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

Thursday, January 14, 2016


From the Tarot de Croix, the Seven of Swords; from the Archetype Cards, the "Alchemist:"
          Whenever I draw a Seven card, I think of coming to the end of a road that divides into multiple other roads. They all lead somewhere different, and I have to decide which avenue to travel. This Seven of Swords shows a person dressed in the same outfit as the Fool, which automatically makes me think of a foolish choice. He's arranging swords in the air much like someone would balance a bucket on the top of a door to fall on someone when they walk through it. Of course the trickster never thinks ahead to the stitches or concussion that might result. And that's the problem when it comes to these "solo" strategies. Even if it is something I think is good - an intervention for a drug rehab or a surprise birthday party - it's always beneficial to have at least one other person to look objectively at my plans to make sure I'm not rationalizing what I'm about to do. Otherwise the head those swords fall on might be my own.
          The Alchemist's goal is to transform base metals into gold; in spiritual language, it involves changing corrupt, self-serving motives into a purpose that is serves others as well as myself. As much as I would like to think I can easily detect my true intentions, that is not always the case. If I close my eyes and attempt to create a mental picture of myself, I might come up with a close but not entirely accurate image. Yet if I look in a mirror, I have a more objective view. Other people act as my mirror, helping me be accountable and responsible for my words and ideas that will lead to action.    


  1. No person is an island We all need others to become fully human.

    1. You're right; and I make much better choices when I can bounce off my ideas on other people!