Animal Wisdom Tarot (CICO Books, 2013).
While suitably fiery for the most common elemental association to this suit, the card is still rather unusual. It features a yellow salamander with its foot on a branch, and another branch just behind it. The thicker ends of the branches feature yin-yang signs, and flames or brown leaves sprout from the ends of the twigs. The salamander is in a small valley between two low hills, with what appears to be a line of fire between it and the sea. And the sun is either rising or setting in the still waters on the horizon.
It's funny, the yin yang signs on the branches make me think of the
balance of the Two of Pentacles. Still, the proprietary foot on one
branch is suggestive of making a choice. And standing between the two
branches says that the salamander could have gone either way. So, there
is definitely material here for a traditional Two of Wands
There's something, too, about the salamander
itself, so often associated with the element of fire. For example, it
is found on the clothes of the RWS Wands court. On that basis, the
salamander could well have been the Ace of its suit, rather than the
Two. It's interesting, as well, to have so much water in a fire card,
though balanced by the sun, the salamander and the line of fire. At an
intuitive level, it speaks to me of the deep emotion underlying more
superficial passion, be it for an idea, a cause or a project. Perhaps
that is the deciding factor in the balance of the Two of Branches'
think for me, today is less about absolute choices than about decisions
in the moment. There are several different things I need to work on.
And though I'd love to just focus on the Celtic Lenormand, some of the
other bits will have to take priority. Like chasing medical supplies
and appointments for Big Boy, as well as some admin work for my day job.
I am grateful that I do not have to make a single choice.