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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Not This or That

This week I'll be using the Dark Goddess Tarot, created by Ellen Lorenzi-Prince and published by Arnell's Art. Today's draw is Alchemy (Temperance):
Fire purifies. Water restores.
According to the Encyclopedia Mythica, the Celtic goddess Brigid has three aspects: (1) Fire of Inspiration as patroness of poetry, (2) Fire of the Hearth, as patroness of healing and fertility, and (3) Fire of the Forge, as patroness of smithcraft and martial arts. She crosses the boundaries of faith and beliefs. Said to have been the foster mother of Jesus, she was declared a saint by Christians. Yet she is beloved by Druids and other pagans for her creative inspiration. Brigid is hard to label as this or that; she mixes nurturing, motherly characteristics with those of a warrior goddess. She reminds me that it is possible to blend fire and water, at least on an internal level.

The oracle I'll be using this week is the Tattwa Cards, based on the teachings of John Mumford. This morning's choice was "Water: Seed of Air:"
During the summer, as the temperature rises drastically, many lakes and ponds here must be aerated to prevent the fish from dying. As water temperatures increase, water loses its capacity to "hold" oxygen. Pumps spray the water through nozzles, allowing it to pick up and redeposit oxygen back into the lake or pond. As a person who loves to learn (air), sometimes I forget to practice what it is I am learning about. Reading every book ever written about love (water) will not make me a compassionate person; I must be a person who carries out acts of kindness.


  1. I am much more an air person than anything else. Sometimes when I've written a ritual or a prayer It feels like I am finished already and I hardly feel the need to experience it. Again balance is highlighted in this reading
    I like the Goddess Brigid a lot because she is literally a "wordsmith"

    1. That is so funny, because after reading or writing something I can think the same thing. Brigid - the creative inspiration of poets - is a wordsmith. What an excellent observation and connection! :)

  2. informative as always, love how you share things in a different light that I can't see

    1. Thank you my friend; I feel the same way about your blog and the different perspectives I find there. :)

  3. Inspiration to perform random acts of kindness, perhaps? :D