Full Moon at Midnight…an Easter Meditation

There is a stillness about Easter Eve. Whether you are Christian, hold another faith, or none, the underlying archetypes of the Easter journey are common to all human experience.

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Iona Cross photo, Full Moon at Midnight

by Anne Whitaker

We have all, unless we have led a supremely charmed life, been cast out into the wilderness at one time or another. Life has crucified us all, to a greater or lesser extent. We have been in the Underworld, have known what it is like to go through experiences so severe that we die to our old selves. Then there is the wait, the wait in darkness, fear, and not knowing.

Will we ever emerge, reborn? And when we do emerge, who are we now? Who recognises us, acknowledges and honours where we have been?

And the most profound question of all: what should we do with the life which has been given back to us?

As ever, in times of waiting, the great poets have been there before us, giving a context, bringing collective dignity to our individual struggles. Here are some magnificent lines from T.S.Eliot to see you through this dark night, before the Easter light returns:

“I said to my soul, be still and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love, for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith, but the faith and the love are all in the waiting. Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought: So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.” (i)


(i) T.S.Eliot “East Coker” No 2 of the Four Quartets

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300 words copyright Anne Whitaker 2019

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11 responses to “Full Moon at Midnight…an Easter Meditation

  1. thank you so much anne . beautiful!!

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  2. Laura Goldberg

    I so can relate to this. Such beautiful writing. Thank you so much for your wisdom!

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  3. Thanks for the beautiful thoughts. ‘ Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil , for you are with me,thy rod and staff they comfort me’ Psalm 23.

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  4. Of course those words from Eliot resonate. I hope your day was a good one, Anne. Thanks for these reflections, and for being there with your thoughts and caring throughout the year!

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  5. Beautiful words, Anne. Now it’s time to let them settle and incubate/soothe the soul. Thanks!


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