Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Ten of Pentacles β€” Tarot of a Moon Garden

Artist: Karen Marie Sweikhardt


Tell me something about my relationship with the wilderness, I asked,
and drew the Ten of Coins, reversed.


Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verseβ€”and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wildernessβ€”
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.


β€” The RubΓ‘iyΓ‘t of Omar KhayyΓ‘m, translated by Edward FitzGerald

The Wilderness is all the riches in the world, unspent. The Ten of Coins reversed betrays poor resource management. The recent past of wilderness and human kind has been a fun relationship with no commitment on our side. Our side. All of us and not just me or you or him or her or them, them, themβ€” I speak in plural, all of us, for none of us are here alone amidst the Wilderness. As humans, we are oneβ€” and one against the Wilderness, it seems, judging from our actions as a whole. Stability has been undermined. Vast wealth has been squandered. True lovers of the Wilderness weep with a sense of loneliness and loss. The wealth was there and it is gone, ill-spent, the future left unplanned, our children wildland-impoverished. Only the wealthiest of all have found a tree to sing beneath amidst the Wildernessβ€” and know that Wilderness is paradise enough.

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