Sunday, 19 June 2011
A Heron and Two Jugs
Although wearing no clothes, this is a very modest version of the Star. So, perhaps less about vulnerability and emotional openness than traditional images... Likewise, the heron at the front of the card is seen in Celtic mythology as a creature that stands at the gateway between life and death, mediating between our reality and the Otherworld. As a bird that is also at home in the water, the heron spans elements - the rational and the emotional. Thus here there is less a sense of absolute openness, and more a sense of a logical, guarded willingness to connect with others, and share emotions.
I notice, too, that the woman pours out the water from one jug into a pool of water lillies, symbols of enlightenment growing out of the base reality of human existence (mud). Thus she shares not only emotionally, but in situations where we seek self-understanding and connection with the divine. The second jug spills its contents onto a verdant bank, suggesting giving even when there is abundance - not only giving when you see the need, but just for the joy of sharing.
I am grateful for the generosity of the Universe.