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, July 23, 2015

Poison Antidote

From the Thoth Tarot, the Nine of Swords; from the Vertical Oracle, "Reality Check:"
          Against a background of sharp shards, golden poison rains down. As it connects with the swords, it turns into drops of blood. I can honestly say (even with my dysfunctional childhood), no one has been more cruel and damaging to me than myself. My disparaging thoughts and words have caused many a twist in the heart and gut. As writer Anne Lamott has said, my mind can be like a bad neighborhood that I shouldn't go in alone. The Reality Check card suggests that it is time to test my perceptions and see if I've mistaken one aspect of a situation for the whole story. What are the facts? What do the people I trust say? An objective assessment is the only antidote for the squirrels in my head.

6 comments:

  1. OMG what a perfect pair of cards today.These two decks do seems to work together quite well. I agree with you how we are inclined to abuse ourselves, often without hurtful intent. but nevertheless we do treat ourselves badly. For me, besides talking to loved ones, it is writing which brings me the most clarity.

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    1. Ah yes! There's nothing like seeing my insanity written down in black and white to bring me back to reality. :D

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  2. Ain't it the truth. I am my own worst enemy, and I expect so much more from myself than anyone else. Let's give ourselves a recess from ourselves today.

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  3. I find it very hard to let go of the story I've built up about myself--hence my eagerness to read Pema Chodron!

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    1. Her words of wisdom have helped me a lot! :)

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