A reader of the A.T.A. newsletter is interested in the idea of
prophecy. Cultures and religions the world over are influenced by the
words and writings of prophets, people who have special insights into
the heart and mind of a people and its Deity/Deities. So, using the
Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, let's see what we can discover about
prophets and prophecy.
1) What is prophecy?
KNIGHT of SWORDS.
Interesting. In my personal newsletter, "The Six-Rayed Star", I just
finished writing something about this very card. The gist of it is
being a warrior of truth, one who keeps one's own and others people's
thoughts and speech focused on what truly is. Knights go on quests, in
this case a quest through the mental suit of Swords. In the image, he
and his horse ride against the wind. Let's put all of that together.
Prophecy is an aptitude for focusing people's attention on the truth,
for riding against prevalent attitudes in search of the Divine Mind's
word on a particular matter. In the public mind, "prophecy" often
equal "prediction". This card would suggest that prophecy is less
about future events, and more about concentrating upon the reality of
the present moment.
2) What are the potential pitfalls
WHEEL OF FORTUNE.
There is a danger of the prophet identifying himself with the Power
which rules the Universe, an ego inflation in which the one who speaks
prophecies believes that he or she is the sole agent on which the
heights and declines of history hinge. Also, like the revolution of
the Wheel, events change - nothing is set in stone. The one who
believes that his prophetic declarations are unchangeable is deluded.
3) What are the benefits of
All can brought into the full light of day to be seen and discussed by
everyone. When issues are addressed out in the open, new life can be
sparked. The child in the card reminds me of the Christed One's words:
"Unless you change and become as little children, you will never enter
the kingdom of heaven." In other words, prophecy can assist us to
enter that state of innocence, trust, playfulness, and unconditional
love we often associate with childhood. Note that, like the Knight of
Swords, there is a figure on a horse carrying an object. However, the
horse is taking it's time, the figure is naked rather than armored,
and the weapon has become a blanket. This all suggests to me that the
best prophets are those who are open and honest, who love humanity and
Deity unconditionally, who wish to offer comfort and new life, and who
approach truth with a sense of humor and a vision of the good that can