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, July 10, 2016

Head Down, Heart Open

This week I'll be using the Albano Waite Tarot, a recolored version of the RWS created by Frankie Albano and published by U.S. Games. The oracle deck I'll be pairing with it is the Rumi Cards, created by Eryk Hanut and Michelle Wetherbee and published by Tuttle Publishing. Today's draws are the Ten of Wands and 'Broke Apart:'
Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
~ Samuel Johnson
          I'm attempting to see this guy carrying his load of wands in a more positive light. His home is in sight, and he'll get to rest from his burdens soon. My family and I have suffered traumas of the mind, body and heart lately. We're supposed to have all my MIL's belongings out of her apartment by the end of this month, and we still have roomfuls of furniture, clothing, knick-knacks and kitchen items left to pack and move. Paperwork for settling her estate is ongoing. We're meeting with the Geico adjuster (of the woman who hit me) tomorrow to see what they will pay out for my totaled car. While most of my bruises are beginning to fade, the body pain remains. Wearing a seatbelt makes me wince; the swelling from the multiple hematomas will take time to dissipate. In the midst of this craziness, I'm using a phrase my FIL often said as a restaurant owner as a mantra: "Keep your head down and your tail up." In other words, just keep putting one foot in front of the other, doing what you can do and not worrying about what you can't. 
          The Rumi card reads: You touched the egg of my heart: It broke apart. The bird of heaven is opening its wings. The first time I rode in a car after the accident, I was terrified and wondered how in the world I would ever drive again. But another thought came too: "This is what people with PTSD must live with all the time." When my heart can embrace the pain of others with compassion instead of shutting down and swaddling itself in self-pity, then it will have a chance to heal and be made whole again. So many people are fighting much harder battles than what I have gone through; our suffering is our common bond. Can you guess what my spiritual principle to focus on is for this month?


  1. Time is the great equalizer, again, give Time time. And it is the journey. Remember to always be kind to yourself.

    1. You're right; compassion should extend in all directions (including back toward myself). :)

  2. I guess your spiritual principle is Compassion??
    My dear what a load of challenges you are carrying. I do sympathize and hold you in my thoughts and prayers. This too shall pass

    1. Yes, it is compassion. :) Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and hugs - they are much appreciated!