I use tarot and oracle cards as a tool for self-inventory. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."

Monday, November 24, 2014

Do I Get a Prize?

From the Nigel Jackson Tarot, the Empress; from the Sabian Symbols, "Leo 4:"
       Whatever the Empress creates, nurtures and sustains is done out of love. Logic doesn't inspire her, but beauty, bounty and harmony does. I wasn't too surprised to draw her card today as Thanksgiving makes its approach. Soon I'll be dusting off my Betty Crocker hat (and it has collected a lot of dust), and cooking my contribution for the feast. Does it make rational sense to drive to another city just to sit down and have lunch with relatives? The Empress would tell me to think with my heart and not my head before I answer that.
       The visual for Leo 4 is: A man formally dressed stands near trophies he brought back from a hunting expedition. Okay, I admit it. I'm not fond of stuffed animal heads or hunting for reasons other than food. I chose to use a wildlife photographer for this Sabian Symbol instead. There is something inherent in humans that makes us want to show others what we've accomplished. Even young children are frequently heard to say, "Look at me, look at me!" Now I don't think there's anything wrong with being proud of something you've done well, but we don't always receive those accolades we're looking for from others. The Empress would tell me to love what I've created for its own sake rather than look for any rewards from the people around me.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Helpful or a Hindrance

From the Nigel Jackson Tarot, the King of Swords; from the Sabian Symbols, "Aries 8:"
 
       Unlike the Emperor, the King of Swords is not full of fatherly compassion. And unlike Justice, you can bring all the character witnesses you like before him, but the results of your actions are all he cares about (your intentions are meaningless to him). Those fires burning on either side of this king make sure no watery emotions will influence his rule. His primary purpose is to protect his kingdom as a whole; the individuals are only important in the way they help maintain it.
       The visual associated with Aries 8 is: A woman's hat with streamers blown by the east wind. For me, air represents ideas, and the direction east symbolizes new beginnings. Have you ever had a good idea about a project or a solution to a problem, but when you began to implement it, you got bombarded by more ideas? Before long you are almost paralyzed by all the possibilities before you. Think of a strong breeze blowing a kite that has broken its string versus the tassels fluttering on this woman's knit cap. Which will be blown hither and thither, and which will stay attached and grounded? The King of Swords would tell me that all those good ideas I have aren't really good if they're not beneficial. If they don't help what I'm focused on to thrive and grow, they're just a hindrance.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Good-looking Goat

This week I'll be using the Nigel Jackson Tarot, created by Jackson and published by Llewellyn. I'll also be exploring the Sabian Symbols with the help of Lynda Hill's book 360 Degrees of Wisdom, published by Plume. I've got a 30 sided die and an astrological die that I'll be rolling to choose the symbol. Today's draw and roll are the Devil and "Cancer 21:"
       I don't think it was by accident that the Devil comes after Temperance in the order of tarot cards. What makes us move off the middle path and choose an extreme at one end of the spectrum? Overwhelming anxiety, boxed-up grief, angry frustration or smug arrogance can blind us to other avenues or perspectives. The two disciples in this image have no faces, suggesting they've lost their souls, but not in a biblical sort of way. They have abdicated their free will over to something or someone else. Yet that easier way does not have their best interests at heart. What seemed like a softer way out will eventually become an even heavier burden.
       The visual associated with Cancer 21 is: A prima donna singing. As used in opera, prima donna ("first lady" in Italian) was the lead female singer. I was treated by a friend to my first opera experience last year, and I was stunned by the vocal power and magnetism of the singers. This Sabian Symbol implies that I need to speak up and be heard. I should not allow my needs or obligations to be drowned out by other people, situations or a victim mentality. Otherwise, I might find that old goat is beginning to look mighty alluring.


