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Lutheran Parish and Tarot

I had a lovely afternoon in the Lutheran parish in Leeuwarden, where I held a presentation about tarot and God. I also read for them. They could ask: "What helps me in my life now?" or "Where do I meet God?" I red with the RWS, Inner Child, the Arthurian Tarot, Osho Zen and the Tarot of Saints. Great fun to do this.

There were -of course- a few critical questions, but not dogmatic right-wing people one cannot communicate with. I was utterly relieved that they were not there. They had been there earlier in the series I was invited in, but they were asked to leave, and had not been back since.

At the end of my presentation I was given a candle with the symbol of their parish on it, lighted on the Easter-candle, representation of the light of Christ in their church; a moving gift and moment.

Then there was an Evensong, in the same circle of chairs as were I held my presentation (this was in the church itself); that was a wonderful continuation. And everyone stayed, which was also special. The war in Libanon and the longing for peace, was the subject of sermon and prayer. In this way the afternoon was not only about our own individual lives, but also about the world, in the hope that both will made whole, and rest in the hand of God.

And as if this all was not enough yet, after the Evensong we had a very rich potluck-meal, where we talked about dieting!

Here you find more information about this Lutharan parish (in Dutch):
Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)


Because it is Sunday I pulled a card from the Golden Tarot of the Tsar; a tarot inspired by Russian icons. My question was: "Who am I today?" To my surprise my card was The Hanged Man.

This afternoon I am "summerguest" in Leeuwarden, in a parish belonging to the Lutherian church. I shall tell them about tarot and God, something I like to do very much. So, why the Hanged Man? 


The card shows my fear. Although I like to do this, the event is published in two widely regional newspapers. Some christians find it devilish what I do, and me being a theologian, does not help. Having them in an audience can be nasty, and I have no control over who is coming. Now, the Hanged Man in the traditional version, must surrender to his fate. He does not have control over it. He is just ‘hanging in’ there. This is exactly how I feel about this event.

But this version of the Hanged Man is different, is not about not being in control. The man on the card, Saint Nikitas, holds a devil in his hand. He is very much in control. Thus, this particular version of the card urges me me to feel differently about the situation. It tells me to make my fear smaller, as small as the little devil in the man’s hand. It says I will be able to handle a difficult situation, as it comes up, if I am firm.

The card helps me also see the bigger perspective, another meanings of the Hanged Man.There will be other people, and an Evensong after-wards; it will be a real religious event. .

Here are some words from Saint Nikitas Stithatos: