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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Return Voyage

From the Prisma Visions Tarot, the Sun; from the Secret Language of Color Cards, "Mauve:"
          This woman is so energized by the rising sun, she floats upward leaving behind her worries and concerns. It's not that these problems have been vaporized. She's taken the advice of the PV booklet to remember that "life is wonderful and precious." She's allowing the mindfulness of the moment to revitalize her and clear her head. The Mauve card advises "clear hearing" - listening without an agenda or judgment. When my ears are open and receptive, my mouth and mind are quiet. Both of these cards reminded me of some of Thich Nhat Hanh's gathas (short verses) designed to help focus the mind and "return to ourselves" as we go about some of our normal activities. Here are some of my favorites:
Water and sun
green these plants.
When the rain of compassion falls,
even the desert becomes a vast fertile plain.

The mind can go in a thousand directions, 
But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. 
With each step, a cool wind blows. 
With each step, a flower blooms.

Breathing in, I calm my body. 
Breathing out, I smile. 
Dwelling in the present moment, 
I know this is a wonderful moment!


  1. Although I don't particularly care for this version of the Sun (too dark) I did enjoy reading these short verses. Thank you for sharing them :)

    1. Yes, it is rather dark (I didn't notice the floating figure until I scanned the card). I guess he's going for the "lightness of being" instead of the brightness of light. :)
      Glad you liked the gathas!

  2. My yoga instructor always says the last verse after practice. That is a weird sun card!

    1. Cool. :) It is a really strange Sun; one of several weird cards in this deck.

  3. Yes, I think that Sun is one of my least favorite cards in the deck! I especially loved that first verse from Thich Nhat Hanh - compassion is a beautiful thing. This week, I've been singing 'What a Wonderful World ' most days. I'd never really paid full attention to the lyrics before, and they are beautiful :)

    1. That first verse is lovely, isn't it? I think my daughter (when she was small) had a children's book with the verses of "What a Wonderful World" as text. :)

  4. An important message for me to remember! Yes a weird Sun card. ;)