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, June 1, 2014

Clean Up Your Own Backyard

From the Tarot de St. Croix, the Knight of Pentacles:
This fellow is quite literally a "Greenman." Unlike the RWS Knight of Pentacles who looks over a plowed field, the St. Croix Knight sits in a field of flowers. Even after all of his hard work, he still seems to have (ahem) "staying power." He may be resting from his labors, but I'm sure his mind is thinking about the water and soil needs of his plants. Just because he's seeing results doesn't mean he'll neglect his duties. His cousin knights (of wands, swords and cups) don't have much tenacity when it comes to seeing things through from beginning to end, but this guy is diligent and unwavering.

From the Archetype Cards comes the "Exorcist:"
I'm guessing Myss didn't have Linda Blair in mind when she added this archetype. The emphasis on looking at your own destructive impulses made me think of an old Elvis Presley song titled Clean Up Your Own Backyard. In other words, before I start pointing out other folk's defects, I need to take a good look at my own. The Knight above is very detail-oriented, which is normally a good thing. But sometimes he can be stubborn and rigid about his ideas. I've found myself sitting in this seat lately, and I don't like it. I can get so caught up in my definition of how something is supposed to be, I shut out the views of other. I need to exorcise myself of this habit, otherwise my world is going to shrink to a very small size.


  1. For me it is also difficult to admit my way of seeing things isn't the only way. But it prevents a lot of arguments.
    The knight, Ahem, "seeing things through from beginning to end" he is quite a performer :D

    1. I don't know why I can easily let go of some things, yet hold on like a bulldog to others. Hardheaded, I guess. :)
      Yes, he does seem to be quite the performer, hee hee.

  2. I see that Knight drawing up the energy of the earth, bathing in the ripeness of the sunflowers :) Hope you find that connection to life again...

    1. Not feeling too great today, so "drawing up the energy of the earth" sounds like something I need to be doing!