December 22nd, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

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Frostbite is on the trees today again, all is white. The millers from the mill nearby our house are baking doughnut balls. It all gives the surroundings of our house an atmosphere of Christmas. 


Yesterday I have drawn a card to celebrate the returning light from the Winter Solstice. The question was: “What are you hopeful about?” I pulled Eight of Worlds from the Voyager Tarot called Change. I could not grasp the meaning of the card at first. But I know now. The card represents change, natural change, the change of the seasons that are depicted on the card. I do not like change. My daughter goes to a secondary school next year and who knows what will change more. My hope is I adapt to these changes, so much that it I do not feel them as changes, but just as a happy course of life. 

Feast of Fools

Today I’ve put the jester, the puppet that symbolized the “Feast of Fools” in the workshop about the Twelve Days, under the Christmas tree. While doing that I realized that the jester, which is being sold during Christmas time as decoration, not only stems s from the Saturnalia, the feast of the Romans in which slaves become masters and masters become slaves, and the Boy-Bishop tradition in which a choir boy is bishop from December 6 to January 6, symbolizing a world upside down. The jester also signifies Christ: the foolishness of God who becomes human and his message of turning the other cheek.