IN THE HANDS OF MAN
He who creates a poison, also has the cure.
He who creates a virus, also has the antidote.
He who creates chaos, also has the ability to create peace.
He who sparks hate, also has the ability to transform it to love.
He who creates misery, also has the ability to destroy it with kindness.
He who creates sadness, also has the ability to to convert it to happiness.
He who creates darkness, can also be awakened to produce illumination.
He who spreads fear, can also be shaken to spread comfort.
Any problems created by the left hand of man,
Can also be solved with the right,
For he who manifests anything,
Also has the ability to
― Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem
I think we have been living, these past few months through the time of the Fool, only we didn’t realise it.
Our hapless Fool wandered into the winter with talk of new beginnings but with a lack of experience. They say that a journey begins with a single step and the Fool brings us to the edge of an epic journey...but it's all that stuff that happens out of the blue which is so disconcerting.
There we all were sailing through our own usual lives, doing whatever we do and all of a sudden the whole world is wrest to a halt at an alarming degree and all the things we took for granted are no longer a given. The Easter holidays and planning trips abroad, meandering around the supermarket throwing things into the basket without a care, popping to the pub or restaurant, even going to meetups and courses, gadding about on the bus or tube, these have become very sinister places to be. The face of life as we know it has changed its contours.
And today the sun shines, it feels like something out of a doomsday movie, the birds build nests, squirrels forage in the garden, a cat lies on the wall and flicks her tail and the dog wants a walk. It’s spring, how can we possibly be considering such morbidity and paranoia when there is so much promise of life?
In January I was asking the Tarot cards about the influences of the year ahead.
I kept receiving the Tower and Death but I just couldn’t understand at that time the propensity of what was in store. I thought it just referred to my current situation and as a result of dealing with it all things would change. How odd, then, that the world should mirror my personal dynamics, without coming across as being wildly off beam. I wonder if there could indeed be some insight there for all of us; maybe we are all mirroring what we need to drastically change in order to evolve and a virulent virus is the catalyst for such changes to happen.
Sixteen, Tower, is my personal card for this year.
Yikes! As I apprehensively step into its deeper meaning my instinct is to take care of my sanity. It is this that is perhaps is the most concerning, the sanity of a curtailed society, people beleaguered and thwarted in their every move. There is indeed the wound and as anxiety begins to peak, how strong can we be? How can we possibly understand the true nature of what lies ahead?
One worries about what will happen if we have total lockdown. You know, the families without a garden and living in small premises, the elderly already vulnerable, the street people, those living with other challenges, the list goes on. The world has indeed gone mad and it is for this reason that we must take on the mantle of the Emperor (it is the year of the Emperor) and create new communities, rebuild our lives into something more meaningful and heartfelt, stand up for what we believe in and become the conquering warrior in the face of an enemy and make peace.
This wound that is arising in the collective will indeed bring us to the brink mentally.
But we humans and our success as a species has been built on our ability to adapt and adjust. Society itself, back in the primordial dawn of man was based on altruism, ‘You scratch my back and I will scratch yours!’ It is to this we must return.
I drew some cards to illustrate the wound.
4 of Pentacles.
This card is all about stability, we are rocked by the lack of it now, so we must look for grounding, where can we place our feet to be steady? Accept the flow of the universe and go with it. Be grateful for what we do have and be helpful to others. If scarcity is troubling us then we look beyond things for our wealth.
2 of Swords.
We are at a crossroads, we are feeling without choice but actually we are never without a choice. We must choose the best course of action for now. It is a time for faith amidst crisis, the universe only gives us what we can handle. Be guided by our own truth and integrity
7 of Cups.
Be patient, we might feel that we need to plough ahead without knowing the full facts. Every experience has a multitude of potential and possibilities for our consideration. Keep it real. The road to love is a gravel path, the path is not perfect, making decisions is tough right now, don’t force the issue but instead think about a world that can be built from a vision and not a fantasy, a world that we have participated in creating.
Never say that you can't do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can't be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.
Master yourself, and become king of the world around you. Let no odds, chastisement, exile, doubt, fear, or ANY mental virii prevent you from accomplishing your dreams. Never be a victim of life; be it's conqueror.”
― Mike Norton