Saturday, May 20, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 21May2017. Today’s deck is, again, one of my sentimental favorites, the *Ibis Tarot* by Josef Machynko, trans. by Mascha Rabben.Very similar to the Kier Egyptian Tarot, it is, however, organized with suits and Court Cards instead of a run of numbered cards from 1 to 78. The first time I picked up this deck, we clicked, strongly and immediately. Every tarologue knows that “click,” there is no other feeling like it. Some small red light comes on in your brain, and thus signaling it in “Recording” mode. I pay attention when I use these cards; of course, I always “pay attention,”   but the crystalline clearness of these calls forth an extra degree of “it,” right from the start. Enough. Today’s draw is: Sulfur = XV Typhon (the Devil); Mercury = XXI the Crown of the Magicians, and Salt = the Ace of Scepters (Wands.) This is a fairly easy read in “tableau-mode,” given the back story of my last few days of readings (otherwise, it looks like gobbledygook. Grin.) To tell the truth (which I have sworn to do for this blog, 
uncomfortable though it be at times,) I’m simply not “in the mood,” or better yet, “mes humours ne sont pas à la taille,” to be in written analysis mode this morning. I look at the cards, am relatively pleased with what I see for the day, and now wish to move on, entirely. So, that is what I am going to do. I leave the draw to you to apply willy-nilly to any situation you like, or read it in the abstract; whatever lifts your skirt! I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a bit of lead in the leash we keep on ourselves. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                            (I include here the legend of Set, who is identified as Typhon (Greek name) from Wikipedia. There are much better online versions recounting the drama, but like all articles of faith it is best to get the summary from an agnostic. LOL.) 
                                                          The Legend of Set/Typhon                     “In the mythology of Heliopolis, Set was born of the sky goddess Nut and the earth god Geb. Set's sister and wife was Nephthys. Nut and Geb also produced another two children who became husband and wife: the divine Osiris and Isis, whose son was Horus. The myth of Set's conflict with Horus, Osiris, and Isis appears in many Egyptian sources, including the Pyramid Texts, the Coffin Texts, the Shabaka Stone, inscriptions on the walls of the temple of Horus at Edfu, and various papyrus sources. The Chester Beatty Papyrus No. 1 contains the legend known as The Contendings of Horus and Set. Classical authors also recorded the story, notably Plutarch's De Iside et Osiride. These myths generally portray Osiris as a wise lord, king, and bringer of civilization, happily married to his sister, Isis. Set was envious of his brother, and he killed and dismembered Osiris. Isis reassembled Osiris' corpse and embalmed him. As the archetypal mummy, Osiris reigned over the afterworld as a king among deserving spirits of the dead. Osiris' son Horus was conceived by Isis with Osiris' corpse. Horus naturally became the enemy of Set, and had many battles against Set for the kingship of Egypt. During these battles, Set was associated with Upper Egypt while Horus became Lower Egypt's patron. According to Papyrus Chester-Beatty I, Set is depicted as trying to prove his dominance by seducing Horus and then having intercourse with him. However, Horus places his hand between his thighs and catches Set's semen, then subsequently throws it in the river, so that he may not be said to have been inseminated by Set. Horus then deliberately spreads his own semen on some lettuce, which was Set's favorite food. After Set had eaten the lettuce, they went to the gods to try to settle the argument over the rule of Egypt. The gods first listened to Set's claim of dominance over Horus, and call his semen forth, but it answered from the river, invalidating his claim. Then, the gods listened to Horus' claim of having dominated Set, and call his semen forth, and it answered from inside Set. However, Set still refused to relent, and the other gods were getting tired from over eighty years of fighting and challenges. Horus and Set challenged each other to a boat race, where they each raced in a boat made of stone. Horus and Set agreed, and the race started. But Horus had an edge: his boat was made of wood painted to resemble stone, rather than true stone. Set's boat, being made of heavy stone, sank, but Horus's did not. Horus then won the race, and Set stepped down and officially gave Horus the throne of Egypt. But after the New Kingdom, Set still was considered Lord of the desert and its oases. The same myth was also described in the prognosis texts of the Calendar of Lucky and Unlucky Days of papyrus Cairo 86637, where the actions of Set were connected to the phases of the Moon.” 

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