Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 13Dec2016. Today, and for the near future, I am reverting “semi-permanently” to using The Scales of Ma’at spread for my morning draw and the daily blog. It is less cumbersome, it is cemented firmly in place in my consciousness so I know how to plumb it with ease, and it eliminates certain guesswork in my other draws that is fine for me but not for a reading public. Today as my Heart I have drawn –Ta-da!-an old friend, X La Ruota della Fortuna, or the Wheel; as the Feather of Truth, I have drawn XII L’Appeso, or The Hanged Man, another FREQUENT guest who has learned how to make himself at home at my table and has managed to win a good opinion from me. The deck today is a special edition of the *Soprafina* Majors only, by il Meneghello, made large and for a collector, presented in an antiqued box. When I first received it, I was angry; I felt I had been cheated. Majors ONLY for €165! I expected AT LEAST a FULL deck! But then, I looked again, and decided I was being unreasonable. The cards are oversized and they have been widened – the original deck has cards as narrow as a Parisian supermodel is bulimic – plus, ALL of that Glorious, glorious art of the original Soprafina is here “writ large,” so to speak, a time-consuming and painstaking job. When I thought about it all, I decided that less than €8 a card wasn’t really that outrageous at all. Silly me. Okay, on to the reading. I like it this morning even if it is a bit repetitive. Yeah, everything is up for grabs, I could end up in Maxim’s or in the toilet, I know, and OF FUCKING COURSE a sacrificial spirit is demanded; after all, WHO THE FUCK ELSE is going to think of the greater good and make personal sacrifice in order to move towards a desired goal. Actually, this is so typical it kind of makes me ill. Luck’s up & down, as usual, on my Heart’s course forward and his belief that he is truly favored to advance –silly hope-ridden fucker; that heart is a naïf; an innocent who doesn’t realize how REALLY shitty people can be and that they don’t give one flying fuck for his growth, despite their hypocritical tongues, and they are only interested in him to the degree that they can use and abuse him to keep their own filthy illusions alive. I have news for them – this Heart has grown up. Look elsewhere for your energy victims – try it on me, and I will cause your very ugly and painful withdrawal. Luck is looking up because I am MAKING IT LOOK UP, that’s why they call it magic. As for XII, yeah, I can enjoy the slightly masochistic pleasures of a good self-sacrifice every now & then, but I am NOT going to pay with my hide for your advancement, I will pay for EVERYONE’s INCLUDING ME. No, I’m not suffering from a Jesus Christ the Messiah complex, fuck that; I’m talking about the wonderful things I am willing to do to make sure we ALL get going forward. That being said, here are a couple of factoid-sheets on these cards. First, X the Wheel: we had this JUST the other day, but I shall repeat; "It symbolizes Fortune, good or bad." (Mathers) So this means happenings, facts. It is indeed in the Tenth house, that the relation between the Self and the Not-self crystallizes into fact, happening, deed. Says Papus, identifying this card with the significance of the Hebrew letter Yod, that it indicates "the finger of man; the forefinger extended as a sign of command." This clearly has to do with the significance of the Tenth house as that of authority and authorities, who are qualified to give commandments. The commandment itself comes under the same resort. "This letter has therefore become the image of potential (?) manifestation, of spiritual duration and, lastly, of the eternity of time." In fact, the Tenth house of the zodiacal cycle, ruled by Saturn, has much to do with Time and manifestation in time, but not only potential; real as well. The image for this idea is very characteristic, perhaps the most striking of all. "The wheel of fortune suspended upon its axis. (Leaving no doubt about the idea of circular movement in time, which we find back in the horoscope.) To the right Anubis, the genius of good ascending; to the left Typhon, the genius of evil descending . . ." (Papus) See the right hand as the East and the left hand as the West, and you have the illustration of the horoscope more accurately still. As we know the East is standing for the source of spiritual force and inspiration, the West for the end of it and dying out. What the sphinx has to do with it seems doubtful, unless it means that all mysteries will be revealed in time. The symbols of the four fixed signs are holding the four quarters of the card. The four fixed principles are indeed generally accepted as the basis of the material or concrete world. Compare the visions of Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos. The mid-heaven in the horoscope sees the eastern half of it rising and the western half on the other hand declining. The divinatory meanings of this card are evident: it denotes the authorities to which the Querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations and the position in the world which he occupies, his name and titles. It is the card of karma in the strict sense and that which is indicated by it in divination will come true or be realized actually. Therefrom it has been said to symbolize 'fortune.' As will be seen it must not be accepted as the 'part of fortune' in the horoscope, because this has a more specific meaning and only with regard to the moon. It is the point where you get at the world or the world gets at you. It is 'ripe karma' above all, facts which are not to be overborne by words. The fruits of former thoughts.” (A.E. Thierens)
