Tuesday, April 28, 2015

" I find it a "job" to project onto or into the cards. IT happens, of course, that is a given, but natural inclination plays a large part. Injecting the intangible into the tangible, however, is delicate surgery. I believe that numerology, the Kabalah, Alchemy and all the rest of those systems all have their correspondances with the Tarot, it acts as Vitriol, more or less. But the adjusted "proof", or % of intangible that each injects into the Vitriol is a unique, to-that-person-only drink. I select and use my intangibles carefully, and yes, they can change from draw to draw. Openness & flexibility are vital."   

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Good morning and Welcome to the 1st Interregnum post, and the only one, for my MashUps. To those of you who are kind enough to be interested, I think I have found my answer for the temporary, for the foreseeable future. I am going to reduce the MashUp and redefine its purpose for my Daily draw. I am doing this by using elements from Tarosophy (Katz & Goodwin) books and Benebell Wen’s *Holistic Tarot* (I believe her book will become THE reference work for many aspects of the Tarot.) I’m going to mix and match a few elements, and I already have a vague idea of the Spread I shall use – it will be deceptively simple, and do-able on a daily basis. I plan to have this constructed and running for its debut on 1st May 2015. So, see you then, I hope. Thank you for your support and interest!   

Friday, April 24, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Mashup for 25 April 2015: 0 The Fool, the Ace of Hearts, and lensing in from the center of the Universe is XXI the World. (Today’s deck is the Tarot de Marseille de François Chosson, published in 1736. A classic deck, of course, and one of the Tarot de Marseille “re-issues” from Yves Reynaud, these decks are all like the old Books of Hours that the French made in the Middle Ages. Precious little jewels of beauty and mystery, presented to you, kind lords and ladies, in humble etc.) This isn’t really a random spread, of course (duh!), and it isn’t my Daily draw of wisdom and advice from my friend the Tarot, although I could certainly wish it was. I’m simply announcing in this fashion, and to those of you who read “me” on a semi-regular basis, that I am going to . . . ta-da . . . Change. I’ve derived as much satisfaction as possible, for the time being, from this format of a 3-card MashUp to start my day. Doing it, writing it and posting it are WONDERFUL for me; it helps, you see. I’m not actually writing a column for others, although I am delighted that anyone can find some useable nugget in what I write from time to time. I’m trying to journal my voyage by presenting it to people who will understand the vocabulary, and “who can bear witness that I am here.” So to speak. I need no one’s approval, although validation is sweet nectar that we ALL enjoy, of course. However, this format has served its purpose and it is time to move on. Because presenting it to YOU keeps ME honest, I will continue to present whatever-it-is here on my blog. It will most likely be some variant of a daily format, but I don’t know yet. I DO know that I am taking the weekend off to decide where my “journaling” should turn next. Thank you, to you ALL, for helping me keep myself honest, and for bearing witness for me, and for all the help, advice, wisdom & critique. I’m a hard learner, but I eventually get there. So, I hope to see you next week with a new format and adventure for my journey and our entertainment. Thank you!   

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 24 April 2015: the 3 of Wands, the Page of Pentacles and lensing in from a secluded bower in the Prophylactic Woods are the Lovers.  (Today’s deck is the *Fantastical Creatures Tarot* by Lisa Hunt & D.J. Conway. Do you remember the line from *On The Waterfront*, when Terry [Marlon Brando] says, “You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.”? Well, that’s how I feel about this deck. Unless you are fond of straining your eyesight, not a recommendation.) I’m taking today’s MashUp at a more or less “face value” gain on my day. I’m fond of the Djinn, and the 3 of Wands isn’t a “bad” card, being about patience and planning, and the self-control and common sense necessary to experience. He is coupled with the Page of Pentacles (a flower fairy – yawn), a bringer of good news and an indication to try and open the psychic a bit. Which is interesting advice in that I started conscious dreaming for the 1st time just the other day, and I had long, long wanted to be able to do so. Regarding all of this through a haze of “whisper-thin” latex is VI the Lovers, NOT a favorite card of mine. It smacks too much of “Ozzie & Harriet” and “Ward & June” for me. Nevertheless, they are here, and perhaps they can provide today that which wasn’t expected, new emotions or pulsions, and in general the need to pay attention when making choices. All of which leaves me, in brief, with the resolve to love and accept myself and to get through today with as little drama as possible. Amen to that, Sister!   

