23 February 2019 or Adar 1 18 5779 6 TIFERET OF WANDS

6 TIFERET OF WANDS

Essence: Equilibrium is attained. Our creative work and personal life flows effortlessly. Even so we must stay awake to unforeseen pitfalls that may undermine our project. There’s a necessity for vigilance and attention to detail as the time of transition nears completion.

The Tiferet (six) of Wands refers to a time when the transition from the old to the new is nearing completion. The forces that usually tended in different directions are harmonized. It is a time of perfect equilibrium. In principle, everything is where it belongs and proceeds as if without effort. It can be tempting to complacently drift along and let things take their course. Just as in the Genesis story when, following the creation of the world, the serpent appears with its potential for enlightening or for throwing all into chaos or death, it is most important to remain awake and vigilant even to seemingly insignificant details.

Hence, the Tiferet of Wands refers to a time of completion, enjoyment, harmonious relationships. Simultaneously, it is a time for remaining alert. With self-awareness and internal watchfulness, the seemingly insignificant evil will not go unnoticed. We must avoid becoming complacent, conditioned, or habitual. The times now require us to remain awake and vigilant, regarding our internal processes even as the external aspects of our life appear to have reached a state of harmony. We must remain humble, orderly, grounded, responsible, awake and watchful. Resist the temptation to impulsivity, carelessness or simply drifting along.

REVERSED

When reversed, the meaning of the Tiferet of Wands is essentially the same, but we are more vulnerable to the dangers of complacency. Habitual ways of thinking and being, also our addiction to comforts are symptomatic of mental stagnation and its resulting dangers.

This reversal invites us to question our motives and ask, “Is my work here really as good as it can be?”

“Am I too anxious to be finished?”

“What might I be forgetting or leaving out? Is any step in my process incomplete?”