Wednesday, May 16, 2007

"Any Chain Is Freely Worn"

I know all about that!

So apparently, I'm The Devil. And, oddly, I find nothing to disagree with in that assessment.

Back in the early '90s, it seemed that everybody I knew was always wanting to "read the cards" for me. Because my college delving into Existentialism left me jealously guarding my Free Will, I was antagonistic to prediction of the future as limiting to that, so I would decline. However, intrigued as I am with archetypes and Jungian stuff like that, I think it would be cool. I wonder if people still do that.

Or perhaps, the purchase of a deck of Tarot cards and learning how to lay and read them might be a fun hobby.

Heh. Then, in the minds of many Christo-fascists, I would be the Devil.

You are The Devil

Materiality. Material Force. Material temptation; sometimes obsession

The Devil is often a great card for business success; hard work and ambition.

Perhaps the most misunderstood of all the major arcana, the Devil is not really "Satan" at all, but Pan the half-goat nature god and/or Dionysius. These are gods of pleasure and abandon, of wild behavior and unbridled desires. This is a card about ambitions; it is also synonymous with temptation and addiction. On the flip side, however, the card can be a warning to someone who is too restrained, someone who never allows themselves to get passionate or messy or wild - or ambitious. This, too, is a form of enslavement. As a person, the Devil can stand for a man of money or erotic power, aggressive, controlling, or just persuasive. This is not to say a bad man, but certainly a powerful man who is hard to resist. The important thing is to remember that any chain is freely worn. In most cases, you are enslaved only because you allow it.

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Sebastian said...

According to the test, I'm the hierophant.

"All things relating to education, patience, help from superiors.The Hierophant is often considered to be a Guardian Angel.

The Hierophant's purpose is to bring the spiritual down to Earth. Where the High Priestess between her two pillars deals with realms beyond this Earth, the Hierophant (or High Priest) deals with worldly problems. He is well suited to do this because he strives to create harmony and peace in the midst of a crisis. The Hierophant's only problem is that he can be stubborn and hidebound. At his best, he is wise and soothing, at his worst, he is an unbending traditionalist."

Heh. Well I do tend to act as a mediator for other people. And I do tend to be stubborn about myself.

Funny thing about the tarot... I had a friend who was very much into it. She insisted on giving a reading at least twice a month for a couple of years. The hierophant appeared in at least 50% of the readings, usually either in a place representing me, or my challenges. But another card showed up in every single reading. Seriously, like 40-50 times without missing even one. It was the Hermit. I wasn't totally happy about that. [sigh]

MsSnS said...

I am The High Priestess: Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.

The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.

Not surprising really...

Xris said...

You are Strength

Courage, strength, fortitude. Power not arrested in the act of judgement, but passing on to further action, sometimes obstinacy.

This is a card of courage and energy. It represents both the Lion's hot, roaring energy, and the Maiden's steadfast will. The innocent Maiden is unafraid, undaunted, and indomitable. In some cards she opens the lion's mouth, in others she shuts it. Either way, she proves that inner strength is more powerful than raw physical strength.