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Tarot Card for the Day ~ June 10

June 9, 2009

Wheel of Fortune

Arthur’s Dream

Hmmm…  This card last spun by in mid-April.  On Tax Day, in fact, for those of us in the US.

So, let’s take another look and work though this card again.  [Especially Herb!]

In pretty much any reading, Wheel of Fortune augurs well, especially for the immediate future.  It usually betokens a happy change of fortune and the beginning of a positive cycle.  

I agree with that interpretation, but my work with clients has prompted me to put a particular spin on that energy.  When the Wheel turns up –no pun intended − I usually say something like,

Look.  Take a moment.  Pay attention here.  You’re finally in a position to really be on top of the world, in the way you have wanted to be.  So first of all, let yourself believe in that.  Let yourself KNOW it.  Do what you need to do to move beyond doubt.  Doubt kills more dreams than anything anyone else could possibly do.

A caveat, though.  The card says that over the years, and perhaps particularly in the recent past, you have learned tough lessons in hard ways. 

One positive result of that is that you’ve developed a refined ability to pick up on and read the subtle vibrations of a situation – of situations in general – to a much greater extent than most people have. 

This is a very effective tool for you right now. 

Honoring it, using it will be to your advantage.  Get it?

In fact, giving yourself permission to read and trust and use what you perceive about those subtle vibes (in an intelligent, I’m not gonna overload my mouth and blow my own ass up kinda way) is key to keeping yourself on top of the world.  It will help you pay attention to the fact that the Wheel of Fortune is always in spin, but you can move along with it at the right moments and in the right rhythm. By doing so you can keep yourself from losing your footing and being dumped into the moat.

[One of these days I’ll have to do an article listing some of the excuses I’ve heard, and… used, for not going with what we KNOW from reading the vibrations of a situation.  They’re all right up there with, “My dog ate my homework.”] 

There’s an old shamanic saying: “You know what you know.  Do what you know.”  With the Wheel of Fortune, I’d tweak that a touch to say,

You know what you know.  Believe in what you know. 

Act − in a skillful, savvy way − on what you know.

Make a little more sense this time?  Top o’ the world to ya!  Permanently!!

Bright blessings, joy, success and light!

Quote for the Day   You’re just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate. ~ John Lennon

Today’s  Weather:  Carnival of Spirit;  wiggles

A wonderful story of a very special gown. In the face of an unimaginable Hell, it’s full of hope. 

Thanks, Lorna! 

The Wedding Gown That Made History 
  
Lilly Friedman doesn’t remember the last name of the woman who  designed and sewed the wedding gown she wore when she walked down the  aisle over 60 years ago. But the grandmother of seven does recall  that when she first told her fiance Ludwig that she had always
dreamed of being married in a white gown. 
  
He realized he had his work cut out for him.  For the tall, lanky  21-year-old who had survived hunger, disease and torture, this was a different kind of challenge. How was he ever going to find such  a dress in the Bergen Belsen Displaced Person’s camp where everyone felt grateful for the clothes on their backs? 
  
Fate would intervene in the guise of a former German pilot who walked into the food distribution center where Ludwig worked, eager to make a trade for his  worthless parachute. In exchange for two pounds of coffee beans and a couple of  packs of cigarettes, Lilly would have her wedding gown. For two weeks, Miriam the seamstress worked under the curious eyes of her fellow DPs, carefully fashioning the six parachute panels into a simple, long sleeved gown with a rolled
 collar and a fitted waist that tied in the back with a bow.  When the dress was completed she sewed the leftover material into a matching shirt  for the groom. A white wedding gown may have seemed like a frivolous request in the surreal environment of the camps, but for Lilly the dress symbolized the innocent, normal life she and her family had once led before the world descended into madness.
  
Lilly and her siblings were raised in a Torah observant home in the small town of Zarica, Czechoslovakia, where her father was a melamed (teacher), respected and well liked by the young yeshiva students he taught in nearby Irsheva. He and his two sons were marked for extermination immediately upon arriving at Auschwitz. For Lilly and her sisters it was only their first stop on their long journey of persecution, which included Plashof, Neustadt, Gross Rosen and finally, Bergen Belsen. 
  
Four hundred people marched 15 miles in the snow to the town of Celle on January  27, 1946, to attend Lilly and Ludwig’s wedding. The town synagogue, damaged and desecrated, had been lovingly renovated by the DPs with the meager materials available to them. When Sefer Torah (the Torah scrolls) arrived from England, they converted an old kitchen cabinet into a makeshift Aron Kodesh Torah ark). 

“My sisters and I lost everything – our parents, our two brothers, our homes. The most important thing was to build a new home.”
  
 Six months later, Lilly’s  sister Ilona wore the dress when she married Max Traeger. After that came Cousin Rosie. How many brides wore Lilly’s dress? “I stopped counting after 17.”  With the camps experiencing the highest marriage rate in the world, Lilly’s gown was in great demand. In 1948 when President Harry Truman finally permitted the 100,000 Jews who had been languishing in DP camps since the end of the war to emigrate, the gown accompanied Lilly across the ocean to America .
  
Unable to part with her dress, it lay at the bottom of her bedroom closet for the next 50 years, “not even good enough for a garage sale. I was happy when it found such a good  home.”  Home was the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington , D.C. When Lily’s niece, a volunteer, told museum officials about her aunt’s dress, they immediately recognized its historical significance and displayed the gown in a  specially designed showcase, guaranteed to
 preserve it for 500 years. 
  
 But Lilly Friedman’s dress had one more journey to make. Bergen Belsen, the museum, opened its doors on October 28, 2007. The German government invited Lilly and her sisters to be their guests for the grand opening. They initially declined, but finally traveled to Hanover the following year with their children, their grandchildren and extended families to view the extraordinary exhibit created for the wedding dress made from a parachute. 
  
Lilly’s family, who were all familiar with the stories about the wedding in Celle, were eager to visit the synagogue. They found the building had been completely renovated and modernized. But when they pulled aside the handsome curtain they were astounded to find that
 the Aron Kodesh, made from a kitchen cabinet, had remained untouched as a testament to the profound faith of the survivors.  As Lilly stood on the bimah (elevated area of a Temple) once again, she beckoned to her granddaughter, Jackie, to stand beside her where she was once a
 kallah (bride). “It was an emotional trip. We cried a lot.” 
  
 Two weeks later, the woman who had once stood trembling before the selective eyes of the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, returned home and witnessed the marriage of her granddaughter. 
 

The three Lax sisters – Lilly, Ilona and Eva, who together survived Auschwitz, a forced labor camp, a death march and Bergen Belsen – have remained close and today live within walking distance of each other in Brooklyn. As mere teenagers, they managed to outwit and
 outlive a monstrous killing machine, then went on to marry, have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and were ultimately honored by the  country that had earmarked them for extinction. 
  
As young brides, they had stood underneath the chuppah (wedding canopy) and recited the blessings that their ancestors had been saying for thousands of years. In doing so, they chose to honor the legacy of those who had perished by choosing life. 
  
 IN MEMORIAM – 63 YEARS LATER 
  
 It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.  This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests who were murdered, massacred, raped, burned,
 starved and humiliated, while many looked the other way.
  
Now, more than ever, with international leaders claiming the Holocaust to be “a myth,” it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.

(Photos of Lilly and the dress can be found at

 http://www.jewishweddingnetwork.com/the-wedding-gown-that-made-history  . )