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

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Socratic Solutions

From the Alchemical Renewed, the Two of Swords:
Athena's owl, representing both war and wisdom, appears over two crossed swords (one with the sun on its hilt, the other with the moon). Here is a situation that seems to lack any sort of compromise and requires an "either/or" choice. Place encourages the use of Socratic method for finding the truth by asking continual questions until a contradiction is exposed (thus proving the fallacy of the initial assumption). Such critical thinking offers me the wisdom of the owl instead of being beset by warring feelings and ideas. The Two of Swords requires a pause to get to this place of understanding and decision though. I had to laugh when I drew this card this morning because late last night we got sleet and a dusting of snow, which brought our southern city to a complete standstill (having no equipment to deal with icy roads in such weather), and most schools and businesses have closed. Here's a few pictures of my backyard just before dawn (click to enlarge):

From the Oracle of the Radiant Sun this morning comes "Revenge - Mars in Scorpio:"
The hot-headed Mars combines with Scorpio, who loves challenges, to come up with an "off with their heads!" solution. Yet the sexual bliss of the moon and sun in the top right hand corner suggests there may be a more satisfying way to handle the situation. At this stage in my life, I try to live by the saying that the best revenge is a well-lived, happy life. Who wants to miss out on all the good stuff while you're busy plotting the downfall of another?


  1. We haven't had this kind of weather. but I love it when nature is in control and we little humans can't do a thing about it but wait it out (except casualties of course) It gives exactly the kind of peace of the two of swords: every decision is delayed.
    Revenge: I totally agree with you. I don't seem to bother anymore (waste of energy)

    1. I live so far in the deep south that this weather definitely has shown who's in control. Unfortunately there are people who think otherwise and end up stranded or in wrecks - idiots! Thankfully there have been good Samaritans trying to help. :)

  2. the swords do not have locked guards...the only thing keeping them at odds is stubbornness. Unless we think there is a blockage, is there?