Monday, July 27, 2009

Nunkumbil-Promise kept, or hope dashed?

Daily Draw: Australian Contemporary Dreamtime Tarot ~ Nunkumbil

The Star is a card of promise, of brighter days or times to come. Or is it of darker days and pain to come? Tarot cards always present two sides to the story.

I'm reminded by this card of the sister emotion, hope. Promises of brighter days are short on the ground here, but I can always hope...

"Oft expectation fails,
and most oft where most it promises;
and oft it hits where hope is coldest;
and despair most sits." ~ William Shakespeare 1564-1616


  1. I'm a massive fan of the Tour de France. I was reminded, while reading your post, of Lance Armstrong.

    Although his story is one that I find personally inspiring (recovery from cancer to go onto win Tour de France) it is also one that brings up the question of hope as related to the Star.

    I often find myself wondering if hope is as truly passive as the card suggests? Or, like Lance Armstrong - a (I don't really know how to think about him ;) ) resolve or focus. A type of strength perhaps.

    Maybe I'm going off topic here and what I'm thinking about relates to something other than the Star. It brings up interesting stuff though about the nature of hope itself.

    The Shakespeare quote is awesome and stuff like that helps to keep a guy like me grounded in the here and now :)

  2. There is no such thing as off topic here Douglas, I appreciate and enjoy your comments and thoughts. I don't think it is possible for hope to be passive because it suggests action or intent on the part of the hopeful? Sharyn

  3. Totally, hope must be some kind of intention. I've read about people in prisoner of war camps who talked a lot about hope. In particular, keeping hope alive - something to be grown and nurtured. I used to find it uncomfortable reading when I heard their accounts of people who had lost hope - or when hope died.

    I always enjoy looking at the Star card. In fact, a friend of mine recently told me that when he focuses his intent on that card, he usually has some type of lucid dream afterwards.

    I have always had a strange relationship with the Star. It is so removed from Earth - like our Sun but further, that the Spiritual is never far from my thoughts. I do find this card to be uplifting in and of itself. However, like you pointed out, there is always two sides to every card.

    I really enjoy your blog - you always have a fresh perspective which inspires some new ideas (or refreshes old ones) in me!


I welcome your thoughts. Good bad or indifferent; opinions are the lifeblood of conversation and I always learn something from a new point of view. Thank you for visiting, Sharyn