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, September 12, 2015

Dealing with Difficulties

From the Alchemical Renewed Tarot, the Five of Vessels; from the Oracle of the Radiant Sun, "Drama:"
          I can't think of two more perfect cards for me this morning. There is a lot going on in my life - emotionally charged balls I'm trying to juggle. My MIL's dementia has produced a lot of agitation, anger and allegations lately. One family member is in jail for alcohol and addiction issues, while another is struggling with mental health problems. Like the earthquake shaking things up in the Five of Vessels, my orderly life is being turned upside-down. With these events, it's tempting to whine and think I have more to deal with than other people. So Drama steps in (the change of Mercury combined with Leo's dramatic expression) and tries to impress upon me that life happens to everyone. There's still plenty that's good to be grateful for, which I'll see if I pull myself out of my self orbit.
The most difficult times for many of us are the ones we give ourselves. 
― Pema Chödrön

8 comments:

  1. You're right about the seamlessness of this pairing. But I have to say that Place's Cups suit in the Alchemical always gives me the willies.

    Sending hugs your way, Bev, and a breath of equanimity.

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    1. Thanks Rose; Place's Cups suit can feel a bit like the Swords suit at times!

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    2. Artistically it's something about the shapes he uses for them. They all look like variations on a bladder theme lol.

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    3. I guess he's using alchemical vessels for the Cups suit, which do resemble bladders, lol.

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  2. My dear, dear friend sending you lots of hugs and strength. It is only human to whine and unload the burden a bit but you are right: doing this too long is never helpful. Please look after yourself while running around trying to take care of everyone else
    Keeping you in my thoughts
    Ellen

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    1. Thank you Ellen; I'm in the middle of D.O.T. right now:
      Distract myself long enough to pause rather than react.
      Objectively take a look at the situation.
      Take action where appropriate and let the rest ride.

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    2. That's the Spirit Bev!!
      Hugs

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