Thursday, December 25, 2014

Travel Back In Time with The 12 Days Of Christmas

Using Janet Boyer's Back in Time Tarot method let's look at the 12 days of Christmas.

Instead of randomly drawing cards, I chose the cards that, for me,  represent the events of the Christmas story.  The 12 days of Christmas are the 12 days after Christmas leading to the Epiphany.

The star appears to the Magi and they set out on their journey.  We don't know much about these wise men.  In the Bible, only Matthew's Gospel mentions the Magi.  There is no mention of three Kings.  The Magi brought 3 gifts.  From this it was assumed there were 3 men.  They are not named, but later legend gives names to the three Kings.

These men from the East may have been Zoroastrians.  Zoroastrian Priests knew the stars and were known for their knowledge of Astrology.  At the time, astrology was considered a Science.  With most people at the time being illiterate, such learned men would be considered almost magic.  Hence the Magi.  This is why I chose the Magician card to represent the Wise Men in the story.

We do know this, The Magi knew the word of God, saw the sign from Heaven, and were lead to their exact destination by the Star.

The cards I picked for the 12 days of Christmas:

The Star is the guiding light, a wish fulfilled.
The Magician - The Magi is the Mystic, will, power, majesty
The Fool is a leap of faith as the Magi set out on their journey, the rose he holds shows the passion.
The 8 of Cups is a spiritual quest, a pilgrimage
The Emperor is Herod, tyranny and abuse of power are the negative side of the Emperor. The Magi go to Herod to ask if he knows of the child.
The 10 of Pentacles is the Holy Family.  
The Judgement is a major wake up call, the Guardian Angel.  The Magi are told to return by another route and do not tell Herod of their find.
The High Priestess is secrets, wisdom, things hidden.  The Magi keep the secret .
The Moon is dreams and listen to your intuition.Both Joseph and the Wise Men were given warnings in a dream and both listened to the warnings.
The 6 of Swords is travel and leaving a bad situation, an unplanned, "must go" trip
The World means the journey is over a new beginning is at hand
The Ace of Cups is a powerful spiritual awakening. On the card is the hand of God holding a chalice and a dove representing Peace and  the Holy Spirit.
Merry Christmas!

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