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, March 20, 2014

Security, But Not Necessarily Happiness

From the Ferret Tarot, the Nine of Pentacles:
Many of my close women friends are single, either because of divorce or the death of their husbands. Though they don't sit around counting stacks of bills like this ferret, they manage their money well. These friends don't live extravagantly, yet they do make sure they have some fun, whether through beach trips with buddies, symphony excursions, or a new piece of artwork every now and then. I am reminded by this card that simplicity is not asceticism, and treats seem all the more pleasurable when not indulged in on a constant basis.

From Nature's Wisdom comes the "Mushroom:"
The volva (cup-like structure) at the bottom of these mushrooms make me think they are in the Amanita genus. This group contains some of the most toxic mushrooms in the world, with common names like "Death Cap" or "Destroying Angel." Some of them look very similar to edible mushrooms, and wild mushroom gatherers are constantly warned about their deadly consequences. The "caution" card implies that sometimes the "treats" I allow myself are an attempt to fill a hole in my soul that would be better filled with something else. Money brings security, but not necessarily happiness.


  1. I do so agree with you .We do have to be careful with our finances and we have learned to be grateful with little pleasures like some new plants for our garden or a chocolate muffin on a Sunday morning. I can honestly say I often feel like this wealthy ferret or any other nine of pentacles (my favorite card) :D

    1. Makes me wonder if people with an abundance of "stuff" feel true gratitude for it.