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

Friday, February 28, 2014

Deep Breaths and Patience

From the Tarot of the Absurd, Strength:
Except for one high-heeled shoe, a woman straddles a lion bare-naked. Out of all the tarot decks I have, I can only think of one that shows a man on this card - all the rest show a woman. I recently ran across an article about a study that showed women are seen as better leaders than men by those around them. In fact, the outcome of the study revealed the women out-scored men in all but one of the sixteen leadership competencies. Why? It is not a male vs. female thing, but a result of many females operating from a feminine foundation of characteristics: cooperative, communicative, relational, receptive, intuitive and encouraging. We take the "soft" approach rather than the forceful one (that's why the bare foot is on the lion, not the one with the shoe).

From the Post Psychedelic Cyberpunk comes the "Telescope:"
The telescope is a tool for looking at far away objects. It reminds me that taking the soft approach instead of a forceful one requires long-range plans and patience. Though I fear people will think I am promoting females rather than the feminine, I can't help but think of pregnancy. A woman will not only endure nine long months of carrying a developing child, she is also willing to go through the pain of delivery. She knows that what is achieved at the end of this period will be worth the hard work and perseverance she put into it.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Step to the Right, Step to the Left

From the Tarot of the Absurd, the Lovers:
Relationships of commitment are similar to a dance; one person may lead one day, the other the next. One person may for a time be the stable support while the other moves out of his or her comfort zone. Sometimes the effort may tax us (and make us sweat), and other times we might neglect to be appreciative of what we have (and drop our rose). But for all of these types of relationships, trust is a thread that runs through them, and it is the only way balance and respect can be maintained. When I was young, I feared losing anyone in my close circle, but now I adamantly refuse to stay in any type of relationship where that vital element is missing.

From the Post Psychedelic Cyberpunk comes "The City:"
If the Lovers are a microcosm of relationships, then the City represents the macrocosm. Right now, our city is busy with budget planning, deciding who loses funds and who gains them. Again the give and take of balance is necessary, but above all, communication must be clear and constant. If the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing, chaos will reign. These cards remind me to be trustworthy and expect the same in return; to precisely explain my needs and wants and listen carefully when others inform me of their own. Trust and communication are the supports that hold up the bridge between all relationships, big or small.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fast Encounters, Slow Looks

From the Tarot of the Absurd, the Seven of Blades:
Flasher or a fence? Either way, with his sideways glance, I know this guy is up to no good. Both types of people like to wait for their "mark" - either to shock them or sell them something. The exhibitionist gets aroused, and the crook makes money. The receiver is the one who gets stiffed (metaphorically and sometimes literally). While one of his hands holds his coat, the other is hidden in his pocket, further indicating dishonesty and an ulterior motive. Note to self: Beware of strange men in trench coats today.

The card drawn this morning from the Post Psychedelic Cyberpunk is "Deep Time:"
Our society moves so quickly now, even our language has changed to reflect it (we have email and "snail mail"). But this card recognizes time that moves so slowly, we don't even perceive it. Think of a mountain that seems so stable and permanent, yet it is gradually being worn down over hundreds of years. With the Seven of Swords/Blades above, I need to be aware of an erosion in ethics or values that have happened so imperceptibly I might not notice unless I take a long, close look.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Seeing the Light

From the Tarot of the Absurd, the Ace of Coins:
Generally I would interpret the Ace of Coins as dealing with finances or health, but with the meditative posture of the man sitting on top, I'm leaning toward the health end. I know my meditation time in the morning has definitely helped calm and relax me. Even though it may not change the outward challenges and struggles I face, meditation helps me not get caught up in the obsessive insanity that often accompanies them. By maintaining an equilibrium in my emotional and mental health, I do the same for my physical body. Ommmmm...

From the Post Psychedelic Cyberpunk deck comes the "Lighthouse:"
On the edge of the stormy sea, the lighthouse sends out a beam to ships, showing them the rocks to avoid and the passage that is safe. In adding this message to the Ace of Coins above, I am encouraged to be mindful of what my body is and isn't capable of. As I get older, my brain sometimes still expects me to be capable of the physical tasks I did when I was in my thirties. But torn rotator cuffs and other injuries have given me the head slap I needed to make me more aware of my age. A few pieces of new furniture will be delivered today, and some other pieces will have to be moved. I have seen the "light" and will be as careful as possible.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Watching the Rodeo

From the Tarot of the Absurd, the Star:
This card is perhaps one of the quirkiest illustrations of the Star I've ever seen, and it took several minutes for its meaning to sink in. The three monster-beasts represent physical, mental and emotional drama or chaos. When I'm riding one of those animals, I can't see it for what it is. But when I can step out of the situation or away from the people - detach - I can objectively see what is going on. I had such an experience during a meeting last night. The ongoing discussion got more and more complex, but not in an "uncovering the layers" sort of way. One woman used the the term "mental masturbation," and that adequately described what was going on. When I tried to point out the elephant in the room, I think some of them just thought I couldn't stay in the saddle intellectually. My hope and healing won't come from trying to be a better rider, but by standing back and watching the rodeo.

