The Devil and Death are great controlling forces of the Universe. The destruction and chaos that these cards cause paves the way for renewal and rebirth. Nothing is permanent in Life. Sometimes disintegration clears the fear, opens the way for you to face them to find renewal, stability and strength after a struggle.
Life comes with upheaval, tumult, disconnection or rift between family and nations. Life also offers renewal, reconciliation and an opportunity to rise up and find our soul, the true spirit we are all born with.
Tarot Interpretation of the Devil Card:
Over-indulgence and ulterior motives are the influence of the Devil. This is a warning to make sure your motives are pure when you do someone a favor today, although the temptation will be there. You know what they say about Karma…it always comes back to haunt you in one way or another.
Anyone who has seen the Phantom of the Opera can feel the obsession, the anger, the revenge, and all that is evil. He is not alone. The story unfolds many stories that have not been told before about the evil that humanity is capable of, not excluding color, race, creed, social position, especially power. Some members of society succumb to the forces within them, strong, evil and destructive to others as well as to themselves. It is the shadow left unrestrained and uncontrolled.
A walk through the pages of history tells of many events in human history where the Devil has power over them. Monarchy, around the world, had its share of treachery and treachery, sometimes between the closest family circle and trusted friends. Yes, some of those betrayals were sealed with a kiss. All had a price. In today’s world, it adds up like a karmic debt.
“We all have a shadow component: parts of the psyche, of our material existence. Through the material world, we are able to express our creativity, our genius and a means for fulfillment. An unknown writer says 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 unknown parts of our psyche, the slavery that comes with being absorbed with all that is negative around us. These shadows become visible by being projected onto other people and onto the world at large. This trump card calls each of us to face our Shadow, not to deny it or destroy it, but to recognize its reality, make it part of us, understand its nature and reorient it towards the good.
The kiss of Judas
Micah’s prophecy: 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 with a kiss. This is known as the kiss of Judas, the kiss that betrayed Christ in the garden of Gethsemane, after his last supper.
Jesus was arrested by the Sanhedrin police (Kilgallen 271). In the Christian world/theology, the Last Supper, the kiss of Judas and the subsequent judgment of Jesus, the gate of the Cross, ultimately the Crucifixion is the beginning of the Passion. After the death of Jesus, he was taken down from the cross, deposited in a tomb 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? Betrayal for a price certainly existed before the time of Jesus. This betrayal is prominent in religious history with condemnation. Power and greed have always been great motivators.
With our changing social norms, it’s not uncommon to hug and kiss just about anyone in your path. Haven’t you experienced kissing someone on the cheeks without meaning to? Or maybe ready to stab them in the back or drown them?
The kiss of Judas is still very much among us. Judas was aware of what he was doing, but he did not foresee 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?
Judas’ kiss, in the end, cost him his life. Judas was one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. He walked with Jesus, listened to his predictions and parables. Judas witnessed many miracles. He was in “blessed” and highly spiritual company. Judas did not lack knowledge, he was known for his intelligence. He sat down at the table for the Last Supper. However, he gave Jesus the kiss of betrayal.
Was Judas’ kiss a kiss of death and a kiss of condemnation?