Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 28Nov2016: I’ve just had a fucking disaster! I wrote a long and lovely write-up for today’s blog entry, and as it was in its final edit, a computer glitch/hiccup/whatever erased the entire thing. Why hadn’t I save it? I had – I was working on the saved copy. So, inadvertently, I screwed myself bigtime, which is doubtless a good reason why today opens with 0 the Fool! Ha! However, even though I refuse to try and duplicate the lost entry, I can do this: I can tell you, first and foremost, that I have read this as a great reading of Change & Moving Forward & claiming a new & public persona. Now, as for the rest of it, I have lost all of my reasoning as to why this is so, but I can replace it with the LWB’s card descriptions. Don’t fret or pooh-pooh; they will open your eyes, if you will let them. By the way, the LWB does not exist in print; as it is constantly changing and growing with experience and additions, it is kept as a live presence online at http://abrahadabra.com/mutational-alchemy-tarot-book/.
Thus, if you were so inspired, you could go there for more info; trust me on this, however, you are going to need the deck. So if the approach appeals to you, buy the deck, it is primordial. Alright, that’s it for me. I’ll say a word at the end, but from here to there, it is the LWB for this deck, the *Mutational Alchemy Tarot* by m1thr0s and Izi Ningishzidda. The first card, The Fool: ‘Like Thoth, Mutational Alchemy is interested in the Fool as the great Alpha of physical manifestation. There are very clear qabbalistic similarities to the *Adam Kadmon* (the primordial *First Man*) stepping forward from the alchemical *Prima Materia*, or *First Matter*, from which all other divisions, layers, and dimensions unfold. In the Fool we find an embodied example of the possibilities of existence – a state of Mind and Matter above the fray and unencumbered by the shackles of Restriction. In the Fool life is a great adventure and existence is pure Joy and perfect Freedom. The Proximity Principle validates the Fool’s positioning between Sephiroth One (Kether, Crown) and Two (Chokmah, Wisdom). Its elemental hexagrams tell an amazingly complex story of Love and Danger – of Struggle and Victory against all worldly odds. It is important to note that the Fool is alchemically linked to the Fortune card, which carries the same hexagrams in Reciprocal Inverse order. Distilling its four hexagrams down to their Bigrammal components reveals a preponderance of both Air and Earth elements, numbering 4 of each in total. In the Four Bigrams, Air and Earth correspond to Son and Daughter which positions them hierarchically in the relationship of Microcosm. Microcosm’s overwhelming *aspiration* is to Macrocosm in the Above, so here we see a very unexpected circumstance where the Fool (which is already at Apex in the Above) is clothed in the inertia of profound Ascension. We may assert with a degree of confidence that while the Fool is cloaked outwardly in an abundance of Fire and Air, it is nevertheless internally preoccupied with Earth and Water, and *troubled* waters in particular. Water typically links to Emotions, but is also the province of Saturn wherein we come ‘round to the notion of Universal Law and laws. The Fool, in that case, is in many respects a kind of standard of future Civilization itself. His *journey* is ultimately no different than the journey that Humankind is on. The Scene: Possibly the most Homosexual card in the deck, (no accident), The Fool’s journey throughout the Tree of Life is no minor walk in the park. A primordial superman in his own right, he is like Enkidu (the heroic character from Sumerian mythology) not yet having achieved perfect understanding, but powerful to action and perfectly joined with Nature, the Queen of Infinite Space who is his secret protector, and parent, Lady Luck. The Fool is at the brink of a cliff overlooking the Tree, symbolic of the Great Division between the Supernals and Infernals within the Tree of Life itself. He is poised, about to take the plunge into *life beneath the waters*, as the Infernals are often called. Perfectly protected by his/her natural synergy. Note also however, as a serpent, he is moving both left and right towards Past and Future but firmly grounded in the Present with a strong descending action. The iconography of the feathered serpent in mythology represents the deity who has powers over heaven and the underworld – a marriage of the chthonic and sky gods in one. Such representations of a serpent combined with the heavenly powers of birds were not confined to Mesoamerican belief. The Sumerian deity Ningishzidda is also depicted in combination with winged djinn. The jaguar here is like the fool’s lion or dog (sometimes a crocodile) depicted biting the ankle of the fool, traditional in older tarot and still present, but in the form of the jaguar. In the jaguar’s land of origin it was admired simply for what it was, a great hunter and fighter. Here it represents the yin principle whereas the feathered serpent represents the yang. The crocodile is inferred by the mythology of the characters themselves. Cipactli shows up later on The Hanged Man as well, where Tezcatlipoca is in his human form. Kukulkan and Tezcatlipoca weave a colorful tapestry of creation, drama, magick and mystery in the Fool card. Co-creators and rivals in the Aztec pantheon. Kukulkan is typical of the horned and feathered serpent gods of the American continents, with his primary function being that of the fertile male deity, Lord of Light, benevolent, with a warmer character than his brother Tezcatlipoca (literally “smoking mirror”) who has grim stories and gruesome ritual iconography associated with him. Tezcatlipoca is identified with the jaguar, one of the denizens of the jungles of Central and South
