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

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It's Not What You Think

From the Deirdre of Sorrows Tarot, the Moon:
When I use decks that have companion books, I tend to look closely at the card image and come up with my ideas first before checking to see what the author wrote. So my checklist with this one looked something like: "a wolf and a dog, a woman with stars in her hands, setting in a desert-like landscape, and a crawfish coming out of a pool." The book states that both the canines are wolves, the setting is actually on the moon, and the woman is a personification of the moon blocking the crawfish from climbing out. Of course I had to laugh, because the traditional meaning of the card is often confusion and uncertainty because of a lack of clarity. So instead of making fast and hard judgments today, perhaps I should just make tentative ones until the fog clears.

From the Victorian Flower Oracle was drawn "Daisy:"
Daisy is shown with all her flower children, so it's easy to see how the creators associated this plant with family matters. I'll be calling my mother to wish her "Happy Birthday" in a few minutes, and in a few hours I'll be visiting my mother-in-law. These women are both kind and loving, but one always sees the glass half-full, and the other sees it as half-empty (with a crack in the glass). My mom is the kind of person who may not tell me the full story because she doesn't want to worry me. My mother-in-law (in the early stages of dementia) worries about things that aren't even real. With the Moon card above, I'm going to have to finely tune my antennae and ask lots of questions today.

5 comments:

  1. I think it is so admirable of you to keep seeing the loving woman in your MIL. I know it must be hard and sometimes impossible. But the intent is there and that is a good thing. I hope you have a wonderful day and when you don't know what to say, just smile and nod :)

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    1. My MIL has had lots of hard stuff to deal with in life, from a son's suicide to taking care of a brain-damaged husband for 19 years. Knowing her history, I sort of understand why she thinks like she does. The dementia makes her say and do things now that would have horrified her before it set in. So it a bit easier to not let her attitude bother me as much.

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  2. Loved your take on the Moon: confusion abounds. And what an interesting Moon card it is. Hope you managed not to leap before you looked :)

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    1. Confusion is my natural state, hee hee!

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