Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 26Jan2016: my Heart is represented by the Knight of Discs and standing in for the Feather of Truth today is the 9 of Cups. (Today’s deck is the *Kazanlár Tarot* by Prof. Emil Kazanlár. The Professor is an acquaintance who lives in Budapest, exiled from Iran long, long ago. He is a master tarologue and deeply knowledgeable about many of the disciplines that are usually bundled together, such as Alchemy, Numerology, Gnosticism, the Kabbalah, the Tarot, Sufism, the Essene tradition, etc. He’s a knowledgeable guy. I met him by chance, he suggested we trade decks, and I ended up with two of his, the other being circular in form and a bit different in intent. He’s used a very Bohemian, Austro-Hungarian theme on his cards, a kind of “At the court of Maria-Theresa” look, and it works, it’s okay, if traditional. However, the cards are PACKED with symbology written on the sides & within, so it REALLY helps if you know the shorthand for the aforementioned disciplines. A WONDERFUL deck, if you can read it. Not designed for beginners but easily used nonetheless. Difficult to find, I imagine.) Wow, I’m just exhausted today, and it is only 06:45!! I have these bouts of fatigue as the anesthesia wears off after general surgery, (an unpleasant process that can take 2 to 5 months, I’m told), so for the moment I’m just really enjoying the shit out of the days when I feel something like my old energy level is back on track. Like yesterday; yesterday was great, felt great, had a lot of visitors who DIDN’T drive me to exhaustion, read several chapters in a new Tarot book that arrived, and participated in an intervention during the evening. Whew! BUT, the important point was that the day didn’t just crush me. My energy was sailing and in good form. Which brings me to today, the Knight of Discs. A quick look at his bones reveals: The Prince of the Chariot of the Earth, he abides in Tiphareth in the Tree of Life. Astrologically, he’s astride 21° Aries to 20° Taurus, and he is from the Air above the Earth of Assiah. Let’s just (mistakenly) nail him down quickly, shall we? Solidity, cleverness, & can be phlegmatic. This is an alright guy, and it COULD be me today, IF I don’t ‘get out and push this muthahfukkin’ car up that hill and then the next and the next and then the next after that.’ What if I just took a day off from . . . (dumdahdum-Tum!) the Work? And make a pre-emptive jump for the Feather of Truth today, the 9 of Cups, “Happiness”? Yeah, yeah, I could do that, yeah . . . whispers the little gangster in my head; and he’s right, I COULD do that, and do it even “with the blessings of the cards” because they CAN be read that way. But I would be a lying, cheating bastard if I did that, wouldn’t’ I. Bad snake! Bad snakeman!!! Why? Because I’m kicking over a really priceless quality of that knight if I do that – he has a direct connection to the Ayn Soph. The What??you ask. You should know this, & here’s a Wiki entry to refresh you: “Ein Sof, or Ayn Sof (/eɪn sɒf/, Hebrew: אין סוף), in Kabbalah, is understood as God prior to his self-manifestation in the production of any spiritual realm, probably derived from Ibn Gabirol's term, "the Endless One" (she-en lo tiklah). Ein Sof may be translated as "no end", "unending", "there is no end", or infinity. It was first used by Azriel ben Menahem, who, sharing the Neoplatonic belief that God can have no desire, thought, word, or action, emphasized by it the negation of any attribute. Of the Ein Sof, nothing ("Ein") can be grasped ("Sof"-limitation). It is the origin of the Ohr Ein Sof, the "Infinite Light" of paradoxical divine self-knowledge, nullified within the Ein Sof prior to creation. In Lurianic Kabbalah, the first act of creation, the Tzimtzum self "withdrawal" of God to create an "empty space", takes place from there. In Hasidism, the Tzimtzum is only illusionary concealment of the Ohr Ein Sof, giving rise to monistic pantheism. Consequently, Hasidism focuses on the Atzmus divine essence, rooted higher within the Godhead than the Ein Sof, which is limited to infinitude, and reflected in the essence (Etzem) of the Torah and the soul.” (Now, my question here would be, How are you “limited to infinitude”?? Huh, smart guy? But it is a Wikigimmick, and thus by nature idiotically mute when engaged.) The point of all this is that the Knight of Coins is Well-connected, don’t brush him aside, listen to him. Just as you would listen to the Truth if the Truth were telling you that the meaning to Life is to “Party! Be Happy! Get drunk, take drugs, it’s all fine!” This has a siren call for all human beings, from 9 to 99. We may party in different ways, but we each DO have a party style that makes us happy. The Knight here isn’t an errand boy, he IS the message. So brighten up and put on a better face for the day, Mark, it isn’t that lugubrious and you can spare a little of your legendary charm to make the day more appetizing. Happiness is where you find it, and its bone structure looks like this: 9 of Cups, in Yesod in the Tree of Life arriving by Water. Astrologically he’s Jupiter in the 2nd decan of Pisces. He’s all about reflection & imagination, and keeping beautiful harmony in Tiphareth. He’s everything you want your gay boyfriend to be, just not on fire in bed. Like all gay guys, he can be a bit vain, so watch out for that. All in all, this is a GOOD draw for today, wouldn’t you say so? Two happy-ish figures doing their “thing,” and generally having a good time doing it. This speaks well to me; Mark, hike up “your face” a bit today and enjoy! No stress or crap slicks on the Road, no need to REALLY crank the energy up, but do just a bit, so that you can take maximum profit from the joys of today. Okay, will do. I wish you ALL the many happy and extraordinary blessings offered by the Cosmos today!