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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Things Are Not as They Appear

From the Touchstone Tarot, Strength; from the John Waterhouse OracleI am Half-Sick of Shadows, said the Lady of Shalott:
          This lady of Strength looks so deeply with the lion's mouth, she could be his dentist. What is she looking for? The tarot card complements the Lady of Shalott card, an illustration based on a poem by Alfred Tennyson. It describes a cursed woman who must use a mirror to see the world instead of looking directly at it (and then weaves the images onto her loom). These draws imply there is a glimmer in my peripheral field or a reflection that is not quite showing the whole reality of truth. The pair made me think of Buddhism's four 'near enemies' of loving-kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy and equanimity. Unlike the far enemies which are the direct opposites (hatred, cruelty, envy and bias), the near enemies are sneaky and may masquerade as the real virtues unless a closer look is taken. The near enemy of loving-kindness is attachment; it is revealed as insecure clinging, the desire to control and conditional love. The near enemy of compassion may be cloaked in pity (keeping us at a distance from someone's suffering) or self-absorbed grief (we drown in the feeling); neither side allows us to take any helpful action. The near enemy of sympathetic joy is comparison; our joy for others is tainted by trying to identify if we have more, less or the same as the other person. Equanimity's near enemy is indifference; instead of accepting reality with calm awareness, we simply withdraw or numb ourselves. Both these cards suggest I look deeply within; things may not be as they appear.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Difference

From the Touchstone Tarot, the Three of Coins; from the John Waterhouse Oracle, The Danaides:
          A patron, or financial supporter, looks on as an artist paints a canvas. Here is a painter who has been recognized for his talent and passion in his work and has been rewarded by having a backer. Ask anyone who does creative work of any kind how hard it is to find such support, and you'll likely hear a groan. Even if what you do is incredibly good, it is hard to even get noticed these days. Being turned down over and over can begin to feel like the daughters of Danaus (The Danaides) who were punished for killing their husbands-to-be by spending eternity trying to fill a cauldron with an opening in the bottom. But one of the fifty daughters defied her father's order to murder and allowed her suitor to live. Because she did her own thinking, she was not punished. And perhaps that is the message from this one woman: Don't be afraid to be an original who does things differently.
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
Stephen Fry

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Whose Truth?

This week I'll be using the Touchstone Tarot, created and self-published by Kat Black. Along with it I'll be using the John Waterhouse Oracle, created and self-published by Elaine Wilkinson (aka Seven Stars). Today's draws are the Ace of Swords and Hylas and the Nymphs:
          The angel in Black's Ace of Swords suggests this card is more about truth and justice than inspirational ideas. The tiger the angel keeps as bay reminds me of Anne Lamott's words: "You don't always have to chop with the sword of truth. You can point with it too." When I catch someone in a falsehood, I want to chop. I want to use the facts to shove them to their knees until they plead for mercy. Can you tell I despise dishonesty? But treating another person like that might not uncover the whole truth, like why they felt the need to lie (or simply omit the facts) in the first place. Consider Hylas, a beautiful youth who was taken in by Heracles after his father was killed in battle. Heracles loved Hylas like a son, and made him one of the Argonauts. Yet along the way, Hylas was kidnapped by nymphs of a spring who had fallen in love with him. Heracles searched for Hylas in vain for an extended period of time. It was said that Hylas had fallen in love too, and didn't want to be found. The adventures of Heracles were not his own; Hylas had his own path to follow.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Greeting the Guest of Change

From the Victorian Romantic Tarot, the Wheel of Fortune; from the Dreaming in Color Deck, Emotion:
          A humble bird-catcher, presented with a king's crown, discovers he isn't an unknown face among the masses after all. While this kind of thing only happens in fairy tales, people do have unexpected twists of fate show up on their doorstep. Sometimes it is a good surprise, sometimes not. But whatever comes, it nearly always produces a surge of emotion. Most things are a mixed bag. Like the dark side of the moon, we can't foresee how change will unfold, so it is doubtful that it will be all pleasant or unpleasant. What will make a huge difference is the attitude with which I greet each change. Do I stay in the moment or allow my mind to create an ending to the story long before I even arrive there?

