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, May 8, 2016

Words of Power

This week I'll be using Poppy Palin's Waking the Wild Spirit tarot deck, published by Llewellyn. I'll also be using the 2nd edition of her companion book, Stories of the Wild Spirit, published by Slippery Jacks Press. The oracle I'll be using is MentorSpirit, created by Kathy Tyler and Joy Drake, published by InnerLinks Associates. The cards drawn this morning are the Storyteller (Knight of Air/Swords) and Kindness:
          Nothing holds the attention like a good story, which is how this Knight is passing on the knowledge he has accumulated. Principles and ideas can be dry and boring, but wrap them in a myth or anecdote and they suddenly become much more interesting. Stories often inspire and are used to give purpose and direction. The description of one man's experience of injustice may start a riot that demands change. The personal history of the trials of a refugee family can open previously closed hearts. Words are powerful. The Kindness card shows two spirals that meet; I like to think of them as compassionate thoughts that lead to loving action (kindness). The two cards together caution me to be careful of the stories I tell myself and others. If I want them to produce actions that are beneficial and healing, I need to be discerning about the narrative I weave.
If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. 
~ Richard Rohr

7 comments:

  1. Words have so much more power than we are aware of. Of course everybody knows this but to be conscious about everything we put out there is a huge responsibility. So often I speak before I think. It will be a good practice to speak the right words today.

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    1. I wish I had an automatic pause before my mouth opened so I could think about what I was about to say before I said it! :)

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  2. Your cards today remind me of a quote by Wayne Dyer, "You can be right or you can be kind. Be kind."

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    1. What a wonderful quote. :) I really like Dyer.

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  3. Kindness is a story in itself, isn't it.

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  4. It's amazing how much the stories we tell ourselves affect how we feel. This is a very much gentler Knight of Air/Swords than is often depicted - I like that he seems thoughtful, though he could still be quite fanatical, I guess. To me, he looks like a hippy telling kids about organic farming :D

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