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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Compassion Mixed with Courage

From the Shadowscapes Tarot, Strength; from the Cedar Runes, Ehwaz:
          Moore describes this strength as the kind that "does not need to shout of its power to the world." The Chariot relates to self-control that allows us to meet our challenges and make strides forward; Strength is inner self-discipline that helps us relate to our fellow man with compassion and kindness (but also courage). The U.S. has had riots since the election led by people who are frustrated, angry and afraid. These feelings are exactly the reason Trump was elected by the other faction. I do not think what caused the problem is what will create the solution. However I do know there are some Americans who could use some encouragement and support right now - people who feel abandoned and isolated because they are not male, white, heterosexual, able-bodied or Christian. A woman from the UK (after the Brexit vote) decided to start a campaign to reach out to those often labeled as "the problem" by wearing a safety pin and posting about its symbolic message. The message is that "I am a safe ally who will stand up and speak out for you." That kind of solidarity sounds like Strength to me. Ehwaz has a linguistic connection to both horse and marriage. It implies the sort of companionship and partnership found between a warrior and his horse: together they are much stronger and successful than alone. This moment in history is not so much about this group versus that group, but how we can make us whole again.


  1. Courage and Strength will see us through and also Forgiveness and Understanding. Did I mention Compassion as well.