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, May 31, 2017

Alert and Agile

From the Fey Tarot, the Nine of Wands; from the I Misteri della Sibilla, the Three of Clubs (Journey):
          There have been a few times in my life during which I was filled with so much rage, I was tempted to kill someone. All these situations involved protecting a beloved person (or pet) who had suffered abuse at the hands of someone. But like the older fey hiding in the tree with the younger one, I thankfully realized that often it is better to get out of harm's way and stay alert rather than to attack. When my fight is fueled by fiery anger, all of my energy goes to obliterating the enemy instead of finding a solution to the problem. The Three of Clubs represents mental agility, and the journey it symbolizes is an attempt to look beyond the normal boundary of temporary, quick fixes to a more lasting remedy. I not only have to consider my side of the equation, but the side of my antagonist as well. These types of resolutions are indeed a journey, so I might as well settle in for the ride.
The Sibilla card made me think of the recent passing of a Southern Rock legend:
Gregg Allman (December 8, 1947 – May 27, 2017), the original "Midnight Rider." 
May he find peace on the journey ahead.

8 comments:

  1. My rage turns inward. Danger Danger Will Robinson.
    And I'm never going to jail for someone I hate.
    Why let them win in the end?

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    1. I was trained (and praised) from an early age to unleash my anger on other people. But once I realized prison was going to be in my immediate future if I didn't change, I started learning how to deal with it in healthier ways (like long walks).

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  2. Considering the side of the antagonist.... pff another lifetime challenge for me. Espcially when I am angry and I "know" I am right. Only after my rage I tend to open up more and I am able to see more sides of the situation at hand

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    1. I'm just now getting to the point where I might consider the other person's point of view. I sometimes find that while I might not agree with what they did, I understand the frustration or reasoning behind it.

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  3. The little chap on the left looks so keen to be on that midnight sky ride...

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    1. Probably got a saddlebag already packed!

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  4. I like your tribute to Gregg Allman. I too have dealt with periods of rage and I am still a work in progress.

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    1. Thank you. :) The Allman Brothers band was a big musical part of my family's life.
      One of the good things about aging is that I don't seem to have the energy for rage as much as I used to.

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