We need to take advantage of every possible opportunity that resonates with us--to show up--to not just think about it. The era of data collection is over. We have all read the same books, we have all listened to the same tapes. We all get the concept. Now, we have to turn it into action.
What is keeping you in bondage today?
We were each born with a seed of potential, a seed of possibility. That seed was planted within us, even before we opened our eyes to this expression of life. That seed has the potential to flourish and to grow, or if we don't find our joy, that planted seed of potential, can fade and show up as depression, discontent, anger, and more.
We often talk about "wanting to be spiritual," but being spiritual and taking care of our everyday affairs are exactly the same thing. There is no difference. With clarity we become ordinary––simply taking care of whatever comes before us. In this process, we develop trust that whatever shows up in our lives, we will meet it.
Every one of the seventy-eight Tarot cards speaks volumes about the human condition and about the human spirit. Among them, the twenty-two Major Arcana cards are especially eloquent on the subject of our spiritual journey. The following, then, are a few such insights that are suggested by one Tarot card in particular, the Fool.
The twenty-two Major Arcana cards in the Tarot deck are quite eloquent on the subject of our spiritual journey, and a particularly interesting aspect of these cards is the fact that duality is a recurrent theme throughout them. For example, the Magician and the High Priestess (cards 1 and 2 in the Major Arcana) form a dualistic pair, representing (among other things) activity and passivity, respectively. Consideration of these two cards in this light suggests some soulful insights, which we will explore here.
Duality is a recurrent theme throughout the Tarot’s twenty-two Major Arcana cards, which emphasizes the fact that understanding how to balance and integrate the complementary energies symbolized by these cards is an essential part of our spiritual journey. For example, the Empress and the Emperor form a dualistic pair, representing (among other things) the archetypal mother and the archetypal father.
How have three people in Orange County made a difference in the lives of African children? They started an organization that paid $2000 for repairs on a school in Gisenyi, Rwanda, bought milk for newborns of mothers with HIV in Bujumbura, Burundi, begun a campaign for AIDS awareness in both cities as well as other small projects that benefit children. In the US, it does more than raise money…it tells stories of Africa. It also conveys how much people in Africa appreciate that they are not forgotten.
However, it also lies within the power and responsibility of those who are being taught (and who are symbolized by the initiates on this card) to ensure that they are enlightened by tradition and religion, rather than enslaved or subjugated by them, since spiritual growth requires more than blind faith and unquestioning acceptance.
Nightmares care about us because they are striving to get our attention: yellow flag, flashing light, warning. Something is amiss and needs immediate consideration, probably change.
Lover's Card: On one level, this card is about love and romance, but there is much more to it than that...On a deeper level, this card stresses the importance of choosing love itself.