The card this morning from the Post Psychedelic Cyberpunk is the "Internet:"
Falkov describes the Internet as a network that has become a marketplace, stage, library and worldwide communication system, but unfortunately it also contains parasites, predators and viruses. It isn't inherently good or evil, but I still need to use common sense when I engage it. When I got home from the group last night, I questioned whether I wanted to remain a part of it. Like the Internet, it has both its pluses and minuses, but if I stay I'll need to keep my feet firmly planted on the ground while I'm there.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Wake Up Buttercup

From the Tarot of the Absurd, the Sun:
The Sun blowing its warm breath on the roly-poly boy made me think of a walk on the beach in late afternoon. After a few days of around 80F (26C) temperatures, the cold has settled back in, making me feel a bit like this boy. I've also been really busy lately, with a wide range of activities and obligations, and so I would prefer to stay in bed this morning. But the Sun is gently encouraging me to open my eyes, uncurl my body, and embrace this wonderful day ahead. Okay, okay - but only after another cup of coffee.

From the Post Psychedelic Cyberpunk deck comes the "Microcosm:"
Falkov, in her booklet that accompanies her deck, writes: "The Microcosm is the inner universe of our own minds. It is our thoughts, emotions, and the totality of our unique experience." If all that is going on in the little boy's mind above, no wonder he is content to stay in dream land. There is something that makes us feel safe when we stay in our thought-world instead of venturing out into real life. But the real joy and adventure will only be found in the outer world where the Sun is shining.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Channeling Matt Dillion

The new deck for this week will be the Tarot of the Absurd, created and self-published by Jessica Shanahan. Today's card is the Three of Coins:
I love the potter used for this card - she's not afraid of getting her hands dirty to master her craft. She's dressed for comfort and for mess because her focus is not on clothes but in the task at hand. I thought of my attempt at signing up for Obamacare recently (though we've never had any major health issues, Blue Cross/Blue Shield charges my daughter and I about $700 a month for health insurance). Typical of government websites, the Health Care one is quite a labyrinth to navigate if you aren't sure what you're doing. So I'm dressing for comfort today, with documents of income in hand, and heading downtown for a seminar at the civic center to see what can be accomplished. I'm hoping they'll help me craft a plan that is actually affordable and will suit our needs.

The oracle deck I'll be using for the week is another self-published one by Masha Falkov called the Post Psychedelic Cypberpunk. This morning's draw is the "Gunslinger:"
The Gunslinger represents those nerves of steel that help us to survive. Seeing how my health insurance takes such a huge chunk of my income every month, survival is definitely an issue. But I know there will probably be a crowd a people to deal with and government tape to wade through - two of things that are not on my list of favorites. Guess I'll need to channel Matt Dillion from Gunsmoke to ease my way through today.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Meeting in the Middle

From the PetraK Tarot, the Two of Cups:
This card is one of the most softly colored ones in this deck, and I believe it is for a purpose. The cups enter from opposite directions, reminding me of my relationship with my husband. We are such opposites in so many ways. Our adventure at the furniture store yesterday is a perfect example. I'm very aware of color, but my partner could care less if a chair was neon green with pink polka dots. He's only interested in comfort, yet that is an issue we can both agree on. Like the cups above, we have to find a place in the middle, a point of compromise if we want our relationship to stay in tact. The Two of Cups reminds me that unless there is a threat to my integrity or moral values, I need to be flexible enough in my opinions to meet my friends and loved ones halfway.

