Good morning and Welcome! to my Scales of Ma’at for 13Feb2016 : my Heart card for the day is XII the Hanged Man and the Feather of Truth is remembering his Icarus days and is flirting with XIX the Sun. (Today’s deck is the *The Fountain Tarot* by Jonathan Saiz, Jason Gruhl and Andi Todaro. If you aren’t aware of this deck, Welcome Back! from under your rock! Lovely, ethereal deck, “simple” cards with complex emotive presence, it is a true “jewel” of a Tarot deck. Lovely to use, very co-operative, easy on the eye and soothing on the vibe.) It is rare that I draw I draw a Scales reading with two Majors, so I always remark the day; the odds are rather against it, actually. And today I have received two Majors that I both like and can live with. The first, my Heart card, is XII the Hanged Man. I’ve written here before about my relationship with the Hanged Man; we are friends, good friends, and I have freely offered to fill-in when he needs a break (a-hem!) Let’s get “bones” out of the way: XII, the Hanged Man, personified & characterized as Uranus for neutralization and inversion, and Neptune as the spirit of Sacrifice, he walks Path 23 on the Tree of Life. Those 2 planets are in the 12th House, so it is a symbol for metamorphosis through isolation and knowledge. He’s going from Geburah to Hod, on a sliding tongue of Water, and of course XII/12 is the number of the Zodiac, a so-called “perfect number”, 4 X 3. “The Hanged Man is a symbol for the turning points in life, showing up a need to stop and assess a situation. We're hanging in the air until we find a new view of the things around us, a proper way to rearrange or restart. But the Hanged Man is a 'silent' card - there's no pressing need for change. No big change is waltzing towards us - we can peacefully keep on hanging and complaining. The Hanged Man just shows that we're just 'hanging', he requires a new viewpoint, and sometimes a lot of patience.” (Raven) Thank you, Raven, for your beady perspective! What I feel is a need for a time of consideration, a relaxation giving me the opportunity to relax and reflect, to sort thoughts and ideas and find a new way to cope with a situation, said situation being mA card the 10 of Wands, which has been turning up a lot lately. I think this holds true for the upcoming public event to which I have agreed: I have been asking for and actively seeking a new way to use Tarot to “Help,” meaning I’m a Tarot zealot who believes that EVERYONE can benefit if they’ll just shut their yaps for a minute and listen to the cards, and I WANT to get this message out there. I’m a teacher at heart, I always have been, and I think for teachers the idea of sacrifice for the greater good, for the eventual goal, comes rather more easily than otherwise. It is VERY much like sacrificing your needs for the future benefit of your children.
Today my willing spirit of “self-sacrifice” is meeting up with his Feather of Truth in XIX the Sun, a joyous and perilous card. Jovial, good-hearted men wielding absolute power, such as Henry VIII of England & Louis the XIV of France, “The Sun King,” men whose company was cultivated because of the ENORMOUS gain to be had, but “man oh man!” be careful where you put your foot, because their displeasure or worse, corrosive delight, can turn upon one in an INSTANT and everything being suddenly gone, one is left in Despair, utter and absolute. The life of a courtier in the Solar Court is both perspicacious and self-effacing, to a point – there comes a time in every Journey when one is presented at Court, to the King, so one normally wears the best Sunday suit one possesses, the one with the pavéd diamond buttons and thread-of-gold embroidery. (Grin.) And by all the damnéd souls in Hell, one had BETTER be ready, because you don’t put off the King; even if he is a jolly, laughing child – children have temper tantrums. (So do adults, as we know, don’t we?) Okay, an obligatory look at his “ossies”: XIX the Sun, is in the 5th House, standing for the joy of life, creativity and persuasive power. He is walking the axis between Hod & Yesod, on a bridge of Fire. His number is the total of the Magician & the Wheel of Fortune (10 + 9.) The Sun calls upon us to give freely of ourselves, without stint or reserve (hint hint, Mark – getting your message across???) and yet we are never “épuisés,” we are never depleted. We are called to BE Vitality and Optimism, to demonstrate that we have overcome the time of darkness and are ready to enjoy the light. The negative aspect possible when the Sun shows up like this is self-complacency, razzle-dazzle & promising a lot but doing nothing In other words, letting your Star Power go to your head, I would posit. So, “Shine, Neely, shine!” (If you’ve never seen “Valley of the Dolls,” one of the all-time GREAT trash-cult films of all time, you won’t get it. Let me whet your appetite: Patty Duke, in a drunken, drugged rage, screaming that line in complaint about being a film star.) Above all, though, the Sun demands Maturity of us. Grow up. The energy is renewing, nourishing, childlike in its simplicity and joy, but only an Adult can wield it wisely. Well, damn, I was so looking forward to putting on my pinafore and mary-janes and having a tea party with my dollies . . . anatomically correct & inflatable. Grin. Kidding aside, “Sacrifice for the Greater Good and Shine Like the Mature Star That You Are, Mark. Got it?” “Yeah, Boss, got it!” Clear directions always help. May the blessings of the glorious Cosmos illuminate and inform all of our lives today!