Sunday, October 15, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 16/10/2017; the deck today is *Crow’s Magick Tarot* by Londa Marks, which comes with an eponymous book as well as an LWB. It is an amusing and interesting deck, and although not what I would call classic, it reads well and true. It is a good deck for an unusual one-off. My draw for today is as follows: Sulfur = XII the Hanged Man; Mercury = The Wheel of Fortune, and Salt = the Ace of Swords. Wow! That is a lot of energy, for something in which I don’t see an enormous appetite for it. Both my Sulfur & Mercury cards are, to me, today, conducive to inner reflection and work on my understanding of my process, hardly jumping out of the chair to don my armor and go rescue a lost soul. Grin. (Besides, the labor of donning my armor would probably leave me breathless and in danger of needing an ambulance, due to BPCO. Grin.)  However, there is that Ace if I need it, which I suppose is a case of “better too much than too little.” I find that dangerously close to “If one feels good, take ten!” the addict’s credo. Thank Hathor that I have lived in Recovery Village for a long time! LOL. (My drug of choice was alcohol.) Blahblahyakyak; the point of the reading seems to be angling towards how I feel today, interiorized and meditative. I asked Atum-Ra this morning, in my prayer before the reading, to help me understand where I need to go next. I believe that I know; and it entails a great deal of modification in my program. I have contemplated this move for a long time, and have decided that it is right for; I am going to be initiated in the Egyptian Mysteries and will take the studies further, to the point of being consecrated as an Initiated Priest.
 The fact that self-sacrifice and an objective withdrawal from the world to contemplate the Mysteries is its meaning only serves to concretize my decision, a de facto “Yes, Mark, that is a good choice” kind of “attaboy!” from the Divine. The fact that my Anima, the passive person in my construct, is seeing X the Wheel as a chancy move but it is only reasonable; she errs on the side of domestic simplicity, when she can. This doesn’t throw a wrench into any of my material living conditions, nor of my marriage, therefore it is less life-changed than you may imagine; I have no need to divorce my wife and go live atop a pillar in the Sinai desert. (Not to mention that the solar protective cream bill would be enormous! Grin.) As for the Ace of Swords, besides the power and dynamism inherent, it also carries the seeds of intelligence and logic; not necessarily tools when journeying in other realms, but certainly not a hindrance! A great deal of what is experienced in other realms has absolutely nothing to do with intellect or logic, but it is important not to let them influence the mystical divine in your experiences by explaining them away. Wonderful tools, Swords, but always double-edged, so I need to be extra-careful today when handling the Energy. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the sensibility to handle our weaponry with care. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                                                                      
XII the Hanged Man – “And then I saw a man in terrible suffering, hung by one leg, head downward, to a high tree. And I heard the voice: -- "Look! This is a man who saw Truth. Suffering awaits the man on earth, who finds the way to eternity and to the understanding of the Endless. "He is still a man, but he already knows much of what is inaccessible even to Gods. And the incommensurableness of the small and the great in his soul constitutes his pain and his Golgotha. In his own soul appears the gallows on which he hangs in suffering, feeling that he is indeed inverted. He chose this way himself. For this he went over a long road from trial to trial, from initiation to initiation, through failures and falls. And now he has found Truth and knows himself. He knows that it is he who stands before an altar with magic symbols, and reaches from earth to heaven; that he also walks on a dusty road under a scorching sun to a precipice where a crocodile awaits.” (P.D. Ouspensky.)                             
X The Wheel of Fortune – “I walked along, absorbed in deep thought, trying to understand the vision of the Angel. And suddenly, as I lifted my head, I saw midway in the sky a huge, revolving circle covered with Kabalistic letters and symbols. The circle turned with terrible velocity, and around it, falling down and flying up, symbolic figures of the serpent and the dog revolved; above it sat an immovable sphinx. In clouds, on the four quarters of heaven, I saw the four apocalyptical beings, one with the face of a lion, another with the face of a bull, the third with a face of an eagle, and the fourth with the face of a bull. And each of them read an open book. And I heard the voices of Zarathustra's beasts: -- "All go, all return,"--the wheel of life ever turns. All die, all flourish again,--the year of existence runs eternally. All perish, all live again; the same house of existence is ever building. All separate, all meet again, the ring of existence is ever true to itself. Existence begins at every moment. Round each "here" rolls "there". The middle is everywhere. The way of eternity is a curve". (Ibid)                                                                                                      
The Ace of Swords – “This is the first step of the element of Earth, coming on the First house or ascendant. Of course this has to do with a beginning, a strong outpouring of force, an impulse, and a material one too. Positive activity on the material plane is typically masculine, and this is a very masculine card, perhaps the most of all. There is no negotiation possible with it. It is emphatically 'yes' or 'no.' One of the primary expressions of the masculine is fructification, and the male action is indicated by this card. For the same reason it means germ, seed. And its natural consequence is conception and childbirth, the ace indicating here also the ascendant. In everything this card means the actual beginning in material execution, which at the same time may cut short something else. It may mean decapitation, or any justiciary execution. It signifies of course a decision, the end of uncertainty or twilight. It is a fresh starting point in matter: 'alea jacta est.' And so it may as well mean a strong demand, an appeal. There is courage in it and firm initiative. It may cause pain and affliction, but annihilates doubt, the greatest torture.” (A. E. Thierens) 


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 15/10/2017; the deck today is *The Rosetta Tarot: Papyrus Edition » by M. M. Meleen. There is also a book, available separately; “The Book of Seshet: Guide to the Rosetta Tarot” by Ms. Meleen, Atu House, Barre, 2011. Everyone knows I am a big fan of Ms. Meleen’s oeuvre, and of course I find her decks superlative. If you own one of her decks, you’re a lucky tarologue. Onward & Upward! My draw this morning is: Sulfur = 0 the Fool; Mercury = XX the Aeon, and Salt = the Prince of Disks.  Upon first look at the tableau, I thought, “Ha! Yep, that’s right! Got it right on the nose, Atum-Ra! (One of the Creator deities. I think of Him when I pray to “God.”) I do feel as if my Animus is just lost today; tired, not up to the mental force necessary to actually fully engage my mind, and generally “out of focus.” It wasn’t last night; we had a lovely dinner to celebrate my wife’s birthday, and the guests left at a reasonable hour, so it must be just a general malaise. On the other claw, my Anima is jumping for joy; she has all of the excitement to look forward to today, keeping company with the Phoenix and rising again to meet Nut (the Sky) in the planes of eternity. Lucky bird! Grin, lucky Anima is more like it.  Powering these two opposites is a rather humorless character, the Knight of Disks. (The Rosetta Tarot follows the Golden Dawn system; therefore the Knight occupies the place of the King.) He may be rather humorless, but he has an enormous heart of gold when it comes to the welfare of his realm, and he keeps a close eye on the accounts. He is “Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land; King of the Spirits of Earth, King of the Gnomes. Astrologically, he covers 20° Leo to 20° Virgo. He represents the Fire of Earth.” (“The Book of Seshet” by M. M. Meleen.)   At all events, the draw looks very accurate today, therefore I will need to “borrow” some of my own excitement from my Anima to fire up the Fool and in such a manner we can get on down the Yellow Brick Road. So to speak. LOL. I shall plug in some more tarologically oriented definitions for these cards now. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL access to the Energies we need today to get things done. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                       
