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 12, 2014

Small Piles, Big Piles

The new tarot I'll be using this week is the Ellis Deck, created and self-published by Taylor Ellis. Today's card is the Five of Pentacles:
Look closely at the bottom of this image and you'll see a bunch of grasshopper-like bugs. Ellis tells the story of a kingdom that seems to have a never-ending basket of food, until one day massive hordes of locusts consumed all the fields. The people went hungry that winter but did not despair or become angry. They knew Spring would come again, but more importantly, they learned a great lesson about living simply and taking care of the resources they had. My mom, a world traveler, was telling me yesterday how awful the present exchange rate is for the U.S. dollar; you almost have to go to a Third World country not to lose money. Americans are a lot like the folks in this story; I just hope we will wake up and become wiser stewards of what we have left.

I'll be using the Oracle of Shadows and Light this week, created by Lucy Cavendish and illustrated by Jasmine Beckett-Griffith. It is published by Blue Angel. This morning's draw is "Angel de los Muertos:"
Okay, what's the one card you don't want to draw after getting the Five of Pentacles? Uh-huh, the Angel of the Dead. <grin> I have a collection of gemstone skulls in my meditation room, not for morbid reasons but as a reminder. I find it interesting that the word "fast" can be an adjective that means "quick" or a noun that means "a period of abstinence." Most humans are consumed with the first meaning, as we try to gobble up as much of life in as little time as possible. Unfortunately, we rarely appreciate much of it, because we quickly move on to the next new, exciting thing. But what would happen if we chose the second meaning and paused long enough to acknowledge with gratitude what is in front of us? Would we find a wealth that encourages compassion and generosity instead of a bigger pile of stuff?


  1. Sometimes small gifts make us more happy than al the riches in the world because they are imbued with loving attention and the happiness they give us last sometimes a lifetime :)
    I presume the class went well???

    1. Yes it did, though it was a small group (6) - which was probably better for me (made me less nervous because it felt more intimate). I will probably do about five or six more, but I don't think the anxiety about it will be as great next time. Thank you for asking. :)

  2. It's fascinating what different places the same cards can take us. I saw a time of hardship bringing growth. And I suppose actually that's not so different - recognising with gratitude our joys in life, and also our responsibilities, is certainly growthful :)

    1. Hardship bringing growth - that is certainly true! It is usually when we lose something that we appreciate it, and it is often pain that motivates us to action. :)