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

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Functioning Unit

This week I'll be using the Tarot of the Master, created by Giovanni Vacchetta and published by Lo Scarabeo. Along with it I'll be drawing from the Paracelsus Oracle, published by Lo Scarabeo with instructions written by Gina di Roberto. The cards drawn for today are the Six of Batons and Fortuna Major:
          Wands/batons are about doing, and if you've got a group, it helps to be on the same page before you take action. The drum sticks, bugle and reed pipe symbolize the soldiers who were musicians; their responsibilities included keeping up the soldiers' spirits while marching and playing during ceremonies. But by far their most important job was communication during the noise of battle to make sure everyone functioned as a unit. This is the kind of harmonious flow that brings success of a challenge met. The Paracelsus cards include two sets of geomantic figures, with two slightly different meanings for each symbol. Fortuna Major is 'greater fortune' and includes power, protection and inner strength. For this particular card, it also represents help given or received (as seen by the eagle coming to the aid of the drowning man). No victory or accomplishment comes all on one's own. At some point support (knowledge or material) or encouragement were provided. It may shrink the ego to admit it, but we all need a little help now and then from our friends.
Five guys on the court working together can achieve more than five talented
individuals who come and go as individuals. ~Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

4 comments:

  1. "no man is an island unto himself" we all need someone(s), Life is a challenge and we need others to help along the way.

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    1. In the words of Margaret Mead,"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

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  2. At Uncle Sam's graveside service we had full military honors, so beautifully done. Only time I cried.

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    1. There is something incredibly powerful and moving about a military funeral.

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