Jacob’s Ladder: Eternity Card of William Blake Tarot

Jacob’s Ladder as the symbol of Eternity

NOTE: This post is borrowed from the page (to which I link below), about the Eternity Card in the William Blake Tarot.

Eternity Card – Blake Tarot

00/ —Eternity

The Eternity card has no equivalent in other Tarot decks. Its dual numberation (double-zero or infinity) indicates that it transcends numbers. This image is from the painting called Jacob’s Dream, based on the book of Genesis, showing Jacob and his ladder to heaven. In Blake’s myth, this is Albion asleep on the Rock of Ages. His Zoas have divided, and he lies stricken in spiritual limbo. Fallen from eternity, he is now a mortal man, and his four “eternal senses” — the four divine arts of painting, science, music, and poetry — have become his body, head, heart, and genitals. Albion represents our own sleeping consciousness, dreaming eternity as our ultimate potential. Albion remains asleep throughout the soul’s journey, unable to awaken until his divided soul is regenerated and his Zoas, the “four faces of man,” are reunited. However, his vision of eternity is very much alive in his dream — and Albion’s vision is what this card is about. Eternity represents mankind’s hopes for divine spiritual consciousness, and for living in a world of shining imagination and everlasting truth. For Blake, eternity is an exciting intellectual realm filled with the “fury of poetic inspiration,” from whence “all the passions emanate uncurbed in their eternal glory.”

The sheephook in Albion’s hand represents his mortal innocence. Exalted beings carry symbols of the arts (spiritual sustenance) upon a celestial stairway that literally represents the arts as man’s connection to eternity. The luminous, numinous sun is the “divine imagination,” the god in every human, which shines within us day and night, the ultimate reality from which all things are created.

This card is always significant in a reading, because its declaration of spiritual reality and creative imagination is meaningful in any context. Eternity can be a wake-up call to a spiritual issue in the reading, a promising opportunity to try something new and imaginative, an announcement of a something wonderful happening, a prophecy of angelic or artistic communication (perhaps via a dream or daydream), the advent of a serendipitous occurrence or heavenly ‘coincidence’, or a sudden awareness that life is a spiritual adventure, and not just a material process. This is always an auspicious card, even when reversed, because eternity is irreversibly divine.

KEYWORDS: AWARENESS OF SPIRITUAL DESTINY • ARTISTIC POWERS • A HEAVENLY OUTLOOK • IMAGINATIVE OPPORTUNITY • PROPHETIC PORTENTS. SPIRITUAL ELATION •

THE SOUL’S JOURNEY

The Blake Triumphs tell a story about the spiritual progress of human consciousness. This is the Soul’s Journey, which now begins…

The Cycle of Matter

This cycle consists of eight cards, of which the first introduces the seven that follow.

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Asia Bibi : Christian Jailed in Pakistan

Asia Bibi, Pakistani Christian

The Pakistani Christian woman, Asia Bibi, was arrested and jailed in 2009 for allegedly blaspheming the prophet Muhammed. She was sentenced to death.

In fact, Asia Bibi extended hospitality and friendship towards her Muslim coworkers by sharing water and conversation. Rumors then circulated, and false accusations, claiming that she had defamed the prophet of Islam.

Asia Bibi’s case has been appealed. She has been waiting (in jail) for the Supreme Court of Pakistan to hear the case and render a final verdict.

Jesus fought for Spiritual Freedom : Lightworker

Jesus himself was accused of blasphemy for claiming to be united with God. No matter our religion, all of us have the right– like Jesus–to enjoy such intimacy with God. We ought to openly declare or speak about our faith, peacefully, without incurring retribution by a dogmatic orthodoxy or a strident majority.

Not Just about Religion but about Human Rights

While Asia Bibi’s imprisonment involves persecution on religious grounds, her case goes beyond sectarian differences between religions. Instead, the case puts on trial freedom of speech and basic human rights.

Pakistan, a country which claims to protect religious minorities, ought to uphold the freedom of a person (Asia Bibi) to speak and associate freely with Muslims even while practicing her own different culture and mode of faith.  Is one free, respectfully, to declare one’s own faith (as a Christian) without thereby being accused of allegedly insulting the religion of the Muslim majority?  The charge of blasphemy, if it should ever be legitimate, is illegitimate, here.

This case has not to do with protecting a Christian person, merely, but rather with the democratic right of freedom of religion and freedom of speech.

More Information about the Asia Bibi Case 

A journalist risked her life so that she could get Asia Bibi’s story. The book can be found here: Blasphemy: A Memoir

Here are updates about her case:

Update Asia Bibi Appeal Pakistan

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