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

Monday, July 3, 2017

What would Gandhi do?

From the PetraK Tarot, the Seven of Swords; from the Astrodice, 'North Node-Aries-9th House:'
          Petra explains the sword in the center is the desired goal, but the other swords hem it in (and one even has cut through its hilt). The great idea we were so enthusiastic about not only has opposing ideas, but all of them appear to be bottled up inside a glass container. No wonder the Thoth version of this card is called 'Futility.' That feeling of having no options and no voice makes me think of a quote by Parker Palmer: "Violence is what happens when we don’t know what else to do with our suffering." The North Node (representing the soul's mission and spiritual progress) pairs up with the headstrong assertiveness of Aries. These two land in the House of Quests (for travel, learning or spiritual development). With the dice roll's strong spiritual emphasis, a question is asked: "What would Gandhi do?"
Violence breeds violence … Pure goals can never justify impure or violent action.
If the means employed are impure, the change will not be in the direction of 
progress but very likely in the opposite.
Tolerance gives us spiritual insight...
Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time.


  1. I like your Buddhist version of "What would Jesus do?"
    We had a teacher who always said: where the resiliance of words ends agression begins...

    1. So true about the what happens with the end of communication. I don't trust that the words of Jesus were recorded without shaping them to what view was wanted at the time. :D (Though I do consider him a compassionate social reformer.) I find that if I ask myself what would someone do whom I admire, I often get good advice!

  2. One sword to rule them all ( a little spin on one ring) The Sword of reason; clarity out of chaos.