America. Tezcatlipoca is known as “the sacrificed one” and he is depicted more than once in our deck’s journey. The Egyptian star-goddess Nuit is also identified here as the purple miasma with star substrate and in the spots of the leopard’s coat. An atypical fool (but a fool nonetheless!), Kukulkan dives into creation with reckless abandon characteristic of a fertile creator, Tezcatlipoca stands in as the aspect of nature nipping at his heel (or in this case, tail) representing the love that creation itself bears the Fool through instinctual urges.” Wow! Lots of things to consider; onwards . . . the 2nd card, IX The Hermit, reversed; It is fortunate at least that Crowley liked men, because we can get a better view of The Empress via the Hermit now that the puzzle of the Changes and Sephiroth are resolved finally by m1thr0s. The Hermit shares a *secret alliance* with The Empress. They carry the very same hexagrams in different elemental positions. This is called a reciprocal inverse. Dragons are of course very promiscuous so this is unsurprising, but it does not diminish her relationship to the Emperor. It is safe to say the Emperor and the Hermit are different facets of the same personage. ATU IX is the number of the Lo Shu and so it can be said, The Lo Shu is The Hermit, (And thus the Tetractys as his number is 10) and thus The Hermit is what brought about all Life in the Universe. The union of the Lo Shu’s 9 and the Tetractys 10 is of utmost importance and perhaps this can be said of The Hermit: He is entirely oppressed and misunderstood in this world. But this will be corrected. It has to be, if anything is to go right on Earth. “And Elohim created Great Whales” is a benevolent if also slightly amusing pairing with the card. Whales are connected with memory and the Akashic records, but also Binah’s earthly representation, the ocean, so it is not disharmonious with the Hermit. The intelligence of the step of creation is Will, and this is wholly perfect for the Hermit’s position. The Scene: The hermit gets a six pointed star, but this time, surprise, it’s the TwinStar! This unicursal sigil of the Tetractys discovered by m1thr0s is at the heart of The Abrahadabra Institute’s logo, nestled in the star of Babalon. The orphic egg is the symbol of transmutation, a universal representation of longevity and prosperity. Orphic eggs come to us from the very ancient Orphic religion are to be considered very auspicious. The hermit himself oversees the endeavor of guarding the egg, carrying with him the lamp representing eternal fire, and the staff representing masculine fertility, both very important aspects of the Hermit’s symbology. Behind him stands the forest primeval, representing the unknown, verdant growth and the ancient and hoary female virgin-whore universe, or, The Empress! In a reading, the egg may be regarded as carrying the universe, or a human being, (such as the questioner) really anything biological undergoing transformation. It is most explicitly fractal in nature. The specific girl in the egg, as a divine archetype, could be said to represent Virgo or Persephone, guarded by Hades-Mercury in the forest primeval where hundreds more dwell in their youth, guarded with light against the dark intricacies of complex variables that would lead to their doom. This also represents the goddess in her child aspect that leads to renewal and new growth. In the Shakti cult the girl child is the penultimate supreme Goddess, all-powerful, all pervading, immaterial and virtuous. The purplish clouds are Yin coloration of the Fire element. She represents the virgin life of all the beings in the forest as well, as it was originally intended in the highest heavens, with its infinite potential awaiting re-union with the further divisions of the masculine aspect of universe, Logos. Crowley likened the Hermit to the physical lifeform spermatozoa, and I do not dislike or disagree with this, but DNA is perhaps an even more accurate avatar of The Hermit, the discovery of which came after Crowley’s time. The Hermit is also equitable to the shepherd, intuition and the subconscious of our minds that leads us through our own day to day jungles. The hermit is voice, “The Quiet Voice of Logos”. The Hermit is fragile. It must be understood that like life itself which has its own strength in varied forms it is most strong in the realm of intellect. In this Logos is infinitely powerful in the realm of mind, and has a limitless potential to become into our universe, but that power is still waxing in