Inverted Six of Rods

Interpretation

Inverted Six of RodsThis is certainly not the upright card. When inverted, it suggests a fall from victory, or a fleeting or delayed success.

First, let’s identify what the obstacle is. Is it other people or something in the environment? Is it you? If you are the one standing in the way, how are you interfering with this victory? Do you feel unworthy? Do you think you’re too good? Are you trying to get out of a commitment? You can’t do anything about others or circumstances, but you can choose to get out of your own way. The best advice is not to try to bluff your way through this. Be honest and suffer the consequences. You might still be able to pull this one out of the fire.

The Suit — Rods, Wands, Staves, or Clubs

The Rod is a tool with a spark of life in it. This suit is associated with the element of fire, due largely to an ancient belief that fire is held captive in wood. Certainly, sensitive souls can feel the energy of wood, but we don’t expect it to combust on its own. When we refer to this suit as Wands, we acknowledge its power. Rods are creative and fiery. They can also feel like a burden in excess.

The Number — 6

Sixes represent support, communication, and perfection.

The Inversion

There is nothing to fear with an inversion. Mary K. Greer explains in her book, The Complete Book of Tarot Reversals, that an inverted card may be interpreted in one or more of these twelve ways:

  1. Blocked or Resisted
  2. Projected
  3. Delayed, Difficult, Unavailable
  4. Inner, Unconscious, Private
  5. New or Dark Moon (if you are reading cards from a round deck)
  6. Breaking Through, Overturning, Refusing, Changing Direction
  7. The Opposite of the Upright Meaning, or Lacking
  8. Excessively
  9. Misused or Misdirected
  10. The Upright Meaning Backward
  11. A Rectification or Cure
  12. Magical, Unconventional, or Humorous

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