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 1, 2014

Waving Lit Matches and Lighters

From the Deirdre of Sorrows Tarot, the Eight of Cups:
The meeting yesterday about the "Christian" ministry filing bankruptcy was packed with elderly folks and their families trying to make sense of the financial loss and fearing the loss of their homes. Though the corporation's lawyer tried to maintain calm, tears were shed and angry words were fired from almost everyone. I read a Hausa (West African) proverb from the book One Heart that stated, "Those with dry grass on their body cannot help put out fire." Believe me when I say that everyone at the meeting was covered in grass while waving lit matches and lighters. With the Eight of Cups above, I realize that the way forward will not include sitting in all that rage, no matter how justified. Other steps may need to be taken, but they need to be taken with a clear head.

From the Victorian Flower Oracles comes the "Water Arum:"
We have arums that grow in the ponds, lakes and ditches here, usually half in and half out of the water. By summer these plants form a thick blanket that marsh birds enjoy hunting and hiding in. The newspaper had a great write-up about the events of yesterday, and I can't imagine how anyone in our community could read about the plight of those aging folks and not be sympathetic. I have a feeling that they will be outraged and will pull together in support to encourage those affected.


  1. That sounds really scary for those involved: confusing and worrying. And yet you're so right, sitting in so much emotion is probably not healthy, either. Will hold all those affected in my thoughts.

    1. Thanks NP, your thoughts are much appreciated. :)

  2. I wonder what a community can do when there is some much money involved. they can mentally support their elders but no fancy fair will or can solve this. I think it is admirable to leave your anger behind but don't forget to be angry first cause you are entitled to and it serves no one if you bottle it up

    1. Yes, I think anger (when an injustice is involved) can get people to act. But the rage that was in that room yesterday was just feeding on itself, going nowhere. My hope is that heads will clear and start thinking logically.