Ever since SoulCollage's Seena Frost introduced the concept of women as water bearers that I linked to on March 23, I have been thinking about water and its symbolism, and my relationship to water. I'm a poor swimmer and though I love to look at water, I've never been very comfortable in it when I know it is over my head. It has rained a lot lately, and I also read Alice Hoffman's Aquamarine and Indigo books for young people this week which focuses on mermaids, thus my preoccupation with water. I was delighted to trip across this site of Professor Christopher L.C.E. Whitcomb of Sweet Briar College called Water and the Sacred.
This is another card I have made in a series I am calling Water Bearer. This card is in the Council suit and depicts the innocent maiden contemplating water in a vision she has gathering water at the river to bring home to her family for drinking. I am the one who was baptized by water, whose water will break prior to the birth of my children, who knows the duality of mermaids, and whose ashes will be scattered on the Merced River as it rushes downhill from Sequoia.