Thursday, June 29, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 29/06/2017. Today’s deck is the glorious collaboration of Robert Place & Rachel Pollack, *The Raziel Tarot.” With art by Robert and text by Rachel, do you need ANY other prima facie evidence? LOL! No, of course not. I am NOT big on Biblical mystical tradition, since I consider it as “Grand Theft Texto” and a lot of imaginary glue, but let’s put the gravy on a well-cooked roast and acknowledge a masterful presentation! Grin. My draw for today reverts BACK to the original Three Principals of Alchemy spread that I modified; The original calls for the Major Arcana only, and this deck is a Majors-only deck, thus a perfect fit (especially if you are a Jewish alchemist! LOL.) Today’s draw is: Sulfur = VII the Chariot; Mercury = XIII Death, and Salt = IV the Emperor. I am again not motivated or doused in  Muse-fuel today, and just don’t or can’t summon the desire to write this morning (you see how good I am becoming at overcoming Desire? LOL!) However, rather than leave you in the bedroom with your underwear around your ankles while I fall asleep in a warm bath,  I am providing three descriptions, explanations, call them what you will, of the cards from a Jewish esoteric viewpoint. I hope that this will help to increase your understanding of these traditions in Jewish thought, as it helped me, quite a bit. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the means to find our answers. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                               VII - the Chariot: "Mars in connection with Sun or Mercury; Mars as symbol of enforcement combines with Sun as symbol for will or Mercury as the symbol of the way. Zodiac: Cancer. Tree of Life: The way from Binah to Geburah. Element: Water. Number: 7 as the number of earthly and divine harmony (3+4), destiny, motion. The Chariot stands for combined powers, ready to move forward. It represents the dynamic principle and the human will to proceed, the ability to use the powers of life and keep the outer and inner balance. The Chariot shows a strong will, a strong personality, and at its best, victory and success. But it also is a symbol for controversial power, for contradictions that are not solved, but just controlled. In this, the trump also warns of overestimation and recklessness. With every new venture or beginning one should check carefully whether the desired goal is compatible with one's life and inner self. Additionally, the Chariot is a symbol for the armor we build up when moving forward in the process of self-assertion. It also alludes to the danger that we might mix this armor with our actual personality. So a negative aspect of the Chariot might involve understanding that the way of armed power isn't always the right one that the controversial power inside may to be reconciled with one other, and not just controlled and suppressed. Drive: The will to conquer, courage, victory.   Light: The awakening of powers, the way ahead, searching and finding one's place in life. Shadow: Megalomania, insensivity, running against walls."  (Raven,
                                                                  XII Death - "Belief in the eventual resurrection of the dead is a fundamental belief of traditional Judaism. It was a belief that distinguished the Pharisees (intellectual ancestors of Rabbinical Judaism) from the Sadducees. The Sadducees rejected the concept, because it is not explicitly mentioned in the Torah. The Pharisees found the concept implied in certain verses. Belief in resurrection of the dead is one of Rambam's 13 Principles of Faith. The second blessing of the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, which is recited three times daily, contains several references to resurrection. (Note: the Reform movement, which apparently rejects this belief, has rewritten the second blessing accordingly). The resurrection of the dead will occur in the messianic age, a time referred to in Hebrew as the Olam Ha-Ba, the World to Come, but that term is also used to refer to the spiritual afterlife. When the messiah comes to initiate the perfect world of peace and prosperity, the righteous dead will be brought back to life and given the opportunity to experience the perfected world that their righteousness helped to create. The  wicked dead will not be resurrected. There are some mystical schools of thought that believe resurrection is not a one-time event, but is an ongoing process. The souls of the righteous are reborn in to continue the ongoing process of tikkun olam, mending of the world. Some sources indicate that reincarnation is a routine process, while others indicate that it only occurs in unusual circumstances, where the soul left unfinished business behind. Belief in reincarnation is also one way to explain the traditional Jewish belief that every Jewish soul in history was present at Sinai and agreed to the covenant with God. (Another explanation: that the soul exists before the body, and these unborn souls were present in some form at Sinai). Belief in reincarnation is commonly held by many Chasidic sects, as well as some other mystically-inclined Jews."  (             
                                IV the Emperor - "The problems began when Joseph died. Pharaoh, says the book Noam Elimelech, “is called ‘the evil inclination.’” Pharaoh is not simply egoism; he is the epitome of it. He will be nice to you only as long as you serve him. When he told Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt,” he meant that Joseph would rule over Egypt because Pharaoh knows that unity pays off. Without unity, he would have no reason to give any special favor to Joseph’s kin. Yet, after Joseph’s death, the Hebrews did not maintain their unity. They wanted to be like the Egyptians: egoists. But they were unaware that by doing so, they would lose their favor in Pharaoh’s eyes and become what Jews have always been: pariahs. Midrash Rabbah (Exodus, 1:8) writes, “When Joseph died they said, ‘Let us be as the Egyptians.’ 
Because they did so, the Creator turned the love that the Egyptians held for them into hatred, as it was said (Ps 105), ‘He turned their heart to hate His people, to abuse His servants.’” The Book of Consciousness (Chapter 22) writes even more explicitly that had the Hebrews not abandoned their way of unity, they would not have suffered. After quoting the Midrash I just mentioned, the book adds, “Pharaoh looked at the children of Israel after Joseph and did not recognize Joseph in them,” namely the tendency to unite. And because “New faces were made, Pharaoh declared new decrees upon them. You see, my son,” the book concludes, “all the dangers and all the miracles and tragedies are all from you, because of you, and on account of you.” (     

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