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

Monday, October 27, 2014


From the Shining Tribe Tarot, the Five of Trees (Wands); from the Animal Tiles, the "Elephant:"
Rock-a-bye baby, on the treetop,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock,
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all. 
Pollack uses a lullaby to illustrate the Five of Wands. Though there have been many theories about this song (all unproven), I personally think it describes the physical birth of the baby. First the infant is "rocked" as it is carried inside the mother, then the bough (water) breaks and the baby is born. Just as the mother endures labor to produce the child, so too can the struggles of these Wands turn into something constructive or rewarding.
Elephants are a contradiction of sorts. With their great size and power, they can easily crush whatever they encounter. Yet to watch them tending to one of their young or a sick group member is to recognize their gentleness and patience. Their lesson is that strength can come in many guises. 


  1. A baby has an inborn cuteness factor and a loving mother heart cannot but respond to that.What I appreciate about elephants is that they also look after the children of other elephants from their group and they feel such an extensive responsibility toward eachother. As humans we could learn a lot from them

  2. Hmm, that's an interesting, and very positive take on the lullaby, which I always read rather more negatively. The winds of change come to us all, and are not always gentle or kind. Yet, as you say, the support of others can help us through such times :)

    1. Were it not for the support of others, I think I would have come unglued long ago. :)