Friday, March 24, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 24Mar2017. Please accept my excuses, but my writing, originality and inspiration are on the blink today. I’m starting a new medication and the thing is really putting me through the whammy. All I want to do is sleep, 24 hours a day. OF course that isn’t possible, so I’m fumbling around in semi-consciousness trying to not fall over my own feet. Therefore, in order to provide you with at least some guidance & knowledge in today’s draw, I am excerpting Arthur E. Waite himself in his book, *The Pictorial Key to the Tarot: Being Fragments of a Secret Tradition under the Veil of Divination” by Arthur Edward Waite; Martino Pub., 2012. Why him? Because I decided to take a trip down Memory Lane today and draw with the original Frankenstein’s monster, the Rider/Waite/Smith Tarot. I haven’t used one in a coon’s age! and a sudden wave of debilitating remembrance & fondness swept over me. It’s odd; I expected to be disappointed, but instead am thrilled and giddy to find an old friend who HASN’T worn with age at all and still gives me a frisson, of excitement. Goody goody gum drops. The draw today is “hangin’ around the End Times” again,” an almost normal occurrence these days in my life. I can’t shake the feeling that it is ALL being “wrapped up,” as if the film is ending soon, much sooner than the boob of a lead actor (me) has any suspicion. I do hope that isn’t true, but if it is, so be it, I’m cool with the transition, just the timing could be argued. Well, “on verra.” Today’s draw is; Sulfur = XX Judgement; 
Mercury = V the Hierophant, and Slat = the King of Wands. Dynamic, “get a move on!”, “kwitcher lollygaggin’ an’ pick up tha’ there bindlestiff and finish the Journey, damn ye!” Yesterday “bodhisattvahood” was hinted at if I can stay the course and continue my spiritual evolution; while I have my reservations, if my after-death Journey has, as a part, the “duty” of helping still incorporated beings to seeing their way clear into the Light, I can do that with a joyful heart. It isn’t bad, as far as day jobs go. Okay, Onward and Upward! with the Waite elucubrations on his eponymous Tarot deck. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a clear and easy stretch of the Path today. Be Well! Be Zen! Be Blessed!                          XX Judgement: “I have said that this symbol is essentially invariable in all Tarot sets, or at least the variations do not alter its character. The great angel is here encompassed by clouds, but he blows his bannered trumpet, and the cross as usual is displayed on the banner. The dead are rising from their tombs--a woman on the right, a man on the left hand, and between them their child, whose back is turned. But in this card there are more than three who are restored, and it has been thought worthwhile to make this variation as illustrating the insufficiency of current explanations. It should be noted that all the figures are as one in the wonder, adoration and ecstasy expressed by their attitudes. It is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation in answer to the summons of the Supernal--which summons is heard and answered from within. Herein is the intimation of a significance which cannot well be carried further in the present place. What is that within us which does sound a trumpet and all that is lower in our nature rises in response--almost in a moment, almost in the twinkling of an eye? Let the card continue to depict, for those who can see no further, the Last judgment and the resurrection in the natural body; but let those who have inward eyes look and discover therewith. They will understand that it has been called truly in the past a card of eternal life, and for this reason it may be compared with that which passes under the name of Temperance.” (Ibid)                                                                                                               V The Hierophant: “He wears the triple crown and is seated between two pillars, but they are not those of the Temple which is guarded by the High Priestess. In his left hand he holds a scepter terminating in the triple cross, and with his right hand he gives the well-known ecclesiastical sign which is called that of esotericism, distinguishing between the manifest and concealed part of doctrine. It is noticeable in this connexion that the High Priestess makes no sign. At his feet are the crossed keys, and two priestly ministers in albs kneel before him. He has been usually called the Pope, which is a particular application of the more general office that he symbolizes. He is the ruling power of external religion, as the High Priestess is the prevailing genius of the esoteric, withdrawn power. The proper meanings of this card have suffered woeful admixture from nearly all hands. Grand Orient says truly that the Hierophant is the power of the keys, exoteric orthodox doctrine, and the outer side of the life which leads to the 
doctrine; but he is certainly not the prince of occult doctrine, as another commentator has suggested. He is rather the summa totius theologiæ, when it has passed into the utmost rigidity of expression; but he symbolizes also all things that are righteous and sacred on the manifest side. As such, he is the channel of grace belonging to the world of institution as distinct from that of Nature, and he is the leader of salvation for the human race at large. He is the order and the head of the recognized hierarchy, which is the reflection of another and greater hierarchic order; but it may so happen that the pontiff forgets the significance of this his symbolic state and acts as if he contained within his proper measures all that his sign signifies or his symbol seeks to shew forth. He is not, as it has been thought, philosophy-except on the theological side; he is not inspiration; and he is not religion, although he is a mode of its expression.” (Ibid)                                                              The King of Wands: “The physical and emotional nature to which this card is attributed is dark, ardent, lithe, animated, impassioned, noble. The King uplifts a flowering wand, and wears, like his three correspondences in the remaining suits, what is called a cap of maintenance beneath his crown. He connects with the symbol of the lion, which is emblazoned on the back of his throne. Divinatory meanings: Dark man, friendly, countryman, generally married, honest and conscientious. The card always signifies honesty, and may mean news concerning an unexpected heritage to fall in before very long. Good, but severe; austere, yet tolerant. Generally favorable; may signify a good marriage. Advice that should be followed.” (Ibid)  And finally, a note about today’s reading; I am not dying, nor do I feel that I am, but I am more acutely aware than ever that my time left on this globe of rock & mud is growing logarithmically shorter. I am “trying like hell” to “hothouse” my spiritual evolution in order that I will be in SOME sort of shape to continue the “hike” after I stop at the “rest station.” I LIKE the person I am becoming; he is so much nicer, kinder, more caring, and he actually LOVES people (some, not all. Let’s not lose our heads, eh?) I have fallen in love again, this time with a group of people, my friends; not just “yea, I love my friends,” but more profound, more sincere, more real. I have discovered that I can have all the Love that I want if I am willing to let it in as well as accept a good dose of it from myself for me. I WANT to be better than human-stuck-here. And by damn, I shall be; I Will it so. I AM God, along with every other being in this gorgeous Universe. See you out there on the Royal Road!    

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