0 (Zero) The Fool – Earth. “The average stage of man in the present stage of Earth-evolution is 'human,' but not yet at the stage of wisdom, consequently that of the 'unwise man.' To us, creatures living upon the Earth, this globe cannot be observed by us in toto, and the Fool is represented as a man walking without paying attention to himself. There is something of absolute Fate about this figure, which reminds us of the old saying of astrologers: "The wise man rules his stars, the fool obeys them." On the point of this fatality all authorities agree. For the rest the explanation does not seem very satisfying. To us there appears to be no doubt regarding the nature of this Fool, presented as a final 'principle,' if we may call it that, after those of the planets. A principle, however, without a number, a principle of nothing, nothingness. The planets give us the symbols or ideas of organs of consciousness, the zodiacal signs denote modes of substance, from which consciousness is derived. So the zero-principle is the symbol of unconsciousness. In fact he who is unconscious, of himself or of Self, will obey every intimation from without and obeys 'his stars'--his senses, stupidly, blindly. Of course this card has much to do with foolishness, spiritual dumbness, but it bears also the meaning of that which cannot be helped and which we do best to leave altogether aside; or that which will come right of itself and need not be heeded by us: that to which we are subject, as to the Earth course in its orbit. It does not need our personal assistance. Realizing the latter fact this 'fool' might after all appear to be wiser than a good many other people, who in their human vanity imagine they are greatly needed for carrying out the intentions of their God, of Whom they claim a sort of personal knowledge. A proverb says, that children and fools tell the truth. Taken as a whole, the card signifies that which will prove to contain more truth than appears; that which cannot be helped; those who are unconscious (of certain things, e.g.,) or unreasonable or foolish, disregarding logical propositions and actions. Also that part of our surroundings over which we have no control or which we do not master; that which we have to obey or which we ignore.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)
XX The Aeon - “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. 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." (Ibid.)                                                             
 The Knight of Disks - “Astrology: 21° Leo to 20° Virgo. Element and world: The Earth of Assiah. Tree of Life: Chokmah. The Knight of Disks represents the Fire in the element of Earth, and with Earth suppressing Fire; the materialism is the dominant aspect in this card, showing the Knight as a complex person of amazing strength, representing Earth in its function as provider of life. The Knight of Disks is industrious and patient, steady and reliable, clever in material matters. He is the one working without asking much, concentrating on his tasks without getting distracted by mind games or high flying ideas. With more Earth than Fire and lacking the qualities of Air, the King of Disks is more dedicated to making but to thinking, his success results from instinct and pragmatism rather than from intellect or knowledge. Further, the King of Disks lacks the emotional depth of Water, therefore he can have difficulties to understand or relate to others, he can be self-centered and sullen, intolerant and unable to put any interest in anything outside his own deeds and doings. At the darkest side, the Knight of Disks can turn stubborn and even stupid, clumsy and jealous on anyone that seems higher than himself, aroused over tidbits and butting in everything, yet cowardly and unwilling to change himself. Drive: Strife for material success and wealth. Light: Clever in material matters, patient, industrious, reliable, strong and enduring. Shadow: Stubbornness, dullness, jealousy, grasping, stagnant.” (*Raven* at     

Friday, October 13, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 14/10/2017; the deck today is one I haven’t used before, so we’re going to give it a run. It is one of a number of gift decks I received as an ordering bonus: out of 10 decks, this is the only one I didn’t immediately shove into storage. It ‘vibes’ very well; the images are pleasing, nothing bizarre or “wrong,”, and the overall impression is that despite its apparent TdeM/Italian styling, it is a modern feeling deck with enough ‘juju’ & strength to get the necessary machinery started and working. It’s a good deck; being free makes it even better. Grin. My cards for today are: Sulfur = IIII the Emperor; VIII Justice, and Salt = the Ace of Coins. It is a mightily pleasing hand, especially if one has 3D reality worries. My Animus is in his most self-satisfying role, that of IIII the Emperor. (Some of you may not know that in TdeM tradition, i.e. Renaissance tradition, one always ADDS Roman numeral sums, never SUBTRACTING them. Thus IIII instead of IV.) 
“There is much more mystery buried in every symbol than words spoken can tell. Superficial consideration might make astrologers wonder at this image, which assimilates worldly power with the sign Cancer instead of with Leo, to which they are accustomed. Still there remains this to be taken into account, that originally 'emperors' got their power from the people,--China, 
Rome--long before they began to claim God as their private protector against eventual aggression from outside. The people are ruled by the sign of Cancer, says the astrologer. And thus originally the chosen emperor accepted vox populi as vox Dei. This chosen dignitary was nothing of a tyrant, originally, nor did he have anything to do with rulership or warfare: he was simply the highest and most pure expression of the soul of the people or nation. In China sometimes a poor but extremely virtuous old man without any other antecedents was elected to be emperor. All later usurpations of power and succession were deviations from the old and pure institution. The present position of the president in a republic comes very near to that of the original emperor. The sign of the soul indeed is . . . Cancer. At the same time this is the sign of the breast (P.) and of the womb, as W. translates this passage about the card, which P. says is connected with the Hebrew letter Daleth. In the older pictures we see the effort to let the man make a figure 4 or something like the symbol for Jupiter with his crossed legs. There may be some meaning in it, but this seems futile with regard to the general significance of the Emperor as the representative of the past, of memory, tradition in the people and in family life, dharma and the real motives of the soul in the background of life, which actually rule life. It every inner power of the soul from which outer activity (karma) will arise.” (A. E. Thierens, “The General Book of the Tarot.”)  
