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, March 13, 2015

Plenty with a Helping of Prudence

From the Japaridze Tarot, the Nine of Gardens (Pentacles); from the Holitzka I Ching, hexagram 55 "Plenty:"
          The booklet describes this woman as successful due to her hard work, persistence and self-discipline. Now she reaps the rewards of her efforts. I was impressed with all the flowers, beasties, and birds that make up her attire. I suppose we do begin to resemble what we sink our energy and time into. If I were to make a collage of myself for this moment in time, I'd have to include books, cards, computers, art supplies,walking shoes, an exercise dvd and photos of friends and family. I'm sure a year from now it would look very different. Yet somehow I think that's why this woman is accomplished; she's learned to adapt to life as it changes.
          The brushstrokes on the I Ching card suggest a coin, and the title 'Plenty' implies a time of abundance. Both inner clarity and movement have produced this result. However, just as the sun rises, it will also set. The perfect day will at some point become the perfect storm. I am reminded of Buddhist philosophy which encourages enjoyment but warns against putting a stamp of ownership on anything. Knowing how to live moderately and prudently will come in handy when the blooms fade and fall off the woman's dress above. Life never stops changing, but it's not personal. Eventually she'll don a dress of petals again if she's planned ahead.


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    1. Ain't that the truth. Instead of "Only the strong survive," it should be "Only the flexible flourish." :D

    2. I've always loved the anonymous quote from the 24 hours book " Wear the world as a loose garment". Sure works for me. Beautiful card, the Nine of Gardens.

    3. It's easier for me to live without attachment to things, but people... still working on that one. :)

    4. I empathize and understand that Bev. It's the natural order of the life to need one another. The co-dependency part is not a good thing, but hard to say goodbye to those we love so deeply. Life is so much about trying to adapt to loss of those we love. We loose a part of ourselves when this happens. Sucks.

      Many big hugs (((((Bev)))))