Thursday, 20 December 2012

Blue Lotus

©C&J Matthews & W. Kingham
Another interesting Major from the Steampunk Tarot: Gods of the Machine (Connections, 2012) greets us today.

Here we have the Horologer, equivalent to the Hierophant in traditional decks.  He stands in front of two huge spheres that dangle from a contraption attached to the ceiling, which makes me think of the mechanism of an old grandfather clock we had when I was a child.  Above that, three clocks tell different times, while further in the background are a huge variety of clocks, both wall-mounted and on pedestals. 

In front of the Horologer is a glowing, blue, multi-petalled flower, which seems to be part of a smaller clock, judging by the bits and bobs scattered around it.  He studies it through a pair of tinted goggles with various lenses and attachments.  There is also a small hourglass to one side, its sands slowing draining down.

This reminds me of the fact that the Industrial Revolution introduced clocks as a means of controlling people, institutionalising how we live by controlling when we do things: get up, go to work, have lunch, clock off...  That same kind of rigidity and control is something I often see as the dark side of the Hierophant.  However, the more positive side is, I guess, a striving to understand time, the nature of the universe, and our role in it.

I shall have a couple of opportunities today to wrestle with philosophical and even spiritual questions, as well as some more mundane ones.  I'd like to do some work on the Celtic Lenormand companion book, which won't write itself.  I also have therapy this afternoon, and afterwards a call from one of Big Boy's specialist consultants.  He's been having a lot of issues over the last month, and we couldn't get an appointment anywhere, so close to Christmas, but at least we can have a phone consult.  Trying to figure out what's causing the issues, and then what to do about them, is definitely like trying to piece together a complicated mechanism without any instructions...

I am grateful for the spiritual strength to carry on.

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