The Cloisters-West Range: This was where the Lay Brothers lived, their Dorter, or dormitory, was on the upper floor, and there was once a toilet block at the southern end. The Lay Brothers had their own night stair down to the Nave of the Church. The ground floor had food store-rooms and the office of the Cellarer, who bought in the food the monks could not grow themselves. He also sold the farm produce the monks did not need. He was one of the few monks who had regular dealings with the outside world. Look for the door nearby in the south range – it led to the kitchens. Where the monks probably cooked the meals.
The Reredorter: At the southern end of the east range is the Reredorter, meaning ‘the room at the rear of the dorter’. This was the main toilet block. The monks reached it from their dorter over the east range. It was built over the main drain. How did this help to keep the monks healthy? Look for this Privy on the ground floor, jutting out over the drain. It was at the end of a small passage leading from the warming-room. What did it save the monks from having to do? The Abby’s water supply came from the river upstream of the buildings, and the waste was returned through the main drain downstream. Clean water was piped in underground channels to parts of the Abbey where it was needed. The waste water was channelled to the main drain. The Romans built the first sewers in Britain. After they left, the monks, who could read the Romans’ Latin books, became the country’s experts on building and civil engineering. Ordinary people lived in a much simpler (and less healthy) state.
“Heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.”
— Gerard Way
Six Of Staves Upright-Description Of The Card: Heroism, Triumph. Success after a lot of hard work and struggle. Enjoying the accolades of courage and integrity. Receiving praise and acknowledgment from your peers. Integration and harmony.
Six Of Staves Upright-Interpretation Of The Card: This card is my hero man card. This is what I like to call it anyway. This card depicts a man riding high on his white steed coming to save the day. Rescue, courage, endurance to the task at hand. This card can speak of a woman as well. I think of the rescue workers in our lives that keep us safe from harm and will run into the fire to save the day if need be. This person could be a single mother or father who day in and day out takes care of their children and works very hard to keep food on the table. It could be the volunteer who helps the elderly or the workers even now pulling people out of the wreckage in Oklahoma. The person in the Military who has sacrificed years to keep our families safe and the world in general. These people deserve our praise and accolades for their service to others. These are the true Hero’s. People who may not be able to do great things in a great way but do great things in a small way! We all know them. They are silent and selfless about what they do. Here is a huge Thank You and deepest appreciation for your Heroic and random acts of kindness everyday! Please take the time to acknowledge the hero’s in your life today!
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A Slype, or passage between the parlour and the warming-room led from the cloister to the Abbot’s lodging, the infirmary and the monks’ graveyard. Look for the bolt-holes which tell us that there were gates or doors in the passageway. Look at the carved Corbels, or pillar supports, near the Slype entrance. Decorations like this were rare in Cistercian abbeys. Which creatures can you identify? The Warming-room was one of the few places with a fire. Here, the monks could warm themselves on cold days, and talk with their Brothers. Apart from the Abbot’s lodging and the kitchens, the only other fire was in the infirmary. Where does the passage at the far end lead to? The Day Stair was the monks’ daytime route between the cloisters and their dormitory above the east range. They also used this route to reach the toilet block. Unlike the night stair, the day stairs were built of stone. Look for the marks of the steps on the wall of the stairwell. The monks washed their hands at this Lavatorium before going through the nearby doorway into the Frater, or refectory, for their midday meal. The hole through which the water pipe came can still be seen. Can you see where the waste water went? Next we will visit The Cloisters-West Range and The Reredorter…
“After a thousand years pass, it builds its own funeral pyre, lining it with cinnamon, myrrh and cassia. Climbing to a rest on the very top, it examines the world all throughout the night with the ability to see true good and evil. When the sun rises the next morning, with great sorrow for all that it sees, it sings a haunting song. As it sings, the heat of the sun ignites the expensive spices and the Phoenix dies in the flames.
But the Phoenix is not remarkable for its feathers or flames. It is most revered for its ability to climb from its own funeral pyre, from the very ashes of its old charred body, as a brand new life ready to live again once more. Life after life, it goes through this cycle. It absorbs human sorrow, only to rise from death to do it all again. It never wearies, it never tires. It never questions its fate. Some say that the Phoenix is real, that it exists somewhere out there in the mountains of Arabia, elusive and mysterious. Others say that the Phoenix is only a wish made by desperate humans to believe in the continuance of life.
But I know a secret.
We are the Phoenix.”
— Courtney Cole (Every Last Kiss (The Bloodstone Saga, #1))
Transformation Upright-Description Of The Card: Transforming. Endings and Beginnings. Allowing old ways of doing things to die to create room for the new to begin. Fearing loss from changes. Change that feels painful at first but has to be done. Creating life out of death.
Transformation Upright-Interpretation Of The Card: The Transformation Card in a traditional Tarot deck is the Death card. We have many fears surrounding death in general and it is connected with the fear of the unknown. I specifically think of the down fall of our economy lately and the pain involved with the process of losing houses, jobs, income, perhaps relationships. But this can all be turned around to a much better way of life coming for all of us. New technology, a more global view, the old ways of the use of the power structures in our cultures being questioned and being forced to change or die out. Our whole world is in the flux of transformation now and the change will be very good indeed. Transformations are hard sometimes but necessary for continued growth. Just like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes. The bird has to die to be reborn as something much better and new are coming. These transformations can be in relationships, jobs, careers and health issues. We are consistently in a state of letting go of the old to allow something new to start in our lives. If we do not allow this process in our lives we do not grow and will remain where we are in life when we are intended to be in motion ever moving forward. The key to transformation is not to fear it, but to embrace it. It is part of the cycle of life and growth for all of us. So go ahead and mourn the passing of the old but let it go and look forward to the new that is starting. Celebrate the new way of life coming to you!