Daily Draw: Fairy Tarot Cards, The Chariot
What to get moving with? In yesterday's head space I remembered my half completed Coursera, 'Magic in the Middle Ages'. Picking it up again I found a reference to a recent(ish) book on Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and America. Thinking of doing a study and integrating that with the blog somehow...
I am reminded by this card that at the start of the day my rational brain was telling me the history of witchcraft was a frivolous direction of travel. At its end I was able to apply some of what I had learned about fear, and blame, orthodoxy and heresy, power and domination to the modern work context.
Perhaps my doctoral studies and history are complementary rather than opposing interests. Still I will need to maintain some balance between the one that I really want to pursue and the one that I have to pursue.
People said things like 'we had to make our own amusements in those days' as if this signified some kind of moral worth, and perhaps it did, but the last thing you wanted a witch to do was get bored and start making her own amusements, because witches sometimes had famously erratic ideas about what was amusing.
Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015