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

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Slow Shifts

From the Victorian Fairy Tarot, the Herald of Autumn (Page of Pentacles); from the Haindl Rune Oracle, As (Ansuz):
          This Page of Pentacles is a herald, the fairy who pays attention to the signs of nature and announces when a new season has begun. New seasons require new activities, so a shifting of gears is required. Weatherstone writes that this Page is "the one who finds answers that may allude others simply by taking the time to observe and think things through." Outside my window, the deciduous trees are still bare, but if you look closely, swollen leaf buds are on the branches. The robins arrived last month, and the other birds of this area have already built nests. I'll soon be heading to Lowes for gardening supplies.
          As (Ansuz) is one of the runes for which the main source of knowledge comes from the Rune Poems. I've chosen the Old Norse version to work with:
Estuary is the way of most journeys;
but a scabbard is of swords. 
An estuary is the lower part of a river where its current meets the ocean's tide; it is a transitional zone. This part of the poem parallels the Herald who announces the change of seasons. The second part of the verse speaks of a scabbard and sword. The sword is a symbol of sovereignty, yet the mention of the scabbard suggests there is no need for action just yet. When there are shifts from one phase to a new development, my enthusiasm can make me want to jump in with both feet. However the Page/Herald cautions me to patiently observe and gather what I need, but hold off on making any major moves just yet.


  1. I too have noticed the robins and lots of canadian geese flying over head. Your page is heralding the news of change. Spring is almost here. My Father always use to say that change is the only constant in life.

  2. Wow, I love your interpretation of that Rune Poem. I always just stick to traditional meanings, as the poems seem unconnected to pretty much anything, yet you dug sense from it :) I really like that Herald, too. Reminds me that seasons don't just arrive suddenly one day, there are lots of little signs of the transition...

    1. Thank you. :) It sounds strange, but the poems are where I first began to feel like I had an understanding of runes!