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

Thursday, September 19, 2019

The Weakness of Aggression

From the Tarot de St. Croix, the Page of Cups; from the Archetype Cards, Pioneer:
          This young lass cradles water in her hands as she sits on a giant lotus. The Page of Cups represents vulnerability, gentleness, and sensitivity in the watery world of emotions and relationships. Unfortunately, her 'try a little tenderness' approach seems to be nearing extinction, soon to be replaced by 'try a lot of toughness.' But while intimidation and aggressiveness might allow someone to have their way, it won't really get them what they want (respect or friendship). The Pioneer archetype tries something new. In the world of relationships, it might look something like Gandhi's nonviolent approach (ahimsa) to getting India out from under British rule. At a kid's level, it might take the shape of Sesame Street teaching about inclusivity and kindness. While the Page's way is the softer way, it definitely isn't the easiest.

We are only just beginning to understand the power of love because we are just beginning to understand the weakness of force and aggression.
― B.F. Skinner


  1. I've been reading about India's solution to the Indian Muslims in the 1947 Partition act when Pakistan was created. (speaking of Gandhi's times and British Rule) I see they are still thinking it is a good idea with plans to ship out millions more. Nothing ever changes.

    1. I think the Partitian Act was more of a Brit solution; from what I've read, Gandhi and Nehru wanted a unified state run with secular objectives. When most of the Indian Congress was imprisoned, minority groups pushed their agendas.
      Today, it seems fear automatically instigates tribalism.