Friday, June 2, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 03June2017. Today’s deck is the 3rdf edition of the *Alexander Daniloff Tarot*. I have the 1st edition, and to tell the truth, I DO prefer the bigger card size of the 1st edition to the normal Tarot-sized cards of the 3rd edition; however, both decks ARE extremely similar, perhaps even identical (I haven’t compared,) so I guess I’m just a “bigger is better” kind of guy –LOL. “Only in a few things, Leopoldine. Now go fetch my aide, Major “Wheelbarrow” Kropotkin, please.” If you want a Daniloff deck, the 3rd edition is great but, if you can, get a copy of the OoP 1st edition; go for it! Grin. Onward and Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = V the Pope; Mercury = XIV Temperance and Salt = the King of Coins.  I MUST say, this is a “marking time” draw from my perspective, and thus announcing no innovations today. “Stay home & study, Mark (my plan anyway,) and “use” the day with moderation; not too much of ANYTHING. Including study, alright?” Material concerns contribute to a quiet day today; no shopping expeditions for a while, I’m afraid. The King offers Hope; also, as I’ve stated recently, he carries a tremendous amount of Taurean energy – rock solid, faithful, concerned about the material well-being of his subjects. He can’t stand “false talkers,” liars, chit-chatterers and general word-wasters; those are directly against his Energy. This is all a redux of the hands I have been getting lately, and carries absolutely nothing new, not even a hint of where I’ll be going next or what I may decide to do. So, just put your butt on the kettle warmer, Mark, and don’t go outside. Therefore, because both I and my subconscious aren’t going to squeeze these again, for the 20th time, to wring out what pitiful juice is left. I’ll just wait, though, as advised. There will be a revelation in the next day or three about the new direction I should take, so Patience is the virtue invoked for the moment. That is it for today, folks. 
Surprising brief, eh? Grin. Sometimes the cards are just like life – each day isn’t a marvelous and unique adventure, without repetition. Habit and custom have a lot to do with how we construct our lives or routines, and there are times when it simply consists of sucking your teeth and waiting. (A disgusting habit, sucking your teeth; it is why I always keep a pair of pliers on me, to give those people a new frame of reference. Grin.) (I shall give you some citations on the cards themselves to fill the abandoned space I’m leaving for today.) I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL today the Patience to await further developments. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                   V the Pope – “The fifth step on the cosmic ladder is that of the Atma, the Spark in macrocosmos and that of childbirth and of the heart in particular on the physical plane. The latter is sanctified by the former and this fact is symbolized in the image of the Hierophant. It may also be interpreted in its turn as the sanctifying of the profane (man) by the holy (man) in general, and this fact gave the reason for the other nomination of this card: the pope. Of course it may equally well be called the patriarch. In the masonic lodge it is the R.W.M., the sun in the solar system and the heart in every living body, as also the solar plexus in the etheric body. And as the teaching of St. Paul--and others--has it: from the heart are the issues into life. It is the dynamic center of every living existence. The Hierophant "is seated between the two pillars of Hermes and of Solomon" . . . "He is symbol of mercy and beneficence." (Mathers) This is exact. Papus says he is the principle "which attaches the material body to the divine spirit." Which is precisely that of the heart. So there remains little doubt with regard to identity. The same author identifies further the principle of the Hierophant with the Hebrew letter He, which means aspiration or breath. In fact the 
heart is the cause of this periodical movement, which we find in pulsation and respiration, in analogy with the Law of Periodicity in Cosmos. In the different versions given by authors there is very little of value. The Hierophant is, in short; the heart and herein resides the motoric force for good or for evil, according to the more or less sanctifying force that comes through. In case of affliction there may be lack of courage, self-confidence, honesty, sometimes certain evil or bad character. It is rightly asserted, that this card may denote "the man to whom the Querent has recourse" (Waite), also some authority or official having power to sanctify or gratify demands. Leo is the 'king,' it is said by astrologers. And in mundane evolution the king derived his power from the emperor, as in the zodiac. He was invested by the latter with a power to wield and rule a definite and concrete organization, for which he became individually responsible. So where the emperor was chosen and came forth from the soul of the people and apparently from below, the king is appointed from above, and seems more spiritual because more actually known. There ought to be no kings, however, without an emperor over them. The king is and remains the central official, as the heart is the central organ of the organism. The triple crown of the Hierophant and his triple crossed staff both indicate his rulership in the three worlds, which I should like to name the spiritual, the psychical and the physical. Some say the card means marriage. This may be, but only in the inner sense of true revelation to the heart, and consequently in the same sense as Jesus meant when He said: "Marriages are contracted in Heaven." In another way, in practical divination, the card means of course 'sanction,' be it of marriage or of something else, but always in the way of inner consent, not of outer law, which is ruled by another house. Self-centeredness and some sort of natural authority are the chief characteristics of Leo and the Hierophant.” (*The General Book of the Tarot* by A. E. Thierens)                                                       XIV Temperance - ". . . the Genius of the Sun holding two cups and pouring from the one into the other the liquor which holds life." (Papus)--" A winged angel with the sign of the sun upon his forehead . . . pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice." (Waite) Another version has: ". . . pours the fluid of Life from a golden vase into a silver one." (Papus) This is evidently the cosmic function next to the Sun, messenger of the same: Mercury or Vulcan, lord of the sphere of Virgo, surrounding the solar Leo-sphere. Other traditional descriptions confirm this: "It is the symbol of combinations, working incessantly in all regions of Nature." (Papus) On his breast this angel bears a square with inscribed triangle, reminding us of the passage of the cosmological Stanzas of Dzyan, "The Three fall into the Four," which means the beginning of Manifestation. "Entry of Spirit into Matter and reaction of Matter upon Spirit." (Papus) So on the subject of this card there seems to be perfect understanding. "Incarnation of Life," Papus adds. This is Mercury, who has to do with the distribution of life-currents from the Sun farther on into the solar-system and from the heart and solar-plexus farther on into our physical body. The golden vase and the silver one illustrate this distribution from higher to lower regions. So this card signifies all sorts of distribution, from the nervous system and its workings of co-ordination to correspondence by the post office, letters and communications, and the latter not only limited to this physical world but extended to other planes of existence. The function of Mercury is that of the mind in its concrete activities and imparts knowledge, learning, which after all is the beginning or potentiality of all our further relations in this world. Papus seeks to establish relation between it and the Hebrew letter Nun, which means "the offspring of the female--(we said rightly, that Mercury has much to do with the Moon)--a son, the fruit of any kind . . . the image of the being produced or reflected. . .” Yes: reflection and above all reproduction. The name 'Temperance' appears to have been chosen because of the transposition from one plane to another or one center to another, which has much to do with 'time' also. The latter is the proper reason for naming this principle directly after that of Saturn.” (Ibid.
King of Coins – “The King is the higher octave of the ace, and this particular king heads the cross of fixed signs, so has to do with economy, agriculture, art, vast business, devotional service of the church. The general effect of this card must consequently be to afford protection, and as it shows a very favorable attitude on the part of superiors or influential people, though these will be rather young, or at least, not very old. There is above all noblesse in this card, integrity, honesty above all doubt, nor is anything in it which can be turned to evil, were it thrice reversed. The only sort of faults that could be observed in people coming under it would be pride coupled with some vanity, love of pomp, gambling. The Leo-type will naturally dominate the card. Here is a man whom you must go to see and visit, because he will never come to you. He has a widespread influence, which is for the good of everybody who wishes to profit by it, and against which it is hopeless to contend. The card means further everything in the way of sanction, agreement, consent, etc., and gives success in love-affairs and marriage.”    

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