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, March 21, 2014

Smelling Socks, Eating Artichokes

From the Ferret Tarot, the Seven of Pentacles:
Do you remember those boxes of Whitman's Sampler of Assorted Chocolates? My grandparents used to get them from people who didn't know what else to give them for anniversaries or holidays. As a child, I would sneak a few bites, trying to figure out which ones had caramel (which I would eat) and putting the cremes and cordials back in the box (with a bite out of one side). That's what I imagine these ferrets are doing, except they've raided the dirty laundry for socks. Is it smelly? Is it soft and stretchy? If so, then into the hidden cache it goes. I am encouraged by this card to do some sorting of my own.

From the Nature's Wisdom deck was drawn "Artichoke:"
I have to be honest - I have never eaten an artichoke and have no idea how to prepare one. From what I've read online, you cut the thorny tips off the leaves then boil or steam the head. Each leafy "petal" is pulled through the teeth to remove the pulpy inside (what is edible). For all that work, I'm guessing that the taste must be worth it. The Artichoke card advocates not discarding something because it requires extra effort; the end product may be worth all that work and more.


  1. I haven't tried one either. The whole idea of dipping something in mayo and then eating it makes me urp to think about it.

    1. Hee hee... Weird to think anyone would decide something from the thistle family would be edible. Here's an artichoke in bloom:

  2. I have eaten one once´It was quite nice up until the moment we came to the heart and my friend said: It has a little animal inside! the heart is hairy and should be the best part but not for me :D

    1. Oh my gosh, if someone told me that (especially after I just boiled it), I would freak out!