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, June 13, 2015

To Guard or to Share

From the Tarot of Timeless Truth, the Sun; from the Rune Cards, "Thurisaz/Thorn:"
           The sun with the raven is a nod to the Haida myth of "Raven Steals the Sun." Ever the trickster, the bird discovers a man keeping the sun for himself and steals it so all beings may enjoy its light. This myth and the vitality, warmth and joy of the Sun remind me of a poem by Hafiz of Persia:
Even after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
'You owe me.'
Look what happens with
A love like that.
It lights the whole sky.
But right behind all that sunshiny happiness comes the rune Thurisaz or Thorn; the Anglo-Saxon poem reads:
The thorn is exceedingly sharp,
an evil thing for any knight to touch,
uncommonly severe on all who sit among them.
I've spent the last two days weeding and cutting brush, and the thorny brambles have been a challenge. But while I don't want them growing unbounded in my yard, I do realize they offer protection in other areas for wildlife. Thurisaz is a two-sided coin that can be used in a good way as a safeguard or in a selfish way to jealously guard what I want for myself. So the questions for today are: What do I need to keep safe, and what do I need to share?


  1. As always it is a question of balance: When does self-care become selfish.I like to share a lot with the people I care about but some things are mine and mine alone.

    1. Answering that requires me to dig underneath to my true motivation and the thoughts and feelings that surround it.

  2. As a corvid lover I am digging that Sun card. Fabulous! As always I love hearing about your garden adventures...in which Bev meets the infamous Bamboo bugaboo...in which Bev encounters the Thorn trolls...from your descriptions that's how I experience your interface with your garden, as a kind of mythic encounter between woman and green creature(s) with no small amount of drama ;)

    1. Heehee, thankfully not all my garden encounters end in scratches, bumps and bruises! :)
      This card and a few others are one reason why I hang on to this deck - I love the inclusion of the raven too!

  3. If let go I'm not sure which would take over the earth here first. Blackberry or Scotchbroom...yard day for me today, you can put your feet up and relax~
    On the other hand berries provide food for animal and man, and man needs beauty, so it wouldn't be all bad

    1. Our near-tropical climate has created a huge problem with non-native weeds and vines, like Chinese wisteria, Japanese honeysuckle and kudzu. I will definitely take a day off today! :)