For today’s card, I used The Tarot of the Crone deck by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince. I drew the 7 of disks, whose keyword is “travel”. A winding road loops around seven different landscapes, three settled and four wild.
In many tarot decks, the sevens convey something of restlessness or a yearning for change, and this is no exception. Seven is the largest prime number in the 1 – 10 sequence of the number cards of the tarot, and it resists structuring. Seven is also a magical number in folklore. Seven doesn’t fit, it breaks the pattern, it opens onto the new and mysterious.
In the earthy suit of disks, this means a change of place. As a youngster, I was fascinated with maps. (I still am.) Geography gave a sense of understanding, even mastering, places I had never seen. Later in life, as opportunities for travel became more frequent, I was repeatedly impressed with how different each place on this planet feels. It’s not just a matter of different buildings, plants, and perhaps a different language. Each place has a quality of light and air, an ambiance of sound and fragrance, that is its own.
Often, in tarot, astrology, and other spiritual practices, the concept of travel is used metaphorically, to signify philosophical excursions or culturally broadening experiences. This card, however, has an inescapable literalness about it. It’s about moving from an old place out into new places, experiencing those distinctive feelings that we only understand by physically being there.
On the other side of the coin, we often stereotype earth as unchanging, stable, enduring. That may be so, but this card reminds us that our relationship with the earth can change, perhaps profoundly, as we change location and point of view. Earth is not one experience, it is many.