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 18, 2016

Receive without Bias

From the Hoi Polloi Tarot, the Four of Swords; from the I Ching Pack, Hexagram 8:
          The element of Air (assigned to Swords) is rarely still. Even walking and breathing can move it. But in this card there is complete stillness. I personally read this suit as having to do with thoughts and communication. What do they look like in a receptive state? It means I am listening instead of talking; I put a hold on planning, looking for creative solutions and constructing strategies. My mind and ears are open but at rest, allowing me to recharge and receive inspiration without actively seeking it. No need to process anything at the moment, just welcome what comes without bias.
          The keywords given to Hexagram 8 are mutual help, a sense of community and united action. I know from experience that nothing gets done in a group if everyone is so busy asserting their wants that no one is listening. Actual needs and good ideas can get trampled over in the rush to have opinions voiced. Being quiet and attentive in the melee can be a plus. I can gather all the suggestions and spread them out, seeing the advantages and disadvantages of each view. Eventually people will wind down and be tired of making no progress, and I'll have a spreadsheet of ideas ready for them.

6 comments:

  1. listen quietly AND attentively? Surely thou asks too much...

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    1. When I was younger, I remember being told to take the cotton out of my ears and stuff it in my mouth. :D

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  2. In this stillness I would like to wish you a very happy birthday and a wonderful year to come!
    BBH (big birtday hug ☺)
    Ellen

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    1. Thank you for the sweet wishes and big hug! :D

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  3. The two reflect each other. Stillness in both. I notice that a lot in daily draws of two cards. Is there a birthday? Happy Birthday.

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    1. They do reflect each other! :) And thank you so much for the birthday wishes.

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