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, January 25, 2014

Commitment + Motivation + Effort

This week I'll be using the Alchemical Tarot: Renewed with the book Alchemy and the Tarot. Both have been created by Robert M. Place and published by Hermes Publications. Today's draw is the Four of Staffs:
Place explains that in the early Middle Ages, all that was required for a man and woman to be married was that they pledged their loyalty to each other. (This was before the Church declared a marriage would only be recognized if performed by a priest.) For any partnership, business or venture to succeed, there needs to be a foundation of trust. Without that sense of security and commitment to tenacity even when things get tough, nothing will ever get completed. I am reminded to honor my word and the promises I make, for this will determine the strength of whatever I am trying to build.

The other deck I'll be using this week is the Oracle of the Radiant Sun deck and book set, created by Caroline Smith and John Astrop and published by St. Martin's Press. This morning's card is "Riches - Saturn in Capricorn:"
Fortuna is shown carrying the symbols of health, wealth and the arts. To the side is a five-pointed star, the symbol of humanity. Saturn represents ambition, the driving force of our passions. Yet this alone will not bring success. Capricorn brings with it organizational skills, a sense of responsibility and perseverance. Wishing for something to be rarely makes it materialize out of thin air; it is the energy and effort we expend that will bring results.


  1. 'What a beautiful combination of cards. It is the effort and energy we put into our promises which make us reliable, loyal and trustworthy.
    These tow decks fit well together :)

    1. I've had these two decks paired for a while now for that reason. :)