Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 19Jul2016 : today my Heart is full of XVII the Star while the Feather of Truth seeks some comfort, misguidedly, from the King of Coins. (Today’s deck is the *Perrin Tarot* by Claudio Perrin [1865 ca.], edited by Giordano Berti. This is one of the few decks issued so far from ‘Rinascimento’, the Italian Renaissance-style cards publishing venture of Mr. Berti, and it is a beauty. The colors are magnificent, and not too blaringly done, which might even have been common in 1865. It’s a lot like classical statuary; we find it so “white” and “classical,” but when it was made, most of those items were covered in polychrome paint, and were loud & garish. Yes, the antique art world resembled an animé cartoon color value scheme. I like the small differences on this deck, too, and of course it is issued for collectors. Here’s the BIG news; these decks read really, REALLY well! I find that this deck in particular is abnormally quicksilver-y in the hands and makes drawing a breath of ease; the readings are right on & the cards have an open channel. I LOVE reading with this deck, it FEELS right. If you obtain one, you’ll be Happy with it.) Right off the bat today I get good news in the form of XVII the Star, sitting as my Heart’s goal for the day. The Star is commonly telegraphed as “Hope,” which is correct, as far as it goes. It is important, however, to remember its placement, right after XVI the Tower. The card isn’t merely hope, then; it is the PROMISE of a new dawn, of the night turning its cycle and the new day dawning on a scene of progression towards enlightenment. She is VERY reminiscent of XIV Temperance, isn’t she? Two pitchers, two flows of fluid of life into the body of Man/water, the gorgeous, natural woman/goddess incarnating the key value in each card, XIV is all there, but here with the addition of the stars overhead and a vaster cosmic significance. She is of Air, and is astrologically Aquarius. She is also Venus in Pisces (and to some extent Jupiter in Aquarius, “the inscrutable.”) She walks Path #15 “The Window” between Chokmah and Tiphareth (thus coming from the Mercy side of the Tree.) She is, of course, in herself as Venus, “the ruler of the signs Taurus and Libra, houses of riches, art, beauty, and of the organized body. In the latter it represents the Law of Harmony between the Self and the Not-self.” (http://meanings-tarot.com/) Basically, the Star is the arcanum of hope and trust, for the sensitive understanding of cosmic coherence, the intuition that everything is in balance and harmony. “Can you dig it?” Turning from XVII the Star to see where the Feather of Truth has gone, I spot him trying to make sense of the muttered monologue of the King of Pentacles.
He mutters because he’s a busy man; running a material kingdom is busy, occupying work, not a moment to spare, no time to waste, why, just look at him! He is living witness to the thanklessness of the task. On this card in this deck in particular, that King is looking awfully worried, don’t you think? The weight of the crown is causing his forehead to crease and his countenance to frown. The classical description of this king is just as unhopeful for the individual cause; “The King is the higher octave of the ace, and this particular king heads the cross of fixed signs, so has to do with economy, agriculture, art, vast business, devotional service of the church. The general effect of this card must consequently be to afford protection, and as it shows a very favorable attitude on the part of superiors or influential people, though these will be rather young, or at least, not very old. There is above all noblesse in this card, integrity, honesty above all doubt, nor is anything in it which can be turned to evil, were it thrice reversed. The only sort of faults that could be observed in people coming under it would be Pride coupled with some vanity, love of pomp, gambling. The Leo-type will naturally dominate the card. Here is a man whom you must go to see and visit, because he will never come to you. He has a widespread influence, which is for the good of everybody who wishes to profit by it, and against which it is hopeless to contend.” (www.tarotlore.com) So, there, that is who I am “supposed to be” today to deal with circumstances OR it is more likely someone I will meet later in the day; I tend to the latter explanation because I have never classified myself nor been classified under this card, this arcanum; “It does nothing for me, Madge.” It DOES, however, remind me of a conversation I had into the wee hours of the morning with one of our younger friends here, an incarnation of a Norse, Thor-like Taurus, to give him a mixed-metaphor meaning. The young man is a walking embodiment of the physical and the physically beautiful, and yet his Heart is almost pure spirit, his mind is focused elsewhere on grand concerns like adjusting man’s presence on this planet to normal, manageable levels of cooperation with Nature and not in spite of her. He has also very recently become a student of mine in the Tarot. If I rid myself of preconceptions, I find that so many of our young friends have so much from which we can profit, and do; and in return, we gladly share who we are with them, to their benefit. I speak generally here as well as specifically; it is as true for you as for me, as true as we will let it be. One MUST learn that wisdom and learning may come to one from the strangest of places and most unlikely of people, but one has to stay Aware, folks! That means me, too, smartass that I am. As: Earth, Virgo, Taurus & Capricorn, sitting in Chokmah, someone or some part of me has something to tell me today about duty and its necessities, I can feel that. We shall have to wait and see what the details are, and if the Devil is hidden therein. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL some discernment today, to be able to triage our information in a manner which is most helpful to our individual Journeys. Be Well!