E is for emicate.
Emicate is an obscure, mostly-out-of-use word that means to sparkle, or alternately, to spring forth. I prefer sparkle, but if we contemplate for a moment it’s easy to understand sparkle as something that springs forth. I find I like the idea of sparkle even better when I consider this springing forth aspect.
Emicate is a fabulous word to have Fool bring to our attention.
There’s so much in this world to capture our attention, and when we catch that glimmer, that sparkle, it’s good to turn our attention in that direction. I’m not necessarily meaning actual sparkly items (although I do love those!) but things that sparkle at soul level – that delight and inspire and refract.
It’s helpful to look at the world with the Fool’s eyes – innocent and fresh and open to see the dazzling. We can find all kinds of treasures that way.
But Fool also represents for me the actual of emicating as well. It’s my belief we’re all shiny and sparkly, certainly at soul level. You see this so clearly in little ones. But we eventually, usually quite quickly, dim down our shine by building walls and hiding parts of ourselves, and through all manner of socialization. When we give up parts of ourselves in order to be part of the tribe, you can bet we’re giving up some of our sparkle. But Fool doesn’t care about such things. The Fool hasn’t given up her light and so we see it shining so beautifully. Sparkly. And which is why Fool can see all the shiny treasures all around us – she is already in resonance with that light.
Looking through my Fool’s eyes, I see lots of sparkly treasures. I love the druzy sparkle that can be hidden in geodes; I love the sparkle of dust motes in the sun; and lately I’m really loving this necklace which is a piece of slate crowned with some lovely amber chips. The slate has golden mica sparkles in it.
It may not be obvious from the photo, but the mica does indeed emicate. (And in this case looks a bit like Fool’s gold, no?)
We can understand the Tarot as a story. We are all the characters, beginning with Fool and moving through our journey experiencing and integrating each of the lessons represented by the other arcana character archetypes. We hold all the archetypes within us and have access to them. An additional way of exploring is to do it through the lens of your “personality card” which is based on your birth date. For me, my card turns out to be the Star. I like to think that helps explain a bit why I like sparkle. Look up in the night sky and watch all that twinkling, and try not to be inspired.
What feels all sparkly and exciting to you right now? What treasure has Fool led you to? Identify with a particular tarot archetype? Paying more attention right now to inner shine or outward sparkles? Do tell – you know I love to hear.