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

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Scratch Your Own Dirt

From the Tarot Lukumi, the Eight of Coins:
Aje Shaluga is the Orisha associated with health, abundance and prosperity. Sources I read differed in their opinion of this god's gender: it could be male, female or a combination of both. I rather like this idea; the female is a symbol of abundance, but the male represents the action needed to uncover it. In the image above, both the poor man and the wealthy man must turn the jump rope if they hope to advance (or maintain what they have). Cowries and coins are this Orisha's emblems, but Aje Shaluga is also connected to the humble chicken - an animal that scratches the dirt in search of food. The Eight of Coins reminds me that if I want good health, financial security and material pleasures in my life, I'm going to have to do some work to receive them.

From the Diloggun Cards comes "Oshe (15 mouths):"
Ifa: Unless we resort to caution and discretion, we will miss the blessings of prosperity.
Proverb: Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
There are peddlers of "special" herbs, books, crystals, prayer beads, statues etc. who promise a short-cut to those material blessings we humans seek. But Oshe warns that we would do well to check our facts before we take that leap. The only people who will be reaping rewards from such paraphernalia are the sellers themselves as they pocket our money.

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