Monday, December 15, 2008

Killing Time

Daily Draw: Tarot of the Cloisters ~ 7 of Vessels

I wonder what Pamela Colman Smith's intent was when she illustrated the seven of cups for the Rider-Waite deck in the early 1900's. When I first began studying tarot I often took this card to mean too many choices or hard choices, I'm more inclined now to see it as inability to focus. The world is our oyster but we have feet of clay.

I'm reminded by this card of the differences between the daily life of my great-grandmother who would have been in her 50's when this card was designed, and my life at 50-something.

For great-grandmother to be distracted she probably would have to physically leave the the house. Church, shopping, social events. When she was home, if it wasn't Sunday she was working like a beaver to keep up with her job as wife/mother/homemaker.

Today's woman of the same age group doesn't even have to get out to bed to be distracted from completion of tasks. Cable TV, computer, Wii, Kindle full of books, X-box, NetFlix, plus most of us have jobs outside the home taking away from energy to finish what we start. And the very fact that being in bed all day has lost the sin of sloth classification it once had. So we start too many things and then claim too busy to finish. I pledge to myself to complete one big task today. Something my great-grandmother would have had finished weeks ago no doubt.

"Modern woman thinks she loses something - time - when she does not do things quickly. Yet she does not know what to do with the time she gains / except kill it." ~ (adapted from) Erich Fromm 1900-1980

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