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, October 1, 2013

Coming and Going

From the Shadowscapes Tarot, Temperance:
A fairy woman holds a sphere of yin energy and yang energy, while above her a water dragon and a phoenix dance. Temperance reminds me to take the middle path between extremes. Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) was raised in an environment where every wish was granted; he was never allowed to witness sickness, old age or death. He later left all his wealth behind to live as an ascetic, punishing his body and surviving on a few grains of rice each day. Buddha discovered that neither way would lead to happiness and peace. A balance must be struck between the "all or nothing" polarities, a compromise that negates neither but incorporates some of both.

From the Cedar Runes comes "Fehu:"
Wealth is a source of discord among kinsmen;
the wolf lives in the forest.
~ Old Norse poem
Fehu literally means "cattle" and symbolizes possessions and wealth. The mention of the wolf in most myths portrays him as a ravenous creature, always wanting to consume something or someone. It symbolizes the constant feeling of discontent and irritability of either thinking I don't have what I deserve or thinking someone might try to take away what I do have. The Temperance card above reminds me that I need to practice nonattachment when it comes to "stuff." I can appreciate what comes into my life, but like the ebb and flow of the tides, things change.


  1. We watched the Hobbit last night, what a great prequel to the Ring trilogy.
    This is the mark Gandalf the Grey writ upon Bilbo's front door, showing the band of the thirteen remaining dwarfs where the adventure begins.

  2. This is a wise lesson I know so well. But I have to hear it over and over again because it's hard not to want more then I really need. I practice in not buying every deck I like :)
    Thank god I already have the Shadowscapes Tarot. :D

    1. LOL Ellen. That is, as Thich Nhat Hanh would say, a deep practice! I try to practice it as well. Fortunately for me, I've managed to de-enable myself on Shadowscapes, but I enjoy what others write about it. Thanks, SycamoreTree!

    2. That's the downside to reading other folk's blogs is seeing decks you're not familiar with and thinking, "I may need that one..." :D

  3. Weeell, non-attachment isn't necessarily about not buying the decks, more not being enslaved by them. Not that I'm saying I manage either, just that the buying per se isn't spiritually wrong ;)

  4. Perhaps I have to admit that I'm "a little bit " enslaved to :D