Sunday, December 31, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 31/12/2017; out with the old, in with the new, happy hangover and all of the accompanying folderol. For Kemetics (followers of the ancient religion of Kemet (Egypt) such as myself, the New Year begins around the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, when Sirius makes its annual heliacal rising (Sirius has a cycle that matches almost identically with Sol.) The heliacal rising of Sirius (Sopdet to the ancient Egyptians) this year, for instance, was in early August. During that time, the Egyptians corrected their calendar every year by celebrating the 5 epagomenal days with the Wepet-Renpet Festival: “The Opening of the Year - This was the New Year's Day celebration in ancient Egypt. The festival was a kind of moveable feast as it depended on the inundation of the Nile River. . . Feasting and drinking were a part of this festival, as they were for most, and the celebration would last for days; the length varied [No-mm] depending on the time period. Solemn rituals related to the death of Osiris were observed as well as singing and dancing to celebrate his rebirth. The call-and-response poem known as The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys was recited at the beginning to call Osiris to his feast.” (Wikipedia.)  Therefore, to wind up this long aside, one night of sloppy amateur drinking does absolutely nothing for me (aside from the fact that I no longer drink at all.) Grin. Forging ahead – today’s deck is the *Bohemian Gothic Tarot* by Alex Ukolov & K. Mahony. Justly celebrated, it is a wonderfully, suggestively 
dark Tarot with great emotional & intuitional affect (not effect.) If you like Gothic, you’ll love the deck. Onward & Upward! My draw for this last day of the year is as follows: A) Guiding MA = II the High Priestess; B) Animus = King of Wands; C) Anima = Ace of Pentacles, and my oracular card today is, appropriately enough, Sandalphon, the Angel of New Life, from Angelarium©. I don’t wish to “pad” the page with either my blatherings today or intricate explanations in long citations, so instead, a few thoughts on each card today and I shall let you get about your plans for autolobotomization this evening. Grin. Upon reflection, my 2017 was not all that bad personally; I did feel, however, betrayed in a personal way by the sharp turn right toward fascism in the U.S.A. I haven’t felt that badly about the America political entity since 2003, when I expatriated myself to get away from the Bush version of fascism. I feel quite a bit like a Roman citizen, atop a hill far in the distance, watching Rome burn while Nero amuses himself (Nero did NOT “fiddle,” as the legend has it.) The similarities are too striking to believe I am watching something new in history; I know exactly what I am watching, the ‘Dark’ side of humanity, too long-repressed AGAIN, is going to burst forth & cause mass murder and mayhem, AGAIN. And they elected it. Jeezuz wept. Ah well, I’m not there TODAY, so “Mush! Mark, MUSH!” Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL today a beneficial reflection on this year’s growth. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                                       II The High Priestess – “She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world; she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the borrowed light, but this is the light of all. She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the Supernal Mother. 
In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself--that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah--the co-habiting glory. According to Kabbalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is Malkuth--that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.” (“The Pictorial Key to the Tarot” by A. E. Waite.)                            The King of Wands – “Higher octave of the ace, lord of the suit of Air and the mind; coming on the First house. What may have led to the legend of calling him a country gentleman and bringing the whole suit of wands more or less in relation with the country is not clear. He is the lord of the intellectual kingdom; consequently he may denote every authority or personality of primary importance in some or other intellectual, mercurial or mercenary line. It must be someone representing a high authority himself or uniting opposite interests, while he himself, on account of the same authority he represents, may not or cannot be contradicted.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)                                                       The Ace of Pentacles – “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."                               Sandalphon, Angel of New Life – “When the time is right, the twin angel will return. Sandalphon was the first and new we follow it forward along the shoreline and into the water. Sandalphon’s footstep brings with it great fear but also awe and hope. With each step, we move closer to the conclusion and a new beginning. Embrace this new epoch; what has come has already passed. What will be is still a dream. Sandalphon flows through it all. When a new era emerges, the blood of the twin Angel brings fertility to everything it touches. Angelarium too was formed this way. So too will the next world, born in the wake of Sandalphon. Signs: A wheel within a wheel, a child, a spiral.” (LWB, *Angelarium*© by P. Mohrbacher and E. Minaya.)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 30/12/2017; one more day and we can say goodbye to a rather horrid year, thank Osiris. Let us all “resurrect” next year with bigger & better drives to incarnate peace and goodwill this coming year, shall we? I want to, most definitely; I have moaned & whined about this year all year long, and I have not had a lot of reason to hope for a reversal of fortune and miraculous recovery in 2017. I shall personally try to make 2018 better on my own front; I pray that you do as well on yours. Pax Mundi! (stated the giggling beauty contestant from the Roman republic. Grin.) I have used various, random illustrations today, due to the fact that I am using one of my new favorite decks, the *Santa Muerte Tarot* by Fabio Listrani (and no, that’s not a typo.) *It is a WONDERFULLY illustrated deck, but there are no online separate-card images of it worth having – yet. (I am ordering a new scanner/printer, so if no one else does it, I will.) Therefore the random picks; if you are interested in the decks, Google their images. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: 
A) Guiding Arcanum = IV the Emperor: B) Animus = the Knight of Wands; C) Anima = the Queen of Pentacles, and my oracular card of the day is card #34 Fish, from *The Egyptian Lenormand* by Nefer Khepri (again a substitute image, no online image.) All in all, despite the gloomy imagery you are receiving and the ‘bizarre’ festive Day of the Dead skeletons I see; I view this as a rather promising and definitely positive draw. Consider it without the imagery; IV the Emperor, Knight of Wands & Queen of Pentacles. Not too shabby, eh? Grin. I can see the obvious in the draw, as can you I am sure. As I don’t feel very chatty today, I shall plug in card information and let us fly on that today. “It’s a short-haul run, Oglethorpe, don’t worry, we have enough fuel. Calm down, and quit snorting cocaine; it’s making you paranoid.” GRIN. (No, not one of my many vices, thank the Great Lady Isis.) I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a fishy day; in order to be lucky, we need to take care of ourselves and our own priorities. Sowing good seed reaps good fruit. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! 
