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

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Cost of Freedom

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the Tower; from the Rune Cards, "Ur/Uruz:"
          Of the message from Tower Vey writes, "that which I destroy is most often oppressive, for people become trapped in the reality they create and slowly die inside as they mechanically go through the motions of surviving." When life gives me plenty of whacks, one right after the other, I want to be like the butterfly cocooned in its chrysalis or the chick enclosed in its egg shell. And there's nothing wrong with needing that rest and reprieve, as long as I understand it's only temporary. But my fear can strangle the part of me that loves freedom. Even the butterfly and chick break out once they've gotten stronger, when they are able to survive on the outside. When I refuse to come out of hiding and continue to cling to my delusions, the Tower can be the result.
          The Anglo-Saxon rune poem for Uruz reads:
The aurochs is proud and has great horns;
it is a very savage beast and fights with its horns;
a great ranger of the moors, it is a creature of mettle. 
As a child I was taught to fight with my fists (and rewarded with praise for winning my battles). And though this wild ox can represent strength in this sense, Uruz for me symbolizes the power of a spiritual warrior. Chögyam Trungpa writes, "The essence of warriorship, or the essence of human bravery, is refusing to give up on anyone or anything." He explains: "Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw and beautiful heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world." We all have this fearless warrior inside, not one who attacks but one who allows. 

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  1. "But my fear can strangle the part of me that loves freedom" That is something I always have to be extra careful for. Uruz is the inner strength I can always rely on in. I like the idea of the Spiritual warrior, my inner sentinel, who is never angry when I am fearful but instead takes me by the hand opens the door...

    1. Yes, if I can tap into my spiritual warrior, it will allow space for all my feelings without running away from any of them. :)