Daily Angel Oracle Card: The Sage, from The Faeries’ Oracle, by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth
The Sage: “Wisdom ~ Hidden Knowledge ~ Retreat ~ Old Age ~ Patience”
“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 and we see the colours of the seasons surrounding him. Sometimes, he is Old Man of the Mountain, the hermit who searches within for wisdom and understanding, and then is willing to share it with any true seeker who comes to him.
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. He has reached a stage of life where he has let go of many of the activities of younger beings, retreated somewhat from the outer world of Faery, and inner vision, contemplation, and spirit. On the exterior, he lives simply, almost austerely, but his inner world is filled to overflowing with richness.
In order to pursue his studies more thoroughly, the Sage has cultivated detachment. Some may see this as remoteness or coldness, but he is no less loving for that. The Sage finds the inner connections between everything. He sees the connections, relationships, and consequences between seemingly separate ideas, beings and things.
Love and compassion are the inevitable consequences of seeing truly, and this leads the Sage to share his learning with others. Like any other wise elder, he leads by gently teaching from his vast store of wisdom. When asked for his judgment about something, he is discriminating and generous-hearted. He turns a blind eye to punishment, feeling that what is needed is mercy and a way of teaching those who err so thy will not make the same mistakes again.
The Sage is constantly learning. While on the one hand he values tradition and stability, he also understands and values the need for growth and change. He can’t go for a walk or a flight around the neighborhood without discovering something new and trying to see how it fits into the Whole. 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 judgment applied with compassion and mercy.”*
~by Brian Froud and Jessica MacBeth
Today is a day to observe, rather than a day to press forward. The truth you have been seeking lies before you; yet you are not seeing it as you search frantically for it. Peace and calm are called for; come from a place of balance and inner harmony. Focus inward and listen closely to your intuition, as it has all the answers you need. If you are getting an answer that is not pleasing to you; and then seeking confirmation over confirmation to try to control the outcome… let go and surrender. You simply may not be able to control this particular situation.
Ask the Sage for help, but be sure to leave an offering to show your respect. Then, once you have your answer, accept it with grace and move forward, releasing confusion and distraction as you do so. The Sage will grant you clarity; before you ask, take a few deep breaths and center…. then be absolutely sure you are ready to receive the answer you seek.
~ Archangel Oracle