Many celebrate Easter today because of the certainty that Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all human kind some 2000 years ago.
Although this is a good story, personally I wish we would all be spared the certainty part. I see that every time someone is certain of anything, a war starts somewhere.
Now, what if instead of being so certain, we would ask the cards to tell us what question we can ask on Easter day? What is a true question appropriate for Easter? What is a surprising question that overrules our cultural consecrations?
The Sun, The Magician, The Fool
Here’s the first essential question:
How do we go from two to one to no one? I’m attracted to this question right away, because in the context of Jesus’s story, the notion that Jesus was some sort of a tantric nondualist witch is becoming increasingly popular. Just look at Richard Rohr’s books to get an idea. ‘Jesus built circles, not pyramids’ the man says in his book, What the Mystics Know, and that’s quite something, given that Rohr is a Catholic priest who knows everything about dogma and hierarchy. For a version light and true, check out Carolyn Elliot’s insightful essay, 7 Insane Keys to Practical Magic.
So, was Jesus a magician, seeking to unite people, make man and woman equal? This is the second essential question. Perhaps he was. When the job for the humanity was done, he packed his magical table and took off, free, as one is already. That’s the lesson.
Hmm, this begins to sound like something Odin and the Norse gods would do. You know, go from place to place, help the men in need and impregnate the women, infusing them with a shot of sacredness.
But what if the third essential question here is more interesting than the first two? What would happen if we simply departed from the idea of sharing, and stuffing ourselves with golden eggs, and instead focus on what we can do for ourselves? How we can magic ourselves into the kind of existence that’s free of any expectation? Any judgment? Any certainty, indeed?
See, I like this question the best.
I think I’ll spend my Easter days thinking about its implications, and preparing for my run of new Tarot Prompts, which is a series of 11 readings for 11 days in a row, when I read the cards with view to letting them ask me a question, rather than the other way around.
I share this work with others. This is not a class, but a sustained demonstration in the art of asking questions.
If you haven’t seen the call yet, give it a look. Right now we’re a group of 30.
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