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, May 13, 2014

Girl on Fire

From the Gill Tarot, the Seven of Wands:
I had an Alicia Keys moment when I saw this burning woman. She's got so much creative drive and passion for what she's doing, all those arrows (detractors) heading toward her will likely incinerate before they ever touch her. I like Gill's inclusion of the keyword "valour" for this card; it reminds me that as long as I have my feet on the ground, I'll have no problem standing my ground. I've been studying Lojong lately, and my creative effort has been to take a nature-oriented photo of each one of the slogans. Trying to find a suitable subject has made me delve deeper into the meanings, giving me a greater understanding of them. Of course I've had people ask me what I'm going to do with those 59 pictures when I'm done. Heck if I know, but I'm sure getting a tremendous satisfaction from doing them.

From the oracle deck The Circle comes "Gifts:"
When I'm in a blue funk, I can look at this card and focus on the gray sky rather than the rainbow. It makes me think of the phrase "every canoe has a leak." In other words, instead of concentrating on the gifts in my life, I only see what I don't have (and what I mistakenly think will bring me happiness). Again I get the feeling that I should appreciate the creative process instead of worrying about the end result. And the easy-to-use digital camera employed for this project was a gift from a dear friend (since I don't own a smart phone) - yet another reason to be grateful and happy.


  1. I can see how the "need" to make a perfect 59 picture photo album can stifle your creativity at forehand. I've followed the link and It seems to me like a wonderful and heart opening project. Internalizing these 59 Lojong slogans is a probable a lifelong practice :D

    1. Yes, if I can just remember I'm doing this for ME, because it is enjoyable and helps me understand the slogans better. Sometimes those who want to help turn things into a serious project instead of a heart-centered one. :)

  2. Well, you could always turn the photos into an oracle :D