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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Stones in the Stomach

From the Ancient Tarot of Lombardy, the Devil; from the Lenormand de Marseilles, the "Letter:"
       Images of the Devil always seem to depict nonhuman traits in order to portray an animal nature and physical appetites. Every hero in legend or mythology has had to face this tempter - Buddha had Mara to contend with and Jesus had Satan. Yet this being is not an outside force, but one working within. The Devil wants fun and pleasure (nothing wrong with that), but this part of myself can push me to extremes, causing harm to others or myself. For instance, I might learn someone's secret and because of some past slight, I relish making it public. But in the end, it will ultimately hurt me; no one will trust a person who can't keep private confidential information. That first delicious sensation will eventually turn into a heavy stone I must carry.
       The Letter often refers to written communication, a document or results of some sort. There is information - perhaps someone's opinion - that I'll receive. The Devil into today's draw suggests I could react in a way that is less than beneficial. I could cover my head and hide, or I could go into attack mode (taking on the traits of prey or predator). Or I could take the harder path of patience and tolerance as I attempt to see things from  a broader perspective. 


  1. I've read the advice in various places since, but my mother's advice to never write something down if there is anyone at all you wouldn't want to read it. I've burned boxes full of journals and letters over the years. I have a friend in New Hampshire that said recently she has every letter I've written her over 25 years. Freaks me out to the max :)

    1. I had a 4th Step journal (listing a lifetime of resentments, fears, and unhealthy relationships) that got stolen when someone broke into my car. Burning or shredding sounds like excellent advice. Holy cow, that is impressive/scary that your friend keeps all your letters for so many years!