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

Monday, March 10, 2014

Setting Posts

From the Prairie Tarot, the Four of Wands:
 In 1867 Lucien B. Smith received a patent for inventing barbed wire, the first type of wire fence to successfully restrain cattle. Cheaper and easier to erect, these fences made animal husbandry affordable and practical on a large scale. The Four of Wands is generally a celebratory card indicating the successful creation of a stable foundation. From this sound beginning, more growth and expansion can come. The four posts - red, yellow, green and blue - suggest that passion, intellect, resources and emotional balance will be required to firmly set my posts. The fence itself implies a need for boundaries, though not to keep everyone and everything out (the hawk and deer could easily cross it), but to remind me to be discerning about with whom I share my projects and goals.

The draw from the Medicine Cards this morning produced "Salmon:"
Salmon are typically born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean then return to fresh water to reproduce. Studies have shown that olfactory memory enables them to return to the exact spot of their birth to spawn. In their book the authors write, "Coming full circle, Salmon medicine people finish what they begin, bringing life's events and cycles to closure." So adding to the "just do it" slogan of the Wands suit above, this fish would add "and finish it too."


  1. I think everybody functions better within certain boundaries. They give you structure and security as long as you can move freely within those boundaries and as long as you are able to adjust them when they are no longer applicable.
    Even a "free" salmon is confined by its instinct

    1. Yes, I think total lack of structure and boundaries is a sure way to make sure chaos is inevitable. :)

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    1. I originally got this deck because I grew up with "Gunsmoke," "The Rifleman," "Daniel Boone" and the like, but this deck has a lot more to it than a first glance would suggest. :)

    2. Yes, even though I'm not American, I love this deck, too! And what a great reading of the Four of Wands, setting down a structure for yourself, as much as for anyone else :)