 IV the Emperor – “We are faced here with the domain of the material, stability, of an equilibrium attain through experience and rationality. The Emperor incarnates masculine and patriarchal power, capable of attaining concrete conquests in the world, in cluing those in the economic field . . . He also represents security and irremovability. . . An excess or abuse of power can bring about his degeneration, making him become a cold tyrant or an adversary instead of a paternal and comforting figure. ‘Advice of the Dead:’ Do not be afraid of aiming high with your objectives and with those you are materially constructing, even accepting the help of a person who is important and protective.” (LWB)                                          The Knight of Wands – “We are ready to depart with strength and determination on a trip that will allow us to attain what we desire and what we have planned. The Knight of Wands represents an adventurer, capable of channeling or efficiently moving his energies or his instincts. In a negative version he could become a symptom of indecision, rupture, and even delays regarding transfers or movements. ‘Advice of the Dead:’ This is not the moment to have regrets. Take your will in hand with strength and begin to follow the road that will take you to the realization of your works.” (LWB)   
 The Queen of Pentacles – “The Queen of Pentacles is an able and influential figure, secure in herself and able to cope in the material world without problems and from which she is abundantly rewarded. She is an ambitious woman who desires to always go higher but, for fear of falling and failing, risks remaining a victim to uncertainties, hesitation, or showing avid and capricious behavior. ‘Advice of the Dead:’ Do not remain too attached to what you have obtained or earned, but continue climbing without worrying about how much you are risking.” (LWB) #34 Fish – “I read the Lenormand Fish as the money card. Sacred Cow can indicate a raise, windfall, or finances in general, but it is the Fish that represents physical money and prosperity. Fish can also mean increase in general; as a result, it’s a very positive card – as long as it is shown to be increasing good things . . . Fish in a reading can also appear when representing the need to do your best and pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. This card is a sign for you not to allow circumstances to keep you down. It’s encouraging you to improve your outlook and think more positively.” (LWB, *The Egyptian Lenormand” by Nefer Khepri; Schiffer, Atglen, 2014.)

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 29/12/2017; In three days the Sun shall rise again in a new year, and I couldn’t be happier about it. What a year . . . harrumph. Today’s deck is the *Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot* by “The Church of Light,” although the defining text by C. C. Zain argues strongly in his favor as the creator of the deck. That text, by the way, is “The Sacred Tarot* by C. C. Zain; CofL Press, Albuquerque, 2005 (originally copyrighted in 1921.) The book is a masterful 433 page meditation/explanation of the Sacred Tarot and the meanings of the cards, as well as their relations to Kabbalism, Numerology, Astrology, Colors, Names, Talismans & Charms, and finally cycles of Time. It isn’t summer beach reading, as you can see . . . Grin. However, if you can make your way through it intelligently, with a sympathetic but critical eye, and you make a serious effort to synthesize the knowledge, you will come out a much wiser Yoda on the other side. Grin. Onward & Upward! The draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XX the Sarcophagus; B) Animus = the 3 of Cups: C) Anima = the 10 of Coins, and the oracular card for today is Phanuel, the Angel of Truth, from *Angelarium*©. (Please note that images were not available for the minor arcana, thus I have borrowed from 2 similarly designed Golden Dawn decks.) I can say that this is, actually, quite an eventful and positive reading despite its rather bland look; almost “divinely happy,” one could say. Rather than looking at immediately as a panorama, try instead to see, FIRST, just the three individual cards, and the highly positive message becomes crystal clear. Then you can contemplate the tableau and be quite amazed that so much joy can have such a bland, 
even concealing face. Grin. First up to bat in today’s World Series Game #23725 is my Guiding Major Arcanum, the Archetype within & without to view myself and the Archetype’s relation to me and me to it; XX the Sarcophagus. Rather than drone on about resurrection, allow me to cite Mr. Zain; “In Divination, Arcanum XX may be read as an Awakening or Resurrection. Arcanum XX is figured by a sarcophagus on whose side is pictured a scarab. Above this tomb a genie sounds a trumpet, whereupon it opens and a man, woman and child rise from it, still dressed in their winding sheets. The sarcophagus is the tomb through which man ascends to a higher life. The scarab is symbol of the immortality of the soul. The genie blowing the trumpet is the call to ascend to higher spheres. A man, woman and child arise together to indicate that immortality depends upon the trinity of positive and negative soul-monads united about their Deific ego. The innocence of the ego is represented by the child. The real tomb is the physical body which confines and envelops the soul while it develops its powers through the functions of social life; its relations to other life-forms. After one life in human form it has acquired self-consciousness and has no need to return to earth. As indicated by the trinity rising from the grave, there are opportunities for family life and other experiences on the next plane, the total ensemble symbolizing this entering into a new and active life in a realm above matter.” (See above.)  I understand it to be, more personally, this stage of development where I am at is reminiscent of that “the breakthrough is coming!” feeling that can happen several times in a life, providing that you live long enough. Grin. I feel Good about where I am spiritually at, and although my Physical reality is every-so-slowly limiting itself in a greater degree, it matters less to me, as “that” life has been behind me for a while now; I mean the life of the active guy out there, gathering experience, making waves big and small, and enjoying the ride.
