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, October 12, 2017

The Greatest Wisdom

From the Urban Tarot, the Queen of Swords; from the Principles to Live By, Kindness:
          The Queen of Swords represents Water of Air; she has a keen intellect but also sharp perception and insight. Seeing her represented here as an artist made me think of the character Clara Morrow in Louise Penny's Armand Gamache books. In the latest book, Clara paints portraits of the people in her close-knit community. The portraits look like nothing special at first glance, until the observer notices the small details. Reflected in each person's eyes is what they love most in the world. Like the Queen of Swords, she looked beyond the faces presented to the public and saw the core inside each person. The Kindness tile implies a caring attitude that leads to benevolent action. It is not enough to know; we must also do. If my neighbor is hungry, compassion (though a good thing to have) won't feed her. In the words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, "What wisdom is greater than kindness?"

6 comments:

  1. So few people look others directly in the eye. I try to make a habit of it. It validates another when we gaze directly at them. Though if you hold the gaze to long they begin to feel uncomfortable and nervous. Truly the eyes are the gateway to the soul, and some fear what we might see if we hold the gaze to long.

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    1. Being willing to look into another person's eyes makes me think there is a level of honesty and/or trust.

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  2. Kindness is all to often underestimated and undermined. The smallest of kindnesses can make the biggest differences for many, in our actions and words.

    I love the representation of the artist in this card, who have the opportunity to be the reflection of the world and enable kindness is so many ways.

    Beautiful post Bev <3

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    1. When I first saw that she had used an artist to portray this Queen, it was confusing for me, but once I connected her to the book character, it made perfect sense! I agree with you 100% on the effects of kindnesses done. :)

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    1. Thank you my friend. This deck lets me see new sides of some of the cards. :)

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