Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to what used to be the Scales of Ma’at for 23 July 2015: the Prince of Cups reversed, XXI The World and the Ace of Cups. (The *Langustl Tarot* by Langustyl  Verlag [Langustyl, Elke Messmer, Sandra Arias & Debra Rosenthal].) “Wait!! Wait!!”  I hear you scream, “That is NOT a Scales of Ma’at draw!”  No it isn’t, and the Scales of Ma’at have run their course. I have no idea (yet) in which direction I shall wander next in my endless quest to find new uses and draws for Tarot (my invention of a 78-sheet roll of TP didn’t work out too well; the test group claimed the “wiping paper” was too slick to effectively clean anything and the “paper” often left small cuts on tender, inner tissues.) I DO know that I, quite literally, “can’t get enough of it.” Who needs a book on a desert island if you’ve got a deck of Tarot cards?  On the more physical side, “THE” leg is starting to respond to treatment, so I hope to soon be out of this body-part Hell and back onto two healthy legs that will carry me to my next reading! Yay. This means that if I can get my head on straight and my shit together I can start another daily feature fairly soon. I really want to emphasize, I do all of this for myself; it helps ME. I’m not writing to satisfy anyone else, nor to keep to an artificial schedule for “what people expect.” In general, I like you ALL, but I don’t presuppose that I have Wisdom to give or share – if you find anything in my posts that sounds familiar or rings true for you, then I am deeply pleased, but certainly didn’t plan for it. I’m a storyteller – I love to tell stories. In a different age, I would have had no trouble finding employment! And I’m me; cross, crass, vulgar, refined, educated, rude, boorish, stylish, elegant and indescribable. Oh, and I have a megawatt soul, I know I do. (And I don’t believe in false humility!) Each and every morning I receive a treat – a new episode, a new chapter, a new installment in *The Ongoing Tales of Mark and the Magickal Cards*. So today, not knowing what format may be raising its scaly head and slouching towards Bethlehem, I pulled these three cards. I’m going to spend today contemplating them, thinking on what they can mean for me. I’m not offering any breakdown today, I don’t have one. But I do have a threat/promise, “I’ll be back!”   

Monday, July 20, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for today; 20 July 2015: the 9 of Batons and XX Judgment. (The deck today is the *Langustl Tarot* by Langustl Verlag w/ Elke Messmer; Sandra Arias & Debra Fisher.  “The Langustl Tarot has 78 bold, high-contrast acrylic paintings of the Tarot energies, simplified and lively expressions of form and color.” (Aeclectic) It is quite lively to work with, keeps you on your toes – I like it, I just wouldn’t use it on a “down” day.) Well, there’s nothing too surprising here except the art; I LIKE that conception of the 9 rods = flames = magnifying glass = focus. It’s a brilliant analogy. This is the kind of draw you get on a normal morning in suburbia; “Oh, Hi Marge! C’mon in! I’m just getting a pineapple upside-down cake out of the oven, won’t be a minute! Ward is out in the garage helping the boys pack fudge. Ward!” “Oh no, June! Don’t bother him, you how men are when you interrupt fudge packing!” (mutual laughter) “Well . . . if the men are out of the house, what’s your cards this mornin’, bitch?” As we can all see, I’m starting out with a brilliant conception of the 9 of Wands! (Ha.) OK, let’s vivisect him and then clumsily sew him back together; the Nine. This can be the card of suspense! Rx: this force is directed "into the ground". This might be a bad thing, or it could be what is needed in this situation...ground that energy, don't let it zap you!” (Raven) That is a little precious of Raven today, but we’ll let it fly. The powerful energy in this situation is emphasized by the intense red in the background. The symbols of Fire and hard work are galore here, but so are possibilities of mishandling and mismanagement. KEEP YOUR FOCUS. XX Judgment is one of those card with which I have an on-again off-again love affair. There is a LOT of XX in me, just as there is V, & IV, and surprising some people, a nice chunk of XII. Howeva, ain’t me we’re yabberin’ about, it’s XX. On the bubblegum side, how many of us think we can fairly & confidently face “Judgment” if it arrives in its smokin’, purrin’, hungry-to-eat ’57 Chevy and the driver don’t look none too pleased, neither? As you are contemplating your bubblegum mystery for the day, let’s open XX up and see