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 23 April 2015: the Ace of Cups, the Lady of Cups and lensing in from Alexandria where he reigns now that Rome is just nuclear ash is V the Hierophant. (Oh, alright, not yet. YET.) (Today’s deck is *The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery* by Robert M. Place. Now I am a BIG fan of Robert’s decks, my all-time favorite being his *Alchemical Tarot: Revised Third Edition,* which simply forced me to lie down and have opium dreams without the opium. Not least amongst Robert’s many surprises is his use of fish & elephants! He has a 4th edition for which I am already salivating; I order his decks two at a time, so sure am I of their ZAP!-ness. His occult & metaphysical references do not disappoint, either. Do yourself a favor; get a Robert M. Place deck.) (No, Robert hasn’t paid me, he doesn’t even know me! ;) Well, I’m a bit ballyhooed and blown away with this morning’s MashUp! Starting out as the Ace of Cups is pretty damn courageous for this basically Cupless kind of guy here. You know its funny/odd that for a man who places such importance on love, emotion and intuition, I should have such a sparse field when it comes to my perceptions of Love. I have one, magnificent, Yggdrasil-like tree in my garden, in full flower, and her name is Jeanne. She is my wife. I don’t like to talk a lot about my wife, because she is almost sacred and she loves me. We are normal people; we have faults, sometimes big, glaring ones. I’m not delusional. However, the miracle of my wife’s love for me is something I will never really quite understand, I need only accept it, which I do with gratitude. And in front of me today I have the Ace of Cups and the Lady of Cups, which OF COURSE can be read metaphorically, but my Intuition tells me that the “freshness” of Love, the immediacy of Love is something that I may be working on today, and all that that encompasses: all of my Cup talents, propensities drawbacks, likes & dislikes should be reprocessed, or set aside, as there is a wave of renewal arriving, a new “project” that could well be the reconditioning of that rusted old ‘52 Chevy, my emotional self.  I wouldn’t mind that, I REALLY wouldn’t, as I’ve been thinking lately that something like that is long overdue. I need to get off my keester and clean up, fix up and grow up in order to be child-like and innocent again. I have my own views on “child-like”; I find most children to be perverse miniature tyrants that I would gladly stomp to death, but the QUALITY of “child-like” is to be cherished. I am supposedly doing all of this emotional reconstruction today under the authority of the Hierophant, but look at the bastard, he’s turned his back on me and doesn’t give a shit. I’ve rarely seen a clearer statement on the “state of things” between me and “religion”; I am the best Hierophant I know. I believe that with my whole being, because it is true. FOR me, screw all religious leaders, and listen to . . . me. I am the only “prophet” and “mouthpiece of God” that I have ever met, so the only one I trust, because I KNOW I try very hard never to lie to myself, and to lead a good life to the benefit of myself and the entire race. SO if “Religion” wants to turn its back on me, which by the way it already has, I am fine with that, I have no use for that man anyway, I like a different kind of man. (Which lightly brings up the question of the man & the woman turning away from each other, but I’m brushing that off for now. It is enough that I know it is there somewhere in the background, unlikely but possible. I don’t envision my wife turning from me or vice versa.) So today, “I open myself to the wisdom of the Universe,” and await the Arrival of the day’s events with hope in a newly appreciative heart.  


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 22 April 2015 : the 5 of Pentacles, the Knight of Cups and lensing in from the forecourt of Heaven where s/he’s been asked again to make swords out of daffodils is XIV Temperance. (Today’s deck is the RWS deck from *The Pamela Coleman Smith Commemorative Set* and is a supposed exact reproduction of the deck that appeared 100 years ago or more. As a kind of Kitschy reminder I shall look at today with the help of Waite’s accompanying book, *The Pictorial Key to the Tarot* to “guide my interpretation [you shall be President Woodrow Wilson’s secret gay lover].*) Actually, this morning’s reading is either A) WAY off, or B) Should Have Been Redrawn, or C) IS right but only in the strictest metaphorical sense. In which case, OK, I can read it: A certain poverty of emotion will be met by its opposite today and I should be aware of this and make the effort to temper one with the other to establish a more balanced emotive blend in my construct. That is as far as I’m taking it today. I have other things on my mind right now, such as getting through the book for which I bought this deck, the Katz/Goodwin tome on RWS Secrets. Also, I am giving some serious thought to a basic alteration to the MashUp – I am not sure these 3-card mashups are of any use or point to anyone besides myself. I don’t really feel motivated to go to the 1-card Daily setup; I find it disingenuously basic and unhelpful, really. Stay with 3? Go to 5 with a different purpose and less frequently? Perhaps a weekly, bigger reading for myself and the MashUp posts? I just don’t know yet, folks, so stay tuned if you are at all interested. That’s it for today – as you can tell, my heart isn’t really in the draw today, but I hope to more presentable tomorrow for your general approbation. (Grin.)  


