I always say that the deck a reader chooses is as much a part of the reading as the cards that are pulled.
There are many decks that have a lot in common between cards, and there are some that take a different path. This is just one example.
The two of wands can be interpreted in a number of ways, but I tend to see it as a card with a terrific energy of possibilities. I see a doorway suggested by the the two upright rods/wands/staves as they are portrayed in many decks.
All the figures – human or otherwise – invite the viewer to identify with their place in the scene, and that identification is part of the method of interpretation.
These cards’ different visuals and energy in the images suggest variations on the theme, from conflict, to questions, to a reversal of expectations and even wondering where one’s place is in the scheme of things.
Tarot “works” because of associations – whether that’s the story attached to a fairy tale in a themed deck, the Catholic imagery of countless decks, or the subtler reference to the character of a specific fandom.
Today I’m going to introduce a few categories of associations. None are essential for beginners, and maybe none are important in general (one of the beauties of non-dogmatic tarot is that it centers around what works for each practitioner), but they’re all examples of things my mind has wrapped around and that helped create another set of “hooks” for my memory and imagination to dig into.