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

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Put the World on Pause

From the Da Vinci Enigma Tarot, the Ten of Water (Cups):
What is returning home?
This sketch done by Da Vinci shows Mary and Jesus, Mary's mother Anne, and John the Baptist - a study of an extended family. The question for this card made me think not so much of the "what," but the whole idea of being gone and coming home again. Even if I'm only gone for several hours, home feels like a place where I can renew myself through peace, belonging and kindness. My daughter has officially finished her two year college degree, and although she plans to continue her studies, I feel the need to set apart some sacred time to celebrate in a small way. As a family, we've had a lot going on lately (some good, some not so good). But my daughter has been through quite a struggle to accomplish what she has, and I feel like we would all benefit by pausing to reconnect and remember how much we love and appreciate each other.

From the Insectorum Divinorum comes the "Cockroach:"
Okay, I admit it. This is the one kind of bug I refuse to catch and release outside if I find it in the house. We spray for them, stomp on them and flush them down toilets, yet still they survive. Cockroaches can go for a month without food, survive extreme temperatures and tolerate much higher doses of radiation than humans. No wonder this insect is associated with persistence in the face of disapproval. In combining this draw with the one above, I get the feeling that outside pressure is likely to be applied to disrupt my family plans. Hopefully, unless it is a true emergency, we can put the world on pause while we spend time together.


  1. Congrats with this wonderful achievement of your daughter. I hope you will find that pause in time to celebrate and enjoy each others company and above all express your appreciation for her and your pride of how she hard she has worked for this

    1. Thank you Ellen. I am proud of her; although it is not so obvious outwardly, she has had to deal with and overcome a lot of inner challenges, and I'm very proud of her for this more than anything!

    2. Those inner challenges are often much harder to overcome. And thus even more to be proud of :)