Monday, April 20, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! To the MashUp for 21 April 2015: the 2 of Batons, the Knave of Batons and lensing in from the pleasant green antechamber to Hell where he puts new arrivals off guard is XV the Devil. (Today’s deck is again *Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot* by Paul Huson. Here is Aeclectic’s 2¢ on this deck, “Dame Fortune's Wheel Tarot is a deck of 79 cards - 22 majors, 56 minors and one significator from author, Paul Huson. The cards are based on Huson's research presented in *Mystical Origins of the Tarot*, and have Marseilles-inspired majors and Etteilla-inspired, fully illustrated minors. The deck is complete with an instructional booklet and now published by Lo Scarabeo.” I like the deck; bright, clear colors and illustrations, very RWS, clear & concise. GREAT for public readings, as well. A definite “yes”.) Well, hmm, let’s see. I’m going to be down in the dumps today, feeling lonely, alone and disassociated, and then a young man of great physical beauty & quick mind proposes to me a relationship with a great man, in which I shall gain Love, Power, Sex and Adventure. I find out the “great man” is the Devil, so at the end of the day I am left with a choice: do I become Satan’s lover & partner, his suppôt, or not? Well, WOW! I have to say, that’s a Hell of a daily reading!! LOL!!! Complete and utter balderdash, of course, and sadly you can find this kind of card reader everywhere around the world, charging people for bad readings and giving the profession an evil name. Luckily I’m wearing my halo today, so let’s take a better look. Actually, I’m NOT feeling very two baton-ish today, except in the love department. My wife and I are a bit tense at the moment, and I’m still (boringly!) verging on old age panic about my sexuality and attractiveness – jeezuzhkeerist, it’s an old story. The Knave? It is interesting that today is a Wands day, but I’m unsure about this Knave. I know a fistful of young men/people like that, but none of them would arrive with that metaphysical disguise, I think. He IS supposed to be a stranger, so there is that, I suppose. This is a wait-and-see card, for me, today. XV, Satanus, Lucifer, Beelzebub, Tricky Dick, call him/her/it what you will (I prefer “Seth,” myself), is NOT a trustworthy business partner, of course, we ALL know that. But why would anybody be offering me “a deal with the devil” today for anything about anything?? Mystère, Mark, mystère. On the other hand, beware of a day trapped in the material, buddy. Nobody says this has to be anything but purely symbolic anyhow, and this may manifest as something it really doesn’t look like at all; but it will have that same stench of Sulphur and Brimstone, so you’ll know it. Oh yes, you’ll know it, you’ve made enough arrangements in the past to be wary now, haven’t you, buddy?  A1nd on that third, mutated hand attached to that withered little stick of an arm that I keep hidden under my brocaded Victorian vest; this COULD be a card to tell me to make “wise use” of the offer being made to me to lift me out of my “funk.” This all presupposes that I’m deep in that 2 Baton-ness, and I’m not. I’m a little doldrums-y today, perhaps, so to that extent I shall be on my toes, eyes wide open, scanning the horizon for signs of beauteous ephebes in armor coming here to offer me the post of secretary to the Antichrist. I have to say no, of course, but what an honor (lay off the ironic hypocrisy, Mark.) I know, I know, I’m supposed to say, “I welcome Change into my Life, embracing it fearlessly and hopefully.” Well, that’s true, but how lame to say it as if it were the newly-minted truth coming from Pollyanna’s mouth; I prefer to think of it this way: “Be of good cheer, Mark, be not sad; if offered the chance to act honorably today, by all means go out and kick ass.” Otherwise the Devil can take his offer, shove it up his backside, and go back to Las Vegas, from whence he came.  


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 20 April 2015: the 7 of Coins, the Queen of Sticks (Wands)  and lensing in from the court pharmacist’s where she is arguing bitterly about the effectiveness or lack thereof of condoms is III The Empress. (Today’s deck is *The Tarot of the Absurd* by Jessica Shanahan. Already featured; here is Aeclectic: “The Tarot of the Absurd is a playful, black and white interpretation of the occult tarot, drawn with vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. The limited-edition deck is self-published and available at the artist's website.” It is a collector’s deck, better suited to meditative or self-readings and not for public readings. RWS.) Please excuse the short starkness of this MashUp, but I’m not feeling up to snuff today and definitely not up to “writing for an audience.” Here is this morning’s draw – and all I can see in this reading is Wait . . . Hurry Up and Wait . . . you’ll come full round again and be at summits of good feeling and creativity. Boiling down to, “Be ill for a bit, Mark, you’re going to be anyway. Patience, and wait for your crops to come in, this will pass and you’ll feel active, productive and ‘healthy’ again.”  Throw in a bit of study and reflection while in bed and I have my day, such as it is. Okay, that sounds like a plan, let’s get it into action and eventually bearing fruit, Mark! Fructify that failing old carcass, buddy, we’ve got things to do!   

