Wednesday, May 4, 2011
People got to be free
Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose. --from Bobby McGee, by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster
Not only is Justice a she, but so is Liberty. It's interesting that there is no tarot trump that conveys the idea of liberty, perhaps because the design of the tarot was pretty much set during the age of European monarchy. All the images of Liberty I attached to the sidebar this morning are related to the revolutions that followed the age of monarchy.
One thing I'm wondering this morning is whether, in all the middle eastern countries where revolutions are taking place, there is an image, a symbol or icon associated with that struggle. If there is such an image, I haven't seen it. Do you know? Also wondering if there is a symbol of freedom, liberty, democracy or whatever it is the people are hoping to create. If there is such a symbol, does it look like a woman wearing a long loose dress, carrying a torch of some kind?
I think of Liberty as an idea rather than something "real." Justice is a palpable force, a pure energy, but Liberty seems, to me, to be something we can't quite touch, no matter how we try. Perhaps the Liberty we seek has something to do with a half-lost memory of how great it is, between manifest lives, to fly free in the realm of spirit, unencumbered by these bodies that want food and drink, sex and other pleasures, that need so much to move around, also to rest. The limitations that are part of living inside a body are pretty intense. One of my great teachers used to say, "Infinite souls inhabiting finite bodies. It's a crazy idea!" It sure is. It has its up sides, too, should say.
As a double Aquarius, I know all about the yearning for freedom. One of my great friends nailed it when he said, "Reya, to you even happiness feels like a jail you have to break out of."
In the tarot there are many images that portray the situation of being bound. I think of the 8 of swords, 4 of pentacles, 4 of cups, for instance. Within the trumps, the Devil card certainly portrays a state of imprisonment. But there is no Liberty card, not in any deck I've ever seen. Hmmmm ...