I shuffle the deck and pick my daily card:
6 of Swords.
Immediately my mind sounds out the Yuck-alarm:
Ihrroak!? That is archangel Raphael 😦
– All my hackles are up. I do not like christian angels!!!!!
Yes, OK BUT:
After the immediate gut reaction subsides I am really looking at the card= What is on there – NOT what I know from the book:
The predominant color is red. Alarm!!! Huuuuuge red wings – waaaay too big for that scrawny lad…. But red wings none the less…
Is THAT, why I had that instant = before thinking reaction? Red is also Blood and guts but also heat and sun and lust and fire…..
There is a rather puny looking red haired teenager guiding 2 younger kids, that could be his younger siblings – or smaller kids from the playground. This guy certainly poses no threat to anybody, he is malnourished and pale, nerdy looking. His hand is also kindly , protectively petting the neck of a medium sized Dog – a hunting Dog maybe…(I am not good with the names of breeds…)
Hands are predominant as well.
The hand on the Dog’s neck, the older girl holding hands with the younger boy,interweaving their fingers.
With an open hand the skinny teen points the way ahead, up some flight of stairs, while also with his thumb holding a strange long stick around which a black Snake-like ribbon is curled. This staff somehow reminds me of the caduceus – and right, I am finding out, that Raphael is in charge of healing and guiding the soul towards harmony and integration by dispelling fear, ignorance and – as in my case -dysfunctional oooold hang-ups!
See! 🙂 That was not sooo bad.
Looking at a christian angel in a new way and actually finding out, what they think he is for, instead of shutting down by the first sight of him…..
In wikipedia I find out that he too is a patron of physicians, so that is, what the blood and guts wings are for… 🙂
In the RWS system the 6 of Swords is often shown as a person in a boat, embarking on a journey, the boat filled with the 6 swords – the thoughts, the mind, Dark clouds in the distance speaking of past troubles, perils, hard times and hurts….
So this guy is the boat for the journey forward.
Into seeing things differently
taking off some old blinders
and let in some light and tolerance.
The little girl has brown hair, long and open – like I had at her age….
I am not the little girl anymore, that got dragged into darkness, abuse and pain by some christian nuns…..
Dare I now look at the other angels in this deck?
See, what I see, disregarding – for a moment – the knot in my stomach?
Gregory E here! 🙂
My immediate response is:
This card evoked two things for me : A painting of a bride preparing for her wedding by Max Ernst where she is covered with red feathers and looks much like the wings on this card :
Secondly the angel’s appearance reminds me of the god Pan, who always seems to appear with the same cropped curly red hair and the pointed elfin face. Pan is mischievous, and the immediate suggestion to me is that he is leading the children into a bit of harmless fun at someone else’s expense – like a class ringleader.
Even the wand with the caduceus has a “fun” snake wound around it ! This in turn makes me think of Peter Pan – who did exactly that. Which suggests to me – probably totally inappropriately – that this card is actually about fun. And – we often Can use a dose of fun to heal our deepest wounds.