last week's version from the Osho Zen Tarot. Here, in the Animal Wisdom Tarot (CICO Books, 2013), we meet Jaguar.
again, though, rapid movement is not as apparent as it might be in the
Eight of Branches/Wands. The jaguar, with a purple hue to its coat,
stands calmly, looking off to the right. I might rather have expected
it to be caught in motion, running with that fluid grace that big cats
have. Above it are eight thin branches, with flames at their tips, all
pointing to the left. In amongst them shines a waning moon, and below
it floats a blue lemniscate.
In that way, the image is
reminiscent of traditional Strength cards. It's interesting to think
about the similarities between these two cards. Following RWS
numbering, both are numerologically eights. While Strength is often
about balancing our animal instincts and more rational aspects,
traditionally the Eight of Wands is full of forward momentum. Perhaps,
though, the author here wanted to suggest that we move forward most
powerfully when we do so with precision and calm, rather than just with
haste. That we should balance our intuition with our drive, to maximise
our potential to reach our goal...
have to say, I could probably do with a bit of the Jaguar's calm today. I
have an extremely busy day, running around all over the place and
meeting six or seven people. Mostly stuff for Big Boy, teachers,
therapists, nurses... Hopefully, though, these meetings will get things moving on various fronts, so that's another nod to the Eight of Wands :)
I am grateful for calmness in the heart of motion.