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 1, 2014

Unrestricted Perspective

From the Thoth Tarot, the Three of Wands:
The orange color of this card shows its energy, and the lotus blooms in their first stages indicate progress is now noticeable. Hajo Banzhaf, in his book The Crowley Tarot, suggests the Three of Wands is much like the beginning of spring - projects and goals are not yet completed, but there is evidence of successful movement towards that end. The number three is different from two in that there is now some stability (think of a three-legged stool). Yet if I were to sit on the edge of that stool instead of in the middle, it would likely tip over. So while this card is an excellent report on how things are proceeding, it reminds me to stay centered and focused on the objective.

From the Vertical Oracle comes the card "Hope:"
Again the color orange (of the flowers) is dominant against a background of gray. The author labels this card with the phrase "vertical perspective" and advises that inspiration and encouragement can be found from a bird's eye view of things. It's like being so caught up in a belief or idea that I overlook the obvious. It reminds me of an X-Files episode in which Mulder and Scully are stranded on a rock in a river, where they stay huddled all night. Finally one of the locals informs them the water is quite shallow, and they can just walk to shore. Hope and tenacity may well depend on not limiting my perspective.


  1. The three of wands in RW decks often depict a man standing on a high ground where he can have an overview. So in that way these two cards fit very well together.
    And my friend: We have survived :D

    1. I didn't even think of that (RWS) - they do fit well! And yea for tenacity. :D

  2. Done that. The stool tips forward and sitter goes down on coccyx and stool finishes the with damage to the back. Happy New Year! May all our stools be stable

    1. Ouch! May all your landings be soft ones this year!