Tarot Daily Draw: The Star

What comes up when I think of the seventeenth Major Arcana, The Star?

!hope

That’s not a typo. It’s the title (and beginning) of one of my favorite e.e. cummings poems:

!hope
faith!
!life
love!

bells cry bells
(the sea of the sky is
ablaze with their
voices)all

shallbe and was
are drowned by
prodigious a
now of magnificent

sound(which
makes
this
whenworld squirm

turns
houses to
people and streets
into faces and cities

to eyes)drift
bells glide
seethe
glow

(undering proudly
humbly overing)
all bright all
things swim climb minds

(down
slowly swoop wholly
up
leaping through merciful

sunlight)to
burst
in
a thunder of oneness

dream!
!joy
truth!
!soul

— e.e. cummings, “!hope”

Doesn’t that sound like The Star?

Hope. Faith. Life. Love. Dream. Joy. Truth. Soul.

About a decade ago — in another life — I memorized this poem and those eight words became somewhat of a mantra. To this day I can recall the words; they really do make for good meditation. I’ve always toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo of them. Someday, I think I will.

Happy Vernal Equinox, everyone! (And Happy Autumnal Equinox, too!)

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