Daily Draw April 24th, 2009
Oh dear, oh law, I’ve been up for hours brimming with energy and ideas. To celebrate, I am interrupting our regular Spring programming for another study with the Via Tarot and the book Symbolist Art by Edward Lucie-Smith.
As I was coming downstairs I passed through the kitchen where a bottle of sesame oil wafted its fragrance as I zoomed by. Let us zoom sesame oil into the mixture of disparate association today and see what happens.
ACE OF WANDS
“The continuation of the idealistic, symbolic strain in English nineteenth-century art was, however, assured by the foundation of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Part of Pre-Raphaelitism’s inspiration came from abroad, from the German Nazarenes; but part of it was drawn from Blake, who was now, in the middle of the century, again beginning to make an impact.”
Firstly, the Ace of Wands is one of my personal cards, perhaps the quintessential Zooming card. I mean “zooming” in the sense of racing ideas and intellect, when the right side of the brain takes over and pours out creativity and flow and immeasurable ideas and pleasure. Energy, burning hyperdrive, taking you for the ride you long for, the ride you’ve waited all your life to go on.
In this image she lifts the elixir of sesame oil, burning through the ether to heaven, the heat wafting like sparks of electricity. She sings at the delight of the scent, her heart racing, a thousand ideas from past millennia dancing by, captured by the energy she grasps and thrusts upward.
What she sings is this: “We’ll sing in the sunshine, you know we’ll laugh every day, we’ll sing in the sunshine, then I’ll be on my way.”
Spinning through time, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood picks up on the waves of energy and returns to the field to paint nature, reflecting the energy of roasted sesame seed ideas with a high smoke point, and Blake, sitting kilter in the continuum, naked in the garden reading poetry with his wife, has a vision of stir-fried vegetables in sesame oil, while the Nazarenes move from the academy to the cathedral of the Middle Ages, trying to recapture a high smoke moment in time, rejecting the canon, foreshadowing those of us who reject Harold Bloom’s assessment of James Joyce.
Today is about momentum and energy and human potential, and the river of ideas we share across time, inspiring and reflecting. Say it, dream it, make everything work, roasting and pressing it in your mind of fire.