Tarot Card XIX: The Sun.Here we see an androgynous child holding a flag in his / her hand , riding a white horse with black manes. The divine child is naked because he has nothing to hide. He symbolizes innocence, freedom and creativity combined with wisdom. The differently colored horses of the Chariot , or also the horses of Plato, one with a ‘perfect’ character, and the other fickle and unruly, here are united in a single horse that the divine child handles with ease. The sun shines down on him, smiling, happily praising the child’s accomplishments. It symbolizes the regained innocence and long-sought freedom. The red-colored flag symbolizes the proverbial blood that has been spilled, all the effort that is put into the attaining of the ultimate wholeness. The conscious self has dominion over the fears and illusions of the unconscious self. The marriage between sun and moon has taken place, the male and female united - all opposites interwoven into one unit ; the great work reaches its fulfillment, resulting in the birth of something new in the world. The dark depth and imagination of the Moon unite with the clarity and expressive power of the sun. By expressing our creativity we are co-creators in this natural and ever-flowing creation. In this way we free ourselves from from everyday worries and limitations. The cyclic existence is now experienced as joyful, the rise and fall of streams of rest and action . However, sometimes we are blinded by our own charm or skills. Then our appearance becomes rather a hindrance than a helpful thing. It’s important to stay close to ourselves and we must face the world with an open and benevolent attitude; arrogance and vanity make us doomed to fail . Any person can appreciate the honest softness of a humble personality. The art of tempering; think of the fate of Narcissus. The doomed beauty; However, nature shows selflessness.
(Illustration 2014 Wilco Lensink (me))

Tarot Card XIX: The Sun.

Here we see an androgynous child holding a flag in his / her hand , riding a white horse with black manes. The divine child is naked because he has nothing to hide. He symbolizes innocence, freedom and creativity combined with wisdom. The differently colored horses of the Chariot , or also the horses of Plato, one with a ‘perfect’ character, and the other fickle and unruly, here are united in a single horse that the divine child handles with ease. The sun shines down on him, smiling, happily praising the child’s accomplishments. It symbolizes the regained innocence and long-sought freedom. The red-colored flag symbolizes the proverbial blood that has been spilled, all the effort that is put into the attaining of the ultimate wholeness. The conscious self has dominion over the fears and illusions of the unconscious self. The marriage between sun and moon has taken place, the male and female united - all opposites interwoven into one unit ; the great work reaches its fulfillment, resulting in the birth of something new in the world. The dark depth and imagination of the Moon unite with the clarity and expressive power of the sun. By expressing our creativity we are co-creators in this natural and ever-flowing creation. In this way we free ourselves from from everyday worries and limitations. The cyclic existence is now experienced as joyful, the rise and fall of streams of rest and action . However, sometimes we are blinded by our own charm or skills. Then our appearance becomes rather a hindrance than a helpful thing. It’s important to stay close to ourselves and we must face the world with an open and benevolent attitude; arrogance and vanity make us doomed to fail . Any person can appreciate the honest softness of a humble personality. The art of tempering; think of the fate of Narcissus. The doomed beauty; However, nature shows selflessness.

(Illustration 2014 Wilco Lensink (me))

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting! The reason is because I have been painting. I painted this Marian image today. Do you like it? May you all persue your dreams and may your talents increase exponentially! Blessed be. )O(

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting! The reason is because I have been painting. I painted this Marian image today. Do you like it? May you all persue your dreams and may your talents increase exponentially! Blessed be. )O(

My favorite stone. A beautiful labradorite. This may sound strange, but I do not believe certain properties can be ascribed to particular stones. That is why I will not list a whole lot of information about labradorite. I just think that with the right intention a stone can be used in any ritual. If the mind is unfettered and free then so mote it be. Blessed be! )O(

Yggdrasil
The following is a little poem I wrote about how awesome trees can actually be. It explores the idea of life after death and the wisdom of the natural world. The original dutch version can be found here.

It feeds on the infinitythat has germinated in its core, its leaves still and that certainty, the secret of time: longing lies enclosed in the heart of humanity, not eternity. Before and after, we think, but it thinks not, it knows without knowing and feelswithout feeling -all that we have forgotten.
Shrunken all, rooted deep into the ground, yet it knows the power of freedom, a blessing, that shines from deep within its bark, unimpaired, raw as the song that it sings. Clearer than the rain from which it drinks, and so impenetrable,just like the invisibility of the modesty it displays, great in its bravery it reaches into the heavens,
and then, to be without fear.

Yggdrasil

The following is a little poem I wrote about how awesome trees can actually be. It explores the idea of life after death and the wisdom of the natural world. The original dutch version can be found here.