what makes this fine Switch watch run so reliably (I sure hope I can keep my promise to reassemble it! Ha!) For XX Judgment, it is the Path of Shin 31 on the Tree of Life. He (?) has Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius as a symbol of liberation and redemption. Her Element is Fire; She runs from Malkuth to Hod. This is the trump of TIME. ‘I like to remember that; THIS IS THE TRUMP OF TIME. It can significantly alter a reading. For me, personally, these kinds of “gate” trumps are always good things, propelling me up & out (along WITH my own power, thank you!) of whatever pile of dogshit & dirt I’ve managed to step into like a blind “Fool.” I’m ready to be inspired and be enrolled, to get new scrolls, new working partners, and new friends. This leg thing, although still here, has brought back to mind that I can put up with a lot, a LOT, to get what I want. And I SHALL get WHAT I WANT? And what I want is simple, really. I want to progress through the 22 Steps of the Tarot and, standing on the edge between the Cosmos and Nothingness, laughing aloud my joy and wonder and bliss and appreciation of it all! Or at least I fuckin’ HOPE so!                              (Postscript: My heart wasn’t in it today, I can feel it, or rather, NOT feel it. I do believe, for the time being, I’m done with two card reads. I liked the MashUps, but don’t go backward, Mark; so, for now, I’m going to be a bit all over the place until I find a new “Path” that feels a touch more “navigable;” don’t look for one card readings, either, it is too easy to be smarmy. I’d like to land somewhere in the “I didn’t realize Laurence Olivier was such a cheeky monkey!”  area of mistaken perceptions.)  


Friday, July 17, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for the 18 July 2015: The 5 of Staffs and V the Hierophant. (Today’s deck is *The Byzantine Tarot* by John Matthews & Cilla Conway.) This looked a bit quotidian and ordinary, and then after that brief millisecond of respite I saw the two 5s. The 5 of Staffs has always left me a little befuddled; he is followed by 6, which I name “diplomatic victory”, but before that we have this:  “disputatious council” again my label. You know, ALL of the 5s generally bite ass. Transiting from purity and simplicity into decadence is that 5-point in every suit. (Which reminds me of all the people going around with the misbelief that the number 7 confers luck. I mean, do you REALLY want the 7 of Swords announcing your style? Or the 7 of Pentacles?)  Let’s look a little deeper; the Five of Wands is Strife, sitting in Geburah in the Tree of Life through Fire In Astrology it is Saturn in the 1st decan of Leo.” Like all Fives, the Five of Wands stands for Geburah - motion and changing and the powers of destruction - and 5 is the number that breaks the stability and structure of the Four. Fire isn't meant for settling and resting, and the flames burn high to break out of their own realm. As for the other side of Ma’at, we have V The hierophant. The hierophant and I are old, old friends; we’ve switched roles innumerable times over the years, and it didn’t really matter who was IN the robes as long as the rituals and Laws of the Curia moved inexorably forward with incensed sanctity cloaking it in supernal normalness and the will to dominate. To organize. To control. “We know best.”  Here’s what I IMMEDIATELY SEE in the cards; remember, my Daily draws this week have been about my health/my leg.  So, there are my congress of  doctors all in one “room,” each staunchly defending and arguing for his treatment for the rapidly mutating leg,” and the Hierophant is me (which I can do in my SLEEP,) having to deal with these 5 professional opinions of +/-   questionable efficacy. I need their information formatted in MY head in order to take leap of best-guessness for what I have pulled out of a miasma of opinion. (On a side note, for those who wrote, leg is kicking into stage 2 treatment – not miraculous, but I can do the mule pulling the load to the summits if I need to. I’m feeling Hope. Thanks!J) Well, this is just as well; being Saturday, I can ruminate over where we are at now; where hopefully in a month, and hopefully 6 months; (until I can put my Flamenco boots back on a blaze across the great stages of Europe and all of the crowned heads still around; poor things, getting a bid thin on the ground, don’t you know.) Actually, today I don’t remind re-visiting the Patriarch, not in the spirit of the contentiousness of the 5, but as master spindle to gather the threads and weave tapestry of my own design. Blessed be.


