Monday, September 18, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19/09/2017. The deck for today is again the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro. I and to battle myself this morning for the choice between four decks, and Kier won: Holy Light, Tabula Mundi, Sephiroth & the Kier. ALL of them are superb decks, and you could turn heads and marry the heir(ess) of Spain with any one of them. Grin. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = XVI the Obelisk, and Salt = #36 Initiation (VERY rough equivalency to the Queen of Cups, but then again, umm?) I must admit to being a bit “confused” by this draw. In an effort to clarify, I drew a two-card from *The Anubis Oracle* by N. Scully, L. S. Wolf & illus. by Kris Waldherr. More about the Oracle later; for now let’s look at this perplexing, maybe even vexing, draw. Grin. I don’t want to gabble away a lot of space, so let’s admit that on the basic meanings of these Tarot archetypes we all know what they mean, what they say and don’t say. I don’t think it serves any purpose to wade through my connection; for the most part, if you are a faithful reader, you already know it. So, let’s just knock out three “official, esoteric blurbs” 
concerning the draw. "Arcanum IV: The Emperor in the act of governing his domains. It is a symbol of the principle of unit materialized, the will, authority and power codified in the letter Daleth; represents the intelligible reality and tangible reality, the absolute principle emanating its powers. Modeling attribute: Uranus in Aquarius. In the Spiritual Plane it is the constant materialization of the divine virtue in man, the hierarchical progression in which life manifests itself. In the Mental plane it represents the four concordances of Affirmation and Denial, Discussion and Solution in their work of concretion. In the Physical Plane it tends to the realization of the material things, the crystallization of effort and the attainment of power. Axiom transcendent: "To the work of your hands, give blessing, and in the work of thought, put heart.” As an element of prediction it promises material achievements, foundations for higher enterprises, favorable results in the effort invested, and difficult conditions to achieve them. Friendships are, simultaneously, help and obstacle, and luck is propitious and adverse at the same instant." ("La Cábala de Predicción" by J. Iglesias Janeiro, Kier, Buenos Aires, 1984.) OK, got that, “Comprendo, muchacho.” 
“Arcanum XVI: The Obelisk - in the act of consummating the designs of divine providence. Is the symbol of the mystery of the severe surveillance coded in the letter Ain. It represents the principle of the inscrutable, of the temporal, of the perishable as the determining cause of the evolution of beings and things. Modeling attribute: Virgo, abode of Mercury. On the Spiritual Plane it is the awakening of understanding by virtue of affliction that moves the mind, the light of the higher making itself sensitive at the bottom. In the Mental Plane it represents the nullity of material values, the destitution of Ios, in which the doctrine of symbols codified the mystery of "Uneasiness".  Intellectual logics, learning of pride. In the Physical Plane, it tends to the processes afflictive, rigor, severity, which in some way awakens the latent powers and fades the daydreams for temporal values. Transcendent Axiom: "Dawn light, noon light, dusk light: what matters is that is light.” As an element of prediction, promises unforeseen accidents, storms, concussions, deaths, needs, benefits from good and bad circumstances, reciprocity in love and hatred, indifference and jealousy, betrayal and loyalty." (Ibid.)  Whoa!! Whoa there, fella!! This is where I am thrown off the track, as there has been no hint of this sort of thing coming up in the cards & thus my life. Or perhaps I have blindsided by too much satisfaction recently and my critical gaze has softened its focus. Either way, this sounds as if an adjustment is on the way and I had best simply buckle my seat belt and hang on; it too shall pass. Nevertheless, this disturbs my calm vibe this a.m. Hmmm. “Arcanum 36: Initiation - as 
an act of revivification. It symbolizes the human virtue of progressive updating of powers. Modeling attribute: It is associated to the planet Mars, the letter H and the number 9. It represents the principle of the unfolding of one's own virtues. Transcendent axiom: "Sweet is the workshop, sweet to sing, sweet to listen to." As an element of prediction, promises births, new beginnings, first fruits, forthcoming fortune, success in business, [and reversed,] dissipations, declinations." (Ibid.)  And that is a kind of Mother/goddess/Tawaret evocation of the Queen of Cups . . . Sort of . . . Harrumph. OK, yes, I understand the Energy and while it is lovely, and strong, it is at odds with my Anima EXCEPT in the act of “destruction” which precedes new creation. (One could argue that the ovum egg is “destroyed” when penetrated by the spermatozoon and both are transformed in unity. Eh? “Good boy! Here’s a biscuit!” Grin.) There I can see big flashes of personal hope for progress. Now, on to the oracle. I chose *The Anubis Oracle* as cited above, and drew a two-card “guide.” As the archetypal “deity” I drew 8 – MA’AT: TRUTH, 
Radiance & Balance. As the ‘Field of Action,’ I drew VII – Sacred Purpose, the drive called forth by the assemblage of Ptah (the Word), Nut (The Primal Night), Geb (the Earth) and Anubis (originally a god of resurrection.) So, I read this as: “Despite the rather shadowy look to your Daily draw today, Mark, as always there is a good reason you are here. Your very old friend, Ma’at, has conferred the bearing of Truth, Radiance and Balance into the space Sacred Purpose. You aren’t necessarily supposed to be apprised of all that is going on here; you will be given or find the knowledge on your own, as you advance through the Place, through the learning of the Sacred 
Purpose. You are to bear a capital Responsibility that is to be birthed very soon; be ready, it is a form of initiation.”  That I can certainly do and wait patiently for its arrival. I am being asked to participate in my own initiation into one of many, many mysteries along the Way; I tend to doubt that anyone experiences them ALL, but who knows? If one is given enough of them along the Journey it helps greatly towards the understanding of the Path to Initiation. Okay, so it isn’t a “coasting” day, but one of active participation; good, I do get a bit antsy sitting on my retired nethercheeks when I have nothing active in the hopper. So, I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a Sacred Purpose today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!         


Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 18/09/17. Today’s deck is again the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro, one of my very favorite decks. My draw today is as follows: Sulfur = XVII the Star; Mercury = XV Passion, and Salt = #64 Vehemence (a rough equivalency exists with the King of Swords.) I must say that the draw surprises me in several ways; all the better, as eternal sameness is eternal boredom, correct? Grin. (To the human mind, at any rate.) However, while it is surprising, it is also curiously positive in its message: at least, I prefer to read it that way; a more clarified interpretation, as opposed to a possibly darker interpretation, possible but unlikely unless one is giving a “Sturm und Drang” reading for effect to a gullible audience. (“Why would they do that?” we ask ourselves. “Who knows?” answers the Lady Sopdet, our randomly picked goddess of the day, who synchronistically happens to be the star Sirius, or 
Sothis; as in my 1st card . . . Grin.) I am a bit surprised with this “pairing,” Sulfur/Animus in “Hope.” My Animus is feeling rather more action-prone today than usual, and would certainly prefer a more active role; however, as with ALL things in a draw, there is a reason for the choice as it relates to the general reading as a whole. This I can understand, and even give a “shade” of activity to the placement by actively carrying out anything the Star may tell me which will be efficacious. XVII The Star - "in the act of transmuting the primordial elements. It's a symbol of the mystery of the cosmogonic breath coded in the letter ‘Phe.’ It represents the principle of the verb in the act, the immortality of existence, the creative force of faith. Modeling attribute: Libra, abode of Saturn. On the Spiritual Plane [it] is self-denial as source of life, faith as an acting element, primary intelligence expressing itself through the [secondary.] In the Mental Plane [it] represents the enlightenment of knowledge through the evidence of the test, the light of the past experiences, the cause united to its effect. On the Physical Plane [it] tends to the processes that fuel optimism, expectations, genius, charity and all that strengthens the mood even if it brings privations. Transcendent Axiom: "Some men ask for signs to believe, and others ask for wisdom to act; but the hopeful heart has everything in its hope." As an element of prediction, promises intuition, sustenance, enlightenment, births, [and reversed] short afflictions and brief satisfactions, anger and reconciliation, deprivation, abandonment and profit." ("La Cábala de Predicción" by J. Iglesias Janeiro; Kier, Buenos Aires, 1984.) Moving forward, 
I find another surprising choice for the day, XV Passion (The Devil) being the choice of my Anima today. I find it surprising, simply because she tends to mistrust passion almost entirely, yet when it happens wither, she is all-consumed by it. In normal mode, she doesn’t seek it out; therefore my surprise she is seeking it today, especially as “we” haven’t been feeling particularly driven by “our” gonads recently. However, Passion isn’t confined to sexual expression, as we are intimately familiar with ourselves, as Sacred Tarot adepts & lovers. "Arcanum XV - Passion - in the act of emanating its potential effluvia. It is a symbol of mystery of the astral light in circulation coded in the letter 'Samekh.' It represents the principle of individual will, the attraction of mystery, creative fire, fate as an efficient cause. Modeling attribute: Leo, Neptune's abode. In the Spiritual Plane [it] is the manifestation of the individual will, refractory force to the established order and principle that urges to unravel the mysteries In the Mental Plane it represents the chain of passions, the force of desire, the constant controversy in which the mood is stirred and urges us to seek the opposite. In the Physical Plane it tends to the processes of generation, intense desires, malice, discord, fear and anger, fire and water (which turns it off.) Axiom transcendent: "They made me keeper of vines, and my vineyard, which was mine, I did not keep." As an element of prediction, promises ‘contro versias,’ passions. Fatalities, prosperity through legality and of doom, harmful affections to the one who feels them and to whom he is the object of them, anxious anxieties [sic] and violent situations." (Ibid.) Umm . . . harrumph! Well, um . . . yes. Grin. Moving on, 
we come to the “engine room” of our luxury liner today, and although it brings a snarky smile to my face it brings a chill to my heart; #64 Vehemence is in charge of the energy flow today. (He bears a rough equivalency with the King of Swords.)  As you can plainly see, he has a crew of Libyan captives running the engine room, and it seems he beats them to promote enthusiasm in effort. LOL. Of course, this may not be an aspect of me; I could very well be the Libyan captive, which would make this whole process an auto-deception, simply because I would be vampirizing myself. Umm, no, can’t have that, can we? “Arcanum 64: VEHEMENCE as an exalted expression of the spirit. Symbolizes human virtue of ardent desire. Modeling attribute: It is associated with the Sun, the letter A and the number 1. It represents the principle of inner fire. Axiom transcendent: "Strength is wisdom, and strength the desire that moves it" As an element of prediction, promises extreme passions, mood swings, anger, animosity, companies that require struggling, conquest by force, success in love affairs.” (Ibid.) Wow! Well . . . I’m not quite sure what to think about this (grin.) I may need to be thirty years younger to survive today, or perhaps that is what my Animus is so sincerely hoping for, peaceful survival from a roller-coaster ride through “Vehemence” linked with “Passion.” At the least, it sounds a bit garish and wild, so I can honestly say that I am invested heavily in my Animus today. LOL! I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL safety in a storm today (if necessary.) Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!     

