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, May 4, 2017

Perseverance with a Dose of Comfort

From the Monstarot Tarot, the Nine of Wands; from the Oracle of Toy Classics, the Teddy Bear:
          With one blackened eye, this monster looks a little battered and sleep-deprived. But he's determined to stay awake and alert to see things safely through to their completion. What keeps his spirits up when he is so weary? The goal is in sight, but he also has those eight other wands to remind him of other challenges he's conquered. Yet the Teddy Bear is a reminder that we're rarely alone in our battles unless we choose to be. It's keyword is 'comfort' and its adage reads:
A friend in need is a friend indeed. 
To have a friend who will help us weather the bad times as well as celebrate the good times is a blessing. This morning I found this quote from Simone Weil in my email inbox: "The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing. It is almost a miracle. It is a miracle." It is a rare friend who can sit with us or stand by us, especially if they are powerless to change our circumstances or fix the problem. But by not leaving us alone to face whatever is in front of us, we often find the support and comfort we need to get through it.


  1. I like the nine of wands, it always shows effort spent and then respite.

    1. "Effort Spent and Respite" - now that would have made a great title for this post. :)

  2. It's amazing the different roles a teddy bear can fulfil. A hug when you're feeling blue, a playfriend to help support you in potty training - okay, not where you're at right now, but my boys are ;) - and even an accomplice in study - our tutors for the clinical hypnosis course kept telling us to practice on our teddy bears, to make eye contact and actually say things out loud :D

    Still, a human friend is even more precious!

    1. I'll take my companionship or comfort in whatever way I can find it - whether a fuzzy pet or a soft shoulder. :) I like the use of teddy bears to practice with!