February 28th, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Tuesday, First week of Lent, John 2:13-22, Cleansing of the Temple

It is late now, and my hands and arms are sore. A few lines only. The story I have read today is the Cleansing of the Temple in John 2:13-22. Jesus went to the temple and saw moneychangers sitting at tables and people selling cattle, sheep and doves. He got a rope, made a whip and chased them away. He also turned the over the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins. It is not a sweet Jesus we encounter here, which is refreshing. Jesus acted this way because he did not want the temple, the house of his Father, to be a marketplace. He wanted it to be a sacred place, dedicated to God. 

                  

My question to the tarot today was: “What do I need to clean, or to clean out, in my life, to make my life more sacred?” A more positive formulated question would be: how can I make my life more sacred, or what does my life make sacred? (Sounds less negative.) But I took the first one.

I have picked my card from the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot, and again I’ve chosen my deck by pulling it from a little bag with titles of decks in it. The card that I have drawn is: Knight of Wands. 

                                      

I have little time and not many sentences left, but the card and the question deserve more time and attention that I can give it. That says it all. Big projects, but not enough time.

“Wild an passionate” is what the book along the cards says about this knight. And yes I am, ah well, not really, but I go a long way for my projects and I am very busy. I long so much for more leisure-time, but my time is packed full.

I think this is it, but again, I have no time left to think about it. 

Schedule of texts: Dienstboek, Zoetermeer, 1998.
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Wednesday, First Week of Lent, John, 2:23-3:15, Nicodemus


I got sick today. I am afraid the reason for that is that I am too busy. And my arms are hurting still. So, I cannot read a card today, but if I had done it, it would have been alongside the story of Nicodemus and Jesus, John, 2:23-3:15.
 
In the story Nicodemus, who is a Pharisee, visits Jesus in the night, otherwise it is too dangerous in his position. Jesus tells him that for someone to be able to enter the Kingdom of God, one has to be born a second time, not only by water, but also by spirit. It is enigmatic what this means but I think It urges us to live according to the Torah (the scroll from the High Priestess), the living torah, sometimes called a river that cleans, refreshes and heals.
 
I think I would have asked the tarot what it would mean to me to be born a second time in water and spirit.
 
If I had done it I would have picked my card from the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot. I could not resist picking it from my little bag with titles, for it is lying here right next to me.
 
To be honest, I could not resist picking a card as well (that is the influence of the Knight of Wands that I have pulled yesterday).
 
I hardly could not believe my eyes, for it was the High Priestess, from whom I just mentioned the scroll.

Schedule of texts: Dienstboek, Zoetermeer, 1998.