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

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Space for Growth

From the Dark Goddess Tarot, the Fool:
Dare to come back to where you began.
These curious figures have been most often carved on medieval doorways and arches and primarily on churches and monastic buildings. Though the folklore behind the images was not recorded, there have been plenty of theories as to what the Sheelas represented: a protective spirit, a warning against lust, a blessing symbol for fertility or the remains of an ancient pagan goddess. I'm not sure I put much salt into any one theory, but I do believe the vulva represents a type of primordial gate to the unknown. Sheela Na Gig/The Fool encourages me to let go of my expectations and preconceived notions and cross the boundary into the mystery with a receptive mind open to the experience of each moment. The tiny flower buds that surround the figure hold the promise of something wonderful to come.

From the Tattwa Cards comes "Ether: Seed of Earth:"
For any creation, there needs to be space - emptiness - a place where growth can happen. The artist starts with a blank canvas and the writer with a blank page. It seems counter-intuitive that something can develop from nothing. But it is that limitless, boundless freedom that gives rise to an original, physical emergence. Fits perfectly with the Fool's message above.


  1. I love this depiction of the fool. This gate; not knowing where you came from not knowing where you will go next. This is life as it should be. less control, less structure and rules and so many more wonderful things can happen. Perhaps even your holy grail will come in sight :)

    1. "not knowing where you came from not knowing where you will go next" - yes, this is it exactly! Yet knowing that wonders and good things will come from that passage. I'm hoping to stumble across that grail. :)