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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Sacrifice, Acceptance, Evolution

From the Urban Tarot, the Seven of Wands; from the Principles to Live By, Acceptance:
A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
~Joseph Campbell 

          The keyword for the Seven of Wands is valor, meaning boldness and determination even in the face of great danger. I agree with Campbell that it requires sacrifice and selflessness for a cause larger than one's ego. What is worthy of such a stand, especially among overwhelming odds? Justice, equality, protection of the unprotected, and basic kindness are the qualities that come to mind. Yet the tile of Acceptance reminds me how differently others might define who is worthy of what. This principle involves being receptive to reality without feeling uniquely targeted by it. Focusing on a group who is against my cause and labeling them the enemy will only distract me from what is important. As Nathaniel Branden explains, "Accepting does not necessarily mean liking, enjoying, condoning. I can accept what is - and be determined to evolve from there."


  1. I try to remember we are all have the same destination, but each have different paths at different times to get there.

    1. We may have all the same ultimate destination (death), but I think we all have quite different motives and intentions!