Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 26 March 2015: the 3 of Swords, the Page of Cups, and lensing in from the Fertilizer Festival in Lower Crackylvania is III the Empress. (Today’s deck is *The Apocalypse Tarot* by Swiatoslaw Nowicki, Robert Sobota and Magdalena Walulik. The deck is “based on a non-orthodox, esoteric interpretation of the main Christian symbols and ideas.”[Cover] The entire system constructed here is astrological and elemental, mixed with eschatological Christianity in a brew of Euclidian geometry. The Christian experience has been invalidated for me, personally, but that doesn’t mean others don’t still profit from it (http://www.tanabe.pl/en/ ). Nevertheless, like any literate person, I can use the deck as a “skin” for the concepts behind the titles, even if the heavy Christian overlay leaves me stone cold. RWS. Interesting art.) Well, it seems as if I’m coming out of the chute today dressed as the 3 of Swords. You know the one, the Wounded Heart; except that here, it is the sacrament of Confirmation (followed by the 1st sacrament, Baptism, followed by incarnation as an archetype, in this case III the Empress. Exactly in reverse order if one is looking at a sequence of initiatory experiences, or, here, the “right” order for eschatological Christianity. I am not a fan, at all. So I’m giving this reading the “skin treatment,” and reading the deck as if it were straight RWS. So, at any rate, we know all about the 3 of Swords, and yes, it is piercing pain, but luckily it passes (see the next card!) Allied with the Page of Cups, which in this deck is the spiritual initiation of Jesus, this 3 of Swords is representing Mercury and XX Judgment in terms of “pip power,” and we can pretty much work with the given interpretation, keeping in mind that in our own lives initiation PRECEDES Confirmation. Our Page of Cups has the role he always plays, that of the idealistic young seeker on the Emotional level, and carrier of new quests. These two cards are being “lensed” through the Great Mother, III the Empress. If anything, I would say that in this reading she is advertising the fruitful nature of the reading, and the birth of this new project, new quest. In fact, she hungers to feed a new quest in order for her gifts to not diminish and she herself continues to play the archetype she has been assigned. At any rate, I am getting her big OK on going ahead with a new project that may very well sweep me off my feet and down the storm drainage pipe. I just hope this old man can keep up with the pace! “Love and Beauty flow through my life in a Limitless stream,” yes, but do I remember how to swim?