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, August 10, 2019

When You Know for Yourself

From the Buckland Romani Tarot, the Page of Bolers/Wheels (Pentacles); from the Lakota Sweat Lodge Cards, 'Great Spirit:'
There are three kinds of men. The ones that learn by readin'. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
~ attributed to Will Rogers 

          I'll always be grateful for Ginny Hunt pairing this quote with the Page of Pentacles - it describes him so well! I learn by all three methods, but like the Page, I learn best by doing. In my head and on paper, there are no mistakes made. But in the material world, all kinds of unexpected snafus can appear. Part of learning is figuring out how to handle those challenges and learning to think on one's feet to solve them. The description for the Great Spirit card reads: "You are being reminded that within you is the source of all your peace and joy." That makes it much easier to find than seeking all over the world, reading every book, and trying to find the right priest or guru. I suppose both these cards sum up why I am a Buddhist; nothing needs to be believed until you experience for yourself.

When you know for yourselves that, ‘These qualities are skillful; these qualities are blameless; these qualities are praised by the wise; these qualities, when adopted & carried out, lead to welfare & to happiness’ — then you should enter and remain in them.
~Kalama Sutta