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, March 16, 2015

Flows and Stoppages

From the Restored Order Tarot, the Six of Pentacles; from the Oracle of Kabbalah, "Pei:"
           A well dressed man shares his wealth with two beggars. His scale indicates fairness and a return to balance. Sharing resources is much more than just handing out money, it involves time and energy too. After an agonizing visit at the hospital, listening to my mother-in-law in great pain, I feel unnerved and worn-out. But as I watched my husband's tenderness and patience with her, I was awed by his compassion (which literally means "to suffer with"). I used to think it only meant being kind, like giving someone a gift card or sending them flowers with a nice note. This type of sharing is on a whole other level; it is a resource that no amount of money can buy.
          The Hebrew letter Pei means "mouth" and refers to speech and communication. Together with the Six of Pentacles, I am reminded of the phrase "put your money where your mouth is." Words, no matter how sweet and eloquent, mean very little without action behind them. The page on which I found Kristina's illustrations labeled this fruit as "prunes," though they appear as golden plums here. Now while they are high in nutrients, most folks eat prunes for another reason entirely. That health benefit made me think of something Greer said in his book Mystery Teachings from the Living Earth about the 'Law of Flow':
 Everything that exists is created and sustained by flows of matter, energy, and information that came from the whole system to which it belongs and that return to that whole system.  Participating in these flows, without interfering with them, brings health and wholeness; blocking them, in an attempt to turn flows into accumulations, causes suffering and disruption to the whole system and all its parts.


  1. I am so sorry to hear you Mil is in so much pain. But do mind the scales in this card, you can only give so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    gentle hugs my dear friend

    1. Thank you for the good thoughts and encouragement, Ellen. I hope you are feeling better and stronger too!

  2. A beautiful post Bev.

    So very true what you say about "to suffer with". Not enough people understand this. I think about the biblical writing "weep with those who weep". I hope your mother finds some comfort in knowing you and your husband truly understand this and how much she is loved.

    Very difficult to see those we love suffer. My prayers are with you and your family Bev <3

    1. It has been the perfect lesson in accepting what can't be changed and practicing compassion. I find I can only do it for brief periods of time though. Thanks for your kind thoughts Cat. :)

    2. Well that is certainly understandable Bev. You are the one who knows how much you can handle. Gotta take care of ourselves first and foremost.

      You sure are welcome Bev. <3

  3. Sitting with someone else in their pain is both hard and fulfilling. No matter whether it's five minutes or five hours, your MIL will surely benefit from it :)