“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
It was my birthday yesterday and I did a reading for the year ahead. I like to do a Zodiac 12 Houses style Tarot reading to for forecasts that cover any significant amount of time (more than a couple of months) and I sometimes place a card at the centre of the spread to give an overall theme. However, this year, I felt guided to instead practise bibliomancy and the verses I got for my year theme were strong:
Ezekiel 21:14-16New International Version (NIV)
14 “So then, son of man, prophesy
and strike your hands together.
Let the sword strike twice,
even three times.
It is a sword for slaughter—
a sword for great slaughter,
closing in on them from every side.
15 So that hearts may melt with fear
and the fallen be many,
I have stationed the sword for slaughter[a]
at all their gates.
Look! It is forged to strike like lightning,
it is grasped for slaughter.
16 Slash to the right, you sword,
then to the left,
wherever your blade is turned.
We are not used to seeing this kind of language in the modern world of Western religion or spirituality any more… Yet Jesus refers to himself as ‘the Truth’ and he said:
“I came not to bring peace, but to bring a sword.”
We see an excellent example of Jesus acting as this Sword of Truth on Palm Sunday when he goes into the temple and drives out the merchants and money changers.
In the traditional Ace of Swords image, we see a hand reaching out from a cloud, holding a sword that is crowned with the crown of our Lord and the two branches hanging from the sword are the branches of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
The original meaning of this card is one of spiritual truth but in the suit of Swords we see how this truth gets perverted gradually, due to man’s fallen nature, until utter and final destruction in the 10 of Swords.
When our mind is not crowned with Christ, we often wander far from the truth and it begins with the doubt shown in the 2 of Swords. The arms crossed over the heart, shows a person that is doubting and hesitating to choose God’s truth over the passions of her own heart. Without God’s truth, we all walk blind through the world.
Speaking God’s truth takes courage. But when we do, we always find ourselves speaking up against injustice, lying and greed on behalf of the poor and oppressed. When we speak God’s truth, we are not concerned with whom gets cut because what is getting cut off is rot to start with.
Jesus did not mince words when he spoke out against the Pharisees who were oppressors of the people, saying:
You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
– Matthew 23:27
Will you speak up against those who steal from the poor? Will you go between the bully and his victim? Will you not care for the cost and like Jesus be faithful to the Truth until the very end?
Love and Blessings,