 I am in my Collating Period – LOL – now, taking ALL of the random pages scattered around the Memory Palace and making a lisible manuscript of them, in order to read, contemplate, collate my experiences, and draw the grand design of my progress. Moving on, we find my slightly inebriated Animus enjoying the 3 of Cups, although enjoying is far too pale a word. “The Water on the house of friends, the Eleventh, must bring concord, etc. Friendship, but on this airy house more platonic than that of the foregoing card. It is the house of surroundings so far mastered by the Ego and on this account 'friendly.' So the soul-life in surroundings that have been mastered will enjoy desirable and 'good' conditions and feel 'happy.' There is no feeling whatever of being hampered or thwarted, or depressed. All goes well and the general sensation is cheerful. It is the sign of a good time, good luck and general satisfaction. As the eleventh house also rules the blood, it is very favorable for health and eventual recuperation. Moreover this house has to do with commerce and business, and the card favors them beyond a doubt, giving a good understanding of opportunity and of the character and wishes of those with whom we have to do, so that we can supply what they ask.” (“General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.) Yes . . . well, yes, but not quite. It is a bit more intense than that, thenkyew, and the idea that Cups is fecund in my life gives me great, great joy. Finally 
we come to my Anima, and today she’s doing her “happy-woman-with-lots-of-bling” number, one that she LOVES, BTW. Grin. (I don’t find fault; I enjoy bling, as well, although my standards of what defines “bling” are quite strict: nothing fake, or faux, or “costume.” If you are going to do bling, do it right.) My oracular card for today is Phanuel, the Angle of Truth, from *Angelarium©* by P. Mohrbacher & E. Minaya.  “Phanuel will wait for your arrival. It was here long before you arrived, standing at the threshold to the throne room. You may not have borne witness. Its sound may have escaped you. But Phanuel has waited there for you, eager to wrap you in a cloak of Truth. ¶ Reality is ever present. It is a simple matter to find it. It is another, much more difficult task to understand that the truth seen can be different from Truth. ¶ Hold the torch high. See what stands before you for what it is. Signs: Wine, a torch, a bleeding eye.” (LWB) Hmmm . . . yes, I will do that as I usually do, especially more recently for exactly this reason. I have found myself more and more in this “torchlight” of the mind & spirit, and what I see is devoid of emotional attachment so my vision is not fogged. It is a lovely, peace-giving way to see Reality, I find; it all seems SO “yes, just like that; yes, that is how it is meant to be. I see why now.” It is a VERY liberating feeling, especially (perhaps because?) one actually FEELS the great design of your progress on the Red Road, and without ego you can enjoy your accomplishment, thus far. Your life is finally starting to make sense as you see the grand outline, still lacking detail in some areas, but the overall design being lucidly clear. It is a better-than-great compensation for the “things” one is losing along the way as your Cycle speeds up. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL access to the Cloak of Truth today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 28/12/2017; the deck today is the *Night Sun Tarot* by Fabio Listrani, an inspired deck. The draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Archetype = XX Judgement; B) Animus = VII of Pentacles and C) Anima = III of Pentacles. (The Roman numerals are on the deck.) I was not moved to draw an oracular card today. I am not feeling particularly loquacious today, although I’m not in a “bad space;” Therefore I think I shall keep it simple and brief. Judgement is the call to self-evaluation; “"The Judgement card, sometimes called "Resurrection," represents the great reunion that the ancients believed would happen once in every age. This was the time when souls are harvested and taken home to their place of origin, outside the solar system. Then the world is seeded with a batch of new souls and the process starts over. From a modern point of view, this great reunion -- which includes every personality that you have ever been and every soul that you have done deep work with -- reunites to 
consciously complete the process. In a way, we symbolically celebrate this returning to center every year on our birthday. In personal terms, the Judgment Tarot card points to freedom from inner conflicts, and so clear a channel, that the buried talents and gifts of past incarnations can come through an individual in this lifetime. This card counsels you to trust the process of opening yourself, because what emerges is of consistently high quality. You can effortlessly manifest as a multi-dimensional being, and assist in evoking that response from others. Let go of your past. The future welcomes you with a bounty of growth and change. The Judgment card advises that you allow yourself to grow, transform, and release hidden potentials within yourself. Divest yourself of fruitless endeavors without neglecting your duties. At the same time, invest your energies in new growth. It's not necessary to reject others, but refuse to be manipulated by those who cry foul. This process isn't about them anyway. It is about you and the desire you feel to change your life and become a more complete person. Trust your impulses and allow this remarkable awakening to happen." ( Moving on, we find my Animus (Male, Active, Intellect) in the VII of Pentacles; “"The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season's bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature's assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn't make excuses, isn't whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it's no good to count your chickens before they hatch, but there's no question that the person who
 is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result. Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. As a side meaning, we sometimes see this normally humble farmer in a moment of frenzy, betting the crop on a roll of the dice. This represents a moment of dementia, addiction or desperation which hopefully will not last long enough for the farmer to lose everything! Success is won by perseverance. Be resolute in the use of your time and energy. The Seven of Coins in this position advises you to focus on the long run. Look beyond this week or this month. This card exemplifies the magic of compound interest. You'll have much better results with a slow and steady investment of time, energy and labor than you would generate by trying to win the lottery. The path to success is paved by perseverance. Glamorous or flashy moves cannot take the place of consistent steps in the right direction. If you do not understand this, perhaps you are moving in the wrong direction or are not motivated strongly enough." (Ibid) Well, so far, so good. Finally, we have my Anima for today (Female, Passive, Emotions & Intuition,) the III of Pentacles (note the suit sameness-mm); "This suit, most often named "Coins" or "Pentacles", is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you -- whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource. The Three is traditionally the card of genius. Here we usually see a master craftsman conferring with his masons on the installation of a beautiful stained-glass window in the cathedral. This designer is often likened to Leonardo da Vinci or Michelangelo, a multi-talented visionary who has no peers in talent or productivity. The masterwork is being proudly showcased for future generations, as an object of personal and collective pride. On some cards, the genius is portrayed at 
