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, November 15, 2018

Six of One

From the Mandela Astrological Tarot, the Two of Swords; from the Sabian Symbols, 'Scorpio 7:'
          Six of one, half a dozen of the other; between a rock and a hard place. These phrases describe the perfectly balanced opposition of ideas of the Two of Swords. Venus is the planet of love and relationships while Libra is a sign of peacemaking and a refusal to rock the boat. No wonder a decision can't be reached with all that people-pleasing hovering in the background. The Sabian Symbol describes deep-sea divers using special equipment to explore the depths of the ocean. It implies that a fresh, innovative mind needs to be employed in order to see reality objectively. Emily P. Freeman states, "We may call it 'people pleasing,' but it is entirely self-serving because it is really all about keeping myself comfortable." Discomfort is what it will cost to bring some creative thinking to the table.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

More To It

From the Mandala Astrological Tarot, the Lovers; from the Sabian Symbols, 'Gemini 30:'

          Being a mutable sign, Gemini likes to shake things up and enjoys change. But it also is an air sign, which means that change will likely come through collecting and dispersing knowledge. Add in Mercury, associated with expression and communication, and that seems like a match made in heaven. The Lovers card is not so much about romance as it is making a connection with something or someone, like two puzzle pieces that fit together. The heart might come along for the ride, but it's only because the mind has found a match. The Sabian Symbol describes a parade of bathing beauties walking in front of a beach crowd. It warns against judging someone by outward appearances only. While there's nothing wrong with using appearance to catch someone's attention, there needs to be more to the cake than just frosting. As Lord Chesterfield expressed, "You must look into people as well as at them."

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Is It Worth It?

From the Mandala Astrological Tarot, the Princess (Page) of Pentacles; from the Sabian Symbols, 'Leo 29:'
The invitation to open to our experience—whatever it is from moment to moment—is always there, no matter how many times we need to rediscover it.
—Aura Glaser 
          Mann assigns this Princess/Page the alchemical symbol and a mandala of the earth. Hers is a pure experience of physicality. She is an excellent student because she doesn't muddle up what she is experiencing through her senses - there is no like/dislike, only what is here now. She doesn't get stuck in mental calisthenics and miss what is happening, she is there to explore and learn. The Sabian Symbol describes a mermaid climbing atop a rocky shore where she waits for a prince to bring her immortality. How many times have smart, practical young women suddenly ditched everything they worked hard for and hitched their star to a male? Suddenly their integrity and self-worth become dependent on an outside source, not on their own inherent worth. That mermaid needs to get her tail back in that ocean and swim in the opposite direction.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Structural Maintenance

From the Mandala Astrological Tarot, the Three of Pentacles; from the Sabian Symbols, 'Taurus 18:'
          Mann states that the triangle formed by these pentacles represents equilibrium and balance. Venus (love and beauty) in Capricorn (climbing), suggests hard work aimed at what one is passionate about. This ongoing effort has had a steadying effect on things in the material/physical world. The Sabian Symbol describes a woman airing out an old bag (perhaps like a cloth shopping bag, traveling bag or purse). Rather than throw it out and buy something new, she simply takes care of it in a mindful way. Together, this card and dice imply that while things are pretty secure right now, there is a need to continue to pay attention to what has been built in order to maintain it.
A living cell requires energy not only for all its functions, but also for the maintenance of its structure. ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Sunday, November 11, 2018


This week I'll be using the Mandala Astrological Tarot set, created by A.T. Mann and published by HarperCollins. I'll also be exploring the Sabian Symbols with the help of Lynda Hill's book 360 Degrees of Wisdom, published by Plume. I've got a 30 sided die and an astrological die that I'll be rolling to choose the symbol. Today's draw and roll are the Six of Cups and 'Capricorn 24:'
          Six cups are arranged in a hexagram, a figure Mann describes as an integration of spirit and matter. Neptune represents hope and healing (though often unsubstantiated); Scorpio implies a deepening of perception. Adults, looking to overcome personal emotional handicaps, often point the finger at their childhood. Yet simply pointing to the past, whether remembered clearly or through a haze of hurt, won't change a thing. Our perception must move into the present if we want to heal. The Sabian Symbol describes a woman entering a convent, suggesting a time of inner reflection. When we acknowledge and own our behavior, then change and healing become possible.
We need to construct a personal crucible of self-confrontation. In this crucible, we stop avoiding ourselves and stop focusing on the faults of others. We confront our own personal issues and identify the ways we are contributing to our own unhappiness.
~ Allen Berger

Saturday, November 10, 2018

In This Together

From the Swietlistej Drogi, the Ten of Cups; from the Mirrors of the Heart, 'Cleansing:'
Obviously, the first thing to let go of is trying to “get” love, and instead to give it.
That’s the secret of the spiritual path. 
—Ayya Khema

          It's a wedding! Each of these individuals has matured emotionally enough to realize everything doesn't revolve around them. Their connection is formed on the basis of respect, compromise, and devotion. On such a joyful day, why would the Cleansing card show up? Expectations - the assumption that their relationship should always be filled with such happiness. No one is immune to the challenges and hardships of life. There will eventually come a day when the baby is crying nonstop, the dog chews up three pairs of shoes, and the toilet is overflowing. It won't be happiness that sees this couple through but remembering the love that brought them together. That bond can transform "My life sucks" into "We're all struggling; how can I best help and comfort all of us?"

Friday, November 9, 2018

Play Date

From the Swietlistej Drogi, the Knight of Pentacles; from the Mirrors of the Heart, 'Celebration:'
          The Knight of Pentacles is not content to sit atop his horse and supervise. He likes to have his boots on the ground, hands in the soil and eye on the accounting. Not much will slip by him unobserved that needs attention. And while he is great at his job - responsible, dependable and practical - he's not so great at remembering to take care of himself. The Celebration card suggests that hard work needs to be balanced with play. There is a time for effort and a time for ease. Neurologist Ralph Sacco explains, "One of the biggest things we know is that people who are stressed increase (their) blood pressure and the risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also increase the risk of depression, and depression itself is related to an increase in stroke and heart disease." Hope you'll take time to play today for your health's sake.