My Anima is in a role she loves as well, that of VIII Justice. She can indulge her weakness for “fake” lack of emotion (“Ole Sternface”) to her heart’s content, pretending to be without any prejudice or summary judgements & character assassinations. “In this Court’s opinion, you’re a rotten, foul, bastardly, ugly SOB who doesn’t pay his child support. Cut of his right hand!!” LOL. Her judgements are entirely based on feeling and thus not to be trusted for accuracy or even-handedness. But there ARE certain things about the role she can’t gum up with her personal take on life; to be fair, one must also add that more times than I would like to admit her feelings & emotions & intuition force a reexamination of “the crime,” and a resulting correction in behavior. “VIII Justice - Scorpio. Whosoever might hesitate before the emblems of this card and think it might as well stand in relation with Libra on account of the idea of 'justice,' generally ascribed to the latter sign, and the balance which the woman holds in her left hand, will do well to consider the systematic relationship existing between all signs of the zodiac or evolutionary cycle.
 The left hand derives from, while the right hand is instrumental in giving out. Scorpio derives from Libra the balance and the idea of justice, but the sword in the right hand shows, that we have not justice pure and simple, platonic so to speak, but that which has often been called 'avenging justice.' Au fond 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. . .   It is the card of sorrow as well as of deeper satisfaction. In the man under this card there is always something of the 'avenger of wrongs,' and very often it has to do with the proceedings of Justitia in the world. It is also the card of the secret, or hidden. Most authors are not very famous for their interpretation of this card, but P. says a very good thing about it: "The sword here is a sign of protection for the good, as well as a menace for the bad." (Ibid) 
As an Ace, our engine today has a LOT of Energy humming away there in potential, waiting for someone to take it and use it. “The element of Fire, of the nature of the Sun and Venus, on the house of the Sun, the Fifth: indeed this card has been well defined by the traditional renderings, which give it all as very benefic. How could it be anything else? The aces are all more or less a commencement, new prospects, etc. If you get the ace of pentacles or hearts on one of your houses in the horoscopic figure, you may be pretty sure that the matters to which the house in question relates will be beneficial and, on account of the fiery element, irresistible. It means the commencement of that what is wished for, desired, and this is what man calls his happiness. It is the spark of the Ego demonstrated in the practice of daily life; and this is what may well be called the note of good, which also brings good luck to other 
people. So there is creative energy in this card. Not yet worked out into details, but originally decided and fairly sure to work out in the future in lucky events and prosperous happenings. So there is promise in it and it is above all a card of good augury of a new and prosperous beginning. It is like a bright spark. Even among very bad cards it is the bright spark of hope and good-will, though of course in such cases it may be too weak to conquer adverse circumstances immediately. It may mean further a person or thing of first ranking. A child. A speculation.” (Ibid) The Page of any suit is almost always hasty and rather reckless with his prodigious gifts. By remaining unstable, s/he is able to carry it just long enough to transmute it into the next step in the 3D ladder, the Knight. However, I’m not there yet in terms of Energy needs; today’s requirements should be easily fulfilled by the Ace, with power to spare. I don’t have anything on the grill today, other than a new manifestation that I am nursing through its stations in the alembic. I have a major new turn in my life coming up, about which I will relate more information when more is appropriate. I am both gleeful and full of Hope for spectacular advancement as a result of this new manifestation, and for right now, only the illusion of Time will tell. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a feeling of new-born confidence in our magical workings today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!     


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 13/10/2017; yes, horror fans, this is one of our lucky years in that this year there is a Friday the 13th in the month of October, the month of all things ghoulish & ghostly. (And since the rise of gore & chainsaw films, the lack of good, decent horror films is to be regretted. Who cares how many ways you can film a genetic monster chain-sawing an arm??) Well, I’m happy to say that today on this magnificently overcast day I am using *The Vampire Tarot* by Robert M. Place, based on the original novel of *Dracula* by Bram Stoker. What is surprising is that Mr. Place’s artwork tells the story so beautifully, majestically. Mr. Place is known, usually, for his more reserved style that is very iconic in nature; this deck is a new revelation of his talent. I heartily recommend this deck to anyone, regardless of the theme; it is easy to read and in fact reads quite well, “very in tune with the vibes.” Onward and Upward! My draw today is as follows: Sulfur = XXI the World; Mercury = IV the Count, and Salt = the Knave of Knives (say that 10 times very fast . . . grin.) So, in other terminology, the World, the Emperor & the Page of Swords. Written as such, it is a little less exotic and much more understandable to the casual tarologue. I’ve had a variation of this draw multiple times for the last month or so; there is always XXI the World heading things up, then either the Emperor or the Hierophant or one of my other “usual suspects” hangs out with my Anima, and then there is a young-ish Energy source, at this time rarely a King or Queen. I understand the layout instinctively, and I can see the my Animus is up there in the stratosphere enjoying his view of the newly-won horizon, my Anima needs the security of being in strong male drag and the energy is wild, ferocious & young. (Especially today, when the Page is a source of more Negative energy than Positive, just by ‘hir’ nature.) To note the truth, a lot of my energy these days is coming to me from the younger company we keep, and thank Isis they are willing to come & share it with me/us. So I think I shall put in some wildly improbable source(s) for citations on the cards, and keep my participation to the minimum today – after all, I have children to bake & potions to make! LOL. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL the dexterity to use our source of Energy wisely today, no matter its source. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                                     
XXI the World – “An unexpected vision appeared to me. A circle not unlike a wreath woven from rainbow and lightning whirled from heaven to earth with a stupendous, velocity, blinding me by its brilliance. And amidst this light and fire I heard music and soft singing, thunderclaps and the roar of a tempest, the rumble of falling mountains and earthquakes. The circle whirled with a terrifying noise, touching the sun and the earth, and, in the center of it I saw the naked, dancing figure of a beautiful young woman, enveloped by a light, transparent scarf, in her hand she held a magic wand. Presently the four apocalyptic beasts began to appear on the edges of the circle; one with the face of a lion, another with the face of a man, the third, of an eagle and the fourth, of a bull. The vision disappeared as suddenly as it appeared. A weird silence fell on me. "What does it mean?" I asked in wonder. "It is the image of the world," the voice said, "but it can be understood only after the Temple has been entered. This is a vision of the world in the circle of Time, amidst the four principles. But thou seest differently because thou seest the world outside thyself. Learn to see it in thyself and thou wilt understand the infinite essence, hidden in all illusory forms. Understand that the world which thou knowest is only one of the aspects of the infinite world, and things and phenomena are merely hieroglyphics of deeper ideas." (“The Symbolism of the Tarot” by P. D. Ouspensky, [1913].) 
