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

Monday, February 1, 2016

Nest Cleaning

From the Jolanda Tarot, the Six of Swords; from Bird Signs, Egg:
          The truth has been laid bare, as evidenced by this sky-clad young witch zipping past the row of swords. She's finally realized all of the opinions she's swallowed are detrimental rather than beneficial. Yet it won't be easy to let go these ideas, especially if they're shared by others (just look at those judgmental eyes on the butterflies). Or, she may suddenly have recognized what she was proclaiming wasn't being acted upon. As the Dhammapada (1:17) explains, "One who recites many teachings, but being negligent doesn’t act accordingly, is like a cowherd counting others’ cows, and does not attain the benefits of the contemplative life." Whatever her present mindset is, it's making her miserable; she's ready to trade it in for something better.
          The Egg card suggests the birth of something new, which I'm sure is what the Six of Swords woman is seeking. Yet I am also reminded of the behavior of avian brood parasites who lay their eggs in another bird's nest, tricking them into raising the chick as their own. In some cases, the parasitic chick will even push the others out of the nest. It would be a shame for this young woman to clean out her nest only to welcome more of what she just got rid of. Discernment will be required to make sure the ideas and beliefs she considers are her own, not something she was manipulated into accepting.

6 comments:

  1. I'm always amazed at what you can pull out of a card. YES I rise up (hie up) and shout. Wondering why it never occurred to me.

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  2. This post reminds how eager I was to fill in the blanks when I felt spiritually lost, not knowing what to believe anymore. Leaving six swords being is one thing; traveling without swords is scary as h*ll

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    1. Yes, being in that place of limbo can be very uncomfortable!

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  3. What's that old biblical story about getting clear of one bad spirit and seven coming back in? Lost in limbo...not a good place to be, but sometimes I have to wait and see until I know what to do.

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    1. You're right, sometimes it pays to be patient. :)

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