Recently a wonderful present arrived in my home:
The Sacred sites Tarot
There are quite a few cards that – better than any other image – for me personally embody and enliven the concept of certain RWS meanings.
Let me try to explain what I mean on the example of the 8 of Wands:
The Condor soaring high over the mysterious Nazca lines:
Yes! It clearly shows the meaning of having to rise high above a creative project, situation and get a Bird’s eye view of the situation / the project.
Only from up here we can see the whole “landscape as it now presents itself.
All its hills and valleys, all the extend of the labyrinthine path below/ the convoluted winding intertwined interconnected ways of a situation / problem……
The Condor looks with detachment down upon the creation of humans.
= We are looking at it from the vantage point of a different species.
We are getting the detached perspective of a Being outside of the situation.
Like a counselor sees a marriage and all its problems with a more detached overview.
Like I “see” through the eyes of one of my Owls and then can point out things previously unnoticed and also ways out of the labyrinth of problems…..
Out of the desert-like, energy draining trackway the person is stuck in and running through again and again over towards the nourishing waters of new fertility / ideas, behavior and release……
What better metaphor for the 8 of Wands than the Condor speedily flying over it all and seeing it all… 🙂
That is something I always said about the Nazca lines:
They are labyrints, to be walked in a sacred manner. Each step each drop of sweat a gift to the Spirits.
The Animal geoglyphs are just that = labyrinths.
NOT maizes, where you get lost.
These geoglyphs portray the sacred worldview of the people that created them: Learn from the Hummingbird – Chilpalmilto the Fighting Jewel! For some South American tribal people he stands for the 2 chambers of the human heart: Love and Hate – Compassion and Fight…
Learn from the Monkey and his roundabout circular round and round again sooo human -like tail spinning spiral. Learn about his ways while you walk this gigantic labyrinth in the heat and dry air – or the freezing night up on the plateau – and see what you learn about the human condition.
The human- like Owl Man/ Being is also often called the “astronaut figure” . Here it is drawn up the hill however – not so much labyrinth but steeeeeep climb leading – where?
Straight into the head, where our ideas come from – and all our machinations and ruminations.
Into the head and around – but NOT into the eyes!!= towards sacred vision.
Were the eye circles sacred altars once?
I would check that – go there, just touch the Earth…..
It would “speak”
Was it the Owl that was to see while soaring over the labyrinths at night?
Were there offerings left for her? – For the Rodent prey of the Owl People that is?
Corn and Grains that brought rodents out of their burrows?
So Owl man could feed?
Or were there offerings of putrid meat – of the recently dead, that were left for Condors to come from far and wide – to strip the bones bare?
To take them up to their nests up high in the mountains?
The Condor: Was the Condor their Messenger to the Great Mystery? Condors are highly revered all over ancient and modern South America. The Condor alone could see the whole picture – the whole mystery…..
Some people said the geoglyphs are to be seen by the stars! ??
?– At night, in the dark?
The Star People might be too high up above to see it….
I am coming back to the Condor – who flies in the rising heat of the morning Sun…..
and the Owl – Messenger of the darkness of mind and shadow, through which we often stumble…..