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, May 25, 2016

Justice and Liberty

From the Wild Unknown Tarot, the Father (King) of Swords; from the Pictish Oracle, Tongs:
          I love Krans choice of a great horned owl for the King of Swords. These owls can swivel their heads over 180 degrees to look in any direction; their facial feathers are designed to direct sound waves to their ears. What a perfect representation of a person who is just and fair - able to see (and hear) all sides of a situation. The owl's sword and sharp talons symbolize the skill of objectivity that allow him to look past emotionalism, manipulative language and ignorance in order to uncover the truth. The Tongs tile was often seen on stones with other symbols of the smith, such as the hammer and anvil. This tool allowed the smith to safely move and rotate red-hot metal as it was shaped without being burned. Likewise this king's detachment gives him the ability to mediate disputes without being entangled by them. The owl's rainbow sword reminds me of the ongoing LGBT arguments here in the States. The true King of Swords won't be swayed by religious views, opinions or prejudice. A person's sexual orientation and gender identity should be included under the banner of civil rights; our pledge of "justice and liberty for all" shouldn't leave any citizen out without just cause.