We have one card today, from a deck that we usually double (triple) up on. And I want to begin by talking about what it arrived here to tell us.
In this stack’s guidebook there are two pages of definitions. Some esoteric teachings on the one side, and a more direct explanation of the illustration on the facing page. They’re both derived from a foundation of ancient concepts, with no doctrine or bias attached.
“In Zen you are coming from nowhere and you are going to nowhere. You are just now, here, neither coming nor going. Everything passes by you; your consciousness reflects it but it does not get identified.”
The explanation then goes on to give examples of what a mirror might reflect. And not interact with, simply show. I have to disagree with the part about us being nowhere, but I do understand their approach, the thought/action of stepping away from this physical body (the mirror) but continuing our lives, as we did before we wore this shell, and as we will do again perhaps.
I know that some of you aren’t fans of this one, and that’s perfectly fine. We’re discussing etheric and metaphysical ideas, self-improvement, lovingkindness, and nothing else.
“Rebirth ~ 10 ~ Clouds: Mind ~
This card depicts the evolution of consciousness as it is described by Friedrich Nietzsche in his book, Thus Spake Zarathustra. He speaks of the three levels of Camel, Lion, and Child.
The Camel is sleepy, dull, self-satisfied. He lives in delusion, thinking he’s a mountain peak, but really he is so concerned with others’ opinions that he hardly has any energy of his own.
Emerging from the camel is the lion. When we realize we’ve been missing life, we start saying no to the demands of others. We move out of the crowd, alone and proud, roaring our truth. But that is not the end.
Finally the child emerges, neither acquiescent nor rebellious, but innocent and spontaneous and true to his own being.
Whatever the space you are in right now – sleepy and depressed, or roaring and rebellious – be aware that it will evolve into something new if you allow it. It is a time of growth and change.”
Yesterday there was the gift of knowledge, the blessings of, “…renewed clarity, focus, and purpose in your life.” Today that message is being validated by viewing it as a Rebirth.
The dreams I had this afternoon, just before beginning my day, were like a long line at the grocery store. Everyone is shopping at the same place, they just aren’t all getting the same things.
Baskets are filled with such a variety of items that as you glance around you’re kind of shocked by the vast array of selections. They have that here? Our message is about observing, not just what other shoppers have selected or how long the wait is until a check-out clerk is free, but about what WE tossed into OUR buggy.
You have everything you need.
Not to go all Dorothy of Oz on your ass, but remember her answer when they asked her what she’d learned? It was about acknowledging and appreciating what we have, not what we don’t.
Osho Zen Tarot
Everything is working out for my highest good.
Out of this situation only good will come.
I am safe. I am healthy. I am strong.
(From me, and Louise Hay.)