gospel and tarot meditation for the week ahead shepherds gospel of luke

Gospel and Tarot Meditation for the Week Ahead

gospel and tarot meditation for the week ahead shepherds gospel of luke

Getting ‘Shepherds’ as our card for the week ahead from the Jesus Deck made me smile. Tomorrow is the 1st of Advent. We really couldn’t ask for a better card to get us in the mood to celebrate the season of Advent. To drive the point home, the Knight of Cups shows up with a message to engage in the spirit of joyful expectation with all our heart and soul.

The Gospel of Luke 2:8-20

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The Good Shepherd

Jesus didn’t refer to himself as a king or a lord. Instead, he compared himself to the lowly shepherds and referred to himself as ‘the good shepherd.’ About those of us who belong to him, he said, ‘my sheep know my voice.’

Looking closely at the card image from the Jesus Deck, we can feel joy beginning to fill the scene. Gradually the stars grow more brilliant and the sky turns a vivid purple. Soon the sky will be filled with angels singing praise to God.

So what might the shepherds be feeling at this very moment in time? With the Knight of Cups present, I can just about tap into the heart chakra expansion that would be happening here. The shepherds wouldn’t necessarily know how to put words on. But for a moment in time, everything would feel just right. One of them might start singing softly… Another may lean back, breathe in deeply and feel at one with the starry sky above.

Being a dog owner myself, I can imagine the dog sensing the arrival of the angels way before the shepherds do. It might be circling, sniffing the air and wagging its tail.

Questions to Ponder

These two cards together bring a strong focus on positive feelings of expectation. Positive expectation goes hand in hand with the season of Advent.

  • How can I prepare my heart for Christmas this first week of Advent?
  • Is there a new or old (forgotten?) family Advent tradition that I could practice?
  • How can I be more in touch with my feelings and intuition in the week ahead?
  • How aware am I of the angelic realm and how the angels assist us?

Try writing down three things every morning that that you are truly grateful for. This can help get you in the right mindset for Advent.

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Tarot deck used: Golden Marseille Tarot (affiliate link)