Tai chi on the edge
Balanced on a gargoyle head
Is my faith enough?
Blue Rose Tarot
Created by Paula Gibby
Produced by Soul Guidance, 2001
Looking at this card gives me a sense of exhilaration and freedom. It reminds me of the sensation I get when rising up the first hill on a rollercoaster. The excitement builds and I’m eager to start the journey down but at the same time there is a hint of fear – what if something goes wrong? Even the safest amusement park ride has the potential to derail and so does life. This card reminds me that if we never take chances and let ourselves jump headlong into new experiences, we might live a safe life but how unexciting it will be.
This Fool seems confident that everything will be just fine. In fact he seems to be taking that “foolish” leap to extreme levels. Even if he crashes he will walk away having learned something valuable; a lesson that will take him to his next great experience. How often have I taken the safe path in life? Even in my career choices I favored jobs at which I was skilled rather than passionate. Passion and excitement can be wonderful things but they may not always pay the bills. It is often said that if you do what you love the money will follow. I’ve seen many people who have managed to achieve that goal in their lives and yet I’ve been afraid to take the leap.
One of my biggest obstacles is my own fear and self-doubt. If I can’t do something very well I prefer not to do it at all. How I’m to learn whether I’m good at something if I never try it is something I’ve not quite determined. Ironically as I get older I’m becoming more accepting of risk. In fact I’m embracing it. I think the experiences of my childhood made me crave stability and avoid risk. Now that I realize you can never truly avoid risk and that nothing in life is ever stable, I’m more open to embracing change and taking that leap of faith. I don’t know where I will land but from the expression on this skateboarder’s face the journey will provide quite a thrill.
Created by by Arnell Ando
Published by US Games ISBN:1572815396
The Dreamer (called The Fool in more traditional Tarot decks) speaks to me of innocence, faith and trust. The haloed infant on the card implicitly trusts that the bird overhead means her no harm. The bird (an eagle?) and the sphere hovering above the dreamer child seem to connect her to the spirit world; the soul.
The dreamer child’s focus is on her own feet. She is watching where she steps but does not seem concerned about what is around her. She seems secure and trusting that the environment around her means her no harm. How often do we still feel that sense of faith and trust as adults? It is indeed a rare commodity.
The Dreamer reminds me that in order to achieve our dreams we need to connect with that inner child who embodies innocent faith and implicit trust in the Universe. She isn’t afraid because she hasn’t been taught to fear. I think we sometimes become so burdened by fear, regret and self-doubt that we lose the connection to this innocence, faith and trust. The Dreamer allows her spirit to soar with the eagles because she doesn’t worry; she simply moves forward. There is a saying that god watches over fools and drunks (or babies and fools depending upon the source) The Dreamer embodies this adage.
When we grow up, mature or just lose touch with our under dreamer and fool, tapping into this energy is tricky. How many of us are comfortable looking foolish or making mistakes? I know that I hate it. I want others to see me as knowledgeable and intelligent. Unfortunately this often comes off as arrogant and know-it-all-ness. When IK look back over my life I realize I could have learned so much more from others if only I was willing to admit my ignorance; to look foolish. This Dreamer child reminds me that the only way to learn is to make mistakes and admit that I don’t have all the answers. Right now that is an especially appropriate message for me.
Wheel of Change Tarot created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
The Magician shows us an androgynous looking young man wearing a blue tunic adorned with braided trim and golden stars. He has long black hair and wears a golden band across his forehead. Part of his face seem to be in shadow or covered by a veil. The Magician has four arms, each holding one of the symbols of the elements – a sword, a torch, a disk/wheel and a cup. He stands in an archway with two pillars on either side of him. The bottom of the pillars are wrapped by golden vines. Above the Magician’s head we see that the area above the pillars is decorated a deep-blue with stars and planets floating through space. The letter T A R O also appear linked together in a variety of ways. Behind the Magician we see a winding road leading towards a mountain in the distance.
The Book says: The Magician refers to Hermes, who was the messenger of the gods. Hermes represents the power of communication between distant and opposing forces. This communication is expressed in the living surface of the earth and in the human will, the word of God through which masculine creative energy is expressed. This card in its simplest form represents discipline and the implication of the will on living humanity. The power of the will is linked to the ability to predict outcomes. For example, when we head off to a job we dislike ;it is because we know that it we will be paid, thus allowing us to eat and live a comfortable life. Pulling the Magician implies a specific knowledge of the workings of the world or perhaps a specific situation. This card implies a need to self-control or suggests that you are using this control in your circumstance.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: This card suggests the confidence, skill and focus needed to achieve our goals and balance our responsibilities. The multi-armed Magician is obviously at ease dealing with the varied elements and their spheres of influence. He is balanced within himself and able to use this balance to achieve external success. I would think it isn’t easy controlling the actions of 4 arms at one time – so obviously this Magician is able to exert the self-control needed to accomplish the task. He also serves as the one who guides us through the gateway. He helps us communicate with what lies beyond the gate and has the skills and abilities to aid us in moving back and forth freely. The Magician is the wonder worker who can show us amazing things that will awe and inspire us. He is the courier between our spirit and our divine power. He shows us how to speak with our higher self and learn how to use our wits and skills in accordance with divine will.
