Monday, August 21, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 22/08/2017. Today’s deck is the *Golden Dawn Temple Tarot* by Nick Farrell & Harry & Nicola Wendrich. Unfortunately, none of the images you are seeing are from that deck; there is a decided paucity of images for this deck anywhere on the Web! Harrumph! (Meaning, instead, that I need to move my cheeks and get my printer/scanner fixed.) {{Sigh.}} Nevertheless, the draw for today is! Sulfur = VII the Chariot; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Prince of Pentacles. It is a perfectly acceptable, even very positive draw, but to be quite Harriet with you (Frank is SO passé,) I don’t seem to give much of a damn this morning. It isn’t that I’ve “lost faith” in the Tarot, Non, mon ami ! Not at all! But I just cannot get too overexcited about a good but average day. There is nothing standing out, nothing weighing heavily on the mind that needs to be addressed today. So . . . instead, I’ll enjoy a perfectly pleasant day with decent motivations all round but no surprises, at least anything to see in advance. So, there you have it . . .  “meuuh”. Even theoretically these cards are more exciting! LOL. I ask the Cosmos to let us ALL pass a satisfying but undramatic day. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                                    
VII - The Chariot -                                     “Path of Cheth 18 in the Tree of Life 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 need 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, insensitivity, running against walls.” (‘Raven’ @                                                                                       IX - The Hermit -                                                                               

“Path of Yod 20 in the Tree of Life Saturn as the keeper of the gate, or Saturn in Aquarius, standing for the search of wisdom and the keeping of independence. Zodiac: Virgin. Tree of Life: From Chesed to Tiphareth. Element: Earth. Number: 9 as the number going back into itself (3 x 3). The Hermit represents retirement from the outside world, introversion into the inner self, listening to the inner voice and caring for the inner self. He requires retreat from any 'high life' and loud company, and stands for a time of self-reflection and self-realization. For most people, the silent loneliness of the Hermit appears unattractive, but behind the Hermit is the wisdom of the High Priestess. You cannot listen to your inner voices while having a party. In its negative aspect, the Hermit could mean being afraid of others or of life. When the retreat turns out to be a runaway, the loneliness can turn into a jail. Drive: Retiring from life, retreat from the masses, looking into one's self, introversion. Light: Wisdom, realization, mental maturity, the inner light. Shadow: Numbness, loneliness, bitterness.” (Ibid)                 Prince of Disks [Pentacles] - 

(Prince of the chariot of the Earth) – “Tiphareth in the Tree of Life. Astrology: 21° Aries to 20° Taurus. Element and world: The Air above the Earth of Assiah. The Prince of Disks represents the Air in the element of Earth; he is stable and industrious and also thoughtful and inventive when it comes to improve matters. Nevertheless, the Earth puts the brakes on the Air, therefore the Prince of Disks is slow in following and developing his plans and ideas, yet he is steady and unwavering - once on his path, he is going forward towards his goal. The Prince of Disks can seem a bit cold in his emotions sometimes, yet he values his comfort and beauty. He is patient and tolerant, but once in rage, he hardly forgives. On the shadow site, the Prince of Disks can get stubborn and ignorant, overly piqued on anything not belonging to his related surrounding, and phlegmatic up to total stagnation. Drive: Solidity, increased material, growth. Light: Unwavering, industrious, enduring, reliable, practical, reasonable, careful. Shadow: Stubbornness, corruption, avarice, phlegm, dullness, coldness.” (Ibid) 

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