On Easter Sunday we remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ. According to Christian lore, his emergence from the tomb 2000 years ago proved he was the son of God. For Christians, this event signifies the new life we can experience when we embrace the Word of God.
But before Easter was a Christian celebration, it was a pagan one.
According to St. Bede The Venerable, the word ‘Easter’ was derived from ‘Eostre’, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and fertility. This is also where we get the word ‘oestrogen’ from (Makes sense that a female hormone would be named after a female being). Many of the traditions and symbols that play a key role in Easter observations have their roots in Her celebrations.
The very date of Easter betrays its pagan origins. It is always celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox. Nothing related to the date of Jesus’s death at all. However, full moons and equinoxes were highly significant for our European ancestors.
The period of fasting that precedes Easter is a reminder of the dire food reserves our ancestors were left with at the end of winter. Rations needed to be used sparingly. Much of the good stuff was gone. We suffer as they did.
The eggs that birds produce as daylight starts to increase would have been one of the first fresh foods our ancestors could lay their hands on. Same same for rabbits. Their breeding season begins mid-February. These were the first signs of new life. Thus their significance to the ancient Vernal Equinox celebrations: A festival of gratitude that the darkness was receding and the natural world was springing back to life.
Egg rolling and egg decorating customs were created to acknowledge the life-saving role of eggs at this critical time of year.
At its core, the Easter story has always been a reminder that no matter how bleak the world may seem, things can get better.
Whichever version of the story you prefer, Easter is a time of hope.
I love this David and Goliath image. Two men and a tractor turn up to dislodge the massive cargo ship currently stuck fast in the Suez Canal. It feels like a metaphor for these crazy times. There’s us with our little arsenal of tricks trying to deal with the overwhelming corruption and stupidity of the world.
The stuck ship is this…
Those two men are this…
The tractor is this…
The rest of us are this…
Of course, the blockage of one of the world’s largest shipping channels is no laughing matter. It is a very big, very expensive problem for companies which ship goods around the world. It will impose a cost that will eventually be passed down to us consumers.
But maybe, like Covid, it’s another sign from the universe that we all need to slow down and reflect on just where society is at in this moment.
Seven of Swords: Cheated of a normal childhood/young adulthood
If you’re middle-aged, you might be feeling like this…
Two of Pentacles + Seven of Wands: Juggling never-ending battles
If you’re old or have serious health conditions, you might be feeling like this…
The Devil + Death: Terrified of dying
Wherever you’re at, Christmas is a time to stop and remember…
The Christmas Star: There is ALWAYS hope…
Life CAN get better. We could be just around the corner from a turning point in our fight against the virus currently plaguing our planet. You could be one interview away from a much-needed job. One phone call away from loving support.
As Tarot reminds us, nothing lasts forever…
Wheel of Fortune: Life goes up AND down (not just down)
Wishing you and your loved ones a healthy and happy Christmas together!
Ten of Cups: Happy families (in whatever form they come for you!)
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Not even because I’m a close contact of someone who does.
What happened to me is symptomatic of a system in chaos. A society under stress. A modern workplace, which is so concerned about not doing the wrong thing, it doesn’t do the right thing.
A student diagnosed with coronavirus had come to school.
Teaching staff were informed we’d need to stay home until close contacts of this student had been traced. It was meant to take one to two days. Three days, tops.
Each evening, around 5 o’clock, a message came from the education department, informing everyone to stay home the next day.
This message came on Tuesday. On Wednesday. On Thursday.
And then it came again on Friday. After the three days had passed.
And then the next evening. And the next. And the next.
Until the entire school staff had done a full quarantine, regardless of whether or not we were a close contact.
For some people this was probably fine. But I live on my own. In an apartment. There’s no-one to do the shopping for me. I can’t get groceries dropped at the door. And I never knew, from one day to the next, that I would be staying home, so it was hard to put a system in place to get support.
Fortunately, my daughter returned from the country, and replenished my food supplies in the nick of time. But that was just sheer, dumb luck!
What made the whole situation more distressing, was that the school leadership team never once directly addressed what was happening. Oh yes, they implied we must all be at home. But they never asked how we were going, or if we needed support in any way. Just referred us to the department messages and available hotlines.
I suspect they were afraid of saying the wrong thing. Getting in trouble. There’s so much compliance pressure in schools these days, no one wants to do anything but what they’re told to do.
We’re so focussed on not doing the wrong thing, we don’t do the right thing.
And I wondered if Tarot had anything to say about this.
I think the lesson comes in this card…
Temperance: Finding the right balance
There has never been a system invented that takes into account every factor involved. Let alone, one that does this in the workplace. Yet we’re expected to be compliant to the letter, without taking into account other possible issues. There’s so much focus on ticking boxes in schools these days, there’s no opportunity to step back and ask:
What else should we be doing?
What are we missing?
Temperance is a card found in the Major Arcana. Or, as I like to call it: Life Lessons Tarot. Finding the right balance is an important lesson to learn. As the card points out, in its association with health, this is what maintains well-being.
Right now, it feels like work environments are this…
Justice Reversed: When the scales are out of whack
Don’t get me wrong! We need compliance in systems. As this card reminds us…
The Emperor: Boundaries
But we definitely place too much emphasis on it…
Eight of Pentacles + The Emperor: Intense focus on following the rules
I’ve written before about how Tarot contains a holy book that charts the journey of a human soul through all the stages and experiences of life. I call these cards Life Lessons Tarot. But they’re better known as the Major Arcana.
These lessons are divided into three parts. We’ve already looked at the first part: Childhood. The second part covers adulthood. As follows… Continue reading →
I finally got around to watching Westworld. Despite many recommendations from friends, I didn’t like it’s misogynistic overtones. Of course, once I started, I couldn’t stop. Which doesn’t mean it was perfect.
Here are my many thoughts on the Tarot of Westworld.