Re-enchantment relates to joy in everyday life
This blogger emphasizes Moore's focus on "magic in everyday life" as he takes comfort that a rock, a tree, and poetry will remain after our short lives.
Reviews and responses about contemporary American writer of A Religion of One's Own, Gospel: The Book of Matthew, Care of the Soul.
Labels: Writing in the Sand
The author Thomas Moore has a fascinating take on authority, and on patriarchy. In his book Care of the Soul (now stay with me here — I’m not going to go all ooga booga), Moore describes a true sense of authority as "the feeling that you are the author of your own life, that you are the head of the household in your own affairs." His rather radical view is that authority is the father aspect in all of us — men and women.
Moore’s take on patriarchy is also a challenge to the patriarchal politics: true patriarchy is an 'absolute, profound archetypal fatherhood', he writes. It is possible, in Moore’s view, for our social patriarchy to be like a benevolent father: providing a sense of direction, order, security, fairness, and a buttress of solid opinions and debate.”Walters continues, "I mention these ideas because of Berger’s point that women are searching for new ways to interpret authority; they do exist." Read this post and the comments. Hamis Hill contributes, "With economics being derived from the ancient Greek word for household management, which in those days was the province of women, perhaps the template for strong women leaders has already been set."
"Then I settled into the slower, more ambiguous search for what these cards could tell me, digging into the uncertainties, looking in the shadows cast by hesitation for what I might otherwise fail to see. Reading your cards, or having them for you, requires a kind of faith. You have to trust that a series of random occurrences has something to teach you — that hovering just behind pure chance is a sign that points to something you'd do well to notice. You have to get past calculating the odds in order to embrace what Thomas Moore has called 'the re-enchantment of everyday life.'
You don't have to believe deeply. You just have to behave as though you do. You have to give yourself permission to imagine and play with the possibility that the randomness of the world is speaking to you. You can use the Tarot as a technology for the expansion of your soul. You could just as well use astrology; or the I Ching; or ink blots; or the pattern of the flowers that have opened this particular summer day, in this particular meadow. The truth isn't in the cards, but in the dialogue you have with them — a dialogue that can both take you out of yourself and invite you to enter more deeply into yourself."
Labels: Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life