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, September 27, 2013

Life's Duct Tape

From the Tarot in de Herstelde Orde (Restored Order Tarot), the Hanged Man:
Falling leaves and coins and the figure "four" created by the man's legs suggest that nothing in the material world can help this man. He is both literally and metaphorically tied up, and has no power over the situation in which he has found himself. By acknowledging his powerlessness and surrendering to reality, he will find insight. The mushrooms on the ground indicate decomposition - the ego has lost its CEO chair and now becomes the secretary who observes and takes notes. The golden halo around his head and his peaceful expression suggest this man now sees with a new perspective. Sometimes it takes a lot of life's duct tape to make me realize I have no control over other people or external events. Right now it's best if I concentrate on my own attitude and actions.

From the Kabbalah Oracle comes the letter "Zayin:"
artwork by Adam Rhine
Zayin had been said to represent a sword or a scepter - both symbols of power. Yet the letter is associated with the number seven, the day of Shabbos, or the Sabbath. It is a day of rest, but it is also a day to remember the importance of the spiritual. It reminds me to look deeper than the drama going on around me if I want to find the answers I seek.


  1. "the ego has lost its CEO chair and now becomes the secretary who observes and takes notes" I wonder what Ego thinks about that :D
    Only by changing ourselves we can change our surroundings. Although it is so difficult to let go of control. I know.....

  2. it would be hard to stop collecting the letters...

    1. Yep, there are lots of lovely ones out there! I still think you should zentangle some.

  3. I'm drawn to his eyes, a lighter shade than his under shirt. Emphasises for me the fact of seeing with new eyes from this different perspective, and being able to communicate that vision. Lovely reading, and that letter is amazing :)

  4. I was thinking "eye shadow", but your explanation makes much more sense! :D Thanks for dropping by.