I use tarot and oracle cards as tools for reflection and contemplation. Rather than divining the future, they are a way for me to look more deeply at the "now."
"The goal isn't to arrive, but to meander, to saunter, to make your life a holy wandering." ~ Rami Shapiro

Monday, July 29, 2013

Tilting at Windmills

From the Motherpeace Tarot, the Eight of Swords:
I'm convinced this young lady is the granddaughter of Don Quixote, the man who fought windmills thinking they were giants. She whacks a brick wall with her sword, doing little to help herself out of the mental trap in which she finds herself. Humans are good at shaking the hornet's nest and creating a fight where there was none. We can easily distract ourselves with chaos to keep us from looking at the real problem - all the crazy assumptions and beliefs we give free rent in our heads. Looking at things from an objective point of view (the crows), it's plain to see all the girl in the card needs to do is use the piece of wood to climb out. Perhaps her fear keeps her from doing so; it's easy to convince ourselves the devil we know is better than the devil we don't know.

From the Toltec Oracle comes "Ketsalkoatl:"
Ketsalkoatl literally means "feathered serpent," and is one of the most important spiritual symbols of the Toltec people. It embodies what seem to be opposites - the eagle that flies in the air with the snake that crawls on the ground. The teaching behind Ketsalkoatl involves accepting the whole rather than trying to be all of one thing and none of the other. Humans will never be perfect; there will always be some good in the worst of us and some bad in the best of us. Those "all or nothing" thoughts and ideas can prevent us from enjoying our lives, never appreciating what is right in front of us.

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