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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Do or Don't Do

This week I'll be using a self-published deck by Elaine Moertl called the Ferret Tarot. Today's draw is the Devil:
Two beings, one representing good choices and the other representing bad choices, battle over the decision this ferret is trying to make. I don't remember too many Bible verses from my youth, but I do remember one in Romans where Paul is frustrated because the good he knows he should do he doesn't, and the bad he knows he shouldn't do he does. I can relate to this back and forth pull (and the strong, magnetic pull of those bad choices). But if I can pause long enough to check the motive underneath my desire (boredom, stress, resentment, fear, grief), I will find the key that opens a door I will probably regret going through.

The oracle deck I'll be using this week is Nature's Wisdom, created by Mindy Lighthipe and published by Schiffer Books. This morning's card is "Bobcat:"
The bobcat, like many large cats in the wild, prefer to be alone except during mating season. For this reason, Lighthipe assigns it the meaning of "solitude." I generally enjoy being alone and actually crave such space if I've been around a lot of people for a length of time. But looking at the Devil card reminds me of a quote I hear a friend say often: "My mind is like a bad neighborhood - I try not to go there alone." I've become very adept at rationalizing whatever I want to do; my mind is so crafty I will begin to think it is the right thing to do. So while solitude is useful, sometimes I need trusted friends who will listen to my ideas and won't be afraid to say, "Woman, have you lost your friggin' mind?!"


  1. This is so true. When I keep running circles in my own mind I have to start talking about my thoughts and idea's to give them a reality check. It is funny but sometimes writing is doing the same thing for me. As if I have a conversation with another ,wiser part of myself.

    1. Ah, that's a good idea when you want to look at things realistically! Putting it down on paper can strip away a lot of the illusions I might dress up an idea with. :)

  2. I try to not go there alone. Priceless...