I pulled two cards today from the Shadowscapes just to see how my week with this deck would turn out. What I got was 10 of Wands and 6 of Pentacles. Those cards together reminded me of this saying ‘The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.’ At first when I got this set in the mail I was amazed at the beauty but also a bit dismissive of it’s value as a reading deck. These cards demand that you take your time with them and give them equal respect and effort as any other cards.
The 10 of Wands show a wood dryad holding up a whole world on her back. This is a willing sacrifice of her energy, perhaps she don’t have to do this? Perhaps she could ask for help or just take a break, but she does not cause she has what it takes and this is her choice. This is what she does, what gives her meaning. If we just do the work we are meant to do and do it to our utmost BEST we can then the burden won’t really be a burden, it will still be work but it will give us a sense of accomplishment too.
In the 6 of Pentacles I see another way of sharing energy and effort, by what looks like play. A boy is sitting on a structure (perhaps part of the one in the previous card) playing a flute and from it pours out pentacles/life energy onto the barren land and replenish it. Reversed this card reminds me of the recent riots in London where people smashed their own community to pieces. If we instead of destroying the place where we live were to support it, give it of our time and effort (and money by supporting local business) we would grow too. Just like this life force given out in this card will close the circle and support the one giving.
In the end we always get back what we put in. Be it good or bad.
©Stephanie Pui-Mun Law