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Six of Wands

The "Six of Wands" is another positive, uplifting, feel-good card in the Robin Wood deck. Whatever the gentleman on the white horse has done, he's being applauded and commended for it by the crowd surrounding him. When this card shows up in a reading, it could indicate, as Robin wrote, "Good or important news." So, for instance, if the Six of Wands falls in a slot indicating future possibilites in a spread, there's every reason to be optimistic and hopeful about whatever has been asked about.

The riding figure proudly holds one of the six crystal-topped wands bearing a sun emblazened flag. The sun, a masculine symbol denoting power, can also stand for, as Robin wrote in Chapter 5 ~ Common Symbols, "Joy, vitality, boundless energy, youth. The visible world or hidden things revealed. Victory." All is now out in the open; the sun has shown it's light and brightened the darkest of corners. Perhaps such a card would show up if a person has "come out" to proclaim whatever he/she stands for. The person may feel, with relief, as if a weight has been taken off of his shoulders. He can now be himself. There's no reason to hide anymore.

Interesting how Robin mentioned the sun symbol in the Six of Wands could represent someone who is revered and honored now (by at least some), but sacrificed later, as in the Sun God. Knowingly by the victim or without his knowledge/consent? Have to think how this could apply to real-life situations...maybe someone who works for a higher cause (ie. Martin Luther King, Gandhi, John Lennon, etc.) but gets assassinated because of his beliefs and teachings. Or another way to look at it, perhaps with the card in its reversed position, is where someone who knows what he brings to light will be looked at highly and with respect in the future (ie. Jesus, various prophets, some psychics, scientists who discover controversial hypotheses/truths, advocates/activists who go up against the grain of society's present mores, etc.), but until then, he'll be considered weird or a freak or even dangerous (at least by some). Makes me think of folks ahead of their time...

If the querent has sought fame or just reward, maybe the time has come to reap success resulting from years of hard work and/or sacrifice. The pendulum, in this case, is at an upswing.

There's just enough smiling faces shown in the crowd to give proof positive that the people in this person's life are happy for him/her. The other five wands are raised high in approval. Once again, Robin drew the crystals that top the wands to be of different colors...the rainbow celebrating diversity. Healthy chakras. Glowing pride. And the assurance that the querent has the support of his/her friends and family members, employer(s), co-workers, teachers, etc...

When the Six of Wands turns up reversed, possibly the pride is false and self-esteem has turned to arrogance. Or maybe somehow the crowd doesn't stand by what the rider has accomplished or proclaimed. Another way to look at a reversed card is where the energy inherent in the upright card is still present, but blocked...showing that more needs to be done to achieve this state of acclaim and jubilance. Maybe the querent is fearful of coming out with what he/she believes in and still lives in dark despair, with the sun's rays unable to reach him/her.
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