Tarot and Atonement
I am working on my book, Tarot and Your Spiritual Path, today, and was wondering what cards people might associate with the concept of “atonement.” The word literally means “at-one-ment,” and so it means to become at one with something, but with what? In a spiritual sense, it is about becoming at one with everything, but in a more specific use of this word, atonement is about returning to a state of being at one with another person (or group of people). Similarly, it is associated with making amends for a mistake, an action that brings us back to “at-one-ment” with a person we have wronged.
The following are a couple of cards in the Major Arcana that I see as being related to this concept.
First, the Justice card is about Karma, the law of cause and effect. If we have done ill in the past, we need to make amends today. The second card is Judgment. This card is about hearing a call to make a careful assessment of your life and how you have lived it, especially if you have wronged someone else.
Other cards that might illustrate this concept include:
The World card — when we have achieved at-one-ment with everything, or at least with a group of people in our life.
Two of Cups — seeking atonement with another person.
Six of Cups — seeking atonement with other people.
Six of Pentacles — making amends.
What do you think? What cards would you associate with the concept of “atonement”?