Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 12/09/2017. The deck today is again the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro. Once I start using it, I am loathe to switch immediately to another deck the next morning as I love it inordinately. Grin. Today’s draw is: Sulfur = III the Empress; Mercury = V the High Priest, and Salt = #36 Initiation. If we “loosely” interpret #36 as the Ace of Hearts (and I DO mean ‘loosely, VERY loosely,’) then this is a day ALL about fecundity and production, or in ruder terms, it is the Universe asking you, “What have you done for me lately, seeker??” If you have to look at your suddenly pigeon-toed feet and mumble a half-assed excuse through trembling lips, then “Get busy!” and do something for your own spiritual growth, because THAT is what the Universe is REALLY asking you. “What have you done to advance your own prosperity and strength; what have you done to encourage others to follow a higher path in life? Have you made things easier for yourself, and if not, why not??” Let’s take a look at more specific information about each card, and then we’ll round up the lil’ doggies for the dénouement.                                                 
III the Empress – “The Empress sits on a cubical stone. She holds a wand and wears a flat crown that bears the royal uraeus. Her hair is decorated in the creative style favored the Egyptians during the early part of the New Kingdom. Often this hairstyle would be topped with a cone of perfumed oil [sic: wax] which would melt in the heat and spread luxuriously over the hair and shoulders. . . . the Empress is linked to the fertile and civilizing aspects of Isis. ¶ Around the Empress’s head are the twelve stars of the zodiac. The twelve signs are Sebek the Crocodile (Aries,) Ma’au the Cat (Taurus,) Atum with the double crown (Gemini,) Mut the Lioness or Papyrus (Cancer,) Tefnut the lioness (Leo,) Nut the Cow (Virgo,) Ma’at the Scales of Justice (Libra,) Khonsu with an ankh (Scorpio,) Mentu the Hawk (Sagittarius,) Thoth the Ibis (Capricorn,) Qeb the Goose (Aquarius) and Hathor as a stream (Pisces.). . . ¶ The vulture goddess Nekhebet, hovering in front of the Empress, was guardian of the king and also protectress of women during childbirth.” [While #36 Initiation, is symbolized by Ta-urt [Tawaret], goddess of childbirth! Grin, I’m too old to be a father. LOL.) (LWB by Stuart R. Kaplan.) Moving on we find that today my Anima is busy being rather officious in V the High Priest. I have a like/dislike relationship with ‘His Holiness;’ 
I can grok the need for the archetype in a world that has vital human need, above all, of Pattern. In theory he should be a grand director and ‘Watcher of the Weave’, so to speak; the problem with the role is that so very few people who fill the role are ever really fit for it, either being too flawed or too timid: holding a role like that requires gonads of spiritual Brass. One of the very first lessons in true esoterism is to remember that there is no need of an intermediary between you and the Divine, “God;” however, if you like the company & aide OF COURSE you are free to choose your traveling companions. Grin. I believe that I not know, nor have I ever, anyone who has chosen to take the Path completely & uniquely ALONE. I don’t even know if that is possible, to be honest; I suspect not. As to “gurus,” I follow the advice of Lin Ji; “If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him.” (“It actually comes from an old koan attributed to Zen Master Linji, (the founder of the Rinzai sect). It’s a simple one: “If you meet the Buddha, kill him.”– Linji. I’m sure you already realize that it’s not being literal. The road, the killing, and even the Buddha are symbolic.” Finally, checking out today’s power 
source, AKA the Salt/Catalyst in my Alembic, we find I have drawn #36 Initiation, featuring the goddess Ta-urt; her special function is to protect women in childbirth & pregnancy, so I can only believe that it is a most promising & fruitful sign of what the duo Animus/Anima having coming down the pipe in the very near future. The pregnancy, birth, & child are all figurative, of course, (unless my body has DRASTICALLY changed without my knowledge! Grin. And THEN there would be the question of “virgin birth;” . . . would I be considered, once again, a “virgin”? LOLOL!)  The hippopotamus was a powerful symbol in ancient Egypt, being a feared and respected inhabitant of the Nile at the doorstep. You just don’t fool with a hippo, ever; not smart. Here she is in her role as a protector of fertile women, and she is a fierce one. Her energy is immense, and sudden; she gives the appearance of being simply too large to be quick; it is an illusion, as she moves like lightning through the water, and is a formidable “runner” on land, although she doesn’t like being on land (the water supports a lot of that girth.)The important point for me is that not being youthfully swift, I had better pay respectful attention to where the energy is coming from today, and not misuse it or take it for granted. I can do that. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a clear sight of our Power source for the day. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!      

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