Because they glide over water, ducks have been associated with emotion and emotional issues. They can often help us to deal with problematic situations by using grace: suggesting we balance our mind and emotions and not let either overtake the other.
The duck in this card is a Mallard. I have read that mallards do not like to be alone; they need to be around those of like mind, where they feel comfortable and safe. In this image, the bird sits in a lake by itself. His only company is the gentle ripples of the water which surrounds him.
How do you feel about your own company? Sometimes we need to be alone. At other times, that expanse of water can be too great. Even though this card can sometimes suggest loneliness, it is generally one of quiet contemplation.
On occasion, we need to take a break from the group and reflect. Evaluation is often most effective without external interruption; take advantage of quiet time and periods of stillness to think about where you’re at, without the influence of others getting in the way. We all need a little down-time. It allows us to step out of the noise and listen to our heart.
What is your heart telling you today?
© Steven Bright Tiferet Tarot 2015
Illustration by Darren Burt