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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Inward Focus for Freshness

From the Sun and Moon Tarot, the High Priestess; from the Wisdom Keepers Oracle, Freshness:
          Real life imitates the cards today. We had supercell storms (and two tornado warnings) in the wee hours of darkness. This morning my house seems to be on an island surrounded by water, a product of the flash flooding that occurred. This woman, supported by the two pillars with water swirling around her, doesn't seem too concerned. She knows what's going on in the outer world can be a distraction - a veil - hiding what can be found within. The High Priestess is aware that circumstances change like the cycles of the moon. She sets aside the active, push-and-pull of life to allow for time for meditation and contemplation; such receptivity will unveil inner wisdom that will help her navigate the outer world mindfully.
          The daisy symbol on the Freshness card made me think of a meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh called the Four Qualities of Happiness.It is based on the idea that the seeds of happiness are already within us; they just require us to nurture them. Each of the four parts of TNH's meditation invites us to imagine ourselves as something in nature that reflects a quality of happiness. My own adaption for the first part (the flower) reads:
Picture a flower, covered with dew, opening its petals to the morning sun… This flower represents the ability to renew and nourish oneself with beauty and wonder. It is a symbol of vitality and playfulness. Now allow yourself to feel as if you are this flower… As you breathe in, say to yourself “flower;” as you breathe out, “refreshed.” Continue this for a few moments.
Both cards remind me that happiness is much easier to find within rather than pursuing it outside of myself.


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    1. We seem to be on the backside of it now, thank goodness. I think I got about two hours of sleep. Nothing like tornado sirens blaring all night to keep one's adrenaline pumping!

  2. I am glad to hear you are alright and all is well.
    That last sentence is a wise one! :)

    1. It was definitely a good feeling to see the sun rise and the clouds depart! :)