Okay, got that on the tip of your tongue, ready to flash at every passerby? Good. Now add this: “This twelfth sign of house, closing the cycle of the zodiac, means loss to the outer world, solution, handing over the results of one cycle to the following one, whence comes the meaning of treachery in common astrology. This house contains the things which we have not yet mastered and those whom we have failed to understand or who have failed to understand us. So either this remains for the next cycle, or it will tempt us to waste our last forces. In the eyes of the world it is the sign of waste, spoil, mishap. Viewed from the other side it is the sign of the Golem, in which the outer world loses its importance or even reality, and the consciousness is opened to inner truth. This is the reversing of consciousness, which makes things change their significance in such a way that they appear to turn upside down: the world is now viewed from the other side. And this is the significance of the hanged man.' It is also the sign of Judas, who, as far as the outer world is able to judge, did not understand the significance of Jesus and handed Him over to His enemies, the most mysterious of the disciples and apparently the fiend within the circle. What, however, is his treason or despair when viewed from the other side? It is an act of 'perversion,' the result of human nature being too weak to carry on in this world the heavy load of spiritual revelation; or even a mystic message, which till now has never been understood and will never be understood by the profane world. However this may be, we may feel pretty sure, that none of the others who remained in this world to preach the Gospel understood or, let us say rather, underwent the Message like Judas, who hanged himself. Well may Waite say: "It is a card of profound significance, but all the significance is veiled." Perhaps we might even add: it is the symbol of the veil itself and of everything that is and remains veiled in this world, and, in divination, to the Querent, ad hoc. Papus tries to identify the Hanged Man with the Hebrew letter Lamed which "designates the arm" . . . but fails utterly in his effort to explain this. We should say, if this identification be true, it may be because of the power to embrace and to execute. The arms hang, when not raised. We shall not try to explain it any further here. The man is shown hanging in a sling on one foot. Astrology teaches that the feet are ruled by the sign Pisces. The crossing of the legs is a symbol of 'crossing' in general. Among the other cards of the Greater Arcana, nine of which symbolize planetary principles and functions, three only are given in full as heavenly bodies: Sun, Moon and the--(eight-pointed)--'Flaming Star,' while the significance of the others is clothed in allegorical images. Now the question why only these three and not the other planetary principles should have been given in full is difficult to answer. In a way the 'Flaming Star' stands for the stars in general and so this trinity means: Sun, Moon and Stars. On the other hand, ancient priests and astrologer-initiates appear not to have chosen to communicate more of the significance of the planets than just a few of their apparent effects, while in 'Sun, Moon and Star' they strongly expressed the idea of a Heavenly Trinity, viz. that of the positive or masculine creative power, radiating life; that of a feminine or negative power, which rules formation, and of a uniting principle, he it under the name of Law, Love or Union. The latter was always represented as specifically benefic. It is evidently the idea of the planet Venus, the beautiful morning and evening star, which was known to, and adored by, all peoples in all ages. This trinity contains more meaning than a superficial astrological consideration could reveal. From such a standpoint it might even appear more or less arbitrary. So, for instance, the question might be asked, why has not Mercury, nearer to the Sun even than Venus, been chosen as a member of the trinity? It would take us too far from our main road if we tried to explain this in detail, but it may be stated that in some respect the Moon represents and conveys the vibrations of Mercury to the Earth. The astrological symbols for the visible sun and for the planet we know under the name of Mercury, but which could as well have been named Vulcan, should be Astrological symbol for the sun and Astrological symbol for Mercury respectively instead of ☉ and ☿. I have explained this in another volume. (Cosmology II, Elements of Astrology.) Further we might point out, that to the Earth and its inhabitants, the Sun, the Moon and Venus are, in fact, of some sort of primary importance; the Sun and the Moon (of the Earth) as the representatives to us of the primary polar powers of the positive and the negative in Cosmos; Venus as the planet representing the first step in evolution next to the Earth, consequently of primary importance to our evolution. The Sun, Moon and 'Flaming Star' are not only one of the most striking and beautiful expressions of the Divine Trinity among our present-day Freemasons, as every handbook on Freemasonry shows us, but have been so for long ages. A specimen of it is to be found (Musée du Louvre, Paris) on a couple of border-stones or steles, put along the frontier of his territory by the Chaldean king Melichikou (1144-1130 B.C.). The heads of these steles bear a representation of the king and his daughter before a goddess (of Justice?) and above these figures are the images of the Sun, the Moon and the (eight-pointed) Flaming Star, which evidently mean, that the king, eventually for the benefit of his daughter as well, invokes the Heavenly Powers of the Trinity to protect his kingdom against invasion. Another borderstone with the same figures of Sun, Moon and eight-pointed Flaming Star, even dates as far back as the year 1380 B.C., under the reign of King Nazi-Maraddach. So three thousand years ago the three Heavenly Lights appear to have been bearing the same significance and to have been used in this same mutual relation as at present in Freemasonry and in our Tarot system. We may accept this as pretty sure proof of the antiquity of both Freemasonry and Tarot. Astrological Correspondence = Pisces.” (A. E. Thierens) So there you have it, a VERY LONG-WINDED explanation of what I know intuitively and in and through my Heart; this is my day’s energies, for the most part, and I need to see how I can pull the most profit possible from them. I’ll see you all tomorrow- I feel like I’m looking for a fight today, so I need to get off and either get a handle on that or go and find a bar brawl. LOL. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a good dose of patience when the “conneries” (French for “the acts of an asshole”) and the various little flaming piles of bullshit are lit, burn and finally die out today. Be Well!