It feeds on the infinity
that has germinated in its core,
its leaves still and that certainty,
the secret of time:
longing lies enclosed in the heart
of humanity, not eternity.
Before and after, we think,
but it thinks not, it knows
without knowing and feels
without feeling -
all that we have forgotten.

Shrunken all,
rooted deep into the ground,
yet it knows the power of freedom,
a blessing, that shines
from deep within its bark,
unimpaired, raw as the song that it sings.
Clearer than the rain from which it drinks,
and so impenetrable,
just like the invisibility
of the modesty it displays,
great in its bravery
it reaches into the heavens,


and then,
to be without fear.

The Norns Urðr, Verðandi, and Skuld under the world oak Yggdrasil (1882) by Ludwig Burger.Daily Deity! Actually, today are three deities. The Norn are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. Urðr,  Verðandi and Skuld are the three most important Norns, according to Snorri Sturluson’s interpretation of the Völuspá. These three have inspired many, as did they inspire Kosuke Fujishima to create his famous “Ah! Megami Sama!” (Oh! My Goddess!) series. Just a tidbit of trivia. 
They are to be found spinning the threads of fate or carving runes into the tree Yggdrasil to shape the fate of all. The following was found here and here.
In Norse mythology, the Norns are three female divine beings who have more influence over the course of destiny than any other beings in the cosmos. They dwell within the Well of Urd beneath Yggdrasil, the great ash tree that stands at the center of the universe and holds the Nine Worlds in its branches and roots. They shape destiny by carving runes into the trunk of the tree, or, in some sagas and poems, by weaving destiny like a web or tapestry.
A common misconception is that the destiny woven or carved by the Norns is final and unalterable, as in the Greek concept of fate. The Norse/Germanic model of destiny, however, is far more dynamic and volatile than this, and leaves ample room for individual agency in the shaping of destiny.
The origin of the name norn is uncertain, it may derive from a word meaning “to twine” and which would refer to their twining the thread of fate. Bek-Pedersen suggests that the word norn has relation to the Swedish dialect word norna (nyrna), a verb that means “secretly communicate”. This relates to the perception of norns as shadowy, background figures who only really ever reveal their fateful secrets to men as their fates come to pass.
The name Urðr (Old English: Wyrd, Weird) means “fate”. Both Urðr and Verðandi are derived from the Old Norse verb verða, “to be”. While Urðr derives from the past tense (“that which became or happened”), Verðandi derives from the present tense of verða (“that which is happening”). Skuld is derived from the Old Norse verb skulla, “need/ought to be/shall be”; its meaning is “that which should become, or that needs to occur”.

The Norns Urðr, Verðandi, and Skuld under the world oak Yggdrasil (1882) by Ludwig Burger.

Daily Deity! Actually, today are three deities. The Norn are female beings who rule the destiny of gods and men. Urðr,  Verðandi and Skuld are the three most important Norns, according to Snorri Sturluson’s interpretation of the Völuspá. These three have inspired many, as did they inspire Kosuke Fujishima to create his famous “Ah! Megami Sama!” (Oh! My Goddess!) series. Just a tidbit of trivia.

They are to be found spinning the threads of fate or carving runes into the tree Yggdrasil to shape the fate of all. The following was found here and here.


In Norse mythology, the Norns are three female divine beings who have more influence over the course of destiny than any other beings in the cosmos. They dwell within the Well of Urd beneath Yggdrasil, the great ash tree that stands at the center of the universe and holds the Nine Worlds in its branches and roots. They shape destiny by carving runes into the trunk of the tree, or, in some sagas and poems, by weaving destiny like a web or tapestry.


A common misconception is that the destiny woven or carved by the Norns is final and unalterable, as in the Greek concept of fate. The Norse/Germanic model of destiny, however, is far more dynamic and volatile than this, and leaves ample room for individual agency in the shaping of destiny.


The origin of the name norn is uncertain, it may derive from a word meaning “to twine” and which would refer to their twining the thread of fate. Bek-Pedersen suggests that the word norn has relation to the Swedish dialect word norna (nyrna), a verb that means “secretly communicate”. This relates to the perception of norns as shadowy, background figures who only really ever reveal their fateful secrets to men as their fates come to pass.


The name Urðr (Old English: Wyrd, Weird) means “fate”. Both Urðr and Verðandi are derived from the Old Norse verb verða, “to be”. While Urðr derives from the past tense (“that which became or happened”), Verðandi derives from the present tense of verða (“that which is happening”). Skuld is derived from the Old Norse verb skulla, “need/ought to be/shall be”; its meaning is “that which should become, or that needs to occur”.

