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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Sharing the Light

From the Greenwood Tarot, the Six of Wands; from the Rune Cards, Ac/Ansuz:
          Potter has created a harvest mandala of acorns, apples, blackberries, elderberries, rowan berries, and hazelnuts to represent the Six of Wands. It is a time to acknowledge and appreciate the gifts of what one has reaped. But is simply being grateful for getting to this point enough? I know innumerable people who have had a hand in the harvest I now enjoy, some who are no longer with me. I would not be enjoying these fruits if I didn't have their support. Ansuz/Ac, often know as Odin's rune, is associated with the oak as well as reason and language. The Anglo-Saxon poem for it reads:
The mouth is the source of all language,
a pillar of wisdom and a comfort to wise men,
a blessing and a joy to every knight.
Even the oak tree in its own way offers sustenance and shelter - a pillar of wisdom and comfort. This rune suggests that a true test of gratitude for one's blessings (even accomplishments) will reach beyond words and produce compassionate action. 
Therefore, when others light our candle, we issue forth light. When out of gratitude we use our candle to light other people’s candles, the whole room gets brighter.
~  Master Sheng Yen


  1. we are all part of the whole, which is so easy to forget in our me me me quest...

    1. Thich Nhat Hanh calls that quality of connection 'inter-being,' which is so easy to overlook when everything is about me.

  2. The world would be a much more friendly place if we would all all pay it forward. :)
    But besides that I also think that if we would give words to our gratitude we will become more aware of those feelings, make them more real so to speak

    1. Most of us probably think appreciative thoughts, but speaking our gratitude out loud or paying it forward takes it to another level.

  3. Are those blind pigs? As in - even a blind pig gets lucky once in awhile and finds an acorn. We are lucky of all the abundance the Earth shares with us. Gratitude and appreciation compounds our good fortune.