The passage I have read today is about John and Jesus (John 3:22-36). Both John and Jesus are religious leaders of some sort. We would call them gurus probably, charismatic people with a message of hope and redemption. John and Jesus baptize both, but more people go to Jesus to be baptized. In the passage I’ve read, John makes clear that he is different from Jesus. He points to Jesus, and he sees Jesus as the promised Son of God. He compares Jesus with a bridegroom, who has a bride, while John is only the friend of the bridegroom, who does not himself has a bride, but rejoices that his friend has one. What also is a difference according to John is that Jesus ‘comes from heaven’ and John is ‘of the earth’. John then says about their difference in tasks: “He must increase, but I must decrease”, comparing Jesus and himself with the phases of the moon. John must go inward and Jesus must become brighter and bigger to come in the limelight of the public attention. I do not know what is a better place. I would rather be John than Jesus.
I’ve asked the tarot two questions today, derived from what John says about the difference in position of John and Jesus,
1.What was the religious/spiritual task of Jesus in his life (as I see it now)?
2.What is my religious/spiritual task (in life)?
I have pulled The Motherpeace Tarot from my little bag of tarot deck to work with.
For the religious/spiritual task of Jesus I have pulled the High Priestess, reversed. The High Priestess, among other things, governs the laws of life, and she also represents our inner voice, or the inspirations and visions we receive, that guide us in life. Since I have pulled this card reversed (which is energy that is inward and has yet to grow), I take it that is was the task of Jesus -as I see it now- to become more and more aware of who he was and what his spiritual task was in his life, his destiny and his purpose. He became aware of it by listening to his inner voice. Towards the end he knew fully what his task was and he did not sway from it until he died.
For my own religious/spiritual task I have pulled Six of Disks, upright. This is a card of sharing, of giving and taking, of healing and being healed. This is new for me. I need to look at the card for hours
Schedule of texts: Dienstboek, Zoetermeer, 1998.