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

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Rise Up

From the Albano-Waite Tarot, the Six of Pentacles; from the Rumi Cards, 'Awareness:'
          The kneeling beggars are symbolic of Western culture today - we believe literally in 'ask and it shall be given' or 'thoughts become things.' It's why books like The Secret have sold millions of copies and why prosperity gospel preachers are so popular. But take an objective look around; those who buy the books or send in donations may briefly have a brighter outlook, but their life situations stay much the same. On the other hand, the authors and preachers are doing quite well financially. Rumi's Awareness card suggests we stop looking for an outside fix for an inside problem. Instead of anesthetizing ourselves with feel-good platitudes, we look with a discerning eye at what will improve our well-being and what won't. A positive attitude may help, but effort and discipline will likely be what show results. In the words of Jesus, " Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."


  1. my little brother whose never had 2 bucks to rub together had a set of get rich by flipping houses

  2. Your post reminds me why I have decided not to buy another self-help book. I had maybe a dozen and they have all gone to the local library to save others the expense.

    1. Donating them to the library was a good idea. :)