TarotHunter’s Salt Rounds:
- Stop blinding yourself to your truth, it serves no purpose. Look deep within and seek it out. Allow yourself to see things more clearly even if it reveals uncomfortable truths.
- Try to distance yourself from things to see if you can gain a different perspective. When we are too close to a situation it is difficult to be objective.
- It doesn’t matter what you ignored or blinded yourself to in the past. Take this opportunity to get a clearer, truer perspective and let it guide you moving forward.
Tarot Hunter’s Silver Bullets:
- While child-like faith and belief in oneself are often beneficial, sometimes making decisions without seeing all the facts can just be foolish.
- Deliberately veiling one’s eyes to reality can lead to the inmates running the asylum.
- Sometimes things must fall into the realm of the absurd before we can see what is right before our eyes.
I recently read a book entitled Ishmael written by Daniel Quinn. I had never heard of this book before and only learned about it through one of those moments of synchronicity that tend to be sprinkled throughout our lives. One afternoon while watching the TV show Hollywood Treasure (which focuses on finding and auctioning off various Hollywood related item) one of the “hosts” found an animatronic gorilla mask from the movie Instinct starring Anthony Hopkins. I looked it up on Wikipedia and learned that the movie is loosely inspired by the book Ishmael. Naturally I had to find out more about this book.
I read various reviews as well as a summary of the book and it intrigued me. The Twitter synopsis of this book might be “a man seeking to save the world finds a gorilla who plans teach him how”. To flesh it out a bit more – a cynical modern man finds and ad in a newspaper for someone seeking to save the world. He is curious and when he shows up at the address listed finds himself in a room with a glass window and a gorilla on the other side. He eventually realizes the gorilla can communicate with him telepathically. The gorilla tells the man a bit about his own history and then starts to teach him about human history. In the process the gorilla forces the man to realize that if “civilized” society continues on its current trajectory it is doomed to destruction. The gorilla also helps the man realize that there is another, more primitive path that might lead to salvation.
I found this book paradigm-shifting. It helped clarify and coalesce concepts I’ve felt about civilization that I just found difficult to express. One of the most mind-blowing concepts is that once man began to consider himself/herself as something apart from nature and not subject to natural laws, we set ourselves on a path to self-destruction. I have to say I really found this book worth reading. Granted, I was already primed to like this book because I already lean towards sharing the views expressed in this book but I still would recommend it for anyone to read if for no other reason than because I think it could be a catalyst to some amazing conversations.
I’ve read a number of reviews about this book from those that are strongly critical and strongly supportive of it. Many critics claim it is poorly written and point out that it overly simplifies things and pontificates. All of these may be valid criticisms but I find the fact that it arouses such strong emotions in people that read it, whether positive or negative, encouraging. Whether the reader agrees or disagrees with the viewpoints expressed by the author, it forces you to think. I found this was not a passive read type of book. I found myself drawn into the exercises Ishmael assigns the narrator. It made me look at the cultural myths and stories I’ve been fed about the benefits of “civilization” my entire life. I will admit that I don’t see humanity changing from its course without dramatic and forced inspiration to do so but maybe, just maybe some folks will start making changes in their own life. I can always have hope.
I love the eye coming at me from the center of the Ace of Swords in Ellen Lorenzi-Prince’s Tarot of the Crone. For some reason that symbol spoke to me quite clearly today in terms of the Ace of Swords power and message. Today might be a good day to take a clear-sighted, realistic view at things in my life right now and see where changes can be made. The eagles soaring around Ciro’s Ace of Swords in Legacy of the Divine Tarot is a reminder that sometimes you have to rise above the situation in order to see the full picture. Limited sight prevents us from making decisions based on all the factors and can result in a different outcome that the one we desire.
In my case, I think this is also a kick in the ass. There are some practical, reasonable changes I need to make in my life right now (especially pertaining to diet and health) and I’m putting it off simply because I’m being lazy and uninspired. Instead of just picking up the sword (in this case a pen) and writing down what I need to do, I’m procrastinating. I can offer dozens of reasons why this is the case but the bottom line is that I’m not focusing on the big picture; instead I’m getting lost in the here and now. The benefits from these changes won’t be apparently immediately and I’m at a point in my life where immediate gratification is winning all the battles.
So how can I convince myself to take the steps necessary and make the changes that I know will have long-term and long-lasting repercussions? This card holds the answer to that question too – one step at a time. I have to take that first step. Once I’m stable and comfortable on that first step then I can take a second step. I don’t need to climb the staircase in one move. Baby steps might be the best approach to this situation because I can allow myself to acclimatize to these changes and make sure that they last. Then I can soar with the eagles instead of running around like a chicken with my head cut off or hiding my head in the sand like an ostrich.