our material world, so that the Hermit should be considered a delicate balance against other cards in any spread. It would not be inappropriate to regard this card as the very essence of the evolution of life, not just DNA or spermatozoa as Crowley affiliated it with. However it is a strong portender of pregnancy if it shows up in answer to such a question, especially of a sacred child who is incarnating with the purpose of fulfilling the Will of Heaven.” Well, yes, all of that & more. GRIN. But there is only one way to reconcile those two cards in such a BIG change, and that is with an even more profound change on the part of the subject: metaphysical death, the rebirth of the self. This, we have as the Catalyzing agent, XIII Death. And here she is from the manual. After this, a final word: “Here in the fourfold Hexagrammal attributes of Progress, Darkening of the Light, Conflict and Waiting is the image of Alchemical process. The emphasis in the holistic sense is with the Fire Hex, Progress. The hexagram reminds us we are here to brighten ourselves. Death ends those who are not living according to their True Will or improving themselves in some way. If you refuse to advance you will fall, and continue to fall until you determine to be a productive human being. This is symbolized also by Fire in the above, Earth in the below. The still elements will be purified. So it is that the fire element in the scene is the punishing and delivering Chakkrath Azhwar, or circle of God. In Hexagram #36 we have Darkening of the Light, a strong inference of what Death is to humans. “The light has sunk into the earth; the image of the darkening of the light.” Man is advised to guard his light, and this includes hiding it within and persevering. Death is very mysterious, but the Tibetans have been studying Death closely for centuries and seem to know something Westerners do not: the act of Death is only the beginning of a long journey to failure or success. Like alchemy, it is most important that a Man be aware of such things, lest he fail to apprehend the most important aspect of Life – its Death. Hexagram #5 and #6, of Earth and Water respectively are of interest. Death is classically associated with the bottom of the ocean as seen in the Thoth. So if we pay attention to the symbolism here, in #5 we see that it is the chamber of Ma’at herself. The I Ching reminds us that Death is fine and auspicious for the sincere, and those who persevere will be furthered to cross the Great Water.
A feast for Death is advised. But in #6 the symbolism is more difficult to interpret. There is obstruction even if one is sincere, says the I Ching. The passage may indicate the phenomenon of being pushed back from Death into the world while in the same body, a near-death experience. It could also represent stumbling in the Bardo and returning to the womb of the living. (which to a Tantricist is not all that bad.) In all of these functions, events and phenomena, Maya is the goddess we are examining, and so this is who is represented on our card, even though she is rarely ever anthropomorphized. It is through the hexagrams that this new phenomena of Pentagrammal structures must be analyzed, at least partly. “Imaginative” fits Maya very well. Earth of Earth signifies the essence of the Daughter, and she is a creative and imaginative child. Called “The Lord’s Maya in the East, she is both playing companion and playground in the Lord’s lila. Thus she is ever intimately connected with any change which occurs, so it is natural she will be associated with the most dramatic change, that of Death and its inferred rebirth. In the line from Berashith we also have the creatrix who lends diversity and inspiration to the forms of life. Lastly the number 50 is of Nuit, so it is she is connected to this card, a death goddess, actually. The Scene: Maya, represented as the gatekeeper to the world above. She is black, representing the eternal night into which all existence must coalesce into. Life ends at her feet, colored red like the muladhara that leads to the bottomless pit where Ananta resides. The mace represents the brutality of death’s influence on incarnated beings. She points up, indicating that she will slay all who stand before her on this floor. Raising consciousness was once the supreme goal of all kings and jivas (incarnated beings) and that reason is Maya herself who will reclaim all that belongs to her. The only refuge is to rise above the slaughter. In life, there are many who will stand gawking at death, for fear or stupidity, not knowing that they grow closer to annihilation with their inability to act in the right way. The shamanic death, as it is called, is not like this. It is not a death at all but an active meditation akin to a serpent shedding its skin. People are not serpents, but they can master the art of the transmutative activity. Most perform this action at death anyways, but it is more useful to be able to achieve it on a regular healthy basis in life.” And so we have it for today. Sorry it was long, I wish I had my original, but oh well. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a bit more attention to the small things today. Be Well!