Our simple seeker had randomly chosen and was now studying
her daily personal relationship card, The King of Wands.
This authority figure presented as having a firm grip on power.
Is it possible?
Is what possible?
To possess a firm grip on authority?
He seems ready to do battle to maintain it, and beneath his
royal robes he wears a body suit of armour.
Then he rules with an iron grip?
Wands are wood, but he does seem prepared, and yet ..
Something in his posture and facial expression suggests
a willingness to listen to reason.
Does he remind you of me?
Not at all.
Wands express action.
And teachers do not?
Not in a physical sense.
Intellectual development has physical results.
Everything you do, say, or think is an expression of
Does that mean you agree?
It means that I’m impressed with your self-confidence.
Yes, but do you disagree?
Self-directed actions must be based on thoughts,
blended with emotions, and our thoughts are influenced
by those whom we have chosen, or who have been chosen
for us, to develop and guide our thinking.
Do I guide your thinking.
Yes, you certainly have had a powerful effect on my
In what way?
You have continuously, or so it seems, challenged me
to defend or question my own thinking.
And the effects of earlier teachers and social
conditioning on your thinking?
Now, back to the King of Action.
What about him?
I’ll ask you again: Do teachers possess power
to influence their students’ actions; what they
say and do?
Yes, both now and in the future. I now understand
the power of what we know, or think we know.
Yes, that we have learned from whomever we allowed
to teach us whatever.
Yes, that too.
What about emotions.
What about them?
Have I taught you any?
How can anyone learn or teach emotions?
Nothing we can say, think, or do is, or can be
How can we learn to recognize which emotion is
embedded in what particular thought, word or
How to develop self-awareness?
Self-reflection and meditation in some form.
How does self-awareness relate to the symbolic
form of The King of Action.
His seeming sense of power is a reflection of
his self-awareness. He is aware of his own
personal strengths, his personal power.
Are you, of yours?