Friday, 12 July 2013

Traveling

Today’s card from the Osho Zen Tarot (St. Martins Press, 1995) is very unusual.

This is the Eight of Fire (Wands), titled Traveling.  While the traditional image shows eight wands flying through the sky, and some more contemporary decks show people moving fast, here we have something quite different.  At first glance, we see a mountain ridge, and the sun in the distance, with low-lying clouds or mist obscuring much of the terrain.  Looking closer, we can see a tiny figure walking the path along the ridge-top. 

Speed does not seem possible here, nor is there any clear point of origin or destination.  There is just the fact of traveling, which makes me think of the journey of life, and sayings like “The journey is the destination”.  We have to keep on the go, there is no turning back, nor even any stopping.  While we may sometimes feel stuck, that sense of walking on the spot is unreal - life is still moving, we may just not see it.  Yet, the sun still rises each day on a new experience of life.  It may be similar to where we’ve been before, but it is never the same.

Ha, I do love the fact that life is always different.  Like the idea that the cycles of our lives follow a pattern like the sun, or like butterflies wings.  It loops around and back again, and it may seem we're in the same place.  Yet, if we look closely, we realise that there are differences.  Given that I'm currently in a place that hasn't been all that great in the past, I'm hoping the little variations hold the key to a different outcome.

I am grateful for the variability of life.

11 comments:

  1. This is definitely a strange version--but thought-provoking! Whenever I get it I feel confused. I hate to admit it. Maybe the mist adds to the confusion, but I love your interpretation. It has a kind of epic journey feeling to it.

    XOXO,
    MM

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    1. Funny, yes, I think the mist does add to the confusion! After all, normally this card is such a clear, fast-moving message :)

      Hugs,
      Cxx

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  2. The Osho Zen was the 4th tarot deck I bought, back in the long-ago when I was in single digit land of collecting decks.

    I have been enjoying seeing you use it. It is one of my absolute favourites. People complain about it but I like that it is different--makes you notice, and for relationship issues it really knows people and types. It holds up.

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    1. Hi woley,

      It was among the first four decks I bought, too, though I can never quite remember which order I got them in. The Radiant Rider Waite was first, and the Ancestral Path, DruidCraft and Osho Zen followed very quickly after :) I do still love it, and find the images often beautiful and haunting...

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  3. It was among the first four I bought, too. In fact, the first one I bought. Nearly put me off tarot entirely. heh heh

    I'd forgotten about some of these cards you've featured. I guess it's like not recognizing your ex in a photograph... ;)

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    1. :D It's one of the reasons I keep a database of my decks. I live in fear that I'll buy a deck twice by accident :)

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  4. Thanks for that. It helped me today :)

    When I squint, the image looks like a figure running. Am I the only one who sees this?

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    1. Glad to hear it :)

      As for the figure running, I can't speak for anyone else, but I don't see that. Might just be cos I can't imagine running up a mountain, with no end in sight :o

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    2. Oh I don't mean the little one.

      I mean, if you stand back from the card and squint a bit or look at the scan from a bit away, the dark areas of the card look like a figure with right leg extended, throwing arms and head back. It's a bit abstract but it's the first thing I saw.

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    3. Oh, I think I see it! How funny. It is like micro and macro. Cool.

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    4. Huh, yeah, I think I can kinda see that :D

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