50. Devotion

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Sleeping, weeping, cooing cry--

I sing a velvet lullaby

and hold this babe close to my breast

to calm a distressed soul to rest.

Protect from harm, from hurt, from pain
'til balance is restored again.
Sleeping, weeping, cooing cry--

take refuge in this lullaby.


Siren, 2020


There are ways that we cause harm: intentional or unintentional, to self and others.  If we know this to be true, we also must know that there are other ways that our presence  in people's lives can soothe and heal those harms.  DEVOTION shows a crane, holding two sleeping wildling babes-- one under wing and the other atop its back.  It appears to be a short, challenging life for these two tiny beings, but now (with the crane) they are safe, secure, loved, and supported.  The Crane wears a blindfold, as if the sight of the children doesn't matter, but instead that they are cared for regardless of appearances.  DEVOTION reminds us that all are worthy of that love and support, and inherent worth and dignity, regardless of appearances or differing lifestyles.  As there are different ways to offer support, DEVOTION appeals to our compassionate abilities, asking if this is a time to offer support as we would have it, or help as another person would accept it.  It asks us to be the fairest we can be in our interactions, and provide the support necessary for our loves ones to get out of unproductive situations.  If working with a project in progress, DEVOTION asks us to remember the core ideas and concepts that got us on board and passionate in the first place.  Lastly, this card has us examine our personal boundaries when it comes to the support of others.  care is not an infinite resource, and we are being asked to care wisely in these times.

The Shadow Suit addresses deeper layers and life themes, while asking us to make longer-term commitments and changes to our habits.  How can we fully embrace the experiences that make us more deeply human, and spiritual?

Could relate to: family issues, managing situations with friends who are harmful to themselves, being "the bigger person" in an argument or disagreement

Key Questions:

  • What things are both truthful and fair to say (or do) about this situation?

  • Am I offering unconditional love in a way that is not sustainable?

  • Is this a time to love a person as I know I can, or as I know they will accept it?

  • What's the next step to help my loved one grow closer to their potential?