March 4

03/04/12: The Gift of Now | Hanged Man, 10 of Pentacles

“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” Alan Watts

Seeing these two cards, they pretty much scream “Zen” to me—if Zen would ever be screaming, that is.

Now, there’s the religious definition of Zen, and there are working definitions. By nature, Zen is elusive. If you try to grab Zen, it disappears. It’s like trying to catch hold of infinite space. It’s defined by it’s lack of definability!


Suffering— the inner and outer being in disharmony—appears in every human life. We form attachments in a world where everything is transient. In that gulf between ideal and perception lives pain.

Not accepting what is? The Hanged Man would have us always, always let go. His contentment is other-worldly, allowing him to effectively escape the persecution of his predicament by finding contentment therein. He self-generates his peace, so it cannot ever be taken away. It’s not his experience that defines his existence. It’s how those experiences are worn. 

The Ten of Pentacles (Mercury in Virgo) brings us full circle, very much in the real world. Letting go mentally and emotionally, allow yourself to LIVE in  the present. Find your gratitude, and your experience of those blessings get turned up. In doing so, you’ll see, hear and feel the gift of NOW. No regrets or resentments from yesterday, no fears or worries over tomorrow.  Just here, now. Alive.

Do you consider “now” a gift?

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