Today’s card! The Charioteer. Engrossing. The Charioteer traditionally pointed to rescue, abundance, but also war, blessing, vengeance and illusion. A very varied card, the Charioteer is a very good sign in the Druidcraft tarot set. It alludes to opposing principles that are being held together by creative means; they are polarities that are being bound together by means of non dualitistic action and thought.Here we see a charioteer with a confident pose of victory. She is in control of her horses and holds the reins with her hand at her second chakra; in this way she shows that she is control of her animalistic power, her instincts and sexuality.The factor time is illustrated as a wheel, the Wheel of the Year, in the colors brown, green, blue and red, which point to the four elements. Her checkered tunic and the black and white horse are a reference to her ability to control two opposing forces, that in actuality are connected polarities. It is a long journey to develop the persona, the everyday self. It is only when a center is found in our consciousness that we can begin to develop a naturally organizing principle within ourselves that manifests as willpower. By applying this willpower to make choices we can make progress in our lives that lead to achievement and success.One of the ways to overcome obstacles is by engaging in conflicts. The immature person that hasn’t found the inner wisdom in him or herself will try to trample others with their willpower, which only leads to more hindrances on one’s path. Wisdom and maturity are necessary to know when one must engage in a conflict or when it is wiser to take a step back. Our path in life is a constant dance of attacking and surrendering, of rushing forward and standing still: to open ourselves up to the silence within and to the beauty of life. This card may point to success, and to how this success is to be achieved. It may mean you will be famous in a certain field. Or it may allude to a mature sense of sexuality which will help you be initiated into the mysteries of the Grail. The Charioteer points us to the fact that control is necessary to overcome obstacles and to cultivate a strong sense of self. Seeing however that the truth is always paradoxical, it is very important to watch for the dangers of linearity and the dangers of having a militant attitude while actually surrender would be more beneficial. The black and white horse tell us that the world is not governed by opposing forces, but by complementary ones. These are extremes on one scale, not contradictions. To compete, to fight, and to surrender, to take a step back become two aspects of one process. This discovery, experienced in soul and body by ‘the Lovers’, is actively applied to the material world.
The true message, as stated in the Druidcraft tarot book, is: “Maturity and wisdom come forth from courageously facing difficulties and challenges in life. The key to success is knowing when to fight and when to surrender.”

Today’s card! The Charioteer. Engrossing. The Charioteer traditionally pointed to rescue, abundance, but also war, blessing, vengeance and illusion. A very varied card, the Charioteer is a very good sign in the Druidcraft tarot set. It alludes to opposing principles that are being held together by creative means; they are polarities that are being bound together by means of non dualitistic action and thought.

Here we see a charioteer with a confident pose of victory. She is in control of her horses and holds the reins with her hand at her second chakra; in this way she shows that she is control of her animalistic power, her instincts and sexuality.

The factor time is illustrated as a wheel, the Wheel of the Year, in the colors brown, green, blue and red, which point to the four elements. Her checkered tunic and the black and white horse are a reference to her ability to control two opposing forces, that in actuality are connected polarities.

It is a long journey to develop the persona, the everyday self. It is only when a center is found in our consciousness that we can begin to develop a naturally organizing principle within ourselves that manifests as willpower. By applying this willpower to make choices we can make progress in our lives that lead to achievement and success.

One of the ways to overcome obstacles is by engaging in conflicts. The immature person that hasn’t found the inner wisdom in him or herself will try to trample others with their willpower, which only leads to more hindrances on one’s path. Wisdom and maturity are necessary to know when one must engage in a conflict or when it is wiser to take a step back. Our path in life is a constant dance of attacking and surrendering, of rushing forward and standing still: to open ourselves up to the silence within and to the beauty of life.

This card may point to success, and to how this success is to be achieved. It may mean you will be famous in a certain field. Or it may allude to a mature sense of sexuality which will help you be initiated into the mysteries of the Grail.

The Charioteer points us to the fact that control is necessary to overcome obstacles and to cultivate a strong sense of self. Seeing however that the truth is always paradoxical, it is very important to watch for the dangers of linearity and the dangers of having a militant attitude while actually surrender would be more beneficial.

The black and white horse tell us that the world is not governed by opposing forces, but by complementary ones. These are extremes on one scale, not contradictions. To compete, to fight, and to surrender, to take a step back become two aspects of one process. This discovery, experienced in soul and body by ‘the Lovers’, is actively applied to the material world.

The true message, as stated in the Druidcraft tarot book, is: “Maturity and wisdom come forth from courageously facing difficulties and challenges in life. The key to success is knowing when to fight and when to surrender.”