THE UNIVERSE- is your home; did you forget?
“Hence this life of yours which you are living is not merely a piece of the entire existence, but is in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance…Thus you can throw yourself flat on the ground, stretched out upon Mother Earth, with the certain conviction that you are one with her and she with you. You are as firmly established, as invulnerable as she, indeed a thousand times firmer and more invulnerable. As surely she will engulf you tomorrow, so surely will she bring you forth anew to new striving and suffering. And not merely ‘some day’: now, today, every day she is bringing you forth, not once but thousands upon thousands of times, just as every day she engulfs you a thousand times over. For eternally and always there is only now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end.”
– Erwin Schroedinger
This is our blip on the big screen; you and me and this thing we have named our life. This life we are living on this planet we have named Earth. This earth we live on that is in an orbit within the context of something we have named The Universe.
The Universe is such a big concept. What do you even begin to think about when someone mentions the universe? Earth, the planetary system, stars, the Sun, galaxies, the Milky Way, constellations, the Big Bang, black holes, meteors? All of it? None of it? How do we even begin to wrap the human mind around it? Within it? We are in it, it is within us. Joni Mitchell had it right when she crooned, ’we are stardust, we are golden” . Where to from here? A lot of questions, I know.
In the system of tarot, The Universe, represents the a moment of culmination, not so much along the lines of completing a transaction, a book, a painting or even a philosophical treatise; rather the completion of an aspect or particular path that we may have been on in our life journey. A large arc moment. It also suggests that said moment is likely one that is entwined with a purpose larger than yourself. An inter-stitching of self within the fabric of Gaia. To be met face to face with this type of moment on your life journey is indeed a fulfillment of grand proportions.
As I write this and, when I threw the Universe card last night, I will admit to being a little befuddled and somewhat overwhelmed. I even queried the deck twice more and the Universe came forward both times. I don’t know what happens ‘out there’, amidst those large arcs and ever widening ellipsis of things in this universe, of which we are a part. What I do see and sense and feel, with a sickening despair and sometimes rage, is that we are not really a part of this earth we inhabit, in fact I would find it more accurate to say we are APART from it. Distanced in almost every way possible. Amazon, Fresh Direct, texting, sexting, Tinder, swipe right/left Facebook, IG, all of it. And yes ‘we’ve’ been saying this for years, yet we keep leaning in this direction. The ‘we’ being those of us who ‘appear’ somewhat fringe to the establishment at hand, which is ABSURD, because I have the thought that there are very few people who have managed to extricate themselves from the necessities of the modern world, and those that do homestead, homeschool, re-wild and whatever, are often found cataloguing their experiences on social media for fuck’s sake. Look I’m not against it, entirely; I’m a part of it, entirely. Believe me, almost as soon as I post this on the site, for all 5 or maybe 30 of you to see, I’ll hook it up on Instagram and my Facebook page and what not. It’s more that throwing this card caused me to consider the Universe itself, more than the story it might elicit out of the pantheon of the Tarot.
Am I off topic? Forgive me.
Perhaps, as we are all hurtling through space on this little blue planet that we call ‘home’; as we are on this planet in this moment, careening toward the close of yet another year, as catalogued by the Gregorian calendar; we might actually hit pause on our personal ‘intentions’ and resolutions for 2018 and take a few moments to WONDER what the Universe actually is. Perhaps leaning into a more active relationship with it, through this process of wondering, we might actually start to consider the vastness of it all, the magic of it all, the almost improbability of our existence and how we even manage to stay alive in the face of all the destruction we create. I hate to suggest it but, putting band-aids on things doesn’t really do much anymore, we are kind of past that, cause we are all participating in it within the mind construct out of which the destruction grew. So I ask, how do we ‘stay with the trouble’ and wonder beyond it? I propose that The Universe card showed up to prod us, the 3 or 15 or 30 of us who might read this, to wonder BEYOND ourselves. We are stardust, but we are also finite within this corporal body we are inhabiting. It’s finite and therefore limits the possibilities of the mind.
This week I invite you to ponder making choices that reflect a consideration of the Large Arcs, to consider thinking from your Stardust body.
-We are stardust,we are a billion year old carbon,
we are golden
We just got caught up in some devil’s bargain
And we got to get ourselves back to the garden.
To some semblance of a garden.
– Joni Mitchell