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 17/09/2017. Today’s deck is the *Tarot of Dreams* by Ciro Marchetti, LWB by Lee Bursten. My draw today is: Sulfur = I the Magician; Mercury = X the Wheel, and Salt = the Ace of Swords. In turn as I was drawing this card I was a) happy; b) a bit surprised, & c) disappointed, but not deeply. Glad to see I the Magician, a bit surprised to see X the Wheel again so soon, and in Mercury this time, and finally I was disappointed to see the Ace of Swords, but only in the context that I had hoped to see Cups, the target suit this time around; in and of itself, the Ace of Swords is a dynamite card to turn up. (“So quitcher’ cryin’, you pussy!” screams my guardian angel; unfortunately, mine is psychotic . . . Grin. “Just kidding, Ylaliel, just kidding!” LOL.) I am feeling rather Mage-ish this weekend anyway; all is in a good place, and I am aware of my active role in helping it reach that equilibrium. I’m not particularly pumping out any active manifestations this weekend, other than a peaceful transition 
through this moonlit landscape I am currently traversing. “I the Magician - A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming the figure 8 in a horizontal position. About his waist is a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in the spirit. In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, while the left hand is pointing to the earth. This dual sign is known in very high grades of the Instituted Mysteries; it shews the descent of grace, virtue and light, drawn from things above and derived to things below. The suggestion throughout is therefore the possession and communication of the Powers and Gifts of the Spirit. On the table in front of the Magician are the symbols of the four Tarot suits, signifying the elements of natural life, which lie like counters before the adept, and he adapts them as he wills. Beneath are roses and lilies, the flos campi and lilium convallium, changed into garden flowers, to shew the culture of aspiration. This card signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with that which is above. It is also the unity of individual being on all planes, and in a very high sense it is thought, in the fixation thereof. With further reference to what I have called the sign of life and its connexion with the number 8, it may be remembered that Christian Gnosticism speaks of rebirth in Christ as a change "unto the Ogdoad." The mystic number is termed Jerusalem above, the Land flowing with Milk and Honey, the Holy Spirit and the Land of the Lord. According to Martinism, 8 is the number of Christ." ("The Pictorial Key to the Tarot" By Arthur Edward Waite. Illustrations by Pamela Colman Smith. [1911].) The very recent appearance of X the Wheel gave me a frisson of
 foreboding; however, nothing concrete manifested from that co-operation with my Animus in Sulfur. Now I have it Mercury, and that raises my hackles a bit as well; my experience with “wheels of chance” and “women” has been for the most part unforgettably disastrous. (Not in the way you may imagine – I’m not one of the Rat Pack, glibly abusing the “booze, the broads & the cards.” I have had friends & loved ones, all female, who have had disastrous encounters with the Archetype in its more shadowy modus operandi.) I’m not sure why this fear is present, but it is best to explore it now and be rid of it than carry it one step further. "In this symbol I have again followed the reconstruction of Éliphas Lévi, who has furnished several variants. It is legitimate--as I have intimated--to use Egyptian symbolism when this serves our purpose, provided that no theory of origin is implied therein. I have, however, presented Typhon in his serpent form. The symbolism is, of course, not exclusively Egyptian, as the four Living Creatures of Ezekiel occupy the angles of the card, and the wheel itself follows other indications of Lévi in respect of Ezekiel's vision, as illustrative of the particular Tarot Key. With the French occultist, and in the design itself, the symbolic picture stands for the perpetual motion of a fluidic universe and for the flux of human life. The Sphinx is the equilibrium therein. The transliteration of Taro as Rota is inscribed on the wheel, counterchanged with the letters of the Divine Name--to shew that Providence is implied through all. But this is the Divine intention within, and the similar intention without is exemplified by the four Living Creatures. Sometimes the sphinx is represented couchant on a pedestal above, which defrauds the symbolism by stultifying the essential idea of stability amidst movement. Behind the general notion expressed in the symbol there lies the denial of chance and the fatality which is implied therein. It may be added that, from the days of Lévi onward, the occult explanations of this card are--even for occultism itself--of a singularly fatuous kind. It has been said to mean principle, fecundity, virile honor, ruling authority, etc. The findings of common fortune-telling are better than this on their own plane." (Ibid.) So that must be the immediate task of the day; it seems to be the point, as well, for the choice of most favorable 
Energy at hand with which to do the work, the Ace of Swords; “Deal with it on the Intellectual level first, Mark, before you tackle the others; that is its primary access point.” “This is the first step of the element of Earth, coming on the First house or ascendant. Of course this has to do with a beginning, a strong outpouring of force, an impulse, and a material one too. Positive activity on the material plane is typically masculine, and this is a very masculine card, perhaps the most of all. There is no negotiation possible with it. It is emphatically 'yes' or 'no.' One of the primary expressions of the masculine is fructification, and the male action is indicated by this card. For the same reason it means germ, seed. And its natural consequence is conception and childbirth, the ace indicating here also the ascendant. In everything this card means the actual beginning in material execution, which at the same time may cut short something else. It may mean decapitation, or any justiciary execution. It signifies of course a decision, the end of uncertainty or twilight. It is a fresh starting point in matter: 'alea jacta est.' And so it may as well mean a strong demand, an appeal. There is courage in it and firm initiative. It may cause pain and affliction, but annihilates doubt, the greatest torture.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E Thierens. [1930].) Well, OK then! All of that is perfectly do-able, as well as dealing with Sword energy; it is an old task easily remembered . . . I hope – grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the Energy specifically appropriate to the task at hand today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!    