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

Jellaludin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Friday, February 24, 2017

Flea Powder

From the Victorian Romantic Tarot, Strength; from the Dreaming in Color Deck, Pettiness:
          This particular woman of Strength obviously has a special relationship with all her inner lions. She knows their personalities intimately, including what triggers them to lash out. Impatience, frustration, anger, indignation and fear are always on her radar; she notices when one is out of balance and tends to it with calm awareness before things get out of hand. Yet there is a bloodsucking pest that can bite those beasts and send them into madness: pettiness. Pettiness takes a fine-tooth comb and goes over everything, ignoring what is good as it solely focuses on any tiny mistake or grievance. Pettiness is a miserable cuss whose only pleasure is adding to her circle of misery. The flea powder that will drive this pest away is to take the long view and a wide perspective of all that is going on. Nothing lasts forever, and joy can be found even in sorrow. Shake, shake...  

Thursday, February 23, 2017


From the Victorian Romantic Tarot, the Seven of Swords; from the Dreaming in Color Deck, Passion:
          The figure in the Seven of Swords was adapted from an engraving that showed the destruction of Hirsau Abbey by French troops during the Nine Years' War. How is it that our minds can convince us that deceit or revenge is okay, as we blindly act without thought about who or what might get hurt or destroyed as a result? I think the Passion card explains it - a conviction of being right that gives us the courage to act. Yet what happens if we are mistaken in our belief through misunderstanding, assumption or prejudice? That kind of damage can't be undone, and evidence of our actions will remain in the hearts of others like the skeletal ruins of the abbey. I must pause before burning those bridges, which will likely not be rebuilt again. There may come a day when I have need to walk back that way.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Judicial vs. Judgmental

From the Victorian Romantic Tarot, the Hierophant; from the Dreaming in Color Deck, Aggression:
         The VR's Hierophant is one of my favorites. This teacher doesn't sit above his students on some papal throne while they cower submissively before him; he reclines as his students sprawl around him, relaxed but alert to his words. There is respect here, but obviously great love too. The knowledge of the instructor isn't used to make him appear better than those he teaches; his purpose seems solely focused on helping them understand it. The sickening shade of magenta in the Aggression card felt like a whiplash after the cozy feeling of the first draw. When someone is in the process of learning, criticism (grades or assessment for instance) is a necessary part. But there is judicial criticism, which is fair and constructive, and judgmental criticism, which is subjective and de-constructive. The latter type often feels passive-aggressive when given and can create an aggressive response in return. If I am the one doing the evaluating, it reminds me to be compassionate with the words and tone I use. When I am on the receiving end of judgmental criticism, I can look to see if there is any truth that I can use before discarding the rest, knowing that a person who tears down others usually has an agenda I don't need to enable.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Safe on Base

From the Victorian Romantic Tarot, the Five of Swords; from the Dreaming in Color Deck, Family:
          Two older boys intimidate and tease a younger one. While bullying has always been around, it seems here in America it has become more prevalent over the last years. Whether intentionally or unintentionally, we are training the younger generation to be this way. I've seen it when I've tried to talk to parents about their children's behavior in school, and they insist that little Johnny or Susie would never do or say something like that (and thus excuse their cruelty). It's beginning to seem acceptable to earn power and self-esteem by denigrating and destroying other people. An even greater example is our newly elected Tyrant-in-Chief. "Love your neighbor" obviously only counts when you're sitting in a church pew on Sunday morning. Sommers gives her card the keyword 'family,' but insists it includes any personal place or group that acts as a refuge. Like children playing tag who have a safe 'home base,' this is the place we can go to get away from the craziness and rest. Yet even here, I must be cautious not to allow the media to infect my sacred space. As one of the Five Precepts states (in Susan Moon's rendition): "I vow not to intoxicate body or mind but to cultivate a mind that sees clearly."

