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Presentation of Jesus in the temple, Card 2

Today I have read the second card in the spread about the story of the presentation of Jesus in the temple. Jesus is presented in the temple as a baby. This a ritual for families. In the synagogue is an old pious and honest man, called Simeon.



Simeon was promised that he would not die before he had seen the Messiah. Simeon sees and acknowledges the promise Jesus represents: he recognizes the Messiah. Often Simeon is depicted as a blind man, emphasizing that he possesses inner sight. Simeon takes Jesus in his arms and prays to God:
“Now you are releasing your servant, Master,
According to your word, in peace;
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 Which you have prepared before the face of all peoples;
32 A light for revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of your people Israel.”

A few lines later Simeon says about Jesus to Mary:

“Behold, this child is set for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which is spoken against. 35 Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul”. These are the things Simeon has spoken about this child. He will be a light, bring salvation, people will chose for or against, and a sword will stab through the soul of his mother.

The first question of the spread was based on the character of Jesus in the story: “The promise of who I am.” The second question, belonging to Simeon is: “What is the liberation of my promise (the promise that I am)?” What is the “wholeness,” or the way to salvation of my promise?

Tears came to my eyes when I saw the card that I had drawn, the Moon from the Tarot of the Journey to the Orient. I should have known, relating my life to the life of Jesus is never easy; the road Jesus went was not easy, not for himself and not for the people near him. 

             

On the card that I have pulled two people are running in the dark. Above them is a woman who holds the moon in her hands, she shines this light to the running people. These people do not see the moon; there is a cloud between them and the woman who holds the moon. Since this card must show liberation and wholeness, I need to interpret the card in a ‘positive’ way. The card is adding depth and some stinginess to the first card that I have pulled with the promise of ‘making people happy’ (Ten of Cups). The people on the card run without sight and light. I think the acknowledge of the promise by Simeon is: “You will bring clarity”. Messages that bring clarity are not always the easiest to give, so that’s were the tears came from.
Tags: candlemas, moon, tarot of the journey to the orient, ten of cups
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