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

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sugar and Spice Meet Snips and Snails

From the Gaian Tarot, the Lovers:
The Lovers imply an attraction to something or someone, such as a person, a creative endeavor or a career. The fascination and appeal is the easy part; it's the commitment to maintain the harmony and interest where it gets tough. The two birds illustrated often represent love, yet the dove can also symbolize peace while the swan can emphasize aggressiveness. The rose has the velvety softness of the petals as well as the sharp prick of the thorns. Love isn't only sugary sweetness either. The bower of greenery behind this couple give them a sense of privacy. That time spent alone (whether my love is a hobby or a spouse) is what is needed to sustain the integrity of that passion.

From the Goddess Oracle comes "Uzume:"
Uzume was a shamanic Japanese goddess who used a bawdy dance to lure the sun goddess out of hiding. The howls of laughter from the other deities were too much for Amaterasu's curiosity, who came out of her cave to see what the uproar was about.  Uzume teaches the usefulness of play, humor and not taking things too seriously.  In tying this card in with the Lovers above, I can't imagine any commitment lasting for long without being able to laugh and have fun along the way.

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