Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Spheres or Disks?

©Kurt Pilz
For this Tuesday morning, the Ananda Tarot (AGM Müller/Urania, 2003) and the Wheel of Change Tarot (Inner Traditions, 1997) suggest new beginnings, with the Ace of Spheres/Disks (Pentacles).

A pinprick of sunshine pierces the darkness in the Ananda image, creating a mandala of lighter shades within the dark clouds.  It also casts its light on a darkly translucent sphere that sits upon a wall or battlement.  Below and in the distance we see a swampy landscape dotted with trees, which is also reflected in the sphere.

The Ananda Ace of Spheres seems extremely ethereal for a Pentacles card, not earthy at all.  I guess, though, it does rest on a pretty solid-looking wall.  Perhaps a reminder that our spirit grows from a grounded foundation, and that we are each a tiny part of the whole, reflecting it as well as being a part of it.

©Alexandra Genetti
The Wheel of Change image couldn't be more different, more rooted in physicality.  The earth itself takes centre stage, on a background of starry black sky. Around this is an off-set square frame, with coloured beads. Inset are four tableaux of a tree through the seasons - autumn and winter in the top two pictures, spring and summer in the lower half.  Above the frame, the top half of the card shows a pastoral scene, green fields, trees bright with pink blossom.  Below, we see a cactus-filled, barren mountain landscape. 

This card would work quite nicely for those that use reversals :) It's also a good mix of colours, both earthy browns, reds and greens, with blues, white and black thrown in.  It speaks to me of the whole spectrum of physical experience: the relaxing and the challenging; the warm and the cold; the small and
large-scale.

Today, Big Boy has a yoga class. He's been doing it at school, so we wanted him to cement that foundation over the summer holidays.  So far, I'm not entirely convinced by his teacher (different from the one he has at school). She's a bit too ethereal for my tastes, with a wispy om that seems to disappear more than vibrate, and a soft touch that I worry feels more like a tickle than a clear guide.  Perhaps, as a yoga teacher myself, I'm overly critical.  Certainly, I wouldn't want her job, trying to get lung children to relax and stretch!

I am grateful for yoga, in all its forms.

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