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, April 9, 2015

A Refilled Cup

From the Songs for the Journey Home, the Ace of Wave Songs (Cups); from the Raven Cards, "Beak Shut:"
Something opens our wings. Something makes boredom and hurt disappear. Someone fills the cup in front of us: We taste only sacredness. ~ Jalal ad-Din Rumi 
          The SJH card shows the last raindrop splashing into a puddle. The thirst of the earth has been quenched, and the dark storm clouds move away as a rainbow appears. Life can empty my cup, but it can fill it up again too - if I let it. I've been in emotional places where I was so angry and hurt, I kept my cup turned over. I refused to let it be refilled. Perhaps it was my fear of having it emptied again. But this is the human experience in all its glory, this sorrow and joy, this emptying and filling. The Raven Card reminds me that when I'm in the "refilling" process, my ranting and raving about the unfairness of life doesn't do anyone any good. It is my heart's soft spot that connects me; it alone has the opening that allows me to receive so I can ease my thirst. 


  1. O how hard it can be to tame the beak! :D
    Refilling the cup is so important form time to time and so easy to "forget"
    Lately I have become more aware of the necessity of refills and to take the time to really fill my cups instead of being content with a sip or two.

    1. I can refill pretty easily when I am just emotionally worn out, but when my cup gets cracked by intentional pain caused by another or deep grief, that's when I want to (as Sharyn says) "turn my cup over and sit on it."

  2. oh man, the times I've turned my cup over and then sat on it...
    are you glad you've gotten this deck again? Didn't you give your original to annony?

    1. I did give it to Nonny (though I don't think it got given as a gift but sold). My original one was the small size with no book. After watching you work with yours, I wanted a large one (but of course the price was ridiculous by this time). I happened upon a large one with a book on Ebay for $33. I bid and no one bid against me. What are the odds of that?!