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What I See:
We have Air in the expanse of sky behind the people along with the flying birds. The blues and purples lend themselves to Air as well. Plus we see the river or sea, Water, which brings to mind an emotional focus. The people look like they are greeting the new day. Opening themselves to new possibilities, ideas, and insight. I get a sense of celebration from the drum and the open arms lifted as though in the motion of dance. I also get a sense of prayer or opening one’s self to a greater spirit. There is also a reflective, meditative feeling in this image. I see people coming together in a joint activity, the blending of like minds if you will.
General Air element/Sword suit:
Please refer back to the Ace of Air.
Light (upright) Reading:
You are open to new insight and clarity.
- Keywords: Moving on, Smooth Sailing, Beneficial Changes, or Travel.
Shadow (upside down or reverse) Reading:
Beware of being caught in a negative thinking cycle.
- Keywords: Tentative, Fearful, Standstill, or Postponements.
The first thought that comes to my mind is a class…yoga, dance, Jazzercise. The second thought that comes to mind is a retreat…spiritual, communal, festival. Perhaps your story focuses on the dynamic of these different people coming together? Or, maybe these people are members of a cult? Are they evil, or just misguided?
How about a transitional focus? Perhaps this is a celebration of life…birth, death. Or a transition from childhood to adulthood? Perhaps it is a welcome home, or a good-bye. How about moving beyond a troubled life to peaceful, or more fulfilling, one?
I imagine someone is leading this group in whatever exercise it is they are doing. How about leadership? Or a guide of some kind?
- Six Themes: Reciprocity, Collaboration, Peak Experience, Interaction, or Community.
Traditionally, this card is depicted with a ferryman steering a boat pierced by six swords across a river. The River Styx, anyone? The six swords could be old injuries or scars…how’d your hero/ine come by them? How about six tests your MC must pass?
Maybe, it is as simple as a journey, whether spiritual or physical. Or is it the arrival of a messenger?
With new perspective we have the power to change.
- Suit Archetype/Feudal Class: Nobility, Warrior, and Political class.
Additionally, look up one of the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, Aquarius) for personality traits.
For more information on the Sixes in general, please refer back to the Six of Fire.
Image: Gaian Tarot by Joanna Powell Colbert from Llewellyn Worldwide