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, July 20, 2015

An Eeyore Kind of Day

From the Thoth Tarot, the Seven of Disks; from the Vertical Oracle, "Gnosis:"
          Ah geez... it looks like I drew the Eeyore card today - failure wrapped up with a gloomy bow. The disks are arranged in the shape of the geomantic figure rubeus (red). Connected to Mars, it is passion on steroids. From the looks of this card, it appears whatever the physical project or goal was, it got burnt to a crisp. I can relate to being full of fire about getting something done, yet being so pumped up, I throw caution and focus to the wind. Who hasn't started a new exercise program, and then pushed so hard they could hardly get out of bed the next morning? But all isn't lost - I still see a few glimmering coals underneath the disks. Now is the time to stay positive, pay attention and learn from mistakes. Even Eeyore can try to be a little less glum:
"It's snowing still," said Eeyore gloomily. 
"So it is." 
"And freezing." 
"Is it?" 
"Yes," said Eeyore. "However," he said, brightening up a little, "we haven't had an earthquake lately."
          Gnosis is a sort of mystical insight or enlightenment; Alli calls it "a direct revelation of truth." More than religious or philosophical knowledge, it is a personal experience that opens the mind and heart wide open. This kind of spiritual knowing is inclusive rather than exclusive, embracing all rather than the few. While I prefer such life altering moments to be those created by by great beauty or joy, many of such insights have occurred when I was in the depths of pain. Yet even when my soul feels hollow, when I feel alone and afraid, I can find such wisdom available.


  1. This last sentence is great comfort for all of us. In our darkest hours, the smallest light can seem more bright than the sun on midsummer's day. Maybe Eeyeore moments are like precious gifts wrapped in brown paper ??

    1. Heehee, I like the thought of an Eeyore gift. :) But you are right; things I've taken for granted can shine like stars on the darkest of nights when I am in the midst of great pain.

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    1. I bet the experience with your mom has left you more tenderhearted when it comes to other people going through the same kind of thing.

    2. I love your reading of the Thoth Seven of Disks as burned out passion with just a few embers glowing still. Even an ember can light a new fire if fanned by the winds of change 😃

    3. Thank you. :) I guess I'm a glass half full kind of gal, so even when things are bad, there's still something good among the ashes.

  3. Gosh, I find this pairing particularly dense. I'd be inclined to spend the day on the cushion seeing these lol.

    1. Heehee, the Thoth and Vertical can have that kind of effect. I've had them both for a while so I guess I learned their secret language. :D