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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Value of Electric Fences

From the Tabula Mundi, the Nine of Swords; from the Alchemist's Oracle, the "Solar Plexus Chakra:"
          Isn't this a horrifying image? It is well named as Cruelty, but it has more to do with what I do to myself than what someone does to me. Meleen describes it as the "penultimate negative state of mind" and the "conclusion that all is fruitless." The half eagle/half lion on the central sword reminds me of people or groups who circulate information that contains just enough truth to cause fear. They plant seeds of poison that they rationalize is knowledge people should be aware of and act on. If I swallow their superstition and paranoia, I'll fall down that dark hole of futility. The hard task is to pull those swords from the stones - investigate and look for evidence rather than rely on secondhand news.
          Aletta likens the Solar Plexus Chakra to a radiant sun; when balanced, it radiates "energy, confidence and healthy boundaries." Did you catch that third aspect? I have a choice about what I let into my head, whether it comes from friends and family, the television or the internet. There are plenty of pot stirrers out there who love to create drama. They'll happily kick the hornets' nest and leave me standing there to deal with things while they run off to cause chaos elsewhere. My thoughts are my responsibility. If I don't want to entertain crazy, I shouldn't open the door and welcome it into my head.


  1. The Solar Plexus is the centre of ones health and vitality; if left exposed and without barriers, it can quickly get depleted by the onslaught of stress by the external word (and the pot-stirrers!) A lesson I am unfortunately learning the hard way. :/

    1. From reading your blog, it sounds like you've had your hands full of those pot stirrers and hornets nest kickers!

    2. I did... But I've remedied the issue. Time to rest and heal, now. ;)

    3. Glad to hear you've "fenced" them off. :)