Wisdom ~ Hidden Knowledge ~ Retreat ~ Old Age ~ Patience
from The Faeries' Oracle
by Brian Froud
Text by Jessica Macbeth
The Sage is also the shaman.
Not all wise men are shamans and not all shamans are wise men, but this one is both-power informed by wisdom
and wisdom made manifest by power.
This is also the face of Father Time.
His "blind" eye enables him to look into other worlds,
other realms, and the wisdom buried deeply within each of us, where the Singers dwell.
The Sage is constantly learning.
While on the one hand he values tradition and stability,
he also understand and values
the need for growth and change.
He is always expanding his understanding of reality
and deepening his awareness.
As we develop patience and compassion intertwined,
we begin to manifest the wisdom of the Sage.
Here we see wisdom and deep inner understanding.
One of the keys of wisdom is to organize, integrate,
and simplify one's thoughts.
Complexity often leads to confusion, simplicity is to be valued. This card signifies mental discipline informed by
balanced learning and compassion.
Tradition is valued but appropriate change is accepted.
The Sage knows when to let go and when to move on.
He knows when to retreat and think things over.
He compassionately and wisely shares his knowledge with others, teaching by example as well as by precept.
The scales of justice are balanced in the Sage's hands.
This card in a reading also signifies the need for deep consideration and refined judgement
applied with compassion and mercy.
Peace, Inspiration, & Love,
The Spirit Dancer