Friday, 4 October 2013

New Beginnings

For our final day with the Babylonian Tarot (Llewelyn, 2006), we have the extra Major which Sandra Cicero added to this deck: Genesis.

A bearded man's head looking like a statue floats in a lightning-split sky.  Below, waves seem to crash around the figure of a baby, curled into itself as though in the womb.  This is the time before time, before words or numbers, when even the Gods were yet to be born.  In Babylonian myth, the universe was created by the mingling of the male Apsu essence - fresh, sweet water - and the female Tiamat essence - chaotic, salt water.  From this event, everything else followed.  Once again, the similarity to other creation myths, be they biblical or Judaic, is apparent.

Whatever your view on such stories, this card is meant to represent new beginnings or a completely new outlook on life.  This isn't when the Fool jumps into something new, but rather when the seed of possibility that there could even be something new germinates.  It reminds me a little of the Aces, but on a grander, more encompassing scale.

After yesterday's exchange, which ended up taking place late afternoon, today nothing has changed yet.  Still, the seed is there.  While I am mostly looking forward to the move, I do worry how my son will react to a new home.  This is a boy who has cried every time he's gone on holiday and had to go to sleep for the first time (and sometimes the second and third times) in a bed that's not his own.  Ah well, there are always birthing pains, right?

I am grateful for the calm before the storm.

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  1. That's not unusual. It seems to me he's just giving fuller expression to the same anxiety we all feel in an unfamiliar place. He's quite in the moment, as you've mentioned. The transition may take longer for him than for some (or rather, he will give stronger voice to it than some), but you'll all pull through. :) xx

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    1. Yes, we've started planning for it now, which I think is a big thing. We'll talk to him about it before the fact, and take pictures of the new place with us in them, to get him used to the idea. Hopefully, we'll be able to take him over there a couple of times before we move in, too. The more we forewarn him, the easier it will go, I hope :)

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  2. I agree with Carla. Is there any advice you can get around trying to smooth the transition? Like putting things there which will make him feel comfortable or intrigued by the new house?

    I saw this deck in Glastonbury. And many years ago in the old (split) Watkins (do you remember that?). It's much more colourful and interesting than I thought it would be. Have enjoyed reading your draws this week.

    Hope everything works out with your seed. We were trying to move for two and a half years before we did and then there were loads of complications when we finally did. It was stressful, but so worthwhile in the long run.

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    1. Oh yes, I remember the old, split Watkins :D It was just another of its delightful quirks. Ah well, at least it's still there...

      As I say, we've been thinking about what we can do to ease the transition. We'll have moved his bed before he sleeps there, so at least that will be familiar. And we'll talk about it a lot and show him pics...

      Yes, you guys really went through the wringer, though that is sadly not all that uncommon over here. Really such a silly system for house buying and selling! Still, glad you now love where you are :)

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  3. Yes I second with that. The only thing you can do is be there for him and let him feel how happy you are in this new place. And I presume he gets to keep his own bed. (Don't wash his sheets before you move to the new house. The familiar scent will sooth him) Try not to worry about it to much :) Hugs

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    1. That's a good idea, Ellen, about not washing the sheets. Though then they may smell of movers and a musty truck. Maybe just have clean sheets washed in the washing liquid we always use, so that will be familiar... Hugs :)

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  4. I've enjoyed 'our' week with this deck, isn't having blogging friends nice?
    I feel proprietary about the few blogs I frequent :)

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    1. Hee hee, I know what you mean, Sharyn. I also feel kinda lonely when I haven't been able to check in as much as I'd like due to other commitments :b

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