Lesson 18 - Nakedness as a Cover-Up
A simple seeker was enjoying was enjoying a warm and misty afternoon beneath gently moving foliage. The nearby trees shaded her from direct sunlight, or would have if the bright sun was ble to reach her North-facing patio at this time of day. Fortunately for her, her neighbours across the hall would be coping with Summer heat, while she enjoyed the breeze.
That thought distracted her from a message the trees seemed to be sending to her. Their branches and leaves were anticipating rain and they were quivering with delight at the expected pleasure.
Now, moist air, or the hint of moist air, turned her attention to the sky. She saw what the trees may not have noticed. The wind had picked up and was blowing the clouds away. Of course, more clouds might replace them.
Meanwhile, "Tarot as a Way of LIfe" by Karen Hamaker-Zondag, seemed to need to be reconciled with itself, at least in her mind. This Jungian approach to interpreting Tarot suggested that the Major Arcana cards represented a personal path to individuation. However, this simple seeker still cung to the concept of psychic integration and transcendence that the Kabbalah Tree of Life seemed, to her, to express. It appealed to her need for clear and simple explanations.
"What card would seem to share your present state of mind?"
"Wow! I'm not an expert, yet."
"Would that change your choice of card?"
"For now, Seven, The Chariot, would seem to express my intent to discover."
"What life is about, and why."
"And if and when you become an expert...?"
"It's not if, but when."
"Then, when ...?"
. "Seventeen, The Star, although I do wish she didn't expose her nakedness. Clothes would have expressed a sense of humility."
"Perhaps she wishes to express transparency."
"But to express it so obviously suggests that her nakedness is a cover-up in reverse; a pretense of transparency, rather than the real thing."
"What does that mean?"
"Could it mean agreement?"
"Perhaps a pretense of agreement."
A Simple Seeker's Note to Herself - Lesson 18 - Nakedness as a Cover-Up
The nakedness of the woman in The Star card ....
"Made you feel uncomfortable?"
"I don't know, unless ..."
"Perhaps I was socially conditioned as a young child to cover myself up. My mother was very rigid in her thinking about social conventions..And, she may have tried to protect me from a slack attitude."
"Yes. We're conditioned early in life, and only with great effort are we able to relax the hold of those early mind constraints. Would you wish to feel as free as the woman in The Star card?"
"Yes. We each have our own comfort zone."