From the AstroDice comes the roll "Sun - Scorpio - 2:"
The Sun represents a power and vitality of major proportions; add to that Scorpio's intensity, and there are the ingredients for excitement and passion or a train wreck about to happen. The 2nd House deals with resources and the physical world, and together with the tarot card above, is a firm shoulder tap to avoid letting differences of opinion (especially about "stuff") to get blown out of proportion. Relationships are not nearly as easy to replace as those neon green chairs.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Let Your Conscience be Your Guide

From the PetraK Tarot, the Fool:
Once a burglar entered a home in the wee hours of the morning and began stuffing his bag full of loot. He almost jumped out of his skin when he heard a voice say, "Jesus is watching you." When he regained his composure, he realized a parrot had said the words. The burglar smirked and said, "What kind of idiot names their parrot Jesus?!" The parrot squawked and replied, "I'm Polly; Jesus is the Rottweiler behind you."
I thought of that joke when I saw the Fool was accompanied by a parrot in this card. It in turn made me think of  the story of Pinocchio, who in his quest to become a real boy was assigned a cricket to be his conscience. I too am encouraged not to forget that inner voice, as I go out and enjoy each moment of this lovely day.

The toss of the AstroDice this morning produced "North Node - Cancer - 2:"
The North Node represents those life lessons that allow for spiritual growth, and Cancer is a sign of sensitivity and kindness. The 2nd House involves resources and possessions. I am reminded as I travel on this Fool's journey to enjoy and appreciate material things, but also be willing to share my resources with others (which would include not only money and "stuff" but time and energy as well).

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Light and Darkness

From the PetraK Tarot, the Five of Swords:
The Five of Swords expresses the trials and temptations of humans when it comes to expressing our ideas and beliefs to others. The problem is that I want the right opinion to be mine; I want people to accept that I've got all the correct answers. When such a sense of entitlement outweighs doing the right thing, I may be willing to fudge the truth and wind up on a slippery ethical slope. One sword on this card is surrounded by light, and it encourages me not to let my human motives trample on integrity. Only then the will the light overcome the darkness instead of being swallowed by it.

From the AstroDice comes "Jupiter - Taurus - 11:"
The planet Jupiter implies that expansion and growth are available, but the roll of Taurus indicates it will be of a slow and steady nature. The 11th House deals with friends and acquaintances and expresses a need for cooperation and teamwork. Incorporating this dice reading with the card above reminds me of a quote by Thich Nhat Hanh: "Usually when we hear or read something new, we just compare it to our own ideas. If it is the same, we accept it and say that it is correct. If not, we say it is incorrect. In either case, we learn nothing." If I want to expand my world, having an open mind will be a necessary ingredient.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pinball Wizard

From the PetraK Tarot, the Five of Wands:
The winding path between the four posts remind me of the path of a pinball. I know there are times in my life when I want to accomplish something, but it seems like friends and family try to prevent me from going down certain roads. It feels like they are putting up obstacles, but what they are actually doing is forcing me to rethink my plan, making sure my steps and goal are sound and plausible. They may attempt to rein me in at times to prevent me from being impulsive, and it saves me from grief and disappointment later on. While it's not fun butting heads, it keeps me headed in a positive, fulfilling direction. For that, I am thankful.

The roll from the AstroDice turned up "Venus - Scorpio - 10:"
The love and harmony of Venus meets the passion of Scorpio. The 10th House deals with career or recognition of some kind. When I got up early this morning, there were several birthday wishes waiting in my email. Though I don't do much to celebrate, it is nice to be reminded that I have friends and family who care about me. Such kind words balance out the "head butts" and remind me why I trust and value these folk's opinions - they do both because they care.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sharp Words

From the PetraK Tarot, the Three of Swords:
The central sword stuck into the cluster of crystals reminds me of a grave marker or memorial. In all the years that I've used tarot cards, the Three of Swords has often come up when I was careless with my words. There have been days when my emotions got ahead of my brain, days when I was trying to be flippant and clever, and days when I didn't listen carefully before opening my mouth. Each time, I hurt someone I cared about. The little flowering vine (looking a little wilted) climbing up the central sword reminds me how fragile we humans can be. It will be a day to pause and think about what I'm going to say before I say it.

The toss of the AstroDice today produced "Moon - Gemini - 7:"
The Moon shows up again, and I feel that it indicates some underlying emotions about to surface. Gemini is full of restless energy and may multi-task to channel it in a variety of directions. The 7th House deals with relationships, particularly close ones such as a spouse, child or close friend. Taken with the Three of Swords above, I can see how becoming flustered with too many projects may cause an emotional outburst on my part, harming someone I care about. Perhaps I should pick up some of that designer duct tape at the office supply store today...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Combining and Creating

From the PetraK Tarot, the Lovers:
Maybe it is just me wishing for Spring to arrive, but I couldn't help thinking about the pollination of plants when I saw this painting. Clearly it is about a union of opposites, but not two incomplete halves used to make a whole. Imagine a yummy cake layer that you place on another to make a cake. If one layer was missing a huge chunk, it would not be suitable to add to the other layer. So these two aren't looking for someone or something to complete them, they are combining to create something lovely and beneficial together.

