Sunday, 19 January 2014

A Grain Of Sand

Today, we have a Major card from the weird and whacky Phantasmagoric Theater Tarot (US Games, 1998).

In this version of the World, we have a male rather than a female figure.  And rather than dancing within the elements, he is sat at a table with representative objects before him: a plant in a pot, a glass of water, a lit candle, and a little cloud.  Very reminiscent of traditional Magicians. Above all that looms the male's head, which is a Eurocentric representation of the earth. 

All in all, it is a very non-traditional take on the World: stationary, male, clothed and rather cerebral.  Still, I like the bumpiness of the globe, the trees sticking out of it at odd angles, and the little sun and moon to either side of him. 

It's interesting, that idea of holding the whole world in our mind.  On the one hand, no wonder his head is so disproportionately big.  Yet, on the other, philosophers say it is possible to see the whole world in a grain of sand, so why shouldn't a human mind encompass it?

I'm unlikely to have time to gaze at sand today.  Still, perhaps I can find that sense of oneness with the world through a little meditation, and a lot of being in the world: there's not much that's more mundane than looking after a young child.

I am grateful for the reminder that I can see the big picture in the little details of daily life.

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