Ask KnightHawk — Adventures after 50
I am in a transition period of my life, and I feel like I want to begin something new. Although I am in my 50s, there are still so many things I want to explore. I want to do something creative, and I’m not sure where to begin. What do the cards say about all of this?
Adventuresome after Fifty
Thank you for this interesting question. I’ve done a reading to see what the Tarot says about new adventures and new horizons for you at this pivotal time in your life. Here are the cards I dealt:
Card 1 (Major Arcana Card for Spiritual advice) – The Fool
Card 2 (Court Card for a trait to develop or emphasize) – Knight of Cups
Card 3 (PIP card for a suggested action) – Three of Wands
First, I looked at these cards all together as an illustrated story, so to speak, and I got the following message from them:
In short, they say that the time is right for you to take a leap of faith. Follow your heart and act upon what it tells you to do. However, once you see what your heart is telling you to do, don’t forget to plan your strategy wisely.
Now let’s consider what each card says individually
When we follow the path of our true self–the path that our soul has chosen for us–we usually look like a “fool” to other people. But that is because they are stuck in a world that is mundane, conformist, and material, so any path that has a spiritual origin and that smacks of individuality is a total mystery to them and that scares them. So this card is telling you not to be afraid to look for your divine potential (no matter how foolish that may seem to others in your life) because that search is what will help you discover your authentic self and the life that your soul yearns for.
But how will you know if you are following the right path? The answer is that you will know by listening closely to where your directions are coming from. If they are the dictates of your heart and soul, then they are true for you so follow that path faithfully.
Ultimately, though, you just need to take a leap of faith, trusting that the Universe will catch you and carry you where you need to go.
The Knight of Cups:
The Knight of Cups in my Tarot of the Masters deck was inspired by a painting of Sir Galahad by George Frederic Watts. In the Camelot mythos, Sir Galahad is known for his purity of heart, and this card reinforces the message of the Fool in that it says, “Follow your heart. Act upon what it tells you.” In other words, trust your heart and intuition.
Also, there is a reflective quality to this card, which suggests a bit of introspection. Set aside some quiet, meditative time to look deep into your heart to discover what you truly would love to do. Again, this knight advises you to reflect upon the wisdom of your heart and to listen to your intuition, but the Tarot’s knights are also about action, so this card says that you will then need to act upon those insights.
Three of Wands:
But before you act, the Three of Wands counsels you to be sure you have a clear vision of what you want to achieve and where you want to go with your life at this time. If you plan your course creatively and act with confidence, then you can succeed.
Another way of looking at this card is to consider that the number three can indicate synthesis, i.e., the creation of something new out of two different influences or forces. In the case of this card, which is in the suit of Wands (passion), I see this as advice to consider things that you are passionate about and then see if you can combine a couple of those interests to show you a new pursuit that you will be excited to follow.
By the way, I have also considered the contra-positive card for the Three of Wands, which is the Eight of Cups. This card indicates a warning or caveat here. It says that these changes and new adventures in your life may require you to leave behind something that you are attached to, but which you have out grown. This may be indicating your home. I.e., you may need to move in order to follow your dreams. Are you prepared to do that?
To help you in this situation, I would like to leave you with the following affirmations, which are adapted from my book, Tarot Affirmations. Feel free, of course, to pick and choose among them and to adjust them to suit yourself.
First, here are a few that are based on the Fool card:
My life is a wonderful and divine adventure.
I am willing to take a leap of faith.
I live my life in fulfillment of my dreams.
The next one is based on the Knight of Cups:
My heart shows me the way toward true happiness and fulfillment.
And here are a couple more suggested by the Three of Wands:
I set goals for myself that are clear, specific, and realistic, and I take decisive actions to accomplish them.
I ignore the naysayers because I know that nothing is truly impossible.
I hope this helps you find exciting new adventures in your life.
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