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, August 11, 2017

A Square Foot or an Acre

From the Sasuraibito Tarot, the Fool; from the Soul Cards, Talking Heads:
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.
― Shunryu Suzuki 

'Sasuraibito' means 'wanderer' in Japanese, and in this Fool's card we see a wizened one. He isn't focused on his age and aches; he dances and laughs instead as he moves through his day. Is he crazy? Maybe, but I bet he enjoys life a lot more than most. When I wake up in the morning, my mind is like a dog sniffing at every bush and tree in the park. I think of what I need or want to do in the day ahead, and who I will be seeing. These thoughts, unfortunately, always have emotional opinions attached to them. Like the Soul Card image, the 'talking heads' - assumptions, preferences and prejudices - in my mind give their opinion about everything. Suddenly the wide-open park has been reduced to a square foot of grass. There is no spaciousness here nor any possibilities either. Yet I have a choice to believe the stories the talking heads are writing, or go play in acres and acres of green park. I know what that Fool would choose.


  1. Let's make a pact and stifle those nagging voices for the rest of the day!
    I would love to grow old like this Fool and to not give a d*mn what everybody else is thinking of me.

    1. And cut loose all those opinions that keep me tied to that square foot of grass!

  2. Our fool is capering Don't see folk doing that very often :)

  3. Maybe the Fool had all those talking heads and so he gave up everything and went his own way. A much better way to live.