shrapnel number 1

The strength of weighted words
measured for resonance
and chosen for impact
hit their mark

the armor did not hold
and the sting became a wound
where these words pierced her

It wasn’t so much that she was called a name
it was whose voice was used as the weapon
to deliver this name that became the bullet

now she spends the wee hours
picking out shrapnel
which she is forming into bullets of her own

Finding Truth in an Empty Room

December 12, 2021 Reading Post

The Wild Unknown Archetype Oracle is one of my favorite non-traditional ways to explore messages through archetypes. Its divided into four categories of archetypes: The Selves, The Places, The Tools, and The Initiations.

One way to use this deck for a great weekly reading is to separate the cards into those four categories and draw one of each type to give you a focus for that week. The story I created through this practice this week is the story of how to find your truth. Lets begin!

We must first understand who what and where we are dealing with before we can put all of this together in one sentence.

WHO – The Unseen – The Unseen is the voice of the spirit, our unconscious, our ancestor that is trying to reach us through the fog. We can see that fog in this card, and we can hear/or see the message of the Unseen only when we can push past this fog. The Unseen is the clarity that is waiting for us to be able to hear and be present for. What is important next is to understand the tools and the place requred in order to clear this fog.

Where – The Empty Room – The Empty Room is a black box with nothing in it but yourself. No objects, no other people. Its hard to become comfortable with the idea of an empty room. We often think we need to fill it with things. But the only way to receive the message of the Unseen is to be able to connect with our present moment. To be able to sit in uncomfortable empty silence in order to receive this message. The Empty Room is both only us, and therefore all of us eternally connected through the present moment. Be in a place where nothing is in order to connect to everything, and therefore connect to the Unseen.

What – The Mirror – The Mirror is both a tool and a hindrance. In this scenario it is important to reflect long enough with just ourself to understand what we see when we look in the mirror. And then we need to put down the mirror and sit with ourselves as we are, and understand what we are distorting about that when we look in the mirror. The mirror helps us see those perceptions, but its important not to fall in love with that image, because it may not be the truth. See what’s in the mirror, then put it down and reflect on what is.

Why – Aletheia – The Whys, also called Initiations in this deck, are the big moments in life. They are things that change our life in big ways. Aletheia is a truth that fundamentally changes how you see yourself and the path you choose next. We know when we have found this truth because the room changes, what we see in the mirror changes, and it changes because we have connected with the Unseen and heard or seen this truth. It can come in the form of a story – when someone else tells us our truth and that makes us reflect and see our own in that sudden moment of clarity. It can be a conversation that changes the way we see something forever.

The Message – Step toward an Act of Truth by sitting in an Empty Room with the perception you have seen with The Mirror. The Unseen is trying to send you this truth, and it is for you to prepare yourself to be able to hear it. It may feel uncomfortable to sit this way, but once you find this message, you will find new footing in the world , and will be closer to telling your own story with peace and clarity.

With much love,

The Rambling Locksmith

the map

my heavy heart
is swift of foot
but somehow lies dormant

under red sands
and marbled skies
for many many sunsets

fried over
it’s hard to recognize
the scars
after they bake
in the sun
for years and years

one scar bleeds
into the next
until they form
a picture

if you examine
the picture
at different angles
it’s both a secret symbol


a map
back down
to where
the sources
of scars
lie buried
in the sand

Weekly Reading, November 7, 2021

A Story of the Two Cups

One of the most romantic cards in the deck, the two of cups represents two hearts meeting. I would like to dedicate this post to my brother and his new wife as this is the card I pulled for them on their wedding day, and it couldn’t be more fitting. The manner of meeting and how they become joined together can happen in all manner of ways, but the result is always a happy one. Here are some examples of the two of cups and their meanings. This first is the exact card for the newlyweds.

The Two of Cups in the Way Home Tarot shows two jellyfish that have met in a vast ocean, and are now effortlessly swimming peacefully and gracefully together. Everyday and every hour may not be able to feel this effortless, but that fact that you have found this in each other is miraculous. The Cups are about emotional connection which is not often effortless for a lot of us, which makes this message even more beautiful.

In the Santa Muerte Tarot the Two of Cups card shows two people who are able to be open enough with each other that they can refill each others cup and in a effortless way where this does not feel like a sacrifice. This is a joyous union created when we can find joy and solace in each other.

In the Brady Tarot cups are represented by horns and the 2 of Horns shows two Albatross and is called Union. Albatross mate for life, but only show this joyous dance at the start of the relationship. Maybe a reminder to keep dancing. They are also combining the water from their horns to form new medicine.

In the Tarot of the Divine the Two of Cups is represented by the story of Enkidu and Gilgamesh. Enkidu was created to defeat Gilgamesh, but instead Gilgamesh finally found his equal in strength. The two grappled for days, and instead of ending in one overpowering the other, it resulted in the two becoming inseparable and never wishing for the company of another. Finding someone who compliments or matches your strengths is a great thing indeed.


the skylark sings of safety 
where did it wander
how can it find this lost feeling

the armadillo sings of joy
how can it feel this thing
it cannot uncurl its heart to see

the starfish sings of sadness
a foreign place it’s never known
a frown it can’t physically achieve

the bee sings of laziness
because it cannot fathom
having the time to stop and think

Weekly Reading, October 3, 2021

A Study of Shields

Photo by Erik Mclean on

A dear friend of mine recently explained the difference between blocking and shielding. A block is an attempt to stop one move at a time and is focused only on the direction of that strike. A shield is different. It is intended to block many strikes from any direction. This made me want to explore different kinds of shields, and more importantly not just physical shields, but mental, emotional and spiritual shields. Today I’m doing this using the Way Home Tarot and the Enchanted Map Oracle.

Shields can be barriers and these barriers can be both helpful and hinder us. Sometimes we need to hibernate like the Hermit above. In this case we are shielding ourselves from the world in order to heal, but if we stay there too long we are just hiding from life, and that’s not protection, that’s stagnation.

Some barriers are helpful tools in order to allow us to complete a task. The frog in the four of pentacles is using the lily pads as a barrier to the water. The structure of the lilypad shield allows the frog to walk on water.

In many ways shields are a show of collective strength. A community is a type of shield, like the ant colony in the Three of Pentacles above. By working together we are able to protect ourselves by building one bigger stronger shield rather than each of us holding our own.

A shield can also be used as a weapon, although if that’s what you are doing, you should know that you are going back more to blocking than using the shield as its truly intended. The minute you aim a shield at something it becomes a block. But it could be a very effective block at the right time – two swords crossed together can be a shield.

I know what you are thinking – how the hell is this thing a shield. In my study of shields this week I have decided that the most powerful shield we can have is the ability to connect with the present moment. We cannot live in the future, it doesn’t exit yet – if we live there we are living in the ghostlands where no sheild is possible. Yes we should plan for the future and have goals, but we can’t live there. We also cannot live with the ghosts of the past, in a place that we have frozen in time and are trying to use as a shield to keep us from joining the present. That place no longer exists as well, and staying there is only harming yourself and not anyone else.

When we can truly connect with our present we are able to send energy out in all directions, farther than the heart or soul can see. Its the biggest shield of all, and maybe the hardest one to build in a strong way.

I wish you peace in whatever shield you need this week, and I wish all of us progress in staying in the present and out of the ghostlands.

Weekly Reading, September 19, 2021

The ingredients for a feast

This week just a fun light three card story from the Way Home Tarot. The 6 of pentacles shows some harvested herbs and garlic. Some painstakingly prepared ingredients for sure which required the passage of time in order both grow and dry some of the herbs.

On the left, the 9 of pentacles – a harvest from another well tended garden, this one has most likely taken several seasons to develop.

In the center, the 2 of wands, the conflict of the sticks is necessary to create the spark for the cooking fire.

Its a good example of three thigns that are important, but don’t work as well if they are not combined, in this case into a tasty feast?

What three ingredients would you focus on in order to create your long awaited feast?