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

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cup of Comfort

From the Tarot of the Cat People, the Four of Cups; from the Sacred Geometry Oracle, Discontinuous Proportion:
          In Buddhism, the near enemy of compassion is a kind of grief that is often seen in cases of burnout. Look at the helping professions and volunteers of all kinds; you will find this kind of depression and weariness from people who have been in the game for too long without a breath of fresh air. They drown in the suffering of other people while forgetting to hold on to the lifeboat of self-compassion. The anguish of the Four of Cups is reflected in Discontinuous Proportion (no measure of equivalence between variables). In this case, the woman offers numerous cups of kindness and compassion to other people, but refuses any sips for herself. Do we think this kind of behavior makes us a good person or some kind of savior? Self-compassion requires that I examine my own suffering. I must be willing to pull back the curtain and expose the irrational thoughts behind my discomfort.

8 comments:

  1. Same card for our daily draw today! When you refuse to take a sip it turns you into a martyr but often we don't know when or how to take that sip eventhough we are so thirsty

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    1. Yet it is no one else's responsibility to figure it out but our own.

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  2. I had the book, yes it is based on the story of four tribes. Reading the book is probably where I went wrong. Same with Navigators, although that one is thoth based so was doubly confusing :)

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    1. Yep, there are some companion books and booklets I avoid completely. 😊

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  3. Maybe she is crying over the spilled milk. I still can't associate with the decks. To - something...

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    1. It did for me as well. Thank you for stopping by, Monica!

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