text and photo © Jonathan Zap
We’ve been conditioned to think human beings are a product of two factors: genetics and environment. But there is a third gigantic factor, essence, which cannot be reduced to either genetics or environment. Essence is an innate unconditioned aspect of an individual, a set of qualities that accompanies the individual into incarnation. This set of qualities may often be suppressed or distorted by acquired conditioning, but essence will find moments when it can shine through, and if it is strong enough it can emerge even in unfavorable circumstances like a flower blossoming from a crack in the sidewalk.
Essence finds ways to reveal itself. Parents often unconsciously suppress essence because they superimpose on a child their own expectations and desires of what the child should be. Prospective parents need to realize that they are spinning the wheel of fate and no one can say who will step through the portal they help to open. Loving parents are open to the discovery of a child’s essence, which might be fantastically different than anything they may have hoped for or expected.
Depending on the position and context in which this card is drawn, you may need to be more open and alert to the essence of others and/or to your own essence. One way that essence may reveal itself is through enthusiasm and aptitude toward particular aspects of creativity, physical movement, human relations, self-awareness, etc.