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, November 21, 2018

Stand Your Ground (When It Comes to Self-Care)

From the Tarot of the Secret Forest, the Five of Pentacles; from the Faeries' Oracle, 'The Singer of Connection:'
          "Water moccasin" and "cottonmouth" are common names for Agkistrodon piscivorus, a semiaquatic pit viper found in the southeastern U.S. These snakes have a reputation for standing their ground rather than fleeing. The appearance of such a water snake crawling up a thorny branch may be here to give the same advice. The holidays can take a toll on finances, health, energy and time, especially since we are constantly reminded 'tis the season to be generous and giving. Yet we also must be good stewards of our resources. The Singer of Connection represents balanced empathy. For instance, a friend having a hard time might appreciate an attentive ear more than buying her a steak dinner that we have to put on a nearly maxed out credit card. The Family Alliance for Caregivers offers some self-care suggestions that would benefit anyone during the holidays:

~Learn and use stress-reduction techniques, e.g. meditation, prayer, yoga, Tai Chi.
~Attend to your own healthcare needs.
~Get proper rest and nutrition.
~Exercise regularly, even if only for 10 minutes at a time.
~Take time off without feeling guilty.
~Participate in pleasant, nurturing activities, such as reading a good book, taking a warm bath.
~Seek and accept the support of others.
~Seek supportive counseling when you need it, or talk to a trusted counselor, friend, or pastor.
~Identify and acknowledge your feelings, you have a right to ALL of them.
~Change the negative ways you view situations.
~Set goals.


  1. Self healing leads to world-wide healing.

    1. I think it is the only way for peace and healing to be had - when we start with ourselves. :)

  2. I had no idea how negative I was until I started to pay attention. Positive is one of the great gifts I've earned.

    1. My people have a "look" they give me when I am out of whack. Reminds me to do a self-check on my attitude and thinking. :)