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, May 26, 2015

Endings and Outlooks

From the Cosmic Tarot, Death; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, "Hope:"
          Maybe it's the bird perched on his bony finger, but this Death doesn't seem intimidating to me at all. He reminds me of Discworld's Death, lover of cats and kittens, who is more of a hero than villain. The destruction around him looks similar to what was left behind when the flood waters receded here in 1994 (with less mud). Watching the waters rise higher and higher, I remember well the emotional reactions back then. First came the fear of the impending catastrophe, which was followed by numbness and then grief for the losses. As with any ending, hopefully there is acceptance at some point; I embrace my feelings yet become willing to let them go. No amount of anger or sadness will rewrite history. The Hope card shows a young man planting a tree. With the right care, it might produce apples in a few years. Or not. That is the tricky thing about optimism - staying positive without building a concrete expectation of what happiness will look like. The tree might not produce apples, but it might provide shade and beauty. Without assumptions, I can welcome what comes.

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  1. "Without assumptions, I can welcome what comes." with such an attitude hope will be abundant.This is the most difficult of letting go completely: No bargaining no deals, no conditions. Just being open to receive whatever comes next. It took me quite some time to figure this out. Now I do have hope for the future
    These two cards are so perfect together; one following the other...
    P.S. How is your foot?

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    1. Being receptive to what comes is the hard part, isn't it?

      My foot/leg got worse before it got better (swelling in the ankle and Achilles tendon); I finally got crutches so I could stay off it for several days. It is FINALLY showing improvement - hallelujah!

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    2. Yay! I am so happy for you. You don't seem to be the type of person who likes to sit on a bench all day

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    3. Thanks Ellen. You are right about that - I'm not a very patient patient! :)

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  2. That's an interesting Death card. All the 'dead' things are people or man-made objects, while the bird is fine. The only way forward is to let nature take its course.
    As for Hope, what a double-edged sword. Without it, this person wouldn't bother planting the tree, but it's true things don't always work out the way we'd hoped...

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    1. "The only way forward is to let nature take its course." - There's a lot of wisdom in that statement. :)

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    2. :)

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    3. Well that was a simple fix, and it worked like a charm. Thank you my friend!

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