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

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bad Moon On the Rise

This week I'll be using the Mary-El Tarot, created by Marie White and published by Schiffer. I'll be pairing it with the OH Cards, created by Ely Raman and Joe Schlichter and published by Eos Enterprises. Today's cards are the Seven of Cups and "Ants/Joy:"

I see a bad moon arisin'
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin'
I see bad times today
Don't go around tonight
Well, it's bound to take your life
There's a bad moon on the rise
~ John Fogerty
I suppose it was both the literal and metaphorical darkness of this card, but as soon as I drew it, I heard Creedence Clearwater Revival's song Bad Moon Rising playing in my head. Not only do the lyrics talk about earthquakes and lightning, they also speak of hurricanes a'blowing and rivers overflowing. Geez louise... it's like having a nonstop loop of Fox News' doom and gloom playing in your head. Now I have plenty of real-life drama in my little sphere, and I know there are some serious issues going on all over the world. But I refuse to passively stand there and let the wolf of darkness eat me; I'm going to move on until I find some sunlight.
The OH set is made up of two decks, one of pictures and one with words. I drew the ants first and then the card "joy." Now what could one have to do with the other? I'm thinking cooperation and group effort that leads to some fun. There's nothing like hanging out with friends who like to laugh and enjoy the moment if I want to keep the wolf in his lair.


  1. The ants and joy made me think about finding pleasure in your daily chores. I don't think ants have that much "fun" after hours :D. I guess they eat sleep and procreate.
    Having to do the same things every day over and over again can be suffocating or fulfilling it is just a matter of (again) perception)

    1. I suppose I was thinking of an outing (Market at the Park) that I've been planning with some friends this morning. It's taken several weeks for us to get our schedules to align, but today we're all meeting to go over and enjoy the arts, crafts and food together. :)

    2. Ha ha!! Well that is a great way of looking at it then. I hope you all will enjoy this outing and have a wonderful morning together
      have fun!!

    3. Hope you guys are still enjoying M's birthday bash! :)

    4. We do! My husband is coming over in a few minutes, so that will be a bit stressful but M has made a delicious apple pie so that will make him happy and set a perfect mood. for the afternoon

  2. Hmm, I've never managed to bond with the Mary-L. I acknowledge the beauty of the artwork, and the knowledgeableness of the book, and yet I don't like it. Maybe this week will change my mind at last...

    1. Honestly I can't make heads or tails of the book, so I mostly read intuitively with this deck. The images, some beautiful and some repulsive, never fail to make me feel one way or another, for sure!

    2. I think it's having seen the repulsive and bizarre that puts me off. It's perhaps because the artwork is so good that it's just a bit much for me...

    3. I completely understand; that's why it took me so long to get it. But then I used it to poke around inside my head to see where my reactions were coming from, which led me down the rabbit hole... :D

    4. I used to love dark and bizarre decks, but I've been much less keen on them of late. I blame all the pregnancy hormones! Before I had my first child, I never cried at films, now I blub like a baby! I had hoped I would "go back to normal", but it's looking less and less likely :D One of those more subtle changes that motherhood brings…
      I still like to poke around inside my own head sometimes, but I'm more careful what tools I use :)

    5. I've gotten that way with movies and books that have a lot of gore or violence. I just can't watch or read that stuff anymore.