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 19 April 2015: the 9 of Swords, the Devotee (Page) of Cups and lensing in from the other side of the château where she disports herself in her leafy bower is III the Empress. (Today’s deck is the *Tarot of Delphi* by J.D. Hildegard Hinkel. It is a beautiful, professional deck, finished to the nth degree, and terribly lovely. The cards are all imaged with Victorian and Edwardian era’s art, and it is indeed splendid if you can get anywhere emotionally close to it. I can imagine it not working for some people, but not many, and certainly not me – I like it, and we work beautifully together.) I’m not so concerned about my wardrobe this morning as I am about the palpable “War Between the Sexes” air that pervades the visual perception of this card. I’ve got an uptight and very nervous solder on the left, obviously freaked but holding strong and doing his duty. That’s my 9, of course, loyal old dog that he is, or should I say that I am. I was thinking about EXACTLY this last night, in slightly different terms: “Have you lost the ability to manifest your sang-froid upon need?”  I decided that no, I had not lost it; I just see very little point in exercising it anymore. If I’m upset, “be upset, goddamnit, don’t hide it and try to please others with a pleasant approach & demeanor!” I know, many of you are thinking, “Mark? Pleasant approach & demeanor?? AHahahaha!” and you would be quite right. I DON’T give a fuck anymore, let the chips fall where they may. (Obviously the Swords side of me! but it is also a function of age.) His “dancing partner” today is the ineffable & unflappable Molly Brown, aka the Devotee (Page) of Cups. She looks completely artificial, as if this ideal is only imaginable, not realizable. However she DOES have a beneficent, bathe-him-with-light-&-love effect on our tightly-strung 9 of Swords. It’s an Odd Couple, but you probably know real people who are EXACTLY this, I know that I do. He is VERY high maintenance, and she’s cool and Zen about it. It works. Perhaps this is a reflection on my couple, on our marriage, I don’t know, I’ll have to meditate on that, and/or it could also be a reflection of the “victory” of Cups over Swords (she’s royal, he’s common) that has and is occurring in my own being. That seems a LOT closer to the mark, but it can be both, of course. Casually observing our Rube Goldberg couple is II the Empress, who has lensed in as the Rose of Youth; I can hope that she is here to rejuvenate me a bit today; I feel my energy levels are low although attitude is good. Well, we’ll see, one thing at a time, and the first “one thing” to accept is the overwhelming presence of the feminine in my life today, AND her ability to help that beautiful inner calm blossom in me. I think I’m clear on it today – I don’t have to dig too deeply for meaning here, “you may be a bit frazzled but hanging in, but a TSUNAMI of the peaceful side of the bounteous feminine is on her way to the rescue. Relax, let go the tension, Empress/Mother is here today, and thus the Goddess as well. Look, she’s offering you today!   

Hello, all. I was feeling a bit discombobulated this morning after today’s MashUp. These MashUps serve several purposes, not the least of which is to give me a more pinpoint view of the day ahead of me. After a bit of time doing this, however, I felt off this morning, and I soon knew why; while my days were coming in loud & clear & focused, I was feeling really odd, vague and “squishy” about a more general picture of what is going in my Universe, as in I didn’t have one. IF you’ve followed the MashUps at all, then you can see how I think and what I think of where I seem to be headed. I’m going to show you the spread, but not my interpretation – do you know me well enough to know how I would do it? Ha. This isn’t a quiz, screw that. Regardless, I’m going to show & let you do the tell, if you want. If you don’t, believe me, I’m not trying to foist reading-for-me off onto ANYONE, “I can do it myself, Mother!!” LOL. So, here’s what came down the cardchute for the question, “How is my general situation for the present? How’s my spiritual life? Is there something I need to do NOW to keep it on track?” 1) IV the Emperor; 2) Ace of Pentacles; 3) the Prince of Swords; 4) the Moon; 5) XIX The Sun; 6) 2 of Swords; 7) Three of Wands; 8) 10 of Pentacles; 9) XV the Devil; and 10) 3 of Cups. (The deck is the *Decadent Dream Tarot* by Eleanor Boyce.)  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 18 April 2015: the 4 of Cups, the Knight of Wands and not needing to lens in because he is here every single damn day is XIII The Reaping Skeleton. (Today’s deck is the *Ibis Tarot* by Josef Machynka. Here’s Aeclectic on the deck, “The Ibis Tarot has stylized ancient Egyptian figures and hieroglyphs in rather pretty scenes. I like the colors used for each card in this deck, but some Egyptian knowledge would help with interpretation.” I’m not sure what the problem there was; the cards are straightforward RWS with a few name changes. Oh well.) I’m starting my day with the good feeling that today I will be cementing a relationship, or deepening it, or turning it physical & romantic, or so says the card. Let’s get a bit more sophisticated than that, shall we? Let’s look at this 4 of Cups; unlike a RWS 4 of Cups, however, in this deck it means to experience the joy that comes from manifesting one’s spiritual truths in reality. Now, I like that a LOT better than the other, don’t you? If I could adopt that interpretation across the decks, I would, but I can’t. And whose company will I be enjoying in this creationary endeavor? The Knight of Wands, of course! one of my four possible representations, or more likely, one of my younger friends. I’m not currently having that kind of relationship with any of my young friends, which is not to say I would not enjoy it, but more and more I find young males gathering around me to listen to my stories and counsel, and to occasionally come back later for a reading, alone and safe from mockery. (Sometimes it is a backbreaking endeavor to get the young to see the Bigger Picture.) I’ve become a tribal grandfather. Well, we shall see, but Wow! does the lensman today, XIII The Reaping Skeleton, really throw me far out into speculation-land. The handsomest and most intelligent of my young apprentices jumps out of his closet and in a hazy rainbow of Love and lust we construct an everlasting threesome along with my wife Jeanne and we are seated at the table of Immortality drinking chilled, bubbly Eternity. Is that it, Tarot? Oh, how sweet. Boob! Of COURSE! that’s not it, but I’m just pulling my own leg. Looking at our BF3, though (Best Fuckin’ Friend Forever), I know he’s a one-trick horse – recycling. Out with the old, In with the new. I could lose someone or something important, that’s true, but it is true whether this card turns up or not. So, no points there. However, if I take him into account with the other two cards, this could be REALLY good! Growing, deepening a relationship, with my fugueuse friend the Knight of Wands being present, and having this initiate a major change in the direction of my Path and where and how and WITH WHOM I am walking it. This isn’t some sort of Pollyanna-blowing-smoke-up-my-ass reading, however, and I don’t take it as one. Change that deep is not only earthshaking it occasions trepidation on one’s follow-through. Oh Sweet Sekhmet I pray that isn’t the case for me today! So if I’m going to “welcome change into my life and embrace it fearlessly and hopefully,” I’d like to shorten my process today; Horus help me to more quickly throw open my arms in acceptance of the expression of the Universe in Me. So mote it be!  

