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Tarot Blog Hop: Don't Fence Me in

Posted by Sharron Basanti on


As I sit down to write my first Tarot Blog Hop post, I find myself indeep reflection . . . that stems from what is rising up in my heart space triggered by Gene Autry’s song, “Don’t Fence Me In.” I feel the words to the song could not be more relevant to modern living, especially for those of us who live in metropolitan areas. As you connect with the words, what does Autry’s song stir up inside of you?

"Don't Fence Me In" by Gene Autry
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evenin' breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don't fence me in
Just turn me loose, let me straddle my old saddle
Underneath the western skies
On my cayuse, let me wander over yonder
Till I see the mountains rise
I want to ride to the ridge where the west commences
Gaze at the moon till I lose my senses
Can't look at hobbles and I can't stand fences
Don't fence me in
Just turn…

I personally feel the struggle to maintain a connection with nature while living in a jungle of concrete and glass . . . despite having a gorgeous view of the mountains and inlet. The noise of the city creates a hum that becomes second nature to the ears of urban folks like myself. The disconnection from nature manifests in everyone differently. Perhaps in the form of stress, anxiety, depression or another expression?

I grew up in a small town in Northern British Columbia near the Alaskan panhandle. I couldn’t wait to leave behind the wild north. I studied hard, so I could attend university straight after high school. Now as I approach my mid thirties, I crave that slow life where nature and I aren’t foes but part of one enigma. I am not saying you that you can’t be close to nature in the city, but for me the two are separate entities that clash in a cityscape, as a deer couldn't freely roam the streets of an urban jungle.

What changed? Prior to October 2016, I was reading at a local metaphysical shop, organizing psychic fairs and teaching 2 to 5 spiritual classes a week via my Meet-Up group. I was living the spiritual city dwellers dream! When I created the Seeds of Shakti Oracle, my life changed. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment that I shifted, as the change was gradual, but subtle.

One day, I had an epiphany, I realized that I could live anywhere and do what I love, which I am grateful and will never take for granted. As you may know, my partner and I are moving to the Similkameen Valley at the end of July. I’ve spent every moment possible there since 2011. The move has been 7 years in the making!

The city makes me feel fenced in, but for you the city may symbolize freedom. I can relate, as an 18 year old, I was drawn to the city for that exact reason, but that is no longer true for me. Life is dynamic and change is inevitable. I’ve designed a card spread that helps explore the theme of freedom for those of you who might feel fenced in at work, in your relationship or in another aspect of your life.

Please tag me in your spread on Instagram, as I’d love to know how you connected! You can include #tarotbloghop in your post to connect with others in the community and to discover the blogs of the participants in the hop.





  • Travel safe :-) it’s always amazing how one moment can change everything.

    Jay Cassels on

  • This really spoke to me. Safe journey!

    Arwen Lynch on

  • What a great take on the topic, contrasting city life against country life. I love it! For a year or two I worked in a metaphysical store in Fort Collins, CO, not a huge city, but big enough. The store had just moved to a new location, in a row of connected stores right on the main drag through town, a busy road. I was just leaving and was at my car in the parking lot outside the store. I watched two deer come up to the road, cross, come towards me, looking at me, then walk right up to the front door of the store! Where they came from or went on to next I don’t know!

    Joy Vernon on

  • Absolutely saving this spread, thank you!

    Asali on

  • Great message—I will be trying your spread on the Full Moon. Well done!

    Aisling on

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