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

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pause and Remember

This week I'll be using the Deirdre of the Sorrows Tarot, a self-published set created by Deirdre O'Donoghue and illustrated by Wayne McGuire. Along with it, I'll be drawing from the Victorian Flower Oracle, created by Alex Ukolov, Karen Mahony and Sheila Hamilton; it was published by Magic Realist Press. Today's draws are the Knight of Coins and "Nasturium:"
          Not only does grass grow under this Knight's feet, so do flowers. This gentleman farmer likes to work slowly and methodically; he's liable to take frequent pauses and check his work before moving on to the next task. But look at what's on his riding boots - spurs! Slow and steady might be his usual way of getting things done, but he's prepared to kick up some divots if necessary. As I prepare for the holidays, I feel like him as I check items off my to-do list. The second card, the Nasturium represents sad memories and regrets. The holidays naturally make me think of friends and family members I've lost and still miss. Perhaps the Knight is pausing to honor the memories of loved ones. Although he experiences sorrow, he also feels grateful for having had them in his life.

For Marion 

Spring in the South 
Transforms the wisteria's bare stems. 
Cascades of purple flowers 
Tumble down the towering pine. 
Such graceful charm and beauty 
Disguise an inner strength and tenacity 
That allow it to reach the uppermost branches. 
Marion was skilled 
In the fine art of Southern graces. 
Yet underneath her refined manners 
Lay a will and spirit of steel. 
She was our matriarchal vine 
Gathering her family together 
With a fierce love for us all.