Several years ago, I celebrated Yom Kippur—the Jewish holy Day of Atonement. I took the day off, fasted, meditated, and honored it as a traditional Sabbath, or day of rest. I was not raised in nor do I practice the Jewish faith, but at the time, I was needing a way to sit with and make amends for a grave error in judgment. Yom Kippur presented itself to me as an opportunity.
I was thinking about that experience this week, as the clamor of the propaganda that is “Judgment Day” got louder and louder. For those of you who do not know, misguided Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping has predicted that today, May 21, is the Day of Judgment foretold in the Bible.
How can you ignore that? If not as a another fear-generating attempt to keep us all under control and addicted to the media, then as an opportunity to consider:
What if there really is a Judgment Day and what if today is it?
What would you do?
Would you say to hell with it and be worse?
Would you make changes and be better?
Mr. Camping uses numerology in his Biblical predictions—a divination tool that looks to numbers for prophecy and future-telling. Interestingly enough, Judgment also appears in the divination tool of Tarot cards.
The Judgment card, pictured above from the Rider-Waite-Smith deck, is a Major Arcana card. In readings, the Major Arcana relate to matters of a higher purpose or the “big picture.”
According to Aeclectic Tarot, the Judgment card “asks us to resurrect the past, forgive it, and let it go.” That past may include old wounds, past sins, or bad habits we can’t lose, and this card tells us it’s time to move on. Often, the message of this card is that we “need to forgive or be forgiven, do something [we’ve] been putting off, or have the courage to finally end something that isn’t good for [us].”
The Judgment card, by no surprise, is also a card of healing, and foretells significant change, “one that involves leaving something old…behind and stepping into something completely new.”
Unlike Mr. Camping’s predictions, this Judgment is not about doom and gloom and death, “this is about deciding to make a change, to stop doing something that isn’t working and do something that will work.”
“Which means that it’s really a card about courage, and about recognizing that you’re holding onto something that needs to be let go.”
So, what if today is Judgment Day?
What if this is your opportunity to make a change?
What would you do?
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