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

Friday, September 18, 2015

Just One Box of Pieces

From the Anna K. Tarot, the World; from the Meditation Cards, "Firebreak:"
          The World card for me means viewing the whole instead of just one small part of it. It's a moment when I see the big picture and wake up to a more complete understanding. Suddenly all the pieces fit together, even those I was sure were mixed in from a different puzzle. When I have those moments, I don't try to segregate certain places, experiences or people and put them in a separate box. Like the full, crescent and new phases of the moon, I realize they are all facets of the same thing.
          Firebreak is a gap in vegetation that acts as a barrier to slow down a wildfire. From a human point of view, it's that pause in the middle of turbulent emotions:
By slowing things down, you can interrupt the tossing of the match into the pile of leaves. You can say, “I don’t need to go there. I see what’s coming.” 
~ Acharya Judy Lief
When I am consumed by anger or fear, I can react in ways that aren't beneficial to me or anyone else. It makes me think of the fire marshal's advice when I was in elementary school. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll. That pause can help me rein in my emotion. With the World added to this card, I am reminded that all of my encounters are part of my life; I need to make room for all of them. Their purpose may simply be to wake me up in order to see beyond my own self.


  1. Breathing in and breathing out. Maybe, just maybe thanks to all these encounters you will see you true self in the center of the wheel, just like the the sun in the center of this card :)

  2. I'm loving the dialogue between the sun behind the tree in the World and the riot of yellow in 'Firebreak'. Visually this is a great pairing.