Monday, February 20, 2017


From the Victorian Romantic Tarot, the Hanged Man; from the Dreaming in Color Deck, Ascension:
          The creators offer the phrase "a state of mental suspension from everyday things" for the Hanged Man. I immediately thought of the class of fifteen 3-year-old preschoolers I taught years ago. When arguments that led to fights broke out, I'd put the offenders in the 'time-out' corner. While it was a form of punishment, the real reasoning behind it was to remove the child from the stimulus that helped create the problem. The blank wall was a chance to wipe the blackboard of their mind and settle down emotionally. What happens when I can clear my mind of thoughts that hinder rather than help me? Ascension suggests a "dramatic opening of consciousness." My thimble-full of ideas suddenly becomes the Grand Canyon of potential and possibilities. But first I must relax into that state of suspension...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Depression and Anger

This week I'll be using the Victorian Romantic Tarot, created by Alex Ukolov and Karen Mahony with Magic Realist Press as publisher. I will also be drawing from Dreaming in Color: the Luman Deck, created and self-published by Mindy Hope Sommers. Today's draws are the Four of Cups and Anger:
          This Four of Cups card pegs me perfectly today with my feeling of an emotional hangover. Yesterday started off well, but then crashed and burned by noon. I'm sure everyone has had those kind of days. In my case, things that were supposed to be simple got complicated, someone used me as their vomit bucket, and then my heart got twisted and hurt from a situation over which I am powerless. I don't know why I think the day should've floated perfectly along just because it was my birthday; life doesn't really care about those kind of things. But look what lurks underneath that tired, depressed feeling - the deep, red of anger. It reminds me of the dark color of blood without oxygen in it (no clarity). Part of my emotional imbalance is that the doctor gave me a injection of steroids and put me on a dose pack of pills for six days for the poison ivy reaction. For someone who rarely takes medicine, it has given me a wallop. I'm beginning to understand why people use the term 'roid' rage; I feel prickly and have a blinding headache all the time. I had a dharma note in my email this morning that was a quote by Ram Dass; it basically said that there is grace to be found in suffering, and suffering can create wisdom. I know whining won't help me find either of these, but realizing reality isn't intentionally picking on me can help. I can also choose to start my celebration over - a new day without any expectations to weigh it down.

Saturday, February 18, 2017


From the Morgan-Greer Tarot, the Three of Pentacles; from the Gods and Titans/Goddesses and Sirens Oracles, Loki:
This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play. 
Alan W. Watts

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. 
Dr. Seuss 

          Today I have drawn two sides of a coin: the Master Craftsman and Loki the Trickster. One focuses on work and the other play. Which side most represents you? I've been a serious taskmaster most of my life, reserving play for when I had finished all my duties (which isn't often). But today is my birthday, so I'm taking Seuss's advice to wake up some brain cells that don't get activated often. I don't have a thing planned, which is part of the process. Now let's see if I can remember how to cut loose...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wake Up, Get Moving

From the Morgan-Greer Tarot, Judgment; from the Gods and Titans/Goddesses and Sirens Oracles comes Achilles:
          The Judgment card shows a family waking up from a crypt as an illustration of being reborn in mind and heart. Often we see but do not pay attention; we hear but we do not actually listen. We all experience moments when we could wake up but choose not to for a variety of reasons. Yet when we do pause and let that understanding seep into us, it can be life changing. Achilles' appearance brings a message to have confidence in what is undertaken. This demigod was dipped in the River Styx to keep him from being killed in battle, though the foot his mother held him by left him vulnerable. Though Achilles was a fierce warrior and seemed unable to be defeated, a seer had predicted he would die heroically in a battle against the Trojans. However fear did not stop him in his effort to win the war. We all have an Achilles heel that makes us vulnerable, yet we also have gifts and talents we need to share. In the words of Norman Vincent Peale: "Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No Touching!

