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

Friday, August 9, 2013

Crossing Lines, Following Threads

From the Mythic Tarot, the Devil:
I'm all for having fun and enjoying the pleasures in life, but there can be a fine line between a bit of self-indulgence and obsession. If my desires lead me to cause harm to myself or another, then I've crossed that line. Pan was infatuated with Syrinx, a nymph who had taken a vow of chastity to serve Artemis. But when she refused his advances, Pan wouldn't take "no" for an answer and chased her to the edge of a river. Realizing she was about to be assaulted, she called out for help. Syrinx was turned in a reed by the gods, yet even then Pan was determined to have her one way or another. He cut all the reeds and turned them into a flute for himself. The Devil indicates there are instincts at work that could lead to faulty thinking and choices with dire consequences. Time to stop listening to the music and start relying on logic.

From the Symbolon Deck comes the "Two Faces of Eve:"
This woman is torn between choosing a simple life and one filled with glitz and glamour. It is tempting to choose the one where the pleasures outweigh the hard work, but what she really needs to ask is, "What will nourish my soul?" Neither choice is inherently bad, unless abuse or harm is the result of one or the other. Instead of looking only at the beginning, sometimes we need to follow the thread all the way to the end to see what's dangling at the bottom.

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