Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Twelve Days of Mary - Day Eight - Immaculate Conception

Today is the feast day of the Immaculate Conception
and in her honour I share the final card
in the Major Arcana of the Sacred Mysteries of Mary Tarot
Card XXI The World

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun,
 with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head -
Revelation 12:1

In the World card the archetypal journey of the Holy Fool
reaches its culmination.  Here we have the sanctification
of the ordinary world :  the sacred marriage between
spirit and flesh; nature and soul;  the ordinary and the sacred.

In the World card of the Mysteries of Mary
we see the Virgin Mary, the immaculate
conception, as both the perfect, immaculate
idea of the world as well as the
incarnate embodiment of the very human mother.

She is the Queen of Heaven and Angels
as well as the Mother of all Living Beings
and nature itself.
We have Mary, the woman,
the stag, the lamb and the wings of angels
representing the four suits and the four paths.

The Virgin and the Stag are ancient symbols
of the World and the Christ.  Here the Virgin,
the Immaculate Conception, is symbolic
of the world as an idea, immaculate from all sin,
born from inspiration and a perfect idea, and the Stag
is symbolic of the incarnate Christ,
the sacrifice and redemption of the sin of
the physical and natural world.

The horns of the stag are like the branches
of the tree, the ladder of the world,
ascending through the various stages
of life, from the physical to the spiritual.

Beyond our physical and psychic being, we have
to discover our spiritual being, our eternal ground,
and there the mystery of love is fulfilled.
Some may come to this interior marriage by
way of exterior marriage, others are called
by the way of virginity, but all alike have to experience
the virgin birth, the marriage with God,
before they can reach maturity - Father Bede Griffiths

I am participating in
Twelve Days with Mary love
as hosted by Rebecca at www.corazon.typepad.com.
This is an annual circle of connection and sharing
of inspiration and Mary love, much
wider than culture, religion or dogma.



  1. What a delight to find you using the words of Bede Griffiths, someone I long admired in life. His presence remains there for us to to live by. And, your information and shrine for the deck are so informative--and beautiful.

  2. You have put much work into all of these cards. Love all the symbolism here. Awesome Hettienne.

  3. What a wonderful post 'connecting the dots' and making beautiful sense of it all ~ Our Lady is a treasure ~

    Wishing you the magic and love of the Season ~
    artmusedog and carol

  4. Well, THIS Mary seems ready to take off in some glorious, holy dance---and I'm ready to join her!

  5. "the sacred marriage between
    spirit and flesh; nature and soul; the ordinary and the sacred."
    thank you for each bright offering. your generosity is monumental.

  6. These words, these words...so much to take in, but I must!
    I am wowed again.

  7. Beautiful image of the purity and royalty of Mary. Like how the stag seems to be protecting the little lambs and she seems tp be protecting the angels at her feet. Reminds me that we are not alone, we are lead and supported by a higher power.

  8. The gift of wisdom - of knowing to be birthed by Her Love as her child - the joy of being her immaculate conception. Ave Maria


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