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, October 16, 2016

Need a Bucket

This week I'll be using the Japaridze Tarot, painted by Nino Japaridze. Its booklet was written by Steve Lucas and the set was published by U.S. Games. The oracle I'll be drawing from is the I Ching, illustrated by Klaus Holitzka with instructions by Marlies Holitzka; it is published by AGM Urania. Today's draws are Strength and Hexagram 48:
           A woman floats alongside her inner lion among the clouds (a clue that this derives from the mental rather than physical plane). The black and white versions of the heads of both seem to blend them together. The lion seems calm, and there is no show of force (be it a chain of flowers or a closing of his mouth). The woman still retains her fire to use when called for, such as when courage or perseverance is necessary. But through it all, she remains peaceful and detached rather than entangled. Hexagram 48 is often called 'The Well.' It is described as a well that remains intact and doesn't run dry, no matter how much the city around it changes. It suggests an inner resource of strength and clarity that can be tapped into which never runs dry. But to access this place, I have to have a spiritual practice that allows me to reach it. No one can get to the water without the bucket.


  1. Love this post which also reminds me of the necessity to fill our bucket regularly in order to sustain ourselves and your inner lion. The well never runs dry but the bucket will

    1. Exactly! We can't expect to stay calm if we don't sustain ourselves by feeding the spirit. :)

  2. water without the bucket. Great wordsmithing

  3. Made me think of an inkwell that never runs dry - just need to dip the quill.