Sometimes the best way to make the choices that will make the magick happen is to keep it practical. Tie it into your mundane needs and activities, in order to focus on what you really need, and empower your desires. O.K., so how do we do that?
Look at the cards pictured above. The first card, Two of Swords, is a painting called The Tragic Poetess, c.1890 by, Lord Frederic Leighton. She looks tragic, no? But is she? Could she instead be faced with a challenge and contemplating what her decision might be? She has a bucket of scrolls next to her (choices), the rolling sea behind her, and some dark clouds gathering overhead. She seems to be pondering her choices.
This picture connotes how the intellect and the emotions are often tangled. The character in the picture thinks she knows what she should do, but isn't sure that she really wants to do it. But as a contemplative poet she is skilled about how to use this 'tangle', having gained an understanding of how emotion affects intellect. She knows that doing this can be more important than trying to separate the two. How often have you heard, "Think with your head, not with your heart!" But I'm here to challenge that idea by presenting to you that sometimes it's O.K. and even desirable to use both head and heart together!
By learning to be sensitive, intuitive, and connected we stand to gain a whole lot more than by constantly trying to only take the cold, hard, logical approach to everything. Sometimes, we must use our imaginations, learn to be creative and try to be brave, by speaking to what we believe in and what we think is right. Doing this allows your desires and what you value to be released into the Universal flow, so that the powers that be can offer you possibilities for solutions. By shaking that creative web in this way you may gain more than you ever thought you could!
A great example of this is is the character on the next picture - The Enchantress of Wands. This is a painting of Athenais done in 1908, by John Williams Godward, (both pictures are from the Tarot of Delphi, by Janet Hinkel and presented here with her loving and gracious permission).
Athenais was put into a very bad ( or so she thought at the time) position, after being denied any inheritance from her family's estate. She was suddenly impoverished and certainly did not want to face a life of destitution. So, she stepped up bravely, and used her plucky and assertive nature to seek justice in the empirical court. Not only was she heard, but she so impressed the young emperor that they wed! She was renamed Aelia Eudocia and the now affluent empress proved herself to be an astute politician and a social strategist. She used her influence for philanthropic projects, especially education for women, this being so essential to her own success. She was also a poet in the Classical style.
Both of these women used their imaginations to create what they wanted for their lives. Our contemplative poet wanted to help impart better understanding of the meaning of life and our Classical poet, Athenais wanted a better life, but not only for herself. She wanted to improve the general lives of her society and especially woman. Could she have done either of those things if she hadn't creatively stood up for basic social justice, or what she believed in? I think not!
What do you think? Leave me a comment about how you think blending intellect with emotion could affect and or improve reality. I will give a free Tarot reading to anyone who is brave enough to tell me what you think!