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

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Long Live Her Legacy

From the Cosmic Tarot, the Tower; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, Enemies:


Tower - The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a woman who stood up for the rights of all people, not just a select few.
Enemies - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed to replace her with one of Trump's picks.


Friday, September 18, 2020

Self-Service

 From the Cosmic Tarot, the Ace of Cups; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, Interdictment:

Self-care isn’t being selfish, it’s a public service. When you fill your own cup,
you’ve got more to give to others. ~Melissa Goodwin

How do we keep our cup full to overflowing when we are in the middle of millions of acres burning, hurricanes, a national leader interested in only himself, and a pandemic? It's tempting to try to do it with the stuff we buy or the ways we seek to have others stroke our ego. But those small sparks of pleasure don't last and certainly don't fill the void in our hearts. Melissa Goodwin suggests six ideas:
  1. Take time out - make it a priority to schedule some self-care time.
  2. Question your standards of perfection - the world won't stop spinning if things aren't just 'so.'
  3. Take care of your health - get enough sleep, eat good food, exercise (you know this already, but probably don't do it).
  4. Feel good by looking good and finding what's wonderful  - get out of those PJs, take a shower, and find something beautiful to appreciate.
  5. Use your spiritual tools - if you don't have any, now is the time to investigate some.
  6. Connect with others - talk with others who make you laugh and make you feel like you belong.
Interdiction (the act of prohibiting movement) is a warning about how we often empty our cup without taking a sip of it ourselves - by trying to fix or save others. That is a Sisyphean task that will drain us dry every time.


Thursday, September 17, 2020

Supporting Change

From the Cosmic Tarot, the Three of Wands; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, Wisdom:


In the Two of Wands, this woman decided to do something different rather than stick with the usual. In her case, what she was had been doing was okay, but she felt compelled to change, expand, and develop herself further. In the Three of Wands, she has ventured out and seems to be blooming from the choice she made. The Wisdom card suggests that asking for input from others who are more experienced or knowledgeable is a good idea. No change is easy alone; it helps to have the support of other people who can help expand one's viewpoint and understanding. It doesn't mean I let go of what I've envisioned, but I might need to tweak it a bit.


Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Focus on the Solution

 From the Cosmic Tarot, the Seven of Pentacles; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, Conflict:


Try again. Fail again. Fail better. —Samuel Beckett

          I've tried to grow an assortment of flowers, herbs, and vegetables over the years, so I understand the frustration and despair of this young man. All of his hard work has been for naught. So what does Beckett mean when he suggests we should 'fail better'? In my case, it means I need to investigate what went wrong and educate myself on how I might prevent it from happening again. Each time things go awry gives me an opportunity to learn. But the Conflict card brings up what often happens when a project or task involves others. Failure can create a trigger response of blaming the other for any unhappy result. But sometimes, even when people do their best, things don't work out. As Catherine Pulsifer explained, "Blaming does not solve a problem; it usually only makes people defensive." 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Changing Direction

 From the Cosmic Tarot, the Five of Cups; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, Bewitchment:

Mindfulness allows us to watch our thoughts, see how one thought leads to the next, decide if we’re heading toward an unhealthy path, and if so, let go and change directions.
—Sharon Salzberg

          A woman, looking older than her years, stares at a withered rose. What she loved has been lost, but worse, her pain has created blinders. All she can see is her loss, not the other people who care about her or any resources or tools close at hand. The Bewitchment card shows the self-created prison that happens when we don't question the false beliefs we hold and instead mentally feed our feelings of despair. Yet if we can pull our gaze outward, we might see that life is full of change; what we feel so intensely at the moment will eventually ebb. Especially if we begin to change the directions of our thoughts. 


Monday, September 14, 2020

A More Perfect Union

From the Cosmic Tarot, the King of Pentacles; from the L'Oeil de Lotus, Union:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity… ~Preamble to the U.S. Constitution

          The King of Pentacles combined with the Union card reminded me of these lines in the Preamble. The words 'more perfect' do not mean to be without any flaw, but to become more whole and encompassing. It is interesting to notice and reflect on the words our founders capitalized to bring attention to their importance. Their vision started imperfectly and has limped along trying to reach that wholeness ever since. This King offers part of what he has to another without pity or prejudice (which create separation rather than compassion). His only request is for the receiver to be a good steward of what he has been given, to make wise use of the gift. Creating 'a more perfect Union' is tough; it requires a lot of change in the mindsets and actions of all. Perfect may be a pipedream, but we can do better.


Sunday, September 13, 2020

Stepping Back on Solid Ground

This week I'll be using the Cosmic Tarot, created by Norbert Losche and published by U.S. Games. I'll also be drawing from L'Oeil de Lotus (Eye of the Lotus), created by Colette and Gérard Lougarre and published by Vox Arkhana. Today's cards are the Prince (Knight) of Wands and Detachment:

          The Prince of Wands lives by T.S. Eliot's words: "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." He also likes a party, so he'll convince others to tag along on his adventures (and with his charisma, that's easy to do). The problem with the Prince is that he often has little discernment between a great cause worthy of risking one's neck and what is purely an adrenaline rush. The EMTs know him and his posse well. The Eye of the Lotus card shows a rope slipping off a dock cleat, indicating a need to untie oneself from a person or situation. Caring does not include enabling or supporting insanity; detachment means we let the responsible parties be responsible for a change. Disengaging from emotional entanglement helps us see objectively without creating resentment.

Detachment is profoundly honest, grounded firmly in the truth of what is.
~Sharon Salzberg