Yesterday evening in a manifestation of breast cancer patients, organized by our local hospital, I had a little table set up with my Inner Child Cards, and flyers for a workshop. The manifestation was held in an hotel on the outskirts of Heerenveen. “Shall I drive you?” my husband had asked beforehand. I had not accepted it, because this was something I could go to by bike. But when the evening was finished and I stepped outside, I noticed that it was dark, very dark. I had not realized that before. I had to bike through a dark wood all the way home. For long streches there were no houses at all, and on the spots with houses, they were far away from the bicycle-pathl. Now I understood my why my husband did his proposal to bring me. I was scared, and despised wearing an orange raincoat! I tried to see what was before me and beside me, and one time I thought I saw something suspicious, but it were only two people walking their dog…
Today I’ve asked the tarot a question about seeing in the dark. It is inspired by a spell for increasing night vision. You are meant to use a tiger’s eye stone (in a pendant or a ring), light incense associated with vision such as frankincense or clove, and wave the stone through the smoke while saying:
that I hold,
brown and gold,
Lend me vision
As cats see through
dark of night
My question is: "How can I have vision beyond sight, see as a cat through dark of night?"
I’ve picked the Motherpeace Tarot to work with from my little bag with five deck-titles, and I’ve pulled Three of Wands. The card is funny enough situated in a dark cave, as dark as my wood late in the evening, the cave is lit with torches. Children and a woman are drawing on the wall of the cave.
In the Motherpeace version of the Three of Wands the theme is childlike, inhibited creativity. Adapted to my situation it means that I must not be shy driving through the dark woods, hiding away in my raincoat (which is quite impossible in an orange one anyway), but direct my energy outward, showing a vibrant personality, which gives me the self-confidence of seeing in the dark. I also need to reach out more, making connections with all what is out there, to feel what is going on instead of trying to see it.
On the other level the card shows me that my way of “having vision beyond sight” is through inhibited creativity. Writing, drawing, using my imagination and do all this in a playful way, helps me to see what is beyond sight.
Poem and spell: Elizabeth Barrette, “Night Vision Spell”. In: Llewellyn’s Witches’ Spell-A-Day Almanac, Llewellyn, 2006 (May 10).