In November 2003, I started this Sacred Ordinary blog and for many years it was part of what I called my spiritual writing practice and I posted daily for a long time. I met so many wonderful friends, many cyber, and several I have actually met and continue to be part of my life. Blogging revolutionized my life--but then along came all forms of social media that caught my attention and a lot of us early bloggers began to slack off. It's all about reading in just a few characters now and I'll admit that I love Facebook.
But, Typepad just announced a new beta set of designs and since I'll be on spring break beginning next week, I think I'm going to redesign and try to do more in-depth posting again. The blog was technically never for just the public--it was a way of keeping track of my life. So, perhaps you'll see me here more often in the weeks coming up.
Today's post is one of two SoulCollage® cards that I made yesterday while with a group of friends. I've felt so stagnant for so long and somehow I seemed to break through. I'm also feeling physically better than I have in weeks and that helps.
This card is in my Council suit and I call it "The Rise and Fall of Icarus." This is what I wrote about it:
I am the one who loves Greek and Roman mythology and the eternal human drama and truths portrayed in the stories. Icarus’s story has followed me through life. Though I was never a risk-taker who defied my father’s warnings not to fly too near the sun or the sea when wearing wings of wax like Daedelus warned Icarus, I used this card’s wisdom to ponder instead the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes, another Greek myth but one that early Christian scholars adopted to describe renewal or resurrection. I’ve always related the two stories somehow—and because my own long life has been a series of peaks and valleys, flying high, then crashing, and then rising again and again, I am the one who is sometimes Icarus, but often like the indefatigable Phoenix.
Question: I really want to explore why these myths have impacted me so much. Where should I start?
The card instantly replied that I should reacquaint myself with both myths and see how they apply in my life today.