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

Monday, September 29, 2014

Power and Purpose

From the Rosetta Tarot, the Magus (Magician); from the Ascension to Paradise deck, the "Pitta:"
 In order for us to use our power well, we must become a hollow bone. We must prepare ourselves to become a channel... We must be free of resentments, guilt, shame, anger, self pity and fear. If these things are in us, we cannot be hollow bones. These things block us from our power. ~ Joyce Sequichie Hifler, A Cherokee Feast of Days
Meleen's Magus takes on the form of Mercury, the messenger god. She speaks of him as being a channel, receiving and taking messages. In practical terms, this means I become receptive and listen to my inner Self, and then carry out the inspiration I receive in concrete ways. If (as Hifler states) my channel is clear of ego's demands, the information will be beneficial and produce solutions. Anything that is self-serving only and harms rather than heals is probably an illusion of the ego. Of course preparing to receive these ideas is only half the work; the big effort will be in manifesting them.
The Pitta card illustrates a lovely jewel-colored bird known for dwelling among the forest floor instead of the tree tops. For this reason, the authors assign its message as following one's "soul path." Do I believe that before we are born, we each have a particular purpose or mission to perform on this earth? I find such a declaration hard to swallow. But because we each have unique talents and personalities, do I believe we all have a way we can benefit the world around us? Yes, even if on a limited scale. But first I'm going to have to take the Magus' suggestion to be open to those spiritual nudges. 

6 comments:

  1. hollow bone, I like that. Won't help at the top though, because of the hollow heads.

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    1. For some of us, that might be an improvement! :D

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  2. I imagine a hollow bone with little holes so we can produce wonderful music when inspiration comes. I don't usually lack inspiration but for me the manifestitng part is more difficult

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    1. Doing is much harder for me than receiving the inspiration too!

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  3. I love the quote Bev and that Pitta card, the depiction of the bird is beautiful! 'Soul Path', I love that expression. I do believe we do have a soul path, but we do not always choose to follow it.

    An insightful and thoughtful post.

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    1. Thanks Catherine. I'm going to have to try and find some of Hifler's books. :)

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