Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for the 20April2017. Today the deck is the “Thoth Tarot” by Aleister Crowley. No commentary on him or the deck, there are already reams of it; Google to your heart’s content. Grin. My draw this morning is: Sulphur = XVIII the Moon; Mercury = XV the Devil, and Salt = the Prince of Swords. I am extremely fatigued this morning, so please forgive me if I leave you with the commentary of Raven this morning. XVIII - The Moon - Path of Qoph 29 in the Tree of Life; Moon in Scorpio as the dark knowledge of the depths of soul. Zodiac: Pisces. Tree of Life: from Netzach to Malkuth. Element: Water. Number: 18 as the return of the animal (turnus of sun- and moon eclipse) cross sum is the 9 Element: Water. The Moon will lead us into the blackest depths of our soul, into the world of the subconscious, where there are no more words, just images and notions. It represents a journey into the darkest night, a look behind our own face. The Moon isn't the most comfortable trump -
though everybody likes to equate it with the mysteries, rarely someone really enjoys the look into their own abyss, where sometimes the unvarnished truth is not too pleasant. Embarrassingly enough, the Moon tends to show up what we generally ignore, refuse to see, or even deny all the time. But the step has to be taken, for without facing up to darkness, we will never see the light. Unlike most trumps, the Moon has no real negative aspect, but it implies a serious danger. The journey into night could be too much when we're not prepared and we might get lost in our own shadow.” (Raven www.corax.com) Rather surprising for my masculine today, but what the Hell, this card sequence is somewhat of a Chinese finger trap for me; I had the same cards, but reversed polarity, just a few days ago, albeit without the Crowleyian twist & “boot in the ass.” Gliding on, I see that I have XV the Devil as my feminine current today! Ha! Now that’s a switch for me, I must say! Let’s see what Raven may have to say. “XV - The Devil. Path of Ayin 26 in the Tree of Life, Saturn at his dark side. Planet: Moon. Tree of Life: From Tiphareth to Hod. Element: Earth. Number: 15 as the number of the full moon, the cross sum of 15 is 6 (!) Reducing the long story of the Devil to its roots, there was an archangel called Lucifer (Lightbringer) who said 'I'm born to be free - I don't serve!' Later on there was a despotic religion that annihilated everything else, destroyed age old cultures and beliefs, and suppressed natural wisdom and science. Then, the world was provided with perverted rags like Dante’s' 'Divine Comedy', while everything scientific landed in the fire. But for all the 'evil' there was a perfect scapegoat - the devil... In the Tree of Life the
Devil goes from consciousness and harmony to intellect and logic - against all dogma, never caring for rules, freely uncompromising and independent. There are no restrictions, no limitations, nothing is forbidden. The Devil is aware of the darkness; he knows all the shadows and will go on researching even at a high price. In a positive aspect, the Devil tells us to go ahead with whatever we want, even when the results won't be comfortable. Never forget that half of the great scientists in history ended up on a scaffold or were accused of 'heresy'. Therefore, the negative aspect of the card can mean loneliness, misunderstanding, or that someone is outcast and damned. On the other hand of course, it could mean that applying a little restriction here and there wouldn't have been the worst solution. By the way, I don't mean that you should see the Devil as a person, or take the plain image of someone with horns and hoof seriously. The little paragraph above is just to help you to see and use the powerful potential of trump XV in its intended manner. Baudelaire once wrote that: "the devil's best trick was to convince us he doesn't exist". It could certainly be said that the devil has done a good job when we recognize that there actually isn't one...” (Ibid) And finally, opening the cellar door chez moi this morning, I see my engine for the day, the Prince of Swords; “Prince of Swords, (Prince of the chariot of the winds.) Tiphareth in the Tree of Life. Astrology: 21° Capricorn to 20° Aquarius. Element and world: The Air in the Airs of Yetzirah. Tree of Life: Tiphareth. Being Air in Air, the Prince of Swords is the pure manifestation of mind and intellect, full of plans and ideas which on the worst side may disturb and confuse each other, on the best create an inexhaustible spring of creative thoughts. The Prince of Swords is intelligent, idealistic, full of creativity and fluidity, a real Mercurian spirit who often will argue just for the fondness of arguing - and not so much for the arguments themselves. The Prince of Swords can throw himself head over heels into a scientific research, reaching highest levels within a short time and then throw everything away without further notice because something else appears more interesting at the moment. On the dark side, the Prince of Swords lacks both the qualities of Water and Earth; he can easily become unstable, unreliable and extremely moody, using his amount of intelligence to trick himself through life, becoming a master of disguise and cheat.” So that’s my day as seen in the cards today. Well, we’ll see, but I DO tend to lend credence to the Sacred Tarot. I ask the Cosmos to give us all a sense of the sacred in the profane today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!