Thursday, October 06, 2005


hanged man - wounded king: "postcard from Amsterdam: the wounded, or earthly father. St Joseph as the patron of all of these, or the idealized, 'unearthly' father. All fathers seem wounded or dysfunctional in some way? As long as the father/king remains wounded/dysfunctional/unhealed, the whole family remains wounded/dysfunctional/unhealed, as the grail king's realm depended on the grail king for the state of its health. If the head seems unhealthy, the whole body will seem sick, as it must also here, with the head actually upside-down, all blood rushing to it. Fathers also oppressed by the idealizations of patriarchy, the effort to 'live up to' idealized fathers? "Father knows best"? Joke, Joyce. And yet "my Father and I are one", as Jesus liked to say in caps, divorcing himself from the earthly, in favour of the heavenly father. My paternal animal-medicine, Owl, wants to know: "Whooooooo wounded you, father? Whoooooooooo wants to know?" St Joseph, pray for us, as we kneel in this little Amsterdam chapel of the decapitated earthly king, and struggle to come to terms with the implications of having both an earthly and a 'heavenly' father. Amen.

4 Comments:

Blogger Sebastian Aristos said...

Also very interesting, Claire ! What would we do without Oedipal complexes to deal with. I guess we all need to realise that our parents aren't Gods, and to forgive them for their imperfections with compassion and understanding.

10:08 pm  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Fyi, Oedipal = son/mother; Elektra supposedly means daughter/father ;-P

11:16 pm  
Blogger Flavio said...

Lovely post! I think some parents with wounds from the childhood can find healing in its own children, we all learn from everyone.

3:43 am  
Blogger asgif666 said...

Hehe, thanks, Flavio... it makes me feel appreciated (and the Hanged Man seems otherwise "the unappreciated one") ;-))

6:21 am  

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