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

Friday, March 3, 2017

Just for the Fun of It

From the Touchstone Tarot, the Nine of Coins; from the John Waterhouse OracleGather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May (1908):
          Black describes this card as "a time to savor," and James Ricklef says the same in Pithy Tarot: "Take time to enjoy what you have. Why else did you work to get it?" Indeed the hooded falcon that represents self-discipline (and why this woman has become independent and self-sufficient) also serves as a reminder to take some time off and do what one loves. Sounds crazy to think we have to train ourselves to relax, but consider the mindfulness movement, seminars on stress, and self-help books that abound to help us do just that. Waterhouse's painting is based on a poem by Robert Herrick ("To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time"):
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.
Again the emphasis seems to be on taking time to enjoy this life instead of just slogging through it. Looks like a beautiful day ahead to do just that.

6 comments:

  1. "Take time to enjoy what you have" It is indeed strange we seem to have forgotten how to more laid back. Once in while we have to jump of the merry-go-round called life

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    1. When I look back on my day, there seems to be more time spent trudging through than enjoying it. A change is definitely in order!

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  2. Perfect combo. These two ladies need to have tea together ;)

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    1. I'm sure they would have stories a'plenty to share. :)

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    1. I've never read any of his poetry until now!

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