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, April 29, 2017

Fill It Drop by Drop

From the Stone Tarot, the Ace of Wands; from the Buddhist Quote Cards, Dhammapada 9:122 :
          Since the poem for the Ace of Wands is short, I thought I would include it in its entirety:
Don't tell me pollution
makes these numinous
magentas, that a clean sky
never burns so bright.
I'm not listening,
I'm lost in
sun. My lit heart
hovers near the mountain.
Alison Stone, "Ordinary Magic"
Can't you just feel Stone's passion as she warns the reader that her flame won't easily be extinguished? The wand is in full bloom too, even though most people would assume a cut branch wouldn't do so. Such fiery inspiration gets us out of our easy chairs and into motion. It is an exciting time that naysayers rarely can dampen. The painting on the Buddhist Quote card shows a person deep in meditation with branches above her head and roots below her. The Dhammapada verse reads:
With dripping drops of water even a water jug is filled. 
The downside to all that enthusiasm is that it can make us impatient. Yet just putting one foot in front of the other, taking one action at a time, can lead us to the finish line. Staying grounded by applying my ideas in concrete ways will eventually fill my container to the brim.


  1. we went to a plant and garden show yesterday. Huge fair buildings awash with energy and spring potential. Great place to people watch.

    1. Some people like to shop for clothes and jewelry; I prefer gardening shops. :D

  2. That Ace reminds me of starting a vining plant at the base of a trellis; anchoring the plant and giving it direction.

  3. Direction would be a good thing for all that enthusiasm!