Card 3 Reversed —The Guardian at the Gate
The reversed Guardian at the Gate card can indicate that a gate is closed to us at this time.
Perhaps we are trying to start things that we are not truly ready for — or that are not yet ready for us. Perhaps we are even trying to do something that is inappropriate for us, something that will take us off on a dead-end road. Standing here and banging our heads on a closed gate is not a productive activity.
If we have our hearts set on going in a particular new direction and this card is reversed, a good question to ask is "What do I need to attend to first in order to bring this opportunity into my life?" The answer to that might be that unfinished business from the past may make us unready to move on. If so, we need to complete that first, whether it is something in our physical world or in our inner selves.
Faery Lore — the inside story
Passages to new life. Openings. Gatekeeping.
The principle task of the Guardian at the Gate is to facilitate the passage from one realm to another and to block the passage of one who is not ready to pass. These realms may be Earth, Faery, the cosmos of the Singers, or Unity. They can also be considered as levels of reality or states of consciousness. In one state of consciousness we are in the ordinary world — in others we are in Faery, Unity, Dreams, or somewhere else. Our bodies don't move but our minds and spirits do.
The Guardian at the Gate of Unity facilitates the passage of the song into the Singers, and aids the passages of humans and faeries into Unity, to be filled by that song when it is their time. We cannot make the mystical experience happen to us — we can only open our hearts wider and wider until we are ready, usually only momentarily, to receive it. The Guardian at the Gate recognizes our readiness.
Along this line, one man in the Oracle on-line group noted, "We see the energy gathering into the starry gate (or streaming out of it) in the picture, but we cannot tell what is happening on the other side of the gate." This is very suggestive of how these gates and our passages through them can be.
This is the primal spirit of all of the guardians that are present when we are about to step through all metaphorical and most physical gateways. From the guardians of the passages between the worlds to the guardians (doorkeepers) at your own front door, they are all manifestations of one spirit, like facets of different sizes on the surface of one diamond. Naturally, this card shows the Guardian at the gateway to Faery and also to the Faeries' Oracle itself. Every person, every faery, who has ever helped us through an important passage, was manifesting the energy of the Guardian.
Text copyright ©2000 by Jessica Macbeth.