IV the Count – “After I learned the first three numbers I was given to understand the Great Law of Four--the alpha and omega of all. I saw the Emperor on a lofty stone throne, ornamented by four rams' heads. On his forehead shone a golden helmet. His white beard fell over a purple mantle. In one hand he held a sphere, the symbol of his possession, and in the other, a scepter in the form of an Egyptian cross--the sign of his power over birth. "I am The Great Law," the Emperor said. "I am the name of God. The four letters of his name are in me and I am in all. I am in the four principles. I am in the four elements. I am in the four seasons. I am in the four cardinal points. I am in the four signs of the Tarot. I am the beginning; I am action; I am completion; I am the result. For him who knows how to see me there are no mysteries on earth. I am the great Pentacle. As the earth encloses in itself fire, water and air; as the fourth letter of the Name encloses in itself the first three and becomes itself the first, so my scepter encloses the complete triangle and bears in itself the seed of a new triangle. I am the Logos in the full aspect and the beginning of a new Logos." And while the Emperor spoke, his helmet shone brighter and brighter, and his golden armor gleamed beneath his mantle. I could not bear his glory and I lowered my eyes. When I tried to lift them again a vivid light of radiant fire was before me, and I prostrated myself and made obeisance to the Fiery Word.” (Ibid)                                                           
The Knave of Knives – “The Martian and Saturnian element on the Third house and on the Eleventh. It is very remarkable, that the first series of meanings in this case hint at the third house, while the so-called reversed meanings bear all the characteristics of the Uranian eleventh house: suddenness, surprise, etc. This element on the house of Air, Gemini and Aquarius, must, of course, denote either intellectual facts or concrete results of intelligence. The latter may be called 'proof' or 'outcome' or exact knowledge. The knowledge of facts may be the fruit of an elementary school curriculum, of journalism, of spying, etc. But it is justly indicated by tradition, that the Martian and Saturnian Gemini-man is a specialist in unlawful knowledge or in knowledge gathered at the cost of much trouble and effort; so it may be also knowledge gathered later in life, university extension. Exact intellectual results may appear as: remarks, observations, notes, etc. When put in the negative there may be investigation, examination, etc. All these are truly the effects of Gemini. There are, moreover, the personalities representing the facts. On account of the eleventh house we shall have to note the same sort of results but more or less reciprocal and sudden, whereas Uranus, lord of this house, accelerates the energy of Mars in this element but is apt to destroy the Saturnian vibrations or at least counteract them. It is quite true, therefore, that this card may represent speaking and acting without sufficient preparation and without dogmatic or very formal outlines: improvisation. Tradition was very correct in this.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens [1930].)

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 12/10/2017; the deck today is *The Ancient Egyptian Tarot* by Clive Barrett, along with an accompanying eponymous book, (Aquarius Press., 1994.) It is a very pretty deck, and as far as it goes, being quite usable with normal readings. However, I don’t feel it is inspired by anything. I don’t wish to berate Mr. Barrett, but this looks & feels like commercialism was more important than Truth. Sigh, oh well . . . It is an Egyptian-themed deck, yet lags far behind the Kier or the Ibis, IMHO. It has suits and normal Court cards, BTW. A good buy if you find it in a thrift shop or at a garage sale. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = XIV Temperance; Mercury = XII the Hanged Man, and Salt = the Princess of Wands. On first regard, tableau-style, it is a good and generally beneficial spread. My oldest Tarot friend, XIV Temperance, is anchoring the team today, and as always I am delighted to see her. XIV 
Temperance; “. . . the Genius of the Sun holding two cups and pouring from the one into the other the liquor which holds life." (P.)--" A winged angel with the sign of the sun upon his forehead . . . pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice." (W.) Another version has: ". . . pours the fluid of Life from a golden vase into a silver one." (P.) This is evidently the cosmic function next to the Sun, messenger of the same: Mercury or Vulcan, lord of the sphere of Virgo, surrounding the solar Leo-sphere. Other traditional descriptions confirm this: "It is the symbol of combinations, working incessantly in all regions of Nature." (P.) On his breast this angel bears a square with inscribed triangle, reminding us of the passage of the cosmological Stanzas of Dzyan, "The Three fall into the Four," which means the beginning of Manifestation. "Entry of Spirit into Matter and reaction of Matter upon Spirit." (P.) So on the subject of this card there seems to be perfect understanding. "Incarnation of Life," P. adds. This is Mercury, who has to do with the distribution of life-currents from the Sun farther on into the solar-system and from the heart and solar-plexus farther on into our physical body. The golden vase and the silver one illustrate this distribution from higher to lower regions. So this card signifies all sorts of distribution, from the nervous system and its workings of co-ordination to correspondence by the post office, letters and communications, and the latter not only limited to this physical world but extended to other planes of existence. The function of Mercury is that of the mind in its concrete activities and imparts knowledge, learning, which after all is the beginning or potentiality of all our further relations in this world.” (A. E. Thierens, “The General Book of the Tarot”.) I am a rather careless and overzealous individual; give me a passion or subject of interest and I will go WAY overboard getting it together, to the point of being unmindful of the needs of others. Bad Mark. Grin. In today’s case, however, I am being given the lead attitude in how to deal with my Anima’s current zealousness.  I have decided to undergo the rituals & training to join the (ancient) Egyptian priesthood, and to building an Adytum of my own, a moon temple to Thoth and Isis where my own magic can be carried out in safety and assuredness. This will bring me as close as possible into communion with the faith I practice, that of ancient Kemet (Egypt) which, yes, is still alive & thriving today. To put it briefly, it isn’t an elaborate costume drama for theater freaks; the Egyptian pantheon is the anthropomorphization of natural forces and energies, both cosmic and planetary, to which the Egyptians gave human form and an animal head to signify the force of nature symbolized. No one worshipped animals or animal-headed gods, believe me. They were NOT a barbaric civilization sacrificing children to Moloch; they were advanced thinkers in metaphysical cosmogony and the Energies in their various forms present in the Universe. This, I presume, explains the current attitude of my Anima, who is “whole hoggedly” diving into the premise and the promise of my anticipated course of action. 
XII The Hanged Man; “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.” (Ibid.) She gets VERY enthusiastic about my projects, Grin. Therefore I may be called upon to rein in her horses today and bring her back down just a little; after all, it is Moderation, NOT Denial. This is a good think, EXCEPT for the fact that my Anima, once the initial enthusiasm has run its course, has very little aptitude for follow-up, which is almost exclusively the concern of my Animus, who hates leaving a mess. 
