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 27, 2013

Storm Walker

From the Norse Tarot, the Tower:
Barrett uses Ragnarok ("doom of the gods") to depict the Tower - a Norse mythical cycle in which the cosmos is destroyed and subsequently recreated. In the image above, Bifrost, the rainbow bridge connecting the realm of the gods with the earth, is shattered. The darkness of the void came after the massive destruction, and later from it emerged the new creation. I am reminded by this card of the ways we humans try to protect ourselves from the natural cycles of life. We build towers made of such things as religion, money or intellect, imagining these to be what will safeguard us. Unfortunately when we refuse to come out of our "safe house," we miss all the signs that the inevitable (change) is upon us. It is the shattering of our egos that makes us face reality. I once tried to microwave a peeled, boiled egg because it was cold from being refrigerated. The resulting explosion and tiny bits of egg I cleaned off of everything in a five yard radius convinced me never to try that again. Waking up to Truth can sometimes be a messy process.

From the Wolf Pack deck comes the card "Lessons:"
A mother wolf tries to teach her pup the art of hunting. Generally, the very young (of any species) have limited attention spans and constantly get distracted by other things. Therefore the lessons have to be repeated over and over before the they learn. Unfortunately, I too can easily be distracted (especially by something more pleasurable) and not grasp the wisdom my life experiences offer. But pain or emotional turmoil will catch and hold my attention firmly.  In the words of Haruki Murakami, "When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in."

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