his studio, alone and burning the midnight oil, in a creative ferment -- driven to draw, paint, invent, or whatever work genius wants to bring into creation. As subtexts to the rewards of genius are the days and weeks of intense concentration it takes to solve the problems that great works entail. Let the world see your skills and talents. The Three of Coins in this position suggests that you showcase your unique capabilities. Let the world in on who you really are. This is a good time to seek recognition. Once you receive the appreciation you deserve, accept and savor the acknowledgment. Expect new and exciting offers. When they arrive, accept them graciously. Why hide your light under a bushel? It does not become you to display false modesty. Practice saying to yourself, "Thank you, I accept the compliment" until you learn to fully let in this kind of affirmative grace with ease." (Ibid) Well . . . hmmm. All in all it is a very positive reading, of course; it simply seems it has been delivered in roundabout ways and unnecessarily “mystic,” but that’s OK, if that is the least of my problems, I’m in GREAT shape – Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL clear illumination on our work today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27/12/2017; today’s deck is the *Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea* by Julia Turk. This deck is a sentimental favorite of mine, and I have enjoyed it for quite some time. It is symbolically designed art, and as such can appear difficult to interpret, but once you put your head in its’ “space,” you can tune in marvelously to the deck. (Forgive my illustration substitution for the 5 of Cups; I could find NO example of it on the Web, and my scanner is broken, so the illustration is from the *Fairytale Tarot* by Yoshi Yoshitani.) It (Navigators) gives HIGHLY accurate readings once you tune in to the vibe. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) “Guiding Archetype” = XV the Devil; B) Animus = Seven of Swords, and C) Anima = Five of Cups. I was not moved to draw an oracular card today. LOL, I presume you can see why. I had to laugh – the cards have been so beneficial for me for such a long time that to get this frankly 
“Let’s look on the dark side!” layout today is (humorous) Balance. This is fine by me; I no longer live the kind of life where this draw might lay heavily upon my subconscious as I walked out the door to work and/or my day. I am a homebody, by necessity, now; before this 5-year flowering of illness in a decaying meatsuit, my life was highly animated, motivated and “locomoted.” I have always loved my home(s), however; my home is often my artistic outlet, expressing “me” in its own unique, heterogeneous way, and it is constantly under “revision,” as am I. Grin. Today’s draw serves a kind of Remove between courses to cleanse the palate and refresh the taste receptors. As such, I welcome it, and will deal with it with gentleness, goodwill and humor as I traverse my day.  (Or so I hope – Grin.)  My Guiding Archetype of the day is XV the Devil; it does not surprise me that “synchronicity” worked in such a way that I would draw this card from THIS deck today, assuming I was going to draw XV no matter what. The explication here is that I am the Devil, and it is me who is trying to subjugate others; “Someone is hiding something from you, and because of your credulity you are taken in by their falsehoods; or perhaps you are the false one. Keeping the truth from people
 is a way of manipulating them, and that is to subjugate them to your will! You may be inclined to slander and vilify others to bring them down so that you appear superior. One method of doing this is to make someone the butt of a cruel joke or cutting remark. Although this may seem hilarious at the time, later you may feel deeply ashamed. Try to make amends with those you have wounded.” (LWB.) I have always been much more the manipulator than the manipulated, and in my younger decades it was always one of my FIRST lines of defense. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but so is the tongue. However, I have eschewed that defense, as I have corrected that behavior; I still use those “tools” but in neutral context, where all are privy to the joke, and the object has no feelings to hurt. I’m not attempting to be a model of Perfection, I’m just trying to clean up the stadium after the bands & fans have wrecked the place. Grin. Contemplating this archetype is “okay,” but only, for me, in the sense of the prohibitive power of memory and the warning of intuition should s/he try to make a reappearance, which the card suggests is possible today. Moving on before our tails catch fire, we arrive at my Animus today, the Seven of Swords, AKA Ambivalence. I AM ambivalent about regarding the archetype today, not from fear but from a sense of regret for the stupidity displayed by the past me. “A violation; a thief. Beware, for you are being watched. Bravado is not always the best policy. If you are going to be caught, admit your mistake. Question your tendency toward vindictiveness and watch your future actions, otherwise you will not win trust.” (LWB) To be frank, this interpretation leaves me in the dark, muttering, “What the bloody hell???” Perhaps this will become clearer to me as the day wears on, but for now I can only relate its ambivalence to the archetype today. Moving on again, with a quizzical backward glance, we 
arrive at the Engine for the Construct I have drawn today, and lo and behold! even the Engine is down in dissipation and despair, the Five of Cups. Well, f**k me! LOL. This is really quite the last Cup; “Dissipation” hasn’t been my lifestyle for years now, and what it is doing here is, as far as I’m concerned, is being in the wrong place & time. “You have woven a protective net around yourself which now threatens to entrap you. Believe in yourself, no matter how much others may disagree. Have the courage of your convictions; remember that those who try to please everybody end up satisfying no one, least of all themselves. Keep emotions under control.” (Ibid.) Another interpretation I could give to this is to a situation going on with someone else in my life who is very close to me, and I view their current conduct with both suspicion, aggravation, concern and above all doubtful of my course of action when it comes to interfering in another’s life. Their problem is indeed being in subjugation, not to a person but to a thing, and it distresses me greatly. This has weighed heavily on my spirit for two days now, and I can see how this reading is much more appropriate to that matter than to my day. So that may be the mystery solved . . . on verra. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the clarification of issues today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 26/12/2017; I cannot say that I am sorry to see this year exit; as we used to say, with great daring, as grade school children, “Yeah, it sucked donkey dicks!” LOL. (If we were overheard by the nuns, off we were hauled to the basement to be put to “The Question;” the rack, the iron boot, the Iron Maiden, the red-hot iron – yes, Catholic school IS as bad as you have always heard it is. GRIN.) The deck for today is the *Tarot del Fuego* by Ricardo Cavolo. It is an amusing and quite intuitive deck; surrealist art in bright, primary colors tends to automatically lift the mood, so that is a + ; it is highly intuitive, which is another + , and I really can’t find anything “off” to say about it, except that it doesn’t suit those occasions when you want a more serious, ‘scholarly” approach. A good purchase. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Light = II the Priestess: B) Animus = the King of Wands; C) Anima = the Page of Swords, and the oracular draw of the day from Angelarium© is Raziel, the Angel of Mysteries. Good pairing with the MA, eh? Grin. “On verra.” Let’s take the last first, and reflect upon its LWB description; “The Keeper. The speaker of truth. All knowledge is pressed within the binding of his book. Raziel stands at the foot of the Tree of Life and observes all of creation, ever the diligent witness, for transcribing the whole of creation. The book is passed to 
