Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Ship of Fools
This mini spread was found on facebook's Living Tarot fan page by Ferol Humphrey. I love her Tarot exercises because they can be so deep and meaningful at just the right moment. In her post tonight, she she wrote:
"SAILING ME FORWARD TOWING ME BACK TAROT~ Shuffle while thinking "What force is sailing me forward? What force is towing me back?" Draw one card for each. Name your deck, your two cards, and tell us what you make of the answer you got. Do you agree? Is this true? What question would you ask next after this answer? Given that neither idea may really apply to your life, see what happens anyway."
I decided to give this one a try on the spur of the moment because I had been recently listening to Robert Plant's song, Ship of Fools. I took it as a sign. ;) So I grabbed my copy of the Wheel of the Year Tarot deck, and for the first question, a card jumped right out at me. Justice. How does Justice sail one forward? Justice is the keeper of time. It's harmony, equilibrium, fairness, peace, and (of course).... justice. Justice for all, actually. Fair is fair. That's what sails me forward. Imbalances in power shut me down. Period. If I'm giving more of and depleting my precious energy in any type of exchange.... I"ll raise the proverbial anchor and set sail for more balanced waters. It's just not worth it in the long run to do all the hard work for someone. Chances are they won't appreciate it or you for doing it anyways. You'll end up being taken for granted. It will always be expected of you, and there will be nothing but unhappiness and a steadily growing resentment on your horizon.
The card for the second question came up the Five of Wands. This card really grabbed my attention. It shows two people arm wrestling, and the LWB meaning is: The test of strength. Competition, challenge, arrogance and brawling. LOL! How does that tow one back? It's just another added layer of extra work that turns you off about a situation! You're striving for equilibrium, fairness and balance, but the fight for more power on the other end just keeps going on and on. So I asked the question, "Tell me more about this power struggle." What shows up in this position? The Fool. At that point, I burst out laughing, put the deck back in the box and called it a night. XD You don't even have to know anything about Tarot card reading to get this one. Just think about the questions and look at the pictures.... Fool! :D