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

Monday, April 29, 2013

Lovely, Dark and Deep

From the Illuminated Tarot, the Knight of Pentacles:
The recoloring of this card makes it feel like a transition time - either sunrise or sunset.  This knight is the guy who is going to read all the directions on how to put something together, then lay out all the pieces and gather all the tools he'll need before getting started.  He drives impatient people crazy with his methodical mindset, but they put up with him because they know he'll do the job right the first time.  He doesn't quit when things get frustrating (the oak leaves he and the horse wear show his strength in persevering); he'll continue to plod along until he finds a solution to the challenge.  He encourages me to stay strong and keep putting one foot in front of the other (even if progress seems to be at a snail's pace) as I move through a time of change.

From the Dreaming in Color deck comes the card "Journey:"
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
~ Robert Frost

In her booklet, Sommers explains that this is not a vacation type of journey, but one of the spirit.  The darkness of the colors represent the inner, intuitive selfI suppose all of us are on this type of journey, but most of us are clueless until the unconscious (or life) sends us a clear, wake-up call.  We suddenly find ourselves boarding a train, destination unknown, whether we like it or not.  Though it is often "dark and deep" (and a bit frightening), we hopefully will find like Frost that it is lovely as well. 


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