Kimberly Essex - Devil, 8 of Wands and 9 of Wands
Devil: About a year ago, the Devil started popping up in my readings as a healing card. Seeking the advice of others I was overwhelmed by how *committed* people were to seeing this card as addiction and bondage of varying kinds, insisting that healing could only be found in avoiding and denying all this card is meant to represent. After much deep searching, I've come to understand the base meaning of the Devil as commitment, associated with Capricorn and the element of Earth. Think about it, what is addiction if not a form of commitment? Drawing on the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition of having the Devil mirror the Lover's card, this interpretation focuses on the Lovers who have now made their choice. The roots they have grown represent their deep commitment and bond. Does this connection to earth and trees--everyone loves trees--make this a positive interpretation of the Devil? Or does this seem to represent enmeshment and codependency instead? I hope that the image can evoke both possibilities. The Devil card asks that you assess your own commitments and recognize that you have the option to hold or to drop them at any time.
Eight of Wands: My cat, Pojke, poses for this card. Here he engages in a bit of interpretive dance meant to convey the swift and pointed movement of kitty dreams. The Eight of Wands represents that burst of energy that comes when you've got all your plans and ideas in order and suddenly the thing you worked for just happens. It is often just what is needed to finish up a big project, being that it's as short-lived as it is powerful.
Nine of Wands: My cat, Flicka, poses for this card. Here she is found in quite a Nine of Wands moment, having worked very hard to get those paint brushes just the way she wanted them--pretty organized for a cat--and is now taking a well deserved rest. The 9 of wands represents being in the flow of your creative work. Even if your chosen projects do not appear from the outside to be creative, it will be apparent that you have invested yourself passionately.
Bio: Kimberly Essex is a practitioner and teacher of art, poetry, tarot, and yoga. In her work, all four modalities are used for healing, meditation, and simply engaging in life more fully. She earned her MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where she feels the greatest teaching was in how to live and breathe your practice mindfully. She offers both live tarot consultations and written tarot readings. Visit her online at http://kimberlyessex.com.