Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 28Dec2016. We are winding down now, and a lot of people are taking stock where they are as 2016 becomes 2017, with the general agreement that 2016 was a bad, fucked-up year. I’m with the majority of this one; it DID suck. Well, onward & upward, as I normally say. This being said while being in mind of the two (2) Horoscope casts I did for myself and the World. 2017 looks bad, whereas conversely, I make leaps & bounds in my spiritual quest(s.) I shall share both forecasts with you in the VERY near future. Today I’m using the classic, repro-of-the-original Tarot kept at France’s Bibliothèque Nationale de Paris, called simply *Tarot de Marseille* published by Heron, Maître Cartiers. The spread today is the old standby, “The Scales of Ma’at.” Two cards drawn from a full deck, meaning #1 represents my Heart today, and the other is the Feather of Truth. In Egyptian mythology, after death you were taken to the Halls of Judgement and there your heart was weighed the scales of Ma’at, goddess of “right living” and “balance in all things.” Forthwith, #1 is II la Papesse and #2 is XII the Hanged Man. Two MAs out of an entire deck . . . interesting. My Heart is off seeking hidden knowledge, and the card corresponds to the reality. I AM searching for Hidden Knowledge, but less arcane & abstruse than one might think. I’ve been noticing the small magics lately, and how easy they are to manifest if one concentrates a bit. Lately I’ve been slipping between dimensions, realities, branes, whatever, and while at first it bothered me a bit because it was happening unwittingly, I soon grew accustomed to the experience and now, while not necessarily always 100% in control, I do manage it & them pretty well. Soon it will be without thought; one adapts easily once it starts. SO . . . my being on the “seuil” (doorstep) of Sophia, and wanting in to get all my psychic ducks in a row so that I may progress quicker and more masterfully through these initial stages, and on to stronger Willful realizations. I realized over the holiday season that my work has brought me a l-o-n-g way this year, and now I am entering a deeper level of the labyrinth, and consequently a higher realm of action upon the Tree of Life. My seeking is faced today by the Feather of Truth in the form of XII the Hanged Man.
There are exactly 10 numbers, cards, units between 1 & 2, and as we know, 10 is a completing number, cycle, finish line. The Feather is telling me that the spirit of self-sacrifice is weighing in heavily on the day; which is alright, as far as it goes, I have no self-destructive thoughts so he signifies simply the personal sacrifice for the greater good, and the end of the Cult of Me in the cards; up to now, the cards have been mainly “self-centered,” but now, they go “external” and rope Life into your weave. I’m going to include a LONG piece by Thierens on the Hanged Man now, because what he has to say is crucial to understanding this, one of the most misunderstood cards. Alright, take a breath, and hang on to your wits until we finish! LOL. The following is from *The General Book of the Tarot* by A. E. Thierens. “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. . . . 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. . . 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 border stone 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.” LOTS of info there, but all of it good to have, even if only as vaguely remembered operational points. That was long enough for 3 of my posts, so let’s cut to chase. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a better understanding of self-sacrifice and its significance on our growth. Be Well!