Sunday, October 30, 2011

Was Hamlet a Black Hole? The Six of Wands

“What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how
infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and
admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like
a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals”

Shakespeare must have been meditating on the Six of Wands when he gave this speech to Hamlet. On the Tree of Life, Six is the highest point human consciousness can attain. It is perfect in harmony. It is the Hub of the Great Wheel, the Star blazing on the forehead of humanity.

We need to tinker with old Will a bit, maybe delete ‘a man’ and replace it with ‘a human’, or maybe just drop the ‘a’ and try “What a piece of work is Man” (meaning the species). It’s a bit challenging that our species has become identified with a masculine pronoun. Even if we back away from English and go to the Latin species name we are still ‘homo’, as in ‘homo sapiens’.

Aside from that, however, I don’t think there’s any better expression of the golden harmony living in the Six of Wands. It’s the Solar Light Incarnate.

“So,” I ask myself, “aside from the rhetoric, what does this mean for you today, right now? How do you apply that?”

If this is your card today, remember this: the sun is the hub. The planets revolve around it in harmony. This is not because the sun asks them to. It is because the sun is always fully itself. Are the stars living beings? Of course they are. If you’re not sure about this, go back and read the Narnia books again, especially “the Magician’s Nephew” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”.

The call is to incarnate fully with surrender and trust. That was, of course, poor Hamlet’s quandary. The death (or perhaps murder) of his father had knocked him right out of himself and he couldn’t get back in. Stuck there, he became a murderously destructive force that left the stage strewn with bodies. Hamlet would, in time, have been King of Denmark. But to command, you must first Be. He turned the power of the Six of Wands into an inward vortex, like a black hole, drawing everyone who loved him into destruction.

If the Six of Wands isn’t your card today, you don’t have to worry about this. Go bake muffins, listen to music, and keep away from Hamlet.

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