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

Friday, August 22, 2014

Trading Snow for Snakes

From the Mary-El Tarot, the Five of Disks; from the OH Cards, "Aura/Depend:"
My first reaction to the Mary-El card was favorable, seeing no starving, crippled folks wandering in the snow. But then I realized the man's braids were snakes... <shudder>. I spent many years living on a large farm, which was a little slice of heaven for a kid. But the large number of snakes there all seemed to be around 5 to 6 feet long and come with rattles. I developed a healthy fear of them as a child which became more intense and less realistic as an adult. And this smiling guy is covered in them. But over his heart is a peaceful, pastoral scene; he is happy because he knows there is a spiritual solution to his situation. Not that some superman-like deity or fairy godmother is going to magically change his circumstances. Instead, when he taps into that inner resource, he'll find peace, strength, wisdom and guidance. Which I hope like hell will tell him to go to the nearest barber and get a shave and buzz cut.
The OH image card gives me the impression of an aura of sorts. I've never seen auras around other people or myself, but I sure have felt something akin to them. Some people naturally make me feel like I've had a soft, cotton quilt placed around me; other people make me feel like I've put my finger in a light socket. The "depend" word card suggests I should pay attention to these feelings and put my trust in them. Perhaps these sensations are a part of that inner self that resides in the heart.


  1. I wonder about the aura of our snake guy. Perhaps looks deceive. I love this depiction It speaks so clearly to me. This beautiful place inside which is held by one of the same snakes we dread; the Ouroboros, who tells us everything will be okay in the end.
    I've never seen aura's either but I am familiar with the feelings you describe and I've learned to trust them

    1. I didn't even think about his aura! :) The ouroboros has never bothered me, I suppose because it is a metaphorical symbol. But when I think of all those snakes, I want to go to my "happy place" immediately! :D