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 17 April 2015: the 9 of Pentacles, the Knight of Pentacles and lensing in from his apartments in the Labyrinth is V the Hierophant. (Today’s deck is *The Gypsy Palace Tarot* by Nora Huszka. Nora is a friend of TP and Tarot Town, so she is no stranger here and neither is her deck. I like the deck – it has oomph! and the imagery gives you room to think as well as encouraging it. RWS. A great reading deck.) Well, today it seems that “Mark, you don drag as a young woman and drag a young Swiss guardsman off to frolic naked in the fountains of the Vatican where the Pope himself catches you. There. Thank you, that’ll be $30.00, and stay away from Rome.”  LOL, well, not quite. I find the progression in Pentacles from the 9 to the Knight super-bizarre, even more so in light of the V Hierophant angrily judging them. If looked at separately, each card is rather straightforward in its interpretation of what today is about. The 9? Sure, I get that, and that applies very heavily. The Knight? I don’t quite get him – if I draw a Knight, it is almost invariably Swords or, sometimes, Wands, but rarely Pentacles and never Cups. A nice, dull, plodding idealist who is hesitant about moving forward, rather too satisfied and/or in doubt about his own efficacy in the situation, that’s our Knight today. Does that sound like me? Nope, not one iota. First of all; today this Knight strings me as rather too fey yet, oddly, stodgy. When I see how Nora has painted him, I am reminded of nothing so much as a middle-aged queen set loose in the costume department of the local theatre. Great Spirit, please tell me that I am wrong, LOL. And check out the mug on that Hierophant!! He looks as if someone just gave him an alum enema and he is NOT happy. The Vatican is looking might shabby, too, covers hanging off chairs and cheap polyester curtains hanging on the walls. His clothes have shrunk, too; guess he’s going to the laundromat like everyone else in Italy now. The hierarchy isn’t happy with me today, for some reason of which I am unaware. I don’t get it. I’d like to say that guy looks like he’s here to help, but c’mon, look at that fucker! He’s not here to help, he’s here to sneer & judge & hinder wherever and whenever he can. That alone makes him Catholic in my eyes! I formally renounced and abjured that quackery a LONG time ago, and I WON’T let it back into my life now, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Now I could get all new age-y and say this is an authoritarian voice, kindly disposed, here to gently shoo me along the Path while reminding me to obey the rules, but no, I don’t buy it, not today. My intuition tells me it isn’t that AT ALL and to be wary of authority today. As for the 9 and the Knight? Well, I said I don’t quite have a handle on what they are doing together, but maybe with a little of her bling he can brighten up and be a suitable companion and less of a self-involved twerp. I have to be my own Hierophant today and open myself to the wisdom of the Universe!   

