The Rose Bowl

The Rose Bowl


Ancient and modern philosophies teach that light, laughter and love each enable one to transcend difficulty. The light refers to knowledge and to wisdom derived from undeniable facts, gained either directly through one’s own experience, or indirectly through study, observation and concentration. The symbol of the hermit, illustrated on the Tarot card, represents the wise man, who carries a lantern which gives just enough light to illuminate his next step, and thus finds sufficient knowledge to move forward.

Laughter, as we all know, is excellent medicine, and the perfect antidote to trials and tribulations. The ability to laugh at whatever fate has prepared is a sovereign way of keeping focussed, and can lead oneself and others away from disaster, through the power of the confidence that it demonstrates. As Rudyard Kipling says in his classic poem: “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you”.

Love inspires all people regardless of their situation. Love springs from something other than our own self-interest, and therefore releases energy within us, when faced with challenges that seem insurmountable. As Plato said ““The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings” .

These three qualities all generate hope, and have been conspicuously absent in much of modern culture in the past few decades; perhaps now that so much of the world is travelling through difficult times, they’ll make a welcome return together with their bedfellow, beauty. Without hope our lives will be desperate; with hope we can always create anew.

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Image: L’Ermite (The Hermit) from the Jean Dodal Tarot


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