September 7th, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)


Just as yesterday I have pulled a card inspired by a part of a prayer of Francis of Assisi. 

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love; 
Where there is injury, pardon; 
Where there is doubt, faith; 
Where there is despair, hope; 
Where there is darkness, light; 
Where there is sadness, joy. 
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi

Today my question is based on the sentence: “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. (…) Where there is injury, let me pardon”. 

"How can I pardon?" That is the question I posed to the tarot. The card I received is Temperance from The Fantastic Menagerie Tarot. 


For me today pardoning means that I need to temper. 
Our Lady of the Fruits

Birthday Coming Up

Since my birthday is coming up I pulled a card to give me an image of my past year. I received the Moon from the Tarot of Jane Austen. Depicted is Emma, from the book Emma, anxious that she is might be not able to marry Mr. Knightley, the man she loves. Initially I was not happy with the card, because I remembered all my fears from the past year, and there were many. 


The Moon is not only about fear, the card is also about illusions. Soon the card brought back how I was caught in an illusion and became aware of that in the past year. Just as Emma became painfully became aware that she wanted to marry Mr. Knightley while she always had wanted to remain single, I became painfully aware of something of importance to me. 

The card fits, and I am grateful for the year that is almost behind me.