Pay Attention: Each Moment, Especially in Nature, Can Be Religious

Aradia, from Toni Carmine Salerno's Universal Wisdom deck
Aradia, from Toni Carmine Salerno’s Universal Wisdom deck

A very short post today…it seems like I can’t help interpreting everything I see from the perspective of my grandmother, who passed away this morning. From the Universal Wisdom deck, I pulled Aradia and Lost in Our Own Equations — and what I see here are flowers and butterflies, both of which my grandmother loved, and a long tunnel with a light at the end of it.

I also see these cards as a reminder to look and listen when we are in nature. We are never alone, but especially not when we have plants, earth, air, rocks, and even storms around us. Pay attention. Look around. My grandmother would have wanted us to do this as well — she was a sharp observer who spent some time almost every day of her life observing nature. Though she was a devout Catholic, I think she felt God’s presence as much in nature, every day, as she did at mass on Sunday.

Finally, the Aradia card reminds me of Mary (my grandmother collected statues of the Virgin Mary). Aradia was not Mary (she was a 14th century Italian pagan called the Holy Witch), yet I feel she was a kindred spirit. And so was Nana.

Lost in Our Own Equations, from Toni Carmine Salerno's Universal Wisdom deck
Lost in Our Own Equations, from Toni Carmine Salerno’s Universal Wisdom deck


  1. Death is difficult even when we believe it isn’t really the end. Take care of yourself. My thoughts are with you.


    1. Thanks. I am coping. Some of my family members don’t believe in religion, but I am finding that little rituals like lighting candles and saying prayers help a lot in letting go at a time like this.


  2. Yesssss, Bonnie! I couldn’t agree more about the sacredness that surrounds us in each waking moment, especially when we are in nature. Sending you love and comfort for your grandmother’s passing on. ❤


    1. I also just wanted to say how beautiful the cards in this deck are. Such gorgeous images. Thank you for including the cards in your posts—even when wordpress is making it difficult! 😉


      1. Thanks! Though I always feel a little guilty being complimented on the deck images–it’s not like I drew them myself! But they are beautiful.


    2. Thanks. I am doing okay with it. It just leaves a void when someone dies who has been around for nearly 100 years. It’s hard to imagine a world without her in it.


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