This is the second in a series of posts about spiritual and religious legends. The first post was about the legend of Prophet Muhammad, which you can read here.
The spirituality vs religion is a topic that has been debated for centuries. Many people believe spirituality to be the practice of connecting with or understanding one’s self. Religion, on the other hand, is defined as a belief system that guides how adherents should live.
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Saint Lucy is a saint who was born in the
Saint Lucy has two tales, both of which include escaping a forced marriage and losing her eyes but recovering them – a classic soap opera narrative. Saint Lucy, of course, aids in the treatment of eye issues, but she also aids in the treatment of other ailments. Lucy may also help individuals who are attempting to ward off an Evil Eye or whose supernatural visions are hazy. The folk magic audience, understandably, adores her link to clairvoyance. Christians adore her, and witches adore her; she’s a well-liked figure. Lucy’s official and unofficial characteristics overlap in ways that the church finds difficult to reconcile (as is common with Christian and pagan legends).
I connect Saint Lucy with the 2 of Swords, in which a lady is usually depicted blindfolded and forced to make a choice.
The Monk Marina
Marina the Monk lived the most of her life as Marinus, a woman who pretended to be a male. When her mother died, her father entered a monastery and disguised his daughter as a male to keep her in the monastery with him. Marina was outside the convent at one time, and a lady who had an unmarried child recognized her as a woman, according to the tale. Marina — or Marinus, as the lady called him — was the baby’s father, she said. Marina was expelled from the convent and was eventually given custody of the kid. She magically nursed the newborn boy back to health while still disguised as a man.
Because of the idea of the hidden Self, as well as the moon being a typically feminine symbol and Marina’s ability to breastfeed, the Moon card in tarot sprang to mind for Marina.
Martha is a saint.
Many people are acquainted with Martha, Lazarus’ sister, from the Bible; nevertheless, Martha’s story does not end there. She went to France with Mary Magdalen, Mary Salomé, and Mary Jacobe, as one of the Marys of the Sea in Catholic mythology (more on that in a later article). Martha split off with the Marys and traveled to Tarascon, where people were terrified of a dragon known as the tarasque. Martha tamed the beast and collared it with her girdle, despite the fact that she was deemed feeble.
The Orthodox Church did not approve this tale, but it evolved into Martha the Dominator, a less-than-meek and rather scandalous image of Martha who acquired prominence in the 12th century. Because “taming monsters” was her speciality, Martha the Dominator was often called upon to halt abusive males.
Martha is associated with Strength in the tarot, which usually shows a woman taming a lion or other powerful beast.
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Mirabai is a Hindu saint whose existence as a 16th-century mystic poet created a lot of family strife. She had dedicated herself to Krishna since she was a child, and she considered herself wedded to him. She refused to be immolated with her mortal husband’s body after he died, as custom demanded, since she believed she was married to the eternal Krishna. Mirabai joined traveling musicians after repeated attempts on her life by her in-laws, ultimately transcending to join Krishna.
Because Mirabai spent most of her life moving away from what she knew to pursue a spiritual journey, I instantly connected the 8 of cups with her.
Miriam the Prophetess is a woman who is known for her prophetic abilities.
Miriam is a Jewish saint who is highly venerated in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Most Christians, on the other hand, will remember Miriam’s role in safeguarding her younger brother, Moses, whose birth she predicted (if not from Sunday School, then at the very least from the 1998 animated film Prince of Egypt). According to legend, God gave her a well to keep the Israelite children alive for 40 years in the desert; she may have composed the ancient Hebrew prayer Mi Chamocha; and she allegedly reached Heaven alive but may still visit Earth.
Mary the Prophetess, an early alchemist credited with many innovations, including the bain-marie, is also linked to Miriam.
The Star comes to mind for Miriam in tarot because of its hope, healing, and water imagery.
Saint Paraskeva was a Greek saint who lived in the fifth century
Because she is all about giving women a break, Saint Paraskeva is characterized as a “unorthodox Orthodox saint.” Her name means Friday, and she protects women from danger and catastrophe for 12 Fridays a year as long as they observe the day. Observance involves foregoing customary “women’s work” (such as cooking or cleaning) in favor of spending the day dancing.
This saint is associated with the 4 of Wands, which represents hard labor and respect for the household.
Tara is a Buddhist saint who is especially venerated in Tibet and is sometimes invoked by Hindus. Tara is said to represent the manifestations of Avalokiteshvara’s two tears (whose name translates to Kwan Yin in Chinese). Tara’s calm and fiery ways are represented by these tears, one white and one green.
Tara, as a Buddha, may be invoked for protection, healing (physical or spiritual), actual or supernatural danger, and general rescue in most cases.
Tara is associated with the 5 of Cups in tarot because the tears that created Tara were shed by Avalokiteshvara when he was in sorrow for mankind.
Other Articles in the Series
Part 1 of Women Saints and Tarot: Spiritual and Religious Legends
(Coming Soon!) Women Saints & Tarot: Drawing on Trinities
Unofficial Saints & Tarot: Women Saints (Coming Soon!)
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The what is spirituality in christianity is the second part of my spiritual & religious legends series. In this article, I will be talking about some of the most famous spiritual figures in Christianity.
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