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 16/09/2017. Not having immortality, I notice the passage of the years much more now, a function of age – Time is very flexible and unfixed, indeed. It seems to me that 2016 was just yesterday, and sooner than I can find and conquer Rihanna and put her in my life (LOL!) it will be 2018. Ah well, despite my seeming fragility now, all my life by various sources I have been told I will reach a very advanced age; not wheezy, irritable and arthritically crippled, I hope! Grin. The deck today is my Egyptian favorite, the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro, with LWB by Stuart R. Kaplan. There is also a more involved & complete text by the creator of the deck, “La Cábala de Predicciones” which covers his metaphysical system(s) in more detail, including the Sacred Tarot. Great 
deck, of course. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = XVIII the Moon; Mercury = XIV Temperance, and Salt = #37 Art and Science (again.) Upon first glance, I like this reading, even with my Animus stumbling his way through the delicate crystal labyrinth that is XVIII the Moon.  “Powered by” #37 Art & Science is still surprising, although I can certainly use some creative thought in those realms when I’m houseguesting at XVIII the Moon. Grin. I have a special fondness for XVIII, I feel like I know hir better than many, not only with a close family relationship with “lunacy” for many years but also with my own insatiable curiosity to know things I didn’t need to know for many years in the past. I have ALWAYS operated on the theory, “NEVER trust an ‘other’ to give you everything you need to know. Trust only yourself; inform & educate yourself about anything which touches your life, and don’t depend on others to be fountains of information; they OFTEN have their own agendas as to why they don’t cooperate.” People’s projections make it almost impossible for someone to truly, disinterestedly provide you with everything they know about a given subject. “Ace-in-the-Hole” thinking, you see. “Arcanum XVIII: The Moon in the act of manifesting the magical power of light. It is a symbol of mystery of serpentine power coded in the letter Tzaddi. It represents the principle of the force of magnetism, the outcry that invokes, the emanation that fascinates, the power of incarnation. Styling attribute: Scorpio, Uranus' abode. On the Spiritual Plane is the infinite abyss in that which moves the created, the mysterious power by which things have their being. On The Mental Plane represents the strength of negation as evidence of affirmation, the negative as an exponent of positive. In the Physical Plane, it tends to the processes related to the manifestation of the powers hidden, the action of subtle forces, which requires deliberation without resolution. 
Transcendent Axiom: "Let your charity be inexhaustible, and your patience no less inexhaustible than your charity. '' As an element of prediction, it tends to instability, inconstancy, jealousy, confusion, changes, uncertain situations, long deliberations unexpected impediments, late results, triumphs, and apparent failures.” (“La Cábala de Predicciones” by J. Iglesias Janeiro.) I am always a late-stayer chez la Lune; I constantly push the limits of her hospitality simply because I can never “get enough of her stuff,” so to speak (Now, now, don’t go there! Grin.) All of my life I have loved the occult, the odd & different, the things that weren’t being told or even denied when I “knew” the opposite, my gut & my heart told me so. I have been rebuffed many times in my assaults on her fortress, but over the years we have developed a friendly relationship, and never more so than now as I see in her the heavenly incarnation of Isis on such a frequent basis. (She and I have our “conversations” each & every morning before I draw the Tarot.)  However, I’m no longer a rash & unruly young man who runs in to whichever temple he wishes and expects to hear oracular pronouncements.  I now walk gravely and regally (age, arthritis & rheumatism make a wonderful cocktail called “Apparent Dignity.” LOL,) in to the temples and expect to hear oracular pronouncements. Grin. My since-birth friend, XIV Temperance knows this, and has always had a rueful smile and an endless patience for my caprices and transgressions, both of boundaries and of taste. Grin. I’m very glad to see that she is on board today and “watching me directly” through the avatar of my Anima; I ALWAYS profit from her byword, “Moderation.” “Arcanum XIV: Temperance - in the act of transferring the virtues. It is the symbol of the mystery of the Idea and the Verb coded in the letter Nun. It represents the principle of Divine Androgyny, the primary emanation that is infused and diffused through light and heat, the affinity of opposites, the reversibility of the elements, mercy in its work to give things the right proportion. Modeling attribute: Cancer, the abode of Jupiter. In the Spiritual Plane is the eternal activity of life, the intimate affinity of the opposing elements, the priesthood as a bond of union between the world inside and outside. In the Mental Plane it represents the solidarity of the emotions, the association of ideas; reciprocity of the affections, the correspondence between the vices and the virtues. In the Physical Plane it tends to regulate the relations of the sexes, the balance of the life force, frugality, chastity, which temper the emotions and counteract the passions. Transcendent Axiom: "Do not be like chaff before the wind, nor as a wind before straw." As an element of prediction, it promises friendships, reciprocal affections, obligations, chemical combinations and interest, affiliated loves, devoted loves, treacherous loves, things that remain and things that leave, the first to leave, the second to return.” (Ibid.) And 
