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Friday, Third Week of Lent, John 8:33-45, Slavery and Liberation

For a few days already (at least, it are days in my blog) is Jesus talking to people who challenge him to show him who he is. All the time there is the threat that they will take him captive to put him into prison and worse, if he does not abide to the law. But they have not taken him yet.

In the passage that I have read today (John 8:33-45), Jesus makes his position again as clear as he is able to, saying that he is he is faithfully doing what his father, God, tells him to do. So again he calls God his father. With these words Jesus tries to show that he is not different from other Jews, that he lives according the Torah and that he does not take another view.

Jesus is sharp in this passage. To the people who challenge him he tells that their father is the devil, and that they do what the devil wants of them. He says: “You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn’t stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.”

Jesus opposes the lies of the devil against the truth of God. The difference between the truth of God and the lies of the devil is that Gods truth is meant to liberate people, and the desires of the devil do enslave people. I do not have to explain here what the devil symbolizes, for we as tarotpeople are familiar with the image.

I wondered:
1.What enslaves me (an image of the lies of the devil)
2.What liberates me from the above slavery (an image of the truth of God)

I could not believe my eyes when the card for position 1 appeared on the table, that showed me what enslaves me. It was Four of Discs (Four of Pentacles). 


I have pulled this card earlier this week as the place where Jesus goes, but where we cannot come. It meant to me that I find it hard to set boundaries, or to find my own steering wheel in certain issues. The cards from the Motherpeace deck are round, so they can easily fall in another position than upright, and I am used to ascribing meanings to each of these positions.

This card was fell horizontally to the right, meaning that I am so firmly trying to set boundaries, that I shut people out. Another theme comes in play here, that of ‘giving,’ which I encountered yesterday and earlier this week. I see a sort of ‘anger’ here against the world outside, if everyone is an enemy, so to say. It is the rebound of giving too much. Giving too much causes resentment. The slavery is the need to put these boundaries, as the rebound of giving too much.

For the second card that shows what liberates me, I have pulled Ace of Cups, reversed. 


Ace of Cups reversed, drawn in the reversed position means to me that I do not feel love and that I do not feel loved by others. It shows the real cause of giving too much, the resentment and need for firm boundaries. That is lack of love. It would liberate me if I opened my heart to myself and others to just enjoy, and do what I like to do, not thinking too much about, well you know, what I should do, and must do, and for what I feel responsible for. 

Tomorrow another theme, please… I've seen it now!
Tags: ace of cups, four of pentacles, john, lent 2007, motherpeace tarot, religious question

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