Enoch through his journey into the Tree of Life. ¶ There are some things we simply cannot know. Such is the precious narrative of life. We can know the parts of the play but not the story’s end. Secrets and hidden endings keep the performance alight and dancing through the universe. ¶ Raziel, rapt on high, our ever-present observer. We dream and fill Raziel’s Book of Mysteries. Our breath turns its pages. Exhale. Signs: a book, a mask, codes.” (“Angelarium©” by P. Mohrbacher & E. Minaya.) Well . . . “interesting, yes, hmm, very interesting,” murmured the Belgian ambassador to the U.N. With my “Guiding Light” today being II the Priestess, I shall need to enter the quieter and more singular space of the Priestess’ temple to contemplate what I am in there to find, discover, or intuit. I have an idea of what this concerns, but for now I shall keep my cards close to my vest. It is rather a serious question and requires more thought than rapid judgement either allows or recommends. It is a grave decision not to be entered without responsibility and consequence, and I need to be VERY sure I am doing “the right thing” by entering the issue. "When I lifted the first veil and entered the outer court of the Temple of Initiation, I saw in half-darkness the figure of a woman sitting on a high throne between two pillars of the temple, one white, and one black. Mystery emanated from her and was about her. Sacred symbols shone on her green dress; on her head was a golden tiara surmounted by a two-horned moon; on her knees she held two crossed keys and an open book. Between the two pillars behind the woman hung another veil all embroidered with green leaves and fruit of pomegranate. And a voice said: "To enter the Temple one must lift the second veil and pass between the two pillars. And to pass thus, one must obtain possession of the keys, read the book and understand the symbols. Are you able to do this?" "I would like to be able," I said. Then the woman turned her face to me and looked into my eyes without speaking. And through me passed a thrill, mysterious and penetrating like a golden wave; tones vibrated in my brain, a flame was in my heart, and I understood that she spoke to me, saying without words: 
"This is the Hall of Wisdom. No one can reveal it, no one can hide it. Like a flower it must grow and bloom in thy soul. If thou wouldst plant the seed of this flower in thy soul--learn to discern the real from the false. Listen only to the Voice that is soundless... Look only on that which is invisible, and remember that in thee thyself is the Temple and the gate to it, and the mystery, and the initiation." ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P.D. Ouspensky [1911].) At the next stop on our regional express we find the King of Wands holding inside of him my Anima, my Male self, active & intellectual. I can see this today; yesterday did indeed “merit” its oracular card, the Fox, and as one event succeeded another, I kept a firm hand on myself and forced myself to retain a neutral position involving all arising matters of the moment. Inside, I was rather angry and worried at the same time, but it wouldn’t have done “the day” any good to manifest these at that time; it would only have added billowing black smoke to the candlelight . . . so to speak. Grin.  Today I shall move forward nevertheless and keep in mind that "The King of Wands in this position reminds us that our lives are designed to bring us eventually to a place of self-ownership. An opportunity for self-empowerment is presenting itself to you now. Recognize that through your attitude and the way you express yourself to others, you hold the power over your own experiences in life. You are the determining factor in this situation and circumstances will proceed in the direction that you steer them. Indecision or doubt is not an appropriate response when clarity and confidence are critical. As you take on a bigger role, it will begin to feel more comfortable." ( And as we end our three-city tour, we come to my Anima, who has thrown a tabard over her playsuit and is deeply projecting herself into the Page of Swords. “Well . . . alright, if you insist.” She DOES like to think she’s a badass, but I have my doubts; I know her, you see (LOL,) and at heart she’s a stay-at-home gal who likes sentimental movies and cooking, as well as exploring Egyptology, Egyptian thought, and the Sacred Tarot in depth, as well as in comfort & silence (although she DOES adore precious tones. Grin.) ‘On verra’ how she does in this rĂ´le today; "When the Page of Swords (in some 
decks, a Princess) is in this position, the situation requires subtle change in order for it to be brought to the highest good for all concerned. In contrast to times when one can best serve the greater good by being visible and heroic, this is a time when you must keep your own counsel, cover your tracks and stealthily accomplish what would be impossible to complete without privacy. Reduce your profile and increase your anonymity, no matter how your self-image might suffer. Although it would be gratifying to accomplish what needs to be done and be aboveboard about it, [but] that cannot be a priority at present." (Ibid.) That actually IS pertinent and bears a great deal of applicable sense to the issue to which I referred earlier. Thank you, young ephebe. (A young man came as a “+ 1” to dinner yesterday, and I was reminded of  the word “ephebe;” he was startlingly beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed Ukrainian Caucasian background, and skin as smooth and pale as porcelain. He was uncanny, and almost bizarre; I have never seen a representative SO pure of the Aryan ideal in my life. He was neither frighteningly bright nor a sparkling conversationalist, but he was charming. Still, he made me feel a touch disquieted, oddly enough.) “And that’s all the news that’s fit to print, ladies and gentlemen.” Again, so to speak . . . LOL. I ask the Cosmos to bring us ALL pertinent information with which to work today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 25/12/2017; the deck today is *The Tarot of Saqqara* by Donald. G. Beaman, an incredible painter who created seventy-eight full oil paintings from which the cards are “downsized.” The Beauty of the art is undeniable, plus for the benefit of every esoteric geek everywhere, the cards are choc-a-bloc full of symbolism. I particular love the deck because it speaks immediately to the Egyptian formalist in me, as well as mirroring my own ongoing processes. This is a deck for those who wish to deeply explore the more strictly symbolic side of the Sacred Tarot, a deck where the “laissez-faire” of Humanism has very little place. I highly recommend this deck to anyone, but especially to those who seek a more formalized approach to the Mysteries. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: A) Guiding Light = XIV Temperance; B) [Animus] = the Hero (Knight) of Wands; C) [Anima] = 10 of Wands, and my oracular card today, from *The Burning Serpent Oracle* by Robert M. Place & Rachel Pollack, is the Fox; interestingly enough, in the Oracle deck the Fox is card #14, and of course my MA today is XIV Temperance. Ah, our favorite old band is still making music, the Synchronicities. Grin. Today being an international holiday, I’m not going to go on and on. I am going to cite various sources for description of these cards, and let it remain there, so that we can all go back to enjoying the day without the Sword of Damocles hanging over our collective heads. LOL. Not that this reading implies that it is, naturally. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a day of relaxation, calm and contentment, and the grace to accept the happiness that comes our way. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                                                                     
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 symbol of the sacred book of the Tarot on the angel's breast is the symbol of the correlation of God, Man and the Universe. The triangle is God, the world of spirit, the world of ideas. The point within the triangle is the soul of man. The square is the visible world. The consciousness of man is the spark of divinity, a point within the triangle of spirit. Therefore the whole square of the visible universe is equal to the point within the triangle. The world of spirit is the triangle of the twenty-one signs of the Tarot. The square represents fire, air, water and earth, and thus symbolizes the world. All this, in the form of the four symbols, is in the bag of the Fool, who himself is a point in a triangle. Therefore a point without dimension contains an infinite square". ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P. D. Ouspensky.)                                                                        
The Hero of Wands - "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. We do not see why this knight should be either young or friendly. Quite the reverse: On account of the twelfth house there is something inimical about him, and a certain dissension of sentiment may find its cause in the past, in a family feud or something in the nature of a misguiding prejudice, tradition, which will have to be given up, etc." ("The General Book of the Tarot" by A. E. Thierens.)                                                                             
10 of Wands - "Air on the house of Capricorn: the Tenth. It is well known by astrologers, that the tenth house rules the actions, deeds and attitude. Also the name and official position of the personality in the world and at the same time the superiors or authorities, met with on account of position and activities. Actions and deeds, under the influence of the double-natured mercurial element, may easily degrade into 'double-dealing' and everything else of that nature. But once more it appears to us, that the gypsy tradition is rather too much exclusively on the lower side of things. The qualities mixed here make very often an egoistic blend and a nature which reveals several weaknesses, as soon as it comes under trial. So the card on the one hand means certainly that the attitude of mind or action will be untrustworthy and must not be relied upon. There is fear and cowardice in it. But on the other hand the combination is that of mental ability, quick perception, etc. It means also the load of the earthy responsibility lay upon the shoulders of an airy creature; consequently 'oppression' is a word very much to the point here. And this explains even why weaker natures are driven to undesirable, unreliable actions and reactions by it; they cannot stand the pressure. Strong natures, however, accept the pressure as natural necessity, karma, and carry their burden. This is symbolized by the man carrying the ten wands. It is a symbol of executive ability, production, the doing of necessary things, obedience to official order and rule; officials, 'red tape' and burdens that appear heavier than they actually are." (Ibid.)                                                                     #14 the Fox – “Deceit, trickery, con artist, intrigue. The “sociopath in the office.” Cleverness, Daring. (I have to laugh; the whole con-artist angle has me both smiling and wondering who I could possibly meet today that thinks they can pull the wool/poly blend over my eyes. On the other claw, cleverness & daring seem to require sizable outputs of energy; not good today; of all days. LOL. Happy Holidays to ALL!)

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 24/12/2017; the deck today is the *Alchemical Tarot IV: Revised Edition* by Robert M. Place. Robert is a known quantity and has an excellent artistic reputation. His decks are beautiful and thought provoking, although I have a small issue concerning . . . (this has been deleted due to revision.) Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) X The Wheel of Fortune; B) the Ace of Coins; C) the 8 of Vessels, and my oracular card for today is Simikiel, Angle of Vengeance for the *Angelarium®” by P. Mohrbacher & E. Minaya. (A = MA; B = Animus; C = Anima. The MA is both a subject for meditation as well as an archetype to be considered throughout the day.) The oracular card today, from Angelarium®, is keyed to the MA card; being Simikiel, the Angel of Vengeance, leads me to believe that I need to be on my guard today; not only against sudden and mysterious (to me) reprisals, but also the headspace that allows Simikiel the space to walk or even exist. “When the time comes, we all call its name. It is ever the instinct in our throat when we 
seek retribution. We choke on it even as we languish in every syllable. But those who call on Simikiel without cause will have harm fall back upon them threefold. It is the way of Simikiel’s sword, cutting in both directions. While we gird our fragile hearts against being hurt, pain will make its attempts on us by any means necessary. It is in our soul to survive at all cost, even if it means violence. Try to resist the urges of your barbed heart. Simikiel knows not forgiveness. Signs: A sword, a thorny branch, pierced skin.” (“Angelarium; Oracle of Emanations” by P. Mohrbacher & E. Minaya; LO Scarabeo, Turin, 2017.) I’m NOT a big fan of vengeance, I haven’t been since I turned perhaps 11; it always appeared to me to require FAR too much effort and negative focus for an infinitely small & unsatisfying result. It isn’t economical. I am ALL for spending the big “bucks” on efforts that result in BIG payoffs, of course; but not only are you “cutting off your nose to spite your face (psychically speaking),” you are making a terribly unwise investment of your resources. Better by far to divert the energy into other, more useful channel and/or to guard against the Angel appearing at the behest of others. Hopefully you have your psychic armor in place at all times, anyway. Enough; let us move on. The Major Arcana card drawn today is X the Wheel of Fortune. Hmmm. I am not a lucky man, I never have been. The only things I have won in 65 long years have been 1) a giant stuffed teddy bear at a school carnival at a time when I had no girl/boyfriend, and 2) my 1st week in France, when not knowing how the game worked at all, 
