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, January 1, 2016

Leaping Rather Than Falling

From the Gill Tarot, the World; from The Circle, "Celebration:"
          It's hard to believe I drew these two cards randomly; both are perfect for the new year. In Gill's World card, she contrasts the fall of the Fool into the physical realm with the leap of the androgynous dancer into infinity. Yet the Greek (equal-armed) cross behind the figure suggests there is still a tie to the four elements; the figure's leap is not so much in the body but in the mind. This shift in thinking produces inclusive rather than exclusive perspectives. There is a verse in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad that this reminds me of:
Lead me from the unreal to the Real
Lead me from the darkness to the Light 
Lead me from the temporary to the Eternal 
This is not a prayer asking for immortality, but an intention to be aware of one's essential nature (luminous mind, Buddha-nature, etc.), and see the world through that lens. Truth looks very different when noticing commonalities rather than differences.
          The figure's posture in the Celebration card mimics that of the dancer. Taylor emphasizes choosing happiness and living in the moment as much as possible. But these words particularly caught my attention: "Do not talk yourself out of happiness... Celebrate your successes as they happen." I would add that being able to take care of the basics while taking time to notice the extraordinary in the ordinary  is cause enough for celebration. It's a conscious decision to see from such a viewpoint. Ready to take that leap with me?

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  1. Inclusive thinking is a beautiful intention for the coming year
    Happy 2016 to you my dear friend

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    1. May you choose to leap rather than fall all year my friend. :)

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  2. Leaping with you, my friend...wheeeeeeeeee

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    1. Let's hold hands and jump on "3" - 1....2....

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  3. Wow, amazing synchronicity in the card images :) And yes, I would like to take that leap with you! :)

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    1. Looks like we're going to have a group leap (a quantum leap?)!

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