From the Halloween Tarot, Six of Bats and The Wheel of Fortune.
The Six of Bats, or Swords, represents moving forwards. It is leaving a place, situation, person or stage of your life, knowing you won’t be returning. There is no going back now. There is a heavy element of regret here, a lot of what-ifs and sadness, even depression. Yet, you know you have outgrown this place, it is time to move on, to leave the past behind you. Don’t look back with regrets, focus on the future and the journey that now lies ahead of you.
The Wheel of Fortune carries some of the same elements as the Six of Bats. It too speaks of change, of moving through different stages and the ups-and-downs of life. Yet, this Major Arcana card speaks of fate. You have no control over where it takes you, only how you deal with wherever it lands you. The Wheel also gives reassurance that the bad times don’t last. Good days will soon come around again, it’s just a matter of waiting it out.
These two cards carry a strong impression of change. Life never stays the same. No matter where we are in life, we will eventually have to move on, to change and transform.
One card being a Major, gives this interpretation a lot of weight, and focuses us squarely on the bigger picture. Think of all the stages we go through in our lifetime, the changes we make and the changes that are forced upon us. From babyhood, to childhood, to the teenage years, adulthood, and finally, old age. We have no control over any of this, every one of us will grow old and eventually die.
What we can control, however, is our attitude and perspective. Knowing that what we have, and where we are, won’t last forever, helps us to enjoy the moment. To appreciate the little things, to stop forever looking to the past or the future. In hindsight we look back at times past and realise how wonderful that time was. Sadly, in the moment, we don’t see the golden years of our lives. Don’t appreciate the good times or the people around us, until they are gone. Being happy in this very moment is a hard thing to do. Young people look to the future for happiness, as we get older we look to the past.
Take some time today to appreciate and give thanks for the moment, for what we have right here and now. Children, pets, partners, friends, our homes, everything.
Imagine being old, at the end of your life, what will be your dominate memory? You will likely find that right now, you are living that future memory, that happiness is now, happiness is in this very moment. Don’t let the best years of your life slip away, while dreaming of a better time. That time is now.