By Myself I Can Do Nothing

The title of this post is the first phrase of a verse from the gospel of John (5:30), as translated in the New International Version (© 1984) of the Bible. The full verse is: By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

This verse is a concise statement of the meaning of Tarot Key 5, The Hierophant. I thought it would be a good topic for today, as we transition from the astrological sign of Taurus to that of Gemini. Key 5 is associated with Taurus, the sense of hearing, intuitional receptivity, and contact with the Inner Teacher, or the small, still voice within.

This card is an application of the Holy Family, too. It signifies that the aim of spiritual achievement is to be a fleshy conduit for Divine Wisdom, which descends the Tree of Life. The judgment spoken of in the verse isn’t meant to imply any sort of critical appraisal of anybody, but is simply a statement of best choice – how to behave, how to think, how to interact with the world.

When we are in concert with the Inner Teacher, the flow of higher inspiration is automatic, and bliss fills one’s consciousness. It’s a lofty goal, and one not easily achieved. Small, everyday stuff tends to get in the way. These are the distractions of the ego, the part of consciousness that is always trying to take and keep control. Like an unruly child, it needs to be kept in check while not destroying its interest in life.

Making the Inner Teacher the guide while using the ego as a tool – one of life’s many challenges. However, it’s the one we have to work on mastering in order to advance spiritually.