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 16 April 2015: the Ace of Swords, the King of Pentacles and lensing in from a cold, cold space in the far-lost cloudy reaches of a great storm is XII the Hanged Man. (Todays deck is the *Mystical Creations Tarot* by William Wraithe. Here’s Aeclectic on the deck: “The Mystical Creations Tarot is inspired by animals and the elements. Each of the 78 chosen animals has ties to a branch of magick and to the element portrayed, illustrated in graphic novel style art and coloring.” It IS a very Elemental deck, and I really like it for that. What I DON’T like are jimmy-crack-corn publishing outfits that screw up art. This one is a doozy, with me having to hand-write on the cards to correct their misprints, although the numbering and imaging is clear enough. When you have to take pen in hand to correct the publishing house, they suck. And we’re paying a lot of money for this?? This was let loose on the world by Game Crafters, which is surprising, they do better work. This is another deck where the LWB is non-existent, but the carton has a LOT Of space for it. Suck job, Game Crafter. Poor choice of distributor, William Wraithe.)  I like today’s draw for several reasons: one, it is clear, and two, it fits. Simple, eh? I think sometimes I look for connections too ephemeral and mystically convoluted when the truth is that things are pretty simple. Or at least SOME things, ha! Todays is simple on both levels; I need to, as I am doing, sacrifice “my” King of Pentacles to progress to “my” Ace of Swords. The King is looking bullish, wise and SEDENTARY. For me the undisputable King of Pentacles is my father, whom I love a great deal. If ever there was a crowned bull on earth, he is it. And thus to a certain degree am I. Despite decades of disagreement and a late but welcome rapprochement, I am VERY MUCH like my father; I take a great deal from that massive block of bullish steel, my dad. And that is going to have to be sacrificed in order to put my ideas and myself into action. This suspension of movement, this sacrifice for the greater good (even if the greater good is selfishly me) is absolutely necessary if I am going to forge a final link to being fully myself in the best of all possible worlds. If I am going to pause and see things differently in order to progress, I have no problem with that, but progress I Will! There, aha! There again, that bull-headed stubbornness that I inherited from BOTH parents – we are a family that will worry a problem to insignificant remains of fabric and then lift its hind leg over them to express a parting shot. It isn’t just me, it’s my whole family – we take no prisoners, we give no brief. My dad is German and Mom was Osage Indian, so I’m purebred stubborn. THAT is what I need to conquer to get my act on down the road, and (expression of stubbornness follows! HA!) By God, I Will!   

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! To the MashUp for 15 April 2015: the 10 of Cups, the King of Swords and lensing in from the Big Bang, a L-O-N-G journey indeed is 0 The Fool. (Todays deck is *The Strange Wonders Tarot* by William Wraithe. Here’s Aeclectic on this flaming new deck: “The Strange Wonders Tarot is a horror-themed tarot based around thoroughly creepy dolls. The dark and sinister cards feature complete dolls in the major arcana, but just doll heads in the minor arcana. Self-published and available from The Game Crafter.” I LIKE it. I’m not normally big on horror dolls, nor am I a real Chucky fan. But the instant that I touched this deck, I could feel it, it has psychic weight, “it works,” I whispered to myself. I can either connect or not, or revisit long after, but this deck spoke right out of the box. Speaking of, there is a GREAT deal of empty space which suggests that a LWB of some weight was supposed to be included; I don’t know if he ran out of money or if it just wasn’t in this box, but that is a minus point.) I start off today where most people, including me, would like to finish it, as the 10 of Cups. Always a good card, and even in this horror deck, he comes across as slightly better than neutral, which is really something when you see the entire deck. For these cards, that IS completion and surfeit in the realm of emotional, “Water-based” happiness. I need simply remember that that Happiness is not a goal or a prize, or an end, but the Journey itself and the appreciation of the qualities inherent in any given situation. Possibly the only person that could “carry” this many cups is a king or queen, and so it is for me, I have the support of my trusted King of Swords. If it weren’t so contradictory to the point of being ludicrous, one could say that here Happiness is being enforced by the King of Swords! Or perhaps the King (that’s me, folks) has become delirious with happiness, not too terribly likely but possible. I know that I’m pretty damn happy at the moment; my readings for clients are truly making me proud of the Tarot; I’ve met a young man who is every positive thing you could wish to be, is a nice guy and has sought me out for help on his Journey; my wife and I are at giddy heights of good communication and profound friendship. So in a sense my King-of-Swords-ness is ALREADY being tempered by a veritable sea of good happenings around me, in me, for me and for others. MOST appropriately enough, with this giddy, GOOD feeling inhabiting my being this morning, our lens for today is 0 the Fool! And that is exactly how I feel, In A Way. That sense of “the adventure awaits!” is present today, and I believe that is due to this refreshing rainfall of positive possibilities opening up before me. I have a chance to make so many things so much better on so many levels of my life that I am quite silly with the promise and joy of it all. I almost feel young again and ready to leap . . . If I can tread the Red Road today with joy in my heart and a smile on my face, then I am indeed the Fool incarnate, and what is more, I am happy to be him, at least for today.  


