Friday, 31 January 2014

Blocking Out The Light

For our last day with the Tarot of Mermaids (Lo Scarabeo, 2003, mini 2005), we have another interesting variant on traditional imagery.

A mermaid sits in a shallow pool with rocks dotted around, and her back to us.  She holds ten oars, which fan out above her head in a cumbersome way.  To one side, there is a treasure chest full of gold, and beyond her we see a rocky island, and the sun setting in a glorious show of colour.  However, her hair blows out in front of her face, between her and the oars, blocking the sun.

One way of reading this suggests that taking on all those burdens has allowed her to accumulate a lot of material wealth.  Another, though, might say that she cannot make use of any of the money because her arms are too full of the oars.  And despite the beautiful sea and sky scape, she doesn't see any of it because her hair and the oars obstruct the view: her thoughts about all those duties and responsibilities, or actions she has to take, stop her enjoying the moment.

I've been trying not to take on too much, of late, given I've had a lot less time than normal, due to taking care of Big Boy.  Still, I do have quite a bit to do today - travelling earlier in the week sucked up a lot of my time.  And I also have a couple of obstetric appointments this afternoon.  Once again, a time to reassess my priorities.

I am grateful for the reminder to be in the moment.

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