Today looking at the Zodiac Tarot’s version of the Hierophant inverted, the phrase that pops to mind is “oppressive religion.” I know a thing or two about oppressive religion. I’ve lived it.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t begrudge people their faith—even faiths that I personally consider oppressive. However someone gets their spiritual juice, I’m not in a rush to judge. That was my door prize for leaving the temple of oppressive religion: understanding the sacred nature of following your own path.
And you know, there are many kinds of “religion,” too. Politics can be a religion; healthy eating can be a religion. I mean, it’s endless, what can be a religion. Basically we’re talking belief preached from the voice of authority, usually with an undertone of righteousness.
Today, I want to suggest you do a gut check around anyone (or any institution) that claims to be holier-than-thou. Don’t down that sacrament without scrutiny. Much like you may notice about snake oil salesman of all stripes, those who are honest and true usually don’t need to constantly assert the same. Their works stand up for who they are.
Whomever or whatever touting their brand of religion, credentials are not relevant to it’s application to YOU. Instead ask yourself, “Does this ‘religion’ lift me up or weigh me down? Does this offer freedom or oppression?”
I’m looking for freedom myself.
How about you? Have any experience with “oppressive religion?”
by Lo Scarabeo