You can stand me up at the gates of hell
But I won't back down....
Seven of Wands - Shadowscapes Tarot
Today, I am shuffling the gorgeous Shadowscapes Tarot by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. I was first introduced to this deck by my former co conspirator, Molly, who read with this deck regularly. I cannot count the number of times this card would come up for me in readings she did for me. (When I read for her, the 7 of wheels in the Buckland Romani deck was the card that would consistently pop up and say, “MESSAGE!”) Maybe this card is just taunting me for old times sake, but I think we can all identify!
On the card, a mother fox is protecting her kits. They huddle behind her as she faces off against a badger that is twice her size. They are fenced in, like boxers in a ring by bamboo staves. The two creatures are positioned like Yin and Yang and a circle of energy emanates from the center. They circle each other but do not actually fight. She stands her ground! Pui-Mun Law, states that she chose bamboo for the wands because it is strong, but supple. It bends in the winds and does not break.
Are you drawn to the fox in this card? Do you feel you have a position to defend? This card may be telling you to stand your ground! Embrace the fierce protective instincts of motherhood. That badger in your life will respect you if you show your strength, bend but do not break. The badger is only dangerous if he sees that you are afraid. If you have a friend who is a mama fox will protect and defend you. You can count on her to intercede on your behalf!
If your eye goes straight to the badger, be wary of being too aggressive or domineering. Are you being a bully? Do you know a badger? Do you have a friend, boss or partner with a hair trigger? A scary poser who threatens but may not follow through, perhaps?
How can you find a balance with this yin yang counter so you don’t spend all day in an angry stalemate? Can you find flexibility and compromise for the greater good?