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, December 4, 2015

Luminous Contentment

From the Buckland Romani Tarot, the Nine of Koros (Cups); from the Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards, "Cha Wakan:"
          This version of the Nine of Cups is much more preferable to me than the round, smug-looking man on the RWS. Seeing this young man load his own wagon made me think of the quote by Abraham Lincoln: “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Depending on external things - people, places and circumstances - to make me content is like trying to stay in the air by jumping on a pogo stick. That rush I feel at the top won't last long and will be following by a jarring hit when I come back down.
          The Cha Wakan represents the Lakota Tree of Life, an archetype of spiritual knowledge. The creators of this deck have assigned the keyword "acceptance" to this card and offer the wisdom that "although each leaf has its own individual form and life, all grow from the same source, the same roots." If that is true, then it follows all my experiences, pleasant or unpleasant, are really a part of a whole. Instead of sticking a "good" or "bad" label on everything, I can find that contentment the Nine of Cups implies; I can tap into what is often called the luminous mind or buddha nature, where there is boundless space for all of these experiences. The following I found posted as a comment on a blog; the author I could only identify as adam.p88:
Buddha nature is that which is aware of these words,
That which watches as impermanent forms arise, endure and subside,
That which is perfectly clear, on which not a speck of dust can alight,
That which is is radiantly awake, which perceives even when there is nothing to perceive,
Buddha nature is effortlessly aware, boundlessly accommodating to every form that appears within it,
It is without preferences, without attachment,
It has no aversion, no ignorance, for all is known only in, by and through it.
It is in all things and all things are in it.
Knowing it is knowing the essence of all things,
Being it is being the Buddha here and now.
It is your very own Original Face, the void that is awake of the scene of this present moment.
From it all things appear,
To it, all things return.
It is your own nature.


  1. I was a pogo stick fanatic as a young girl determined to beat the Guinness book of world records for consecutive jumps...and I had the blisters to prove it :) This is a great post, Bev, full of practical insight and the quote at the end is lovely.

    1. I loved pogo sticks too (but had to borrow my cousin's - we were poor as church mice!). I wish I knew the guy who wrote the quote so I could properly cite him - his definition is brilliant. :)

  2. This post fits in well with yesterdays one.
    Beautiful quote at the end!