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 28, 2015

Just the Weather

From the Fey Tarot, the Sun; from the I Misteri della Sibilla, "Fortune:"
You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.
~ Pema Chödrön
          I love this version of the Sun; I can almost feel the sun's warmth on the fey's face and chest. The open sky and field remind me of just how spacious my mind and heart can be, if I let go of my labels and categories as well as my assumptions and opinions. There is a vast and limitless place I can experience that is calm and gentle - no matter what kind of "weather" is going on around me. Here I don't feel trapped by my own or other's expectations, and there's no need for emotional reactions. I can instead respond from a place of peace. And look who is watching over the fey - Lady Fortune. She seems to be appreciating his joy as much as he is. I'm sure she's not going to lounge around under that shady tree forever; eventually she'll move that wheel and his blue sky will darken as an impending storm rolls in. But all he has to do is find that field within, relax there and be patient until it passes. 
The absence of grasping and fixation is like flying in an airplane. When we rise above the clouds, we begin to realize that upstairs there is a blue sky all the time. We realize that the sun is always shining, even when it is cloudy and rainy down below. There is blue sky all the time, and that blue sky is free from clouds.
 Chögyam Trungpa


  1. I love that quote. This post reminds me of our "mantra" during our holidays abroad and when we drove in the mountains ( I have such a fear of heights) and my children would say: "mama think big wide open plains" and it calmed me down...

    1. I do too. :) I often hear phrases like "this too will pass," but thinking of trying times as stormy weather or remembering flying above the clouds gives me a visual I can hang on to!

  2. Oh, this Sun card makes me want to find a large field to lie down in and let my mind drift and soar. Equally the cool and quiet grove of trees that Fortune stands in is just as appealing. It's contemplative nature day here at the Sycamore Tree :)

    1. I've got sun or shade - pick your pleasure! :)