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 25, 2019

Die to be Reborn

From the Tarot of the Sidhe, Dreamer Ten (Ten of Swords/Air); from the Green Man Tree Oracle, Yew:
 So all must bleed and melt away,
Before the dawning of the day,
The tree must fall in land forlorn,
The Dream must die to be reborn...

          "But it's not supposed to be this way!" How many times and ways is this idea expressed over and over in life? No matter what is in the subject line, we hold fast to what we think things should look like. There is a line in the lyrics of "One Minute More" that states there's a "place that can only be seen with the naked mind." The 'should be' has to be replaced with a blank canvas that allows for possibilities that we could never have imagined trapped in the other mindset.
          Yew can live up to 600 years of age; it splits under the weight of its growth without succumbing to disease and gives rise to new growth even at an advanced age. Matthews writes: "The perseverance associated with the yew is that of all life, which continues in the face of overwhelming odds and grows stronger because of it." Even when our dreams are shattered, Yew reminds us there are others that will grow and develop if we'll give them new soil in which to grow.