Monday, December 26, 2016

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27Dec2016. Today’s spread is the Three basics, without additions. So: sulphur, mercury and salt; Active, Passive, Catalyst; Father, Mother, and androgynous child. Therein I have drawn XVII Destiny (Star), X Fortune and VIII Justice. At this point, I am going to plug in information from *The General Book of the Tarot* by A. E. Thierens, a contemporary of A. E. Waite, who admired him a great deal. I’m back visually after the holiday, but not yet ready, willing and wanting to write but not yet, not yet. What I’d really like you to do is take today’s cards and applying logic and acquaintanceship, tell ME what you think my day is like: just two or three SHORT sentences, you don(t have to get detailed. . If you would like to do this, please do, and message me or catch me online when I’m there. Thanks so much, I’d like to see, informally, how you are all doing. Ok, let’s get on with it; XVII Destiny (the Star); the figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is l'étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused therein. That which the figure communicates to the living scene is the substance of the heavens and the elements. It has been said truly that the mottoes of this card are "Waters of Life freely" and "Gifts of the Spirit." 
The summary of several tawdry explanations says that it is a card of hope. On other planes it has been certified as immortality and interior light. For the majority of prepared minds, the figure will appear as the type of Truth unveiled, glorious in undying beauty, pouring on the waters of the soul some part and measure of her priceless possession. But she is in reality the Great Mother in the Kabalistic Sephira Binah, which is supernal Understanding, who communicates to the Sephiroth that are below in the measure that they can receive her influx.” Okay, cool enough, even for the Star! Next, for Mercury, I have drawn X Fort. "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.” And finally, I have as Salt, the Catalyst to make the other two to work together; VIII Justice. “At bottom it is more vengeance than justice and Scorpio is famous for its tendency to vengeance, in every way and every form. After Libra, the stage of total manifestation, this stage is the taking-back, the first step on the way home, which explains the well-known feature of desire, thirst for experience in this sign, because it wishes to bring home something from the voyage 'westward.' So the card of justice means above all the faculty of desire, higher as well as lower, from the most spiritual or religious longing down to the most crude lust. Sexual experience is one of the most important expressions of it, and we may safely say, that one of the principal significances of the card is sex. Another, principally where sex is sublimated, is occult experience and the psychical side of earth-life in general. Naturally it stands in close relation to the sign Virgo, on the other hand of the Balance, in which sensation was born; the faculty (or possibility) of the sensation bringing the desire to realize it. It is the sign of transmutation, which is the change of the inner composition by the experience won. The sensation realized makes one feel, actually, bodily, psychically or morally, the meaning of good and evil, and therefore the 'sword of discrimination' is the emblem in the right hand of this figure. Every mistake in the process of life will avenge itself with geometrical certainty. This house is the school of life and it is remarkable how it is concerned with 'school' in every respect. In this house the Self takes from life and from the cosmos surrounding what it wants, consequently what it does not yet possess, and the card of Justice becomes the index for our debts or the possessions of other people.” And there we have it for today. I’m okay with it, I’ve seen a sharp turn AWAY from the material & physical coming for quite awhile, and I believe that the New Year is the trigger. I hope I’m not destined for the streets! LOL, I can’t quite see us as homeless with a deck of cards to earn money. NO. I DO think my “spiritual game” is about to get a WHOLE LOT deeper and it isn’t so much deprivation that is going to occur but a complete & total lack of interest in some of the facets of materiality, manifestation & allowing blockage of the Path. On verra. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL the calm acceptance with which to weather the storms that may be on the 2017 horizon. Be Well!  


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