Tarot for Invoking Peace!
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.
When I looked at the theme for this week’s newsletter I felt a bit stunned.
What could I have possibly meant at the time of choosing this particular topic? As I mulled it over in my mind it dawned on me that Tarot is a super effective tool for finding balance, harmony and peace within one’s own life. I have often thought that Tarot has a predilection towards Buddhism in so far as it encourages us, when all else fails, to walk the middle path.
I have to admit the title is rather sweeping. What is peace and peace in what, where, how?
Yet, I do think that when we perform a consultation we are advocates for peace for the individual and if we can support that road to peace then the ripples will extend outwards into the environment. I have also wondered if there is such a thing as overall peace; what does that look like? Whilst my inner landscape may be calm and peaceful the world around me is in a total state of chaos and humdrum. I think that we come into this chaos to make sense of it...the big bang began with chaos and it is part of the dynamic of life itself.
In our pursuance of peace might there be a danger of extinguishing the evolutionary fire?
In the kabbalah, we have the sephira, Hesed and Geburah, in my simplistic terms this means the waves of mercy and compassion in Hesed are mirrored by the roar of retribution in Geburah. This action provides the framework for harmony and growth. Tarot teaches us time and again that a well lived life is one where we deal with challenges, learn from them, grow from them and transform from them.
We turn to our cards when we are in turmoil or are uncertain; we are seeking resolution or an insight for empowerment or authenticity which in turn brings a peace and understanding. It is often said that understanding is the real catalyst for a peaceful life.
We could describe peace through the 10 of Cups.
A spiritual fulfillment, an abundance of love, generosity and warmth...not that which is coming your way but what you are giving to others. This 10 suggests psychic wholeness and a connection to life itself. Inner illumination based on the knowledge human kindness and compassion. A realisation of the divine voice within and an acceptance of the overarching beauty in the world.
At this point I was going to go through the deck and point out specifically ‘peaceful’ cards then I realised that all the cards are agents for peace. Even the most difficult and challenging carry symbolic insights as to how a state of peace, internal or otherwise can be reached.
Enough already, let’s do a spread!
MY PEACEFUL SELF.
For the first two questions use the whole deck. Then from 3 to 7, split the deck into the four suits and draw a card from each pile for each placing.
What is hindering my peace?
What will help me be at peace?
What do Swords speak about my peace?
What do Wands speak about my peace?
What do Cups speak about my peace?
What do Pentacles speak about my peace?
How do I maintain it?
For card number 1 I got the Ace of Cups, implying that I am a bit static at the moment and perhaps in need of patience and compassion towards others at the moment, there has been little time for spiritual pursuits.
For card number 2 I got Knight of Swords. Think before I act and get out there and active again, have the courage and confidence for new projects and undertakings.
For card number 3 I got 7 of Swords. Overthinking will not bring stillness nor will sharing ideas or constant glancing at others and their success.
For card number 4 I got 7 of Wands. Be yourself at all times. Don’t dilute your essence for the sake of others. Concentrate on your own path and stop being the mediator.
For card number 5
I got 6 of Cups. Contact your special friends. Enjoy reminiscing but seek out those past experiences which can teach something.
For card number 6 I got 6 of Pentacles. Share with others who support you, yet at the same time don’t be overly generous. Any kindness given will be returned. Material well-being.
For card number 7 I got The Fool. Be courageous in all endeavours. Move forward with confidence. Be ready for new enterprises and avoid inappropriate life choices. Things may happen out of the blue but be centred within yourself and look forward to new beginnings.