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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Everybody Knows Your Name

From the Fey Tarot, the Queen of Chalices; from the I Misteri della Sibilla, the Ace of Hearts (Conversation):
          Rather than a small cup, this queen sends out water from a giant chalice (reminding me of the practice of tonglen). People know her as a woman of compassionate understanding with the ability to deeply listen - skills sorely lacking in a self-absorbed society. It's no wonder she rarely has a spare moment of solitude. Her biggest challenge, however, is knowing how to gently mother herself, to take time to touch her own emotions tenderly and allow herself to apply the balm of kindness to them. As Brian Andreas poetically describes it, "There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself." The Ace of Hearts is a card of affection, and in this watercolor is a group sharing an engaging dinner conversation. As much as self-compassion and care is beneficial, we need people. The theme song from the series Cheers explains it perfectly:
Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. 
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. 
Wouldn't you like to get away? 
Sometimes you want to go 
Where everybody knows your name, 
and they're always glad you came. 
You wanna be where you can see, 
our troubles are all the same 
You wanna be where everybody knows 
Your name. 


  1. This quote is one for the journal! Thank you
    Finding the right balance between solitude and socialising has always been a challenge for me :)

    1. I'm a weird introvert. I enjoy small groups of people (emphasis on 'small') a lot, but always have to recharge with solitude later. :D

  2. My focus went to the leminiscate headdress the queen is wearing. Coming back to how we feel about things and ourselves time and again. Those people playing cards seem to be looking up and seeing the queen arrive and they appear to be pretty stiff individuals. This queen maybe able to help them loosen up a bit and enjoy the came a bit more.

    1. This deck is from a group of cards known as Sibilla; they are somewhat like Lenormand decks but have more cards and are read a bit differently.

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    1. These two decks seem to do that well. :)