Thursday, August 31, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 01/09/2017. The deck today is the *Tabula Mundi: Colores Arcus Edition* by M.M. Meleen? Along with its accompanying but separate tome, “Book M: Liber Mundi” by same, Atu House, Barre, 2015. This is, of course, one of my TOP decks, and I do indeed cherish it for its clarity, usability and intuitive connection. This deck plus its elder sister, the *Rosetta Tarot,* are both excellent additions to the Tarot œuvre. I am a BIG fan. My draw today is: Sulfur = I the Magus; Mercury = XIV Art, and Salt = the Princess of Cups (the Earth of Water.) Onward and Upward! I feel as if I have seen this very had a numberless amount of times before (I have,) and it is ALWAYS a good augury for my day & above all my sense of Balance, of harmony in my personal equilibrium. The “engine” isn’t always as tender or sweetly ineluctable as the Princess of Cups, yet as I am concentrated this cycle through on the suit of Cups and working to restore it to wholeness within myself, her presence is most beneficial. After all, what can I say? There is NOTHING to badmouth about this draw, and I’m not in the mood to badmouth anything anyway. (A small not-so-secret: I’m making an effort to stop badmouthing anything at all. I’m starting to view it as a vile, common & low habit, much like chewing gum [sorry, gum-chewers, but I do; for reference, see “Sunset Boulevard” starring Gloria Swanson. *Smile.*] This is going to require a LOT of self-editing, especially in politics, but one can only try. Please wish me luck! 
Grin.) Looking at I the Magus today, my Animus is, of course, right at home in this ultimately egoless incarnation of Ego. Grin. He is like a diamond pretending to be a Swarovski brilliant sparkler in a solitaire setting; everybody says, “Oooh! Aaahh!  Beautiful, those Swarovskis!” And for some unknown reason of ‘hir’ own, the Magus never reveals the truth. Perhaps it is a “pearls before swine” kind of feeling that urges hir to keep it hidden? Hmmm; “To each hir own reason.” “The first sign or house in the Zodiac is the first step in the direction of Manifestation, and Aries is the High Priest as well as Avidya or Ignorance, standing before, c.q. above cognition. Potency and power are its attributes, because all and everything is immanent in this stage of Beginning. Power abstract, undeveloped, simple, but for that reason mightier than every detail or phenomenon, and the master of Nature. The ultra-positive, the very superior, and in the lower human sense the ultra-egotistical. Like the first note of a composition in music, it determines the tone and gives the key. From the First spring the Four, and so the symbols of the Four Elements appear on the table of the Magician, though his action, as far as action goes in this card and principle, exists in potency only and is indicated consequently in the wand in his right hand. In his superior abstractness he is eternal in relation to the phenomenal world, which is indicated by the symbols of Eternity above his head, the lemniscate, and around his waist, the serpent.” (A. E. Thierens.) 
Having passed on we come to my 2nd card this morning, XIV Art, AKA Temperance. If you know me, or even just read me on a semi-regular basis, then you know our friend and gracious lady, Temperance. She has accompanied me, in one form or another, for a VERY long time now; ever since I took off the bondage I had put her in a very long time ago. With time, experience and knowledge, she has transformed herself into Art (although, of course, she may appear as either,) and she brings, I believe, the cradle, or the “socket” if you will, that my contentment and happiness MUST rest in to be stable. I know her that much, at least, and I am more than grateful for her presence in my life now, I love her for her input. “Card XIV. Time (Temperance.) - An angel in a white robe, touching earth and heaven, appeared. His wings were flame and a radiance of gold was about his head. On his breast he wore the sacred sign of the book of the Tarot--a triangle within a square, a point within the triangle; on his forehead the symbol of life and eternity, the circle. In one hand was a cup of silver, in the other a cup of gold and there flowed between these cups a constant, glistening stream of every color of the rainbow. But I could not tell from which cup nor into which cup the stream flowed. In great awe I understood that I was near the ultimate mysteries from which there is no return. I looked upon the angel, upon his symbols, his cups, the rainbow stream between the cups,--and my human heart trembled with fear and my human mind shrank with anguish and lack of understanding. "Yes", said the voice, "this is a mystery that is revealed at Initiation. ‘Initiation' is simply the revealing of this mystery in the soul.” (“The Symbolism of the Tarot” by P 
D. Ouspensky.) finally we come to my “engine” for today, the source of “power and energy” today to drive my golf cart on down the Path to continue the Journey as best one can, given the circumstances (bad back today.) I don’t feel at all like hopping and skipping through Candyland today, but I DO feel inspired by this hand to make the best of it, keep my ‘XIV’ high in the sky and my ‘I’ working his cute little butt off, and, as is my wont, to shut my gab to myself about any discomfort I may feel paying the tab today, a process that once commenced, doesn’t end except when it Ends. Grin. As you may know, I am FIRMLY of the opinion that paying that tab that has been presented for the 50-year party I gave is something I find highly just and within the parameters of my own feelings and summary about Life. It doesn’t “really” bother me, paying it; I gave a damn fine party!!! and I have no regrets. “The Princess of Cups represents the earth in the waters of Briah, an island floating in the groundless seas. She is far from her father's flames and her mother's depth, and she lacks the researching spirit of her brother. She is of endless tenderness, kindness and lovingness, living on her isle of romance and joy. Therefore, an unaffected spectator might take her as childish or selfish, but the island of the princess can be so fertile and rich. Artistically inclined talents can be detected and supported, medial abilities can rise and deeper insights can be gained.” (www.corax.com) I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL today the inner Harmony to pay the bill today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!            

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 31/08/2017. The last day of “summer” (not really, but we all know what I mean,) and the return tomorrow to the Victorian child-labor factory of daily existence, at least in some part of our mundane occupations. Today’s deck is another favorite which I haven’t seen in a little while, *The Rosetta Tarot: Papyrus Edition* by M. M. Meleen, along with its companion book, “The Book of Seshet”, ibid, Atu House, Barre, 2011.  An excellent, highly symbolic deck in the Golden Dawn tradition, and both book & deck are highly insightful. A 5-Star recommendation, as is her later deck, *Tabula Mundi.* Onward and Upward! My draw today is: 
Sulfur = XXI the Universe; Mercury = XIX the Sun, and Salt = the Knight of Cups. (In GD terminology, the Knight IS the King.) Well! . . . Wowie Zowie! I feel like David Bowie on stage as Ziggy Stardust, and the Spiders from Mars are rocking away just behind me. Grin. “This is one hell of a hand, Cowboy!! Drop your linen and quit your grinnin’, Daddy’s home!” LOL. I do not know if I would feel as enthusiastic about this hand on another day, but I do today, and there is no particular reason. I have yet to win the EuroMillions Lotto (soon!) nor has James Cameron called (yet) to sign me in his new film about the American tarologue in France who saves the world from the next alien invasion with only his wits and a deck of Tarot cards. Grin.  Nevertheless, it feels like that kind of draw to me today in an intuitive “wave field” sense; as if this day isn’t about what’s going on down here in Malkuth at all, this is a Red-letter day in terms of my emotional and intuitive balance and openness. . . . and THAT helps me to feel really excited and anticipatory. A little closer look at where my Animus is riding high today is provided by A. E. Thierens, writing before I was born! Grin. “XXI. The World. Neptune. As in the case of Uranus we want to point out that originally the planet cannot have been appointed, astronomically, but the principle of cosmic magnetism, of which it is the organ, and the universal magnetized, field, the field of the world in which we live, must have been well known to the initiates, who worshipped Poseidon and Varuna, gods of the world-ocean. The symbols of the four fixed signs are presented at the corners of the cards, and where these fixed signs are seen as the foundation stones of our physical world by such visionaries as Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos, we cannot be far wrong in assuming that originally the meaning was that of the physical world coming forth out of the magnetized etheric ocean of the universe, which itself has been represented by the oval form, be it a laurel wreath or something else. The World must have had a larger meaning, originally, than that of the world of beings moving on the surface of our Earth, and the oval figure may well have stood for the form of the solar system at large, with its planets moving in oval orbs. Appropriated to the world of men, it must mean that which falls outside our will-power, cosmic conditions to which we are subject, but which at the same time provide us with all that is wanted for our physical conditions. The latter of course became the reason for attaching to this card a generally beneficial influence, especially in the domain of the senses. "It is eloquent as an image of the swirl of the sensitive life, of joy attained in the body, of the soul's intoxication--(can any word remind us more strongly of Neptune's workings than precisely this one: 'intoxication'?--Th.)--in the earthly paradise, but still guarded by the Divine Watchers . . ." (W.) Let us put it this way: it means that if we row with the cosmic tide, we shall enjoy happiness and everything we want, but on the other hand we must not neglect the implicit possibility, that when rowing against the tidal current of the world, we shall experience trouble and no end of it, or if we 'cross the stream' we shall have to stand firm on our legs. So besides the joy of the senses, this card means also the cosmic origin of life, to which the candidate for initiation returns, and which now and then appears in dreams.” Quite eloquent, wouldn’t you say? 
Go with the flow, baby . . . grin; I can see the hippie putting the flower in the gun barrel now! LOL. My laughter is surprised & joyous, not mocking; I love that kind of surprise!-joy that happens out of the blue and explodes around you, and you feel like you are inside some sort of fireworks extravaganza, “almost.” Coupled with my Animus feeling so galactic today is a whopper from my Anima; she’s shown up in the avatar of XIX the Sun; now THAT is regal companionship for the XXI the Universe! Just a brief word on the Sun; “The walls indicate, that we are still in the visible, or material world. (P.) This relates to the picture which shows a child on horseback--or two children as in the older editions of the card--playing beneath the bright Sun and evidently within a walled enclosure. So far so good: we are and we remain in this world. And for the rest the Sun is the Sun and this card means everything that astrology can tell about the Sun, in every respect and on all planes. It means the positive or masculine elements in general, the power and function of will and concentration, great benefit and mighty protection in spiritual as well as in mundane life and matters. It may signify the father of the Querent and high authorities, king, president, ruler, etc. The spiritual center of man and the center of importance in everything are indicated by it. Physically it indicates the heart and the solar-plexus.” (Ibid) Finally, and rather quizzically, 
powering this high-level exchange is the Knight of Cups, often called the “unwilling kind” and who “. . . is the chief of the kingdom of the soul, coming on the Ninth house, and consequently must indicate the teacher, prophet, man of law and divinity; the professor, inspirer and great traveler; sometimes a hunter, a wanderer, or a sailor, a yachtsman. Honesty and probity will be generally his characteristics, but some fantasy may be mixed with it and he may be less particular in details or accuracy. He may be exuberant or even excessive, and this may cause some excitement, but we see nothing of 'scandal, vice,' thievishness or anything of that kind in this card. There is a lively sentiment of justice in it and the person indicated by it will certainly be disposed to render justice to the Querent, whether he be connected with the law or not. If the Querent is himself a weak or vicious individual, the card may indicate the judge before whom he has to appear. At all events it may represent the idea of judgment of the querent's actions or business. Further there is less of 'science' in this card than of philosophy, which is quite another department. There is the idea of promoting, inspiring, pushing. There lies promise for the future and likeliness of monetary advances in this Sagittarian card.” (Ibid) Odd, isn’t it, that he would be powering such a high-flying duo, but there he is – perhaps to lend dignity, probity and a bit of caution to the pace? Lol, I certainly hope so; I like our rather strange Knight of Cups. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL access to the true Light today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!     

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 30/08/2017. The deck today is the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro. It is an excellent deck and I love it. My draw for today is: Sulfur = XV Passion; Mercury = XI Strength, and Salt = #75 Generosity. It’s an odd kind of draw, at least from my first perspective; it looks as if one is being encouraged to indulge in the “Passion” of the flesh with Generosity and abandon because one has the Strength to do it. LOL! I doubt that is the message for several very important reasons; the first and most important being is that I lack the opportunity to do so. Grin. I HAVE been feeling my gonadal oats lately, but at my age it is more of a cycles-of-the-Moon thing, with the old soldier rising more out of muscular memory than any desire. LOL. However, it would be nice to take a plunge in the flesh & sensuality pool, if only to refresh the memories; or, more seriously, if it was adjunct to the act of falling in love with my long-searched for male element in my emotional arrangements. However, as that desire/manifestation recedes further each season from the stage of materialization, I grow “las” with the idea. “Las” is a French word which very precisely expresses the lassitude one may feel with a long-repeated, but generally fruitless effort. Most of us know everything we need 
to know about Arcanum XV, but s/he can always surprise. As for me, as I recede from the materialism of manifestations I realize that there is just as much potential danger lurking here as ever, but of a more subtle and spiritual blend, poisonous to the soul. Let’s take a look at something a little more theoretical about our hermaphroditic Khnum (an inexplicable choice of deity, except that he was known as “the divine potter,” with the whole creating-in-clay trope being essentially  “materialism” ;) "Arcanum XV: PASSION - In the act of emanating its potential effluvia. It is a symbol of Mystery, of astral light in circulation coded in the letter Samekh. It represents the principle of Individual will, the attraction of mystery, creative fire, fate as an efficient cause. Modeling attribute: Leo, Neptune's abode. In the Spiritual Plane is the manifestation of the Individual will, refractory force to the established order and principle that urges to unravel the Mysteries. In the Mental Plane it represents the chain of passions, the force of desire, the constant Controversy in which the mood is stirred and impels us to seek the opposite. In the Physical Plane, it tends to the processes of generation, intense desires, malice, discord, fear and anger, fire and Water that turns it off. Axiom transcendent: "They made me keeper of vines, and my vineyard, which was mine, I did not keep." Element of prediction, promises ‘contro versias,’ passions. Fatalities, prosperity through legality and of fatality, harmful affections to those who feel them and to whom they are subject, anxious anxieties and violent situations." ("La Cábala de Predicciones" by J. Iglesias Janeiro; trans. by M. Miller) Moving on, I see I have XI Strength 
as Anima’s assumed personality today, or perhaps I should say the avatar Anima inhabits today. (Or does the Avatar inhabit her? Hmmm . . . Grin. Angels on the head of a pin, tra-la, tra-la.) I have always liked Strength, although I have never had a special relationship with Arcanum XI. She has simply seemed to me to always be the reasonable conclusion to the question inherent in the card: how does one arrive at the mastery of the two natures of Man? There are, of course, “many branches off of that tree,” so for now let’s leave it there and see once again what the card’s creator had to say about it; “Arcanum XI: PERSUASION - in the gentle act of persuading. It is a symbol of the mystery of Operative force codified in the letter Kaph. It represents the hermaphrodite principle of the matrix Cosmogonic, the effort of the spirit, the reflex acts, the moral power, what is superior in the man. Modeling attribute: Aries, abode of the Sun. In the Spiritual Plane is the hierarchical principle of the acting forces, the action of the spirit on the matter, of the imponderable on what is it. At The Mental Plane represents the intellect, the faculty of creating and mastering through determination which gives the knowledge of the truth. In the Physical Plane, it tends to dominate the lower passions, the preservation of one's own moral integrity, creation of material elements through faith. Transcendent Axiom: "Joyful in hope, suffered in tribulation, be constant in the Prayer.” As a predictor, it promises control of the direction that follows, the domain of the elements, vitality, rejuvenation, acquisition [and badly aspected], loss of friends for family things, pains, obstacles, jealousies, betrayals and resignation to overcome the setbacks." (Ibid) Well, that’s quite a set-up then, isn’t it? Passion is coming 
out of the gate and Strength is on guard, ready to leap on his back and ride him like a rodeo Queen! Grin. Should be fun! Finally, let’s see what is powering this circus sideshow today, and lo and behold, it is . . .  #75 Generosity; “Arcanum 75: GENEROSITY as a magnanimous act. It symbolizes the human virtue of liberality. Modeling attribute: It is associated to the planet Jupiter, the letter R and the number 3. It represents the Principle of self-denial. Transcendental axiom; "Fruits grateful to the palate, so sweet to receive as giving." As the element of prediction promises gifts, satisfactory definitions in the long run, rewards, inheritance without death, acquisition of wealth, stable fortune.” (Ibid) Well, rather a bit of “smoke & mirrors,” that one, isn’t it? Grin. I’m only gently teasing: if you think of this as the Page of Pentacles, that “kind of” serves as a guideline to this personality & energy. However, the influence of Jupiter is mighty, so the generosity is accented. A “generous card” in its offer of the “stuff of energy.” So all in all this is a day that isn’t going to be dull but it will certainly be a bit restrained as there is no hint of anarchy around . . . something for which I “think” I am profoundly grateful. LOL. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a glance into the dreams of Passion. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!   

  




Monday, August 28, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 29/08/2017. The deck today is the *Ibis Tarot* by Josef Machynka; this is a favorite of mine, amongst my top 10 decks. It is an Egyptian-themed Tarot, as opposed to an Egyptian Tarot (#’d 1-78.) My draw today is: Sulfur = XXII the Crocodile (0 the Fool); Mercury = I the Magician, and Salt = the Queen 
of Scepters. It is an odd kind of a draw, but I can grok it: my Anima is center-stage today, as she has taken up the Magician’s mantle and is being willingly followed by my Animus who is playing at being the Fool in XXI the Crocodile. If I am any indicator of my Animus’ style, then I would bet he’s feeling pretty comfortable right now; “he” doesn’t like giving control to another, and to trust Ms. Anima to guide him anywhere is a big advancement this lifetime over what he has been known to do before this. Grin. I think that a lot of people think that I am a misogynist, a “chauvinist male pig,” as the terminology used to go, but honestly, I am not. Simply remember I was raised by the guidelines of another era, even older than me, when “ladies” and “gentlemen” were treated differently and accorded different rights. A strange time . . . but so is now, I ASSURE you. Grin. And if you think that now will last, then you don’t know the cycles of history that decree that risen empires always fall, that degenerate cultures are always swept away. If you know and recognize this, it is strangely calming, as it assures people that whatever madness is currently controlling the sheep will eventually go the way of all madness, wearing itself out and killing its propagators & vehicles. I take great comfort in that, believe me; 
“This is ALL gone ‘tomorrow.’ ” It is much like the cycle of life; how often do you want to ride the ride? Are you REALLY that much of a Midway aficionado or do you fear to leave the bright & shiny distracts and go home? Much like that horrid film with the great title, “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!” as I age I feel more and more the urge to yell it out loud & clear. My mother was inspired at one time by a poem she read that had the popular line, “When I am old I shall wear purple;” I grok that feeling. So here I am, carrying on about End Times and all I’m really doing is amusing myself while I follow the leader, my Anima in I the Magician. “The Magician, sometimes also called “The Juggler,” represents willpower and union. He is like a pillar or bridge connecting heaven and earth. His left hand points to the earth, sign of his mastery over matter.  His tools are the four elements: the raised scepter pointing heavenward, and the Cup, Sword and Pentacle placed on his cubic altar. He has control over his body, life force, emotions and thoughts. The white ibis bird on the altar is Thoth, a symbol for the divine power worshipped by the Magician. The ibis bird living on the shores of the Nile feeds on crocodile’s eggs, i.e. the divine bird the offspring of lower, unconscious matter. A comet in the sky heralds the coming of the new World Teacher and the dawning of a New Age.” (LWB by J. Machynka, trans. by Mascha Rabben.) My Animus, as Sulfur drawn first, is actually playing 2nd fiddle today; and he is quite content to do so, believe me. Like any decent being in a relationship, he gives it his all ‘most’ of the time (I only qualify it because we ARE human, after all. Grin.) However, if he IS in a good relationship (and here I speak of both the Interior and Exterior lives we lead, thus for me I am speaking of my marriage,) he relishes the opportunity to sit back, take a nap, and let someone else drive, having his total confidence. It is a great fuckin’ feeling, I assure you. LOL. So, in that sense, I am totally cool with sitting back today and letting Ms. Anima pilot our “EctoVan2017” (patent pending) forward. Grin.  I must admit, I 
AM a bit puzzled at the fuel we are required to use today to get us forward in the best manner possible, high-grade Mistress of Scepters (Queen of Wands) unleaded . . .  I receive an almost overwhelming feeling of “the watchful eye of the taskmistress,” and I have no reason to feel that way. I can only reason that this is a feeling emanating from my Anima, as if she is being asked a question, or being quizzed, or tested. That makes perfect sense, of course; she needs to be able to wear this role with ease to progress to II “the Temple”/“The Priestess” so of course the Priestess WOULD be asking for her credentials, so to speak. Which is fine, and as I’m conscious of this happening, I can be available to support her and to say, “I’ve got your back, partner!” And be there, fully engaged with supporting myself in one of her more difficult moments, learning to take the reins. I find this extra-cool (forgive the adolescent ring of that. Grin.) I can ow really enjoy being there for her, cheering her on, and helping her do what she needs to do in order to put us together on the Path again and ready to Journey together .. . Once again! I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a reaffirming message today on our Journeys. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!    


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 28/08/2017. The deck today is the *Tarot of the Sephiroth* by Dan Staroff, J. Mori & J. Stockwell. I like this deck a lot, and it is a joy to work with as it is very striking in its art & symbology. If you ever see one for sale on a site or collectibles store or garage sale, snap it up! Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = IX the Hermit; Mercury = XIV Temperance, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. Well, hmmm . . . I admit, I feel about as bewildered as a billygoat at a barbeque . . .what in the name of the Quizzical Egg is the Princess of Swords doing here, as my Catalyst for IX the Hermit and XIV Temperance? “How odd!” (He said, stroking his long Van Dyke goatee with is right hand.) “Perhaps the combination of the Hermit and Temperance is just a bit TOO pacific, calm & rather inactive. I can only assume she's her’ to enliven an otherwise interior, rather withdrawn-from-the-world day. Which it is going to be anyway; it is grey and cloudy & if we get a break it will stay that way. “On verra.” I can feel of this as operative today, and at the moment I don’t have a lot of blah-blah to say about it. I want to process through it, first, before I open mouth and insert tentacle. However, I will give you a couple of confections to chew in the form of “theories” about the cards today. I KNOW what I’m seeing; it just seems that at this time it doesn’t interest me at all to explain it to anyone by writing it down. I feel as if I’m having a rather Buddhist moment –“It’s ALL maya, pal, only maya.” We all know that feeling, I am sure; it isn’t conducive to long writings about oneself & the Tarot, LOLOL. So, I shall leave you with theory (GOOD theory! C’mon, I wouldn’t cheat you! Grin,) and I will get on with discovering why the Hermit hanging out with Temperance gets the Princess’s hair up in a hard-on. LOL. Feeling a lot of love for all of you today. I ask the Cosmos to bless ALL of us today with feelings of gratitude. Be Well, Be Sen, Be Blessed!!                                                                     
IX. The Hermit - Sagittarius.
“P.: "Humanity fulfilling the function of God the Holy Spirit. The human creative force." Indeed this is clearly Sagittarius for every astrologer. The author might have mentioned in the same line that the Hierophant (Leo) represents God the Son. The Hebrew letter "Thet represents a roof and suggests the idea of safety and protection . . . protection ensured by wisdom." The astrologer says: the Ninth house is the house of the Master--idea of wisdom and protection in one; the Master in fact shields his disciples like a roof . . . in some way. The sign is that of thought-power, creative mind, idealism, which throw their own light on the things below, and consequently the Sagittarian is remarkable for always seeing things in his own light and trying to throw light on things in order to instruct other people. He is the eternal traveler, the indefatigable walker. And mentally he is always more or less lonely. All this is very distinctly symbolized in the card of the Hermit, which stands for ideas, perspectives, spiritual or moral influences and for light thrown upon the objects of this earth-life. In divination it stands for teachers, legal authorities, advisers and guides, and with the guiding principles in everything and questions, in relation to the Querent. But above all it is his own idealism, etc. The direction in which his thoughts are running. In the older cards the Hermit is shielding his light on one side with his mantle. This may be indicative of the habit of Sagittarians to evade and disarm contradiction beforehand, knowing by intuition the power of darkness. He is leaning on the staff of knowledge with regard to earthy matters. W. is perfectly right in saying, that "Prudence is the least of its meanings and the most negligible." Some authors (M.) held this card to be the symbol of 'prudence,' but indeed the Sagittarian is not very famous for this virtue, though the card is truly Sagittarian and nothing else. This is again proved by the striking explanation of W.: "His beacon intimates that 'where I am, you also may be.'" This is the stereotyped way in which a Sagittarian thinks.”      ‘A. E. Thierens, “The General Book of the Tarot”; www.sacred-texts.com)  
                  
XIV. Temperance – Mercury                                                                          
  ". . . the Genius of the Sun holding two cups and pouring from the one into the other the liquor which holds life." (P.)--" A winged angel with the sign of the sun upon his forehead . . . pouring the essences of life from chalice to chalice." (W.) Another version has: ". . . pours the fluid of Life from a golden vase into a silver one." (P.) 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." (P.) 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." (P.) So on the subject of this card there seems to be perfect understanding. "Incarnation of Life," P. 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. P. 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 tis the proper reason for naming this principle directly after that of Saturn. (Ibid)
Princess of Swords                                           (Princess of the rushing winds) 
Malkuth in the Tree of Life Astrology: Venus in the Air signs. Element and world: The Earth in the Airs of Yetzirah. Tree of Life: Malkuth. The Princess of Swords is the earthy child of her element, the wind over the grounds of Assiah. Her logic can be destructive, she is perceptive, serious and rigorous, yet she can show the characteristics of a child that lacks morality and nobility. Therefore, the Princess of Swords can get stubborn and cruel, and while beginning to think independently about something, she can turn very discriminating and egoistic, showing aggressivity whenever the result is not to her delight. In the Earth, all the free qualities of Air get suppressed and restricted. At her best, the Princess of Swords can be very practical and clever, showing fine skills when dealing with material matters or conflicting opinions, she can be generous and kind once she lost the inner fear and insecurity that results from the natural incompatibility between Earth and Air. Drive: Impulsive, curious. Light: Careful, courageous, serious Shadow: Malicious, cruel, spiteful, wasteful, failure to recognize facts, aggression, destruction. (‘Raven’ www.corax.com)  





Saturday, August 26, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27/08/2017. Today’s deck is the *Tabula Mundi: Colores Arcus Edition* by M. M. Meleen, along with its companion book, “Book M: Liber Mundi”, same author, Atu House, Barre, 2015. My draw for the day is: Sulfur = XVII the Star; Mercury = 0 the Fool, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. I can see my Animus in XVII the Star today, easily, but my Anima in 0 the Fool and salt = the Princess of Swords leaves me clueless and cold. I AM exceedingly tired, so I’m not expecting too much out of myself this morning. I’m going to leave this one in the hands of the talky writers, and try to figure out what is going with me in the meantime. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL some help today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!
XVII - The Star                                                                                            “Path of Heh 28 in the Tree of Life Jupiter in Aquarius as a symbol for long-sightedness 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 the 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 psychical 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.                            Drive: The guiding light, living the moment, confidence in nature and Life   Light: Creative hopes, optimism, trust                                                Shadow: Destructive hopes, illusions.” (‘Raven’ www.corax.com)
                                                                                                                         0 The Fool
“Path of Aleph in the Tree of Life Pisces going to Aries, on the other hand Uranus/Mercury standing for curiosity, spontaneity, madness                  Element: the Air                                                                                          Tree of life: Kether going to Chokmah                                                Element: Air                                                                                         Number: 0 as nothing and begin of it all                                                      The Fool is the symbol of true innocence, a perfect state of joy and freedom, the sure feeling to be one with the spirit of life, at any time. The Fool has the number 0, for someone ready to go in any direction, open to all possibilities. He belongs nowhere, has no past, but an infinite future. Every moment is a new beginning. In Arabic letters the 0 has the shape of an egg, the symbol for the origin of life. The Fool is change, motion and the readiness to jump into life, with no cares ever. The Fool knows no difference between possibility and reality, the zero means a total lack of hope and fear, the Fool suspects and plans nothing. He reacts directly to the current situation, nothing is calculated, nothing is hidden. In most decks the Fool is shown with an animal, as a symbol of nature, the animal soul in perfect harmony with the spirit that just follows its instincts. The Fool is courage, optimism and the belief in life and himself. When times are hard, and we suffer the pressure of 'being reasonable' or denying our instincts, the Fool reminds us that our inner person knows best what to do. 'Always trust your instincts'... In its negative aspect, the card can say that its qualities are blocked or reversed. Irresponsibility, mad projects, recklessness - the careless human who covers himself with some artificial madness, for distrusting his instincts and fearing standstill and silence.                                Drive: Changes, movement, the innocence of a child                                     Light: The positive break up of structures and limitations, selfless idealism, endless fantasy, optimism, trust to instincts                                         Shadow: The negative loss of structures, lack of response, useless daydreaming, infantilism.” (Ibid)

Princess of Swords                                                                              (Princess of the rushing winds)
“Malkuth in the Tree of Life Astrology: Venus in the Air signs          Element and world: The Earth in the Airs of Yetzirah                              Tree of Life: Malkuth.                                                                               The Princess of Swords is the earthy child of her element, the wind over the grounds of Assiah. Her logic can be destructive, she is perceptive, serious and rigorous, yet she can show the characteristics of a child that lacks morality and nobility. Therefore, the Princess of Swords can get stubborn and cruel, and while beginning to think independently about something, she can turn very discriminating and egoistic, showing aggressivity whenever the result is not to her delight. In the Earth, all the free qualities of Air get suppressed and restricted. At her best, the Princess of Swords can be very practical and clever, showing fine skills when dealing with material matters or conflicting opinions, she can be generous and kind once she lost the inner fear and insecurity that results from the natural incompatibility between Earth and Air.                                                                                          Drive: Impulsive, curious,                                                                        Light: Careful, courageous, serious                                                      Shadow: Malicious, cruel, spiteful, wasteful, failure to recognize facts, aggression, destruction.” (Ibid)       





Friday, August 25, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 26/08/2017. The deck today is the *Tarot de Marseille; Edition Millennium* by Wilfried Houdouin & available through Yves Renaud.  It is a wonderful, “restored from the original TdeM” deck with clear & precise illustrations and of course the charm of the Old World “original” Tarot. If you don’t already have a good, reliable and pleasing TdeM, I can suggest this one without reservation. My draw today is: Sulfur = XXI the World; Mercury = XIX the Sun, and Salt = the King of Coins. “Well! By damn, Miss Lemon, a bright shiny new penny and this draw! I would say today is my lucky day!!” Grin. It is an overwhelmingly positive and glorious hand, and it is SO over the top that one feels like having taken an overdose of nitrous oxide; “happy beyond happy, glorious beyond glorious, fulfilling beyond any promise.” There really isn’t a lot to say about this hand, except to maintain at least minimum effort and self-awareness today in order to let this had manifest in the manner of its own choosing. I’m excited and very gung-ho; “Let’s go! Let’s get this show on the road!” LOL, it DOES make me laugh and feel a bit giddy. I’m going to plug in some A. E. Thierens for you, but other than that, this hand speaks for itself and I need add nothing, not even my personal take in today’s circumstances. I’ve just won today’s jackpot, so I’ll take my winnings and skedaddle. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a day of Teflon-coated Contentment. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                                                    
XXI the World – Neptune                                                                  "As in the case of Uranus we want to point out that originally the planet cannot have been appointed, astronomically, but the principle of cosmic magnetism, of which it is the organ, and the universal magnetized, field, the field of the world in which we live, must have been well known to the initiates, who worshipped Poseidon and Varuna, gods of the world-ocean. The symbols of the four fixed signs are presented at the corners of the cards, and where these fixed signs are seen as the foundation stones of our physical world by such visionaries as Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos, we cannot be far wrong in assuming that originally the meaning was that of the physical world coming forth out of the magnetized etheric ocean of the universe, which itself has been represented by the oval form, be it a laurel wreath or something else. The World must have had a larger meaning, originally, than that of the world of beings moving on the surface of our Earth, and the oval figure may well have stood for the form of the solar system at large, with its planets moving in oval orbs. Appropriated to the world of men, it must mean that which falls outside our will-power, cosmic conditions to which we are subject, but which at the same time provide us with all that is wanted for our physical conditions. The latter of course became the reason for attaching to this card a generally benefic influence, especially in the domain of the senses. "It is eloquent as an image of the swirl of the sensitive life, of joy attained in the body, of the soul's intoxication--(can any word remind us more strongly of Neptune's workings than precisely this one: 'intoxication'?--Th.)--in the earthly paradise, but still guarded by the Divine Watchers . . ." (W.) Let us put it this way: it means that if we row with the cosmic tide, we shall enjoy happiness and everything we want, but on the other hand we must not neglect the implicit possibility, that when rowing against the tidal current of the world, we shall experience trouble and no end of it, or if we 'cross the stream' we shall have to stand firm on our legs. So besides the joy of the senses, this card means also the cosmic origin of life, to which the candidate for initiation returns, and which now and then appears in dreams. In fact this card has much to do with dream-life. The relations of Neptune with the Moon and the lunar body are not unknown to astrologers nowadays. The Hebrew letter Tau is related to this card and "has the same hieroglyphic meaning as the Daleth (fourth card)--that is the womb ;--( which confirms the relationship to the Moon--Th.)--but it is chiefly the sign of reciprocity, the image of all that is mutual, reciprocal." It is further added that abundance and perfection lie in the card. (P.) Reciprocal certainly: from that we come and to that we shall return, be it the world's dust or the ether of the cosmic ocean. Very striking is P.'s saying that "This symbol represents macrocosm and microcosm . . ." and even more so that "the empire of the world belongs to the empire of Light, and the empire of Light is the throne of God . . ." Scientifically expressed: the ethereal world, being the bearer of light, is the universal womb of the material or physical world. The nude female figure may certainly contain indications with regard to the life of the senses, but is also a symbol of the angelic state to which man will one day come after being delivered from the bonds of the lower world. It may have to do with nature spirits. It is Aphrodite rising from the sea, daughter of Neptune. Beauty and love and happiness arising from the communion of souls." (A. E. Thierens, "The General Book of the Tarot" http://www.sacred-texts.com)  
                                                                        
XIX. The Sun -                                                                                 "The walls indicate, that we are still in the visible, or material world." (P.) This relates to the picture which shows a child on horseback--or two children as in the older editions of the card--playing beneath the bright Sun and evidently within a walled enclosure. So far so good: we are and we remain in this world. And for the rest the Sun is the Sun and this card means everything that astrology can tell about the Sun, in every respect and on all planes. It means the positive or masculine elements in general, the power and function of will and concentration, great benefit and mighty protection in spiritual as well as in mundane life and matters. It may signify the father of the Querent and high authorities, king, president, ruler, etc. The spiritual center of man and the center of importance in everything are indicated by it. Physically it indicates the heart and the solar-plexus. The protecting power of the Sun is well illustrated by "the hieroglyphic value of the Hebrew letter Qoph, which expresses a sharp weapon, everything that is useful to man, that defends him and makes an effort for him." (P.). In a figure laid for divination this card indicates the center of interest and that which is fixed, certain, assured and under protection." (Ibid)                                                                            
King of Pentacles -                                                                            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. CONCLUSION: Noble, good and honest man; generally of influential position, central power, honorable intentions, whom you may trust, but whom you cannot counteract successfully; whom you must go out to meet and whom you must not expect to come and visit you." (Ibid) 
             




 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 25/08/2017. The deck today is the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro. The book that explains the deck, “La Cabala de Predicción” is obviously in Spanish and isn’t really a great help, but better than nothing; however, the deck is profound and profits from thoughtful meditation on the images, especially the glyphs & symbols. Once “added into the equation” of the visual image of the card, you begin to get a real idea of what the card represents. I love this deck. Onward & Upward! Today’s draw 
is: Sulfur = XV Passion; Mercury = VII the Chariot, and Salt = #33 Alliance. Hmmm, Passion vehiculed by ‘Righteous Rapidity’ and powered by Alliance . . .  I am almost leery of interpreting this, for to me it SCREAMS about forging an emotional alliance with someone new, much akin to the manifestation I have been putting out there for a long time now, concerning a male presence in my emotional life. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure I CAN read this with any degree of objectivity, or its alternate but essentially the same meanings. Therefore, right off the get-go, I am going to default to a card-by-card explication by Sr. Janeiro himself. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL the thrill of new emotional involvements today. Be Well, Be Zen, e Blessed!!                    XV Passion – “. . . in the act of emanating its potential effluvia. It is a symbol of the Mystery of astral light in circulation coded in the letter Samekh. It represents the principle of Individual will, the attraction of mystery, creative fire, 
and fate as an efficient cause. Modeling attribute: Leo, Neptune's abode. In the Spiritual Plane is the manifestation of the Individual will, refractory force to the established order and principle that urges to unravel the Mysteries. In the Mental Plane it represents the chain of passions, the force of desire, the constant Controversy in which the mood is stirred and impels us to seek the opposite. In the Physical Plane, it tends to the processes of generation, intense desires, malice, discord, fear and anger, fire and water that turns it off.                   Axiom transcendent: ‘They made me keeper of vines, and my vineyard, which was mine, I did not keep.’ Element of prediction, promises “contro versias,” passions. Fatalities, prosperity through legality and of fatality, harmful affections to those who feel them and to whom they are subject, anxious anxieties and violent situations.” (“La Cabala de Predicción” by J. Iglesias Janeiro; trans. Google, http://www.dominicci.net/La_Cabala_de_Prediccion.pdf)                          