finally, I have drawn, yet again, that handsome but mysterious youth #37 Arts & Science as my Salt today, the catalyst in the alembic (me) to trigger the elements of Sulfur & Mercury to fuse with the salt as energy & produce a new, third, perfected substance, “Philosopher’s Stone Professional Foundation #37, Amber Dawn.” Grin. “Just my shade! Oh, what luck!!” LOL. I like young Mr. Arts & Science, I do, although exactly what he does, besides intrigue me, is still a bit of a mystery. One thinks of him as somewhat of a combination of several Pages, with Wands weighing in the most. “Arcanum 37: Art and Science - as factors of individual evolution. Symbolizes virtue of one's discipline as an element of progress. Modeling attribute: It is associated with the Sun, the letter I and the number 1. It represents the principle of creation through applied knowledge. Transcendent Axiom: "Land of promise before my eyes, help me, walk, to get to it." As element of prediction, promises sincere friendships, magnanimous aids, probity, equity, resources, [reversed it is] imperious, compulsions, perversions, popularity, not all edifying.” (Ibid.) As you can see, it is a questionable day ahead, and I must wend my way carefully through the misty moors and deadlands in order to get into the Palace of the Moon and regard her translucent beauty. (Careful, Mark, you aren’t anywhere NEAR a supermarket . . . LOL!) So, ‘tricksy’ though it may be, I am looking forward to it in my usual calm, perverse way of attending a small satisfaction. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the thrill of a “Walk on the Wild Side” today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!  

Friday, September 15, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 15/09/2017. The deck today is *Le Tarot Vieville* by Jacques Vieville, Paris 1650. The guiding light for the deck restoration and an amazing, huge two volume set on the deck (“Les Mysterès du Tarot de Viéville,* Sivilixi, Paris, 2012,) is Monsieur Patrick Coq; (the two volumes are in French, and I don’t believe they have been translated as of yet.) He has done a masterful & learned job. This is by far my favorite Tarot de Marseille simply because it is so quirky and odd, and presents an opportunity to really see into the medieval mind. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = X the Wheel of Fortune; Mercury = VII the Chariot, and Salt = the Page of Wands. It strikes me as an odd hand today, as if it doesn’t quite fit; and yet I have a sneaky feeling, a hunch rather, that indeed it DOES fit, just not in ways of which I am aware. The unexpectedness of the Wheel, the coy “blandness” of the Chariot in the Mercury position, and finally a rather disengaged Page of Batons, who, unfortunately, sports a double chin, hardly promising in a Youth. (Yes, yes, I know all about pudginess = health & wealth in the Middle Ages – still, he’s a youth, who is “characterized” as slim & energetic [Think Romeo & Mercutio].) I think that perhaps I was 
expecting something in the single digits for my Sulfur card today, so this glimpse of karma in motion is a bit disconcerting; having ordered cherry pie for dessert, I’m quizzical when the server sets down a hot fudge sundae “. . . uhh, what??” Grin. Here is one impression of the Arcanum: “"I walked along, absorbed in deep thought, trying to understand the vision of the Angel. And suddenly, as I lifted my head, I saw midway in the sky a huge, revolving circle covered with Kabalistic letters and symbols. The circle turned with terrible velocity, and around it, falling down and flying up, symbolic figures of the serpent and the dog revolved; above it sat an immovable sphinx. In clouds, on the four quarters of heaven, I saw the four apocalyptical beings, one with the face of a lion, another with the face of a bull, the third with a face of an eagle, and the fourth with the face of a bull. And each of them read an open book. And I heard the voices of Zarathustra's beasts: -- "All go, all return,"--the wheel of life ever turns. All die, all flourish again, -- and the year of existence runs eternally. All perish, all live again; the same house of existence is ever building. All separate, all meet again, the ring of existence is ever true to itself. Existence begins at every moment. Round each "here" rolls "there". The middle is everywhere. The way of eternity is a curve". ("The Symbolism of the Tarot* by P. D. Ouspensky [1913].) The good thing about the Wheel, however, is that while you may feel it isn’t in your favor, things can change instantaneously, although the same applies to the reverse – Grin. Perhaps the reason I am nonplussed today is that I feel as if things have been going particularly smoothly lately, and I don’t wish any random waves to rock the solar barque. We are all comfortable in our deck chairs: Isis is sunning on the foredeck; Bastet and her inevitable coterie of feline companions are even out enjoying the air from under the heavy shade of a palm-leaf canopy over the main deck. Grin. X the Wheel is simply reminding me to enjoy Now, because Now changes all the time. 
