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, January 26, 2016

Cup of Contentment

From the Daniloff Tarot, the Seven of Cups; from the Kuan Yin Sticks, Verse 55:
          Daniloff's selection of cups is an interesting group. The cup with the face and the crescent seems to represent spiritual mysticism; the snake around the martini glass implies revenge; and the cornucopia suggests material abundance and good health. The stein in the shape of a castle symbolizes a home and family; the skull cup and wreath represent the honor given to heroes and martyrs; and the keg suggests a never-ending supply of pleasures in a variety of forms. In the center is a covered chalice (implying purity) circled by an ouroboros of serpent and dragon (indicating an eternal cycle). What is in that central cup that could be so untouched by ever-changing, external events? I would theorize it is the ability to be content, always seeing a glass half full, no matter what life serves up.
          Verse 55 reads:
As bamboo poles standing in a line lead to a large spring, generation after generation prospers and moves on. As long as a man remains gentle and virtuous, whatever he wishes will come to hand.
I was raised by a man full of rage, but I spent my earliest years with a grandfather who was kind and soft-spoken. During my teen years I embodied the anger of my step-father, but a decade later I realized that such aggression and hatred only creates more of the same. It begets a life filled with dissatisfaction and suffering. Yet when I consciously mirror my grandfather's behavior, I find in most cases the same tenderness and understanding reflected back to me. Contentment and happiness don't just show up on my doorstep; I mold them through my thoughts and actions.
If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts, suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox...If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow. ~ Dhammapada 1:1-2


  1. I think I have two rage setting. Primeval and Fear

    1. Ah, but you have a kind and thoughtful setting too. :)

  2. Ah, the fabled Daniloff--I would like that deck but it's too expensive for me. Loving seeing it here though.

    I have Kuan Yin sticks that I traded for. They didn't come with a box, just the book so I bought an elongated paper maché pencil box to keep them in. I keep meaning to decoupage the box but can't seem to get to it on the roster of crafty projects.

    I bought an extra book to use the sticks; think it was "Kuan Yin: Myths and Revelations of the Chinese Goddess of Compassion" by Martin Palmer. As you know, my books are in storage but I think this is the one. It contains extra historical information as well as the 100 poems.

    I'm enjoying the artwork for Kuan Yin.

    1. My sticks didn't come with a book, so I got the Karcher one (which is so-so). I kind of like the original translations that I can put my own spin on without someone else's spin already on it. :) I'm having fun finding art to go with the sticks!

  3. The true Secret is that you do not attract what you want but what you are :)