Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19/10/2017; the deck today is *Tarot Apokalypsis* by my friend Erik C. Dunne. It is a magnificent artwork deck, as is his *Tarot Illuminati.* The accompanying book is by Kim Huggens, a truly helpful companion book for once. Erik’s art is spectacular and helps greatly in envisioning the archetypes, characters, situations & energies. I full recommend this deck if you are visually clued, and in any case it reads very smoothly. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = XIV Temperance; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Ace of Pentacles. I sometimes feel as if I am running a traveling road show, with a troupe that consists of only 4 or 5 actors, who are obliged to furiously scurry about behind stage changing costumes & characters to suit the daily dramatic presentation; Ha! LOL. Case in point: regardless of what COULD have turned up today, my VERY old friend XIV Temperance has pre-empted the 
slot, kicked the stand-in out the stage door, and is hurriedly donning her costume. Grin. What can I say; s/he is a hog for the spotlight. Grin. I love XIV, I do; it has kept me from self-engineering some hopeless situations in the far & not-so-far past. And s/he constantly reminds me that “Moderation” is an alien characteristic to me; I must ALWAYS import from “outside,” from the Arcanum who has become a bosom buddy by force of necessity. I am a “If 1 is good, 10 must be better!” kind of guy; great on thrills, really lousy on consequences.  I often complain that I am not a lucky person, that “luck” isn’t one of my characteristics. If I take a real, sober look at my life, however, it has been nothing but a long train of miracles and interferences in my Fate by well-meant powers; I have escaped death &/or serious injury a number of times, often inexplicably. “Thank You, all the Divine Powers above,” I say now if I haven’t said it before (although I am sure I have!) The message, or “reading” that I can see in the two cars XIV and IX is that, considering my next envisaged move (initiation & priesthood in the Egyptian mysteries,)
 this is a GOOD time to retire from social engagement for a small time and check my spiritual, intellectual & emotional balances to see that we are ALL in the black, no negative sum balances & hopefully some surplus in all three “accounts. Moderation tells me to blend & get it together, unite the divine and the material, and the Hermit is my vehicle for the time to do so.  Climbing on down to the engine room of our luxurious ocean liner, the MMS Apotheosis, we find the Ace of Pentacles powering the machinery today. Pure Earth energy, think of the force of it; what we see on the surface of this planet only hints at what is going on inside, in the heat and the pressure. Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, radiation, etc., all at the beck & call of Mother Nature who can be said to be BOTH contained in and giving birth to the orphic egg of the Ace. Pentacles are all about 3D life basics; land, farming, money, food & drink, reproduction, health. %These ALL have echoes of varying strength throughout the Tree of Life, of course, so one cannot simply quarantine 
Malkuth and think, “Ooh, icky; I don’t want to go there.” We don’t get that luxury, pal; we are forced to ride the wave because that is why we incarnated here; to learn & advance, to grow and mature, & to bring back the totality of our individual experiences to the “fountainhead” when we are able to return. I’ve greatly abused the material while down here doing my time; I am now paying the bills for the 50 year party I gave. I accept the logic of it, but still feel motivated to curse Malkuth, in a fashion, for loading the bill down with extra charges of physical pain as my body starts to degrade. I feel rather like a sand castle, well-built and large, but still subject to the relentless voracity of the waves as they dine leisurely on my crumbling body. Grin. Sad but true. However, as the trans-galactic luminous space crab who inhabits the interior of the castle (yes, you’re right, my beauty IS magnificent! Grin,) I am completely in accord with the rules of the cosmic game, and gladly pay the bill in order to move on up the conga line. Double grin. The appearance of the Ace in this draw can be taken, as well, as an enormous influx of physical energy & possibilities, which I welcome with open claws. Ptah knows I need it! I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL today an influx of Energies appropriate to our needs. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!      
           




