December 5th, 2008

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

December 5, Born Poor and Needy

The excerpt that inspires the card for today is the same as yesterday. It comes from the Fourth Letter (1254).

“(19) Look closely, I say, to the beginning of the life of this admired one, indeed at the poverty of him who was wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a manger. (20) O marvelous humility! O astonishing poverty! (21) The King of the angels, the Lord of heaven and earth is laid to rest in a manger!” (22)

Yesterdays’ question was why it was vital for Clare’s spirituality that Christ was born poor and needy. The question for today is why it could be important to you that Christ is born poor and needy. (Compare this card you draw with yesterdays’ card.)

Why is it important me, or could it be of importance to me, that Christ is born poor and needy? 

I have pulled Seven of Disks (Pentacles) from the Tarot of the Crone.


Christ walks on the meandering road, coming in towns and villages. He experiences hostility and compassion. That Christ was poor and needy makes him accessible. He was just as we are: meandering on the road of our lives, experiencing many different things. 


On the card for Clare yesterday, drawn with the same question, Christ walks a straightforward path, and is carefully threading between fire and ice. Besides that, he is a much more powerful figure. On my card there is no figure at all, only experiences. My card is more relaxed, the road has more windings, there is more easiness. I like that.