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

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Stings and Sweetness

This week I'll be using the Victorian Fairy Tarot, created by Lunaea Weatherstone with Gary A. Lippincott and published by Llewellyn. Paired with it will be the Haindl Rune Oracle, created by Hermann Haindl and published by U.S. Games. Today's cards are Fortitude (Strength) and Dorn (Thorn, Thurisaz):
          I've got a friend who's a beekeeper, and the one thing I've learned about bees from her is to stay calm around them (and don't wear black or brown because they may mistake you for a bear). Life is filled with honey-like sweetness as well as the stings of suffering; it's just a normal part of being a physical human being. If I can maintain a sense of equanimity no matter what comes, I'll enjoy the good times even more and weather the bad times without drama or self-pity. My contentment won't depend on the cycles of pleasure or displeasure that arrive, but the center of strength and peace of mind I maintain through all of it.
          Dorn (Thorn, Thurisaz) and has been translated as both "thorn" and "giant." It is a rune of power that can represent chaos and harm or protection. The rune's shape made me think of the body language of of a mom, hand on her hip with elbow jutting out, saying "I've had just about enough of this!" While I might have to deal with life's stings, I don't have to be a doormat or lose my common sense. I can use the power I have to erect and maintain boundaries instead of losing my cool.
There is a nobleness of mind that heals wounds beyond salves.
~ William Cartwright


  1. Even bare feet! Pain isn't as bad as we think it is? Even an idiot can get lucky? She reminds me of myself when doing outside chores ;)

    1. That's pretty much the speed I move at when doing chores outside. :D

  2. Interesting image, petting a bee. Perhaps we don't have to fear the stings of life if we always deal with others compassionately :) I'd never have thought of Thurisaz as a mom laying down the law. In this pairing, it makes me think of that sting in the bee, but also that some people have experienced healing through bee stings - the pain and the protection...

    1. I'm more likely to receive kindness if I act kindly, but even if I don't, compassion can help me see all humans have imperfections and bad days (especially myself!). Then it's easier to be more tolerant than to take an indignant attitude.