Because it is Sunday, I chose a question to contemplate on. I chose the poem "The Bright Field" by R.S. Thomas, because my friend Simone, and my husband were inspired by it this weekend. The poem is about someone who has seen the sun shine on a field and forgot that, going on with his life. Later he realizes that in that field there was a treasure, a pearl of great value. The theme of the poem is that one needs be aware of what is of value.
I asked myself the question: "What is for me the pearl in that one field, which I have forgotten?" Then, I pulled a card. But first, the poem.
The Bright Field
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But it was the pearl
of great price, the one field that had
the treasure in it. I realize now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying.
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but it is the eternity that awaits you.
I was hoping for a Minor Arcana Card; there is more action there; they are getting a bit boring these saints lately. But, having said that, this card, The High Priestess (St.Paraskeva), really hits the mark. It refers to an inner conflict, and takes a stand in it.
Sometimes I think, why not a proper job? I like working with the tarot very much, but well, I do not earn a living with it. That means that I am not financially independent. Often I feel a fool doing that, taking this risk. In the past week this conflict -which is always there under the surface- flared up.
In this instance, The High Priestess represents what I am doing, counseling and teaching the tarot. The card points out to me that what I am doing is valuable and worthwhile, as the pearl in the field.
The first part of the poem by R.S. Thomas is inspired by a text from Matthew. The second part refers to Ex. 3:1-6