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Five of Wands — Spiritual Message of the Day

February 13, 2011

Five of Wands -- Tarot of the MastersOne way of considering this card is to see it as an illustration of what is called “Monkey Mind.” (This term comes from the way our minds jump from thought to thought like a monkey jumping from tree to tree.)  Sit quietly for just a little while and you’ll quickly become aware of your own Monkey Mind. It’s the constant chatter in our minds — thoughts like “But what about this?” and “I can’t believe she did that!” and “This is too hard; I can’t do it.” etc. The Monkey Mind obsesses about the past and worries about the future, all the while avoiding a meaningful engagement of the present. It’s constantly distracted by shiny objects in our minds (metaphorically speaking).

Monkey Mind keeps us in chaos and confusion, it keeps us from finding peace, it keeps us from living in the present moment, and it keeps us from hearing the soft voice of our intuition.  However, there are times when we are able to cage this monkey, such as when we are deeply involved in a game (See my recent post, “Youth (Page) of Wands — Spiritual Message of the Day”) and during meditation.

In meditation, the point is to observe your thoughts without becoming absorbed in them and distracted by them. Whenever a thought arises, just notice it (“Oh, that’s another thought. Okay.”) and then gently return your attention to whatever your meditation focus may be: your breath, a candle’s flame, a mantra, etc. (For more extensive meditation instruction, I recommend Moon over Water: The Path Of Meditation by Jessica Macbeth)

Meditation will help you tame your Monkey Mind, but for today you can also carry this card, the Five of Wands, around with you to remind yourself that each time your Monkey Mind starts to chatter, that’s what’s happening. And then quietly return your attention to what’s going on around you at the present moment.

If you enjoy these words of spiritual advice from the cards, you will love my new Tarot book called The Soul’s Journey: Finding Spiritual Messages in the Tarot.


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4 Comments
  1. Elinor Greenberg permalink

    What a billiant interpretation of this card! I plan to add it to my repertoire. Thank you James. You continue to surprise, delight and inform me.

  2. namasteinida permalink

    interesting and very true concept about monkey mind
    thanks for sharing

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