Wheel of Change Tarot
Created by Alexandra Gennetti
Published by Destiny Books, 1997
We see an androgynous youth straddling a chasm. His arms are raised above his head. From one hand we see a small fire and in the other she holds a chalice that is tilted downward and spilling its contents. Above the Fool’s head we see four white birds fluttering. They each hold one letter – T A R O. The Fool is dressed in a bright green tunic and leggings with one gold leg and one green. His right foot is bare. He wears a gold belt with a closed red pouch dangling from it. The bottom of his tune is adorned with bells and he wears a spotted scarf knotted about his neck and another at his wrist. A stream of cosmic energy seems swirl up from the chasm and encircle the Fool. Red roses seem to be falling from his arms. On his right side we see a guitar resting, on his left we see a fox near the edge of the chasm. Behind the Fool we see the radiant light of the Sun rising to illuminate the sky.
The Book describes the Fool as symbolizing the experience of feeling you are in exactly the right place at the right time. It may be the beginning of a new journey of life but, like the Fool, you may not recognize what it is. You have all you need to make a success of yourself at your fingertips if you would but look for it. Perhaps you must free yourself from convention as the Fool has done, and like him, accept what comes to you. In this way you may try something completely new and discover that you are rather good at it. Because he has no cares, worries or fears the Fool is symbolic of impulsiveness and even irresponsibility and recklessness. He symbolizes freedom from convention and anew creative vitality in this less restrictive world.
TarotBroad’s Buzz: What I see is a feeling of joy, exuberance and innocence, maybe even ignorance, of what is going on around you. This Fool seems so caught up in the wondrous things swirling around him that he is oblivious to the fact that he is straddling a chasm. There is no fear of the consequences because it doesn’t even occur to him that there are consequences. I see the Fool as representing an attitude and experience that many of us lose as we become more adult. We get so caught up in following the rules and playing nice that we forget to just let go and enjoy ourselves – so what if it’s not politically correct. To me Homer Simpson, the cartoon character, is one representation of the Fool. He just blindly charges ahead with no concern for the outcome and without any worries of failure. It is doesn’t work out – well fine. I am both fascinated and repelled by Homer. I find myself focusing too much on who gets to clean up after this Fool. But of course that isn’t the Fool’s problem is it? And that, to me, is what I need to learn from the Fool. Sometimes you need to stop worrying about how the story ends and just enjoy the ride. To quote Tom Cruise (at least I think it was Tom Cruise) in the movie Risky Business – “sometimes in life you’ve gotta say what the f***”.
The Soul (Fool) shows a young traveler sleeping on his side near a standing stone. A pale blue cosmic light pours from the young traveler through a hole in the center of the stone. On the other side we see the spirit of the young traveler going forth on a dream visit to see the immensities of the Celtic cosmos contained withing the cauldron which is etched above his head. A triple spiral hovering above the traveler’s head is a symbol of his physical vitality, his vocational commitment and his intelligence: in Celtic bardic lore, these are the three essential receptors for all inspirational wisdom.
The Book says: The Soul was understood to continue after death, passing into different shapes or life forms upon its tiurigini or “circuit of births”. The Soul could enter into animal, plant, and elemental shapes, not just human ones.
Keywords: A new phase or fresh start, having vision or faith in oneself, opportunity, enthusiasm, playfulness, trust, a sense of protection.
Reversed: Halting or hesitation, unable to heed instincts, a bad decision, sloth irresponsibility, immaturity, carelessness.
Soul-Wisdom: Having respect for our Soul’s purpose may look like foolishness to other. The power and vision of our Soul can only empower us when we acknowledge and manifest them. What is calling you to seek wisdom now?
My turn: This card speaks of a mystical, new journey – perhaps to find our soul mission in life. It’s about being willing to take that chance and tread an unfamiliar path. The traveler is sleeping in the middle of the forest and it that doesn’t show a certain amount of faith, and foolishness, then I don’t know what does. This card speaks of that part of us which transcends physical boundaries and yet which is still part of them. The traveler cannot learn his soul journey in his physical form – he must let his spirit go forth in search of the answer. To me The Soul is reminding us that we may need to be willing to leave behind the trappings of our mundane life and move forth unburdened to explore new areas and new experiences.