I am an ordained Spiritualist Minister, and I’ve been working on a sermon that I will be giving in November at the seminary where I was ordained and have been teaching for the last twenty three years, Fellowships of the Spirit in Lily Dale, New York.
The title of my talk is “Knowledge, Experience, Gnowing and Wisdom.” In my focus on Wisdom - the knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgement as to action - I knew that in both Greek and Hebrew, Wisdom was seen as being feminine. Sophia (as in philosophy) is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, but it is in the Old Testament that I have found some very interesting connections with other work that I have been doing for the past forty years - the Tarot.
The Old Testament clearly sees wisdom as female. For example, in Proverbs 4:5, Solomon says,
“… Get wisdom; get insight.
Do not forsake her, and she will keep you;
love her and she will guard you.”
So Wisdom is female in Hebrew as well. The Hebrew word for Wisdom is Chockmah. Here’s the Tarot connection. In the Cabalistic Tree of Life (it looks like the modern children’s game of hopscotch), Sephirah (one of the Ten Sephiroth/attributes/emanations in Kabbalah, through which God reveals Himself) at the top of the tree is called Kether. The second Sephirah is called Chockmah/Wisdom.
But most interesting to me is that in the Tarot (according to the Golden Dawn and the Waite/Rider deck that comes out of that school, the path from Chockmah/Wisdom to Kether/the Crown is assigned to The Fool - number 0 (zero) in the Major Arcana!
The Fool walks from Wisdom to the Crown? Yes. The entire journey of the Seeker is seen as foolish by those who are not awake. As my Tarot teacher told me, “Only the Wise Man knows he’s a Fool.” And in the Medieval Court, only the Fool could tell the King (the Crown) where it was at and get away with it.
Perhaps we could use more Fools today to bring some more Wisdom to our leaders.
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