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.
I have an ask for you, dear reader.
If you’re finding these weekly insights valuable, would you let me know in the comments? I see the readership numbers, and yet am feeling little connection with you all; so at this time of harvest, I’m contemplating whether to keep this column going. I look forward to your feedback. Do you want Tarot from Conscience or the Traveling Moth to continue?
I do hope that you’re finding ways to stay cool as it is HOT a lot of places currently, and ways you feel like you can make a difference.
I don’t know about you, but I definitely get to a place where I go, what does it matter? My recycling doesn’t offset Exxon’s emissions. I’ll never be able to plant enough trees to close the ozone layer.
Of course, that’s not really how ozone works, and it is slowly on the mend. But brains can be quite odd. (Know I say that with lots of love. My brain is FASCINATING! Part of why I’m asking for your feedback!)
When I find myself in a mental slump, or doubting the ripple effects of my actions are meaningful in any large way – which is an unfortunate byproduct of being socialized with “bigger is better bullshit” – I turn to the cards asking for a new focus. Or give myself a generational tarot reading. You could book one with a 25% off code for being part of The Edge Community. Code is below.
Along with Card of the Week, today I am adding the intention – as we shift into harvest season, and night grows – what will help us when/if we reach a slump?
We’re given, the Nine of C—– no, we’re given a different card.
It’s interesting, I had my eyes closed picking from a stacked deck. The cards were slippery and I felt the card. Some slid off. I opened my eyes, plucked and flipped the card I saw.
I held it and looked at it; felt it.
I looked at the splayed cards at my side.
And knew, the card in my hand was not our card, our card was on a different pile.
Not that it was a “bad” card, y’all know there aren’t any bad cards, there are lessons and perspectives in every one, but the one in my hand just felt wrong for our question and intent.
Putting my attention back to the ring finger on my right hand, I pulled a card which was like a drink of quenching water.
This is the card.
The brain! The blue brain in the background is sooooo present! Which is saying, part of how we temper ourselves and deal with mental slumps is by changing how we think about our situation. Being intentional with the words we use to describe ourselves privately and publicly. As one of my teachers, Gabriel Halpern teaches:
Change your thoughts, change your words;
change your words, change your actions;
change your actions, change the world;
but it all begins with your thoughts.
It also brings up a story/proverb, friend and colleague Jennifer Lanier once shared with me, which comes from The Starfish Story, adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley. Originally the child was gendered a boy. I changed the language around the child to be all inclusive:
One day a man was walking along the beach, when he noticed a child hurriedly picking up and gently throwing things into the ocean. Approaching the youngster he asked, “Friend, what are you doing?” The small one replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.” The man laughed to himself and said, “Don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make any difference!”
After listening politely, the child bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, said, “I made a difference to that one.”
Remembering that story brings tears to my eyes, because it does matter to that one.
Is the probable loss of many heartbreaking?
Is it better to save some?
Yes. I certainly think so.
We can each do, only as much as we can do. Helping just one person, or plant, or animal, or school, does help.
We may never know when we make a difference in another’s life. It’s not always as clear as beached starfish. But we double our impact, when just one more follows our lead.
Another tidbit about Temperance, is that traditionally, the water is not flowing with gravity, it is going from the lower vessel to the upper – a detail that is less present in this illustration than other decks.
It speaks to journeys, like the salmon, swimming upstream because they know that is what they have to do.
Is the thought of trying to save all the starfish alone daunting?
Probably. Unless your brain is one that gets all geared up with bring on a challenge!
Is each starfish worth saving?
Sometimes do we need a bit of outside help to get back home?
And unlike the starfish, we have the ability to ask for help.
So, if you need assistance, please reach out.
I know in this illustration, and traditionally, Temperance is alone with their water vessels – anyone else see the armpit shadow as unshaved-ness???
If/when being alone nourishes you, great!
When/if it doesn’t, reach out, to me, a friend, or if it’s a deeper emergency, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now: 988. You can still dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255), but 988 is a bit faster and so much easier to remember. There are also options for Deaf and HOH.
Happy first harvest friends.
Also, remember to drink water.
All the b.e.s.t,
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