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, May 19, 2017


From the Artist's Inner Vision Tarot, the Ten of Swords; from the Art of Collage Cards, a work by Marcos Martinez:
To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
― Pema Chödrön 
          Everyone carries around their own thimble-full of ideas and opinions about how the world works and their place in it. But what happens when the rug is pulled out from beneath our feet, and that framework of beliefs comes crashing down? It can be frightening to lose what we felt gave us a sense of control and security, to be in limbo with no mental anchor. But like the starry sky behind the swords in this card, it can also be liberating to go from thimble-size to space-size. Consider all the possibilities and potential now available that comes with such freedom of thought. Martinez's collage is given the title "Making lemonade," from the well-known phrase "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." What does it mean to have a positive attitude? For me it means to look for what is good and beautiful in my life and taking time for appreciation even even amid pain or worry. I can look for ways to change what is wrong, yet if I find none, I can realize that all things will eventually change on their own. With an open perspective created by the Ten of Swords, I can look at situations from a much wider viewpoint without all my opinions and preferences getting in the way.
The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen:
room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. ― Pema Chödrön


  1. That Art of Collage card gives a whole new meaning to 'squeeze box.'

    1. Now I've got The Who's song playing in my head... :D

    2. Hope it doesn't keep you up all night! Ha!

  2. that is a very interesting and expansive ten of swords - thanks for posting