From the Morgan-Greer Tarot comes the Lovers; from the Gods and Titans/Goddesses and Sirens Oracles comes Lugh:
          This sexually overt depiction of the Lovers (notice the shape and parts of the calla lily) made me laugh out loud today. I am currently having an allergic reaction to poison ivy from loading and off-loading logs and branches at a tornado site. My body responds in all capital letters when I come in contact with this plant's oil; because of the swelling, redness and weeping blisters, I can assure you there will be no intimacy going on for a while! Yet the Lovers represents not just sex but any committed relationship and the cycles of 'give and take' as well as conflict and reconciliation. It is a dance between opposites that does not end because of the unexpected things life doles out. Lugh, a Celtic god, appears with a story about trying to get into the city of Tara. The king told him they refused entry to anyone who did not have a skill that was needed there. Lugh began listing his talents, from a smith and swordsman to harpist and historian. With each talent offered, the king told him they already had someone that filled that position. Finally Lugh said, "Yes, but do you have someone with all these skills?" That answer got him inside the city. Lugh's message is continue to learn from a wide variety of interests, thus becoming versatile in knowledge and skill. He reminds me that intimacy of the mind and heart does not necessarily require physical touch. There are other ways to celebrate the bond of commitment.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Blemish Free?

From the Morgan-Greer Tarot, the Seven of Pentacles; from the Gods and Titans/Goddesses and Sirens Oracles, Nuada:
          This farmer has carefully planted and cultivated his crop with good results. When I am on the downhill side of the mountain, it can become easy to begin to rush toward the finish line. But the Seven of Pentacles calls for a full pause and patience. An assessment is in order before assuming everything is going as planned. There are still things to be wary of, such as pests and weather forecasts. Proceed with caution only after the evaluation is done. Nuada was the King of Erin, one of the mythical races of Ireland. A fierce warrior and wise king, he had his hand cut off in battle. His people believed if a ruler was not 'whole,' he was not fit to rule. The Dannans chose another king who had neither wisdom nor a sense of justice, and their kingdom soon felt the consequences. Eventually Nuada's hand was magically replaced with a silver hand, and he resumed leadership. Nuada's story warns against seeking perfection. While the farmer wants a good crop, it is only natural that his fruits will have a few blemishes. If he's smart, he know it's what's inside that counts.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Search with the Flow

From the Morgan-Greer Tarot, the Eight of Cups; from the Gods and Titans/Goddesses and Sirens Oracles, Poseidon:
          I normally see the Eight of Cups as leaving behind an unfulfilling situation or relationship, but today it felt different. I had the distinct feeling the cloaked figure was instead going in search of what would complete the stack of cups; he wasn't abandoning anything, just looking for what would make it whole. Poseidon shows up to give me a heads-up on my search. This Greek god was known for being difficult and moody (he was, after all, responsible for earthquakes). Yet his keyword 'flow' is a hint not to get caught up by any emotional high and low tides, but to ride them out (they won't last forever). It reminded me of something I read by Kathy Kruger: "Fighting for something is very different from railing against the flow. I’ve learned (the hard way) that while it may be worth fighting for something we want rather than giving up, it’s always futile to fight against the way things are and play the battle out in our heads." My search needs to have the Taoist quality of wu-wei - effortless action that moves with the natural ebb and flow cycles.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Light of Truth

From the Morgan-Greer Tarot, Justice; from the Gods and Titans/Goddesses and Sirens Oracles, Hekate:
          No matter whether she is in the social or procedural realm, Justice has a tough job. Her scales represent the ability to see both sides of a situation and the ability to balance the needs of the individual with those of society/group. Her sword symbolizes active power; she may use it to carry out the law (authority), to protect, or to cut away illusion and uncover the truth. The veil behind her (often seen today in the form of a blindfold) suggests the ability to put one's preferences and prejudices aside in order to render an impartial and fair verdict. It seems an impossible task for any human, and likely why the U.S Supreme Court has nine justices instead of only one. The Greek goddess Hekate was often depicted with a torch and a key. Associated with crossroads, she was known to straddle boundaries rather than take one side or another. She helped Demeter in her search for Persephone, and became Persephone's companion who led her from Hades every year. Both these cards allude to discernment and truth; the way forward (Hekate's key) is in accepting that truth rather than denying or ignoring it.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


