“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” – quote attributed to Lau Tzu.
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And the blog of a few paragraphs begins with this one quote, the first in a whole cascade that came to mind with this card:
“Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” is attributed to Voltaire. The eighteenth century French writer that is, although I am very fond of Aurelio Voltaire and Gothic Homemaking too.
“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take” by Wayne Gretzsky is another favorite
There are bunches of quotes about it never being the so-called “right time” and all of these quotes connect to the spirit of the Two of Wands card.
The suit of Wands, as we know, is connected to fire, inner fire, passions, philosophy and the like. Two cards tend to hint at some sort of balance. This card has a sense of tipping point or being on the edge of something and in this case it feels positive. like being on the precipice of something good.
For all of you new Stranger Things Kate Bush fans out there who love “Running Up That Hill” as much as I have loved it for the past 35 years – check out my other favorite song from her 1985 Hounds of Love album. “Cloudbusting” strongly comes to mind here with the line “I know that something good is gonna happen.”
Precipice is a good word here, too. Whether it is obvious or a little hidden, two cards very often hint at some sort of tension or balancing act. Today the two of wands is pointing to that balance point between active waiting with alert watching and active, well, acting. Other than emergency plans that we all fervently hope we never need, what good are plans that are never implemented?
Waiting for the right moment to maximize an opportunity is important. I wonder how much human genius has been lost because of being just a teensy out of step with the right time and place. It is hard to catch lightning in a bottle when the weather is unexpectedly good.
But on the other hand, if you wait for the right moment you’ll be waiting forever because the just-right moment lives in the future and the present moment is the only one we have.
What is the harm of taking that first step if you do it knowing you just might have to change directions with your second step? Or third? Or fourth?
The adventure of your lifetime has to start sometime. Now works.
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* card draw video on the blog features the Alleyman’s Tarot by Seven Dane Asmund, used with permission.