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, May 12, 2018

Not Fair!

From the Everyday Enchantment Tarot, the Ten of Blades; from the MentorSpirit Cards, 'Willingness:'
          This young man runs screaming through the night, trying to avoid two people attacking with a broken bottle and a knife, a swooping bat, and angry cat. We can almost hear his thoughts: "Everyone is out to get me! Life isn't fair!" But if the video camera on the wall were to play back the last week in this fellow's life, we might see another perspective he seems unable to grasp. In Bill Wilson's words:
Fear somehow touched about every aspect of our lives. It was an evil and corroding thread; the fabric of our existence was shot through with it. It set in motion trains of circumstances which brought us misfortune we felt we didn't deserve. But did we not often set the ball rolling ourselves?
He can't see that his self-centered thinking is reflective of the skull and crossbones symbol on his shirt - a poison affecting his life. Willingness suggests bending mind and behavior in a different direction, trying out new ways to view and respond to the world around us. Perhaps he might see through the lens Mr. Wilson provides:
The chief activator of our defects has been self-centered fear -- primarily fear that we would lose something we already possessed or would fail to get something we demanded.
 Fear can be a steppingstone to prudence and to a decent respect for others. It can point the path to justice, as well as to hate. And the more we have of respect and justice, the more we shall begin to find love which can suffer much, and yet be freely given.

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