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, February 21, 2015

Trippy Diversions

From the Art of Life Tarot, the Page of Pentacles; from the Tao Oracle, "Inner Truth:"
            I think someone put the wrong kind of mushrooms in this monk's stew, and now he is taking a trip without leaving his chair. But being the Page of Pentacles, he is a practical sort. Sure he wants to know the how's and why's of things, though he prefers "hands-on" experiences to complement his studies. But what would he make of this hallucinogenic episode, or any other out-of-body adventure like journeying? It would feel real without actually being in the physical world. I think it would depend on the information he got from it. It would be important if it were useful and could be applied for beneficial purposes. Otherwise, it would be just a trippy diversion.
          What my mind perceives and how it interprets those perceptions is not necessarily "truth." My ego has a tendency to want to look important and be seen as special, so things can get a bit twisted. Padma writes, "Truth is not found by adopting certain beliefs or by social conditioning. It is the silent voice of the heart that responds to what is with detached clarity, untainted by emotionalism." Inner truth will probably be the exact opposite of what my ego would choose; it would require a humble transformation rather than a swaggering strut.


  1. What a gorgeous card from the Tao Oracle this is!. For me it seems like she is in both worlds at the same time; Totally in open to her inner truth and intuition and at the same time fully connected to the murky physical plane by the stem of her Lotus leaf.
    The painting form the tarot deck is actually on display only 30 min from my house :D

    1. Very cool about the painting! :) You remind me (with the mention of the leaf and stem) that spirituality isn't something to be lived only in one's heart of head but also in the physical world.

  2. I have to say I agree with Ellen's sentiment about the Tao Oracle.

    An insightful post Bev. I love the quote by Padma.

    1. While I like her work in the Osho Zen Tarot, I love her words and artwork on the Tao Oracle. Thank you Cat!