Monday, April 13, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 14 April 2015: the 9 of Pentacles, the King of Swords and lensing in from her new temple behind & underneath the falls at Iguazu is II the High Priestess.  (Today’s deck, again, is the *Decadent Dream Tarot* by Eleanor Boyce. You’ll be seeing a lot of this deck in future if I continue to post; it has become one of my new favorites. It doesn’t hurt that Eleanor is a really nice gal and is happy to do business [you would be surprised how many authors/vendors act as if you are stealing their child. You’re not. You’re buying it for a life of servitude. Nuance. LOL.]  As I was saying, I love this deck. The artwork is ALL so appropriate and SO stunning.) Today I don’t know if I’m playing dress-up or simply watching a presentation at Court, but the day starts with a rather bemused lady surrounded by a cornucopia of green and fruits of the vine, with ephebes crawling all over her and one even nursing. She is fruitful, she is rich (not speaking of money, although that is possible, too,) She’s a source of bounty and joy even though she seems somewhat surprised by the development. I can relate to her feeling, a kind of pleasant but tending-toward-neutral feeling of satisfaction in providing for others. Naturally (for me, that is,) she is accompanied by the King of Swords. (Well, at least we have sexual parity!) I say naturally, because this IS me, as I am about 1/4 of the time. For the rest, it is about ¼ as the King of Wands, ¼ as the Knight of Swords and the last quarter as the Knight of Wands. I’m definitely a man, and I am of such a character that these 4 possibilities fairly well define my ego/rational self/conscious manifestation. In the Major Arcana, I am harassed and bullied by XI Justice and XX Judgment, and often channel V the Hierophant or IV the Emperor. I’m an Alpha male kind of guy. My father was an Alpha male, as well, and the young years were extremely difficult as I learned the “tricks of the trade” from my “old man;” there is a corollary to that saying about two women in the kitchen, and that is “NEVER put two Alphas in the same house.” Kings don’t always abdicate willingly. Watching all of this with her ironic little quirk at the corner of her lower lip and a gaze that dismissingly says, “Men!” is II the High Priestess, standing before her temple and observing the world pass her by, for which she is indeed grateful. She knows where here value lies, and it isn’t out there. I can FEEL the High Priestess willing me to come to her, to enter the Temple, to ask for admittance to her Circles of Power & Knowledge. She likes me! which is a bit surprising, but it’s okay, because I innately like her, as well. I am always drawn to women who really ARE women, who claim it, who revel in it (and not for any fantasy-pornographic reasons or delusions concerning the High Priestess!) Being bi myself, there is a part of me that adores women like that for their independence and another part of me which glories in the sheer bath of pleasure these women take in being manifestations of the Goddess. For me, at all points, II the High Priestess is a friend; perhaps not a very talkative one, but a very true and sincere one nevertheless. My intuition is an old and trustworthy friend; she is willing to share great knowledge with me if I can just reach her, and with the 9 of Pentacles as a resource and the King of Swords as my motor, I am pretty damn sure I can do that!  


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 13 April 2015 : the 6 of Wands, the King of Wands and lensing in from the dedication of a new Midwives’ Birthing Clinic dedicated to herself, of course, is III the Empress. (Today’s deck is the *Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea* by Julia Turk. I have used this deck here before; it is one of my very favorite decks, but not for everyone. Here is what Aeclectic has to say about it: “The Navigators of the Mystic Sea Tarot deck is based on the Golden Dawn foundation of the Hermetic Qabalah, with the Tree of Life on the back of the cards. The artwork is really quite bizarre, but interesting. Previously out of print, it has now been reprinted by the artist.” I’ll leave it at that. I LOVE it. You can decide for yourself.)  I open the day in “triumph.” Harrumph! I’ve always thought of the 6 of Wands more in the sense of a diplomatic triumph or agreement, the forging of an alliance. Here it is presented as “My struggle is over.” Well, I certainly hope THAT is true! To tell the truth, I HAVE been struggling for a while, on the metaphysical plane, with a lot of “feeling lost?” soaking down into my fibers. Some days I can’t get enough Tarot, other days it is the last thing I want to do; I do it anyway because of an agreement I have made with myself & the world, and I don’t want to be the one to disappoint me. God, that sounds psychotic! I trust you know what I mean. The same goes for any sort of magickal endeavor: if I am doing it, it is because I have decided I MUST, not out of dilettantish caprice. So much has become clearer in this the 2nd half of my life: I know, now, the importance of magic and how we work it every day of our lives, and the difference between that “unconscious magic” and what I have learned is HIGHLY important, “conscious magick.” You need allies, and here in the 6 we have them. I’m riding with the King of my own suit, Wands, today. (I am at constant war within myself, torn between the two Houses of Swords and Wands; most of my life it has been Swords, but more and more often Wands are coming to the forefront.) Today “Daddy” seems to be in good humor. He usually is, but today he is cracking jokes while at the same time being as autocratic as he can possibly be. He’s a good man, just prone to taking his kingship a bit too seriously, and of hasty decisions. I am a LOT like him, just a junior version; perhaps that is due to the fact that I have spent most of my life being a snob while at the same time passionately fighting snobbism – I could explain it, but it would take too long, and ultimately, who gives a shit? There is a description given to alcoholics by Alcoholics Anonymous that could apply in its lesser degree to myself; “He is a megalomaniac with an inferiority complex.” Ha! A bit uncomfortably close, that!  However, if I get seated too high on my horse, there is the earthiness of III the Empress to ground me again. She’s lensing in, I think, to remind us, “Oh you men! Boys, really, just like boys with their boys-only games. Grow up and open up, the games are better.” She’s actually really kind, our Mother, but man! Can she be overwhelming with all that hyper-abundant ripeness! Luckily I do not suffer from the Virgin/Whore fascination that drives so many men (and women!) right around the bend; therefore I don’t project a lot of my own shit on Mom. Just as well, I don’t think she’d appreciate it! My issue is emperors and their use/abuse of power, which I suppose accounts for my divided sexuality, as well. You will find few enough men who aren’t afraid of women. The majority that is afraid demonizes them, and then proceeds to project like crazy. I have to work a little harder in the other direction; I must not ignore her. I need to get on with my day and hold close to my heart the knowledge that Love and Beauty flow through my life in a limitless stream, and the Empress is always my lover, my consort, my guide, my motivation and my reward. It is she who helps me forward to discover myself.   

