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Rebellion and Revolution

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first.”


There’s a lot of it about at the moment, rebellion and revolution.

These two words are totally synonymous with each other, they are like birds from the same flock. Perhaps we need more of it but according to ‘new age’ philosophers and prophets this is the time when a general uprising is perfectly aligned with the cosmos. It will hurtle us into 2021 and rid us of the venomous outmoded hierarchies and cultural disparagement.

Yet, one can’t have the revolution without first having a rebellion. 

Both dynamics have a vision, an end game, it is called freedom. One supposes that once one has found freedom, one acquires peace and the possibility of living happily ever after becomes less of a concept and more of a reality. When I think of the word freedom, I think about the immortal words from Janis Joplin, ‘Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose’. Indeed, what do we have to lose? By losing something we have everything to gain but without clarity, without vision, we will not have that sense of freedom. That vision is so important right now, amidst fake news, alarming conspiracy theories and hollow victories, (are you getting some cards coming to mind yet? 5 of Swords, Chariot, Emperor perhaps?) What we perceive as the new world will belong to ‘other’ without a vision. The universe conspires with us at all times but we have to know what it is we want and in this case, especially, so many of us must be singing from the same page.

The thing is, our internal landscape is the world that awaits us. Anarchy then starts within, change and striving for a better way of life must come from our own inner reality. 

One person’s freedom fighter is another person’s terrorist. 

What one will see as a perfect truth the other will see as a hard lie. We live in a divisive world where political leaders create territories amongst the people. But there is a glimmer of light that this invisible boundary and division might actually work in our favour as it brings balance amidst chaos. This is not unlike Hesed and Gevurah on the Tree of Life, one compensates for the other at exactly the right moment.

Pondering on all of this, I drew The Lovers card. 

On a mundane level this card seeks mutual, cooperative relationships. It explores mutual respect, wholeness and healthy collaboration. Mutual being the operative word here.

We can see the integration between Eros and Logos, spirit and physical, right brain and left brain, anima and animus. It doesn’t seem to matter there might be a difference but there must be an agreement to work together, the goal must be to attain a sense of love.

Tarot speaks a lot about balance.

We are often reminded in our readings that balance enables us to have the best life. That reminder does not always come easily. Tarot is not for the fainthearted, a Tarot reading is an act of rebellion, a Tarot reading is an act of love.

In a Gnostic Hermetic sense, The Lovers seek unity. 

The physical and the emotional conjoins with the intellective and spiritual. The idea could be to merge or instead, lose the identity and the power of each. Here we see the rebellion driving the revolution.

Perhaps what we are witnessing in our societies is an alchemical process, an essential part of the Great Work. The union of opposites, of water and fire. Maybe we can look forward to the bringing forth of a clear and vibrant spiritual identity.

We may find as readers that we will have to explore the impact of opposing factors in the lives of people as they come to terms with a new way of living and being in the world. This might bring challenges to our perception (2 of Cups and The Hanged Man) of our own narrative but if we keep it in our mind and heart that it is all about love then we can say that we made a step forward for peace.

Finally a favourite poem of mine from the wonderful and timeless Muyahaddin Ibn Arabi.

My heart has become able To take on all forms. It is a pasture for gazelles, or monks an abbey. It is a temple for idols And for whoever circumambulates it, the Kaaba. It is the tablets of the Torah And also the leaves of the Koran. I believe in the religion Of Love Whatever direction its caravans may take, For love is my religion and my faith.

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