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, December 11, 2016

Check the Lens

This week I'll be using the Tarocchi Celtici, created by Laura Taun and published by De Vecchi Italia. Paired with it will be the Elements of Recovery, created and self-published by myself. Today's draws are Morrigan (High Priestess) and Inventory:
          In Celtic mythology Morrigan foretold the fate of those in battle, often appearing as a crow. This deck gives the High Priestess some unusual keywords: fecundity, patience, loyalty and peace. Anyone who's tried meditation will understand patience and peace; it takes time to let the body and mind settle, but calmness is often the first result. Fecundity may seem a strange association (meaning the capacity to reproduce), yet the mind is an endless spring of thoughts that continue to bubble up even in meditation. Loyalty is perhaps how much those thoughts have their hooks in us (just look for the emotional energy they produce). The purpose of a personal inventory is to recognize how our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are tied to habitual patterns. The three areas most closely investigated are our resentments, fears and our relationships. After writing about these as honestly as possible, we reflect on what was learned and filter the information through these questions:
  • Do I recognize how my emotions can sustain and exacerbate my problems?
  • Can I identify any irrational beliefs?
  • Am I aware of how my self-centered behavior affects my relationships?
Before fixing what you're looking at, check what you're looking through. ~ Mark Nepo


8 comments:

  1. best fecund association I've ever heard

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  2. love the questions. Now I have to look for a dose of honesty to answer them. :)
    Lately meditation has been sitting on the back burner (AGAIN!!)

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    1. Thank you. :) As far as meditation goes, just sit for five minutes and listen. When your mind drifts, gently bring it back to the sounds again. That counts as meditation in my book!

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  3. I really like that Mark Nepo quote. It reminds me to give myself 'the benefit of a doubt.' So much of how we perceive the world was passed on to us by parents and teachers. I bought a book at Half Priced Books yesterday on Celtic Legends. I know there is information about The Morrigan in several chapters. It is what I am going to do this rainy afternoon.

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    1. Sometimes I need to clear away my preconceived ideas to see clearly. :) Sounds like a nice afternoon in store for you!

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