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Captain Cook would have loved the 3 of Wands and the 6 of Swords!

“We can't be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding onto something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don't have something better.”

― C. JoyBell C.

It is the anniversary of Captain Cook and his second trip to the Pacific in search of Terra Australis.

He went all that way to find that it didn’t exist. However, he did map out New Zealand and Australia. He spent some time in Fiji and Tonga then travelled further south to the pole and found some land there instead. He pottered about there for a bit, just as well that he got all that in because on his third trip he caused a kerfuffle amongst the Maoris who promptly killed him and boiled his bones for their magical properties.

I make light of it, possibly because reading the accounts of Captain James Cook is rather awesome. He was quite a chap and ruled with an iron fist. This was mainly due to the fact that it is very easy to get sick on a ship, so anyone not eating or washing properly could be flogged. It was an amazing feat getting all the people, animals and supplies on board and being at sea for months and would have required a leader who could indeed seriously lead. All of this from a Whitby boy, which if you didn’t know is a fishing town in Yorkshire, also home to Bram Stoker of Dracula fame; they do a good Scampi too!

Cook’s exploits were nothing short of epic.

I was going to use heroic but one has to be careful as one person’s hero is another person's villain, yet the knowledge, courage and faith in one’s endeavours (which was also the name of his ship on the first voyage) cannot be underestimated. I am also amazed at the intuition, vision and determination that pulling off one of these adventures must have required. I wonder what he would say about a flat Earth? Anyway we digress...

So, reading all about James Cook inspired me to think of a Tarot card that might encapsulate the venerable Captain and the spirit of exploration. As it happens, I thought of two!


This three is about having a vision, setting into motion something for the greater good. This takes foresight, planning and imagination. One must set their eyes on the horizon, this is not a time for safe and limited thinking. New ventures require collaboration and interaction with others not to mention bags of self confidence, to risk everything for future gain. Fear of failure serves as a distraction, fear is not part of the vision.

We cast our bread upon the water and it will come back to us. When we build on our skills and abilities we are encouraging positivity. Others will show good regard and there is a possibility of fame and renown.

Exploration is an art form and results in a spiritual transformation this leads to seeking out new directions and new forms of communication. The courage to take the road less travelled is to actualise self, to win it means to be in it. Intention is the servant of aspiration.

I think that the Three of Wands describes some aspects of how Cook’s adventures can be perceived.


This is a card of travel, be it physical or internal. There is a sense of light at the end of the tunnel, a new Jerusalem. This card brings a message of eventual peace, solace to the spirit. Yet, in order to face that peace we stand and face death in whatever its guise, into the underworld we go. It is this voyage that gives us the compulsion to make better, to instil harmony even though we are still processing the baggage from the past which eventually we can leave behind and not be bothered anymore by the ghosts of unresolved conflict.

In this six we experience psychic phenomena, heightened awareness and intuition. The dimensions get a little blurry and we feel the need to leave behind the conventional world in favour of sailing into the unknown. Faith, courage and a strong idea about identity are requirements as we grow into our destiny. There is no rush, there are stages to actualisation, the self that was a myth becomes an actual legend.

Captain Cook, I wonder, must have had amazing visionary powers.

What was he doing and thinking all that time at sea? An analogy for us all perhaps, a strength of character enables the success of the most challenging visions and goals!

Do you have a vision that will set you off into uncharted water? Let our community know how you get on!

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