Finally, we glide over to the viewing balcony to watch the mighty engine at work that powers my solar barque: the Princess of Wands. We already know that all of the Princesses are the “thrones of their respective Aces,” and one sometimes has an unclear concept of what this means. It means that the Princess empowers the manifestation of her Ace’s potential, “giving birth” to the numbered suits and its four representations of Energy, the Court cards. In this case, the Princess gives “birth” to all of the power inherent in the Ace of Wands, and if one is fond of conundrums, she births her own parent. Grin. However, our Princess isn’t all Fire & Light & Warmth; she is mercurial, as well, & can be fickle, arbitrary & capricious if offended. The Princess of Wands; “The Martian and Saturnian element on the Third house and on the Eleventh. It is very remarkable, that the first series of meanings in this case hint at the third house, while the so-called reversed meanings bear all the characteristics of the Uranian eleventh house: suddenness, surprise, etc. This element on the house of Air, Gemini and Aquarius, must, of course, denote either intellectual facts or concrete results of intelligence. The latter may be called 'proof' or 'outcome' or exact knowledge. The knowledge of facts may be the fruit of an elementary school curriculum, of journalism, of spying, etc. But it is justly indicated by tradition, that the Martian and Saturnian Gemini-man is a specialist in unlawful knowledge or in knowledge gathered at the cost of much trouble and effort; so it may be also knowledge gathered later in life, university extension. Exact intellectual results may appear as: remarks, observations, notes, etc. When put in the negative there may be investigation, examination, etc. All these are truly the effects of Gemini. There are, moreover, the personalities representing the facts. On account of the eleventh house we shall have to note the same sort of results but more or less reciprocal and sudden, whereas Uranus, lord of this house, accelerates the energy of Mars in this element but is apt to destroy the Saturnian vibrations or at least counteract them. It is quite true, therefore, that this card may represent speaking and acting without sufficient preparation and without dogmatic or very formal outlines: improvisation. Tradition was very correct in this.” (Ibid.) So, looking in general at the spread today, I see a day of excitement and energy, but it will need to be watched, controlled & measured, as just like candy, too much Light can be a bad thing when you aren’t prepared for it. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the Temperance to modify any excesses we may experience today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!    


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 11/10/2017; the deck today is the *Tabula Mundi Tarot Colores” by M. M. Meleen. (The accompanying book is titled “Book M: Liber Mundi” by Ms. Meleen, Atu House, Barre, 2015.) This is one of my top three decks, which should be recommendation enough for most; (Harrumph! Grin.) Her *Rosetta Tarot* is also one of my very favorite decks, somewhere in the top five. (If you desire to know my brief “hit list,” leave a message here on Blogspot.) The draw today is: Sulfur = 0 the Fool; Mercury = XIV Art, and Salt = the Prince of Swords. It is a surprising draw only in that once again my Animus is consigned the role of 0 the Fool, and after days, even weeks of majorly powerful figures & cards, to return to “the innocent adventurer” is somewhat of a surprise. It is probably a good thing that I return to my roots – grin. The carefree and somewhat careless Fool, who enters the Adventure with a “Let’s go see what’s new at the County Fair!” 
Luckily, his good friend, the Maharajah of Jaipur, has sent his favorite tiger to bite off the Fool’s leg if he can’t contain himself (GRIN.) No, of course not, but I must compliment the Fool on his choice of pets; if I could have a tiger, I would! (Even though the butcher bills would drive me into bankruptcy.) Alright, enough folderol, let’s get down to it. 0 the Fool: “Pisces going to Aries, on the other hand Uranus/Mercury standing for curiosity, spontaneity, madness. Element: the Air. Tree of Life: Kether going to Chokmah. Number: 0 as nothing and begin of it all. The Fool is the symbol of true innocence, a perfect state of joy and freedom, the sure feeling to be one with the spirit of life, at any time. The Fool has the number 0, for someone ready to go in any direction, open to all possibilities. He belongs nowhere, has no past, but an infinite future. Every moment is a new beginning. In Arabic letters the 0 has the shape of an egg, the symbol for the origin of life. The Fool is change, motion and the readiness to jump into life, with no cares ever. The Fool knows no difference between possibility and reality, the zero means a total lack of hope and fear, the Fool suspects and plans nothing. He reacts directly to the current situation, nothing is calculated, nothing is hidden. In most decks the Fool is shown with an animal, as a symbol of nature, the animal soul in perfect harmony with the spirit that just follows its instincts. The Fool is courage, optimism and the belief in life and himself. When times are hard, and we suffer the pressure of 'being reasonable' or denying our instincts, the Fool reminds us that our inner person knows best what to do. 'Always trust your instincts'... In its negative aspect, the card can say that its qualities are blocked or reversed. Irresponsibility, mad projects, recklessness - the careless human who covers himself with some artificial madness, for distrusting his instincts and fearing standstill and silence. Drive: Changes, movement, the innocence of a child. Light: The positive break up of structures and limitations, selfless idealism, endless fantasy, optimism, trust to instincts. Shadow: The negative loss of structures, lack of response, useless daydreaming, infantilism.” (‘Raven’ @  
Moving right along, (“Nothing to see here, folks, Keep moving, keep moving!”) we come to my Mercury for the day, XIV Art (AKA Temperance.) If you read me at all, you know that of all the cards in the Major Arcana, it is XIV Temperance who is perhaps my oldest friend and companion. I have always had an excessive personality; Temperance took root in my infancy, and has been my ‘absolutely necessary’ buddy ever since then. If I were a diplomat or man of power, I would be the image of President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, although he personally sets my teeth on edge. He did it for one reason; I would be doing it for another, entirely. XIV Art – “The Art (Alchemy) - Path of Samekh 25 in the Tree of Life. Mercury as ruler of the Virgin and House 6 - balance and harmony in motion. Zodiac: Sagittarius. Tree of Life: From Yesod to Tiphareth. Element: Fire. Number: 14 as two times the 7, adjustment of destiny. The Art represents the art of alchemy, the ability to solve and combine, to turn something plain into something precious. The Art is the symbol for the right mixture, the perfect balance, standing for harmony, beauty and peace. But the trump can also show that sides that were previously ignored should be lived out and that contrasts should be put together to enrich the inner spectrum with new perspectives. From a personal view the 'solve et coagula' can mean that there is a need to leave a fixed position, to retire, watch and then go back again to combine on a new basis. Drive: 'Solve et coagula' - dissolve and combine. Light: Balance and harmony, fulfillness, creation, peace. Shadow: Getting into extremes, splitting up and tearing apart.” (Ibid.) And finally we arrive at the power 
plant for today, and it is a whopper, the Prince of Swords. This guy has energy that goes off the charts. He isn’t my most preferred royal, but he is energetic, efficient and a quick thinker. “Prince of Swords (Prince of the chariot of the winds) Tiphareth in the Tree of Life. Astrology: 21° Capricorn to 20° Aquarius. Element and world: The Air in the Airs of Yetzirah. Being Air in Air, the Prince of Swords is the pure manifestation of mind and intellect, full of plans and ideas which on the worst side may disturb and confuse each other, on the best create an inexhaustible spring of creative thoughts. The Prince of Swords is intelligent, idealistic, full of creativity and fluidity, a real Mercurian spirit who often will argue just for the fondness of arguing - and not so much for the arguments themselves. The Prince of Swords can throw himself head over heels into a scientific research, reaching highest levels within a short time and then throw everything away without further notice because something else appears more interesting at the moment. On the dark side, the Prince of Swords lacks both the qualities of Water and Earth; he can easily become unstable, unreliable and extremely moody, using his amount of intelligence to trick himself through life, becoming a master of disguise and cheat. Drive: Idealism, intellectual agility. Light: Creativity, richness of ideas, intelligence, mastery of words. Shadow: Harsh, malicious, unreliable, cheating, crude.” So there we have it, today’s draw & reading, tied up and ready to go. “Would you like me to Supersize those fries, Sir & Madam?” Grin. I ask the Cosmos to surprise us ALL today with a reprise of an archetype meaningful to each individual. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! 


Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 10/10/2017; the deck today is *The Wild Unknown Tarot* by Kim Krans. It is a great, off-the-wall deck figuring only animals and nature-objects, all well-placed and symbolized. I recommend the deck if you are looking for a great deck that is quite a bit different. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is as follows: Sulfur = XII the Hanged Man; Mercury = XI Strength, and Salt = the Son of Wands (Knight.) Well, right off the “bat” I like the draw; I am very partial to ‘Chiroptera Laurasiatheria,’ not the least because he is such a maligned creature, and I have a profound soft spot for maligned creatures. All you need to do is look at my friends to know that – Grin. But seriously, ladies and gentlemen . . . . 
I do love the bat, and oddly seeing him on XII the Hanging Man is oddly reassuring, as if, “Yep, OK! All normal, hanging from my cavern roof here, who says this is upside down??” Thus . . . “XII the Hanged Man - And then I saw a man in terrible suffering, hung by one leg, head downward, to a high tree. And I heard the voice: -- "Look! This is a man who saw Truth. Suffering awaits the man on earth, who finds the way to eternity and to the understanding of the Endless. He is still a man, but he already knows much of what is inaccessible even to Gods. And the incommensurableness of the small and the great in his soul constitutes his pain and his Golgotha. In his own soul appears the gallows on which he hangs in suffering, feeling that he is indeed inverted. He chose this way himself. For this he went over a long road from trial to trial, from initiation to initiation, through failures and falls. And now he has found Truth and knows himself. He knows that it is he who stands before an altar with magic symbols, and reaches from earth to heaven; that he also walks on a dusty road under a scorching sun to a precipice where a crocodile awaits him; that he dwells with his mate in paradise under the shadow of a blessing genius; that he is chained to a black cube under the shadow of deceit; that he stands as a victor for a moment in an illusionary chariot drawn by sphinxes; and that with a lantern in bright sunshine, he seeks for Truth in a desert. "Now he has found Her.” (“The Symbolism of the Tarot” by P. D. Ouspensky [1913].)    There is nothing like self-sacrifice for boosting one’s auto-congratulatory mechanisms. “”I’m just too good to be believed,” sighs the proto-saint. Grin. However, in all of my goodness I cannot tell a lie (snicker,) I hardly ever need a reason to feel self-congratulatory, the same for feeling self-criticism: I deeply distrust them both. My ego doesn’t need the strokes, nor am I craving psychological whippings – fuck them both. However, the time of inner reflection and the total and complete giving of oneself to a process (in my case Realization,) can only be of benefit to anyone. I really like the sensation of coming round the metaphorical corner and finding out that what I know about a given subject is either wrong, incorrect or incomplete, and now I have the opportunity to correct the “programming error.” The position of the Hanging Man has always suited me, in that I have always found it rewarding to turn my vision on its head and look at things from a less self-involved perspective. Moving on down the show ramp to our next model (grin,) we find XI Strength. 
“The astrologer says that the Eleventh house is the house of the 'friends.' This means, that it contains those who are with us, and that which we have within the limit of our power, because 'friendly,' is that which is understood. The forces of nature, which we have mastered, are friendly to us and this is very well expressed by the woman who "is closing the jaws of a lion." The latter stands for passion more particularly. She derives this force from the eternal or superhuman and this is indicated by the lemniscate above her head. In older editions of the card 4 we find half the symbol for Aquarius, as a line of vibration added to it. Viewed from a purely astrological standpoint it is evident, that the force to conquer Leo should be found in the opposite sign, Aquarius. Ideas of strength are therefore applied to this letter." ‘”The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens, [1930].) Let me see if I can express this without offending any deity; I have always liked XI Strength, despite the numbering controversy (I happen to fall on the other side of the question; I prefer Strength at VIII. Nevertheless, “just get on with it, Mark,” right?) Also, I have a great many Leo friends; oddly enough, all of the women in my life who have mattered have been Leos; only my wife doesn’t follow this rule: I opted for a calm and peaceful Libra – grin. (I WILL take credit for a wise decision there, thank you; it is a good, balanced partnership, as we are complimentary opposites. I’m all Fire & Air, she is very much Water & Earth.) I LIKE women in Leo, and I like STRONG women, too: I absolutely despise a woman who stands by, clutching her handkerchief and uselessly screaming; give me a gal who will get in there with me and tear off as many tentacles as possible before we are hauled down to the bottom of the sea and forced to serve as torches in the underwater palace of Cthulhu. GRIN. I groove on my Anima being in home territory; I admire the huntress, the Diana in all women, as in nature, where the female is almost always the more dangerous of any species as well as the family breadwinner. The males always look good, but they don’t do a hell of a lot, when you are honest about it. LOL. “Protect the territory,” . . . umm hmm. Nature’s version of who’s got the bigger dick, I suppose; for some reason, it always comes down to that with men, doesn’t it? Grin. My Anima is home and she’s comfy, so I am content for her, for that part of me. We arrive at the end-of-the-line, the engine room for cruise liner today; and ‘lo & behold! It 
is the Son of Wands (Knight,) the elder brother of our recent fair-weather friend, the Page. “The workings of Air by a special and mighty agent--for this the knight is in all cases--on the houses of water, here the Fourth and the Twelfth, causes turbulence, motion, emotion (though it must be borne in mind, that it is not emotion in itself); the action of the air on the water causes waves. In the case of the fourth house the knight relates to family matters or household conditions, eventually the father, to internal conditions in society or groups of people. It must further relate to memories and the past in general, because it means the awakening of the sentiments. The traditional conclusions have been drawn evidently in the negative for the greater part, in consideration of the fact that the sentiments generally are misleading. That they give reason for many changes is quite true. In the case of the twelfth house this is much the same. But extending its result over a much larger circle, the mercurial knight may represent expedition and exploration, discovery, scientific or practical, emigration, estrangement, and the 'great work' of transmigration. It denotes a searching for the unknown, which in weak personal cases may appear as indiscretion or premature revelation, divulgation, profanation, etc.” (Ibid.) The Son of Wands, while equally as questionable as his sibling, and to a higher degree! however, is vastly more charming, energetic and a born adventurer, with definite opinions and a personality that is a perfect synthesis of his mother’s vibrant charisma and his father’s creationary, visionary drive.  He is a whole serving of the adventurous and creative MacGyver on the loose; Grin. He can also be treacherous and a very inimical “friend,” as well, so Caution is the watchword when dealing with his energies, which I shall exercise, thank you.  I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the faculty of Perception of Sacrifice and Friendship today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!    