This week I'll be using the Morgan Greer Tarot, created by Bill Greer and Lloyd Morgan and published by U.S. Games. I'll also be using an oracle made of a combination of two decks - the Gods and Titans along with the Goddesses and Sirens. Both of these were created by Stacey Demarco and Jimmy Manton and published by Blue Angel. Today's card draws are the Nine of Pentacles and Mithras:
           A beautiful lady adorns the Nine of Pentacles card; she looks cultured and as composed as her hooded falcon. Her hard work and discipline have produced a life of contentment and comfort. Yet Mithras with the keyword 'sacrifice' follows her. Yes, she has sacrificed to get where she is, but will she also work to help others find their way too? The buildings dedicated to Mithraism all have reliefs and other designs of Mithras killing the sacred bull. In my book, that would make the god the killer and the bull the one that made the sacrifice. It is easy to think we are making a grand offering, to fool ourselves and others about what we have done. Such is the CEO who makes a large donation (purely for attention) whose profits are earned from the diligent efforts of his employees. If it is all for show, does it really count as a sacrifice?

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Communication is the Key

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the Eight of Swords; from the Shaman's Oracle, the Spirit of Healing:
          The two figures in these separate cards look as if they are reaching for each other. Vey uses these questions as a focus for the Eight of Swords: Am I feeling powerless, confused and unsure of myself? Am I waiting for someone to come along and fix things for me? Today the Civil Air Patrol will be arriving at my friend's house that got stomped by the tornado to help with the debris pick-up (6 acres of it). What I have seen with many groups is that they often just do what they want instead of asking the person who lives there what they need done. Sometimes this results in more problems to be dealt with. One group unloaded a bunch of heavy things from the house, but didn't take them to the street for pick up (which is about 75 yards away). There's no way my friend and I can lift some of these things, much less carry them that far. And she doesn't want to offend any volunteers that come to help. But the Spirit of Healing reminds me I don't have to stand by in frustration. Instead I can explain, and hopefully when everyone is on the same page, we'll have even more solutions to choose from.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Listening and Seeking

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the Queen of Cups; from the Shaman's Oracle, the Journeyer:
            Like her totem the dolphin, this Queen is at home in her element of water (for her, emotions). She delights in joy and laughter, yet she is equally comfortable with grief, fear and anger. The latter group is a reflection of hurt within that shows itself in various ways, and this Queen attempts to salve the wound with compassion and kindness. She knows that the well-being of one will affect the rest, therefore no one is abandoned. The dolphin reminds her to come up for air so she doesn't drown under the emotional waves of others. If she is to be of help, she must first know how to swim herself. The Journeyer is the seeker of answers and mirrors the Queen's scrying bowl. My normal way of seeking guidance usually comes through gathering and analyzing information. But the these two cards suggest something beyond the intellect (and beyond the ego's influence) that taps into intuitive, inner wisdom. How will I know the answers I receive aren't stained by the ego? The words 'me' and 'mine' will be replaced by 'you' and 'our,' and there will be no craving for approval or need to control.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Steeping in Hot Water

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, Strength; from the Shaman's Oracle, the Spirit of Challenge:
           Rather than just a single beast, Vey's Strength card has three. I can see the good and bad qualities represented by each animal. The horse represents the speed at which my anger (and impulsive action) can travel, yet it also includes being the first to reach out with kindness instead of waiting to see what the other person will do. The lion symbolizes tearing into someone (character assassination), but it also can shred my illusions and assumptions about a situation or person. The bear's brute force can intimidate, though that same force can give me courage or provide protective comfort to another (like a teddy bear). The Spirit of Challenge suggests my inner beasts will be called upon to deal with challenges and change. Will I use my inner beasts to block reality or to find ways to constructively deal with it? Will my beasts be looking out for my own interests or the interests of everyone involved? As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Let the Music Move You

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the King of Wands; from the Shaman's Oracle, the Shaman of Song:
          Around a large fire, the King of Wands dances with his totem the Bear (a symbol of strength and confidence). This King does not have the impulsive recklessness of his Knight; he has the desire to get things done at the speed of sanity with the emphasis on doing them right. He wants projects to be completed, but he knows rushing will only cause mistakes that will slow down progress. This King uses his energy wisely, making sure the effort spent is reflected in the result. The Shaman of Song represents using sound for healing, energy, peace and joy. Who hasn't used music to finish a tedious task, make a long drive, soothe the spirit after an exhausting day or lighten the heart? As Snow White sang:
When there's too much to do,
Don't let it bother you, 
Forget your troubles, try to be just like the cheerful chick-a-dee,
And whistle while you work .

