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

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Cost of Blazing Trails

From the Shadowscapes Tarot, the King of Wands; from the Cedar Runes, "Tiwaz:"
          There's nothing wrong with this king's solar plexus chakra; he is the epitome of personal strength, willpower and confidence. He has a healthy curiosity and loves adventure like his children, and only the queen can match him in passion. Above all, this guy is a leader and a way-shower. He advocates the philosophy of Emerson: “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” The King of Wands may seek, but he won't give up until he finds his objective. His goal is to make the lives of his people better and more fulfilling, and he'll be an inspirational example they can follow.
Tiw (Tyr) is a guiding star; well does it keep faith with princes;
it is ever on its course over the mists of night and never fails.
~ Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem
          Tiwaz is named for the old Norse god Tyr, known for sacrificing his hand to a giant wolf (Fenrir) in order to bind his power. As a result he is known as the god of justice, war, sacrifice and contracts. The poem speaks of "keeping faith with princes," which means being loyal and supportive of them. But what about the everyday people, those who aren't royalty? The fact that Tyr is also considered a god of war makes me question whether the end justifies the means - especially if it is at the expense of those everyday people. I'm not sure the King of Wands should be leading by that example.


  1. does he have on those controversial lulumon yoga pants?

    1. Dang, I think he does. But he sure looks fine in them! :D

  2. For me Tir represent the male principle of the Futhark so combined with the King of Wands it is an excess of testosterone :)
    I could use a bit of his energy to get things done which has been on my todo list for ages.

    1. I suppose that would feed into the question of whether the end justifies the means. :)