From the AstroDice comes the roll "Pluto-Aries- 2:"
The planet Pluto was named for the god of the Underworld, so it was not a surprise to learn this die implied something was being razed to the ground in order to regenerate something new. Behind this process is Aries, the assertive, ambitious ram that keeps things moving and on target. What is all this "out with the old, in with the new" about? According to the 2nd House, it deals with finances and possessions. This reading finally clicked when I saw the 2nd House. My mom has been after me to spruce up my house (I haven't done any interior painting or bought anything new in about 25 years). She came for a visit this past Friday and bought a new set of curtains and curtain rod for me as an early birthday present. Once I put them up, I realized how such even a small change made things not only look better but also cozier. So slowly but surely I will be replacing the old with the new.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Dig In

This week I'll be using the PetraK Tarot, created by Petra Reiter-Köck and published by Piatnik. Today's draw is the Three of Discs:
Have you ever played tug-of-war? One of the first things you do (besides holding tight to the rope) is dig your feet into the ground before the contest begins. Seeing this piece of pottery in the shape of a foot makes sense as I strive to master a skill or gain a deep understanding of knowledge. It will take strength and a persistent effort to gain ground for such an endeavor. I might as well start with a firm stance.

The oracle I'll be using this week is the AstroDice, created by Wessex Astrologer Ltd. It consists of three dice: one for Planets (the 'What'), one for Signs (the 'How') and one for Houses (the 'Where'). This morning's toss produced "Moon - Scorpio - 12:"
The Moon invites me to take particular notice of my instincts, intuitive feelings, reactions and emotions. The intensity of Scorpio is unafraid to look beneath the surface of things or in dark corners. The 12th House encourages me to withdraw from distractions in order to uncover the unconscious potential within. It seems before I dig my feet into the ground, I better look under that dirt to see what's buried there. I may uncover hindrances or helps, but either way I'll be better prepared for the effort if I know what's going on inside.

Friday, February 14, 2014

The Fullness of the Moment

From the World Spirit, the Universe (World):
This full-bodied, blue Cosmic Mother reminds me of the Hindu Trimurti: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the maintainer or preserver and Shiva the destroyer or transformer. The Universe is the point of wholeness and harmony; whatever has been the focus of effort has now been completed. Yet her dance reminds me that she will eventually step out of the doorway the serpent forms. What has been will no longer be, and creation will begin anew. But for now, I'll celebrate the fullness of the moment with her.

From the Mystic Glyphs deck comes "Judgement:"
Rogers clarifies this glyph in her book, explaining it means we should trust our own judgment. The circle on the outside is a boundary to keep out the comments of others who may (sometimes unintentionally) cause us to question our decisions. With me, it's not just others but my inner critic who wants to nitpick everything. Anyone who's ever done anything creative will recognize that tendency to crave perfection instead of accepting what has been finished as a job well done. I think instead of succumbing to that kind of thinking, I'll aim a well placed kick at that perfectionist as I dance along with the Universe.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Celebrate Change

From the World Spirit Tarot, the Ten of Cups:
There's a party goin' on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We're gonna celebrate your party with you
~ Kool & the Gang
I just can't help it - whenever I see a Ten of Cups card like this one, the song Celebration automatically runs through my head. I wonder if the occasion portrayed here is a rite of passage, a festival, or just a family wanting to have some good old-fashioned fun. It reminds me I don't need to wait for something big to happen before I shake my groove thing. If I will look through eyes of gratitude, I'll find even the small stuff gives me a reason to party. In the words of Kool and the Gang, "Celebrate good times, come on!"

The card drawn from the Mystic Glyphs today is "Moon Phases:"
Rogers explains this glyph means there is a change or evolution within me, and that I shouldn't let my fear keep me from embracing it. I have felt this phase occurring on several levels, physically and spiritually. The old me would grip hard to try and keep things as they are, but the Ten of Cups suggests I attempt to see the good in these changes. Besides, once I get used to them, I'll probably not want to change them either! 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Hold That Pose

From the World Spirit Tarot, the Two of Swords:
This image depicts a much more realistic setting for indecision than sitting calmly on a bench. There is the feeling that he can't hold his stance forever; eventually he's going to have to make a choice. The blindfold tells me he's looking within for the answer from his Higher Self rather than turning to other people or following what his emotions or logic would tell him to do. Yet in his precarious position, he stands barefoot, which implies practicality. Whatever he chooses, I doubt it will involve riding off into the sunset on a unicorn.

