Thursday, 21 November 2013

Blood and Water

With today's card from the Bohemian Gothic Tarot (Baba Studios, 2007), we are back to very subtle spookiness.

In this version of Temperance, a red-haired woman with white angel wings pours something from one cup to another.  She wears an elegant lilac evening dress with dropped sleeves, and stands in front of a pool of calm water.  Behind her, a hill rises, with rocks and trees and a light dusting of snow.  The sky above is a pale pink.

Where, then, is the creepiness?  Most obviously in the rocky outcropping to her left, where stones mingle with a skull, a snake, and a human face as fountain from which water pours.  More subtly still, the liquid the angel pours from one cup to the other is blood red, at least in the cup we can see. 

This card is often associated with balancing different elements and aspects.  Likewise, it is sometimes tied to healing, which is a way of balancing our body and spirit.  I certainly see that here, with her pouring blood from one cup into another, with symbols of death (skull) and healing (snake) beside her, and the clarity of water to wash away the pain and confusion.

Today, I need to find a better balance between getting lots done and procrastinating over the taxes, which I didn't touch yesterday!  I also plan to arrange some healing appointments for Big Boy, who has been suffering a bit lately.  Modern medicine has said it can do nothing more for him, at least in one regard, so it's time to try some other approaches...

I am grateful for the variety of healing modalities available in London.

8 comments:

  1. I hope you'll find a way to ease your boy's discomfort and to bring more balance in your life which I think, will be strongly connected to eachother

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    1. I hope so too, Ellen! Thank you for your well wishes :)

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  2. Hi Chloe! What kind of angel is this in the card? A fallen one? It´s a strange image.
    I send you mucha Fuerza y muchas Estrellas!!!!!

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    1. Interesting question, LM! Perhaps a fallen angel would better understand balance than a regular angel, having struggled with it herself :D Gracias, los necesitaré!

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  3. Yes!!! You are right! You are a Master!!!! :) Sos una Maestra!!! como decimos acá!!! I send you the more brighten Muchas Estrellas!!!!!!

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    1. I wouldn't even have thought about it without your comment, LM :) So, a team effort! Muchas Estrellas!

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  4. Awesome. Wishing you luck with the alternative treatments. Feel free to harass me anytime to vent or share experiences. The blood thing is weird, I admit! Maybe it indicates blood tests? Ok, that might be too literal.

    Hugs and healing,
    MM

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    1. It's funny you say that, MM, as just yesterday someone suggested I should get BB's blood tested for magnesium deficiency! :D
      Hugs and healing to you, too,
      Cxxx

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