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the MashUp for 12 April 2015: the 2 of Cups, the Page of Swords and lensing in from Daytona where she just wiped the floor with a collection of race-car driving men is VII the Chariot. (Chariots, like cars, are female. “So let it be written; so let it be done!”) (Today’s deck is, of course! *The Gilded Tarot Royale* by Ciro Marchetti & text by Barbara Moore. Hi, Ciro! A gorgeous deck and I hear/see he is planning a re-issue with included upgrade, or something of that nature. [I have already subscribed for the deck; I suggest you do the same.] If you don’t know this deck, you should. RWS. Professional quality.) Well, I roll out of bed all lovey-dovey this morning, it seems. Ha. Actually, it SHOULD (I HATE that word, don’t you?) mean that there is an exciting new venture on the horizon, the merging of two to create something unique & special from the blending. However, don’t dally, Mark, if you do, you risk losing the opportunity. With the Page as my cover story, I can sneak by and take a peek at this new “project” before I have to commit to it or not. I do want to be aware, though, of my hyper-criticalness about the level of perfection needed before I will join anything. Here I need to, perhaps, lower my expectations and take a chance; after all, didn’t I a long time ago promise myself that under reasonable circumstances I would never turn down an adventure? I seem to be confronted with a younger person today, wanting to jump on my bandwagon and who lacks any credible experience. All fine & good, except the part about my bandwagon – I have a bandwagon? Really? I hammer on only ONE thing in real life, and it isn’t my love of Tarot or philosophy or arts, recreations, or past careers; I hammer, hammer, and hammer on the absolute, dire, fundamental NEED for EDUCATION in our world. Fix THAT, and we’ve fixed EVERYTHING. It’s true, analyze it yourself. Dumb species don’t evolve, they go extinct, and the next contestant may or may not have his/her/its own version of Tarot to help it, too, to get off this fuckin’ Wheel. SO, if Monsieur Jeunesse there is going to follow ME? He will be better off if he can provide proof of intelligence rather than a CV or his record of dragons killed. We’ll see – I could be completely misreading the card(s), and they are telling me that due to THE woman, I’m going to drink from a magic chalice with her and I’m going to reverse aging to the stage of being a young, diffident page. Somehow, I don’t think that is the right interpretation; just guessing, but I think not. HA! At any rate, watching all of this with a disdainful sidelong glance is VII the Chariot, and she doesn’t look as if she’s amenable to hitchhikers. I get the distinct feeling, vibration, from the Charioteer that she’s all fine and good with me but if I’m going to bathe in her ambiance today I need to get a move on and get my ass in gear. On the other paw, once I’m aboard, we just sit there, we don’t go anywhere, because she is paralyzed by her own power, her own victory and cannot connect the idea of “I’ve won!” with the idea of “I STILL don’t understand!” She has a lot of control and discipline and she can share that with me today. I’ll need her “Go! Go! Go!” attitude as I head on down the Red Road, and I need to pay attention to anything which I would normally shove to the side in my speed. I could be missing something by going too fast – that original bright idea (2 of Cups), nurtured by its fan club (Page of Swords), and could easily be tabled for later action. That cannot be allowed to happen, and will not with VII the Chariot at the wheel. Don’t stop, Mark. I need to stay aboard the Chariot, for only then can I move through life triumphantly.