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 16 July 2015: VII The Chariot and the Princess of Spheres (Pentacles). (The deck today is the *Liber T: Tarot of the Stars Eternal* by Andrea Serio & Roberto Negrini. The Golden Dawn, Crowley, Astrum Argentum, & the O.T.O. amongst others are all in the conception of this deck. The odd thing is, once I have this deck in hand and am using it, it is wonderful! However, I can almost NEVER remember that I have it! IT is as if it tries to constantly hide itself amongst the other decks.  All I can say is that if you have it, use it; otherwise you’ll never see it again!)VII The Chariot has been a pretty standard companion recently, and yes, my Daily intent was “hey, the leg??”  VII The Chariot insists that I must with alacrity “transport the Offspring of the Vulture that is Two-in-One.” (LWB – which made me laugh. Imagine yourself an innocent babe in the woods who has, by Chance (hehehe) purchased or been given the *Liber T*; She draws VII The Chariot. She reads that. She starts to tear up because she has NO idea what that means. Ahahahaha.) For me, the Chariot keeps popping up for one reason in particular; Mark, you ARE going to experience the turn towards the archetype and you ARE going to “Move.” VII the Chariot is on Path of Cheth, 18 in the Tree of Life. He is Mars in connection with Sun or Mercury (ME! ME! ME!); Mars (again, ME!) as symbol of enforcement combines with Sun as symbol for will or Mercury as the symbol of the way. In the Zodiac he is Cancer, and traveling from Binah to Geburah. Oddly enough, his Element is: Water, his Number is 7 (NOT mine) as the number of earthly and divine harmony (3+4), destiny, and motion. “The Chariot stands for combined powers, ready to move forward. It represents the dynamic principle and the human will to proceed, the ability to use the powers of life and keep the outer and inner balance. The Chariot shows a strong will, a strong personality, and at its best, victory and success. But it also is a symbol for controversial power, for contradictions that are not solved, but just controlled. In this, the trump also warns of overestimation and recklessness. With every new venture or beginning one should check carefully whether the desired goal is compatible with one's life and inner self.” (Raven) Well I suppose that is as good a description of one side of my character as any other.  Also from Raven, and this could VERY WELL be me, “Additionally, the Chariot is a symbol for the armor we build up when moving forward in the process of self-assertion. It also alludes to the danger that we might mix this armor with our actual personality. So a negative aspect of the Chariot might involve understanding that the way of armed power isn't always the right one, that the controversial power inside may be reconciled with one other, and not just controlled and suppressed.” That could be a l-o-n-g s-t-r-e-t-c-h simile of what this is REALLY about, and the leg is taking the manifestational lumps. Hmm, that sounds far-fetched, but maybe. . . The Princess has been hanging around a lot, too, recently, playing the garçon manqué in my life these days as if she belongs there, “the insolent baggage!” In this conception she is the Telluric Earth, masses & masses of femininity, fertility, fidelity, etc. Well, now, harrumph! This brings me face to face with a picayune point of procedure in my private life, of which I was thinking earlier this morning; my wife. Normally, she is the Queen of Cups for me, but I shouldn’t forget to mention her profoundly telluric nature. She was born here, in Montpellier, like all of her family before her in a straight line back to the 1300s. She is a titled countess of the “terre” and nothing, NOTHING, matters to her more than two things, “her earth” and her husband. She supports me 110 percent in anything and everything I do, preferring at the same time to not know a thing about it unless it crosses her Journey as well, and we walk the Path together a bit – but we aren’t clingy, you see, and when stretches of the Journey MUST be made alone, it isn’t even a question, its, “Well, go on! You MUST go! I’ll see you on down the road.” On a more mundane level, I honor, esteem and love my wife, even though I cannot pretend to know all about her. This earthy Princess always reminds me of a quote from Choderlos Laclos’ *Liaisons dangeureuses*, “(Madame de Rosemonde): Do you still think men love the way we do? No... men enjoy the happiness they feel. We can only enjoy the happiness we give. They are not capable of devoting themselves exclusively to one person. So to hope to be made happy by love is a certain cause of grief.” Whether true or not, it is a profound idea to contemplate. The Princess is the Princess of the Echoing Hills, in Malkuth in the Tree of Life. In Astrology she is Venus in the Earth signs, and her Element