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!!