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

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Living in Joy

This week I'll be using the Shining Tribe Tarot, a deck and book set created by Rachel Pollack and published by Llewellyn. The oracle I'll be using is a wooden set of Animal Tiles, hand pyroetched by my multi-talented friend Carole Beasley. My draws this morning are Nine of Rivers (Cups) and Spider:
          Pollack suggests the number Nine represents confronting the truth. Here, all the cups of delusion have been shattered - the myths of the perfect relationship, career, health, bank account or prestige that were supposed to bring lasting happiness. Perhaps this was the epiphany of Albert Camus: "In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger — something better, pushing right back." Spider reminds us we weave our own webs. What is external may impact us in some way, offering us a choice to rant or repair, but only the latter will bring about positive change.

When we are not attached to who we think we are, life can move through us, playing us like an instrument. Understanding how everything is in continual transformation, we release our futile attempts to control circumstances. When we live in this easy connection with life, we live in joy.
—James Baraz

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