Wooo Wee!! Are we in for a wild ride or what? The recent election and resulting current chaos is presenting us with some real challenges on all levels. I bet you are feeling challenged in all sorts of ways like I am. This feels like a wake-up call, where we are asked to show up with all the integrity and love in our hearts possible.
Tarot As Wholeness and Interconnectedness
I see fractures and polarization everywhere in a vicious cycle that feeds on itself. For me,the answer to polarization is not creating more but in finding the antidote, which is wholeness.
Wholeness does not mean that we are all the same or that we need to agree with each other or accept what we perceive as evil. Wholeness means that we realize that we are all connected in one way or another and what we do to another we do to ourselves.
The major arcana in tarot describes the journey through duality to wholeness. The
Fool meets himself in each of the 21 major arcana cards and integrates their aspects into himself. Her journey is completed when she meets the final card of the World where she now finds herself inside the circle of life with the realization that all life is interconnected.
A Tarot Spread To Guide Us
I turned to my favorite divination tool, tarot, to help me navigate my way through my own feelings and fears. Perhaps its response can be helpful to you too.
Here’s my question:
“How can tarot serve conscious evolution and kinship in these chaotic and potentially dangerous times?”
I choose Rachel Pollack’s “Shining Tribe” deck as it is my go-to deck for universal themes and deep reflection. I also used an oracle deck created by one of our southwest artists, Jan Wright, Hands of the Ancients, to set the tone for the reading.
Using a 3-card Tarot spread to tell a story:
The Hands of the Ancients card at the top shows Raven Mother emerging out of a kiva.
The Shining Tribe three-card story is:
- Place of Trees (Page of Wands)
- The Moon
- Nine of Birds (9 of Swords)
My short interpretation is:
- Use intelligent storytelling as a tool (Raven Mother).
- Set intentions according to our highest spiritual aspirations (Place of Trees);
- Allow the shadow of unexpressed grief (9 of Birds) emerging from our unconsciousness, collective and individual, (The Moon) into consciousness and let it fuel our desperately unused imagination to create a whole new menu of options.
What does this mean?
The Raven Mother tells us to be intelligent about the stories we tell ourselves and each other. Rather than repeating unverified stories or instigating more fear, tell intelligent verifiable stories. Offer an alternative story that shows us rising to the occasion or share actions that can be taken rather than feeding the “we’re all going to die!” story drama.
The Place of Trees asked us to define “what is our intention?” Mine is to see myself in what I call “the other”. Heal the illusion of separation. What does it mean to be interconnected? How is this person flying a confederate flag my brother?
The Nine of Birds is unexpressed grief. How easy is it, when we don’t own our own grief or fear to project it onto another? To blame others and get angry? How would it be just to say “I’m sad and I’m scared”? What kind of dialogue would that open?
The Moon is telling me that there is an emergence of the shadow at this time and important work to be done. I have found these two articles that speak of long historical cycles and the concept of the shadow very pertinent to how I carefully walk my path through this post-election season. “History Tells Us…..” and “America’s Shadow”. We may find it beneficial to cooling the heated emotions and rhetoric by recognizing our individual and collective shadows, allowing them to emerge and own them. Rather than seeing someone on the opposite side of our political preferences and reacting to them with anger and incomprehension, we can recognize that we are all in pain, are scared, and reacting from an empathetic place even in our disagreement.
Now It’s Your Turn
Are you feeling challenged by how to respond in these times? Try doing a reading for yourself. All you need is a deck and a little white booklet to create your own story. Share your understanding in comments below.
John Muir had his own way of talking about our interconnectedness with all of life.
“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.”