Friday, June 30, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 30/06/2017.  Today’s deck is *The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot* by Nick Farrell and Harry & Nicola Wendrich. I like this Tarot quite a bit; it is heavy on the symbolism and most of the time I enjoy that, as the added layers of meaning are always helpful and illuminating. Due to my current but temporary problems on photo transfer, I have been forced to use a different version of the Tarot card Salt, which is a shame, as in today’s deck it is a spectacular card, {{SOB.}} (Grin.) Having written that, let’s take a look at today’s draw: Sulfur = II the High Priestess; Mercury = XVII the Star, and Salt = the King of Swords. It isn’t serious, however, as I am once again loathe to write, and so will leave you with other ‘professional’ autopsies of the cards. I am truly sorry that I haven’t been more pleonastic of late, but I seem to be rather distant from the Will to ‘verbalize’ at the moment. Perhaps it is due to the fact that I have been meditating a LOT lately on the Magicians motto; “To Know; To Will, To Dare & To Keep Silent.” It is especially the last item that has given me a lot of pause for thought, and has recast using the Sacred Tarot publicly or revealing deep teachings I have perceived along the Path, as “perhaps” a misguided effort that is actually interdicted. I’m FAR from suddenly joining a secret society and swearing on the life of my golem (ha!) that I will observe the motto (well, I might; it depends on how glittering & fabulous the robes are. Grin.) Whatever the reason, I leave you with, if not flashier words, perhaps less “extemporaneous” ones. LOL. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the grace of understanding Wisdom through Hope. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                                                                             II the High Priestess - "The Moon in Scorpio in House 12, the Moon as symbol for the lunar consciousness, Scorpio standing for the powers of the unconscious. House 12 stands for the mysteries. Planet: Moon. Tree of Life: The connection between Kether and Tiphareth. Element: Water. Number: 2 as the symbol of duality (female.)

The High Priestess represents the deeper, more subtle aspect of the female archetype - the darkness, the mystery, psychic power, the might of the Moon to enlighten the subconscious. The High Priestess is silence, passivity, containing a power of her own. Only when retiring from the world, can we allow our subconscious to rise, listen to our inner voice and recognize our spiritual power. Most people never rest like this, as our society supports the total suppression of the subconscious, but without it we will never understand ourselves. The High Priestess is inner wisdom at its deepest, a wisdom that cannot be expressed in rational terms. Trying so, we would already falsify and restrict it. As a symbol for deeper knowledge, the card can express a feeling of darkness, which might also be a feeling of fear, but also a feeling of beauty. We know there is more inside than we can see. In a negative aspect, the High Priestess could stand for passivity at the wrong time, leading to weakness and a fear of life. It could mean that a person is very sensitive but unable to touch their feelings or just live with their feelings."  (Raven,     
 XVI the Star - "Jupiter in Aquarius as a symbol for foresightedness and confidence; or Venus in Pisces standing for the desire for the inscrutable. Zodiac: Aquarius. Tree of Life: From Chokmah to Tiphareth. Element: Air. Number: 17 as the number of hope, expansion of the 7, cross sum is 8.           The Star is the trump of hope and trust, for the sensitive understanding of cosmic coherence, the intuition that everything is in balance and harmony. It is related to Adjustment (the cross sum of 17 is 8), but while the Adjustment keeps the balance deliberately, the Star keeps it with feeling. The Star is also called the 'Guiding Light', and is taken as a symbol of the deep realization that the chosen way is the right one, that the end of this way will be a good one, and that there is perfect harmony between the psychic feeling and the physical doing... In a negative position the Star can tell when there is a mistake in the code, some error in our feeling, that the way we feel so sure about isn't quite right. This is what makes this trump so kind - even in its most negative aspect it just gives us a gentle warning." (Ibid.)              
King of Swords - Astrology: 21° Taurus to 20° Gemini. Element and World: The Air of Yetzirah. Tree of Life: Chokmah. The King of Swords represents the Fire in the Air; he is the storm of the mind flaming up high. He is sharp-minded, analytical, clever, dexterous and courageous, always ready for and fond of arguments and verbal wars. His passion for intellectual mind games can make him an excellent warrior in logical excursions, enjoying both picky subtleties and bizarre contradictions. At his best, the King of Swords stands for intelligent judgement and mental realizations, he is a skillful trickster and a keen observer. Though, lacking the depths of the water and the stability of earth, his mind games could turn into cloud-cuckoo-lands without inner reflections; he is unable to decide simply by getting lost in too many theoretical variations. At the worst, the King of Swords tends to put logic and mind ahead of all other values, turning into a cold analytic judge and rating by logic only, without warmth or humanity; or he even degenerates to a deceitful, sardonic tyrant of the mind." (Ibid.)      


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