Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot, for 04Apr2017.The Basics modified spread, of course, and today I continue the 2nd installment of my 3-5 day “date package” with a favorite deck; this is something that fell into place the end of my just-completed run with *Tabula Mundi Tarot,” and I enjoyed the continuity linking card interpretations. Today’s deck is the *Tarot of the Holy Light” by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. This is a 5 Star treasure of a deck, just simply wonderful. On top of which, the deck is a tour de force in academic-style, richness and original Tarot veracity as she restores classical Continental Tarot to its true place in the Continental hierarchy. Today’s draw is: Sulfur = III the Empress; Mercury = XX Judgement, and Salt = the King of Swords. Again I am at a loss for words today, as I find the reading fine, absolutely fine, and terribly predictable. Animus in the Feminine, looking for more validation on the roles involved. The Anima is off in ecstasy because, in her usual two-steps behind attitude, she is now dealing with the ramifications inherent in “translation and/or enlightenment. And as we are all so tediously tired of hearing, including me, the King of Swords is doing the dynamo action, powering the couple, and of course brings up vibes from one of my older avatars. This being said, I don’t feel good leaving you materialess, so I shall clip & paste some relevant quotes below. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a moment free of expectation and duty or desire, to simply enjoy peace. Be Well! Be Zen! Be Blessed!
"If the Hebrew letter Gimel means the throat (as a canal for sound) and also "the hand of man half closed in the act of prehension" (Papus), then it may indeed well stand for the house of Gemini as for no one else; because Gemini is the macrocosmic 'relation between the two' which is potential vibration, symbolized by 'sound,' and this sign rules the hands of man, with which he grips this relation actually. It rules the 'Word, which was with God in the beginning' and words, speech and correspondence in this world below, as above. It means cognizance, from which science may spring later, but it is not science itself. Nor is it 'action' (Mathers), though it is the origin of, sometimes the pretext for, activity. But it includes indecision, uncertainty, doubt, change, intercourse, reflection, appearance and everything that the sign Gemini may further communicate. This Empress is indeed "a daughter of Heaven and Earth" (Waite), for she represents the sphere of Mercury, Messenger of the Gods, and so this card always bears the meaning of messages and writing, and of news to be heard, instructions to be received. Twelve (in older pictures nine) stars are placed around her head and this certainly means that down here on earth the messages come to us from the stars, a gentle hint at astrology. We regret that in the picture of Waite, the wings, with which the figure is gifted, and the shield with eagle in her right hand, as shown in older editions of this card have been omitted, for both hold a due indication of the element Air. Gemini is the first house of Air, and sound uses the air as its medium. The use of the sign of Venus is not very clear in the picture given by Waite because it is not Venus but Mercury that rules the house of the Empress. One of the older editions shows the Empress holding in her left hand a wand with a heraldic lily, a sort of trefoil on its top, very suggestive of the origin of the color or suit of Wands, which of course has a close relation with the card of Gemini. Why this idea of the messenger is drawn as a woman, and given the name of the 'Empress' is very well explained by Mr. Waite in these words: "because there is no direct message which has been given to man like that which is borne by woman." Woman rules the world. As a mother she is the 'canal' by
which the human being is conducted from another world into this one, and as a female she attracts the man, in order to 'double' herself and to impart a double value to life on earth. This is indicated in the image of the Twins, originally Adam-Eve destined to be united by Knowledge. This is the card
of Knowledge. Also of 'universal fecundity' as Waite has it. Astrological Correspondence = Gemini." *The General Book of the Tarot* by A. E. Thierens (1930.) Then, in the place of Mercury, I have drawn XX Judgement, an o-l-d friend of long date. “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) And finally, for the King of Swords, this slightly antiquated book has this to say about "the old me," a man of whom I was very proud although he DID have his buttons and issues. With all of that King of Swords personality, I was a "touch" volcanic by nature, but civilized. Grin. Thus; "The Water of the soul on the Twelfth and on the Eighth house. The double influence of water makes the emotions and feelings prominent, relates to the imagination, to deeper experiences and strong reactions of the soul, processes of psychic life, which may end in wonderful success or in less desirable phenomena. It is sure to indicate much relating to the subways of human life and the human soul. This is not always favorable or pleasant, of course, but is in almost every instance intensive, though the cups never go to anything like hatred or crime or real malice. Their weakness is in being unreliable or incalculable with regard to things of the exact world or matter. So in the worst cases this card may indicate everything connected with swindling from sheer mental instability. But it may also be, that the term 'swindler' (charlatan) is wrongly given to people who are standing apart from the common herd and are more or less occultists. The "higher graces of the imagination." There may be certainly a considerable degree of falsehood expressed by this card: false interpretation, misjudgment, tendentious or fantastic narratives, exaggerated complaints, imaginary wrongs, pathos and what the world calls miscarriage. On account of the eighth house all this may be connected with sex-questions or intimate and private affairs. The card may express indiscretion committed and slanderous reports, secretly promulgated. It has to do with secrets and the divulgation of secrets. But there may be also a higher sway in the emotional realm: devotion, sacrifice, charity." (Ibid)