and world: The Earth in the Earth of Assiah. “The Princess of Disks represents the Earth in the Earth, thus she is the pure manifestation of the qualities of Assiah, the physical world of making and growing. She is the last of the court cards and therefore implies a new begin of the circle, which could mean the beginning of a new project or a new physical creation. [a new leg?? A new knee? Please?] The Princess of Disks is warm-hearted, sensual and generous, an unwavering and concentrated person with all the reliable stability of the Earth [My wife.] Yet she lacks Fire and Air, as well as the conforming qualities of Water, she can easily be a little too dependent from outside influences but nevertheless being unable to really adapt to others.” (Raven) I think the short answer here is “take care of your assets, Mark, keep careful guard over them, they are precious, and they are helping to effectuate your successful change through this stage.”  As an aside, my leg does feel marginally better today; I was able to hop from 1 bedroom to another & my computer. I wanted to be back in the captain’s chair. “For God’s sake, Jim, haven’t you fucked up the galaxy enough?? Give it to Spock! Give it to Spock!!’) I wanted to write from here, today, to say to me “you’ll be back.”  I’ll pay in pain a bit later, but right now, this is where I’m happy. Hopefully the toubib will “flense” the flesh from leg tomorrow, coat the exposed bones in 24 cwt. gold and add thousands and thousands of carats in precious stones studding the bones. It would be a great draw if I decided to set up tent readings in public, wouldn’t it? Sigh, dreams. Oaky, that’s it, The Princess is bringing the Chariot around to pick me up, so I’ve gotta go. I hope you have a wonderful day ahead of you, just as I hope I come out the other side having learned something. Be cool. Be Zen. Be Tarot.  


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Good morning & Welcome! to the Scales of Ma'at Redux for 15 July 2015: XVI the Tower reversed and XI Strength. ( *The Fountain Tarot* by Jonathan Saiz, Jason Gruhl, & Andi Todaro. If you don't own this deck, it is nearly impossible to describe it to you. Sublime. Visionary. Intuitive. Put this down as a "must have" if you want to plunge headlong into the wordless side of Tarot.) Today is short & sweet. I'm still bedridden & thus forced to use my phone to do this. I have big fingers. Yet, I didn't want to NOT post, for myself, mainly, but sometimes I do make people laugh. So here goes . . . I asked to focus on my leg, as that is my current concern. AHA! XVI reversed, the Tower! Well gee, no shit, Sherlock? My leg is the Tower? Hail, Prince of the Obvious!! Yes, it's a disaster, yes it arrived unexpectedly. It IS possible I'm trapped in an old pattern, & am treating this as SNAFU, and I need to look at altering that. XI Strength - despite her "misnumbering" (Harruumph!), I've been running into this gal a LOT lately , and the more I get to know her the more I like her: she's like a sweet forest maiden with whom you're picnicking when that roaring lion shows up - it would gladly eat your ass, but "Florabell" says "No." Never thought you'd find yourself "beholdin' " to that there "slip of a girl," did you, Mark? I'm getting a message from her telling me to respect myself and continue self-discipline, to keep my determination high and be open to healing this leg "transcendently." (Not "transcendentally.") THAT mystifies me - the only way I have to translate that is to guess that it means non-traditional, alternate medical therapies. On verra . . . we'll see. I'm cutting it here, XVI is acting up & sending communiqués: "Opiates! Give me Opiates!" (I hope ALL of you are having a better day than this.) So, today I shall see what hanging out with Florabell brings me; I get very tired of being stoic.   

Friday, July 10, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 11 July 2015; the 9 of Coins and the 8 of Staffs. (Today’s deck is again *The Byzantine Tarot* by John Matthews & Cilla Conway.) I have a really reasonable reading to give this morning’s draw, something both applicable and prosaic, but I AM sorry, I can’t stick around right now. Physical pain in my lower extremities is a fair bit above the high-water mark so as to be completely distracting and making it unable to concentrate on the computer much less hold it together enough to write coherently. So for me it’s back to bed, more opiates and dreams of somehow “painlessly” hacking off my legs. Read the cards for you today, if you like; they fall into a kind of true-for-all maxim if taken at the root. Be well, be Zen & and if you are half the pain in the ass that I am, remember always two great Tinsel Town quotes, “Growing old isn’t for pussies,” from Ms. Bette Davis, and from Ms. Elizabeth Taylor, “That’s the trouble with Life: no soundtrack and lousy lighting.”   

