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, June 3, 2014

Starry Gardens

From the Tarot de St. Croix, the Ten of Wands:
Only in the darkness can you see the stars. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
A tired, young man moves from the scorching heat of the day into the cool, starry evening. And look at the wand in his hand - it's sprouting leaves! Normally I read this Ten as having too much on my plate or carrying a load that isn't meant to be mine. But this version feels like a struggle with purpose, an effort with a good intention behind it. Life can deal us plenty of cards we wouldn't have chosen for ourselves, and we don't always have an option to fold our hand. I have had moments like this, when I felt like I was going to implode under the pressure while dealing with stuff I couldn't ignore. And just when I thought I couldn't take one more moment, I would experience a deep peace. I would suddenly realize that no matter how things worked out, it would be okay. My ego got out of the driver's seat and allowed my Higher Self to take over. As Nelson Mandela said, "It always seems impossible until it's done."

From the Archetype Cards comes the "Artist:"
Poets and painters, dancers and musicians, writers and craftspeople have learned to channel those soul-searing times into their art. They use whatever medium they work with to symbolically express and work through their feelings and thoughts. But even more important, they may tap into an inner resource that gives them strength and inspiration. Then they may begin to believe the words of the Sufi poet Hafiz: "This house of sorrows will become a garden, do not grieve."


  1. What an positive spin this ten of wands has. Often I feel when the pressure of the day is gone things look less desperate.
    "My ego got out of the driver's seat and allowed my Higher Self to take over" I like to say: let go and let God(dess)
    The artist: I have made my most passionate paintings when I was depressed. Sometimes I miss that strong urge to have to paint. That urge would crush my inner blocks entirely :)

    1. I like the "hang in there" spin to this card too. It doesn't take away the actual perseverance necessary to get the job done, but it does encourage you to keep plugging along. :)
      I would guess most artists would say some of their finest work was done when they were struggling. It really is a way to deal positively with pain and suffering.

  2. I see him being willing to take on that burden because he is reaching for the stars - he knows it will be worth it, and is guided on his path. Which brings us back to the artist, in the flow of inspiration. If you've got to work hard, at least make it worth it! :)

    1. That makes a lot of sense. I'm more inclined to believe "good things come to those who work hard" than "those who wait." :)