Monday, October 9, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 09/10/2017; today’s deck is *The Journey Into Egypt Tarot* by Julia Cuccia-Watts. It is a VERY pictorial deck, quite unusual in its own way. The art is beautiful and the cards read well; a good deck. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = XI Strength; Mercury = XIV Temperance, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. This is going to be VERY short, as I’m not feeling on top of the world today. I like the draw; Strength for my Animus, my old friend Temperance as my Anima, and as my Energy source for today, the more-than-adequate Princess of Swords, a little dynamo. The cards tell me it’s a good day; I certainly hope it improves from this morning. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL feelings of well-being and good-health today. Be Well! Be Zen! Be Blessed!!                                               
XI Strength – “In the midst of a green plain, surrounded by blue hills, I saw a woman with a lion. Girdled with wreaths of roses, a symbol of infinity over her head, the woman calmly and confidently covered the lion's mouth and the lion obediently licked her hand. "This is a picture of power", said the voice. "It has different meanings. First it shows the power of love. Love alone can conquer wrath. Hatred feeds hatred. Remember what Zarathustra said: "Let man be freed from vengeance; this is a bridge for me which leads to higher hope and a rainbow in heaven after long storms. Then it shows power of unity. These wreaths of roses suggest a magic chain. Unity of desires, unity of aspirations creates such power that every wild, uncontrolled, unconscious force is subdued. Even two desires, if united, are able to conquer almost the whole world. The picture also shows the power of infinity, that sphere of mysteries. For a consciousness that perceives the symbol of infinity above it, knows no obstacles and cannot be withstood.” (“The Symbolism of the Tarot” by P. D. Ouspensky [1913].)
XIV Temperance – “An angel in a white robe, touching earth and heaven, appeared. His wings were flame and a radiance of gold was about his head. On his breast he wore the sacred sign of the book of the Tarot--a triangle within a square, a point within the triangle; on his forehead the symbol of life and eternity, the circle. In one hand was a cup of silver, in the other a cup of gold and there flowed between these cups a constant, glistening stream of every color of the rainbow. But I could not tell from which cup nor into which cup the stream flowed. In great awe I understood that I was near the ultimate mysteries from which there is no return. I looked upon the angel, upon his symbols, his cups, the rainbow stream between the cups,--and my human heart trembled with fear and my human mind shrank with anguish and lack of understanding. "Yes", said the voice, "this is a mystery that is revealed at Initiation. ‘Initiation' is simply the revealing of this mystery in the soul. The Hermit receives the lantern, the cloak and the staff so that he can bear the light of this mystery. "But you probably came here unprepared. Look then and listen and try to understand, for now understanding is your only salvation. He who approaches the mystery without complete comprehension will be lost. The name of the angel is Time. The circle on his forehead is the symbol of eternity and life. Each life is a circle which returns to the same point where it began. Death is the return to birth. And from one point to another on the circumference of a circle the distance is always the same, and the further it is from one point, the nearer it will be to the other. Eternity is a serpent, pursuing its tail, never catching it. One of the cups the angel holds is the past, the other is the future. The rainbow stream between the cups is the present. You see that it flows both ways. This is Time in its most incomprehensible aspect. Men think that all flows constantly in one direction. They do not see that everything perpetually meets and that Time is a multitude of turning circles. Understand this mystery and learn to discern the contrary currents in the rainbow stream of the present.”                                                                                            
The Princess of Swords – “The soothing waters of Pisces are most welcome after moving through the powerful time of the eclipse portal. “Full Moon Pisces is aligned with its own ruler, Neptune.  That’s an invitation.  We have access to our most creative, imaginative and psychically connected selves through our emotional bodies. We are called on to dream and to envision from our deep, inner sacred temples of the heart.  Open those portals wide, feel everything there is to feel and let it all dissolve into the sea of life. Now, feel just how you would choose to have your life feel and infuse it with light and power. We are highly sensitive under this Moon. We have been plucked out of our old frameworks with the eclipses, and though not yet comfortable with the new, there is renewed commitment to a more powerful, highly tuned existence. Pisces is the metaphysical force in the zodiac, the keeper of the spiritual journey, the bodhisattva energy of compassionate acceptance of humanity and all that arises. Compassion is a wide-open heart holding the dark and the light, the suffering and the bliss, the pain and the joy. Where Pisces can lose their way is in being overwhelmed by human suffering, the pain of feeling too much and then needing to anesthetize their tender hearts with alcohol, drugs, comfort foods, media, any addictive behavior that drowns out the pain. Our suffering comes from separation, the loss of the sacred in our lives, a relationship with that which is greater than ourselves giving meaning and purpose to our lives. Pisces/Neptune provides the container for us to realize we are not flawed, sinful creatures, but sparks of the divine ~ precious and infinite… The Moon Full in Pisces with Neptune magnifies our ability to humbly surrender old victim/martyr/blame habits. Let nature, music, painting, poetry, dance and your dream life align you with Pisces’ gifts.” (© Copyright 2017 ~Pat Liles)     

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 08/10/2017; the deck today is *The Vampire Tarot* by Robert M. Place. A superb deck with the story of Dracula as its theme; if you have a passion for vampires, then you are going to die for this deck! (And be Undead! Mwuahahaha!) It is a wonderful deck with the unmistakable art of Mr. Place upfront and beautiful, as well as the construction of the deck using the story being very well done. It is the perfect deck for October - Grin. Upward & Onward! My draw today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = V Van Helsing (the Hierophant,) and Salt = the Knave of Garlic Flowers (Page of Pentacles.) Again, I am totally on-board with this reading, and again with the slightly foggy exception of my Salt, the Knave of Garlic Flowers. The Energy is there, but as depicted in this deck, the Knave, Lord Ruthven from John William Polidori’s 1819 novella, “The Vampyre,” he is an unenviable character indeed. ( “He has the reputation of a winning tongue,” has good looks and material possessions, but in other ways is shallow and self-absorbed.” (Lord Ruthven was Lord Byron, barely disguised by the author, who disliked him after being “dismissed.” (Paraphrased from the eponymous book accompanying the deck, by Robert M. Place, pg. 204.) It isn’t a source of “clean” Energy, is it, but source of Energy it is. You WILL drink from a dirty pond of water if you are dying of thirst (and while I’m not dying, yet, you get the simile. Grin.) VI the Lovers – “"I saw a blooming garden in a green valley, 