From the Mystic Glyphs oracle comes "Backward:"
Ahhh... here is the reason the fellow stands balanced between two cliffs. Rogers explains this glyph is a signal that something has been overlooked or misjudged. I can get so excited about something, my feet are in motion before my brain is fully engaged. "Backward" encourages me to return for a second look, discussion or assessment before dashing off. Otherwise I'm going to neglect to pack something very important in my knapsack.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Daydreaming Do-Nothing?

From the World Spirit Tarot, the Seven of Cups:
It's nice to dream and visualize about what we think might bring us emotional fulfillment. It's like going to a clothing store and trying on pants and shirts to see which ones fit and look good before actually buying anything. But if I don't ever purchase anything, then I end up with nothing to show for my time spent in the dressing room. My creative muse can keep me in this "trying on" cycle; I get a brief period of feeling good while my mind engages in all sorts of imaginings. Yet I end up with nothing tangible because I don't actually follow through on any of my ideas. Come on daydreamer, up and at'em.

From the Mystic Glyphs deck comes "Leader:"
In describing this glyph, Rogers uses the phrase "speak now or forever hold your peace." In other words, it's time to stop wishing and wanting someone else to act or open their mouth. Prachett's character Susan in the Hogfather explains it perfectly: “The phrase 'Someone ought to do something' was not, by itself, a helpful one. People who used it never added the rider 'and that someone is me'.”

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Pig in Clover

From the World Spirit Tarot, the Sage (King) of Pentacles:
Why is this king content and happy as a pig rolling in clover? It's not that he has so much stuff - while his surroundings are beautiful, they are simple. The booklet describes him as a ruler "with a steady hand and kind heart" whose achievements grow from "an inner peace, a satisfaction that stems from a deep appreciation of life." He is in tune with the cycles of nature which helps him bring "patience and practicality to everything he does." From his gratitude comes contentment and from his groundedness comes a calm perseverance. I think this King would agree with Victoria Moran: "When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar."

From the Mystic Glyphs oracle comes "Work Unity:"
Rogers explains this glyph means to find a person who can balance out your weaknesses or lack of skills but who I can also bring strengths and assets to the partnership. I love structure and organization, getting things done on time, and have the tenacity to stick it out through challenging times. What I often don't have is the ability to know when to take a break, relax my standards and just have some fun for the hell of it. Though these types of people may be very different from me, they are essential in helping me live a full, satisfied life.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Watch that Sharp Tongue!

From the World Spirit Tarot, the Seer (Page) of Swords:
Most adults, watching this young girl balance a sharp sword on her hand, would say, "What are you trying to do? Lose a finger?" Those who are older and wiser know the risks of some actions, including the words spoken to and about other people. The Buddhist Monastic Code (The Patimokkha) gives some guidelines that I think all folks would do well to heed: “Do I speak at the right time, or not? Do I speak of facts, or not? Do I speak gently or harshly? Do I speak profitable words or not? Do I speak with a kindly heart, or inwardly malicious?” Just because I might think of something witty and clever doesn't mean it is the right thing to say.

From the Mystic Glyphs deck comes "Elk:"
I had to smile when I drew this glyph, as the male elk is known for his loud bugling call. Yet the book reminds me of the importance of belonging to groups, just as the elk (when antlers are shed and rutting season is over) band together for protection. And though honesty needs to be an important part of any association or group, the truth can be stated without the intention of harming. Some of my favorite words are from Rabbi Milton Steinberg who said, "When I was a young man, I admired clever people. Now that I am older, I admire kind people." Amen.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Help and Hindrances

The deck I'll be using this week is the World Spirit Tarot, created by Lauren O'Leary and Jessica Godino and published by Llewellyn. Today's card is the Three of Pentacles:
An artist shows her work to a man who considers which design he prefers. Will he use it to create a pattern on fabric, an ad or as a part of a mural? I am reminded of how many people things filter through before they actually become a product to buy. A farmer buys seed and harvests the crop and then sells it to grocers (or canning companies), who then sell it to us. The Pictish Oracle I created (sidebar above) was drawn and researched by me, but I had neither the tools nor the know-how to burn the designs into pieces of wood. I had to ask and rely on Alaska Laser Maid (Deborah) on Etsy for her expertise in that area. Sometimes my brain bubbles with creative ideas, but I squash them because I think I have no resources or skills to complete the finished product. The Three of Pentacles reminds me to reach out and connect to others who may be able to give me the help I need.

