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, November 17, 2015

Sunrises and Sunsets

From the Fairytale Tarot, the Sun; from the Tree Affirmation Cards, "Japanese Maple:"
          The Sunchild is an African tale of a woman who begs the Sun for a child with the promise to return her when she is twelve. Once received, the woman and her daughter live happily together until the Sun comes to collect the child as per the agreement. Although the Sun treats the girl kindly, he immediately notices her sadness; eventually he realizes she'll never be content and sends her back to her mother. The story and card represent a moment of clarity when understanding is realized. Once known, it can't be erased or ignored.
          I love Japanese maples; I've got two in my front yard and three small Japanese laceleaf maples in my backyard. It's easy to see why these beautiful trees would be included in Japanese gardens. They were given the species name palmatum because of the hand-like shape of its leaves. Lewis assigns the keyword "flow" to this card: "Everything is subject to change, some of it seasonal, some of it running in much larger cycles. Life is easier if we accept this...When we do this and let go of our expectations, we may be pleasantly surprised where the current takes us." The story of the Sunchild expresses this idea well; good days and bad days are as normal as the rising and setting of the sun. Equanimity comes when I can accept this as a universal truth.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. 
― Alan W. Watts


9 comments:

  1. Lately I've come to understand and accept my own energy flow a lot better. What I used to call "off days" are more "breathing out days" Realizing this makes my life so much more easy :)
    I hope you'll have a good day my friend :D

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    1. I like the idea of accepting "off days" as "breathing out days"! Hope you have a nice day too my friend. :)

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  2. we've had big wind, all the leaves get blown into the garden area :) Easy Peasy
    Now the long needle pine...what a PITA when it sheds, but it is such a beautiful tree I'll never take it out.

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    1. Sounds like our huge sycamore. Lovely shade in the spring and summer, but it drops tons of plate-size leaves in the fall and winter. Mulching won't work; you've got to rake them. :) Still the beauty is worth it.

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  3. Beautiful post Bev. I love the Alan Watts quote, about joining the dance!
    It's a good thing to dance even when your underwear is in a knot. Before you know it the underwear knot is gone and hey if you want, you can even toss the damn underwear!

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    1. That reminds me of the show Grey's Anatomy where when life becomes too stressful and too overwhelming, Ellen's solution is to "dance it out." :)

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