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

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sanctity of the Sacred

This week I'll be using the Greenwood Tarot, created by Chesca Potter and Mark Ryan and published by Thorsons. Today's card is the Ancestor (Hierophant):
According to Potter's notes, this card is associated with Imbolc, the ancient festival that marked the beginning of spring. Here a shaman (in shape-shifted reindeer form) beats her drum, honoring the earth while encouraging it to wake from its winter sleep. Like the tracks in the snow, there are times when I need the help of a pathfinder to find my way. Such a person guides me in following "my star," here represented by the North Star. I met with a woman yesterday from whom I received an unexpected gift, a gift that made me remember just how long it's been since I did any journeying. It was a spiritual nudge for me to act in order to wake something inside me. Like the two birch trees in the image above, no one can pass through this gate for me - I must do the work myself.

The oracle I'll be using this week, the Pictish Oracle, was something I created based on my research of the ancient (Class I) Pictish stones of Scotland. Alaska Laser Maid, with her amazing talents, helped turn my ideas and drawings into a reality. Her Etsy shop now carries this set. This morning's draw produced the tile known as the "Rectangular Figure:"
Found ten times on Class I stones, these decorated figures may represent a wooden box, coffer, or satchel. Several Class II stones (when Christianity became an influence) show monks carrying similar type bags. For me, it is a symbol of safekeeping, a container in which to put something I hold dear or sacred. In combining this tile with the card above, I am cautioned to avoid "telling all" when it comes to my spiritual path or the inner insights I receive. Some things are meant to be personal and cherished. The wisdom I receive is not intended to evangelize or puff up my ego, but to transform myself.


  1. Although it is so special to share your thoughts on the net, there is still that personal space where you only want to meet your higher self in whatever form. I wish you a safe journey through the gate.:)

  2. Wow. Two one of a kinds this week!
    I have a MRI Monday, when it comes back cancer free (yesyesyes) I'm going to treat myself to the Pictish Oracle. Brilliant!

    1. Honey, I figured you've paid way more than your dues already; I can't imagine the Universe giving you anything less than an "all clear." I'll be thinking about you, holding you in my heart.

  3. Nice oracle, soulsis! You've been keeping secrets from me. ;)