--By Hyperion Night of Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot
The Six of Wands
Success. Recognition. Gratitude.
I don't know any professional Tarot readers who hung out their shingle and immediately started rolling in ducats. When I got started, things were, shall we say, lean. Practically skeletal, in fact. There was a lot of scrambling and stressing and striving. And when I finally partnered up to found Beanblossom's Tea and Tarot, I exchanged one set of challenges for another. Now I had to worry about my budget affecting others, managing Tarot readers, pulling my weight so we could make the rent.
A funny thing happened. We were successful, but I didn't know it. I was so used to the grind, to the struggle, that that had become my mindset. Then I was invited to a prestigious Tarot conference. I was thrilled. I'd be a speaker! Rubbing elbows with other Tarotistas! And I'm embarrassed to say that invitation is what made me look around and realize we'd made it. Our Tea and Tarot room was a success. I had everything I'd wanted—the freedom to set my schedule, money to pay the bills and then some, friends and family, and even some recognition from the Tarot world. And I'd wasted months not enjoying any of it.
The Six of Wands shows a triumphal procession. A man on horseback wears a laurel crown and is cheered on by the crowd. This Tarot card's divinatory message is success and recognition, and in certain positions, it could mean a message on the way. But generally speaking, it explores the phenomena of success, and how we handle it.
Have you stopped to recognize how far you've come? To celebrate your own achievements? Do you have difficulty accepting praise or being in the spotlight? Have you stopped to feel some gratitude?