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, January 28, 2017

The Spacious Heart

From the Greenwood Tarot, the Queen of Cups; from the Rune Cards, Algiz:
When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. 
~ Pema Chodron
          The Queen of Cups reminds me of this quote by Chodron. She's one of those folks who leans in to strong emotions instead of collapsing or running away. She knows that when you stay present, especially during the hard stuff, you can find gems of wisdom (the eel in the heron's beak) that can help dislodge the suffering we're mired in. She is like the sedge grass of Algiz - resilient and able to withstand harsh conditions. Yet the sedge grass has razor-sharp edges; as the poem reminds us: "The blood burns of every man who makes any grasp at it." I can't save another person, and neither can they save me. But I can draw strength from their support and wisdom, just as I can offer the same to another person. 


12 comments:

  1. I love how she catches the sun in her cup!
    Thanks for the quote!

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    1. I'm so tired I didn't even catch that about the cup and sun - thanks for pointing that out!

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    2. I can imagine! I hope you don't forget to take care of yourself too
      Hugs

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    3. My body reminds me pretty quickly when I don't! :D

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  2. reaching out and actually finding someone there is a great gift to spirit

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    1. I think the one thing that has stuck with me through all the craziness here is that knowing you don't have to go through something alone can make a big difference.

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  3. Continued wishes and prayers for all of you.

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  4. There are herons who fish on the canal close by. They know how to stay still and 'present' to their surroundings - like statues.

    Hope you manage to find some moments of peace and stillness with all that's going on.

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    1. Thank you. :) I think that is some of the heron's message - to know when to be still and to know when to put compassion into action.

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  5. What beautiful cards and perfect combination. An inspiring post Bev. I especially identify with these images because I live in the land of Heron and Moose!

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    1. We've got lots of herons here, but no moose! :)

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