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, May 28, 2018

All Work and No Play

From the Llewellyn Tarot, the Eight of Coins; from the Beasts of Albion, the 'Wren:'
          The trees are in bloom and the birds are making nests, but this young man keeps his head down as he tries to practice and improve his skills. Such focus requires mindfulness; mindfulness trains the mind in attention and meta-attention. Meta-attention is when we realize our mind has drifted and we bring it back to the object of our attention. It is the secret to concentration. Robins have long been a symbol of the new year, while Wrens have been a symbol of the old year. Thus the Wren card suggests a cycle that is ending. Instead of being so earnest to become a master of his craft, perhaps this young man is in for some fun or relaxation this spring day. All work and no play, as they say...


  1. What gifts does the wren bring? The bauble and the golden chain around her neck. Things we bring with us as we move on from the past?

    1. She brings the opportunity to let go of the past and move forward.

  2. Your interpretation makes me think of how, when you are in flow with an activity, it doesn't feel like hard work, and time flies. You need enough mastery to not be constantly worrying about whether you are doing it right, and enough beginners mind to find the task stimulating. And the more you can be mindful, the more you can consciously enjoy the fact of being in flow :D