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Ask KnightHawk — Adventures after 50

July 31, 2010

Dear KnightHawk,
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?
Sincerely,
Adventuresome after Fifty

Dear Adventuresome,

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:

The Fool -- Tarot of the MastersKnight of Cups -- Tarot of the Masters . Three of Wands -- Tarot of the Masters

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

The Fool:

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.

Bright Blessings,
KnightHawk

NOTES:

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16 Comments
  1. Davina permalink

    It was interesting to see the use of the contra card here as well, and in a way that brings about a sense of caution. I know making any change to lifestyle later in life does raise a few eyebrows at times, and as such does involve discarding old beliefs or patterns of behaviour. A really empowering reading, but nicely balanced with the word of caution through the use of the contra card. I think I am sensing more myself when these are to apply, and can see in this reading how it really added a worthwhile consideration. Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Great reading! Looks very clear Adventuresome is indeed ready for that creative step. At any age, caution would be a smart thing to consider when setting off in a new direction. Hope you enjoy your new journey.

  3. I have been reading tarot for decades and yet each time the cards are laid out anew, I am astounded by their uncanny aptness.

    Each time I look at a new random mix of cards I am thrust into “Beginner’s Mind!”

    “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” Shunryu Suzuki

    Onward the adventure.

  4. John Ballantrae permalink

    So would the cards you chose indicate what specifically the questioner should take a look at or make a start with?

    Creativity covers a lot of possibilities. Do the cards chosen point in some particular direction, rather than another?

    • Hi John,
      This reading says:
      “Follow your heart. Act upon what it tells you.”
      “Set aside some quiet, meditative time to look deep into your heart to discover what you truly would love to do.”
      “… 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.”
      I think these comments provide a pretty clear start given that this is a 3-card reading in a venue that affords no interaction with the seeker.
      Best,
      James

  5. Davina permalink

    totally agree 😀 When I saw the cards, before reading up what James had to say I felt a buzz for the receiver. It jumped out from the first card they could have that new lease of life so to speak.

  6. I hope Adventuresome will take that step off into the unknown and find what he/she is looking for. Life is short, go for it!

  7. Thanks, everyone, for your comments and feedback!

  8. John Ballantrae permalink

    >>This reading says:
    “Follow your heart. Act upon what it tells you.”

    I know.

    I asked because if you told me to follow my heart, I’m not sure I would know what to do, or if it was my heart telling me something and not some other organ; it could be guilt talking.

    If you gave me an example or two of what form the creative path might take, then I might be in a better position to judge when my meditations had shown me a valid or right answer, and not just wishful thinking.

    • “I asked because if you told me to follow my heart, I’m not sure I would know what to do, or if it was my heart telling me something and not some other organ; it could be guilt talking.”

      Hi John,

      I have found that people generally know what they want to do, they just need someone to validate that they’re not nuts for wanting it 😉 If someone has a ‘creative’ bent, they probably already have more than a passing interest in something whether it’s music, painting, building furniture, etc. They may not be able to abandon their livelihood to pursue it, but it’s probably time to take it off the back-burner of “someday when I have time…” status. It could be something they did as a child, but had to give up when they grew up and became ‘responsible.’ Most people don’t have to look too far for their passion. I think that’s part of what James was intending with suggesting the meditation and inner search (at least that’s what I always think of when someone talks about looking inside yourself).

    • John,
      I’m not sure why you mentioned one quote, but left out these two:
      “Set aside some quiet, meditative time to look deep into your heart to discover what you truly would love to do.”
      “… 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.”
      I really think those suggestions (as Digital Dame confirmed) would lead the seeker where s/he needs to go.
      Best,
      James

  9. Quote:
    John Ballantrae wrote

    So would the cards you chose indicate what specifically the questioner should
    take a look at or make a start with?

    Creativity covers a lot of possibilities. Do the cards chosen point in some
    particular direction, rather than another?
    ———————————————————————————————-
    ‘Card 3 (PIP card for a suggested action) – Three of Wands’
    ———————————————————————————————-
    I realize that in this format it’s hard to be more specific – but I also know
    from experience that little work has been done in the area of specific
    ”actions’ for any given card.

    Anthony Louis in his book: ‘Tarot Plain and Simple’ gives us the following on the 3 of Wands:

    Merchants. Those involved in commerce. Producers of goods. Co-creators. Authors. Corporations.

    So one might suggest to the person asking the question that they might do well starting their own business, or possibly try writing.

    On the other hand given the fact that the 3 of Wands [Fire] is situated next to the Knight of Cups [Water] makes the 3 of Wands ill-dignified.

    Thus the person asking the question is probably to timid to try anything new,
    or to unrealistic at either setting goals – or following through with them.

    This would make The Fool what I call the ‘OH CRAP’ card – as in I’m falling and
    I can’t see – or get up, LOL.

    Don S.

    • John Ballantrae permalink

      Don S wrote:

      >also know
      from experience that little work has been done in the area of specific
      ”actions’ for any given card.

      Yes, but James’s excellent deck had Sir Galahad for the court card, so perhaps the questioner, who says he is looking to do something new and creative and asked for help, could be a champion for some group or individual – an advocate perhaps, or a paralegal who works on behalf of disadvantaged children.

      Don also wrote:

      >next to the Knight of Cups [Water] makes the 3 of Wands ill-dignified.

      This combining or reasoning is maybe ok with a different spread, but James knew what he was doing in choosing a court card for a trait to develop or emphasize and a pip card for a suggested action.

      The 3 of Wands looks like a French scene, and reminds me of Toulouse Lautrec.

      So maybe the questioner should be a fund-raiser for a children’s art program – and do some art as well.

  10. Question:

    Are the questions directed a Knighthawk from real folks or are they made up situations/scenarios.

    If real why no feedback?

    Don S.

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