Easter – Dr. Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”

Easter – Dr. Maya Angelou “Still I Rise”


Easter has a theme of rebirth and rising from insurmountable odds.  When I read “Still I Rise” by Dr. Maya Angelou it reminds me of the power of ascension.

Still I Rise

Maya Angelou1928 – 2014You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Pc-Wallpaper-Sun-Rising-WallpaperJust like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

6a00e54edc5c68883301347fe140d3970cLeaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise."
Tarot: The Chariot

Tarot: The Chariot


The Chariot is a card of self importance and of control of one’s destiny.  Often in Tarot night scenes and the moon represent emotions and psychic abilities.  This card is the opposite of that and shows a bright sun, a sun shield and armor.  This card is about strength, certainty and the ability to direct your life in the way you know best.

On the shoulder of the warrior is his moon sign.  Even when in the physical realm of masculine energy your moon/emotional side is always there to guide you.  This card shows someone who knows who they are, what their strengths are and what their purpose is.

the-chariot-tarot-illuminatiOn his shoulders sits a bird which I see as your spiritual animal, your soul so to speak along with your moon sign that guides you.  This is your intuition and your passion which are always the best tools you have to forge forward and achieve what you are meant to achieve.  This is a great card to meditate on to find purpose and be certain of your choices.

Below from the “A Guide To The New Palladini Tarot” by Susan Hansson:

Numeral 7: Soul development, fate, destiny.  Security.  Luck.
Hebrew Letter: Cheth: sight.
Cabalah: Path 8: Binah (mother) to Geburah (strength).
Astrological Influence: Cancer. The crab is a receptive water sign with a tough exterior concealing and protecting his interior.
Motto: “I feel/I brood.”