On Balance

Of life’s many difficulties, perhaps one of the most difficult is striking a balance; in all things. This is not because it is hard to do once, but because we must constantly adjust, as we are forever buffeted by winds of change from all directions.


Another (belated) tarot tuesday!

This week’s card is Adjustment. This card was famously redubbed so (possibly by Crowley?) from its original title, which was Justice - whose icon you can probably make out in the image, the woman with the sword and scales. 

I’ve read a nice justification for this, which is that “Justice” is a term that’s too coloured by our perception of morality. The universe isn’t “just”, which is to say it isn’t fair, in a human sense. But it appears to be precisely governed by certain rules (like Newton’s third law), and it constantly adjusts itself accordingly.

The card represents ideas of pragmatism, impartiality, sticking to the rules. Having rules can be fun, and useful; a challenge to explore what can be achieved within their limits. But it’s important to know when to drop them and venture out into the unknown.

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And I told him, I said: ‘One day you’re going to miss the subway because it’s not going to come. One of these days, it’s going to break down and it’s not going to come around and everyone else will just wait for the next one or will take the bus, or walk, or run to the next station: they will go on with their lives. And you’re not going to be able to go on with your life! You’ll be standing there, in the subway station, staring at the tube. Why? Because you think that everything has to happen perfectly and on time and when you think it’s going to happen! Well guess what! That’s not how things happen! And you’ll be the only one who’s not going to be able to go on with life, just because your subway broke down. So you know what, you’ve got to let go, you’ve got to know that things don’t happen the way you think they’re going to happen, but that’s okay, because there’s always the bus, there’s always the next station…you can always take a cab.’
—  C. JoyBell C.