Stress: the Seven of Fire

Seven of Fire - Osho Zen Tarot
Seven of Fire - Osho Zen Tarot

Ahhh, two mornings in a row, I’ve drawn the Seven of Fire from the Osho Zen deck ( It’s also the second time this card has shown up in a Magician’s Musing’s post. It is subtitled: Stress. The image is one of the most interesting in the deck. It shows a multi-limbed character playing a horn and juggling candles while trying to balance on balloons.  Take note of the monkey in the bottom right corner of the card. This simian trickster is about to send our juggler for a spill. I think perhaps this card is a reminder from the Universe to get off the balloons and put down a candle or two before something happens to make them go down unwillingly.

So, what are you trying to keep ‘in the air’? Or, perhaps this card reminds you had a time when things were exceptionally busy and fate picked that particular time to give you the flu or a broken arm? Do share.

Taking stock, then ‘Letting Go’

In a previous post, I mentioned that my partner gave me the ‘Osho Zen Tarot’ for my birthday. I am still using this deck for my morning card ‘draw’, although, I have to admit that this month work has caused my morning Tarot routine to, more often than not, take a back seat. This morning, since I am at the start of a two-week respite from my main working world, I took a few moments to reflect on the cards I have drawn over the past few weeks.

Prior to my free Tarot Talk on November 26th, I drew the 3 of Water (Celebrations) and the 6 of Fire (Success). The night was definitely one of success and celebration. From this point on, the cards shift focus and, since December 1st, the cards I’ve drawn are as follows: the Seven (Stress) and Eight (Travelling) of Fire, the Two (Moment to Moment) and Knight (Slowing Down) of Rainbows, the Five (Clinging to the Past), King (Healing) and Queen (Receptivity) of Water and the fourth card from the Major Arcana (The Rebel). I can trace and reflect my month so far by looking back. I don’t dwell; I just look.

If you work with the Tarot, take some time to review the recurring themes over a week or a month. If you’re interested in studying the Tarot, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with the Tarot or to learn a new deck. Look and see if any cards repeat themselves. See if the cards link to any major themes that have occurred over a particular period of time. For example, I look back and see that the idea of taking time to enjoy the moment was prevalent in my morning cards. Upon reflection, I could have taken more time to enjoy the ‘busy-ness’ for what it was instead of ‘stressing about the stress’.

After you look back, note your observations, take a little time to celebrate and embrace the experiences you’ve had and then, in the words of the Osho Zen’s Eight of Water, begin ‘Letting Go’.