I made a blind wager on the InstaLotto for 2 € and won 200 €. That’s it; unless you count the number of times I’ve barely escaped disasters, which have been numerous - that it is “my” luck. So perhaps today, considering the oracle, my luck is to escape the “vengeance of someone else” . . . perhaps. That, however, is the kind of reading you would receive on the midway at the Tri-State County Fair in Hootersville, in the state of Devolution, U.S.A.; Madame Irina (real name, BobbieSue) is in full form as the cheesecloth veils flutter, her laser pointer remote flashes “in” the crystal ball, and the cards “shudder” slightly on the (unsteady) table. GRIN. OooohOOhhooohh ululates the secret recorder. . . LOL LOL. “That will be $20, please.” Enough foolishness. What I can intuit here, at least in the largest sense possible, is that, as usual, I may be placing too much faith in the Wheel “righting itself in my favor;” I DO need to see it as equivocal; it DOES NOT matter where the Wheel turns, good or bad, dark or light, because it isn’t about the result at all, it is about the process of throwing yourself, wisely or unwisely, into the flow of the Universe and letting the currents take you where they will. I say unwisely in some cases because it is entirely possible that one is making a “desperation gesture” and one is NOT AT ALL prepared to even float in the current, much less allow it to carry one away. If you aren’t ready, it is UNWISE to open gates you don’t know how to close. In the Animus’ waiting arms sits the Ace of Coins, along with his friend, the wild hare. If the symbology of the Ace of Coins, ALL material concerns and the gateway of Malkuth, escapes you, I’m afraid I must cast you into the Outer Darkness. Grin. Coupled with X, I COULD expect BIG things today, but I shall keep the temperature of the burner on low; I’m too much of an old hand to be constantly playing Charlie Brown© and his football. Luckily, I can see that the wild hare is glancing forward, to the right; I don’t need the confirmation then that indeed, my years of the fatted kine are all behind me, it seems there are more still to come. Grin. I have had a life blessed in this suit, to a degree; to know that perhaps I’m not living my 6th decade with 
only a bleak couple of decades in sight. (If I live that long.)  “Enough, let’s not fall into the pit of negativity now, okay, Mark?”  “Okay, Boss.”  Moving on, we arrive at the third card today, wherein my Anima is “passively” active today, the 8 of Vessels. She is, of course, adding her Zing! To the role today, taking the humble 8 of Coins and transmuting him with an infusion of creativity, grace, passion and devotion, as well as the 8 quality of workmanship and labor. “ . . . The Potter symbolizes alchemical transmutation; he starts with Earth, softens it with Water, dries it in Air, and hardens it with Fire. He transforms clay into useful vessels, making something of value out of one of the most common substances on Earth. ¶ Centered above his wheel is yet another symbol for the Animus Mundi, in which the timeless lemniscate is connected to the center of the fourfold physical world. When a potter is centered, he or she is present in the work. In contrast to the eight of Coins, this card represents creative work that is engrossing and keeps the worker focused in the moment.” (“Alchemy and the Tarot” by Robert M. Place; Hermes, Saugerties, 2011.) As you can see, she is in one of her many paradises, happily engaged in the work of the Potter, and hoping, of course, that “we” will give her material with which to craft a work of art. I hope so, too. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL an impassioned and fruitful day of workmanship today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 23/12/2017. The deck today is the *Isis Tarot de Marseille* straight from the Ginza in Japan. Unlike the Japanese art culture, it is, surprisingly, Bright, Shiny, Obvious & without subtlety, as if it was made for “the dim of vision.” LOL. I think it would be a marvelous deck to have when you move your 5 year-old out of bright & shiny Lenormand cards into ‘hir’ first TdeM deck. Grin. If you are an adult and want this kind of deck, I suggest the Jodorowsky/Camoin, or the Ben-Dov, or any of a thousand others that may suit your particular kink. My draw for today is as 
follows: Archetype of the Day = XII Le Pendu; Animus = 2 of Batons; Anima = 6 of Swords, and my Angelarium® oracular card is Zachriel, the Angel of Memory. “Eternally lost, Zachriel carelessly winds and unwinds the threads of thought. Memory has no worries or concerns. You are safe to wrap yourself in the bands of time-gone-by as well. It is warm and safe with the fog of Zachriel. All you know greets you, longs for you. ¶ The power of remembrance is balanced by the power of forgetfulness. Pouring memory into the cup of forgetfulness makes room for new memory. Zachriel is the Angel of all memory, even memory lost. IF you take something with you, you must also leave something behind. Signs: A knot, a loom, a maze.” (LWB, *Angelarium®*.) I hope you will forgive me, but I am simply NOT motivated this morning to forge a personal reading out of the draw. Therefore, I shall add several information citations on the cards, and wish you a good day until we reach tomorrow together. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL that Oomph! of motivation that may be lacking to us today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                                          XII Le Pendu (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.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A.E.  Thierens.)                                                2 of Batons – “Air on the Second house, that of Taurus, which explains at once the latter significances ascribed to the card by some authors; the other category of definitions derives from the earthy nature of the Second house, which, put into the tone of the airy element, may cause something of the oppression, which the heaviness of this fixed and earthy house exercises on the mind. It is the impression of heaviness, of a load on the back, which easily may attain the more concise form of a fear, a gloom, a feeling of being downcast, impotent, weak and not able to resist 
circumstances. So it may signify the pressure of material conditions, the responsibility imparted by riches, but also projects or conceptions of an economical nature and the idea of capital and capitalizing. Further the combination of the principles of air with the house of Taurus must give music, and we may be sure that this card always has some significance in that way and in the sphere of art intellectually and in general. This is a very important significance.” (Ibid.)      6 of Swords – “This is the element of Earth on the Sixth house, and the Virgo-particulars expressed in 'earth' become the 'ways' that carry the message from the center, the heart, to the parts of the system. So it is the nervous system and the arterial system in the animal and human body. Thus it must be the way or path leading out into the world from our house or living place. This explains what tradition says about envoy and emigration, though the latter is somewhat far-fetched, and not in every instance will the way lead so far as that or the path be trodden until we meet with a 'proposal of love.' But it is true, that the effect of that which this card represents may go far and in general signifies the message in the sphere of matter (Mercury is lord of this house), the message materialized. And this explains why tradition says it means 'apparition'--'publication'--'constitution' etc. It is quite correct therein. The message is conveyed by means of the way, path, canalization, etc., and appears in some effect or other. So it may even be a vision or materialization from the 'other side.' It may also, however, be the passing over to that side, the crossing of the Styx, which seems to be indicated by the picture of this card. The cusp of the seventh house in the horoscope is 'the end,' in the same way as the ascendant is 'the beginning.' Though tradition has not rendered it so, this card must in many instances have the significance of passing away.” (Ibid.) 

