Tarot from Conscience (or the Traveling Moth)
A space for tarot reflection for the day, week, or moment it comes across your screen. Each of these is reworked intentionally for The Edge, from the egregore of GroupTarot’s Card of the Week, to center education, diversity, and intuition.
It’s my parent’s 47th Anniversary!
For the next month, columns will be written from New Mexico – not in Conscience, have you liked our Instagram yet? – as I take a regularly scheduled, only daughter, help out my folks, visit.
Aging is so real. And for those of us who are caregivers – my dad was in a catastrophic accident when I was eight, so mom’s been primary caregiver for decades – there’s something so acute about the passing of time.
My mom will sometimes say to my dad, “I can’t do that anymore, I’m not 40!” to which I can now chime in “and neither am I!” Which is quite a trip for all of us.
In preparation for this visit, I soaked up as much evergreen and waters of the Pacific NW as I could, camping around the Washougal River on traditional lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, Stl’Pulmsh (Cowlitz), and Confederated Tribes of the Siletz.
A lot of what I did in the woods was writing.
Listening to the forests.
Swimming and wading in the
Walking over lots of rocks.
Showering in waterfalls.
Staying a safe distance from waterfalls.
I’m not sure if I’m “ready” for a month in the desert, but I do know I’ve absorbed as much moisture and cedar as I could to help my body, nervous system, and psyche, handle the transition. Weather temperatures look to be pretty similar to here – although there might be a good amount of rain this week! – and I am dearly looking forward to seeing my desert family. There might even be a Pagan Festival in the mix! There will also be an intimate, private, IRL Group Tarot reading.
Enough of that, to the cards!
A deck that I haven’t used in a while said, “hey! Choose me!”
So, Cirque du Tarot by 78 Artists gives us,
Two of Pentacles illustrated by Joanna Nelson
Part of what makes this deck unique is each card is illustrated by a different artist, as the name illustrates.
Today, the GIANT back of popcorn and the frogs in red wagons with butterflies behind as sails? Sentinels? are popping. What are you eating? Too much junk food? Or fast food? Popcorn? Everything in moderation including moderation. Although, we tend to juggle better when we eat well and sleep well. I know that’s true for me!
I love the whimsy in this card.
It feels like such a reminder that with work/life or family/self, balance, let there be fun! Let it be like a cat batting a toy.
Allow the silly.
Be OK with balls dropping – or popcorn. In this case, it’ll be a tasty treat for the mouse, once they notice. This reminds me of a game we played a lot at theatre camp this summer. Whenever someone failed at something, we gave a cheer. Yay! It didn’t work but you tried! Woo hoo! It made the stress of failure so much easier to navigate, and less scary. Still felt yucky to get something wrong, but so much better when community acknowledged the try and our shared humanity.
There’s also a dance here. And nicely, solid ground under the feline’s feet – the waves are behind them. Rather than a precarious balancing act – as this card is sometimes depicted – this one has solid footing, just a lot to juggle. All while staying steady enough for winged toad to unicycle across from ear to ear.
Although, that toad has wings, so even if you get too shaky, or have to lie down, the unicycle and balls might fall, but toad can just fly and try again. No biggie. Everything takes practice, especially in the circus.
So, here’s to a week of allowing the fun in, even while there’s work to do, and remembering to include your self needs when juggling family needs. The old, put your oxygen mask on first, addage.
How can you bring a little more whimsey into your week? Or keep the forest with you as you go back to the mundane world, so to speak? Let me know in the comments! I am still gathering information on whether y’all are finding these weekly card’s helpful. Want me to continue? Let me know!
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