Daily Draw November 1st, 2012
SEVEN OF PENTACLES
The Dreaming Way Tarot came in the mail yesterday and the interpretations are slightly different for some cards, but in an interesting way. This is one that got me thinking a bit further. The original R-W card usually shows a farmer or gardener leaning on his hoe contemplating the seeds he has planted and waiting for them to grow. My favourite image on this card is in the Songs for the Journey Home deck. So, it’s a card of reflection and waiting.
Here it seems to be a reminder of shopaholism. Notice the belt around her midriff, it’s almost like a restrictive gag or medicinal binding, which reminds me of how some people use shopping and planning to buy as therapy. There are a few cards in this deck where people are bound in buckles or strait jackets. She’s done a lot of shopping as you can see by her bags, and spent a lot of coin, so it’s now time to reflect on it all. Perhaps rather than planning her next assault on the mall, she might contemplate using what she buys and being satisfied with it?
When I join groups on the Internet, for crafts or cards or whatnot, a great vibe seems to grow from the interaction of people. One of inspiration and anticipation, it steamrolls over groups whose members end up buying much more than they would otherwise. The stimulation is in obtaining good materials but also in learning new techniques and doing projects or studying together, feeling a part of things. It gets a bit heady and the fervour for buying things becomes ridiculous.
It would be more practical to nourish ourselves in other ways, or at least use the things we buy and nourish ourselves with them for a longer time. Reap the fruit but PAUSE for appreciation. Don’t get bound up in it all. I am easily influenced by others and find myself going mad for new patterns and techniques, or art and craft materials, when I already have a lot here. The people on a knitting forum I belong to spend hundreds of dollars several times a year and have stashes of yarn that could fill a whole living room, literally. And yet they scream and exclaim over the next big sale and buy three more boxes of stuff. I find it wearying, just as wearying as when tarot people buy and buy the next new thing, or when weavers own twelve looms and still want another one, or when spinners own 23 drop spindles, or quilters have double closets full of fabric. Then they destash so they can buy again because it wasn’t right the first time, and on and on.
We all do it. Similar to card or book collecting, one gets swamped and all the good things you bought in the past are overwhelmed and forgotten with the new influx. I don’t mind a bit of that because it is inspiring, but I really need to pull back and enjoy, to pause for a while and enjoy it all.
I have misplaced my favourite tarot book, Power Tarot, so I rummaged in my book collection and hauled out Sandra Thomson’s book Pictures from the Heart and have been enjoying browsing it, and she uses the Osho Zen Tarot for comparison which has always been a favourite of mine. So there was a small gem that got hidden by the influx of the new. It was nice to revisit it.
Pausing is peaceful.