22 - Roads or Paths
Astrological Symbol Significance
Taurus is Latin for bull and is the second sign of the zodiac. It is a fixed
earth sign representing strong stability but also stubbornness. The Taurean
can be patient, reliable, warmhearted, and determined. But from the dark
side, this sign can be inflexible, jealous, possessive, and self-indulgent.
The dirt on this path, the Oregon Trail, represents the stable earth
qualities of Taurus the bull. Travel along this path was most often
accomplished by oxen pulling covered wagons. Oxen, closely related to bulls,
are able to pull heavy loads under adverse conditions, and can survive
eating almost anything you put in front of them.
Playing Card Symbol Interpretation
Queen of Diamonds
This queen represents the need for assertion but also acknowledgment. She is
a mature-minded woman whose age may be hard to decide. On the positive side,
she is practical, has discerning taste, and is responsible in business and
friendship. On the negative side, she is a gossip who is spiteful and petty.
A traditional name for this card is Biblical Rachel. She was a non-assertive
woman who was willing to stand aside and let her sister marry the man she
loved so as not to bring her sister and family shame. She also displayed
practicality, as befitting a Queen of Diamonds, in that she gave her
handmaid to her husband to bear sons when she could not.
Artists Personal Symbol
A road with two arrows, each going a different directions. A choice must be
made as to which direction to go in order to continue moving.
This scene is on the grounds of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center just
outside Baker City, Oregon, USA. The signpost marks wagon wheel ruts of the
famous Oregon Trail, a covered wagon route that spanned 2,000 miles from
Missouri (middle of USA) to the Oregon Coast (west coast of USA). The lure
of free land and other opportunities drew at least 300,000 people to travel
this route in the mid-1800's. At the location in the photo, travelers would
still have had approximately 300 miles left to reach the coast.
Nearly 150 years later, over 300 miles of trail still exists and this is
part of it. The wagons were actually quite narrow so there was only one
gully-like path and not two separate wheel paths. Without the post marker,
I would not have been sure which way the trail was going so this is
definitely a decision point. The trail actually goes from the lower right
to the middle left of the photo. But it looks like there is a possible Y in
the road and one could go off to the right.
This card represents the road ahead leading out of difficulty just as the
Oregon Trail promised to be a road out of difficulty for those who traveled
it. Many travelers made choices along the route to veer in other directions
and not head for the coast, but quite a few did end up on the Oregon coast.
Any of the choices may be acceptable ones depending upon one's final goals.
p>The Roads/Paths card indicates choices and decision time. With this card,
one is at a crossroads and must decide which way to go. The trail continues
in more than one direction and obstructions in a future path may not always
be visible at the signpost. So, one must be determined and patient in order
to reach the final goal once a decision is made.
p>If the Clouds card is nearby, a detour is necessary.
Choice, movement, stability, durability, stubbornness.
Photograph from the artist's personal collection was scanned
into digital format. This photograph was created while standing at an
outdoor marker at the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center just outside of Baker
City, Oregon, USA.
The photograph was cropped and compressed to fit the card dimensions using
Microsoft Picture It! Express 7.0. Symbols and the borders were created and
added also using Picture It! Express.
zannamarie resides in northern Idaho, far enough from the coast
that the winter storms are snow and not rain. She loves traveling to
photograph the colorful beauty of nature's artwork, and then sharing that
art with others. She also enjoys unusual oracles and has been known to toss
animal crackers for divination and then subsequently consume them.
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