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, March 17, 2015

A New, More Benevolent Perspective

From the Restored Order Tarot, Judgment; from the Oracle of Kabbalah, "Kaf:"
          The fiery masculine and the watery feminine have produced something new that is neither "this or that." This is a new consciousness, a way of seeing and acting from a fresh perspective. I've been reading a book by Paul Knitter in which in talks a lot about duality and how it makes our lives and relationships difficult: "We make necessary distinctions, but then take those distinctions too seriously." Those labels we use are meant as only tools, yet they have turned distinctions into dogma. That babe has "beginner's mind" - wide open to experience without bias.
          Kaf is a key letter found in words like crown, king and queen, and so it is associated with majesty and royalty. It is also a part of kavanah, meaning "focused intention." It reminds me of the right use of power - doing what will benefit the whole instead of only myself. The olive is a symbol of life and peace, but also victory. Could it be that victory is found in benevolent action and the care of all creation instead of just a small slice of it?

5 comments:

  1. I envy this child. His fresh take on the world comes natural and it reminds me of the saying of Jesus:“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
    Whatever your beliefs are this is a universal truth in my opinion.

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    1. I agree; this is not the naivete of the Fool, but the openness of the "wise child."

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  2. Love that quote about making distinctions. It's true, we need these distinctions for everyday worldly stuff, but it's also true that they are not absolute. I'm not sure there is such a thing as an absolute truth...

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