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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Practical Intellectual

This week I'll be using the Buckland Romani Tarot, created by Lissanne Lake and Raymond Buckland; this book and deck set was published by Galde Press. Along with it, I'll be using the Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards, created by Archie Fire and Chief Lame Deer; this deck and book set was published by Inner Traditions. Today's draws are the Knight of Chivs (Swords) and "Yumeni Whouah:"
           This bare-chested young man represents taking action based on the ideals of truth and justice. He could represent the patriot of any country or clan; his surge of pride and righteousness provide enough heat that he doesn't even feel the cold of winter. Yet while his goals are noteworthy, his impulsiveness can blind him to the long-term effects of his deeds in the real-life world. Like hypothermia, for instance. The Yumeni Whouha card ("The Material") attends to the basics of food, shelter and clothing, as well as companionship. It points out the discrepancy between the intellectual and the physical that can occur when the Knight lives in his head. It's all good and well to make passionate speeches about the poor and homeless, and to lead marches for a more balanced distribution of wealth. But what about actually finding ways to feed the hungry and provide them with training and jobs? Words may inspire, but their embers die out if not stoked with practical applications.

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  1. This paring also made me think about how these more intellectual minded knights often don't have a clue about how to organize the practical aspects of their life like a stock fridge or a clean house etc

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    1. Absolutely - sometimes intellect and common sense don't coexist in the same head! :)

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  2. and embers are easy to walk away from. People, not so much.

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    1. That is an excellent observation and point!

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