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

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fiery Influence

From the Roots of Asia Tarot, the Queen of Wands; from the Mah Jongg Oracle, Tortoise:
          With the tiger amid the flames of this Queen's lotus scepter, there's no doubt she holds both passion and power. She is known as the encourager, one who helps feed the fires of other people so that their interests can blossom too. Yet the gorilla-like masks beside her throne are a concern. Is she helping others so they will be indebted to her? Or perhaps she is trying to create miniature copies of herself. She can wield her influence in such a heavy-handed way, she may extinguish their spark of enthusiasm altogether. The booklet cautions against aiding others for self-serving purposes. As the Dalai Lama teaches, "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."
          The Tortoise usually implies a slow and steady pace, yet it is also associated with longevity. Long life is often considered to be a byproduct of those who are wise and experienced. The Tortoise attempts to warn the Queen to look at the long-term consequences of what she is doing. The downside to training people while hiding a selfish motive is that they may learn more than what was intended. Full to overflowing with self-concern, they can turn on the person who taught them. Keeping the harness loose might be a better way to allow authentic creativity to flourish.


  1. To be the best expression of ourselves is a noble idea, but ruled by society most walk the path the has been chosen by the queens and kings for them.
    I checked the website for the eagles that you sent the link for and there will hatchlings any day now. New life and the eagles get to be who they are meant to be.

    1. That's a good point, Carolyn; even if I am the one accepting help, I still need to maintain my integrity. :)
      There's a great horned owl cam too: