A simple seeker of enlightenment had studied
and thought deeply about possible meanings of
the images portrayed on Tarot cards. She had
pulled a card from somewhere near the middle
of the pile and was now contemplating the
possible personal message expressed by the
Two of Pentacles (or Coins).
A juggler or clown seemed to have stopped
tossing two large discs, and was staring at one,
as if it represented, after deep reflection,
the chosen option between two lifestyles.
At the same time, a stormy sea behind him
also seemed to have stopped tossing two ships
One was atop a high wave and the other seemed
to be slipping into a deep trough. The boats
seemed as much at the mercy of the sea as
the discs were, in the hands of the juggler.
But, why did he stop and why did the storm
seem to have ended, and was now preparing
to ease its demonstration of power over
those who dared to risk its instability?
Why call the ocean unstable?
It can be.
Then it has potential to become, or
to appear to be more or less unstable.
What about the juggler?
What about him, or her?
The two large disks seem frozen in time;
one high and the other low.
Which is the object of focus?
The lower one, why?
Why do you ask?
To focus your attention on the relative
positions of the disks, and how this might
express a personal psychic message for you.
Yes. You were looking at details and not
at the general picture and the message
it might offer.
But, there is no steady middle point
in juggling, or in a stormy sea.
Nor is there any middle way to travel
Then, why do the wise ones speak of
a middle way?
They do not mean neutrality, as might seem
to exist between positive and negative ..
Or between good or bad?
Then, what does the term ‘middle way’ mean?
The true middle way is always on the side of …
Transcendence and truth?
Yes, but neither rigidly nor casually.
The middle way as relaxed awareness,
acceptance, and commitment?
Then, the middle way resists both neutrality
Then, how can a pendulum ever settle near
midway point on the positive side of its swing?
A perennial problem.