Sunday, February 13, 2011

Zen Quotes and Tarot - Freedom

"Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent." ~Krishnamurti

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Some Zen Advice From The Queen of Swords

Lately, the Knight of Swords ill-dignified (or reversed), keeps cropping up for me in readings. Not the easiest guy (or gal!) to have to deal with. He's prone to rash, thoughtless words and actions. Shoots off at the mouth without thinking it through first. He's often unnecessarily aggressive, and impatient and careless with other's feelings. Like an irrational, out of control thorn in one's side.

So, I got to thinking.... what would the upright Queen and King of the same suit say to this guy? A little while later I stumbled across a Zen quote that really seemed to fit for the Queen of Swords.

“Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind” ~Zen Proverb

In the cards above from the Robin Wood Tarot, the Queen has her hand outstretched towards the Knight as if trying to appeal to his "higher" self before it's too late. Because this Knight is about to crash headlong into the King, who is standing very solidly on higher ground with his arms crossed, and sword in hand. This Knight is about to be put in check (pun intended), if he doesn't get a measure of self control soon.

So for today, practice active listening instead of immediate reaction. Also, see clearly those whom you should steer clear of for the time being. (lol)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Zen Quotes and Tarot - Right Here, Right Now

"Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward--your destiny are here and now." ~Dag Hammarskjold

Cards are from the simply divine Tarot of Pagan Cats.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Zen Quotes and Tarot - Takin' It Easy

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished." -Lao tzu

From the Osho Zen Tarot:

The Knight of *Pentacles *(called Rainbows in the Osho Zen, and Shields in the Arthurian), plus the seven of Pentacles came to mind when I read that quote this morning. Like the Spring after the Winter, it too shall come in it's own sweet time. Hard to picture right now amid all the snow, ice and cold temperatures, but slowly the days get longer, and soon the thaw will be upon us. Tonight I will light a candle for Imbolc, and embrace the returning of the light. Pregnant with the expectation for warmer weather, I will practice patience.... and slow down in order to stay more closely attuned with nature. Quit chomping at the bit, and. just. take. it. easy. A world of fresh, new wonders will be your eventual reward. :)

From Legend - The Arthurian Tarot: