Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool‘s Tarot for 12/07/2017; the deck today is the *Haindl Tarot* by Hermann Haindl. It is an intuitive, marvelous deck, and relies on none of the conventional Tarot imagery. If you can work without RWS imagery, this is one of the very best Tarots with which to work. (There are two companion books that *can* add a lot to your knowledge of the deck; “The Haindl Tarot; The Major Arcana” & “The Minor Arcana” [vol.2] by Rachel Pollack, The Career Press, Franklin Lakes, 2002.)Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = X the Wheel of Fortune; Mercury = II the High Priestess, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. Okay, here’s the lowdown; I’m feeling REALLY bizarre this a.m. as I have started an entirely new regime of medications to try and promote healing in my lungs. Everything has changed in one night (per doc’s orders, of course) as far as the chemicals coursing through my system are concerned, and this morning I’m zoned out even without herb. So-o-o, this morning only I am going to beg off giving even the briefest of my own interps and instead give you someone else’s opinion in its entirety and without snarky remarks from me. Who that someone else is must remain a mystery for the moment, because I have honestly forgotten from where on the web I pulled this material, but it’s out there if you want to hunt. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a moment of blissful joy today (even if it is a bit perplexing!) Be Well; Be Zen, Be Blessed!!”                                                X The Wheel of Fortune – “The central theme of The Wheel of Fortune card is cyclical change. The wheel keeps on rolling, churning events in a ceaseless progression of ups and downs, either way freeing us from the past. No one can escape its cyclical action, which can feel somewhat terrifying -- no matter whether we are rising or falling. When one is balanced on top of the wheel, there is a moment of crystal clarity. However, the only part of the wheel that's actually not going up and down is the hub, which represents your eternal self. Every one of us will occupy all the points on the wheel at one point or another. The cycle of the wheel is its lesson -- and we can learn to take comfort in it. If you don't like the look of things right now, just wait -- things will change. Of course, if you do like the look of things right now, enjoy it while it lasts, because that will change too! Fundamental change is imminent. The positive benefits you gain during this period could last a long time. The card . . . suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The Wheel of Fortune advises you follow the flow of events. Physical moves, 
spiritual awakenings, or dramatically changing social patterns could arise now. Accept these transformations. This is a safe place for you to be. You are watched over and protected as you go round and round the wheel. You will learn a lot. You will also learn it quickly, and what you absorb will benefit you for a long time to come.”                                                                           II The High Priestess – “For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, the Priestess symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity. In terms of the Major Arcana ordering of cards, The High Priestess appears in the sequence as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magician. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the inner life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of nature and spiritual mystery. Put self-cultivation at the top of your daily priority list. The card . . . suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. The High Priestess advises you to adhere to your chosen spiritual practice on a more regular basis. If you want the benefits of evolution, you'll have to cooperate with spirit. We all have distractions, demands -- a whole life full of reasons why we cannot find the time to retreat into our inner sanctum. Until you consider this as vital to your well-being as the need to eat and sleep, you are likely to be eternally restless and deeply dissatisfied. A spiritual routine that suits your temperament, practiced every day, is the most trustworthy path to freedom.”                                                                  
Salt/Catalyst: The Princess of Swords, AKA Daughter of Swords in the South – “This card is traditionally entitled The Page, but in some modern decks appears as a Princess. The traditional interpretation is about a messenger, an emissary or liaison between separate camps, charged with faithfully representing one side's communications to the other. Because of this role, we do not think of this person as a servant, but rather as a diplomat, facilitating sensitive negotiations, often under difficult conditions.  This person is acting as the eyes and ears of her patron, and so she is sometimes referred to as The Watchman. Even kings are powerless if this messenger chooses to use her access to sensitive information for her own gain, as is implied by her other name, The Spy. She could even be working as a double agent, playing both sides against each other to serve her own agenda. Her title is really camouflage in itself, serving as protective coloration so she can move among the people unrecognized, collecting information anonymously. Her vigilance often conceals an ulterior motive. She is a watcher who must herself be watched, because she dreams of someday taking matters into her own hands, preempting the plans of her employers. Circumstances call for anonymous action even if you would prefer to receive credit. The card . . . suggests a course of action which will harmonize what you want with what is currently possible. When the Page of Swords (in some decks, a Princess) is in this position, the situation requires subtle change in order for it to be brought to the highest good for all concerned. In contrast to times when one can best serve the greater good by being visible and heroic, this is a time when you must keep your own counsel, cover your tracks and stealthily accomplish what would be impossible to complete without privacy. Reduce your profile and increase your anonymity, no matter how your self-image might suffer. Although it would be gratifying to accomplish what needs to be done and be aboveboard about it that cannot be a priority at present.”   

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