November 8th, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

The Wheel of Fortune, a Second Time

Yesterday I taught the lesson of the Wheel of Fortune for a second time this week. The experience differed strongly from the first time I taught the Wheel this week. I suddenly became aware that the majority of the people in this group is finished with the course about the Major Arcana. The next time is the last time this group will be together. Here I met another aspect of the Wheel of Fortune. The Wheel turns: things change. It makes me sad. 

St. Godfrey A.D. 1115

Today I have pulled a card inspired by saint, not a nice one. It is St. Godfrey. He was a French monk and abbot during the twelfth century. His monastery flourished under his disciplined leadership. When he was appointed bishop of Amiens, he tried to apply this discipline to all the clergymen. He met so much resistance, that he almost stepped down as bishop. He died before he could do that. 


The lesson of his behavior is that you cannot force people into do something (spritual or on other areas of life) what they do not want to do, or force others to have the same opinion as you.

My question of today is: “How do I react when someone says to me, you’re right, but…?”

I used the Tarot of Jane Austen and pulled the High Priestess. Jane Austen herself represents the High Priestess. 


I laughed long and hard when I saw the card. My reaction is that I hold my tongue, while thinking, “I am right”. Very haughty. But not unwise in many situations.

Sometimes there is another reason to keep silent. I know by experience how difficult it is to do the right thing, or to change a lifelong not-beneficial habit, while you know it is the best thing to do that. And often the circumstances in which people live are complicated, packed with different loyalites for instance.  And although must say I lean too much to the Five of Teacups when I hear sad stories, the 'keep silent part' after hearing them, belongs to the High Priestess. 

Inspired by: Woodene Koenig-Bricker, 365 Saints, Harper San Franciso, 1995.