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, May 24, 2022

Receiving with Humility

From the Druidcraft Tarot, the Ten of Pentacles; from the Druid Plant Oracle, Plantain:

The elderly fellow in this card has loved his family and worked hard to care for their needs. He's worn out and knows he'll be leaving this earth soon, but he is proud of the legacy he's left for others. The Ten of Pentacles is about coming full circle, passing the mantle on to the next generation. While it is hoped they will be good stewards of what is received, there is no promise that it will be so. Plantain's name in Gaelic means 'plant of healing.' Its antiviral and astringent properties have been put to use for centuries to promote wound healing and reduce inflammation. It is hoped that the young family in this card will take on the same properties, being grateful for what they receive; instead of talking about how they plan to change this or improve that, they can focus on attending to and tenderly expressing their love to this elder. Then perhaps they will start off on the right foot, realizing just how much effort was put into the legacy left in their care.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Greener Ground

From the Druidcraft Tarot, the Eight of Swords; from the Druid Animal Oracle, the Horse:

Practicing not-doing means the causes and conditions that create many problems and struggles vanish. No solution needs to be found, no cure discovered, and no help is even necessary. That’s why the Buddhist tradition is grounded in not-doing—because so much of the suffering in the world could be entirely alleviated if we simply didn’t cause it.
~Kimberly Brown

The Eight of Swords points to a struggle within the mind. I occasionally think I must do something about whatever passes through my day - fix it, support it or find a solution for it. Such a mindset can easily bring on a feeling of being overwhelmed as illustrated by this card. In such cases, I create my own suffering (and likely disturb others' peace as well). Sometimes just letting things be is the best answer. The equine species was held in high regard by Celtic peoples, being used in battle, cultivation, and travel. The Horse is like the mind - moving quickly from one place to another - but neither would do well if repetitively forced to trod the same ground over and over. This animal reminds me to move out of my well-worn mental paths onto greener ground.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Toward a Better Self

This week I'll be using three decks, all created by Philip and Stephanie Carr-Gomm and illustrated by Will Worthington. The Druidcraft Tarot and the Druid Plant Oracle were published by Connections; the Druid Animal Oracle was published by St. Martin's Press. I've combined the two oracles and will be using them as one deck. Today's draws are the Prince/Knight of Cups and the Wren:

Being an idealistic and artistic soul, this knight is likely in the process of composing an ode to the evening. He may not be able to balance a checkbook, motivate a group, or shine during a debate, but he does remind us of beauty and our spiritual connection with all of life. He inspires us to see beyond worldly pleasures and power plays; he invites us to seek the deeper meaning and purpose of life. The Wren, though she is a little bird, has the ability to project her song far and wide. The wrens here in my area will make a nest nearly anywhere - from motorcycle helmets to wreaths on a front door. Both these cards suggest it is the outpouring of our heart that will enrich our lives, not the material things we've accumulated.

For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self.
― Michelle Obama


Saturday, May 21, 2022

Things That Pass

From the New Era Elements Tarot, the Sun; from the Tao Oracle, Hexagram 48:

The Sun represents clarity, energy and joy. After dealing with brain fog from the anesthesia, sleeplessness in the hospital, and pain, I'm more than ready to embrace this card and its meaning. I am reminded by the sunflowers that we all go through days of darkness and uncertainty, planted deep in the soil, but eventually we emerge into the sun if we continue to rise. Hexagram 48 is often known as The Well, a deep dive within beyond outer influences and the ego. At the core of our being we find spaciousness, clarity and wisdom, as well as compassion for ourselves and others. Here the seed of resilience is planted. Here we find the true sunshine that will help us grow.

She would shine again regardless
of all the storms and changeable weather
She wouldn't adjust her purpose
for things that pass.
― Nikki Rowe 

Friday, May 20, 2022

Cycles of Breaking and Healing

From the New Era Elements Tarot, the Emperor; from the Tao Oracle, Hexagram 64:

A good leader might be an eloquent speaker, but his integrity shines through his actions - protecting and taking responsibility for those he or she serves. Lincoln's achievement was not that he won a war, but that he united a broken nation and helped free an enslaved people, all the while embodying his motto of "with malice toward none." Yet Hexagram 64 (Before Completion) suggests that nothing stays fixed or whole, just as our country presently experiences a great divide again. Yet all is not lost; the potential exists for things to change, allowing the pendulum to swing back to more peaceful and cooperative days.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Making the Best of It

From the New Era Elements Tarot, the Three of Earth (Pentacles); from the Tao Oracle, Hexagram 50:

Can you imagine these bees having a conversation about working solely with one type of flowering plant? "Bee balm only for me." "I prefer coneflower, but I can make do with goldenrod." The Three of Earth inspires us to make the best of what we have, to use the resources we have available. We might be amazed at what we can accomplish when we let go of any tightly held preferences and just begin. The Cauldron - hexagram 50 - underscores this idea of being able to 'cook up' something. With the ego out of the way, we can create something satisfyingly wonderful.

Making the best of what we do have, instead of begrudging what we don’t, has a way of creating all that we’ll ever need. ―Charles F. Glassman

Monday, May 16, 2022

Creative Expresssion

From the New Era Elements Tarot, the Magus; from the Tao Oracle, Hexagram 19:

He's dressed for success, has lots of facts, figures and pamphlets, and is well like on social media. But is he just a spin doctor in a nice suit, or does he have integrity in his work? Pieper's Magus is a reminder that we all have resources that we use to create and craft a life. But do we act only for our own benefit without a thought of how it affects anyone or anything else? Are we doing what's 'right' only when someone is watching? Our motives will bear fruit later; repeated thoughts and actions will become habitual. Yet Approach - Hexagram 19 - shows an opportunity for positive change, for growing and expanding in wholesome, constructive ways. It just requires checking our intentions before moving forward to see if we're living from an old pattern or doing something new and beneficial.

It is as though we are all artists, but instead of canvas and paint, or marble or music, as our medium, our very bodies, minds, and life experience are the materials of our creative expression.
—Joseph Goldstein