Welcome to the ChristoPagan twilight zone where the Christian faith meets with divinatory practices. If you are returning for your weekly fairy forecast, you may be disappointed because this year, I have decided to try something a little different for a heads up on the week ahead: bibliomancy combined with Tarot . I’m using a free resource on facade.com. Facade is one of the oldest Tarot websites on the web and one of the first I explored when I decided to start learning the Tarot properly in my late 20’s.
Coincidentally, it was around that time, I decided to leave the church. I was confused, bewildered and disappointed by the squabbles and division I saw between groups of people who all claimed to belong to Christ. I couldn’t make sense of the fact that there were so many different denominations, and I didn’t feel quite at home in any of them. Deciding to leave the congregation I belonged to at the time was a massive step for me, because even though I felt like the black sheep, it was the only true spiritual family I had ever known. During this time, I had a dream vision. Jesus appeared seated on a rock throne above a waterfall. He didn’t speak, instead his power lifted me up until we were face to face and he just looked at me with such love in his eyes that I knew that no matter what happened, I would always be his.
I love the idea of combined Spirit guidance that uses technology and ancient resources such as the Tarot and the Bible, because I believe God can be found in all these things. Also, in case you are new to the site, I’m (obviously) an ‘unfundamentalist’ and non-denominational sort of Follower of the Way. I follow him and him alone – not a book or a theological construct. Hence comments that contain Bible verses plucked out of context and used to bash my practices won’t be published. Unlike many Christians, I have read the Bible. I did a year of full-time Bible Studies and attended a Christian University for two years). I also studied the process of canonisation in my spare time. I have said it before and you’ll probably hear me say it again: the process of canonisation was a political process… and where there are politics, there are lies. Therefore, do ‘test all things, and keep that which is good.’
So… on to the actual reading for the week ahead:
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
– John 15:1-5
The Bible verse above gives us a theme of focusing on abiding in Him in the week ahead. To abide in Christ is to abide in God. Calling the name ‘Jesus,’ either internally or out loud (though possibly not in public) is a simple way of ensuring that we abide in him – especially when we feel tempted to start worrying or stray in some other way… This is the name that instantly reminds us that all is well with our souls and that because all is well with our souls, all is well for all eternity, no matter what appears in the world around us. We can meet what is coming at us from a place of deep peace.
And the three Frideborg Tarot cards I pulled seem we will need to stay focused on abiding in Him all the more because of conflict around us and our ego getting ‘rubbed the wrong way.’ The quint of these three cards works out to 19 The Sun, telling is that there will be a test of ego and we will be called to make a choice in a rather public way about whether to honour God or our little self.
If we abide in him in the week ahead, the role we play in the lives of others can start changing this week… in small ways at first but watch this space!