Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 05Oct2016. Today’s deck is *Twisted Tarot Tales* an 83-card (or 117-card, full version) tarot deck “inspired by vintage horror comic books. It's gruesome and creepy - but also fun and modern and a little cheesy. Successfully crowd-funded . . . “(Aeclectic) It’s a fun deck, and as it was being created it grew & grew, so now the full deck is, yes, 117 cards; for this reading, I’ve used the traditional 78. We all know how I feel about adding to or subtracting from or changing the Tarot; the only reason I’m not ripping this deck apart is that the art is so hilarious, and after all, you CAN take out the extras and work with the traditional 78. It is a FUN deck; if you can locate a copy, get it. Alright, let’s get on with it; today’s cards in a Major & Minor pull are 1) the Page of Pentacles, & 2) X Judgement. The major current in my life today is the Page of Pentacles; a somewhat demonic –looking, Jawa-esque figure holding what looks like nothing so much as a bladed bowling ball. While the image is amusing, the meaning remains the same. Herewith some factoids: s/he sits in Malkuth on the Tree of Life; astrowise, she is Venus in the Earth signs, and arrives by Earth, thus she is Earth in Earth and the end of the deck (as it is always claimed, much to my puzzlement. Oh, I “get” it, but I can’t “grok” it because it is arbitrary, and an unnecessary extra step along the Road.) “The Page of Pentacles represents the Earth in the Earth, thus she is the pure manifestation of the qualities of Assiah, the physical world of making and growing. She is the last of the court cards and therefore implies a new begin of the circle, which could mean the beginning of a new project or a new physical creation. According to A. E. Thierens, there is the more traditional side to the Page as well;The Page, always more or less of a messenger, in this case of fiery nature, on the Seventh house, as well as on the Third. The latter house is that of the disciple and the message; so here the traditional rendering is again quite correct. The seventh house explains everything that is said about application, occupation, profession, liberality, etc., this being the house of Libra, of relation. We may add, that the card will indicate a proposal of marriage, courting, love-making, but in a gentle, sometimes a poetical or platonic way, not without ardor however.” Also, from Raven, through my editing and clarifying machine, there is this; “The Page is warm-hearted, sensual and generous, an unwavering and concentrated person with all the reliable stability of the Earth; yet s/he lacks Fire and Air, as well as the conforming qualities of Water, she can easily be a little too dependent from outside influences but nevertheless being unable to really adapt to others.” (Raven & I)  Okay, I get it, new project – yeah, yeah, yeah, and we ALL know to what that applies, don’t we? Well, it is launching this week, so the card is appropriate & unsurprising. 
As my Minor current today, a bit surprisingly I have pulled XX Judgment. The cat crawling out of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” is rather evocative of a fucked-up judgement, that’s for sure! However, looking past the cat, we can see a few factoids: XX has Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius as a symbol of liberation and redemption. The element is Fire, and it is on the Tree of Life striding from Malkuth to Hod. “. . . is the trump of time and the changes dictated by the times, it addresses finality and destruction as well as liberation, hope and redemption. (It) is the symbol for the Rise of Phoenix; it stands for a time of insight, the true understanding of the circle of life, of growing and fading. The card tells us that we should leave our 'frog perspective' and watch the things from a higher level, that the time has come to face the new, that we need a good overview to build our 'Utopia'.” (Raven & I) I have never had a fear of Death; without a fear of Death, there can be no fear of Judgement, not really. What is the worst that could happen? That one could be snuffed out entirely, forever? Well, then, I would neither know nor care. Endless returns on the Wheel? Again, one doesn’t KNOW. Although Arcanum XX indeed does imply a judgement, it wouldn't be appropriate to restrict this meaning with such a superstitious simplification as the Judeo-Christian application of the term. Our friend Thierens gives us a more complete traditionalist view, and it is full of information; “If Saturn denotes 'death' and the grave, what more natural than that his counterpart Jupiter should stand for the resurrection from the grave? While Saturn, Lord of the mineral kingdom, is held to 'kill' by his crystallizing effect, Jupiter, Lord of the vegetable kingdom and of all that grows and expands and evolves, leading up to sublimation and elevation, abstraction, etc., afterwards, is first the emblem and function of organic life, later on also those of psychic and spiritual life above the material existence, barren and naked, from which it consequently brings deliverance. The latter meaning is chiefly viewed when symbolizing this principle in the card of the Last Judgment. "An angel sounds his trumpet per sepulchra regionum and the dead arise." (Waite) Some people say "that it signifies renewal, which is obvious enough . . ." and "that it is the generative force of the earth and eternal life." (Waite) The latter fairly covers our definition of Jupiter's function. Again Waite further mentions, that it "is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation." Which is also in the line of Jupiter, Io Pater, 'Our Father that is in the Heavens.' And every great work needs his co-operation; there is no important or great work done in this world without Jupiter, the planet of ideals playing a prominent rôle in it. Ideals, that "are the angel part of us," as Zanoni tells his disciple. So this card stands for ideals, religious, social or any other and for the elevating effect they have on man; for ideas and leading motives, aspirations, etc., consequently for generalization, illumination, dispersion, elevation, for all that is honorable on one hand but also for illusions or vain aspirations on the other hand. It is the sign of deliverance from narrow thought and hampering conditions in the soul as well as in the body and in life. The card is identified with the Hebrew letter Resh, which "is the head of man, and it is therefore associated with the idea of all that possesses in itself an original, determined movement. It is the absolute sign of motion, good or bad, and expresses the renewal of things with regard to their innate power of motion."--"Return to the divine world."--"Vegetable life." (Papus) Yes. We might say: thought-power and the idea of motion which it implies and imparts. Jupiter was the first and chief of the Gods, Theoi, Movers.” (Ibid) And if THAT isn’t enough information for you about XX Judgement, then you are being unreasonable. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a sense of responsibility for ourselves above & beyond the ordinary today. Be Well!   

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