Falcon Meaning in Tarot
Maybe I'm a bit preoccupied with the falcon meaning in Tarot, because I discuss it at length on the card it's featured: The Nine of Pentacles.
Outside the high-symbolic ideals I interject on the 9 Pents page, I think it's the idea of snatching up the object of our focus that delights me about the Tarot falcon.
Unanimously, symbolic falcon meaning (as with most birds birds of prey) deals with a keen sense of focus. They hone their sights on something (food, typically), and with awe-inspiring skill and accuracy that nab their prey in a single deft move.
If they can do it, us humans can too. The nine of pentacles is a card of opulence, refinery and depicts a scene of luxury. I believe that falcon is there to remind us we are capable of letting loose our higher guides and intense focus with intent to hunt down the riches we desire. Of course, one man's riches is another man's folly. I'm not talking exclusively about material wealth. I am talking about stalking a sense of security and healthful abundance in our lives.
I also value the idea of falcons (as well as other birds trained in the sport of the hunt & messaging through the history of mankind), working together with humans. In its heyday, falconry was a very big deal. Training a raptor, and having the honor of displaying your birds' skill was tantamount to making the grade at NASCAR. Huge!
Training a bird into excellence in the art of falconry was a constant process. Falconers were repute to spend 24/7 with their birds: Eating, sleeping, training with their avian ally 'round the clock. Most falconers would report a symbiotic bond forming between bird and human. Makes sense. I like the idea of animal and human becoming a whole entity - joined together by a vision - a common bond.
So, let's take that same idea of falconry and lay it down as a metaphor. What if we had magnificent entities associated with our souls that, with intense focus on training, could take flight outside of our physical bodies and (in a sense) do our bidding for us in the ephemeral realms. I'm talking about the aspects of the human soul that serve as companions to us in energetic dimensions.
In this metaphor, I'm suggesting we each have a kind of spirit-falcon resting on our shoulder. By establishing a regime of getting to know this spiritual entity, communicating, and training this energetic being, we can hone in on the desires of our heart. And, with the aid of that spirit-guide, we can capture the proverbial gold we seek.
If nothing else, let the falcon meaning in Tarot (nine of pentacles) remind you that with an investment of attention, and a willingness to collaborate with energetic aspects that are uniquely you (but able to function outside of the physical you), incalculable things can happen.
Give it a try. Re-adopt that spiritual guide waiting patiently by your side. Communicate, cooperate, interact and then set upon the task of focused training with that guide. In doing so, you train yourself in taking aim on your desires, and casting out a greater part of yourself with the goal to obtaining your high-desires of freedom and accomplishment.
Since I'm so enamored with the falcon meaning in all its potential, I've written more about it. I invite you to take a look at some other symbolic thoughts I've had about the falcon here:
Falcon featured in the cards (Rider-Waite):
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