Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 10May2017. The deck today is *The Ancient[sic] Italian Tarot” by Serravalle Sesia, Carteria Italiana 1880. So, not exactly ancient, but we get the hype, don’t we class? LOL. They ARE beautiful cards, however. The draw today is: Sulfur = XIX the Sun; Mercury = II the High Priestess, and Salt = the Page of Batons. It is a GOOD hand for today, but I must say, uninspiring. I’ve been diddling around XIX the Sun for what seems MONTHS, and today my anima is delaying things again with a visit to the High Priestess to make sure she has all of her astral ducks in a row. To be completely honest with you, I’m exasperated. The Page of Batons is all fine and good as an Energy card; this is where the apotheosis starts. There are bags & bundles & crates full of energy here, and all I need do is pick and choose those that fit most my mixture of the Sun and the High Priestess throughout the day. It is interesting to note, as well, that the two cards drawn quite literally reflect male/female, animus/anima archetypes in Sulfur and Mercury, which gives them double potency. Being in the right place at the right time serves these two Arcana really well! This is as clear as crystal to me today, so despite my impatience, 
I shall summon my patience and wait for my anima to “catch up” and then we can move along. I shall plug in some relevant data on these cards, but for me, for now, that’s it. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a boost today in our ability to be Patient. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                 XIX the Sun: "The walls indicate, that we are still in the visible, or material world." (Papus) This relates to the picture which shows a child on horseback--or two children as in the older editions of the card--playing beneath the bright Sun and evidently within a walled enclosure. So far so good: we are and we remain in this world. And for the rest the Sun is the Sun and this card means everything that astrology can tell about the Sun, in every respect and on all planes. It means the positive or masculine elements in general, the power and function of will and concentration, great benefit and mighty protection in spiritual as well as in mundane life and matters. It may signify the father of the Querent and high authorities, king, president, ruler, etc. The spiritual center of man and the center of importance in everything are indicated by it. Physically it indicates the heart and the solar-plexus. The protecting power of the Sun is well illustrated by "the hieroglyphic value of the Hebrew letter Qoph, which expresses a sharp weapon, everything that is useful to man, that defends him and makes an effort for him." (Papus). In a figure laid for divination this card indicates the center of interest and that which is fixed, certain, assured and under protection.” (*The General Book of the Tarot* A. E. Thierens.)                                                                               II the High Priestess: “The second stage in macrocosmic evolution is the polarity of the omnipotent might of Self, omnipotent possibility of the field of manifestation, universal passive richness, the Kamaduk or Most Beloved Wish-Cow of the Hindus. This macrocosmic field is the Temple of the Great Magician or Architect, in potency at least. It is the Bull, Taurus, 
of astrology, the house of sound, art, faith and richness. To speak truly, it is not so much sound as the principle of the soundbox, sound itself having its origin in the next step. Therefore Papus may well compare this card with the hieroglyphic meaning of the Hebrew letter Beth, which relates to "the mouth of man as the organ of speech." But it is not "God the Son" as he says elsewhere. It might be called 'God the Woman,' the Divine Mother, the 'Eternal Feminine.' As the passive richness of the Universe awaiting him that will be able to see it and appreciate it, this principle may well be symbolized by the image of the High Priestess, sitting in an attitude of waiting, between the pillars of the Temple, B and J, standing for the Two, from which will spring the worlds of spirit and of matter. Being Supreme Objectivity, it is the symbol of receiving, of possessing, of cult and adoration. It symbolizes womanhood in general, as the first card symbolized manhood.” (Ibid)    The Page of Batons: “We have to keep in mind that the page of Air relates to the Third and to the Eleventh house both. Some of the indications show the mark of Aquarian, i.e. Uranian parentage, others are purely mercurial. The pages always cover the meaning of houses of Air, as we have seen the page of the airy element--wands--is the most airy of them all. The interpretation is easy enough, and the renderings are quite correct, with the exception of one item: we can never see this page as a 'stranger' but rather as an acquaintance, a friend, conforming to the connection with the eleventh house. That with the Third house even may bring his personal standing nearer to the Querent, viz. as a brother or schoolmate.” (Ibid)  


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