Gospel of Thomas Logion 46 and The Star

Logion 46 and The Star – Gospel of Thomas and the Tarot

Logion 46 and The Star

The Star is paired with Logion 46 from the Gospel of Thomas for today’s reading. Let’s look at how they connect…

During this morning’s reading for my 75 Hard challenge, I came across a chapter on forgiveness in Inner Christianity (you can see the two books I’m currently reading HERE). I felt about two inches tall after reading it. Why? Because I saw clearly that my understanding and practice of forgiveness had been limited by my false sense of separateness from others.

From a oneness perspective, as well as a karmic perspective, it makes no sense whatsoever to not forgive everyone, absolutely, all the time (or 70 times 7). This is obviously why forgiveness takes such a central role in the Lord’s Prayer. And this is also why there is no ‘me’ but an ‘us’ – “Forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who are indebted to us.” It was with these thoughts in mind that I opened the Gospel of Thomas to Logion 46.

The Star (Aquarius) showing up as the card of the day is obviously no coincidence. This is very much a card that connects humanity collectively with the Divine; It’s an ‘us’ card. It’s also a now card, as humanity finds itself on the threshold of the Age of Aquarius.

Logion 46

In Logion 46, Yeshua praises John the Baptist as the greatest man born of woman. However, we know that in Logion 15, Yeshua says:

“When you see the one who wasn’t born of a woman, fall down on your face and worship that person. That’s your Father.”

Gospel of Thomas, Logion 15

Yeshua also states in a rather cryptic way in Logion 46 what it means to be greater than John the Baptist: We must become a little child (or ‘become small’ in Leloup’s translation)…

Yeshua said, “From Adam to John the Baptizer, no one’s been born who’s so much greater than John the Baptizer that they shouldn’t avert their eyes. But I say that whoever among you will become a little child will know the kingdom and become greater than John.”

Gospel of Thomas, Logion 46

So what does it mean to make ourselves small or to become a little child? A child knows that it has limited knowledge but it also knows that it can trust in the wise guidance of its parents. In this instance, Yeshua is referring to a child who knows that their true parent is God/Spirit – A child that isn’t ‘born of a woman.’

Because we know that we do not know everything, it becomes easy to forgive others. And because we know that everyone else is also a child of the same God/Spirit, we forgive them for the sake of peace in the family.

Forgiveness and The Star

Okay, so Logion 46 doesn’t explicitly speak of forgiveness. But forgiveness (asking for or giving it) is almost always how we ‘make ourselves small’… Forgiveness is an act of humility in recognition of the vastness of our ignorance. It’s also an act of recognising that we are the recipients of boundless grace. The Star is all about extending that grace to everyone around us. We simply cannot overgive of what is so freely bestowed upon us!


Lisa Frideborg

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Deck used: The Faerie Tarot by Nathalie Hertz