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

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Eyes Wide Open

From the Tarot of Pagan Cats, the Hierophant; from the oracle Cat Wisdom, "Take a  Closer Look:"
          When I first saw the older cat surrounded by the coin, cup, knife and wand, I thought I had drawn the Magician this morning. But I suppose it makes sense to have this teacher or mentor surrounded by these items. Any group leader will make sure relationships are developed to maintain a cohesive unit through a feeling of belonging (Cups). He will teach certain ideas and beliefs the group upholds (Swords). He inspires and motivates his students to act in certain ways (Wands). And the group is generally funded by the individuals that make it up (Pentacles). Yet the Cat Wisdom card suggests that what looks shiny on the outside may only be a veneer hiding something rotten underneath. Leaders often allow their egos to trample on the trust their followers give them. Maybe not intentionally at first, but power does have a way of twisting minds and hearts. I am reminded that being part of a group doesn't mean I have to swallow whole everything on their menu.


  1. I don't swallow everything either just because someone of "authority"says so. I've given up finding a group which aligns with my spirituality. Maybe I will start my own group being member and teacher in one :)

    1. I'm a part of several groups, but I tend to take what I find is beneficial and leave the rest behind. I'd have to clone myself a bunch of times to find a group that agrees with everything I think, which would definitely not be a good idea! :D

    2. I think one of the most important lessons I learned Bev, about the meaning of being a real leader is that, it certainly has nothing to do with power and ego and everything to do with being a servant, and of service to others, leaving your ego at the door. I think of Jean Vanier. It is very common to see many people oblivious to this fact. Hence our ego driven politicians.

    3. I agree with you 100 percent about your definition of a leader. I had never heard of Vanier before and had to look him up; he was quite an impressive man!

    4. Glad you checked him out Bev. If you get a chance read some of his books. He is a wise and humble man.