October 22nd, 2006

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Fiery Energy

Today I have pulled a card with the question: “Who am I today?” I use the Halloween Tarot, because I do not know anything about this tradition.

The card I have received is the King of Imps (the equivalent of King of Wands), this means 'I am' the King of Imps. Hard to believe really. 


I was at my mothers’ yesterday and today, which was emotionally exhausting. She has made a fall, has a broken wrist, and a bad pain in her back. I went to bed yesterday with a telephone beneath by bed, so she could call me by her mobile and we could call the doctor together in case the pain got worse. We did not trust that back. I was quite tired today and I have discovered that I have a sinusitis (a cold that gets stuck in the holes of the head).

But still, I really was that King today. I did not plan to go there (one does not plan in falls from mothers) and I had work with me what has to be finished tomorrow. I was deadly tired, but I had to sit down to do this. That is when I was that King. I stamped with my fiery staff, and sat down to do my work.

What is that little imp doing there on the card? Imps are little devils with lots of fiery energy (but nice ones), and fire is the element whisch mostly is associated with Wands. 

Why do devils belong to Halloween? Well, probably the earliest Halloween-tradition comes from the Celts. They honoured and prayed for their dead and ancestors at what is now called Halloween. They called it "Samhain". When the Celts were Christianized, hell and devil came into their belief-system. Hell and devil became associated with with the world of the dead, with the world of the ancestors and their wisdom. That means that it became something bad and evil. Contact with that world, that took place at Halloween, was dis-encouraged by the idea of the scary devil.

To be honest, there is very little information about the Celts. All about their religion can easily have been made up as an invented tradition. In fact, I think it is like that. Still, the idea of honouring ancestors and valuing their wisdom, and also the view that the world of the dead in a certain way belongs to life is valuable.

Literature: Silver Ravenwolf, Halloween, Llewellyn 1999.