Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Sunday Poetry Selection

Earth at Night – C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/NGDC, DMSP

— W.H.Auden

Now through night’s caressing grip
Earth and all her oceans slip,
Capes of China slide away
From her fingers into day
And the Americas incline
Coasts towards her shadow line.

Now the ragged vagrants creep
Into crooked holes to sleep:
Just and unjust, worst and best,
Change their places as they rest:
Awkward lovers lie in fields
Where disdainful beauty yields:

While the splendid and the proud
Naked stand before the crowd
And the losing gambler gains
And the beggar entertains:
May sleep’s healing power extend
Through these hours to our friend.
Unpursued by hostile force,
Traction engine, bull or horse
Or revolting succubus;
Calmly till the morning break
Let him lie, then gently wake.

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  • October 5, 2008, 9:13 am ARIE

    So much light, so much electricity,
    so much coal burnt.
    The trees and plants like the dark of the night. The artificial lights disturb them and they hate it.
    If I want to see the stars then I have to go deep into the wild.

  • October 9, 2008, 2:05 pm Begin - writing, yoga, and more

    Hi Beth –
    I’m new to Tarot, uncertain about my beliefs about paganism and magick but willing to be open.

    In any case, I love the look and feel of your blog and enjoyed your writing.

    And when I saw that you had posted both Auden and Oliver, I thought, okay, we have some things in common!

    Wishing you a wonderful day!