Sunday, March 19, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19Mar2017.  Today I’m using the Basics Modified spread and the deck is one of my favorite offbeat decks, *Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea* by Julia Turk. This from “Aeclectic”; “The Navigators of the Mystic Sea Tarot deck is based on the Golden Dawn foundation of the Hermetic Qabbalah, with the Tree of Life on the back of the cards. The artwork is really quite bizarre, but interesting. Previously out of print, it has now been reprinted by the artist.” As you can read, they weren’t too enchanted; I was and remain so, even though I rarely use it these days. Like an old toy, it has been relegated to the carboniferous layer of the Tarot shelves, along with the deck carved on slabs of petrified wood and another on sacred tree bark plaques from the Ghostflower trees in the Valley of the Moon in Africa. Grin. I like it, and it “gives particularly good read.” Onward and Upward! Today I have drawn: Sulfur = XIX the Sun; Mercury = XVII the Star, and Salt = the Queen of Swords. It certainly isn’t a tableau reading, is it? Ha! Alright, let’s look at it by ‘currents.’ That is to say the male and female currents, already running harmoniously in the same direction, and the role that Salt/the Queen of Swords plays in their progress. Normally, I would see no need for the energy of this particular Lady to be needed in encouraging the already tandem duo to “get on down the road” and make some progress. However . . . I notice that the feminine is in XVII the Star, a magnificent place to be, surely, yet today we are now seeing my anima two cards behind my animus, whereas lately when she is in natural harmony she is right behind the animus, the dominant Me. I am not so concerned with XIX the Sun today, He speaks for himself and as I am a salamander by nature (grin) He and I get along quite well. I would prefer to look at Mercury and in particular consult an “old time Tarot” definition to see what this may be indicating; I have an intuition to look to the past for some personal insight. So . . . let’s see what A. E. Thierens has to say in his 
“The General Book of the Tarot,” (1930.) “XVII the Star: The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. No astrologer will hesitate to recognize Venus. "The Star is the étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused herein." (Waite) And "gifts of the spirit," which au fond means beauty, are the gifts administered by Venus, who in the solar system hands over the vibrations or 'gifts' coming from the Sun, to our Earth. The picture on the card shows it quite clearly: a naked girl, demonstrating undoubtedly the beauty of the human body, symbol of beauty in the nature of man, pouring "the fluids of Life upon the Earth (and the sea: i.e. into soul and body--Th.) from two cups, the one of gold and the other of silver." (Papus) "The genius of the Sun has now descended to Earth under the form of this young girl, the image of eternal Youth." (Papus) Well, then it is the image of this planet of beauty and eternal youth, which has its place between the Sun and Mercury on one side and our Earth on the other, the third personification of the genius of the Sun. The ibis and the butterfly connect the idea 'of immortality with this figure, in perfect accord with the mystic teaching which says, that love extends beyond the grave. The Phe--identified with this card--expresses the same hieroglyphic value as the Beth (second card), but in a more extended sense." It is said to represent speech. (Papus) Now Venus has in so far to do with the second sign, that it rules this sign. The 'more extended sense' may perhaps be thought of as this planetary rulership, as "the Word in action in Nature with all its consequences." (Papus) Venus could perhaps be seen in the sense it has in the Gospel of St. John: "The Word which became the Light of men." Venus indeed is the representative of the ruler of Light on Earth and in Nature: third aspect of the Solar Logos. "The Word in action in Nature with all its consequences," we should like to correct in this way: it is Venus, the ruler of the signs Taurus and Libra, houses of riches, art, beauty, and of the organized body. In the latter it represents the Law of Harmony between the Self and the Not-self.” (Ibid) LOL – “Well, gee, Jasper, that is a LOT more complicated, involved and much more uncertain than simply ‘Hope,’ ain’t it?”  “Sure is, Jed,” Jasper replied. It IS nice to just telegraph XVII as Hope, but if we know our Ps & Qs we know that XVII is never that simple, although the overall message can certainly be read that way . . . “sort of.” So, let’s take the Star today it its more ambiguous configuration; I believe it fits the circumstances MUCH better. So, in light of this, WHY the Queen of Swords? I grok it instantly, although it’s rather a waste of resources, exorbitant and unnecessary. She’s here to kick ass; specifically, anima’s ass; anima is at heart a lazy woman, who while liking order and logic in her ambiance prefers a personal life of “disarray,” to be polite.  I have little patience with it, although to tell the truth, I don’t find it objectionable in my wife (yes, she is,) just absolutely intolerable in myself. And rather than fighting the useless fight of animus/anima, because we BOTH know better, we have 
agreed to let that great tyrant, the Queen of Swords, lend us her energy to “GET IT DONE.” All of the Queens of Swords that I personally know aren’t anywhere near dropping by today, so this is definitely an energy signature. I can live with that; I have spent my whole LIFE dealing with Queens of Swords and their unreasonable caprices and “coups de tête,” but they are formidable Energy buffers and transmitters. Once again, let’s take just a quick look at what Thierens says; “The female rulership of the element of Earth on the house of Taurus, in which the Moon is exalted and 'womanhood eternal' is contained. The house of money, in worldly affairs. So this card must mean either woman ruling by matter, material or magnetic attraction, purely physical charm, or ruled by material elements herself. The latter may be seen as: ruled by the desire of luxury and money, or as: overpowered by material difficulties, weighed down under the burden of a material world. A woman of Saturnian and Martian qualities is seldom charming unless in a purely physical and sexual way; there may be higher virtues, however, which in this case will be developed by suffering, such as chastity, severity, continence--from which it will be easily seen, that sterility, privation and mourning may derive, personally. Astrologically the Martian and Saturnian qualities are seldom found to be very 'benefic' for women, being very often signs of an unpleasant character or injured reputation. On the one hand this card may be a woman under affliction and severed from her natural protector or protection--widow, divorced, separated, though not the unmarried; on the other hand we have to see in this card the woman who is paid for her 'love,' and the fact that "woman costs money," a fact of more occult significance than the world at large understands. It is indicated in the commandment of JHVH that 'man' should till the soil (Taurus) after the loss of the paradisiacal state. So this card has to do with the material necessity of married life, with peasantry and husbandry and economical exploitation. Well aspected, it may indicate art in general and sometimes wealth after assiduous struggle and toil.” (Ibid.) “NOT an easy card to swallow, eh, Annie?” . . . “No, Daddy Warbucks! Not at all!” Grin. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL today the “moxy” to deal with our own Queens of Swords. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!  


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