Monday, January 30, 2012

Holding It All Together

January 30, 2012: Strength, Utah Maninni Two Tarot

This card was created by a Utah Pagan Community member known as Patric, who left our community four years ago to live overseas. Here is his description of his card:

Media: I take a lot of pictures around the SL valley, so I used them and some graphics I took off Lady A.'s pages to make my cards in Paint Shop Pro.

From things I have heard I guess the Gypsy Moon has been around since the very beginning of the Pagan community here. It has connected a lot of people. I thought that, and the Green Witch from the 2001 MabonFest my girlfriend and I went to, and all the natural stuff in and around SLC, might represent things that are persistent and compelling, including how the Pagan community keeps on keeping on, even here in Mormon-land. And I put in something about the community, because even though I knew about some of the old shit, it appears not to have wrecked the fact that people want a community and will keep trying to have one.

Strength upright: Even though you think you are not getting anywhere, no one can stop you if you keep on doing what you know is right. The way of overt power isn't it for you. Just keep on doing it however you can and you will succeed.

I think this description of the card is far more cogent than anyone could have believed it would be in 2005, when this card was created. Crone's Hollow, Salt Lake Pagan Pride, the Black Hat Society, Witche's High Tea, Bright Blessings in Ogden, and all the other manifestations of community here, are a testment to Strength as Patric defined it back then, when the community we have now was just  a gleam in some of our eyes. 

So--what about you? Today, what have you almost given up on? What do you need to hold on to? Where is your "strength", defined as "persistence", needed today for you, for your life, for your goals? You have it, that Strength. Keep on keeping on. You're holding it together, even if you can't yet see it.

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