My mom and her long time companion have just gone back to Italy after spending 25 days with me in Canada.
I was lucky to spend time with both.
While living and travelling with them, I had the opportunity to get reacquainted with my mom.
She looks very good for her age, but time passes for everyone. She has changed a lot. I was not prepared for it.
There is a new fragility about her. She has always been strong like a rock. The queen of Air I know, is now somewhat vulnerable. That changes the dynamics established between us over a life time.
Interacting with her has made me more aware of the changes in both of our lives.
As I reflect about family and heritage, I have decided to pick 7 Tarot cards to help me put into words what I am feeling.
The 6 of Water represents my childhood, my memories of growing up. It is a collection of snapshots of moments, feelings and experiences shared with people I once loved.
The 10 of Earth stands for my upbringing, for the times I grew up in, customs, traditions I have learned from my family and my country of origin.
The 2 of Water represents the love, affinity, loyalty and joy that I share with my family, my original pack.
The 6 of Earth is the give and get of every relationship. It changes over time and is different with every person, but at the base there is a common principal of fairness and cooperation.
The Wheel of Fortune reminds me of the inevitable passing of time and of the changes that come with it.
The now vulnerable children will grow and their strong parents will weaken. As adults they will perhaps have children of their own. If they are lucky, they will be able to depend on them when they too will become old.
The Lovers card speaks to us of love, loyalty and commitment. Of honouring our promises and making important decisions from a place of love and compassion.
Lastly, the Empress (Gardener) is the nurturing and creative side of life. It is our mother, the one that nurtures, protects us, guides us, encourages us and eventually gives us the courage and the space to spread our wings and become who we want to be.
Never is the circle of life as clear as when several generations gather together for family events.
What about you? What do you think? Would you pick different cards? If so, what cards and why?