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

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

From Translation to Transformation

From the Transformational Tarot, the Sage (Hierophant); from the Celtic Book of the Dead, the "Island of the Revolving Beast:"
The two man-made statues with the backdrop of fall foliage is an expression of humans trying to find purpose and meaning in their lives. We create icons, build cathedrals and write books filled with myths and creeds. Which would all be fine if folks looked at it as man's attempt to find truth instead of Truth itself. Humans don't want to just find it, we want to mass produce and sell it. I have tried "Truth in a Box" and it didn't work out very well. My beliefs come from my own spiritual practices. This is not to say that mentors and sacred writings aren't helpful, but my convictions today are based on my own experiences.
The Island of the Revolving Beast was a place the voyagers encountered an animal that could shape-shift faster than thought. It pounded the sailors with rocks, so they hurried back to their ship. I see myself in this beast, constantly shifting my spiritual ideas as I grow older. But I no longer have extreme shifts, say from one religion to another. Now I concentrate on practice instead of beliefs. As a priest who is a friend of mine explains, "move from translation to transformation." What will help me change so that I become more kind and compassionate? That doesn't have much to do with dogma at all.


  1. Again a beautiful pair of cards. When we stop shifting and adapting our spiritual believes we end up like those statues; petrified, unable to move, waiting to be rescued by some ready made belief system.
    "move from translation to transformation" is like moving from the mind to the heart: living the knowledge you have gathered. How wonderful to have such a wise friend nearby

    1. Being "petrified" I think is the problem I have with religion in general; rigid beliefs that don't allow any coloring outside of the lines. :)