Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 02mar2017; today’s spread is the Basics Modified and the deck is *The Wild Unknown Tarot* by Kim Krans. It is a different and highly sympathetic deck, composed of nature’s more “natural” habitants, animals, insects & birds. “Gives a good read, it does. Pass the stout.” Please excuse me, but today isn’t a day where I’m going to shine like the morning star; we had a late, social evening last night and while immensely enjoyable (until approx. 00:30,) J & I were up until 03:30 cleaning, deconstructing the mess, and in general winding down while we wound up the cleanup (Normally I rise at around 5 a.m. but today it was a late 06:30 before the cats finally reached their breaking point and licked me awake). . . and, of course enjoying a much-needed end-of-the-night splif. (J. doesn’t partake of the herb, but is a smoker sans pareil. So, as I keep trying tactic after tactic to wean her off of tobacco, she has just recently consented to try the herb as a “lessening of need.” On verra!) My draw today is: Sulfur = IX the Hermit; Mercury = XVI the Tower reversed, and Salt = the Ace of Swords. A quick tableau reading, trusting heavily upon my intuition and less on the still-fogged grey matter, I see my Sulfur/male/active current caught in midstride in his Hermit-hood. I am on the point of turning from a deep and highly profitable, in terms of advancement, Hermit period and now feel I must exhibit his 2nd stage, that of going social to spread my “message.” My female, passive, Mercurial current is running in a different direction, panicking slightly at the upcoming changes but putting a brave face on it and knowing that that at the end is “une épanouissement exceptionnelle.” (A brilliant fulfilling, a glorious flowering.) At least that is what I am promising her . . . {{cough cough.}} All jesting aside, I feel myself drawing nearer, and I feel both excited and trepidatious. I am passing through a particularly rich spiritual vein at the moment, and it is lending great strength to my newborn manifestation. The strength is coming, of course, from my Salt/catalyst, the Ace of Swords. Everyone knows about the Ace of Swords, right? (If not, make a comment below and I will respond.) I love this Energy, and I feel it is SO appropriate to wind the kundalini snake in an eternity torus around the upright Sword; Everything You Need To Know is right THERE, in that image.
I’m content with today’s reading, only hoping that after a profound visit to the Vaps yesterday, and today encountering the Tower, that my Anima is holding up; I’m sure she is, she thrives on high drama and being the Queen Bee. I won’t say she’s a bitch; she’s just a woman who knows what she wants and WILL have it, damn the cost. As well as the people who are wounding from scrambling to get the hell out of her way. (Can you tell I really like her, a LOT? LOL.) After I sign off, Ill slip in three fragmentary bits of info on the draw today; you can munch on them or not, as you please. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a true perception of our progress on our Path(s) today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!                                                                                                                 IX the Hermit: from A.E. Waite’s *Pictorial Key to the Tarot* (1911!) - “Inner Symbolism - The variation from the conventional models in this card is only that the lamp is not enveloped partially in the mantle of its bearer, who blends the idea of the Ancient of Days with the Light of the World It is a star which shines in the lantern. I have said that this is a card of attainment, and to extend this conception the figure is seen holding up his beacon on an eminence. Therefore the Hermit is not, as Court de Gebelin explained, a wise man in search of truth and justice; nor is he, as a later explanation proposes an especial example of experience. His beacon intimates that "where I am, you also may be." It is further a card which is understood quite incorrectly when it is connected with the idea of occult isolation, as the protection of personal magnetism against admixture. This is one of the frivolous renderings which we owe to Éliphas Lévi. It has been adopted by the French Order of Martinism and some of us have heard a great deal of the Silent and Unknown Philosophy enveloped by his mantle from the knowledge of the profane. In true Martinism, the significance of the term
Philosophe inconnu was of another order. It did not refer to the intended concealment of the Instituted Mysteries, much less of their substitutes, but--like the card itself--to the truth that the Divine Mysteries secure their own protection from those who are unprepared.”                                    XVI the Tower reversed – “Inner Symbolism - Occult explanations attached to this card are meagre and mostly disconcerting. It is idle to indicate that it depicts min in all its aspects, because it bears this evidence on the surface. It is said further that it contains the first allusion to a material building, but I do not conceive that the Tower is more or less material than the pillars which we have met with in three previous cases. I see nothing to warrant Papus in supposing that it is literally the fall of Adam, but there is more in favor of his alternative--that it signifies the materialization of the spiritual word. The bibliographer Christian imagines that it is the downfall of the mind, seeking to penetrate the mystery of God. I agree rather with Grand Orient that it is the ruin of the House of We, when evil has prevailed therein and above all that it is the rending of a House of Doctrine. I understand that the reference is, however, to a House of Falsehood. It illustrates also in the most comprehensive way the old truth that "except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." There is a sense in which the catastrophe is a reflection from the previous card, but not on the side of the symbolism which I have tried to indicate therein. It is more correctly a question of analogy; one is concerned with the fall into the material and animal state, while the other signifies destruction on the intellectual side. The Tower has been spoken of as the chastisement of pride and the intellect overwhelmed in the attempt to penetrate the Mystery of God; but in neither case do these explanations account for the two persons who are the living sufferers. The one is the literal word made void and the other its false interpretation. In yet a deeper sense, it may signify also the end of a dispensation, but there is no possibility here for the consideration of this involved question.  Divinatory Meanings Reversed- According to one account, the same in a lesser degree also oppression, imprisonment, tyranny.” (Ibid)                                                               The Ace of Swords – “Divinatory Meanings - Triumph, the excessive degree in everything, conquest, triumph of force. It is a card of great force, in love as well as in hatred. The crown may carry a much higher significance than comes usually within the sphere of fortune-telling. Great prosperity or great misery.” (Ibid)    

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