March 12th, 2008

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)




Williams Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company;
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Thanks to theshinysidein solitarywiccansthis poem. It belongs to her gift for Easter with poems and stories and recepies.

I wanted my card for today to reflect the spirit of daffodils. I have drawn my card from the Saints Tarot. I pulled the deck to work with from a bunch of deck titles and I wanted something else than Christian things, but I cannot escape Christianity, I have pulled the only Christian themed deck from the bunch. 


I have pulled the card Temperance in the person of St. Benedict -master of timing and the dividing of time- as the spirit of daffodils. There are no daffodils yet in the gardens in Holland, but you can see and enjoy them in the the supermarket and in flower shops. The flower shop on our main street has put has put many flower arrangements wit daffodils outside, which gives that part of the street a bright appearance. Daffodils are the foreboding of the spring to come, their dazzling yellow color accentuates gaiety and laughter.

St. Benedict as the spirit of the daffodils, tells me that to enjoy Easter, the announcement of Spring, you need to prepare for it, build in patches of daffodils in the midst of focusing on the suffering of Christ and our own suffering. It makes it possible to experience what Easter and Spring mean when it comes. 

Station 3, Jesus Falls for the First Time

Jesus was exhausted.
He was in pain.
He was going to his death.
The cross was heavy and he fell.
He was flesh and blood like us,
he was struggling.
                   From Eggs and Ashes, Wild Goose Press

The third station in the Way of the Cross depicts Jesus as he falls under de heavy weight of the cross. This station asks us to contemplate where we fall in our life.              


My question for today is: “Where in my own life do I fall?” I have pulled the Hiërophant as an answer, my soul and personality card. 


I fall in the crises of my life. The Hiërophant in the Voyager Tarot – the deck I have used for this reading – learns from the crises he experiences in his life. He is also a teacher. That is the take from James Wanless, the maker of the deck on this card. Through these crises the Hierophant gains wisdom. Crises help him to test lf what he has learned and taught is practical and valid and liberating. The crises make it possible that he changes his teachings that can be rigid and dogmatic, change his view on life and on himself.

The Hiërophant card teaches me that it is ok to fall. Not that I want to fall, not at all, I do not choose it – but at least I learn and gain wisdom from it.