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

Friday, August 26, 2016

Positive Production

From the Sacred India Tarot, the Queen of Staves; from the American Pen Oracle, Flannery O'Connor:
          Swaahaa is the wife of Agni (Vedic god of fire) whose name must be said to purify any offering to the fire. She is considered to be the personification of Shakti, the feminine energizing principle of the universe. Analogous to the concept of Sri ('expanding radiance'), she contains the power that helps others creatively manifest according to their natural abilities. The Queen of Staves' energy and optimism help others to be confident when following their passion. Her belief is that one should tackle a project with wholehearted dedication rather than half measures. O'Connors words of wisdom give an extra bit of fire to the Queen: You have to quit confusing a madness with a mission. When I get enthused about a new creative idea, I have a tendency to plan, buy stuff, research, buy more stuff, redo my original plans, etc. What I often don't do is get started and make progress; I get stuck in the preparation stage. Both these women strongly urge me to do something constructive that actually produces a material object.

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  1. Ahh, the adrenaline rush of something new and exciting; thins out and dissipates and our attention is soon caught by another passing fancy.

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    1. I don't get so much distracted by other endeavors as I do by all the details of the preparation stage. I can get caught up in them to the point of never actually getting anything done! :)

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    2. Me too. Hence my empty blog. Doesn't matter how many times I hear 'done is better than perfect' my inner critic 'pathectionism' (pathological perfectionism) kicks in. Need to kick it back. Hard. :D

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    3. I think we both need a pair of steel-toed boots. :) I have confidence that you'll eventually have more than a test post!

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    4. Put mine on this morning and transferred some Wordpress posts to the new site. Thanks! Take one step forward with your creative project this week?

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    5. I got moving on my project last night. :) Look forward to reading your posts!

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  2. I love the inspirational qualities of The Queen of Wands. Inspiration means "breathing into": Seems like this queen is breathing into our inner fire to get it to burn higher and stronger. So breath and take it one step at the time. Our famous painter Rembrandt had nothing more than a piece of paper and some charcoal to draw with. No art supply stores and perfect brands of paint, no Michels no nothing, just the wish to create and create some more.
    Maybe the extended preparation is also a way to avoid the actual creation???
    A good subject to draw some cards for :D

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    1. Could be the extension is avoidance behavior (I'm sure my inner critic is making plenty of background noise, which might explain it).

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    2. Look what I found tonight!
      "The Get Going Tarot Reading" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBU4Uk6qhHY)

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    3. Oh wow, that's perfect! (And of course I like that she uses an oracle card to summarize it all :D).

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  3. Is it madness? Or mission? I think I'm about to get my first tattoo...on my forehead

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    1. Heehee, you must post a photo if you do! :D

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