December 10th, 2007

Lady Bosch

Second Sunday of Advent

Advent is a period of expectation, we expect the arrival of Christ. This expectation of Advent does not mean waiting, but actively preparing for the coming of the Messiah. It is meant to make us active in changing our lives for the better.

One of the central characters of Advent, who shows this kind of expectation is John the Baptist. He announces the coming of Christ. He sees it as his task to clear his path so that he can come. He preaches his coming and he baptizes people. By deeds and words he fulfills the prophecy of Isaiah: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight'. He asks the people of his time to prepare for the coming of Christ and he asks us to to the same as a character the liturgical year. 


The prayer of today is: “Help me take the steps to get ready, Lord, for your new arrival in my life.”

The question I asked the tarot inspired by this prayer is: How can I take the steps to get ready for the arrival of Christ in my life? I’ve used the Voyager Tarot and I received Three of Crystals, called Creativity. 


Firstly, I can get ready for the arrival of Christ by using a gift, my creativity. Secondly, since there is so many happening under the ground, a myriad of colors, and gems, from which not so much comes to the surface, the card might also suggest that I speak up if necessary, and not hide in myself, or worry too much about what I might have said wrong. 
new moon

Rosh Chodesh November, Looking Back

It is Rosh Chodesh, the Jewish Festival of the New Moon. A month ago I pulled a card for what I could renew in that coming month. I pulled Strength from the Tarot of Jane Austen. Back then I assumed the card would apply to the balance between work and family. And it did, but in the last week a conflict came up in which I had to steer my wheel. To put it in the symbols of the RWS card, I needed to find the strength of the lion but not the fierce and uncontrolled power of it. What I renewed was the experience in finding the balance between these two. It is experience of seeking this balance here that is important.  


I started Rosh Chodesh with a prayer; now I end it with a prayer.
Dear God, thank you for your moon, 
the Sjechina, your presence among us.
Thank you for the opportunity of renewal, 
and for my experience of renewal of this month. 
new moon

Rosh Chodesh, December

Today it is Rosh Chodesh, the Jewish festival of the New Moon. The moon renews itself each month. It comes, shines and goes away -as if it dies- to come back again as a tiny silver slice. It shows us that we have the opportunity to renew ourselves, and that God has the opportunity to renew him- or herself. 

The question for which I pulled my card is: what is my renewal of the coming month? The Empress of the Tarot of Jane Austen came to the table. Pictured on the card is a pregnant Anne Westwood from the book Emma, sitting comfortably in a garden. Anne Westwood is a happy married woman who devotes herself to her husband and the people close to her. 


My renewal of this month will affect my role of being a nurturer and a caregiver; it will touch the attitudes of being supportive and compassionate, being proud of my daughter who sings in the service of Holy Night. It will also revolve around delights: the pleasure of enjoying the Christmas season, the pleasure of food and of being together.

I end with a prayer.
Dear God, I bless you for the new moon,
for the Sjechina, your presence among us.
Dear God, I thank you for the possibility of renewal,
the renewal of you and the renewal of us.