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, October 18, 2016

Diversity and Development

From the Japaridze Tarot, the Two of Tides (Cups); from the Holitzka I Ching, Hexagram 35:
          I thought this card was an illustration of two wolves, but the companion booklet states it is a dog and a wolf who have established a friendship. Japaridze explains that in such a relationship where the differences are obvious, we have the opportunity to appreciate and learn from diversity. I think the best friendships and partnerships are this way; each person can bring a strength to support the other's weakness. The I Ching card appears to parallel this idea with one figure leaning on the other. The traditional image is of the sun rising over the earth. It concerns self-development which becomes a useful tool in how we relate to others and the world around us. The suggestion is not simply self-improvement that stokes the ego, but a change in attitude and beliefs which will help in making progress while maintaining harmony. I might have to drop what I've been clinging tightly to in order to make headway; time to take a page from someone else's playbook.

7 comments:

  1. so many of our ideas are set long before we are mature enough to work it out for ourselves. When I was ten or so, our government dropped little strips of tinsel, supposedly to deflect russian radar. It scared me spitless to see those little gleams on the trees and ground, on a farm in the middle of nowhere. And to wonder "what did 'I' do?

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    1. Do you remember the drills in school where we hid under desks in case we had a nuclear bomb dropped on us (duck and cover)? Good grief...

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  2. Pairs in both cards. Friendships and partnerships to help bring out the best in us.

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    1. That I think is the true test of a healthy relationship - whether it brings out the best or worst in us.

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  3. I was on the look out for a man with similar interests and personality and I found my husband. We were so different from each other but we had a great relationship. I think it would so boring the other way around

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    1. I agree! My husband and I are the same way. :)

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  4. I saw two wolves at first too - when I looked closer the canine on the left has a wolf head but a domesticated dog body. Reminds me we are often attracted to people who seem like ourselves and then the deep intimacy part is finding out and respecting how we are also different.

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