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, June 20, 2013

Riding Off Into the Sunset - Or Not

From the Llewellyn Tarot, the Knight of Cups:
 Ferguson's knight rides out of the crashing surf on a white horse with his cape billowing behind him. It doesn't get much more romantic than that; it reminds me of the paintings of chivalrous knights rescuing maidens in distress, like the one above by Frank Dicksee. And while it's nice of these guys to help out in such dramatic ways, I think the most romantic part of love is when your partner sticks it out for the day-to-day dramas. For instance, those days when the toilet is overflowing, the cats are hacking up hairballs, and the central air unit has gone out (with temperatures projected to be in the high 90's). Now that's what I'd really like to see these knights tackle. I am reminded by the Knight of Cups the real heroes are the ones who deal with the ups and downs of reality without looking to escape by jumping on their horses and riding off to something more fun or exciting.

From the Beasts of Albion, the "Wolf:"
Gray's meanings behind the wolf include a mentor, cooperative partner and companion. In the small family packs of wolves, each has a role to play and tasks to perform. In our family, I tend to be the one who uses the power tools to build or fix what is broken; we each do what we're good at doing, but no one has to do it all. However there are situations when one of us may have to take on the lion's share, if only temporarily. Our roles may change as life changes, and if we're going to continue to be a functioning, cohesive unit, we must adapt as well.

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