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 148/10/2017; only 14 Days left to Die and Return as a member of the Undead! LOL. Today’s deck is the *Tarot of the Sephiroth* by Dan Staroff, J. Mori & J. Stockwell. I love this deck: it can be a bit opaque at times, and that I believe is its own character; it has a personality of its own & it can be “feisty.” Grin. My draw for today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = XIV Temperance, & Salt = the Ace of Swords. {{S-i-g-h,}} I’ve had this same hand recently 8 times in my Daily readings, and that’s only for 3 days! LOL. No, it has reached the point of insensibility, but I get the message; “Ship doing fine, crew all aboard, sail on, Captain, sail on!” The other way to take this is as an admonition; “You haven’t done what we told you would be the best thing to do. . . Why not? How many f***ing times do we have to repeat it, Mark??” However (“Harrumph . . . ya see, boy, you see . . . are you payin’ attenshun, boy??” Grin) I do NOT take it as an admonition because for one thing, it isn’t. I can tell the psychic vibe behind the reading isn’t punitive, but encouraging. I 
need to continue to “rule” and “regulate” within my boundaries, and make sure that husbandry of the “land” (my life) is in excellent hands. I am confident that this is so, and that what is needed now is patience and more behind-the-scenes work on my Journey; for one thing, I absolutely must get through the growing pile of books waiting for my attention on a side table. There are at least five that I should have already read, most about the Sacred Tarot. I’m not quite sure why the lack of motivation, but it seems that when I finished being an academic, I left behind my unquenchable thirst for reading. They DO beat it out of you, you know; American academia is a political snake pit. Regardless, I have set myself the goal of reading these 5 books before the end of the year, and that’s no mean feat, if you could see the tomes; they are almost grimoires, so thick and loaded with information are they. Well, all is ‘generally’ all fine & good in the Empire for the moment; my vassal kings are quiet, communications are open, and I hope that the Empire is soon going to make a breakthrough in its attempt to reach Shangri-La. GRIN. I shall end there, as going on would be redundant of previous recent readings. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the perspicacity to wait when it is time to wait & to move into action when it is time for that, as well. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
 IV the Emperor - "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 relates...to every inner power of the soul from which outer activity (karma) will arise. In different editions of the cards we find different sorts of scepters in the hand of the Emperor. In some there appears also an eagle. We prefer the scepter which Mr. W. puts into his hands: the crux ansata, symbol of the might of inner life, which rules matter. The planet Jupiter has only to do with this card, in so far as it is exalted in the sign Cancer, which means, that virtually hopes and expectations as well as ideals for the future take their origin in the deep-rooted attachments of the soul, which themselves are the expression of dharma or cosmic memory. Still in a personal way the Emperor indicates the father of the Querent, because it is from his father that his soul derives its elements. Compare in the horoscope the IVth house. Therefore this seemingly very feminine sign was symbolized by a male figure, while the seemingly male messenger was represented by a woman. The Empress indicates the spiritual parentage, the Emperor the physical one. The latter finds its counterpart (physical mother) in the Xth house, as is well known. Some authors say this card means 'realization.' That is correct so far as this word means an inner realizing of the significance of outer facts: the gathering of the harvest of experience, which will become the store of memory." ("The General Book of the Tarot by A. E. Thierens.)
      




Monday, October 16, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 17/10/2017; only 14 Days left to surprise your loved one with a corpse! Grin. Today’s deck is *The Halloween Tarot* by Kipling West. I guess we don’t need to ask what his father read as a boy . . . grin. The LWB is by Karin Lee. It’s a fun deck, and reads well on top of it. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = XVIII the Moon, and Salt = the Knight of Pumpkins (Pentacles.) This is a familiar morning mindscape; I don’t really need to go into detail about what & whom it consists, nor about what the day ahead looks like. I’m comfortable in emperor-ness, my Anima has taken flight to the Moon to indulge her bacchanalian fantasies, and out old friend, the Knight of Pumpkins/Pentacles, is standing 
by, ready to do single-minded hard work when need be, and when Marcella gets back from the Moon, of course! Grin. I am a content camper today; not happy, but content. My wife and I are as broke as fuck, but there should be a retirement check today or tomorrow, Osiris willing. Ad we get by, mainly by not stressing each other out about it. Grin. The Universe provides; it always does, given Faith. More seriously, I’m out of herb and that is intrinsically necessary to my continued health and well-being. Fucking legalize it already, France! In the meantime, I also know that now that it IS legal in the USA in certain spots, the taxes have driven its cost even above the price I pay for so-called illegal herb. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: the result of living in a capitalist system where the value is NEVER on the individual human being. It makes me sad enough to cry and angry enough to yell – and if the Revolution happens, count on me to be carrying a pitchfork and torch. Grin. 
(I don’t own firearms. I did, long ago, but then I became reasonable.)  I can truly grok the Emperor today, dressed up as he is as Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster.  I have often felt like that – out of place, out of time, bewildered, and angry because of the bewilderment. And the dipshit responsible usually doesn’t have any idea of what is going on in the laboratory. LOL, oh well, “Whattuya gonna do?” As for my Anima in the Moon, she’s taking me back to my adolescence and my absolute adoration of all things classically creepy & crawly & ghostly, etc. Not for me the new so-called horror movies where Gore is the prime ingredient; the old Universal films, the old Hammer films, and anything new & wondrous where a knife/weapon & LOTS of blood are NOT the prime players. (How can it be that the scariest movie I know of has absolutely no blood in it? Because it relies on FRIGHT. Learn, all of you wanna-be George Romeros out there! LOL.) Back to my Anima – she’s indulging in some pre-holiday hi-jinx, I know, but she is also on a serious quest for advancement in “the occult” at this time of year, actually because she is more of a witch than I am – I prefer to strive for spiritual evolution, she enjoys the here & now of 
Manifestation, as “women” always will. They build the earthly life for the species, men are free to fecundate and flee, if necessary, although the good woman knows to keep a servant/provider after he has performed as studhorse. The werewolf on the card is at the mercy of the Moon, who, after all, is only following the natural course of her perambulations. She’s being normal; he reacts with total animalism and loss of logic. LOLOL, I think that maybe carrying a misogynistic viewpoint too far, but you get the idea; anytime a man believes he is in control of his “couple,” he should take a second look. This is their PRIME function, dude, get over it. LOL. As for Mr. Strong, Tried & True there atop his horse presenting his pumpkin, well, they make the best friends when you need to move. Grin. Honest, down-to-earth, committed, nose to the grindstone type of guy, the Knight is always welcome company but he is never scintillating. He is, however, a dynamo for energy and he lavishes it unstintingly on the land and the cares of the people who tend it. He’s a great guy, just not interesting. On the whole, it’s a good reading, and I like it as a daily; the Emperor is holding Fort Stability against the coming return of our Anima from her lunar excursion, Wild-eyed and spitting fur. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the gift of a reliable friend. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!       

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 www.corax.com)     

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 relates...to 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’ @ www.corax.com)  
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!!