Friday, February 24, 2017

Good Morning, Bathers in the Psychic Sea! Today, 25Feb2017, is a quick tableau read. The deck is the *Revelations Tarot* by Zach Wong. My Sulfur = male/active = my Animus getting ready for the Change – not, not quitting this mortal coil but sweeping the decks for a new lifestyle. Which might as well happen now, as my wife and I are in accord and flat broke at the moment, until the next round of retirement checks roll in. When you are NOT flush with money is a good time to make a sea-change; you aren’t tempted to try and simply “buy” the change with a change in d├ęcor. No such luck (bad or good, you decide.) We are okay, not homeless, so it isn’t a matter of dancing or being a wallflower. We just have no cash flow for around a week. Thus, the change will have to be interior, WHERE IT BELONGS. I have this fantasy of being so buzzed on the metaphysical that the need for herbal aide is not necessary – I’m already there, naturally; wouldn’t THAT be’ nice? “The veil or mask of life is perpetuated in change, transformation and passage from lower to higher, and this is more fitly represented in the rectified Tarot by one of the apocalyptic visions than by the crude notion of the reaping skeleton. Behind it lies the whole world of ascent in the spirit. The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life. Between two pillars on the verge of the horizon there shines the sun of immortality. The horseman carries no visible weapon, but king and child and maiden fall before him, 
while a prelate with clasped hands awaits his end. There should be no need to point out that the suggestion of death which I have made in connection with the previous card is, of course, to be understood mystically, but this is not the case in the present instance. The natural transit of man to the next stage of his being either is or may be one form of his progress, but the exotic and almost unknown entrance, while still in this life, into the state of mystical death is a change in the form of consciousness and the passage into a state to which ordinary death is neither the path nor gate. The existing occult explanations of the 13th card are, on the whole, better than usual, rebirth, creation, destination, renewal, and the rest.” (A.E. Waite, “Pictorial Key to the Tarot”.) This card came up reversed, originally, so I take its meaning in the “cleaner,” softer sense. In Mercury I have drawn III the Empress. This is about as Mercurial as it gets; the Gaia-like figure of Her Imperial Majesty being Fecundity itself. She is running on the same track as Sulfur, so I am assured that my Anima is on board for the Change, and ready to fecundate the “new planet” with Life, and abundantly. Thanks, Ma’am! “A stately figure, seated, having rich vestments and royal aspect, as of a daughter of heaven and earth. Her diadem is of twelve stars, gathered in a cluster. The symbol of Venus is on the shield which rests near her. A field of corn is ripening in front of her, and beyond there is a fall of water. The sceptre which she bears is surmounted by the globe of this world. She is the inferior Garden of Eden, the Earthly Paradise, all that is symbolized by the visible house of man. She is not Regina coeli, but she is still refugium peccatorum, the fruitful mother of thousands. There are also certain aspects in which she has been correctly described as desire and the wings thereof, as the woman clothed with the sun, as Gloria Mundi and the veil of the Sanctum Sanctorum; but she is not, I may add, the soul that has attained wings, unless all the symbolism is counted up another and unusual way. She is above all things universal fecundity and the outer sense of the Word. This is obvious, because there is no direct message which has been given to man like that which is borne by woman; but she does not herself carry its interpretation. In another order of ideas, the card of the Empress signifies the door or gate by which an entrance is obtained into this life, as into the Garden of Venus; and then the way which leads out therefrom, into that which is beyond, is the secret known to the High Priestess: it is communicated by her to the elect. Most old attributions of this card are completely wrong on the symbolism--as, for example, its identification with the Word, Divine Nature, the Triad, and so forth.” (Ibid) And finally, my Salt, the Catalyst to harmonize and convince the two currents to pull together, I have the Knight of Wands, a familiar avatar from many forays along the path being “point man.” He’s all devotion & Fire, and more; “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. (So! He has a dubious side to his character, as well! mlm) 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.” (A.E. Thierens, “The General Book of the Tarot.” So there it is for today, nothing groundbreaking, nothing that shatters my peace for the day, just slowly working onward on the new phase. This is good; it is also very good to know that both my Animus & Anima are working together on this; I just don’t feel I have the time or energy or Will to take on a battle if one had been needed. Thank Osiris! I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a clean, clear, ordinary day. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!  


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