Friday, November 21, 2014

Grow a Neck

From the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot, the Two of Discs; from the Sacred Geometry Oracle, the "Human Canon:"
       Check out that floating head; it may become one of the objects she's juggling if she doesn't reattach it soon. Next week begins the official holiday season. Even if shopping is limited, most people will be preparing meals, getting ready to entertain, or traveling. There are lots of balls to keep in the air this time of year. Yet am I doing these things mindfully? If I am disconnected from my body, I am sure I won't heed its warnings to slow down to the speed of sanity. Those aches and pains I experience during my busyness aren't obstacles to overcome; they're speed bumps to remind me to practice some self-care.
       The Human Canon is illustrated by an image similar to Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. Greer uses this card to emphasize that sacred proportion is not just found in buildings and paintings, but in nature - including the human body. He writes this card is "a reminder that you are the most powerful force shaping the universe of your own experience..." The disconnection of the Two of Discs can make me feel like I am just part of an industrial assembly line with no choices available. But that isn't true, even if it feels that way. I can choose what is necessary and important and put on the back burner things that aren't. The world won't stop turning if I put some of those balls down.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Are You Sick and Tired of being Sick and Tired?

From the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot, the Queen of Cups; from the Sacred Geometry Oracle, the "Double Square:"
       The image Ceccoli has created for her Queen of Cups brings to mind two of her traits. She can be overly empathetic to the point where the boundary between her emotions and other people's feelings gets fuzzy. Yet she is a highly intuitive woman; she gets a nudge to act before there is any physical evidence to see. If she can prevent herself from being an emotional sponge, she can be very helpful by offering guidance formed from her perceptive insights.
     There are three important root relationships in sacred geometry: the square roots of 2 (generation), 3 (relation), and 5 (regeneration). The double square shows the square root of 5; symbolically it means transcending its own limits and opening to new possibilities. Transformation allows for these potential opportunities. As I get older, I've accepted that if I'm tired of dealing with the same old stuff over and over, I need to make a change. The queen's empathy and intuition can lead me to react emotionally or with deliberate purpose. I know too well where reaction instead of action will lead, so doing something different seems like a wiser choice.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Expand Your Mind

From the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot, the Queen of Swords; from the Sacred Geometry Oracle, "Gnomonic Expansion:"
      This queen's got a knife, and she's not afraid to use it - at least metaphorically. She seems to have purposefully plucked the eye of the cupcake man, but why? I think she is trying to correct his mistaken perceptions. Perhaps he blames everyone else for his troubles and fails to see his own thoughts, words and actions set the ball rolling. Or he may believe manipulating others for his own personal gain is acceptable. Then again, he might be so entangled in other's lives that he tries to take on challenges that are not his to bear. Whatever the problem, this queen is about to apply some Windex.
       Gnomonic expansion is an ancient method of producing a larger version of the same form with the same proportions as the original (similar to an architectural model that expands to become an actual building). I suppose because I was just looking through the latest Northern Sun catalog, this card made me think of the phrase, "Think globally, act locally." It is so easy to look at the world through my constricted viewpoint, through the lens of my personal belief system. Yet the queen and the sacred geometry card suggest I need to widen my perception.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chocolate and a Box, Please

From the Nicoletta Ceccoli Tarot, the Queen of Discs; from the Sacred Geometry Oracle, the "Cube:"
       This queen must be a Southern gal, because comfort or celebratory food is a big part of our culture. At a family reunion you might find fried chicken; at deaths or births, every kind of casserole known to man shows up on the doorstep. But for those job losses and break-ups, it's usually something sweet that gets delivered. Besides being necessary for life, food helps ground us. The Queen of Discs is quite aware that doing something for the body - exercise, food, sex, hot baths - can help us step out of emotional intensity and bring us back into the real world. Her down-to-earth tactics are generally always welcome.
       The cube is associated with the element earth, and therefore associated with stability and solidity. Though there are times when we can feel boxed in, there are times when that box might feel protective and cocoon-like. It gives us a place to rest and catch our breath. Greer suggests patience, consistency and structure are called for now.