Ashes and Penance
from keeping on trying
to get a spark from two stones
From relighting a candle
That keeps going out
from a fire that burned down to its heart
and kept everyone warm
these are ashes worth wearing
-many hours in the company of three-years-olds
-a year’s close study of an elder tree
-giving thanks for the rain and the sun
That fall on you anyway
-learning to see the funny side
of your coals of fire.
Kathy Galloway, from Eggs and Ashes, Wild Goose Publications
Since I already dived in a sin today, the theme for my card is not derived from second part of the poem about penance, but from the first part. I’ve chosen the first sentence: “…powdery grey from keeping on trying to get a spark from two stones…” The subject is: “What I have tried, and tried and tried again.” I used the Voyager Tarot and I have picked the Sensor (Woman of Wands).
Many symbols on the card depict sensing, the headdress, the cat and the feathers for instance. I sensed the interpretation of cards, people and groups, using my brains and my sensitivity day after day. There is a great freedom in this card, pictured by the dancing woman in the middle. The challenge in the card is being or feeling free while sensing a lot of things. That is what I have tried, again and again.