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

Sunday, August 11, 2013

What is Right vs. What is Easy

From the Bonefire Tarot, the Seven of Swords:
At first glance, this pale, weak-looking fellow doesn't look like he could hurt a fly. But the wolfish beast appearing on his shoulder tells another story. His nature is to be hungry for what is not his, but he's cunning and has learned to hide his true identity. It's easy to judge someone based on their outer appearance, good or bad. I remember once crossing paths with a fellow in a crafts store when I was looking for beads to make a book thong. Built like a Mack truck with a long beard, shaved head, tattoos and leather vest, he resembled a Hell's Angel biker. But when we got into a discussion about a certain type of charm he was trying to find, I realized how wrong my perceptions had been. The eyes on this card warn me to be discerning today, judging people not by how they look or what they say, but by what they do.

From the MentorSpirit deck comes "Integrity:"
Integrity to me means something more than just being honest. It is speaking and acting authentically, from your own foundation of morals and ethics. It can be tempting to follow another's lead, however. Recently we had a scandal here with school teachers who changed answers on standardized tests to make their kids look more knowledgeable than they actually were. The state had put them in a bind - raise the scores or your job may be in jeopardy. But you can't get parents involved that don't want to be, and you can't make kids learn who have no desire to do so. They made a decision to cheat, but eventually got caught. Choosing what is right instead of what is easy can be tough for anyone if they're put in the right circumstances.

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