The oracle I'll be using this week is the Mystic Glyphs, created by Barb Rogers and published by Red Wheel. Today's draw is "Bear:"
I've actually had people tell me that if something didn't flow smoothly, it was probably a sign I shouldn't do it. Now I get there are times when every door is closed (and there's not an open window in sight) and my options run out. But if I give up because I run into bumps and obstacles along the way without first looking for another route, I'll never accomplish anything. Bear encourages me to draw on my inner strength and not throw up my hands in despair when challenges come my way. Slow, steady persistence can overcome a lot of snags if I keep moving toward the goal.

Friday, February 7, 2014

On the Road Again

From the Golden Botticelli Tarot, the Six of Wands:
This is an odd Six of Wands; instead of showing a celebratory parade to welcome home heroes, this angel flies off to another place. She has what appears to be stalks of grain in her hand, and I think perhaps she is more concerned in planting than partying. Winning the victory or completing the challenge wasn't about bragging rights, but about moving on to the next stage. She suggests I not stick around for any merit badges but go ahead and plant those seeds.

From the Sacred Geometry Oracle comes the "Line:"
This card reminds me of a road; it connects where I am now with a future destination. If I connect enough of those lines, I'll eventually have a solid geometric figure. Again the cards together suggest I don't dally but continue with the progress I'm making.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Full Circle

From the Golden Botticelli Tarot, the Three of Pentacles:
An angel holding a mandolin-like instrument walks on a pathway of coins. Who laid the stepping stones for her to become a master of music? I would guess a combination of other people and herself. There are people who mentor and encourage me (and often provide me with resources). Yet I must also be willing to be a student, to open my mind and learn the basics before I add my creative two cents. But then I still have hours and hours of practice in order to refine my abilities. Those are the stepping stones I walk on.

From the Sacred Geometry Oracle comes the "Circle:"
When I chose this card, I thought of the phrase "coming full circle." Does this just mean I end up where I started from? I don't think so, especially if I've been able to see from different viewpoints and learned something along the way. I may wind up in a similar place, but hopefully it is with more wisdom than I started out. Greer also advises that patience is needed, because some things need to unfold on their own without me pushing them.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Game Plan

From the Golden Botticelli Tarot, the Knight of Pentacles:
What is the hardest working, most dedicated and tenacious knight doing taking a leisurely trot through the park? He has the time because he has a game plan that he faithfully follows. First, he never waits to do anything until the last moment. He plans, makes preparations and then begins working on his project long before it is due. Second, he focuses on one task at a time instead of running around trying to do a little here and there. This way at least something gets completed instead of having lots of half-finished ventures lying around. Third, he has some trusted, responsible people in his inner circle he can count on to help him with some of the load. He doesn't worry that no one can do the job as good as he can (mostly because those folks he chose are like him). Now if I can come up with a game plan of my own...

From the Sacred Geometry Oracle comes the "Sphere:"
Take a single point and expand it in all directions, and eventually you will have a sphere. It reminds me of the power of one passionate idea or creative thought. You never know just what it may lead to until you pick up the ball and start moving. Greer states "the possibilities before you are greater than you have any way of imagining." But as the Knight above reminds me, before I hope in that saddle I need a game plan.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

All Frosting With No Cake

From the Golden Botticelli Tarot, the Magician:
Is this fellow getting ready for a ceremony of some sort? He reminds me of all the robed figures at the Episcopal church I went to last Sunday (I was invited by a priest friend for the Candlemas service). While the sermon itself was interesting and practical, the "bells and whistles" of the rituals left me feeling rather hollow and detached. It was like a few books I've read or seminars I've attended where the subject seemed promising, but at the end I felt like it was all icing and no cake (no real substance). The Magician reminds me that life is about more than just visions and inspirations; he asks us to make our dreams and goals concrete instead of just talking about them.

From the Sacred Geometry Oracle comes the "Hexagram:"
The hexagram is formed by the joining of an upward equilateral triangle with a downward equilateral triangle, suggesting a combination of opposites. Greer emphasizes that such opposition does not always mean you must choose one over the other. Instead there can be a balance between the two - both receiving an equal share of time and attention. I love the creative thought process in which I search for solutions or creative expressions inside myself. But putting them into the real world is another story, and makes me feel vulnerable and incapable. Yet the combination of these two cards remind me that I have the skills for both sides of the coin, and it's time to use them.