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.


  1. Our strength is build upon " the feminine foundation of characteristics" because we lack the muscle. When society was simple the men hunted and we stayed at home socializing with the other women. Leadership had no need for a lot of female qualities. The strongest man was the boss. Luckily everything changes :)

    1. But it seems (at least from the study above) that leadership DOES need these qualities! :D

    2. I agree! Perhaps I haven't expressed myself clearly. I wonder how the world would be like if our leaders were more feminine
      The female leaders we do have, are sometimes quite masculine

    3. You are so right; many women in high positions seem to feel like they must act like men to compete.