Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 25Oct2016. Today, as usual lately, it is the 3-card Principles spread using *The Hermetic Tarot* by Godfrey Dowson. This is the KING of the Hermetic decks – every Tarot reader needs to own a copy, I believe, unless “they are promising tall, dark strangers and lost chests of gold coins suddenly found in the water closet.” Grin. I’m running a bit short on time this morning, so I’m going to give you the rundown on this layout as given by the deck's analysts, but not published (available on the Web.) Remember, 1st - Sulfur, Active; 2nd – Mercury/Passive, and 3rd – Salt/Catalyst. I’ve also drawn a Shadow card today, and it is the 2 of Swords. The reading is all fine & good, as far as I’m concerned, with the exception of what-the-heck-is-Judith-&-Holofernes’-head-doing-here?? But she’s running in the Passive current so I shall take it to mean outside influence, or at least not within me, “BECAUSE, Virginia, I just don’t feel it. Remember what we said about Intuition? You don’t? Go fetch a switch, girl.” Well, that’s my cue, time to go beat the children and tell strangers rude truths.
 Ahahaha!! (Not really, I’m just feeling a little “loufoque” aujourd’hui!) So, here’s the rundown on the cards. Buckle your seat belts, and remember, the ride doesn’t make restroom stops! “Traditionally, The Magician is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic -- as in healing, transformative rituals, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans, and the like. A modern Magician is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth; one who seeks to bring forth the divine gold within her or himself. . . Waite's image of The Magician as the solitary ritualist communing with the spirits of the elements -- with its formal arrangement of symbols -- is a token of the freedom we have in modern times to declare our spiritual politics without fear of reprisal. The older cards were never so explicit about what The Magician was doing. It's best to keep your imagination open with this card. Visualize yourself manifesting something unique, guided by evolutionary forces that emerge spontaneously from within your soul. Trust your inspiration. You are smarter than you think. The card suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. Have faith in your innate creativity. 
The Magician advises you give your questioning nature and free-associating mind plenty of room to explore the subject at hand. Behave just as if you were an open-minded and curious scientist. Through this process, you may bring freshness and clarity into the situation that is both stimulating and catalytic. You do not have to understand it all intellectually. Besides, intuition is your ace in the hole. Respond in a spontaneous manner to what is right in front of you. There is no reason to hold yourself back. Your natural urges are exactly what is needed, and, your ingenuous timing and elegant style will help smooth over any awkwardness.” M Passive, or Mercury current, is in the 6 of Pentacles; “The Six of this suit is the card of patronage -- generosity with strings attached. The picture shows a rich man giving alms, his reputation enhanced from his giving, but without having helped anybody really better him or herself. Sometimes there is an inference that the giver will be expecting something back for his giving, perhaps sexual favors. Sometimes this card is interpreted as referring to some kind of patron or benefactor who rescues a talented person from oblivion, but then wants to dictate what the artist works on as his fame grows. Inequality of power is generally a factor in this card, and the person being helped needs to be careful not to trade off heart and soul for a shortcut to fame or fortune. Each player in this scenario needs to examine the possibility they are taking one side or the other in an unbalanced power struggle. 
Think of yourself as someone who can assist others in refining their skills and talents and using them successfully. The Six of Coins in this position asks you to think of yourself as a cosmic talent agent, seeking individuals who show a spark or gift. You may help them refine and upgrade their skills to fit a larger context. The outcome is a peer relationship with a sense of mutual regard and admiration. This is a delicate operation. You have to constantly check your intentions so that you are not expecting something in return. Do not for a minute feel proud about doing someone a favor. In truth what you are doing is paying back an old debt to those who served as your mentors.” Well, that sound a LOT like the Passive is trying to put reins on the Active!! And we can’t have that, can we, Virginia? But . . . oh my sweet castrated cherub on a cloud! The Queen of Swords as the Catalyst?? She’ll “catalyze” something, alright – probably everyone’s opinion against her, but you never know, she can be very surprising, soft and gentle – like a fist of iron in a velvet glove. She is certainly woman enough to take on the Magician, and as for controlling, controlled generosity, I can see her slitting open the stingy giver’s purse with the tip of her sword and laughing as the coins poured out onto the ground. “Representing the energy of a Queen, this feminine power was traditionally known as a widow, crone or divorcee. In modern times, she can be viewed as a model of self-sufficiency, independence and intelligence. She often has extremely high standards due to her subtle sensitivities, which can be perceived by those around her as being critical or hard to please. Her true motive is to refine the world, to upgrade peoples' understanding -- so that everyone can have the space they need to become fully themselves. She is not interested in conforming. She is too intelligent to be confined to the role of housewife or nursemaid, although she is perfectly competent in those areas. She chooses her associations (or her solitude), and is seldom caught up in dependent relationships -- at least not for long. Her intelligence is not always the most comfortable to be around, but she can be counted on to see through superficiality and point to the truth of a situation.  The Queen of Swords in this position advises that you refrain from remaining dependent on others at this time. Instead of placing too much confidence in the promises people have made, harbor only those ambitions you know you can accomplish yourself. The Queen of Swords does not want to wait and see what others would think, say or do. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She doesn't ask permission or even subject herself to much influence. There are times in life when no one can take care of you as well as you can. Leave sentimentality behind and take action. Make important decisions for yourself because it's up to you. You are the final judge.” Well, okay, maybe she IS meant to be me today, after all; I know I’m notoriously reluctant to turn the reins over at any time to my Anima, so perhaps today’s a day I need to let her ride Point for a change. Okay, I can do that. It sounds a bit dodgy, but yeah, um hmmm . . . it all works, but just seems to lack some cohesion to give it that “Yes, we are an ensemble” look. I decided to draw the Shadow card (the card at the bottom of the deck) and lo & behold, another Swords arcanum, this time the 2. “The Two in this suit usually represents conflicting ideas or visions. These must be reconciled by communication in order to arrive in a harmonious place or to complete strategic negotiations. Mixed signals prevail. [Yeah, gee, no shit, Sherlock!] While they may be appearing to try to communicate, opposite sides are missing each other entirely, with possibly drastic consequences. In the best case, a frank discussion would clear the air and serve both sides, but one cannot expect that in every instance where this card appears. Wait until the timing is right and all the facts are clear before taking action. The Two of Swords in this position advises that this may not be a good time to make a decision. Neither allow others to push you beyond your boundaries, nor permit yourself to act impulsively. You need to fully assimilate the situation before making any moves -- even if not having a solution as soon as you want causes tension. Have patience. There are circumstances in which action is better than non-action. This, however, is not one of them. Remain silent as much as possible and allow things to settle. A little meditation can help you achieve greater objectivity. You do not have enough information, as all the evidence hasn't come in yet.” Whew!! Well, there we have it!! THAT’S WHY it doesn’t give me that ensemble feel, it is complete, and I “don’t have all the evidence yet.” Okay, so after all, it’s going to be a questionable, kind of funky, up-in-the-air day, until all the information comes in. Okay, deal with it, Pal. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the curiosity-tinged patience with which to await the arrival of necessary information. Be Well! 

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