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 22/12/2017; today’s deck is the *Haindl Tarot* by Hermann Haindl, a justly celebrated, DEEPLY intuitive and psychological deck, intuition-friendly and heavily encouraging of depth investigation of the Self. IT is a dynamite deck but can be difficult to decipher, so I ‘highly!’ recommend two companion books by Rachel Pollack, “The Haindl Tarot: The Major Arcana” and “The Haindl Tarot: The Minor Arcana,” Career Press, Franklin Lakes, 2002. My oracular card for the day comes from *The Wild Unknown: Animal Spirit* deck by Kim Krans. The draw for today is: A) XXI the Universe; B) 7 of Stones (Pentacles), and C) the Queen of Swords. My oracular card = the Cosmic Egg. It is worth remarking that in this version of the deck, the 7 of Stones is labeled “Failure,” whereas in other editions of the deck it is labeled “Stagnation.” Personally, I feel neither “label” is correct; I have always looked at the 7 of Pentacles/Stones as being “a question of patience, or the lack of it.” I happen to believe that it is incorrect to label a card in the middle of a minor suit something as definitive and condemning as “Failure.” That is NOT mid-scale on ANY systems of values or attributes. That would force the 8 to mean a “resurrection” of sorts, and it is FAR from giving that impression, besides being at the wrong end of the suit for that. It is a ludicrous concept, and I dance a merry Bavarian jig on its demise. Grin. “Alright, let’s get on with already, Mabel!” 
My “Guiding Light” today, the Archetype to consider today from all perspectives, is XXI the World, a glorious card indeed, n’est-ce pas? This from Ms. Pollack on XXI the World, in its divinatory aspect: “. . . ¶ The ego sees itself as the hero and the unconscious as the poisonous beast. But the unconscious is not “out there”; it lives inside of us. And the simple lesson of every breath teaches that the whole world is inside us, just as we are inside the world. The Scandinavians, like many other people, prophesied the end of the world. Their name for this disaster is Ragnarok; in German it is Gotterdammerung, the name Wagner (no, not Robert; grin.) gave to the final opera in his Ring Cycle. Many cataclysmic events will signal Ragnarok, including the awakening of the World Serpent. When it uncoils, the water will rise up to engulf the land. [Global Warming??? -mm] We have learned that psychologically the seas represent the unconscious, and the land the ego. Therefore, the “end of the world” comes when hidden energy awakens and overwhelms the narrow ego.” (“The Haindl Tarot: The Major Arcana* by Rachel Pollack.) [I might remark that it seems rather obvious to me that the same exact process is happening, materially, on a global scale, but with less than optimal conditions existing for the Change. Thus, we shall perceive the change as global disaster when, in the case of “dirty input,” the Change takes on a more ferocious nature to accomplish its goals, which our trash necessarily corrupts. The ‘cleaner’ we are, the gentler the birth. So, let’s clean up our egos, people! LOL. -mm] On this Archetype of shining example my gaze is fixed today, and “I” am composed of my Animus and Anima, respectively the 7 of Stones and the Queen of Swords. First, let’s take a look at the 7 of Stones, 
“Stagnation” (new title) vs. Failure, (old title.) I have always had an absolutely neutral opinion of this card; in previous geological epochs of my life (grin,) I would have shuddered like a mosquito on amphetamines at the necessity of Patience; “In readings, we would tend to look first for some particular application. Does the Seven of Stones here refer to a project that has failed or become stagnant? . . . Something is headed for failure, and she or he must take a different approach. . . .” (“The Haindl Tarot: The Minor Arcana* by R. Pollack.) Well, yes, obviously . . . BUT, first it calls for some patience to be QUITE sure that whatever was essayed IS a failure. If it is in the future, then preventative medicine is necessary. But all of that isn’t particularly relevant; what is is the general atmosphere around the person (“Me, My Animus and I,” tra-la! Grin.) This is certainly the case I intuit today, an atmosphere rather itch-makingly uncomfortable for me, Patience. Yes, yes, I’ll correct it with What-Need-Be, IF it fails. However, I CANNOT dilly-dally around – NO procrastination – if I do indeed see the probability of its failure; at that point the key word becomes “PRONTO!” Finally, my Anima today is wearing more than her share of stars today as the Queen of Swords: Mother of Swords in the South. Here we have Nut, the Egyptian sky goddess, whose body forms the celestial arch of the heavens and her body is made of stars. On sees the eternal cycle of death & rebirth of the Sun as it passes through her “body” and lives again, to die again, and so on in the Eternal Cycle of Ma’at. IF ANYTHING can redeem the “blah-so-so-ness” of that 7 of Stones today, it is my Anima. "Nut, in Egyptian religion, a goddess of the sky, vault of the heavens, often depicted as a woman arched over 
the earth god Geb. Most cultures of regions where there is rain personify the sky as masculine, the rain being the seed which fructifies Mother Earth. In Egypt, however, rain plays no role in fertility; all the useful water is on the earth (from the Nile River). Egyptian religion is unique in the genders of its deities of earth and sky. As the goddess of the sky, Nut swallowed the sun in the evening and gave birth to it again in the morning. Nut was also represented as a cow, for this was the form she took in order to carry the sun god Re on her back to the sky. On five special days preceding the New Year, Nut gave birth successively to the deities Osiris, Horus, Seth, Isis, and Nephthys. These gods, with the exception of Horus, were commonly referred to as the *children of Nut.*" ( I’m no Geb, of course, LOL, but in my vanity I would like to think that someday, when I have progressed beyond the “pale,” (whatever the Hell that means in this instance! Grin,) I hope to have the pleasure of a closer acquaintance with ALL of the “facets, faces & forms” of the Divine in its myriad incarnations. “On verra . . . MDR!” I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a small challenge to overcome for a HUGE payoff. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!