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Sunday, June 14, 2009

being the Heirophant


This morning, as part of my journal-keeping practice, I made a list of the parts of my life which have provided me with greatest stability over time (I see I am talking like Hierophant already). The list was simple: work and my spiritual practice, specifically the Tarot.
That being said, I returned to the chaos that is my studio. I was looking for a painted table cloth which had been the beginning of a quilt which I wanted to return. I searched downstairs without success and decided to try the plastic bins in the guest room closet. In one I found 3 quilts all just begun sometime in the last 5 years and all very interesting. (completion is not my strong suit) I remembered only one of them. One in particular excited me because the color combinations were just so weird and the idea behind it was appealing. I have been given several falling-apart quilt tops from the 1930s and 1940s and this appeared to be a quilt in which I intended to preserve at least parts of these old quilts in an interesting way. I realized with great excitement I was being the Hierophant, preserving tradition, just as it seems to be my destiny to do. (I went to graduate school in the history of art) I remembered an article by Thalassa
in "Llewellyn's Tarot Reader" from 2007 ( I think) about being Tarot and this morning felt like the proverbial Helen Keller moment.

5 comments:

  1. IZE, you didn't explain what the Dr Bronner's Lavender soaps are doing on your painting. ??? :)

    I'm so happy that we're both doing blogs now. I just became a follower of yours, tho before I had it bookmarked. This will be easier to check you with.

    Jimmy caught five groundhogs and relocated them, one at a time, over the last two weeks. Only one huge'un to go. Love, Lucky T

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  2. Dear Elizabeth I met you many moons ago at the AQN retreat and QSDS in Columbus and I too would love to know what you are using the soap for in your process. Gayle Pritchard and Susie helped me to reconnect with you...I think I remember you being plagued by ugly migraines and wonder often how you are surviving. I have had three brain interventional surgeries for brain anuerysms sp? Living with Lupus is always an adventure! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

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  3. reply to Susi,
    I am so glad you are following my blog. I will try to be disciplined about relaying news. Sometimes it seems out here in "puckerville" (to borrow a phrase from a friend who used to ride horses and refers to those sticky things you get on socks as puckers) life moves really slowly.
    As to Dr. Brommer's-well for all of us that shop at hippie-steelcut-oatmeal-in-the-bin coops-Dr. Brommer's Magic Soap is the soap for washing vintage delicate textiles. Besides all the crazy writing reminds me of a book one of professors in graduate school used to love and refer to all the time called "Cosmogony of our Forefathers" (I promise).

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  4. Mary Helen, How are you??? How could you possibly think I would have forgotten how you?!!!! We all shared a great deal during the years I was in the Ohio group. I am so sorry to hear about the difficulties with Lupus. You sound remarkably
    optimistic about your life. I am glad we are back in touch.
    Much love,
    Elizabeth


    EL

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  5. PS. My friend and native Mainer, to whom I turn with all questions local, has informed me it "Puckerbrush" not Puckerville.

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