My Anima today is hanging in VII the Chariot, and I can hope no better than that she is at the docking pier, ready for me to jump about her chariot the moment we dock so that we can “get on with it.” I could go on & on about it but why? “Say what ya’ have to say, Elmore, and shut up. Them white folk ain’t gonna hear the Truth anyway, so best not to waste your breath.” Grin. Well, that isn’t apparently what Ouspensky thought; “"I saw a chariot drawn by two sphinxes, one white, the other black. Four pillars supported a blue canopy, on which were scattered five-pointed stars. The Conqueror, clad in steel armor, stood under this canopy guiding the sphinxes. He held a scepter, on the end of which were a globe, a triangle and a square. A golden pentagram sparkled in his crown. On the front of the chariot there was represented a winged sphere and beneath that the symbol of the mystical lingam, signifying the union of two principles. "Everything in this picture has significance. Look and try to understand", said the voice. "This is Will armed with Knowledge. We see here, however, the wish to achieve, rather than achievement itself. The man in the chariot thought himself a conqueror before he had really conquered, and he believes that victory must come to the conqueror. There are true possibilities in this beautiful conception, but also many false ones. Illusory fires and numerous dangers are hidden here. He controls the sphinxes by the power of a magic word, but the tension of his Will may fail and then the magic word will lose its power and he may be devoured by the sphinxes. This is indeed the Conqueror, but only for the moment; he has not yet conquered Time, and the succeeding moment is unknown to him. This is the Conqueror, not by love, but by fire and the sword,--a conqueror against whom the conquered may arise. Do you see behind him the towers of the conquered city? Perhaps the flame of uprising burns already there. And he is unaware that the city vanquished by means of fire and the sword is the city within his own consciousness, that the magic chariot is in himself and that the blood-thirsty sphynxes, also a state of consciousness within, watch his every movement. He has externalized all these phases of his mind and sees them only outside himself. This is his fundamental error. He entered the outer court of the Temple of knowledge, but thinks he has been in the Temple itself. He regarded the rituals of the first tests as initiation, and he mistook for the goddess, the priestess who guarded the threshold. Because of this misconception great perils await him. Nevertheless it may be that even in his errors and perils the Great Conception lies concealed. He seeks to know and, perhaps, in order to attain, mistakes, dangers and even failures are necessary. Understand that this is the same man whom you saw uniting Heaven and Earth, and again walking across a hot desert to a precipice." O-o-k-a-y, thanks, P. D. Then we come to a power source of whom I am none too sure today; As for esoteric interpretations, Ouspensky only covers in that manner the Major 
Arcana, so we must turn to A. E. Thierens, for the Page; “We have to keep in mind, that the page of Air relates to the Third and to the Eleventh house both. Some of the indications show the mark of Aquarian, i.e. Uranian parentage, others are purely mercurial. The pages always cover the meaning of houses of Air, as we have seen the page of the airy element--wands--is the most airy of them all. The interpretation is easy enough, and the renderings are quite correct, with the exception of one item: we can never see this page as a 'stranger' but rather as an acquaintance, a friend, conforming to the connection with the eleventh house. That with the Third house even may bring his personal standing nearer to the Querent, viz. as a brother or schoolmate." (A. E. Thierens, "The General Book of the Tarot", [1913].) He (the Page) is a hard one to invest with much faith; but he IS brimming with Energy, lots of it, creative & young & rather driven, although not entirely trustworthy. It is always best to keep a third eye on him from time to time, checking for suspicious sparks in his aura. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to keep a ‘bienveillant’ eye on ALL of us today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 14/09/2017, Valentine’s Day for those in the Autumn of Life . . . LOL. Hallmark, take note! Grin. Today’s deck is the *Tarot de Marseille: Millennium Edition* by Wilfried Houdouin, ably championed by Yves Renaud. Unfortunately, not all of the images are of this deck; still hard to find & my scanner is still on the fritz, so you use what you are given. Ha! Famous last words, right? Grin. Well, at any rate, it is a beautiful deck, and if you don’t have a Tarot de Marseille that moves you this is a great choice. Onward & Upward!  My draw today is: Sulfur = II La Papesse; Mercury = VII Le Charior [misprint?] and Salt = le Cavallier de Baston. This is in medieval French, which is why I am a bit unfamiliar if “charior” was an option or not, and “cavallier de baston” is definitely an older spelling. Today is going to be short & sweet, as my cats let me sleep in until 7:00 a.m., scandalously late in terms of my usual 4:30-ish. Thus, “the morning train” was late (my 5 auto-actions every morning,) and thus my Tarot draw was REALLY late, and I don’t like to do that. SO in this case brevity substitutes for timeliness . . . Grin. This is a “fine draw by me, Orville,” and it seems I will be actively researching “hidden wisdom”, to be obvious & unsubtle. What it is REALLY saying about my state of being, the operation between Animus & Anima in the alembic of my soul, catalyzed by Salt, the energy most available for the operation, is of more complicated stuff and not applicable under today’s conditions. Therefore, a quick rundown on the TdeM significations of these cards still serves to give a good impression of today’s “vehicle of choice.” If you draw these kinds of alchemical spreads, it always adds structure to remember that YOU are the alembic in which the operation is taking place. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a quickness of vision today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!                    
