Sunday, 23 July 2017

Oracle card reading

Card number VIII of the major arcana of The Dali Tarot is titled 'Justice', also known as ‘mindfulness’. It is but a small step from the card of the Chariot but this card is not concerned with abstract principles, but tries to answer the age-old question: How do we manage to do what is right and how do we abstain from what is not. The land on this illustration shows us familiar territory, water and uncharted land beyond. In order to judge wisely we must connect the known with the unknown and distinguish one from the other. The scales measure that which is known and our prejudices must be overcome and all current knowledge evaluated.

Dali painted the woman of the Justice card in the manner of Lukas Cranach. Her wild mane represents an abundance of life force and the invincible spirit of justice. Her young body hints are two kinds of virginity. Some people consider virginity and innocence are lost with the first sexual encounter. Others see virginity and innocence as goals of personal growth that we must work towards. “Innocence is nothing than can be lost , but something that can be gained.” Bertold Brecht   

This kind of virginity and innocence is exemplified by mindfulness and the ability to get involved without getting entangled. 

Advice: The more precise the investigation, the more loving the judgment. “The more knowledge is contained, the greater the love.” Paracelsus What is currently needed is the courage to criticize and praise, especially the willingness to shed the discerning light of love on every person and event, on both the high and the low points of life.

Artwork by Pam Raworth
The second card I have chosen is titled 'Problem Solving' from cards with artwork by Pam Raworth with the following write-up by Wendy Stokes: 'Acknowledgement of predicaments and prevention of crisis. Ensuring the best outcome for a given situation." 
“You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there!” E Cole 
An Irish story describes Lleu of the Long Arm who requests admission to the King’s banquet. The doorman says “What skill have you to serve the King?” Lleu states “I have many great skills” but the doorman refuses him entry with the words, "We have great men with your skills". “Ah! But do you have someone with all those skills in abundance?” asks Lleu. No, they hadn’t and Lleu gained entry to the feast. Problem Solving requires a great many skills unlikely to be present in one person (except for Lugh!)
You are invited to consider your problem and walk with your mind within the landscape of the card, meeting wise teachers, gaining experiences and seeking solutions through active imagination.

Reading by Wendy Stokes

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