 VII The Chariot - THE TRIUMPH in the act of evidencing its dual nature. It is a symbol of Mystery of the astral Light as luminous and incandescent emanation coded in the letter Zhain. It represents the principle of final cause; the spirit made form, the operant cause as a force that Operates, the reason for the purpose and the power that enables it to be realized. Modeling attribute: Neptune in Pisces. In the Spiritual Plane it symbolizes the ancestry of the Spirit of the matter, knowledge of the 7 principles that guide creative acts, the potential existence of the 7 virtues that give effectiveness to those acts. In the Mental Plane it represents the fading of the doubt by the light of the intellect, the elimination of errors by the gradual possession of the true. In the Physical Plane it tends to inspire desires and impulses to overcome, to create contrasts between the World and the external world and to determine hesitations and resolutions, the first depressants, the Lucky second . . . .       Transcendent Axiom: "When science comes into your heart and wisdom is sweet to your soul, Ask and it will be given to you. “As an element of prediction, it promises magnetic power, wise intellection, Justice and reparations, honor and dishonor, achievement of what is pursued with determination, satisfactions and setbacks.” (Ibid)                                                                                            #33 Alliance – “THE ALLIANCE as an act of communion between equals. Symbolizes human virtue of affinity for identity. Modeling attribute: It is associated to the planet Venus, the letter E and the number 6. It represents the Principle of self-realization by association. Transcendent Axiom: "Rejoice in the love of your youth, and rejoice more in the love of your maturity''. As an element of prediction, it promises successful pacts, lasting alliances, prosperity, progress, happy contingencies.” (Ibid)    



                                     


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 24/08/2017. By the Breastplate of Brunnhilde! Time flies, doesn’t it? Wow, already (sic) September, and I still haven’t washed my hair! LOL. The deck today is the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. (See previous posts for unbounded praise – grin.) The draw for today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = III the Empress, and Salt = the Page of Cups. (Whose image is being played today by the PofC from an RWS deck. Technical glitches.) Well! The applause is so deafening it is hard to hear myself inflate like a “poupée gonflable” with the magnificent naturalness of myself . . . LOL! Jove’s teeth, man! Of COURSE I don’t take today’s draw that blindly spoon-fed by my ego! I CAN see it, however, as a hard-won balance in the 
material realm between my Animus and Anima that they have long wished to arrive. I specify the material realm because I intuit today that the expression of this balance of forces is visible and productive in the Here & Now; yes, OF COURSE the imperial couple have deep and significant spiritual positions & meanings, and yes, those are observed at work today as well, BUT . . . on the whole, I feel this union today has its vitality rooted in the 3D material plane, which is even attested by the Salt for today, the Page of Cups, who while having a spiritual value of his own, is primarily an agent of physical manifestation of affection and his own brand of “wild emotion.” Let’s look at the astrological goings-on just one second: IV the Emperor is governed by Jupiter, and walks between Binah and Geburah; III the Empress is governed by Venus and walks between Chokmah and Chesed. Her “quality” is “wealth,” and his is “seed.” For me, this reflects basic hunter-gather social mechanisms and the reasoning behind a lot of the “she’s material and he’s spiritual” kind of vague & badly misinterpreted crap floating around these days. It isn’t as simple as her brain is in her womb and his is in his testicles; that is the most outrageous sexism reduced to its most basic elements. What MAY be inferred is that there are “areas of interest” 
that are paramount for each sex GENERALLY, but again, there is a LOT of “border crossing.” Grin. And besides, while every morning I write these rather schizoid reports on my Animus & Anima, I live my life as a unified person, not listening to Betty and Bob bicker in the background; which they don’t, let me reassure you. I don’t hear voices, other than my own, mocking myself & the world, of course. Grin. I long ago subsumed the role of the “critical voice,” and after having made it mine I gradually reduced it to zero, zed, null. (Enough rambling, back to the cards . . . grin.) As for the cards, they are rather amusing in terms of focus; he’s staring off into the distance with a rather smug, “cat that just ate the canary” look & air about him, while she is looking full-faced straight at the world (& Querent/Reader) with ALL of her abundance on offer. They are an interesting couple to consider; gazing at them together, on can “see” the marriage and how it works. Subtle, interesting . . . . As for the Energy for today, that is being supplied by the rather awkward-looking Page of Cups today (in this deck whose image isn’t available.) Take my word for it or if 
you have the deck look at the card; he’s rather odd for a “page,” n’est-ce pas ? First of all, he isn’t YOUNG. There is sag and wear & tear on that body, sir. Also, for a winged being, he’s landed rather clumsily, hasn’t he? One foot in the water just poured out of it, the other rather delicately stepping on a lily/Moon configuration as if it were a kickstand. He gives the impression of having not quite found his balance yet as he alights in an unexpectedly tricky spot. Grin. This, one supposes, is as good a way as any to look at the energy of the Page of Cups. He is “ruled” by or represents, if you prefer, the Summer Solstice, and “His gift is the talent of anticipation.” (Eponymous separate book.) He is the dedicated “lackey” (I use that word cautiously) of the Queen, and devotes ALL of his effort to furthering her interests. He’s full of Energy, but can be difficult to convince to “share, c’mon buddy, you have plenty!” He can be imagined as the troubadour to his ‘lady most fair,’ and his energy is of that “mystical & emotionally open” variety. It is goodhearted and pure, and as such can be trusted for its purity if not its constancy. All in all, really, a rather magnificent day, with nothing too spiritually taxing in the works but a great harmony of effort and even ‘existence’ in the material, the physical. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a surplus of goodwill today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!      

Sorry no write-up today. Orange (Internet/telephone/Television) has been down the last night & day until now: so, no Internet. see you mañana . . .