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, November 23, 2014

Helpful or a Hindrance

From the Nigel Jackson Tarot, the King of Swords; from the Sabian Symbols, "Aries 8:"
       Unlike the Emperor, the King of Swords is not full of fatherly compassion. And unlike Justice, you can bring all the character witnesses you like before him, but the results of your actions are all he cares about (your intentions are meaningless to him). Those fires burning on either side of this king make sure no watery emotions will influence his rule. His primary purpose is to protect his kingdom as a whole; the individuals are only important in the way they help maintain it.
       The visual associated with Aries 8 is: A woman's hat with streamers blown by the east wind. For me, air represents ideas, and the direction east symbolizes new beginnings. Have you ever had a good idea about a project or a solution to a problem, but when you began to implement it, you got bombarded by more ideas? Before long you are almost paralyzed by all the possibilities before you. Think of a strong breeze blowing a kite that has broken its string versus the tassels fluttering on this woman's knit cap. Which will be blown hither and thither, and which will stay attached and grounded? The King of Swords would tell me that all those good ideas I have aren't really good if they're not beneficial. If they don't help what I'm focused on to thrive and grow, they're just a hindrance.


  1. As you say, you need some ideas, but then you need to prioritise them and actually get on with things. Good luck moving forward today :)

    1. Yes, I can only fit so many vegetables in that pot of soup! :D