Well, I had some big blogging plans for this month, but this month did not want to go along with them. It's been a very interesting time for me, and as I look at my planner, I see where I've written down the cards that I drew for January for my big Year Ahead Spread. … Continue reading Checking in, January 2016
One of the biggest things that has influenced my life since becoming Buddhist actually has nothing to do with Buddhism specifically: daily practice. Many religions have daily practices built into them, and there are many daily practices that also have nothing to do with religions: exercise regimens or the practice of an art. The important … Continue reading A Spread for Daily Practice and Ritual
I'm back after over a month on hiatus. I returned from my wonderful trip to Vermont on August 8th and spent the next three weeks finishing my dissertation. Tarot was indeed a powerful part of my experience in Vermont and I'm drafting a post about it, but right now I thought I would do the … Continue reading What’s new?
So I decided to change the name of this blog to reflect more of where I want to go with it. This blog is definitely still a tarot journal and will document my journey learning tarot, but the more I get into tarot the more I want to integrate it into my Buddhist practice. In … Continue reading New Name: Dharma Eyes Tarot
The Buddha taught that we have four nutriments--the literal and metaphorical food that feeds our existence and keeps it going. Ultimately, one who has attained nirvana is said to have "exhausted" all nutriments, have no food to give future existences. From my perspective, since I don't think I'll become enlightened anytime soon, this all seems … Continue reading Nutriments Spread
The Dreaming Way Tarot, written by Rome Choi and illustrated by Kwon Shina was published in 2012. I'd seen many photos and reviews of this deck online and was attracted to it, but had no plans on buying it any time soon. But a few weeks ago something happened that shook me up a little … Continue reading Dharma and the Dreaming Way
Lately, I've been inhaling Holistic Tarot by Benebell Wen. In her chapter on creating tarot spreads, she says that when creating a new spread, you should really think about the larger ideological framework on which the spread rests. For instance, the Celtic Cross is based on, well, a cross. It has its roots in Christian belief. This … Continue reading 4 Noble Truths Problem-Solving Spread
Over the past couple of years, I have had the immense privilege to go on several multi-day meditation retreats. I say it's an immense privilege because it really is--I don't have children, the flexibility of my schedule allows me to take the time off, and I have the funds to pay for it. But it's … Continue reading Retreating and Advancing
Of the four minor arcana suits, Swords tends to have more than its fair share of dark and scary cards. Where to even start? The confusion of the blindfolded figure in Two who balances crossed swords on her shoulders, the pain of the swords in Three piercing a heart, the unethical behavior of Five and … Continue reading “Knowledge is made for cutting”: Swords, Intellect, and Suffering.
When I became interested in tarot again, I really had no sense of how it might connect to my Buddhist practice. I've been thinking about the relationship between tarot and Buddhism--as I understand each of these--a lot lately and haven't really seen much of a connection. I see Buddhism as my main practice which guides … Continue reading Bodhichitta Tarot Spread