Barnabas Powell I learned a new word today:
Each major arcana card stands for a stage on that journey - an experience that a person must incorporate to realize his wholeness.
These 22 descriptions are based on the keywords for each major arcana card. The keywords are highlighted in the text. A card's number is in parentheses.
The Fool We begin with the Fool 0a card of beginnings. The Fool stands for each of us as we begin our journey of life.
He is a fool because only a simple soul has the innocent faith to undertake such a journey with all its hazards and pain. At the start of his trip, the Fool is a newborn - fresh, open and spontaneous.
The figure on Card 0 has his arms flung wide, and his head held high. He is ready to embrace whatever comes his way, but he is also oblivious to the cliff edge he is about to cross.
The Fool is unaware of the hardships he will face as he ventures out to learn the lessons of the world. The Fool stands somewhat outside the rest of the major arcana.
Zero is an unusual number.
It rests in the exact middle of the number system - poised between the positive and negative. At birth, the Fool is set in the middle of his own individual universe. He is strangely empty as is zerobut imbued with a desire to go forth and learn. This undertaking would seem to be folly, but is it?
The Magician and the High Priestess On setting out, the Fool immediately encounters the Magician 1 and the High Priestess 2 - the great balancing forces that make up the perceived world. It is a feature of the material universe that as soon as we name some aspect of experience, we automatically evoke its opposite.
The Magician is the positive side. He represents the active, masculine power of creative impulse. He is also our conscious awareness. The Magician is the force that allows us to impact the world through a concentration of individual will and power. The High Priestess is the negative side.
She is the mysterious unconscious. She provides the fertile ground in which creative events occur. The High Priestess is our unrealized potential waiting for an active principle to bring it to expression.
The terms positive and negative do not imply "good" and "bad. The Magician and the High Priestess are absolutely equal in value and importance.
Each is necessary for balance. We may view the negative as our Shadow, but without shadows, we cannot see the light, and without a ground of potential, we cannot create. The Empress As he grows, the Fool becomes more and more aware of his surroundings.
As with most babies, he first recognizes his Mother - the warm, loving woman who nourishes and cares for him. He also comes to know Mother Earth, who nurtures him in a larger sense. The Empress 3 represents the world of nature and sensation.
A baby delights in exploring everything he touches, tastes and smells.
He cannot get enough of the sights and sounds that enchant his senses. It is natural to delight in the abundant goodness of Mother Earth who surrounds us with her support.
He is the representative of structure and authority. As a baby leaves his mother's arms, he learns that there are patterns to his world. Objects respond in predictable ways that can be explored.
The child experiences a new kind of pleasure that comes from discovering order.Life & Death. Mostly my own slightly warped view on Life, Death, and the world in general.. Not really, this follows the lives of Death (Steve) and Life (Bobby) Along with the other mythical/magical beings that generally clutter up the place.
Believe me, my journey has not been a simple journey of progress. There have been many ups and downs, and it is the choices that I made at each of those times that have helped shape what I .
The agonizing life-and-death choices which confronted these men were simply impossible to resolve through conventional logic.
Who among us could honorably pass such a trial? The same applies to other situations which often arose during the Holocaust.
If life is a journey, passage rites—initiations, weddings, and funerals— are the way stations that signal transitions from one stage to the next.
In Vietnam as elsewhere, these ceremonies are predictable events in the steady unfolding of a life, as inevitable as the change of seasons. I choose life. I choose blessings. If you have a hard life and you tell yourself that the life you have is the life God wants you to have, then be gentle on yourself, accept this thought and then practice a .
Every choice is a seed you sow, and those seeds produce fruit in your life – either for life or for death. And if we want to have the life Jesus died to give us – an abundant life full of real peace and joy – we need to make wise choices.