Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 23Jul2016 : My Heart is dressed for success laughing with the other courtiers around the 4-square throne of IV the Emperor; meanwhile back on Earth the Feather of Truth has stumbled upon the scene between the seven knaves on the 7 of Wands, stumbling upon victory despite themselves. (Today’s deck is the mystic, marvelous, magic *The Medieval Scapini Tarot* by Luigi Scapini. A totally unique & wonderful deck, it defies description but invites exploration. It has an old, TdeM feeling to it, but it is firmly in the RWS system. The art is surprising; good, bad, crude, sophisticated . . . it’s a lot of everything, and fascinating. Get one – it will provide you with hours of curious and fruitful inquiry.) Today’s reading is clarified with citations from a respected author on the Marseille tarot, A. J. Thierens ; I’m so thoroughly sick of talking about these two cards that I ‘m going to let the cards talk and give myself a break. That said, “Drop your drawers, Maynard, and let’s get started.” “There is much more mystery buried in every symbol than words spoken can tell. Superficial consideration might make astrologers wonder at this image, which assimilates worldly power with the sign Cancer instead of with Leo, to which they are accustomed. The people are ruled by the sign of Cancer, says the astrologer. And thus originally the chosen emperor accepted vox populi as vox Dei. This chosen dignitary was nothing of a tyrant, originally, nor did he have anything to do with rulership or warfare: he was simply the highest and most pure expression of the soul of the people or nation. The sign of the soul indeed is Cancer. In the older pictures we see the effort to let the man make a figure 4 or something like the symbol for Jupiter with his crossed legs.
There may be some meaning in it, but this seems futile with regard to the general significance of the Emperor as the representative of the past, of memory, tradition in the people and in family life, dharma and the real motives of the soul in the background of life, which actually rule life. Still in a personal way the Emperor indicates the father of the Querent, because it is from his father that his soul derives its elements. Compare in the horoscope the 4th house. Some authors say this card means 'realization.' That is correct so far as this word means an inner realizing of the significance of outer facts: the gathering of the harvest of experience, which will become the store of memory” (*General Book of the Tarot* by A.E. Thierens). So knowing this, I turn to find the Feather of Truth, and see that she has joined the “fêtards” surrounding the loud-mouthed partier on the top of the wall. Here in this 7, we have all this as a very strikingly typifying the element Air on the Seventh house, that of the airy Libra, house of relationship, marriage, meeting of the Self and the Not-self, which rules contracts, books and manuscripts. Here only comes 'discussion' into play. In the Fifth house the individuality was alone, and for discussion you want two persons. Discussion, relation; measure, proportion; rules given for conduct. There is uncertainty or opportunism in so far as rules are given in relation to circumstances, which may change. The personal interests are brought in, in relation with those of others. Fair weather. All of which is fine with me – I’ve got the car on cruise control today, I’m not interested in doing any aggressive, personal driving today. And, sometimes you really DO need fresh air. So – roll down the widows, kick the seat back, turn up the tunes, and hit the autopilot – Mark the Magnificent is joyriding in his ’72 cherry-red convertible Cadillac DeVille, today. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL our time in our own Cadillac DeVilles today, joyriding in a friendly Universe. Be Well!