Monday, 30 September 2013
All in all, this image appears to show the disintegration of the self and merging into the whole. In other words, enlightenment.
I have notes written in my LWB, I can't remember where they came from but someone somewhere posted suggested card titles for each of the majors. I think these come from the deck creators themselves. The suggested title for Judgement is 'Conditioned Arising.' This is a Buddhist doctrine also known as 'Dependent Origination.' Understanding of Conditioned Arising ('Pratitya Samutpada') is the means to enlightenment (or the end of suffering). Thus it would appear that in this card image, we witness the moment of understanding the nature of Pratitya Samutpada.
The core of Pratitya Samutpada (Dependent Origination, or Conditioned Arising) is the notion that no beings or phenomena exist independently of other beings or phenomena. All is connected. The doctrine of Dependent Origination can seem complicated, and is usually taught by way of 12 Links (if you are curious, Google for '12 links (nidanas) of dependent origination' and be sure to bring plenty of liquids, and maybe a bowl of popcorn).
The understanding of Pratitya Samutpada leads ultimately to freedom from illusions which cause suffering, and that is what this card is about. The LWB says, 'Now we can shed our final worldly or ego illusion. Our higher selves call upon the personality to rise up from self-imprisonment. We finally liberate our lives from learned limitations. We are reaching a higher level of awareness in the service of a new awakening. The door of our enlightened state is opened for us to move into. Divinatory key: The great awakening. A time of rejuvenation or healing.'
Now I do not expect to achieve enlightenment today, but I will certainly settle for some of that rejuvenation and healing. :) But who knows what the day may bring. Could be the thunderbolt!
Om vajrasattva hum!