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

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Can't Buy Me Love

From the Dark Goddess Tarot, the Ten of Pentacles:
Kin and kind, living and dead, all are part of one another.
For the Igbo people of Nigeria, Ala (whose name literally means 'ground') is the deity of earth, morality, fertility and creativity. She watches over all cycles of physical life: she is there when the crops begin to grow and babies are born, and she is there when someone dies and the field is plowed under after the harvest. When death comes, Ala receives him or her into her womb, known as the 'pocket of Ala.' I love the simple abundance present in this card; it reminds me that even though I'm not even remotely close to the 1% (in 2011, the average income of the top 1 percent of US households was $1,530,773), I am comfortable and have much to be grateful for. Besides, all of us will eventually come to the same end no matter how much we have. The Earth and her rhythms don't play favorites. 

From the Tattwa Cards comes "Water: Seed of Water:"
With water added to more water, I found it interesting that Mumford associates this card with diplomacy: the skill and tact involved in negotiating relationships. What does this have to do with the abundance above? I imagine it is similar to the way all streams and rivers flow into the ocean. We all have a common bond in that life is terminal for everyone, so why should I be jealous of what another has or too attached to what I own? I have to agree with George Horace Lorimer: "It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy."


  1. One thing is sure: You can't take it with you :D
    We are very aware now that having stuff isn't important. It is more about love and health etc. those are the kind of things which can make someone feel rich and truly happy

    1. That "stuff" can bring me some temporary pleasure, but it sure doesn't last very long does it? :)

    2. It mostly provides me with a short thrill and when it fades I have to be carefull not to go off for my next fix :D