surrounded by soft blue hills. In the garden I saw a Man and a Woman naked and beautiful. They loved each other and their Love was their service to the Great Conception, a prayer and a sacrifice; through It they communed with God, through It they received the highest revelations; in Its light the deepest truths came to them; the magic world opened its gate; elves, undines, sylphs and gnomes came openly to them; the three kingdoms of nature, the mineral, plant and animal, and the four elements--fire, water, air and earth-served them. Through their Love they saw the mystery of the world's equilibrium, and that they themselves were a symbol and expression of this balance. Two triangles united in them into a six-pointed star. Two magnets melted into an ellipsis. They were two. The third was the Unknown Future. The three made One. I saw the woman looking out upon the world as though enraptured with its beauty. And from the tree on which ripened golden fruit I saw a serpent creep. It whispered in the woman's ear, and I saw her listening, smiling at first suspiciously, then with curiosity which merged into joy. Then I saw her speak to the man. I noticed that he seemed to admire only her and smiled with an expression of joy and sympathy at all she told him. "This picture you see is a picture of temptation and fall", said the voice. "What constitutes the Fall? Do you understand its nature"? ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P. D. Ouspensky [1913].) Well, I can groove on VI the Lovers as my Sulfur/Animus today; I don’t normally like VI, but as it has been showing up more lately, I’ve taken the time to do enough research to alter my opinion; I’m now neutral. Grin. The choice inherent in this card isn’t readily visible on this card, at all. Yet it IS there: Lucy Westenra, Mina Harker’s friend, chooses to be a vampire; Mina does not, choosing to eventually follow the light. Lust & Love, and Dracula’s aggressive sexuality & sensuality are all there, as is the choice and its consequences.                                                                                            
In the mirror today my Anima sees V Van Helsing (the Hierophant.) I’ve never been crazy about Dr. Van Helsing in the story; I always want Dracula to win (Grin.) If you watch the Hammer Films string of Dracula pictures, that is about as close as it gets. Wonderful films, by the way, made classic and making classic Sir Christopher Lee and Sir Peter Cushing. The Hierophant is, for me, an ego projection of the true Master within: some people ‘need’ the bling of the Hierophant/Pope in order to mentally lend more weight to his pronouncements. I don’t; but then again, I’m much more critical of his pronouncements than the average ex-catholic, looking for wisdom in his words and not avarice & fear. The bling is something through which I passed a long time ago, and even the ‘need’ to be a ‘Hierophant’ passes me by; I’m not very fond of central casting a filling a role just to fill a role.  What he constitutes now is more on the managerial side of running a cult, if you will; above all things, the Hierophant is a position and learning and Wisdom ONLY if you activate it to be that, otherwise it WILL drift into hollow “show business.”         "I saw the great Master in the Temple. He was sitting on a golden throne set upon a purple platform, and he wore the robe of a high priest with a golden tiara. He held a golden eight-pointed cross, and lying at his feet were two crossed keys. Two initiates bowed before him and to them he spoke:--"Seek the Path, do not seek attainment, Seek for the Path within yourself. "Do not expect to hear the truth from others, nor to see it, or read it in books. Look for the truth in yourself, not without yourself. "Aspire only after the impossible and inaccessible. Expect only that which shall not be. "Do not hope for Me,--do not look for Me,--do not believe--that I am outside yourself. “Within your soul build a lefty tower by which you may ascend to Heaven. Do not believe in external miracles, expect miracles only within you. Beware of believing in a mystery of the earth, in a mystery guarded by men; for treasuries which must be guarded are empty. Do not search for a mystery that can be hidden by men. Seek the Mystery within yourself. "Above all, avoid those towers built in order to preserve the mysteries and to make an ascent to Heaven by stone stairways. And remember that as soon as men build such a tower they begin to dispute about the summit. "The Path is in yourself, and Truth is in yourself and Mystery is in yourself." (Ibid.)                                                               
Finally we come to Knave of Garlic Flowers as our Energy source, and frankly, the less said about him, the better. I am not enamored of this young man, having known many like him in my younger years, especially in gay communities. “The Page of Pentacles can be a card about boredom, in some ways. You may be tempted to say or do things to shake things and people up just for a little excitement. Rethink this impulse, and find a better use of your energy. Excitement can be created. In general the Page of Pentacles is excellent energy to support you when you have somewhat tedious work to get accomplished. The Page can give you focus, backbone, and the wherewithal to stick with a task that is not necessarily glamorous or fun. Don't try to sidestep effort, or you will fall on your face. The Page can indicate more work to be done than there is time to do it. Don't despair, just roll up your sleeves and get busy. The news in general is good, but you may be feeling overwhelmed and unexcited. Remember slow and steady wins the race. If you need help to get things done, don't hesitate to go out and find the assistance. It's there for you. If you're in a committed relationship when this card appears, it may have lost some of its luster. That doesn't have to mean a death knell, but it does mean that action and discussion is necessary. To create change, you must be honest about how you are feeling . . . If you are feeling some spiritual malaise, now would be a good time to examine what excites you. What do you enjoy? What interests you? What would you like to explore? Make a point to get off the beaten path and try new things. Create your own energy and enthusiasm. Find the most upbeat and spiritually aware person that you know, and talk to them about what makes them tick. You will learn helpful things." ( They ARE essentially vampires, feeding upon other people’s desires, lusts, jealousies and fears. They can have a tremendous amount of Energy available, but just like ‘real’ vampires, everything they touch or passes through their influence is corrupted, unhealthy, evil. I’ll take the energy if I need it, but I hope that I don’t need it. Curious, non? I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a strong measure of self-respect today. Be Well! Be Zen! Be Blessed!!