Good morning Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 10 July 2015: oops; wait! There’s the rub today, mes amis! Today isn’t exactly my traditional (sic) 2-card reading; Lachesis had gone to the store yesterday afternoon to stock the temple larder, and ran into her sisters Clotho and Atropos. Well, of course! they wheeled out of there together and spent the evening getting drunk on Mojitos & homemade rum raisin ice cream (it was more like rum rum ice cream) and telling old horror & war stories of early Thread disasters. The net result of all this is that Lachesis, still reeling, decided to give me my cards of the day herself, in person, quite clearly and distinctly in the deck I had decided to use today: 0 the Fool and XXI the World. She found this intensely amusing, but was quite serious about their being chosen. She staggered out of the dream, and I was left contemplating the cards, Alpha & Omega, or really, Alpha (read that Alpha Prime) to Omega. When I woke as usual this morning, the dream was still quite vivid in my memory, so I began my morning ritual chores: feed the cats, water the plants (if there currently are any), prepare the Italian coffeemaker for later in the morning when my wife wakes (which is a relative term; her body is moving but everything else is on a time lag.) Then the ritual of the meds, then the entire calm down, get Zen process of preparing for my own morning reading, zap! Even though I remembered the dream vividly,   
  I decided to draw the Scales consciously myself. I made an agreement with myself that if I drew the same cards I would be suitably impressed AND freaked. But no, I drew something equally as perplexing, the King of Earth and the King of Fire. Now, I am completely in a froth with all of this. One pair from a dream, one pair from my own Will. 5today’s deck is Le Tarot des Alchimistes* by Jean Beauchard, the same man who presented the other deck I use, also, *Le Tarot Symbolique Maçonnique*.  They have a very “bande dessinée” quality to them while at the same time presenting a very well-conceived and though-out placing of the alchemical symbols, operations & personages which are fittingly deployed in the weave & the woof of Tarot itself. A GOOD deck, if you like Alchemical decks, French decks, or bright clear Tarot art on eNoRmOuS cards! They’re big; just like the maçonnique deck!) I’m not going to bring up all the folderol today for these 4 cards and do an old-style MashUp, or read them as two pairs; in opposition? In tandem? By Circumstance? Not to mention that the cards of which I speak are all really BIG players, not a docile little 6 of Cups anywhere to be seen! Plus, the physical shit goes on, and I’m in a lot of pain, so, I’m just going to contemplate this quaternary for today, the cards face up on the a coffee table or my desk, and I’m going to try and tease out as many threads from this as I can. Somebody or something is trying, desperately, to get a message to me, from God only knows where? What is it, and Why? Today is a day I’m cutting all the rules loose, folks, and I’m just going to gestalt on these 4 cards. Why them? Why me? What’s up, Doc? 