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Shaping Potential

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the Eight of Pentacles; from the Shaman's Oracle, the Dancer of Beginnings:
          Is there anyone who enjoys the day to day practice of something they're not good at in order to become better? It most assuredly requires commitment and perseverance. As author Richard Bach put it, “A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.” The Dancer of Beginnings takes the energy of potential and turns it into something more. It is that initial excitement and inspiration that can keep us going as we learn to master the skills we practice. My husband will be having the second of two surgeries today, so the skill I'm likely to be training in will be patience, as I spend several hours in the waiting room. My inspiration will be a new book from the library that I've been wanting to read. I tend to be able to tolerant a situation without complaint as long as my mind is occupied and focused on something other than wanting to be someplace other than where I am.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Family and Friends

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the Ten of Cups; from the Shaman's Oracle, the Ancestor of Tribes:
          Having kin who nurture us and love us unconditionally is a blessing, but in my case it involves more than just traditional family. I'm one of those who've often found more support and kindness among friends. "Found families" are people who treat each other as if related in an emotional sense. When you've experienced much loss, it is easy to be drawn to others in the same boat who recognize the importance and worth of such relationships. These people know just what a treasure it is to have people who love you and whom you love in return. It reminds me to tell these folks what a gift it is to have them in my life. The Ancestor of Tribes underscores the Ten of Cups, stressing the power and resilience of tribal support. The hard part is not in finding a tribe, but in reaching out to them when you are in need.
When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching - they are your family. Jim Butcher

Sunday, February 5, 2017


This week I'll be using the Tarot of Timeless Truth, a book and deck set created and self-published by Leila Vey. I'll also be using the Shaman's Oracle, created by Wil Kinghan with text by John Matthews and published by Watkins. Today's draws are the Nine of Pentacles and the Ancestor of Knowing:
          This young woman has led a disciplined life, worked hard and lived practically. As a result, she's become self-sufficient and independent with time for other interests. Yet she still relies on her own skills and down-to-earth knowledge rather than turning over her life to someone else's care. The Ancestor of Knowing (not a ladybug drawing but an owl) offers a gentle warning. When we have made progress in our lives, it is easy to look at others and expect the same from them. But this Ancestor suggests while we think we many know a person or situation, we don't. We may be making assumptions that aren't true or have expectations that aren't possible. What we've experienced in life may be totally different from another person's experience, creating two totally different perspectives. I can't help but think of Trump's idea to stomp out violence in the inner city of Chicago with more violence. He might do better to understand why the proliferation of gangs started in the first place, but to do that he's going to have to see from someone else's perspective rather than his own. I have grave doubts about his ability to do that.
One person's craziness is another person's reality. 
Tim Burton

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Intuition as Guide

From the Whimsical Tarot, the Page of Cups; from the Over the Moon Oracle, Rejection (Ace of Spades):
          The Page of Cups is represented by a crystal ball, suggesting intuitive information. Like tea leaves, images and shapes are seen and interpreted with this fortune-telling device. It's fascinating how everyone attends to intuitive nudges in different forms. Some people get a visceral poke, a physical feeling that tells them to take action. Others are triggered through visual means, such as cards or the unusual appearance of an animal. Dreams are another way, as are random thoughts or fragments of songs (mental). There are some folks who trust their own intuition, while others only have faith in it if it comes through someone else (a fortune-teller, a spiritual guide, etc.). Yet the Rejection card implies that to reject such unorthodox wisdom is often to our disadvantage. My friend whose house was destroyed by the tornado had an intuitive shove to get out and go somewhere about 15 minutes before it hit. Intuition may not be 100% accurate, but I do think it has evolved for a reason.