Card of the Day: Ace of Arrows reversed, Mesquite Tarot Deck
The Ace of Arrows is, like all Aces, a card of new beginnings. In its upright position, it speaks of new ideas, rushing outward with clarity and focus like arrows loosed from a bowstring. Today though, the Ace is reversed, pointing inward, supporting flowering roses like a garden stake buried in rich soil. This seems particularly appropriate to my current situation, quarantined at home with the unexpected gift of time to spend putting my garden to rights.
I pulled this card when I came inside this morning from trimming one of my huge climbing rose bushes that fell off its scaffolding in a desert windstorm. When I looked at the sharp lines and angles of the Ace of Swords, I thought of the old verse about beating swords into plowshares. Ideas are sharp and incisive things, but sometimes an idea can be more than a blade. Sometimes, when it nestles its way into your soft and beating heart, strange and new things can climb and grow alongside it.
I’ve lived in my mind for a large portion of my life, but this season I have more interest in ideas that support the work of my heart, of my body, and of my intuition. I’m turning my arrows to stakes, pushing pointed spikes that could cut and tear deep into the earth, and twining flowers around the fletched bodies that once whistled through the air above my head. This is planting time, and I’m ready for something new.