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

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ashes to Ashes

From the Rohrig Tarot, Death:
A young woman arises from the crown of a skull. Around her dry, fallen leaves swirl, a reminder that just as in nature, there must be death for renewal to occur. The Hebrew letter Nun (seen in the top left corner) means "fish" in Aramaic. The fish symbolized a lack of self-consciousness - an acute self-awareness that results in a preoccupation with oneself. The "Changer," as the authors refer to Death, transforms us; it strips away the old self, leaving us liberated from attachments and self-centeredness. It brings humility and a fresh perspective. Though the process may be painful, the ashes and dust of this ending will become the fertile soil for a new beginning.

The Master Tarot draw for the morning is "The Supper:"
I find it interesting that in the story of the Last Supper, Jesus didn't sit around wringing his hands looking for pity from his disciples. Instead they did what most people do to celebrate a holiday - they had a meal. The disciples had been under the impression their messiah was going to be an earthly king, so they didn't know what to make of Jesus' announcement of his pending death. Perhaps his message was like Krishnamurti's, "We have separated living from dying, and the interval between the two is fear." Fear is the real assassin of life, not death.

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