Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 09Sep2016. I’ve decided to pull the One-Legged Beggar again today; to remind us all, the 1st card IS the Card of the Day (CotD), and today I have pulled the 4 of Cups, reversed. (Cards will almost always be posted right-side up.) The 2nd card is the beggar’s “escabeau,” or step-ladder or hidden or unsuspected help that may be called upon to understand and process the 1st card. Today I have pulled the Queen of Disks, most useful at this time and at this juncture. At this card, I couldn’t be happier as I have known several Queens of Disks throughout my life, and they make cooperative allies and reliable “suppliers.” Ah well, back to the 4 of Cups. The general, accepted meaning for this card is “ennui,” or a surfeit past which one cannot see a Path. That is neither a goal nor a current sentiment, nor do I aspire to a state of ennui; LOL. If I was a bored, insufferable adolescent, perhaps: Now, I have drawn the card reversed. As I know I’m definitely not in the upright state as it, I AM going to throw a reversed meaning and simply turning the points from negative to positive works. Its raw facts are as follows: It sits in the Tree of Life in Chesed in Water/ Astrologically, it is the Moon in the 3rd decan of Cancer. (LOTS o’ moon, lots o’ emotion.) “The Water of the soul on the Twelfth house, which rules many changes, and adverse influences and, in general, the surroundings so far as they are not yet mastered, and therefore inimical. Indeed this house brings much affliction in matters of the world; materially it is anything but successful and in this respect will certainly bring annoyances, but on the other hand new knowledge of Nature's wonders is revealed in this house. Discontent with environment, certainly, but at the same time it shows the Querent throwing his future on the waters of new adventure, leaving home and family to wander forth towards new experiences, enlarging the horizon of his views. There may be some ailment of the soul, however, in this house and in very weak cases alienation even. Sentiments not reciprocated, nor understood. A feeling of being outside one's proper environment. There may be encounters with strangers or foreigners, and discoveries, as results of discontent or dissatisfaction with present conditions. So in relation to these conditions it may mean: failing to understand or to appreciate things as they are, estrangement of the world, which may lead to seclusion; secluded feelings.” (A. E. Thierens) Uh huh, again, nice analysis, but not where I am. I AM in direct opposite to the sense of the card, so REVERSED it is. Hurray: That means that this will be a curious, quality day.
Looking around I see that I have been guided to the Queen of Disks as my secret resource for the day, and I can say that I personally think it is a great choice. I have known a few Disk Queens in my life, and they are inevitably real emotional sinks where you just let your belt loose, your belly out, and relax. They usually are full of sage advice, and incredible stamina to remain “rooted” despite a whirlwind of confusion around them. Facts: AKA Queen of the Thrones of Earth, she sits in Binah in the Tree of Life. In astrology she strides from Sagittarius to Capricorn, and she is The Water in the Earth of Assiah. “The Queen of Disks is the mother of her element, the water in the earth, which makes her the perfect mother, conforming and emotional as for the water and stable and reliable as for the Earth. The Queen of Disks is kind and tender, friendly and good-hearted; she has fine instincts and intuitions. She is strong and sensitive, protects her house and family and cares as well for emotional and material well-being. She is calm and practicable and can be a good, industrious worker. . . On the dark side, the Queen of Disks lacks both the qualities of Air and Water, therefore she can get foolish and rather unintelligent, without pride and spirit, easily getting in needless dependence and being too weak to free herself - or even worse: not even trying to get free and independent.” (Raven) Exactly. Starting with my mother, I have known these women and of their capabilities, and they can simply be downright single-minded in pursuing their purpose. If that purpose happens to be hurtful or a dark design, there is always a raft of very well-reasoned and practically smart reasons why it isn’t REALLY dark, and above all why it is necessary, which is invariably, “NOBODY disrespects Mother Earth, EVER.” Grin. They are great and power-full mégères, but they make warm & cuddly snuggle mates at any rate. One runs the risk of becoming too complacent, because “Darling runs such a perfect home? I need do nothing.” Let’s see what that antiquarian A. E. Thierens has to say about the dame, he can be a stuffy hoot: “The higher octave of the two, consequently covering the Sixth house and demonstrating the features of the noble Virgo-type. So this must be a woman always inclined to help and to serve, to make herself useful, a nurse perhaps, a household woman of good standing a good hostess. There are also qualities of science in this house, as it is the house of the Academy and Minerva. So she may be as an incarnation of Minerva herself, protecting science and craftsmanship as the Dame of Wands protects the arts. She must have many qualities and above all refinement, though she may suffer more or less from the evil--so far as it can be called--of doubt, and the difficulty of choosing between many possibilities in her nature. She is generous and benefic. Her presence is a good augury and she brings always protection and material wealth or at least well-being, ruling this house of earth. There may be some timidity; there is always honesty, honorable action, correctness and the right attitude to all problems of life, discretion, education, understanding, knowledge. These qualities certainly engender security in life.” (A. E. Thierens) Oh, please . . . I can stretch my limits of tolerance to umbrella him, but the rank misogyny is really hard to swallow; he might as well have said she majored in Home Economics in college. Grin, I know . . . consider the time & context. Still, it’s cringeworthy. The Christian guilt diaper drapes heavily around Thierens’ shoulders, overflowingly full of . . . well, what diapers are usually full of, of course. However, there is a nugget of truth in this for me; to large extent he has just described my wife, down to the soles of her shoes. She is an endless personification of this Queen and can NEVER be of service enough; it’s quite irksome at times, really! Grin. Her love is golden and unending, however, and if anyone ever embodied the idea of “the safe nest of home where you are enrobed and protected,” it’s her. She can be quite ethereal, actually, in her dedication, and that can make for difficult communication Well, if I need her, I shall look for her, whether in my wife or another will depend on context. I ask the Cosmos today to let us ALL see our way past the false ennui and to be inspired to continue the Journey with a sense of Rightness. Be Well!