(This post is part of a Tarot Blog Hop, the brainchild of Stephanie Arwen Lynch. A group of tarot bloggers are all blogging on the same topic today, “How can I be the best candle?” in honor of Candlemas.
“How can I be the best candle?” I mused, and immediately flashed on one of my favorite poems by Rumi:
There is a candle in your heart,
ready to be kindled.
There is a void in your soul,
ready to be filled.
You feel it, don’t you?
You feel the separation
from the Beloved.
Invite Her* to fill you up,
embrace the fire.
Remind those who tell you otherwise that
comes to you of its own accord,
and the yearning for it
cannot be learned in any school.
In the Gaian Tarot Four of Fire, a woman stands within a sacred circle, the four directions marked by tall votive candles. A dozen smaller candles mark the rim of the circle. She is breathing deeply, allowing the energy of the desert night to flood her body. Energy moves up from the earth and down from the sky into her body. Kundalini rises, power flows, all blocks are gone. She is marking a personal rite of passage and exulting in her own empowerment.
This woman has, in Rumi’s words, embraced the sacred fire. She is no longer separate from the Beloved, but instead is filled with Her. Indeed, the Beloved has taken up residence as the candle in her heart.
How can I be the best candle? By opening my heart to the Beloved and embracing the sacred flame of passion, creativity and love.
How about you, dear Reader? How might you be the best candle?
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*Since I am a devotee of the Great Mother, I changed Rumi’s “Him” to “Her.”