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, September 7, 2019


From the Gill Tarot, the Eight of Cups; from The Circle, Completion:

Take another little piece of my heart now, baby
Break another little bit of my heart now, darling
~Janis Joplin

          On a cracked and crumbling clay wall, goblets begin to spill out their contents. Gill describes the sea below as made of mercury, a good analogy for how our emotions can run hot or cold. But I am unlike Joplin today; I am unwilling to put myself in a situation where such emotional, toxic mercury can splash over me again and again. There comes a time when it is smart and healthy to remove myself from a relationship, whether it is family, friend, partner or coworker. It would be easy to read the Completion card as a successful escape, but from a spiritual point of view, it likely means allowing the distance to give us a larger, more objective view of the situation without getting entangled again.

You can see neurosis from below - as a sickness - as most psychiatrists see it. Or you can understand it as a compassionate man might: respecting the neurosis as a fumbling and inefficient effort toward good ends. ~Abraham Maslow


  1. It can be a real challenge to decide to step away. When we value ourselves, we realize the right choice is not always the easiest.

    1. There can be a lot of grief in leaving behind some relationships.

  2. escape doesn't sound clean or healthy. choosing does

    1. Yep, because sometimes we got ourselves into that relationship, and what we resist we repeat.