December 21st, 2008


Hidden Sweetness

Today the subject for the card is the sweetness of God. Sweetness is often associated with baby Jesus and restricted to that. We do not take part in his sweetness. In this passage from the Third Letter of Clare to Agnes, she is invited to taste hidden sweetness of God, and so to become part of it.

“(12) Place your mind in the mirror of eternity; place your soul in the splendor of glory; (13) place your heart in the figure of the divine substance; and, through contemplation, transform your entire being into the image of the Divine One himself, (14) so that you, yourself, may also experience what his friends experience when they taste the hidden sweetness that God alone has kept from the beginning for those who love him.”

Agnes will taste the hidden sweetness of God as a consequence of her contemplation. The question for today is:

What is the hidden sweetness of God for me, the consequence of my contemplation?

I have drawn an ‘over the top’ card, Two of Swords from the Victorian Romantic Tarot. 


A woman in white, like a virgin, clasps her hands before her breast. She stands almost in a devout gesture of prayer. I like the idea of ‘hidden sweetness’, but it feels also as a bit too much. This is what foremost is reflected in the card. 

That aside, the card shows refuge in a difficult period, which is the result of my contemplation.

Tiny Heavens

It is almost Christmas, the night of the birth of Christ. In her Third Letter Clare speaks about the birth of Christ. She says that the heavens could not hold Christ. They had to release him. The cards for day 21 to 25, ending with Christmas Day, circle around this themet:

“(18) May you cling to his most sweet Mother, who gave birth to the kind of Son whom the heavens could not contain (19) and yet, she carried him in the tiny enclosure of her sacred womb, and held him on her young girl's lap.”

The question for today is:
Why could not the heavens contain Christ? 

The card that I have drawn is Six of Wands from the Tarot of Prague. Seeing the card with the cheering angels, they saw him leave gladly. 


See also this later entry: