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."
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Feeding the Hungry
From the Druidcraft Tarot, the Six of Pentacles:
Under an old oak, an elderly man gives to those in need. The deciduous tree, with its bare branches in winter, are contrasted with the evergreen leaves of the mistletoe (the "have nots" and the "haves"). This card reminded me of a huge debate going on in my community. Last year, a principal of a school was caught getting free meals for her child. This year, it was decided that any kid who arrived in time for breakfast could eat for free (and all kids would get a free lunch). Does it matter that one kid has an unemployed parent while another has a parent in such a rush they don't provide breakfast? In my mind, it doesn't matter; I don't think a kid should suffer regardless of the intentions or actions of the parent. Besides, what the community spent in legal fees going after the principal probably would have covered the cost of the meals anyway. Sometimes its tough to be discerning and fair when it comes to sharing resources, but when it comes to those who are innocent bystanders, I don't think they need to be run over by the train of justice.
From the Druid Plant Oracle comes "Burdock:"
The burdock is a type of thistle with a prickly seedhead. The seeds have little hooks that can easily attach themselves to whatever brushes against them, enabling the plant to spread far and wide. Like the parasitic mistletoe above, the burdock warns me to be cautious of people who want me to "carry" them without any effort on their part. Though everyone might have different talents and resources, everyone who can should contribute something to the soup pot, even if it's only their time.