Archive | July 8, 2015

Tying The Knot With The Wedding Knot

Rose Gold and Emerald Claddagh Ring

Rose Gold and Emerald Claddagh Ring

A Sunday Homily

Marriages around the world have a great many traditions. One of my favorites involves The Irish Claddagh Ring, which is one of the most widely known traditions around the world. The ring incorporates a set of hands representing friendship, holding a heart which represents love, and a crown on top of the heart to represent loyalty. It originated in the Irish fishing village of Claddagh, located just outside the old city walls of Galway, now part of Galway City.

According to Irish author Colin Murphy, the way in which a Claddagh ring was worn describes the wearer’s relationship status:

  • On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is single and may be looking for love.
  • On the right hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.
  • On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the fingertips, the wearer is engaged.
  • On the left hand with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is married.

The first records of production put the creation of Claddagh in the 17th Century. But the ring was not named the “Claddagh ring” until after the 1840s. There are several written accounts of the origins of the ring, each associate its creation with a famous Irish jeweler. None of which are particularly romantic and only one that I’d call interesting, but still not romantic. Continue reading

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Today’s Tarot Meditation Drawing: Knight of Cups

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti  - Knight of Cups

The Gilded Tarot by Ciro Marchetti

Choose the path forward carefully. You don’t need to make things harder on yourself. Take the high road and you’ll have a straight line to where you need to be. Take the low road and you’ll be moving in and out through the pit holes that can derail your goals. Victory comes from being virtuous.


Additional Insight:

Don’t let the weeds of fear, anxiety or anger get in your way, They will only drag you down further and snip at your ankles causing more problems that you don’t need. Rise up out of the gloom and see the light ahead.

You have things to do. Don’t put them off. You have tasks that must be done. Don’t procrastinate and put them last on the list. This time they really are the imperative component of the day. Don’t “make” time for those items. Put them on top and make time for the other things.

Virtue is the behavior of taking the high moral ground. That doesn’t mean being judgmental of others. It means accepting others for what they are and what they do. But refusing to follow in their nay-sayer footsteps. It means not only doing what’s right for you, but thinking and saying what’s right as well.

Don’t spend the day regretting what you should have done, could have done or what you said. You can’t take that energy back once it’s out there. You made promises and commitments. Make the effort to get them done or you’ll falter and continue the struggle.
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