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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Muse Memo

From the Art of Life Tarot, the Ace of Wands; from the Tao Oracle, Treading:
 Whatever you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Hexagram 10: Treading on the tail of a tiger without getting bitten.

          Years ago there was a show called "Touched by an Angel;" I've been touched by my muse. I've been so completely taken over by it, I might need an exorcism to recover. There is no trickling stream of creative thought, but a tsunami size wave of it. I'm struggling to keep up and to bring it into a concrete form. Sometimes I succeed, and other times (when I pause for too long) I'm pushed along to bring forth the next idea. It's exciting and exhausting at the same time. There is an underlying feeling that it won't last forever, implying I better hang on and surf that wave while it's here. The downside of being possessed is shown in the tenth hexagram. Both the images (the traditional and Padma's) suggest a need for prudence rather than proceeding at full tilt. Now I know those of you who sew, paint, write or create in other ways understand how routine gets tossed out the window when your muse has you by the earlobe. Yet no one can live by inspiration alone - we need rest, good food and companionship. I'll send her the memo.

11 comments:

  1. and sometimes we just have to burn. If it is a worthwhile direction, let it flame

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    1. Right now, I feel like a bonfire. But it's not a bad thing...
      :)

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  2. Sometimes I think we need that burn off to discover the hidden treasures below. Like pine forests need fires to burn off the old and to release the seeds within the cone.

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    1. I have definitely been planting and watering some seeds. Did you know that some seeds require a fire so they will be able to sprout?

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  3. My dear Bev, that is why you are married!! :D
    Enjoy the embrace of your Muse and order pizza for dinner!

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    1. Heehee, you are absolutely right my friend!

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  4. I find that when someone challenges my ideas I catch fire - suddenly muddle is replaced with perfect clarity. I remember my history professor saying it is a great compliment when someone disagrees with you because it means they take you seriously.

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    1. Oh ho, I'm going to have to tell that one to the husband, as he gets disagreed with quite a lot!

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  5. I love to hear of someone's inspiration. For me inspiration is different than motivation. If sit around waiting for that one, I could be waiting a while! Most times it's just a matter of getting down to doing what I want and need to do and then my inspiration increases.

    It's in the daily doings that become a habit is where my motivation and inspiration lie. When I stop doing them then I don't feel right, and know that's missing so I get back at it.

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    1. I think you're right Catherine. When I take care of myself spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally, I automatically make space for inspiration to arise. :)

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