July 2nd, 2008

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Psalm 119, Justice - Healing Art


This is the creative assimilation of the spread I tried yesterday about Justice for the course about Psalm 119 (picture down under). I've put the card, which was on the left next to the judgement pillar, in the middle of the letter Chet. I’ve pasted white and blue paper over the black pillar of Judgment as water and air, expanding the water, air and mountains that are in the card, in order to make more room for the boy (myself) and to provide for less stern judgment. I also colored some of the white pieces pink (the color of the loving-kindness pillar) for comfort and softness en expanded the pink loving-kindness pillar towards the middle. The page is propped up to the faith-box that I made earlier. 

new moon

Yom Kippur Katan

It is Yom Kippur Katan, the day before Rosh Chodesh, the Jewish festival of the new moon. Yom Kippur Katan is a day to look back at the past month, with the accent on Teshuva, the Jewish word for the act of repentance, what literally means ‘returning’. I asked for my most important Teshuva this month. This was Ten of Candlesticks from the Tarot of Jane Austen. Pictured is Anne Eliot from Persuasion. 


My biggest turn-around this month was getting up from this piano to dance (…on the look-out for Frederick, whom Anne loves…but had sent away to her regret… ), away from a position of self-denial, self-loathing, and cruelty. In this month was the festival of the receiving of the Torah on the Mount Sinaï. Receiving the Torah, receiving spirituality was an important theme for this month. I think I can be grateful for all the things I am able explore on the my spiritual path, despite all the obstacles and road-blocks I meet.

I did not have the card in my thoughts that I had pulled for the past month, which was Death. The process I described above is a process that belongs to Death, but still I wanted to pull an extra card for the most important Teshuva regarding the card for this month, Death. 


This card was Knight of Candlesticks (Wands). On the card Catherine Morland and Henry Tilney from the book Northanger Abbey are driving towards the Abbey where many adventures will take place. Catherine really looks forward to seeing the house. 

When I pulled Death I associated this card with my daughter leaving the primary school. I made the transition of looking back to the years of the primary school to looking forward to the years of the secondary school. We as parents, children and teachers have had a wonderful party which helped the transition a great deal.