Zap Oracle Card # - © Jonathan Zap
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You are interacting with a microcosm right now. Oracles are designed to be microcosmic reflections of the macrocosm of you and your relationship to the cosmos. A good oracle contains archetypal signifiers — cards, hexagrams, etc. — which capture many of the key overarching patterns of human life. The more of these essential patterns an oracle contains, the better it is able to function as a parallel microcosm.
This card relates to oracles and the principle of synchronicity and indicates a propitious time to consult oracles. Since you are consulting an oracle, this shows you to be presently in tune with the Tao. An oracle consultation is a conscious synchronicity, a microcosmic mirror of your macrocosmic orientation toward the Tao. Depending on the position of this card in your spread, you may want to do further readings on other aspects of your life. This is also a propitious time to reflect on your relationship to oracles and to learn more about them.
Only you can decide if the results you get from an oracle are random or oracular synchronicities (parallelisms between your psyche/life situation and the signifiers — cards, hexagrams, etc — of the oracle). What many people find is that there are certain times, especially when they are sincere in approaching the oracle (and truly in need) when every response is dead on accurate. At other times the responses seem random, irrelevant, even misleading, and this seems to especially happen when one is redundantly or indulgently consulting the oracle. In ancient times, and continuing into the present, people often approach oracles looking to have their ego preferences confirmed, to be flattered, or to get answers to questions when their own intuition or a previous oracle has already supplied an answer. Mechanically, (we all do this, certainly I have) we approach the oracle as if we were pulling the handle of a slot machine until we get a prize. The I Ching recognizes this tendency and has many relevant lines in Hexagram # 4, Youthful Folly. For example, “It is not I who seeks the young fool; the young fool seeks me. At the first oracle I inform him, if he asks two or three times, it is importunity. If he importunes, I give him no information. It does not further to persevere.” If you do persevere you may get random or irrelevant results, or, far more dangerously, the oracle may mirror your own trickster energy and give you the results your ego craves, allowing you to play the fool.
Essentially, a moment of consulting an oracle is a networked constellation of elements. The oracle, your psyche, the particular moment in time, the method of choosing one of the oracle’s signifiers, and the principle of synchronicity seem to be the chief elements. All of these elements need to align for an ideal moment of oracle consultation.
Consider this card an opportunity to examine your relationship to the oracle.