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, June 8, 2019

Training and Skill

From the Victoria Regina Tarot, the Ace of Swords; from the Alchemist's Oracle, 'Instincts:'

          Considered from the context of communication, this Ace of Sword makes sense. We can protect someone's reputation or commit character assassination. We can share information that has been validated, or we can speak aloud whatever passes through our mind and be thought an idiot. Like guns, it takes training and skill to wield a tongue. The Hamsa sign is a Middle Eastern symbol of protection. Here, it asks us to rein in the ego and follow our protective instincts. As Bernard Meltzer said, "Before you speak ask yourself if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary, is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid."


  1. even if passing that benchmark of four, 1/2 the time we should still save our breath, no one is interested.

    1. That would probably fall under the 'necessary' category. 😁