II The High Priestess -                                             God himself, or God the Father, reflects himself, and gives birth to God the Man, or God the Son, the negative relatively to his creator. As we have seen, man is the divine receiver; therefore this second card of the Tarot will express all the ideas of the first conceived negatively. The first card represents a man standing; this, on the contrary, bears the figure of a seated woman. (First idea of passivity) by the woman and by her position. The man, endowed with all the attributes of Power, was placed in the midst of nature. The woman is adorned with all the attributes of Authority and persuasion, and she is placed under the porch of the temple of Isis, between two columns. Idea of a sacred dwelling, of a divine recipient. The two columns, like the arms of the Juggler, express the Positive and the Negative. The woman is crowned with a tiara, surmounted by the lunar crescent; she is enveloped in a transparent veil falling over her face. On her breast she bears the solar cross, and upon her knees lays an open book, which she half covers with her mantle. This is the picture of Isis, of Nature, whose veil must not be raised before the profane. The book indicates that the doctrines of Isis are bidden; but she divulges to the magi the secrets of the true Kabbalah, and of occult science. We must admire this profound symbol. The first card expressed Osiris in the three worlds; this second gives us the signification of Isis, the companion of Osiris-In God it is the reflex of Osiris, the reflex of God the Father, Isis, or God the Son. In Man it is the reflex of Adam of the absolute man: Eve, the woman, life (min). In the Universe it is the reflex of natura naturans: it is natura naturata. ("The Tarot of the Bohemians" By 'Papus' [Gérard Encausse, (b. 1865 d. 1916)] Translated by A. P Morton [1892].)                                                     
VII The Chariot -                                                     "The symbolism of this card corresponds in all points with the ideas which it expresses. A Conqueror, crowned with a coronet, upon which rise three shining Pentagrams of gold, advances in a cubical chariot, surmounted by an azure, star-decked canopy supported by four columns. This symbol reproduces the 1st and 21st arcana in another order of ideas. The four columns represent the four animals of the 1st arcanum, and the four symbols of the 1st arcanum, symbols of the quaternary in all its acceptations. The Conqueror, who occupies the centre of the four elements, is the man who has vanquished and directed the elementary forces: this victory is confirmed by the cubical p. 136 form of the chariot, and by the Pentagrams, which crown the Initiate. The Conqueror has three right angles upon his cuirass, and he bears upon his shoulders the Urim and Thummim of the sovereign sacrificant, represented by the two crescents of the moon on the right and left; in his hand is a sceptre surmounted by a globe, a square, and a triangle. Upon the square, which forms the front of the chariot, we see the Indian lingam, surmounted by the flying sphere of Egypt. Two sphinxes, one white, the other black, are harnessed to the chariot. This symbol represents the sacred septenary in all its manifestations. The word Yod-he-vau-he is portrayed upon the front of the chariot by the winged globe, to indicate that the septenary gives the key to the whole Tarot. The two sphinxes correspond to the two principles, active and passive. The Conqueror corresponds especially with the Sword and the Vau of the sacred name. The 7th card of the Tarot shows the influence of the creation in the preservation of the Divine in the Human. It represents the Yod or the God of the 2nd Septenary.                                                             .                                       THE GOD of the 2nd septenary. Man performing the function of God the Creator.                                                                                                      THE FATHER. The law of the 2nd septenary.                      REALIZATION. (Reflex of the Power.)                                                    The Man of the 2nd septenary.                                                              Nature performing the function of Adam." (Ibid.)                                     The Knight of Wands -                                                                              
"The workings of Air by a special and mighty agent--for this the knight is in all cases--on the houses of water, here the Fourth and the Twelfth, causes turbulence, motion, emotion (though it must be borne in mind, that it is not emotion in itself); the action of the air on the water causes waves. In the case of the fourth house the knight relates to family matters or household conditions, eventually the father, to internal conditions in society or groups of people. It must further relate to memories and the past in general, because it means the awakening of the sentiments. The traditional conclusions have been drawn evidently in the negative for the greater part, in consideration of the fact that the sentiments generally are misleading. That they give reason for many changes is quite true. In the case of the twelfth house this is much the same. But extending its result over a much larger circle, the mercurial knight may represent expedition and exploration, discovery, scientific or practical, emigration, estrangement, and the 'great work' of transmigration. It denotes a searching for the unknown, which in weak personal cases may appear as indiscretion or premature revelation, divulgation, profanation, etc. We do not see why this knight should be either young or friendly. Quite the reverse: On account of the twelfth house there is something inimical about him, and a certain dissension of sentiment may find its cause in the past, in a family feud or something in the nature of a misguiding prejudice, tradition, which will have to be given up, etc." (A. E. Thierens, "The General Book of the Tarot.")   

