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, June 19, 2016

Take the Offered Hand

This week I'll be using the Tarot of Durer, created by Manfredi Toraldo and Giacinto Gaudenzi and published by Lo Scarabeo. The oracle deck I'll also be using is the Philosopher's Stone, created by De Es and published by AG Muller. Today's draws are the Four of Wands and Direction:
          The lion-skin rug depicted here is not an encouragement to safari hunters, but a symbol of  self-will. Volition can be useful if it's reined in rather than given free rein (which tends to lead to extremes). A somewhat similar example can be seen in the creatures associated with Hindu deities which represent the forces they control. In the Four of Wands, this fellow seems to be trying to convince his bride of what he's capable of building. Being able to focus the will on a project without being easily distracted is a good start (thus 'the rug'). The Philosopher's Stone card - Direction - suggests that the fellow with big dreams might need some help. Looking at his roughly hewn timbers, I think some guidance from someone who's accomplished a similar goal would be in order. He can learn from both his mentor's successes and mistakes, making it possible for him to finish his project before his patience runs out and frustration sets in.
But then it occured to him that any progress he had made on his quest so far he had made by accepting the help that had been offered to him. ~ Neil Gaiman

8 comments:

  1. Good words. We can all use some guidance before going off half-cocked.

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    1. The wisdom of others has saved me from making huge mistakes many times! :)

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  2. I could write stories on this four of wands all day long

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    1. Yes, that guy looks like he's full of ideas, which his wife will probably have to put and keep in action. :)

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  3. The first thing that came to mind was how lucky this guy is to have a wife to guide him.:)

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    1. My husband has a saying: "Listen to your wife." He's finally figured out that my advice isn't all bad, lol. :)

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  4. Cutting my nose off to spite my face or being being full of false pride comes to me mind, in not wanting to ask for help when I really need it, only leaves me running around without a nose, leaves me lacking for what I want and need, and really feeling like it sucks to be me! Next thing comes the pity party! Oh yeah. Not a good time!

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    1. False pride, what a sucker punch it can give!

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