tarot therapy, part II

Missed the intro to this series? Read about it here. This is the first half of the suit of wands: ace through six.


ACE OF WANDS:
lupinus

The ace of wands card is for new beginnings rooted in creativity or innovation. I picked a flower that stood tall and strong, that represented originality, and that was in a color palette that makes me feel inspired. 


TWO OF WANDS:
blue thistle

The two of wands card represents discovery and pushing past your comfort zone into something wonderful.

I first saw blue thistles in a grocery store. My girlfriend had just started a new job and I wanted to find a way to celebrate her and I saw a bouquet with these flowers I’d never seen before.

I looked at them and I thought, “these are weird and interesting and beautiful and I love them — and that’s how I feel about her.” Now, did that girl break the fuck up with me? Absolutely, she did.

But I still feel that way about the flowers, I still want to feel that way about my next relationship, and I still feel like something good is on the other side of my next discovery.


THREE OF WANDS:
lavender

The three of wands represents confidence, foresight, and being on the precipice of expansion.

I chose to represent this with lavender, which is a calming plant. I like the idea of feeling relaxed and confident in the face of forward progress. You see all that’s coming, but you know you can handle it.


FOUR OF WANDS:
marigolds

The four of wands card represents homecoming, safety, and security. I wanted to give myself a flexible definition of what it means to be safe at home because my house is my home, but so are my friends, and weeknight football practice, and drawing, and the dog. So I picked marigolds because they can thrive in almost any condition and can build a home wherever they land.


FIVE OF WANDS:
porcelain berries

The Five of Wands represents competition. I picked an invasive plant that I think is gorgeous — a reminder that asserting myself is a balancing act between ensuring my own survival and impacting someone else’s lived experience.


SIX OF WANDS:
anemones

The six of wands represents victory, progress, and self-confidence, so I pieced anemones — they’re my favorite flower to draw, so it feels like a celebration of my growth and success to put it on this card.

Tell me what you think!