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

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Finding Our Own Truth

From the Ellis Deck, the Hierophant:
I rather like this depiction of the Hierophant, who looks more like an Eastern guru than a Pope. However, his stern expression and that stack of books he sits on tells me he likes doing things according to tradition. In his online notes, Ellis explains the need this card represents: "the rules may seem dull, but if he does not have a container for his fire, it will consume him." On some level I get this; I spent many years after leaving the church on a spiritual quest trying to find a label for myself. I got consumed by all the exciting, new practices I found, but instead of sticking to one, I channel-surfed. While I learned quite a lot, I'm not sure there was much spiritual growth during that time. At some point, I finally realized I needed a daily spiritual practice (not a religion) that would help me grow. Though I am still studying, I have a foundation now that keeps me focused on my goal rather than on entertaining my ego.

From the Shadows and Light Oracle comes "Violet Duchess:"
I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.
~ Rita Mae Brown
When I first saw this card, I misread the title; I thought it said "Violent Duchess." She does look like she's about to implode or explode. This Duchess reminds me of two things. First, I need to leave the lid off the "container" to allow for fresh air. What suits my needs and beliefs now might be a poor fit in ten years. Secondly, what seems perfect for me might be ill-suited for someone else. I have no right to force my experience on someone else. We each are responsible for finding our own Truth.


  1. Great reading. I would im/explode for certain is was to wear such a dress, just looking at is makes me gasp for air :)
    I have been on a similar spiritual quest, back and forth and running in circles until I found the truth of the simple being where you are.

    1. "Simplicity" - that's exactly it. I don't know how we got brainwashed into thinking spirituality had to be complicated. And I'm with you on that dress!