Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 21Jan2017; the spread today is my mutation of The Three Principles, and the deck today is the *Vecchio Tarocco Italiano* by Stefano Vergnano in Turin, 1830 c.e. (© by G. Berti), Boves CN, 2014. Limited edition of 500. Wonderful deck. Onward & upward! Here are the cards I drew today: 1) XI Strength; 2) XV the Devil, and 3) the Ace of Swords. Well. . . Wow! I don’t know whether to be VERY excited or a little afraid of today’s draw! I haven’t seen that much force, strength & power ensemble in the cards for a LONG time. Normally I would doubt that it signified ANYthing in the physical realm, given the state of my health, this I would read it entirely out of the physical plane as far as subject matter is concerned. ON THE OTHER HAND, I have started a whole new regime of medications today because I complained about the inefficacity of some of the others. He (my ‘toubib’ – French slang for ‘doctor’. “too-BEEB”) changed over ¾ of the meds, leaving only the very basic untouched, my thyroid meds. SO, perhaps with all new meds, this access of force MAY signify something on the material plane as well, my Health. Hurrah!! But, don’t count your Cosmic Eggs before they hatch; I saw that written on a temple archway in Atlantis. (Grin.) So, let’s take a look at the components. In my Sulfur/Male/Active slot, I have drawn a female figure, XI Force. Female is a relative term here, as the Lion is (supposedly) male, and the card symbolizes the strength inherent in the step of mastering your two natures, human & animal, and having control over the resulting balanced Force. It is a strong moment, no pun intended, when you finally learn to leash your animal nature, and you combine it with your human, thus reuniting them from an artificial separation and thus obtaining the FULL force of you, the balanced center point. “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. Early Renaissance must have seen this in the same way, as we find exactly the same image--only with one difference: it is there a young man, not a woman--a man closing the jaws of a lion in the capital of a pillar in the church of St. Andrew-the-Less in Vienna. This proves at the same time, that the chosen image is not of a very recent date. (Musée du Trocadéro: Paris.) Papus identifies it with the Hebrew letter Kaph, which he says "is a reinforcement of the Gimel--
(Gemini)--so that we might say that it designates the hand of man in the act of grasping strongly. Ideas of strength are therefore applied to this letter." We should say it is the grip of friendship. A well-known symbol in many societies of brotherhood consisted of two hands united in a close grip of friendship. "It is connected with the mystery of union . . . in all planes . . ." (Waite), and this also is evident, because we are united with that which we have mastered and with people who are able to respond to our (electric) emanations of thought, or to whose emanations we ourselves respond.” (A.E. Thierens, “General Book of the Tarot.”) My Mercury/Female/Passive current today is in XV the Devil. Wow! I haven’t met a passive female demon since my last trip through Las Vegas! LOL. No, of course this card signifies chained to the material, and in a way the passive, feminine side of the issue is that I DO feel chained in a position by my weakened health. I just simply don’t feel good, most of the time. I won’t go into a catalogue, but suffice to say that in the process I have learned, for the most part, how to isolate the pain(s) into a compartment in my mind where I can rail and curse all I want against them, WHILE leaving the rest of me to be a reasonably calm, thinking, rational human being, and on a good day, there is even some compassion and mercy thrown in. I get this card; I don’t like what it means here, but oh yes, I recognize it instantly. “The goat-like figure recalls the sign Capricorn in which astrology teaches that the planet Mars has its exaltation, the name 'devil' means the evil, as is well known, and this alliteration holds good not only in English. It is the symbol of that which to exoteric human understanding is as much of a malefic nature as Venus is benefic. The counterpart of Venus: Mars, planet of pain and struggle, passion and sex-nature, but also of the energy necessary for the process of formation and generation in Nature. Allusion to sex-problems is found in the two human figures, man and woman, chained to the pedestal on which the diabolic figure is seated. That sex-nature binds man is a natural fact of a more or less occult order. So it has to do with generation in Nature in every sense and kingdom, though astrology teaches that Mars has a special connection with the animal kingdom and animal passion -- passion which drives to the preservation of the body as well as of the race; fighting for existence in both senses of the term. So Mars always figured as the War-lord. Not only sexual energy, but every energy in Nature chains the result to the cause and object to subject. It is unnecessary to work this out any further. We shall be safe in interpreting this card as energy, desire, lust, war, struggle, difficulties, pain, loss, etc. But also as exercise, training; tests to which the personality will be subject. The torch in the hand of the figure denotes, of course, the fire of passion and desire, which may rise to anger, etc. So it may well be said to represent the condition of "Adam and Eve after the Fall" (Waite) The struggle for existence, in short. Papus in regard to this card points to the Hebrew letter "Samekh which expresses the same hieroglyphic sign as the Zain (7th arcanum) . . . etc., a weapon of any kind . . ." We can see, that this generative force has much to do with the house of marriage.” (Ibid) And
finally, moving on to the energy nexus that drives this car today and the way by which the two currents may work together, and today it is, well, THE Dynamo, the Ace of Swords. Whew! Talk about wanting a small thing and receiving an enormous quantity of it provokes at first the smile of a happy Fool, then after a second, the thoughtful face of someone with a nuclear bomb in their pocket. That is Energy, capital E. “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.” (Ibid) And so we have it. This last card is an equinox egg FULL of surprises, as you can read above. The killer is the last line, “It may cause pain and affliction, but it annihilates doubt, the greatest torture.” That is a POWERFUL statement; and I shall try to keep it in mind today. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL sufficient energy today to power all of our individual “engines.” Be Well, Blessed Be!