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Ask KnightHawk — Old Flames and New Beginnings

October 3, 2010

Dear KnightHawk,
I was recently contacted by an old high school sweetheart who I haven’t seen in 35 years! He is coming to see me in December, and since we are both single, I’m hoping there’s a connection there.
I’m looking for a new beginning in my life. Could this be it?  Can you give me any insight as to what might happen between us?
Old Flame


Dear Old Flame,

Thank you for requesting this reading to see if an old flame might bring the new beginning you seek. Here are the cards I dealt for you:

Magician -- Tarot of the MastersKnight of Wands -- Tarot of the Masters . Eight of Swords -- Tarot of the Masters

Card 1 (Major Arcana Card for Spiritual advice) – The Magician
Card 2 (Court Card for traits to develop or emphasize) – Knight of Wands
Card 3 (PIP card for suggested action) – Eight of Swords

All three of these cards depict a need for careful awareness, so the basic message that I see here is to keep your eyes open as you reestablish contact with this old boyfriend. Things are different than they seem to you because your hopes are based on 35-year-old memories of this person and of your old relationship with him. People change, so be sure that when you get together with this person you see him as he is now; not as he used to be.

I also want to point out that there are no cards here from the suit of Cups (love and relationships), and so I think that the cards are more concerned with your question about looking for a new beginning in your life.  Their individual messages below reflect that perspective.

The Magician:

Since the number assigned to the Magician is ONE, it signifies beginnings. However, it also says that for you to manifest a new beginning in your life, you’ll need a miracle.  Fortunately, miracles do happen, as this card indicates. It represents our ability to work miracles when we are open to the miraculous nature of the Universe and when we allow ourselves to become empowered by the Divine. So this card is telling you to believe that the world is magical and that you are a conduit for that magic.  That’s the spiritual lesson that this card has for you, which can be stated this way:

“Miracles arise from a miraculous state of mind, or a state of miracle-readiness.” — A Course in Miracles.

PS: I also see in this card a message to be ready for inspiration from the Divine about a new undertaking for you to act upon.

Knight of Wands:

On the one hand, this card does comment on your question about the return of your old flame. It says, “Don’t be looking back at what was as you move forward into what can be.” This is basically another way of saying that people change, as I stated above.

This card also provides advice for you as you seek a new beginning in your life. The Knight of Wands is full of passion and drive, which are attributes you can use at this time, but he also can be impulsive and scattered in his efforts, which are warnings to heed. So while this card urges you to tap into your boldness, passion, and enthusiasm for life, it also cautions you to temper your passion with an appropriate amount of caution and common sense.

Eight of Swords:

The Eight of Swords illustrates being trapped or limited by your own thoughts, beliefs, and preconceptions.  In addition, though, my Tarot of the Masters version includes an important symbol, a snake, which brings a couple of meanings to this reading. For one thing, snakes are commonly seen as a symbol of fear, which ties in with being limited by your own thoughts. In addition, though, snakes are associated with transformation and renewal due to the fact that they shed their skin periodically. And so this card indicates both an obstacle and a solution as follows:

First, think of something that you would like to do, but that you are afraid of doing. (Perhaps you can brainstorm a list of things and then pick one.) Next, realize that you really can do it; the only reason you haven’t is because you’ve convinced yourself that you can’t.  Once you realize that you’re only limited by what you believe you can do, you can change those thoughts and thereby transform your life.  In other words, you can work a miracle in your life if you have the courage (as indicated by the Knight of Wands) to do so. Or, as stated by Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

“Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.”

That’s how you will manifest a new beginning in your life.


To help you in this situation, I would like to leave you with the following affirmations, which are adapted from my book, Tarot Affirmations. (You can read more about using affirmations with Tarot cards in a prior blog post.)  Feel free, of course, to pick and choose among them and to adjust them to suit yourself.

First, here are a couple of affirmations based on the Magician card:
I manifest what I believe.
I believe in magic, and I am always ready for a miracle to happen.

Here are a couple more that work well with the Knight of Wands:
I undertake new projects with boldness and courage.
I live my life with passion and enthusiasm.

The final affirmation reflects the advice of the Eight of Swords:
I see through the self-limiting beliefs that have held me back in the past.

Bright Blessings,



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  1. Davina permalink

    another enlightening reading. I like how the snake on the final card brings some inspiration and insight – sometimes smaller detail like this could be overlooked in favour of the ‘bigger picture’ but it shows how important it is to take into account these aspects. I suspect when they do meet, the requester will realise how reality is so different to the ideal we have in our minds of something that has been 35 years in passing – and changing. An empowering reading, and one which does not provide even a hint of anything that may not be destined to materialise.

  2. ann permalink

    I do know what the bigger picture shows now and yes he is nothing what I imagined it would be.
    sorry to say it is not going to work out for us as he is always bringing his past into our future.
    thanks for a enlightening reading

    • Ann, thank you for the feedback! It’s always interesting to see what happened long after a reading is over. Time gives a nice perspective!

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