Card for Monday, February 22, 2021
Five of Wands
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
The Suit of Wands is equated with the element of Fire which relates to our inspiration, or will. Wands represent the spark of Divine creativity which connects us to the beginning of the creative process. Wands herald our desire or drive to initiate or continue a project. They call us to be the change we wish to see.
Numerically, Fives are a pivotal point, as they are found halfway between the numbers one and ten. Fives bring us the opportunity for choice, change, uncertainty, and, potentially, personal freedom. They allow us to take a moment, check our map, adapt or correct course as needed, so as to go with the flow we have created rather than resist. Fives are full of both adversity and possibility.
Today’s card, the Five of Wands, is, at first glance, a card of conflict, strife and opposition. Five hands, representing different races and ideologies appear to be brandishing their wands in an aggressive, contentious manner.
The Five of Wands challenges us to look at our own truth. How are we coming across to others? What are we putting forward for ourselves? Is some personal struggle continuing to inflame us, taking a toll on us or our group? Internal conflict can easily drain us of our energies and inspiration. What might we do differently for ourselves to manifest that which we wish to see?
Turmeric is a very popular culinary herb in Middle Eastern and Eastern Indian cuisine. A warming, bitter, spicy aromatic stimulant, Turmeric is the principle ingredient in Curry and Garam Masala as well as traditional recipes like Golden Milk. Historically, Turmeric was used to enhance digestion and circulation. Turmeric encourages the appetite and can maximize the assimilation of food.
Modern research tells us that Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can be useful to help manage related health imbalances. Not all inflammation is “bad”. Acute inflammation, such as that experienced with broken bones, wounds, bruises, sprains, allows the immune system to quickly transport useful substances such as certain types of white blood cells and prostaglandins to the affected site to aid in healing. When acute inflammation becomes chronic, however, it can both signify and lead to more serious health problems. Rather than a suppressant, studies have shown that Turmeric is more of a modulator, increasing the production of healing biochemicals found within the body while decreasing free radical damage.
Modern research speaks of Turmeric being useful to help balance liver and gallbladder health, assist in treating peptic ulcers, support heart health, reduce pain and inflammation, combat insulin resistance in Type 2 Diabetes, and may be a supportive addition to treating Alzheimers and cancer.
Spiritually, Turmeric brings inner strength and can be used to clear aggressive energy to make room for healthier points of view. When we feel overwhelmed or conflicted, it is oftentimes because we are being asked to explore those feelings, much as inflammation alerts us to a physical health concern.
Setting ego aside can help us to examine our situation more objectively. What are we learning from current perceived difficulties? How might we compromise successfully, view something from a different angle, inspire ourselves, speak our truth without emotional attachment?
Mostly our fears or potential stalemates are merely the Universe suggesting we pause and re-evaluate. Our sense of inadequacy, weakness, or failure is a momentary reaction nothing more. I do not say this lightly nor randomly dismiss the very real feelings that we are all experiencing right now.
But, remember, we are being powerfully called over and over by the cards these last months, to firm up our foundation, explore and cement our positive relationship with ourselves. We cannot build upon shifting sands. Review your inner tool box; call up the wisdom you have gained from lessons learned; reorganize your ideas, your to-do list, be aware of your self-talk, honor your True Self, and let that which no longer serves fall gently away.
*Information shared on herbs and their historical or traditional uses is for point-of-interest only. None of the above is meant to diagnosis, treat, or cure any health imbalances.*