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Camera in the Boyer Charming Oracle

Below is the CAMERA symbol from our Boyer Charming Oracle that my teen son, Noah, and I have created. While this shiny divination and creativity tool features 60+ charms, I'm now creating a deck based on the charms (click here to keep track of progress on Facebook). 

Camera Crop

The keywords I've assigned to the CAMERA symbol include Recording; Capturing Memories; Documentation; Proof; Eyewitness. The Tarot card I've associated with CAMERA is the 6 of Cups, often connected to nostalgia.

In the late 1830s, daguerreotype was a complex, slow and expensive image recording process. Some still pursue this art form, especially for its "magic mirror" effect.

In the 70s, I remember the Polaroid Instamatic (remember those?). Talk about magical! We didn't have to wait for a roll of film to be processed; nosiree--one snap, out came a white rectangle, 30 seconds elapsed...and there we were!

Nowadays, the camera is ubiquitious, since most people have smartphones--and most people use them as cameras. Online applications like Snapchat and Instagram thrive on digital shutterbugs. 

The other day, I came across this prescient quote from Jackie O:

Jackie o

When I see how so many can't even enjoy a meal, flight or TV show without snapping a pic, tagging it and sharing with the world via social media, Jackie's observation seems so timely.

And it begs the question: can one truly live his/her life while recording it? Quantum physics says that the very act of observing an electron will change its behavior. So, if we're anticipating "capturing" a moment, creating a funny quip to go along with and taking the time to post the image--how are we changing what we're doing? Does our participation go deep--or roll like water off a duck's back, only to be remembered via Facebook post (but not in our sensory memory or emotional recall)?

When the CAMERA symbol crosses your path, ask yourself:

  • Do I really need to record this moment? Why?
  • How would you live if social media didn't exist?
  • What is the best way for me to live my life and capture meaningful moments?

 Until next time!

--- Janet (To find out more about our fun, innovative charms, please visit To like us on Facebook, click here.)


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