December 3rd, 2007

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First Sunday of Advent

I remember that pulling the first card for Advent last year and not putting it in my blog. There was a reason for it although I cannot remember it, I changed the theme of entry or something like that. I regretted it all Advent. I do not want to have that again. Before my other entry about the first Sunday of Advent I picked another card. That card was inspired by a prayer in the calendar for Advent I follow here during Advent, but I could grasp why that was the theme of the day, so I choose another theme for my entry. The subject of the prayer was opening the door for people in need.

The question for which I pulled the card is: How does God help me opening my door for people in need?

I have received the most beautiful Ace of Swords I’ve ever encountered as an answer to this question. It comes from the Victorian Romantic Tarot. 


An fairy looks at a sword that is standing next to her. She might be contemplating picking it up or not. A sword has two cutting edges. Swords symbolize the power of thought: sharp, decisive, analytical, and clear. An Ace is always a gift.

Applied to my question: God helps me to open my door by giving me the power of thought that enables me to choose and decide to whom I open the door. I find the element of freedom important in the card. The fairy can choose to pick up the sword, to open the door, or not. By the power of thought I am enabled to choose.

There is another element of relevance here. People in need do not always need a sympathetic ear. Sometimes they need the power of taking their life in their own hands, and make decisions and break with old behavior patterns in order to make their life a better place. That is the power of the sword as well. 
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First Monday of Advent, Devils Play

Theme for this Advent day is faith (Mt 8:5-11). There is a Jewish legend which tells that the Red Sea did not first part when Moses stretched out his hand. Only when the first person jumped into the sea, the miracle happened.

The prayer of today is: God, be with me when I take the risks that faith requires.
This prayer inspired the two following question (too curious, therefore two questions).

1.What is the risk that faith requires (right now)?
2.How is God with me in that risk?

For the risk that faith requires I pulled Devils Play (the Devil) from the Voyager Tarot. Devils Play is the risk taking card in the Voyager Tarot. It tells me to live life to the full, to be unconventional, different, break traditions and have a high time. Having humor, that is important too on this card.

For the second question, how God is with me when I take that risk, I have pulled Two of Crystals, called Equanimity. God is with me as calmness; he helps me to stay clear, and distance myself to gain clarity.

Interesting, I faith requires me to take a leap from the rings of Saturn into a chaotic, ecstatic universe without boundaries, and in that God is there to help me to gain clarity, and stay distanced.