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

Friday, August 7, 2015

Burnt to a Crisp

From the Vision Quest Tarot, the Seven of Earth (Pentacles); from the Bird Cards, "Goose:"
          This poor plant doesn't look like it's wilted from the sun, it looks as if it's been poisoned. The Thoth deck refers to this card as "Failure," but the Vision Quest deck labels it as "Depletion." Hopes of success have been crushed; the costs were much greater than the what the results produced. But the real question is, who or what poisoned the plant? I could point the finger at others, but my guess is that I had unrealistic expectations, trusted the untrustworthy, didn't do enough research or simply did not pay close enough attention to what was happening.
          Toerien declares the Goose symbolizes wealth that materializes. Looking at that Seven of Earth card makes me think more along the lines of "your goose is cooked" (an expression that means troubling consequences). Yet the one thing I associate most with geese is their migratory habits. They fly south for the winter and then back north in the spring. Perhaps the problem is a timing issue. If so, I would do well to heed the words of the Venerable Fulton John Sheen:
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is "timing"
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.  


  1. 'Your goose is cooked' is brilliant for this pairing, Bev. Geese are also very aggressive. When we lived in HI there was a band of them that roamed the land harassing anyone who wanted to pass. We learned to carry a large stick and push back but still, one day I turned my back on then for a second and got 'goosed', nipped in the leg which left a nasty bruise. I wonder if their association with wealth has to do with them being eaten by kings and other heads of state in days past.

    1. We've got some grumpy geese at a local lake I like to walk around, and I've learned to steer clear of them for the same reason!
      The author brings up the story about the goose laying golden eggs in "Jack and the Beanstalk," but I'm with you about seeing them as wealth in more practical ways - eggs, downy feathers and feasts.

  2. I must say I like the RW version of the seven of P a whole lot better than this one. I agree with the timing issue. Timing is often from the utmost importance when you want to grow a flower from a seed or or whatever material project you can think of. I can remember trying to grow sunflower seeds indoor in march and they turned out too weak and too long to be able to plant in our garden.:)

    1. I like Sheen's advice about patience: wait until it is the right time, the right principle and the right way to go about it. :)