Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 17May2016 : my Heart is in #8 Justice while the Feather of Truth is hanging out with #34 Innovation, looking studly and strutting its quill. (Today’s deck is *The Eternal Tarot* ‘by’ Samael Aun Weor, aka Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez, and founder of the Universal Christian Gnostic Movement. I am very drawn to this deck but each time I use it, I feel a bit lost and flummoxed, as if I have just been handed the instruction manual to a modern stealth jet but it is all in German, which I don’t speak. I DO speak Tarot, and I don’t know why that reaction to this deck, other than it “seems so dry, so arid.” And yet I love it, will teach with it, will recommend it, as I find it as close to technical perfection (content) as it is possible to approach. Go figure.) In another development, as some of you may know, I have been double-posting this blog to a professional Tarot reader’s page on Facebook right after I post here; this has stopped by personal choice and may or may not resume in the future, “On verra.” (French for “We’ll see.”) The atmosphere is getting a bit thick, so I beat a hasty retreat while I am still not involved – fuck that shit. This blog is, for now, the ONLY home of The Fool’s Tarot. Onward and upward! My draw today, while it may look exotic and Kemetically cryptic is really quite straightforward and in “a sort of” line with MY readings, i.e. referencing my character/personality. In essence, what I drew here is VIII Justice and the Knight of Wands, if one is going to make b-i-g s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s on suit comparison and correlation. For today I prefer to work with Mr. Weor’s interpretations of the arcana as they are quite particular. To wit: my Heart today is in Justice, a not unfamiliar locale and home to its traveling partner, the Feather of Truth. To give you their flavor, allow me to quote from the opening paragraph of his chapter on Arcanum 8 in his book, “The Initiatic Path In The Arcane of Tarot And Kabbalah”: “In Arcanum 8 we find the Eight Key of Basil Valentine. He was, without doubt a great Gnostic. The gospel of Valentine is admirable; the eighth key refers to the processes of life and of death in the Philosophical Stone carved with the hammer of Intelligence and the chisel of will.” There is more, “. . . a clear and perfect Alchemical allegory of the processes of the Death and Resurrection which inevitably follow in the esoteric preparation of the Philosophical Stone which is between the columns Jakin and Boaz . . . The stone is Peter, and refers to the blessed waters of Amrita . . . “ and on and on. You see? Not exactly clear sailing in there, is it? This is also the Arcanum of Job, “Suffering, Tests and Pain.” Cheery guy, isn’t he? If we cut through the majority of the gobbledygook, what we come down to is that this is the Arcanum of initiatory tests. It resides in Hod, and its Transcendent Axiom is, “Build an altar in your heart, but do not make of your heart an altar.” Pointed advice from my Heart card, eh?
Who happens to be looking away from the destination of the Feather of Truth, #34 Innovation. Here the author’s grand book is of no help, treating as it does only the Major Arcana. For this card, in order to get a whiff of Weor’s scent, we need to look at the LWB for the deck, and here we find a description that could have come straight from a description of the Knight of Wands: “. . . an element of evolution. Symbolizes the virtue of undeviating human effort. Associated with Neptune & the number 7 (?), it represents the principles of self-inspiration as guidance for activities. In another sense, “Length of days upon they right hand and works and honor upon they left.” (LWB) That’s a bit too rigidly socialist an outlook I think, a bit Stalin-esque. But, then again, that Knight can be intransigent and inflexible as well, so . . . harrumph. So where is the Truth today? Is it in the concept of ‘temptations, temerity and findings, some good some bad?’ I should be extra-careful to warn myself and my readers that this card is NOT the Knight of Wands, but only has a “corollary relationship” with him. Thus we have more of this feeling that Weor is winging it a bit when it comes to cards after #22. So be it; roll with it, Mark. I am intimately familiar with this Knight, or Egyptian “Innovator,” as we are all endlessly and boringly familiar. So I can rest a bit easier today knowing that if the Feather is in this Knight, then she is in safe & well-known hands; they ought to be, they are mine some of the time. I ask the Cosmos today to keep my Heart OUT of Judgement and my Will open to Innovation, as I hope for all of you. Be Well; Life! Health! Prosperity!