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 09 July 2015: the Queen of Cups and the 7 of Staffs. (Today’s deck is *The Byzantine Tarot* by John Matthews & Cilla Conway.  Right up front – I LOVE this deck. I have found that which is going to be my personal deck for the foreseeable future.  Thinly framed iconic representations of the Tarot personae and conceptions, the “icons” are not loaded with symbols [which surprises me that I like it so much, but for these cards, I do] but are very well done, byzantine style “iconic representations.” Their elegance is overwhelming; I feel a postural improvement of 2° to my spine just looking at them. I like to think these are the style of cards you might use when you’ve absorbed Tarot so thoroughly that just knowing the “title” brings immediately onto your Omnivision© mental screen all of the Goetic, Kabbalistic, Astrological, Metaphysical “data” that you have stored on that card. It jumps up on to that holographic screen in your head and you illumine the sphere of the reading with the Light of your Understanding. Yes, I know, big dreams from a dreamer, but these cards help me feel grand & good at what I am doing, Tarot. Only one thing: I’ll have to change all the interior decoration of my mental temple to the Byzantine Era – sigh, oh well!) Today I asked the All-Spirit for insight into my “medical” day and how to apply the Scales to it. I received what I think is a kind yet crystalline answer: I’m in a prolonged struggle with many victories AND losses, yet I am going to conquer and win. Things will look greener and begin to grow again on that side of my future once I successfully climb the Mt. Everest I am on. This, of course, is due to the presence of my wife, the Queen of Cups (oh okay, she may be a little bit of me, too, but believe me, THAT CARD is my wife!) who has come to be my very best possible partner on this stage of the Journey. I can never speak too highly of my wife, even when she drives me to distraction with her logic-less approach to the World Soul. There are times I howl in frustrated fury she can push my buttons so, but she sails on, and never, not even 1 millisecond, do I doubt her complete and total devotion to me. I don’t deserve that, therefore I try to deserve it. If you have ever been loved by a woman with a deep golden heart, then you already know and I don’t need to try and describe it; if you have not, then no words of mine will ever convey the rightness of what it is like to be in a working marriage, where your ENTIRE being is your capital. Her basics:   (Queen of the Thrones of Water), Binah in the Tree of Life. Astrology: 21° Gemini to 20° Cancer. Her Element and world: Water in the waters of Briah. “The Queen of Cups represents Water in Water; she is the purest manifestation of the soul of the waters. Thus she represents pure emotion, passion, and feeling, never influenced by judgement or purpose. She is loving and affectionate, a warm-hearted mother and a tender friend, looking into the depths of the heart. On the darker side, the Queen of Cups lacks the stability of the Earth, the will of Air and Fire. Water in water is all passivity and has no powers of its own, but makes a perfect transformer of any other power coming along. So she is susceptible to all kinds of influences, her instability might let her appear unreliable and inconstant. At its worst, the precious qualities of imagination and flowing fantasy might turn out to weakness and thoughtlessness, turning in any direction that any wind may blow, getting lost in a dreamworld of irreal fantasies.” (Raven)  Her Drive is: Floating across the borders, drifting between reality and dream. Her Light is: Imagination, poetry, kindness, sensitivity, emotional depth and her Shadow: Diffusion, spinning around in irrational folly. With the 7 of Staffs, that’s me trudging up those piliers, so here are my basics: 7 of Staffs – Valor. He is Netzach in the Tree of Life, through Fire. In Astrology: Mars in the 3rd decan of Leo. “The Seven of Wands is entering Netzach - the depths of creativity and anarchy standing under the number of destiny. And like for all the Seven's, the leaving of the beautiful Tiphareth comes like the fall from paradise. But Fire is a fighter, and though the element seems to be burning down, it will struggle to survive. So the Seven of Wands talks of a situation where we have to face up forces stronger than ourselves, situations that at first sight seem hopeless, yet we'll have to use all that we've learned and fight.” (Raven. Wow!! That is me and this leg, I can assure you! 7’s d Drive is: Courage, fighting spirit, overcoming opposition. His Light is: Initiation, rebirth and his Shadow is: Getting attacked, facing hardships.                                  I’m off to the doctors this morning, by ambulance I’ll have you know, ha! to see what we can do about this latest turn to the strange; my lower left leg has swollen up like an overcook bratwurst and is painted in every single color of the 1970’s. It was doing so well, and then zzZZZIP! No you don’t! Let’s give you some intolerable pain studded with mystery causes before we let you out of this trap to continue your Journey on the Path. So, it is a bit bitterly humorous that I am standing on my left leg to step up, climbing the Path, when that is at this moment in time a physical impossibility for me. I’m not a bitcher, whiner, crier, carry-on-er, I’ll do what they tell me (in the realm of logic – I won’t wear pink panties and cry in public despite ANY doctor’s advice!), and I DO believe that all of THIS (my fucked up leg & other, related health “fuckyou’s”) is ABSOLUTELY conquerable and able to be put behind me – IF I stay the Path, keep an evolved attitude, accept the pain and change of growth, open my heart so that my Queen may sit in open and acknowledged splendor, and first and last, believe in myself and the Universe’s INTENSE wish that I make it on through to the other side. I DO love my Journey, you know, it is “just so fuckin’ fraught sometimes, ya know?” So, today I am going to embrace Life and welcome opportunity; opportunity to Change, opportunity to CLIMB, to CONTINUE, to LOOK UP and see that I am indeed on the right Path.  
Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 08 July 2015: the 6 of Suns (Wands) and XVI The Burning Tower. (Today’s deck is again *The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus* by John Matthews & Wil Kinghan. The deck is more TdeM than RWS or Thoth; but not as generally recognized imagery such as the TdeM. You see a LOT of popes & church functionaries; but hey!, that WAS the medieval world where the church had its nose if not its penis in every single thing that didn’t concern it, and of course the Pope himself was a temporal figure, an emperor-king-divinity, and he played HEAVY politics for centuries with real armies for backup, not just a book full of spiritual threats and ectoplasmic punishments. The deck takes familiarization with the authors’ intended use of the symbology, but once you have that grokked, it provides wonderfully detailed, “alchemical-style” readings. Astrology was of paramount importance as well, for Nostradamus, so you are counseled to sprinkle a few drops of that into your reading, too. I like it. It isn’t for everyone, due to misogyny and etc., but it is a GOOD deck.) Today for the Scales my accent was on my physical health. It has been dominating the playing field lately, and I need all the friends and advice I can gather to peruse, basically because I am in perpetual pain about which not even opiates are doing much. Satu V. did a reading for me, plus she’s a registered nurse, and the message is “change everything,” which I accept, but today I need a little closer help because it is bad today. So . . . the 6 of Suns (Wands, Fire) is upbeat: the Lord of Victory. He is in Tiphareth in the Tree of Life. In Astrology it is Jupiter in the 2nd decan of Leo. “The crisis of the Five of Wands is overcome; the lesson was learned and has turned into a victory. In the middle of the Tree of Life, right in the beauty and harmony of Tiphareth, the flames of the fire appear like pure floating gold. The Six of Wands shows that all the past troubles and disruptions have been necessary to grow and develop, and the victory we have now is more than just a gain by lucky chance. We have deserved it.” (Raven) Its Drive is: Happiness, victory, glory, pride of riches. Its Light is: Creative fulfillment, satisfaction, triumph, success through energy and industry, and its Shadow is: Vanity, reckless egoism & insolence. I have to take this as a future, because it sure isn’t the case now. The Next card, however, makes up for it by being wildly, doubly appropriate, XVI the Tower. THAT TOWER IN FLAMES IS AN EXACT DESCRIPTION OF MY LEG; that is how it feels. I go back to doctors tomorrow, but hey, HELP!! Its basics are as follows: XVI - The Tower, Path of Peh 27 in the Tree of Life. Saturn and Uranus are both here - the sudden breakout of realization, destruction of old values. It’s Planet: Mars. On the Tree of Life: The Axis Netzach – Hod. Its Element is: Fire. Its Number: 16 as 4 x 4: induration. But the cross sum is 7. “The Tower is a symbol of endurance and its destruction, an allusion to sudden, maybe shocking realizations that crushes old views and persuasions, maybe the view of the whole world. The area of relative security starts wavering, our tower then falls and with it the walls around us that have become too narrow. It is rarely the evil, but rather the necessary development we meet when there is a change in the armor of destruction.” (Raven) So in a positive manner, this most violent trump will mean that I proceed to learn that losing the old fortress of my beliefs will be a major step forward. Okay, I can do that, and I know that a good step forward sometimes requires a kick in the butt; however, I hope “it” realizes I still need that leg after it has finished teaching me this lesson!! Damn! Its Drive is: Breaking up structures, destroying the old, getting rid of obsolete loads (the 20+ yr. old steel knee in there). Its Light is: Sudden realization of the truth, the will to change old ways, to recreate life and start something new. Its Shadow is: Blind destruction. Well, I don’t want to take my cleaver (the one that came with the wok set) and cut the fucker off, although I threaten it when the pain peaks.  So, Mark, ACCEPT THE COMPLETE CHANGE AND MOVE ON. I really don’t have any other way to take this, not if I want my leg to heal and cease being a morphine drip of agony. Today, I curl like a newborn around the idea “I trust to myself and to Life.”   

