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

Friday, September 20, 2013

Smart Enough to Feel Stupid

From the Sacred Sites Tarot, the Queen of Swords:
Here is the Sacred Walnut Tree of Benevento, Italy; like the hazelnut to the Celts, this tree and its nuts were thought to have magical powers. The stregas of Benevento were said to dance around it on their sacred days. Of course as soon as Christianity got a firm foothold, these pagan activities were labeled as demonic (not that they ever discussed this with the witches, they just made assumptions). The practice of all sorts of evil was imagined, so the bishop came and cut the tree down. I live a block away from a Baptist monstrosity; it is not a church, it is a big business. They recently cleared land near a holding pond to put in a huge parking lot. Though I tried to fight having all the trees removed and the habitat destroyed, I could find no one willing to listen. One of the few trees they left (surrounded by asphalt now) is a walnut, and it is dying. There is a line in an Eminem song that I think this queen would agree with: "Are you smart enough to feel stupid?" In other words, stop acting like you know everything, then maybe you will actually learn something.

From the Haindl Rune Oracle comes "Not:"
The rune Not (Nauthiz) is associated with constraint and need. It is not meant to just be a hardship, but a way to help change one's focus and bring about transformation. An example would be an author with writer's block who suddenly decides to pen something new that ends up as a bestseller. This rune like the queen above reminds me to avoid "all or nothing" thinking. If doors are closed, start looking for an open window - it's time to embrace flexibility.

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