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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Reckoning and Responsibility

From the Margarete Petersen Tarot, the Ten of Feathers (Swords); from the Elemental Dice, Fire + Darkness (Wildfire):
 Talkin' 'bout your troubles and you never learn
Ride a painted pony let the spinnin' wheel turn.
~ Blood, Sweat & Tears

          'Spinning' is a good description of the agitated state of the mind when we adamantly insist our ideas are the right ones and reality refuses to cooperate. Depending on our constitution, we can ride that carousel for a long time before falling off. Peterson's painting shows feathers coming to rest among the branches of a plant. When our beliefs eventually become grounded, we see them for what they are: assumptions, projections, and emotional thinking. Hopefully, that full moon will come out from behind the clouds, bringing the light of discernment. The dice roll of Wildfire inspired some research into what causes the majority of forest fires. Unsurprisingly, the National Park Service reports that 90% of wildland fires are caused by humans - unattended campfires, burning debris, discarded cigarettes, and arson. When our beliefs and perceptions are finally ground to dust, it is tempting to blame our situation on other people or situations (so that we look like the victim). Yet such thinking will only place us right back on that spinning wheel. Yet it would be better to accept responsibility than have to deal with another reckoning. 


  1. I read last week that the spinning craze has peaked and will be abandoned.
    Not a clue, I had to look it up. Abandoned for the next greatest (old dressed in new clothes) exercise experience I suppose.

    1. That's one I never tried. If I was going to be on a bike, I'd prefer it to be outdoors and not stationary. :D

  2. This combination makes me think of how fire burns up the old, and allows new seeds to germinate. That destruction is scary, but can also be very refreshing. So long as you're not overly attached to what was...

    1. Interesting that you bring that up, as there are actually seeds that require fire to remove the coat before they can sprout.