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, March 21, 2017

Ephemeral

From the Animal Totem Tarot, the Tower; from the Organic Oracle, Ephemeral Form:
          Mound-building termites live in Australia, Africa and South America and can create some imposing structures. The mound is full of complex system of tunnels and conduits that serve as air shafts; the nest itself is underground. Robertson suggests these towering mounds resemble the ego and its need to be validated (mound) and protected (nest). She asks, "Have you merely constructed a monument to your ego?" But the kicker is that everything in the physical world is vulnerable to change. Which leads to the Ephemeral Form card that Carole created with oil pastels. The green pastel melted on top makes it resemble the northern lights (aurora). These lights appear under certain conditions (when electrically charged particles from the sun enter the earth's atmosphere) and are constantly changing and never permanent. In the same way, anything I use to shore up my ego will be transitory rather than lasting.
Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would have others think of us. 
~ Jane Austen

8 comments:

  1. a giant ant mound = ego. Good analogy

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    1. I have been pleasantly surprised by this deck. Most animal decks reach too far afield from the actual animal in trying to tie it to a specific meaning.

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  2. Since my own tower has collapsed I am only capable of constructing smaller less imposing buildings. Perhaps deep down we know what we are doing after our first collapse

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    1. I don't think the ego is evil, but when it becomes our master instead of our personal secretary, things can get out of hand.

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    2. Ego as personal secretary. One capable of raising an eyebrow or rolling an eye (are you sure you want me to press send?) would be good. :)

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    3. Now I'm picturing a mirror me doing just that... :D

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  3. As I posted on IG today after I received the Ten of Swords, the mind makes a wonderful servant but a terrible master. And yes, I agree the Animal Totem Tarot is a surprisingly accessible deck. It reads quite intuitively for me.

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    1. I put off getting this deck because most animal decks don't do well with matching the card to the animal. This one does of a great job!

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