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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gardens and Swords

From the Restored Order Tarot, the Ace of Pentacles; from the Oracle of Kabbalah, "Zayin:"
          I'm a bit tired this morning, so I would prefer to sit in the lovely garden of this Ace instead of taking that nun's advice about climbing every mountain. James Ricklef's Pithy Tarot ebook (wonderful for days when my brain is sluggish and I need a diving off point) offers this phrase: "A fortune begins with just one penny." I immediately thought of the businesses that proudly display in a frame the first dollar earned. The first sale is a landmark moment, yet it is just the beginning. Money made must be invested back into the business before the account books start showing a profit. Likewise, the gifts of health, finances, time and energy must be used wisely too (emphasis on use). Looks like I'm going to take a hike after all.
          Applegate has included a bay laurel on her illustration of zayin. The aromatic leaves of this plant are often used in Italian dishes, but the leaves must be taken out before eating. Even after cooking, the leaves are sharp enough to damage internal organs. I believe her botanical choice has to do with zayin's literal translation which is "sword" or "weapon." But this Hebrew letter also symbolizes Shabbat, or sabbath, a period of time set aside for rest and remembrance. Just as I need to get out of the garden to make use of my resources, at some point I must return and put down my sword. Effort is balanced with rest, refueling and reflection. Now those three Rs are a few of "My Favorite Things."

7 comments:

  1. I once used bay leaves in stew I think it was, probably because mother did...but I never knew that about the danger of swallowing. Haven't even thought of bay for years and years. I wonder when and why I stopped using it? Isn't life interesting?

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    1. It is. I've seen recipes that used bay leaves that mentioned removing them but never said why.

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  2. M and I went for a walk in the park. We were both feeling rather sluggish. What miracles a breath of fresh air combined with moving can do. What a way to celebrate the equinox
    Those three R's are a bit different from Spock's but far more relevant for me too
    I hope your hike will do you some good. You deserve it.

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    1. Wishing you a lovely first day of spring, and hoping you are feeling better with each day's passing.

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  3. I always thought you removed the bay leaves because they were big and tough, and unpleasant on their own - interesting to know they are actually dangerous! Makes me think that investing in our well-being is not just about what we do, but about what we don't do...

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    1. Sometimes I think I've learned more through blogging than I have in school, lol. Good point about it being not only about what we do but also what we don't do!

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