We’re on Day 13 and marching towards the mid-way point of this challenge. Today, the question is thus: Is there a card that continuously stumps you when it is drawn? Why do you believe this to be so?
Oh, that is a good question, for there is more than one that stumps me still with this deck. The ones I am getting to grips with slowly and surely, are the Courts, so I won’t answer with one of those. Death in this deck is The Journey, so that one is okay too. Looking through the deck, I came across one that I have just gone: Huh? Oh, when did I last get you? And what DO you mean?
That card is the one we now see to the right: The Ancestor. It’s the 5th Major, which is usually Faith, but in this deck, it’s a totally different meaning and interpretation / story behind it. And also, because she’s hardly come up during 2012.
(The next two paragraphs are reinterpreted from the book)
The Ancestor carries with her the Wand of Wisdom. Akin this to the staff of a Bishop and we’re still linked in with the Hierophant image from the RWS.
She also carries a summoning drum and calls to all those that can hear it, to come and gather, watch the sun rise. She is blessed by the land and the divine knowledge that flows from the stars. She summons you by beating the drum to the heartbeat of the Earth. She represents a beginning and once you’re through the gateway, it is your task to stay on the journey before you and see it through to the end.
The religious connotations of faith, structure and holiness does not come through in this card.
It speaks to me more about tapping into the past, learning what went before, so we don’t make the same mistakes again (or at least try to) now come forth as I write this blog entry and listening to the call of our Elders, our Ancestors. I wonder why I hardly pulled this card out in 2012?