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

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Compacted Clay

From the Dark Goddess Tarot, the Witch of Fire (Queen of Wands):
Craft anew with the bones of the old.
Often portrayed as a white sow (a symbol of fecundity and fertility), Cerridwen was associated with rebirth, transformation, and inspiration. She possessed the cauldron of Poetic Inspiration (Awen) in which she brewed a potion to make her not-so-handsome son wise. Unfortunately, the servant boy who was stirring the pot got burned by the boiling brew, and without thinking, stuck his finger into his mouth. The magic entered him, angering the goddess who chased and ate him. She later "rebirthed" him as the famous Welsh poet Taliesin. Cerridwen reminds me that inspiration may take shape in unexpected places and through unexpected people. Though it doesn't look like the original plan I had in mind, it's still useful and beneficial.

From the Tattwa Cards comes "Earth: Seed of Air:"
Having lost most of our topsoil in two floods, it is extremely difficult to grow anything in the compacted clay that was left behind. It is like trying to dig in concrete, so I usually resort to raised beds or pots if I want to plant herbs or flowers. I can see myself in this compacted earth - practical and hard-working but stubborn and resistant to change. I need to occasionally be "aerated," allowing new ideas to reshape my goals when I become stuck. Progress demands that I keep my soil loose enough to plant in so that my aspirations can take root.


  1. I like the part about aerating the soil. it is a beautiful comparison with real life. Being a Taurus I am also "stubborn and resistant to change". :D

    1. In Chinese Astrology, I was born under the Ox - no wonder we get along so well, hee hee!