March 17th, 2007


Mission Statement

Last night I have dreamt about my reading of yesterday-evening. I was very angry in my dream at someone who wanted me to help her.
Although I am doing a series of readings for Lent, I’ll post two cards from a reading I did for myself, for I liked doing this spread so much. It helped me to know better what I want with my readings, and in a mysterious way it made me feel better about myself.
The spread is called “The Tarot Mission Spread”, and I prepared it for some of my classes this week. The spread aims to help you formulate a mission-statement, what you want to accomplish by reading tarot. This statement can be used to consecrate or dedicate a deck (one class -a page like class- will probably want to do the ritual as a group. Must schedule time). The spread is by Geraldine Amaral, a Jungian tarot-counsellor and I have found it in Llewellyn’s Tarot Reader 2007.
I’ll post two cards from the spread, card 4 and 5 (the five cards form a unity, but it would be to much). I’ve used the Spiral Tarot.


As card 4, which shows my own intention in my work with tarot, I’ve pulled the Hanged Man. To me now the card signifies seeking other, upside-down perspectives on issues, seeking acceptance in all that happens, and putting my life and situation in a bigger perspective (the rainbow, connecting heaven and earth).
Card 5 showed the intention of Universe for my work with tarot, I liked the card that I’ve pulled on this position very much. It is Nine of Cups, picturing a woman who is really content with herself, happy in all areas of her life. She keeps more than she gives, as I look at all the cups around her. Although I think doing what the Hanged Man does is a challenge and takes great courage, I see this Nine of Cups as a positive addition to the Hanged Man, for it is lightness of touch, and its happiness. It helps me as an aim to focus my readings on (at least for myself, and not as a heavy task, not as “must be happy and content”).  
Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Saturday, Third Week of Lent, John 8:46-59, Keeping the Word of Jesus

In the passage I have read today (John 8:46-59) the dispute between Jesus and the people who challenge him is still going on. The challengers accuse Jesus of having a demon. They do this because Jesus tells them that if a person keeps the word of Jesus (or God), he will never see death. This is sounding really odd to his challengers, because  Abraham and the prophets lived according Gods word and they have died. The challengers took their chance to respond sharply to Jesus his enigmatic words, saying “Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, ‘If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.’ Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?” They judge Jesus as wrong here, glorifying himself, mad really, and this time they took up stones to throw at him. But Jesus escaped.
After having read this passage I wondered what Jesus meant by saying that if a person keeps the word of Jesus, he will never see death. I have asked the tarot: “What does it mean (for me) to keep the word of Jesus?”  A very interesting second question would be what it means to never see death, but I let that one rest.

It seems as if I read with a limited range of cards (but I really don’t) for  I have pulled this card earlier this Lent, just as many other cards. This one was in the first week, to almost the same question. It shows again the consistency of the tarot. The card that I have pulled is Queen of Cups from the Fantastic Menagerie Tarot made by baba_studio. Depicted on the card is a woman-swan, sought after by many suitors (she holds a love letter in her hand), she has deep feelings, she loves music (there is an instrument on the card) and she enjoys creative work. 

The Queen of Cups is a deeply emotional woman. She has deep feelings of her own and emphasizes with the emotions of others. She has visions and takes her dreams seriously. What does this this queen mean to me for keeping the word of Jesus? It means that it is important for me to take seriously what I feel. It is also important that I am happy about how I look and about who I am (the pretty clothed swan), that I am aware that I am being adored by my husband (he’ll laugh) and that I enjoy what I do (again the swan). In feeling these things I keep the word of Jesus, am I true to him.