a confident and steady stance.
There’s also a wonderful gender fluidity to this king. He is wearing a gown that reminds me of Queen Elizabeth with that ruffled collar and the ruffled over dress, and there are hearts all over it. You can see the blending of energies here. He tells me that gender is performative and that it exists on a spectrum, it’s not a fixed point, we can all move around as we feel comfortable on that spectrum. I also like that he is filling almost the entire space of this card. He reminds us that it’s okay to take up space, even if we don’t fit that exact mold that our culture tells us we must fit. Wear your dress, speak your truth, and trust your heart. Take up Space.
As a message for the day he reminds us to take time to heal ourselves when we need to. He offers his gentle but powerful healing magic and reminds us to care for ourselves and our hearts. He is showing us that our emotions and feelings (the water in the cup) can be transformative (as it becomes light, water into steam into magic). Let yourself engage in some creative emotional work, don’t shy away from it and it can illuminate you. Also don’t be afraid to express yourself, whether that’s wearing a giant Elizabethan dress or busted sneakers and your favorite T shirt.