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 13/09/2017. Today’s deck is again the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro. If someday a choice is given you, to either trade your red-headed stepchild for a deck of these cards, or keep the kid, make the trade. Grin. I DO love these cards, it is true, so be advised that the deck is actually for advanced esoteric work and one will profit most from this deck if one comes prepared with some knowledge of Egyptian concepts as well as knowledge of the Kabbalah. Onward and Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = XIII Immortality, and Salt = #37 Art and Science. Well, hmmm . . . harrumph. I feel rather spiritually inspired this morning, and the cards therefore give me a mysterious reading . . . that figures. Grin. My Active, Intelligent Animus is traveling in VI the Lovers today, a choice which I intellectually understand but to tell the truth I am unaware that there is a material/spiritual choice in front of me. I recently dealt with Choice and thought that it had been chosen and “covered,” but apparently not; I am asked to reaffirm my commitment today to the Spiritual Path, and of course I gladly do so. Unlike our poor man on the card, I do NOT feel as if I’m in a pit of my own devising and must choose between the spiritual & virtuous Sophia on the 
Left, or the Whore of the 5th Cataract on the right; it is quite obvious where his gaze is going, but his mind? I know the choice is Sophia; it simply seems I must clarion that choice a bit longer & stronger. “Arcanum VI: INDECISION - in the act of choosing between two roads. It is symbol of the demise of the operant cause that acts in each being codified in the letter Vau. It represents the principle of Verb as efficient cause, knowledge of Good and Evil, Natural Law, vice and virtue as elements of transcendent action. Modeling attribute: Venus in Taurus. In the Spiritual Plane represents the instinctive knowledge of what is proper or improper, the moral law that governs the conscience and gives transcendence to the acts. On the Mental Plane are Abstinence and Gluttony, Liberty and Necessity, Duty and Law as operative forces. In the Physical Plane, it tends to determine behavior, at the marriage or celibacy to abstention from inclinations of appetite or enjoyment without fear of their enjoyments. Transcendent Axiom: "Work you give me, Lord, but with them strength." As an element of prediction, promises privileges and duties in the relations of the sexes, antagonism of forces, separations and divorces, possession of what is pursued and ardent desires that are fulfilled, some that satisfy and others that defraud.” (“La Cabala de Predicción” by J. Iglesias Janeiro, 1984.) Well, my mind is made up; I can only hope the angel changes its aim and doesn’t smite me with infatuation for the Whore from the 5th Cataract
 (Grin.) Moving on, we come to my 2nd card today, the Mercury of my alchemical draw, and it is XIII Immortality (or Death if you are wearing either all black or all white today. LOL.) We have ALL heard my semi-long harangue about Death and having no fear of it, in fact looking forward to the Transition. (I DO find it literally incomprehensible that people can believe that Death is The End, and not just a passage, but some people ALWAYS want to slip a turd into the punchbowl. Snark-snark.) Instead, I shall content myself with some of the deck’s creator’s words on the Arcanum; “Arcanum XIII: IMMORTALITY - in the act of renewing life. It is a symbol of the mystery of primordial water coded in the letter Mem. It represents the principle of conception, renewal, rebirth, by which elements are transmuted into others and man is prolonged in his work. Attribute modeler: Gemini, abode of Mercury. On the Spiritual Plane (it) is the renewal of the life by the disintegration of its parts, the liberation of the essence by the transformation of the matter that contains it. In the Mental Plane it represents the action and the reaction, the dissolution that precedes formation, the inductive which gives rise to the deductive, inertia as a function of the movement. In the Physical Plane, it favors processes that favor lethargy, drowsiness, petrification, sleepwalking, what is corrupted, what is destroyed, what perishes to be reborn in a different shape. Axiom transcendent: "The night has passed and the new day has arrived. Light." As an element of prediction, promises disappointments, disappointments, death of affect, negative in what is requested, collapse, pure joy grateful to the soul, improvements of painful enjoyment, help of friends, renewal of conditions, good for worse, ways for better.” (Ibid.) This card fits as if tailor-maid into the mental attributes I think with these days, “Plane it represents the action and the reaction, the dissolution that precedes formation, the inductive which gives rise to the deductive, inertia as a function of the movement.” 
And finally, as we prepare to finish our morning promenade, we find the Engine that is running things today, the source of my Power if I choose to work with the given elements to the best purpose of my spiritual progression, eventual Apotheosis and finally reunion with the Divine. Knowing that this IS my goal, I am advised to use the energies inherent in #37. It is difficult to give him any corresponding figure from a suited Tarot, other than to say it is obvious that he falls into Wands, being a scribe/artist, and the card being Art & Science. “Arcanum 37: ART AND SCIENCE - as factors of individual evolution. It symbolizes virtue of one's discipline as an element of progress. Modeling attribute: It is associated with the Sun, the letter I and the number 1. It represents the principle of creation through applied knowledge. Transcendent Axiom: "Land of promise before my eyes, help me walk to get to it." As an element of prediction, promises sincere friendships, magnanimous aids, probity, equity, resources (badly aspected: imperious, compulsions, perversions, popularity, not all edifying.) (Ibid.) So I am being advised, it seems to me, to look within for the creative spark, and using my native artistic talents and what knowledge of occult sciences I possess to create something new of evolutionary importance to my soul. In other words, a bit of spiritual work. Grin. Which is cool, I assure you; I’m not allergic to a spot of work now & then, I just cannot abide it full-time. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL an extra portion of tolerance today to deal with the necessary. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!