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

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Page of ADHD

From the Ship of Fools Tarot, the Page of Staves/Wands; from the Wisdom of the Four Winds, the "Kea:"
The Page of Wands is definitely not a dull boy, but here in the States I bet he would be diagnosed with ADHD. He finds it hard to be still and quiet (he loves that horn), which is necessary if you are going hunting. His attention is all over the place - never focused - so he's oblivious that there are hares darting about right under his nose. No doubt he'll soon lose interest and be off on another adventure. Yet in spite of his inattention, nonstop motion and impulsiveness, this young man has good characteristics too: he's fearless, curious and full of fun.
The Kea, or Mountain Parrot, and the Page of Wands are two peas in a pod. This bird will follow hikers and campers, wait until they put down their packs or camping gear, and have a ball going through all their stuff. Of course the contents may not be usable when he gets through with his playful perusal, but that is unintentional. Brailsford describes the Kea as "the clowning one" and assigns him the key phrase "Innocence at Play." I am reminded of a time when I was in college and went with a couple of friends to a large grocery store late one night. We found a display of children's sunglasses, so we each grabbed as many as we could carry. We went to the produce section and put the glasses on Idaho potatoes, oranges, bunches of broccoli and whatever else we could find. After finishing our fruit and vegetable enhancements, we left, so consumed with the giggles we could barely walk a straight line. Such innocent play helps me bring forth the good characteristics of the Page and depressurize my stress too.


  1. To play is the best cure for stress. I love how again these two card fit together. You do seem so have that a lot in your daily draws :)
    With this page your're never bored, seeing possibilities to experiment in everything around you
    I wonder how many geniuses we have stifled with Ritalin already

    1. I used to substitute teach for a 2nd grade teacher who was given the children not on medication. She was one of those out-of-the-box thinkers who could come up with solutions for working with these kids, which I admired. They were demanding to teach, yet she gave them both boundaries and some freedom at the same time.

  2. Ah, the spirit of play, what a wonderful thing. So much creativity, even if it is applied in the funniest of ways. And laughter, a beautiful medicine for the soul. Hope you had a day with moments of that playfulness, Bev. Even the memory makes me smile :)

    1. If I am restless and irritable, it's almost always because I haven't taken time for any fun. As you said, laughter is medicine!