Monday, July 6, 2015

Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 07 July 2015: I Hermes (the Magician) and the Lady of Cups (11). (Today’s deck is the *Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery* by Robert M. Place. If I haven’t sung long and enchantingly enough of Mr. Place’s decks for you, then you are a brute, an unevolved spirit, and you need to leave; get out, and take the pig with you. To those who remain I have no need to explain, we all emotionally, psychically & spiritually grok his art. I use his *Vampire Tarot* for readings involving workplace and relationship questions; it is absolutely amazing to see people recognize their acquaintances in such a spread, and identify the energy clashes, compromises and connections happening or available.) (Thank you to all of you who were as lovely, generous and sweet as to be supportive during my medical digressions away from the reading cloth. It helps me to realize that, as a community of weird reptilian creatures we still manage to dredge up some niceness for own once in a while {{snicker}}. Now I must await Thursday for my interview with the Count.)  Today on the Scales we have a nice, presentable pair, one you wouldn’t be ashamed to present to your parents as very good friends and thus important to you. If Hermes isn’t Mr. Right for you, then you’ve disembarked in the wrong Universe: this is “Him, THE Guy, Mr. Better-Than-You-Deserve, Mr. Capable, and a real-life MacGyver” who puts his magick where his mouth is. He’s everything we all want to be, with one “just a minute”: That isn’t your knight in shining armor; this is your Invitation to BECOME that knight in shining armor. So, feel good about it but get yourself ready. Now, Our dashing Mr. Wonderful is being charmingly cavaliered by the Lady of Cups (Page) to the ball. While he’s got all of his tech-savvy flashy magickal knowledge ready to fly, she’s floating along, telling anyone who will listen, “Trust your Intuition, Trust your Balance” and their progress into the day would seem to say, “Okay, while we are entering today, remember to do some magical thinking and realignment of your Open eyes and Pay Attention to your Intuition today, Mark!” Just to feel a bit better about this simplistic message, let’s scan their “X-rays,” shall we? I Hermes, Path of Beth 12 in the Tree of Life, Sun/Mercury in Aries; the sun for power and charisma, Mercury for agility and dexterity. Planet: Mercury. Tree of life: From Kether to Binah. Element: Air. Number: 1 as symbol for unity (male.) “The Magician represents consciousness, action and creation. He's the symbol for the idea of manifestation - the possibility of making an idea come true. He gives meaning and direction to life, and he reminds us that the emotional and creative powers of our souls must have a physical basis to be of real use. Powers unused are powers non-existent, we have to set them free in order to use them, and to gain and renew.” (Raven) His Drive is Self-realization, a strong will, the energy to have one's way. His Light is Activity, power of life, impulse, energy; and his Shadow is: Aggressivity, egoism, the abuse of power. The Lady of Cups is the Princess of the Palace of the Floods. She is in Malkuth in the Tree of Life. In Astrology: Venus in her water signs. Element and world: The Earth in the waters of Briah. On the Tree of Life: Malkuth. “The Princess of Cups represents the earth in the waters of Briah, an island floating in the groundless seas. She is far from her father's flames and her mother's depth, and she lacks the researching spirit of her brother . . . Therefore, an unaffected spectator might take her as childish or selfish, but the island of the princess can be so fertile and rich. On the dark side, the island can turn out to be a castle made of sand, sinking in the seas of irrationality and daydreaming.”(Raven) Her Drive is: The exploring of the inner worlds, her Light is: Intuition, sensibility, tenderness, fantasy, dreamy imagination, and her Shadow is: Faking, abuse of feelings, selfish, luxurious, deviation, and a flatterer. These are ALL KNOWN QUANTITIES. I can deal with almost ALL of this with my eyes closed; which I think is what Hermes wants, as my attention is fixated, without choice, on the physical for a few days yet. When the pain finally & fully stops I thoroughly expect a message “saying”, “OK, got it under control, at least? Good. Let’s get back to your soul.” My affirmation for today was supposed to be ‘I Open the way for my own success’ but that fits about as well as a neutered square peg fits a neutered round hole; how about, “one step at a time, pal, nothing presses.”