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

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Head and Heart

This week I'll be using the Daniloff Tarot, created and self-published by Alexander Daniloff. The oracle I'll be using is a set of Kwan Yin Sticks - numbered sticks that correspond to 100 verses of poetry that is attributed to the Bodhisattva. Today's card is the Chariot, and the stick chosen is #69:
This chariot is drawn by two mythological creatures, but it is the charioteer that is most interesting. He seems to be missing both arms (though his left hand holds a staff). What is most prominent is his head and torso - the seats of the mind and heart. The movement and success associated with this card is not likely to come from actual "doing," but from a disciplined mindset and emotional strength and equilibrium. The verse for stick 69 reads:
 A plum tree grows alone on the top of a hill.
Its leaves fall and its branches are heavy with frost.
When spring returns to warm the earth
it will regain its beauty and its kingdom.
The poem indicates a time of loneliness and heaviness of heart. But this does not mean I should give up; instead it means I should have the patience and perseverance to hang on. I need to dig my roots in deep, because things will eventually change for the better. As the charioteer implies, this will be a test of my strength of will and heart.


  1. Sounds like a challenging time. Hope your spring doesn't take months to come...

    1. Me too, but if it does, I don't have much choice other than to dig in. My motto now is "TC": things change. :)

    2. It's a good motto :D Hugs to you in these difficult times!

  2. I guess you are referring to "stop whining and get moving" from two days ago?
    I wonder where his mind has gone. Because he has only a face so doesn't that imply it is mainly the heart that steers these creatures and were patience comes from?
    Just a thought....

    1. No this is something new, unfortunately. Sigh... Just when I think the waves have settled down, here comes a tsunami-sized one. :)
      You are right; I don't think this is an intellect thing as much as it involves the heart and strength of will (to not give up).

    2. I am sorry to hear you're going through such a rough period. I hope things will settle down soon enough
      A gentle hug for you my friend and I will keep you close to my heart

    3. Thank you Ellen. I guess everyone is going through something, so I try not to take it too personally (that kind of thinking will screw up my head for sure).