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, April 30, 2014

Coping with Confusion

From the Granny Jones Australian Tarot, the Moon:
Obviously this is not Edward Lear's version of the "Owl and the Pussycat." I remember reading my daughter Jan Brett's book, but it never hinted at the dark side of these animals like Granny does. I had a restless night due to a storm system moving through our area; it was like trying to sleep in a 100 lane bowling alley with disco lights flashing. My brain feels like it is filled with cobwebs, and I know myself well enough to know that being tired and moody does not translate well to making good judgments or decisions. Like the owl above, I may get worried or paranoid about something that is not even real. Did you know that Lear started (but never got to finish) a poem about the children of the owl and cat?
Our mother was the Pussy-cat, our father was the Owl,
And so we're partly little beasts and partly little fowl,
The brothers of our family have feathers and they hoot,
While all the sisters dress in fur and have long tails to boot.
    We all believe that little mice,
    For food are singularly nice.
Things really did work out for this odd couple, and not in some Stephen Kingish way either. Today is a day for me to avoid any major choices if possible, until I can clear some of those cobwebs.

From the Button Oracle comes the "Sea Star:"
regeneration, renewal, restoration
It is always quietly thrilling to find yourself looking at a world you know well but have never seen from such an angle before.  ~ Bill Bryson
Sea stars (or starfish) often get snared by fishermen hunting for clams and other mollusks, since these are a part of their diet. The men would often think they killed the sea star by chopping it in two, but if some of the central disk was intact with an arm, it could regenerate. So instead of ridding themselves of the starfish, they only increased their number. The button and Moon card remind me that sometimes I don't have all the information I need to take action, but if I give it some time, I may find I see things in a whole new light. 


  1. Regeneration after such a night is a good thing. It also demonstrates a lot wisdom to know yourself this well. Perhaps after a good night sleep everything will look better tomorrow
    By the way; I love the button oracle :)

    1. I guess after you keep hitting your thumb with the hammer, you eventually learn to put the hammer down, lol. I'm glad you like the button oracle; it sort of connects me to the grandmother I grew up with as a young child. She used to have a little round, wooden box that she kept her buttons in, and I can remember playing with them (obviously it didn't take much to entertain me, hee hee). I even found a box that looks exactly like the one she had on Ebay. :)

    2. You've just stirred a lost memory. Thanks!
      My granny also had such a box with buttons, that I could play with :D

    3. Happy that I reminded you of a nice memory. :)

  2. Oh, I'd never heard about the unfinished follow-up poem :) And rather than a dark version, I just know a raunchy version - Dory Previn's song ;) Really digging the Granny Jones :D

    1. Okay, you KNOW I'm going to have to go search out that song, lol.

    2. It's more in her delivery than in the lyrics ;)