The Devil and Death are great controlling forces of the Universe. The destruction and havoc these cards wreak, clear the way for renewal and rebirth. Nothing is permanent in Life. Sometimes disintegration clears the fear, it paves the way for you to confront these to find renewal, stability and strength after a struggle.
Life comes with upheavals, tumult, disconnection or rift among family and nations. Life also offers renewal, reconciliation and a chance to lift ourselves and find our souls, the true spirit we are all born with.
Tarot interpretation of Devil card:
Overindulgence and hidden motives are the influence of the Devil. This is a warning to be sure your motives are pure when doing someone a favor today, even though the temptation will be there. You know what they say about Karma… it always comes back to haunt you one way or another.
Anyone who has seen the Phantom of the Opera can feel the obsession, anger, revenge and all that is evil. He is not alone. History unfolds many once untold tales of the evil humanity is capable of, not exclusive of color, race, creed of social standing especially power. Some members of society do succumb to the forces within them, strong, evil and destructive to others as well as to themselves. It is the shadow- left unbridled and out of control.
A walk through the pages of history recounts many events in human history where the Devil holds power over them. The monarchy, the world over, had its share of treason and betrayal- at times among the closest family circle and trusted friends. Yes, some of these betrayals were sealed with a kiss.These all came with a price. In today’s world, it adds up as karmic debt.
“We all have a shadow component- parts of psyche, of our material existence. Through the material world, we are able to express our creativity, our genius and a means for fulfilment. An unknown writer puts it so well: There is much power and beauty in our instincts, appetites and drives in the material world. But Nature, as a component of the psyche, is mostly unconscious, and operates behind our backs. “Wikipedia
Our shadows reveal all the disowned parts of our psyches, the bondage that comes with being absorbed with all that is negative around us. These shadows make themselves visible by being projected onto other people and onto the world at large. This trump card calls on each of us to confront our Shadow, not to deny or destroy it, but to acknowledge its reality, own it as a part of us, understand its nature and reorient it toward the good.
The Kiss of Judas
The prophecy of Micah: a man’s enemies are the men of his own household (Micah 7:6).
The Synoptic Gospels identify Judas as the one who delivered Jesus to the soldiers by means of a kiss. This is known as the Kiss of Judas- the kiss that betrayed Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane, after their Last Supper.
Jesus was arrested by the police force of the Sanhedrin(Kilgallen 271). In the christian world/theology, the Last Supper, the kiss of Judas and the ensuing trial of Jesus, the carrying of the Cross, ultimately the Crucifixion is the start of the Passion. After the death of Jesus, he was taken down from the cross, laid in a sepulchre, and then- the resurrection. Easter Sunday marks the Resurrection of Jesus in the Christian world and the end of the Passion.
Was Judas the original spy? Surely, betrayal for a price has been around before the time of Jesus. This betrayal is prominent in religious history with condemnation. Power and greed has always been great motivators.
With our changing societal norms- it is not uncommon to hug and kiss- almost anyone who crosses your path. Have you not experienced kissing someone on the cheeks without meaning? Or perhaps ready to stab them at the back or choke them?
Judas’ kiss is still very much among us. Judas was aware of what he did, but he did not anticipate the consequences- Jesus ended up on the cross. He tried to correct what he did, some stories say he tried to return the thirty pieces of silver. Was Judas a means to fulfill the prophecy- that the Son of God will sacrifice His life to redeem us?
The Judas kiss, in the end, cost him his life. Judas was among the twelve disciples of Jesus. He walked with Jesus, listened to His preachings and parables. Judas witnessed many miracles. He was in “blessed” and highly spiritual company. Judas did not lack the knowledge, he was known for his intelligence. He sat at the table for the Last Supper. Yet, he gave Jesus the kiss of betrayal.
Was the Judas Kiss a kiss of Death as well as a kiss of condemnation?