Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 14/09/2017, Valentine’s Day for those in the Autumn of Life . . . LOL. Hallmark, take note! Grin. Today’s deck is the *Tarot de Marseille: Millennium Edition* by Wilfried Houdouin, ably championed by Yves Renaud. Unfortunately, not all of the images are of this deck; still hard to find & my scanner is still on the fritz, so you use what you are given. Ha! Famous last words, right? Grin. Well, at any rate, it is a beautiful deck, and if you don’t have a Tarot de Marseille that moves you this is a great choice. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = II La Papesse; Mercury = VII Le Charior [misprint?] and Salt = le Cavallier de Baston. This is in medieval French, which is why I am a bit unfamiliar if “charior” was an option or not, and “cavallier de baston” is definitely an older spelling. Today is going to be short & sweet, as my cats let me sleep in until 7:00 a.m., scandalously late in terms of my usual 4:30-ish. Thus, “the morning train” was late (my 5 auto-actions every morning,) and thus my Tarot draw was REALLY late, and I don’t like to do that. SO in this case brevity substitutes for timeliness . . . Grin. This is a “fine draw by me, Orville,” and it seems I will be actively researching “hidden wisdom”, to be obvious & unsubtle. What it is REALLY saying about my state of being, the operation between Animus & Anima in the alembic of my soul, catalyzed by Salt, the energy most available for the operation, is of more complicated stuff and not applicable under today’s conditions. Therefore, a quick rundown on the TdeM significations of these cards still serves to give a good impression of today’s “vehicle of choice.” If you draw these kinds of alchemical spreads, it always adds structure to remember that YOU are the alembic in which the operation is taking place. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a quickness of vision today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!
II The High Priestess - God himself, or God the Father, reflects himself, and gives birth to God the Man, or God the Son, the negative relatively to his creator. As we have seen, man is the divine receiver; therefore this second card of the Tarot will express all the ideas of the first conceived negatively. The first card represents a man standing; this, on the contrary, bears the figure of a seated woman. (First idea of passivity) by the woman and by her position. The man, endowed with all the attributes of Power, was placed in the midst of nature. The woman is adorned with all the attributes of Authority and persuasion, and she is placed under the porch of the temple of Isis, between two columns. Idea of a sacred dwelling, of a divine recipient. The two columns, like the arms of the Juggler, express the Positive and the Negative. The woman is crowned with a tiara, surmounted by the lunar crescent; she is enveloped in a transparent veil falling over her face. On her breast she bears the solar cross, and upon her knees lays an open book, which she half covers with her mantle. This is the picture of Isis, of Nature, whose veil must not be raised before the profane. The book indicates that the doctrines of Isis are bidden; but she divulges to the magi the secrets of the true Kabbalah, and of occult science. We must admire this profound symbol. The first card expressed Osiris in the three worlds; this second gives us the signification of Isis, the companion of Osiris-In God it is the reflex of Osiris, the reflex of God the Father, Isis, or God the Son. In Man it is the reflex of Adam of the absolute man: Eve, the woman, life (min). In the Universe it is the reflex of natura naturans: it is natura naturata. ("The Tarot of the Bohemians" By 'Papus' [Gérard Encausse, (b. 1865 d. 1916)] Translated by A. P Morton .)
VII The Chariot - "The symbolism of this card corresponds in all points with the ideas which it expresses. A Conqueror, crowned with a coronet, upon which rise three shining Pentagrams of gold, advances in a cubical chariot, surmounted by an azure, star-decked canopy supported by four columns. This symbol reproduces the 1st and 21st arcana in another order of ideas. The four columns represent the four animals of the 1st arcanum, and the four symbols of the 1st arcanum, symbols of the quaternary in all its acceptations. The Conqueror, who occupies the centre of the four elements, is the man who has vanquished and directed the elementary forces: this victory is confirmed by the cubical p. 136 form of the chariot, and by the Pentagrams, which crown the Initiate. The Conqueror has three right angles upon his cuirass, and he bears upon his shoulders the Urim and Thummim of the sovereign sacrificant, represented by the two crescents of the moon on the right and left; in his hand is a sceptre surmounted by a globe, a square, and a triangle. Upon the square, which forms the front of the chariot, we see the Indian lingam, surmounted by the flying sphere of Egypt. Two sphinxes, one white, the other black, are harnessed to the chariot. This symbol represents the sacred septenary in all its manifestations. The word Yod-he-vau-he is portrayed upon the front of the chariot by the winged globe, to indicate that the septenary gives the key to the whole Tarot. The two sphinxes correspond to the two principles, active and passive. The Conqueror corresponds especially with the Sword and the Vau of the sacred name. The 7th card of the Tarot shows the influence of the creation in the preservation of the Divine in the Human. It represents the Yod or the God of the 2nd Septenary. . THE GOD of the 2nd septenary. Man performing the function of God the Creator. THE FATHER. The law of the 2nd septenary. REALIZATION. (Reflex of the Power.) The Man of the 2nd septenary. Nature performing the function of Adam." (Ibid.) The Knight of Wands -
"The workings of Air by a special and mighty agent--for this the knight is in all cases--on the houses of water, here the Fourth and the Twelfth, causes turbulence, motion, emotion (though it must be borne in mind, that it is not emotion in itself); the action of the air on the water causes waves. In the case of the fourth house the knight relates to family matters or household conditions, eventually the father, to internal conditions in society or groups of people. It must further relate to memories and the past in general, because it means the awakening of the sentiments. The traditional conclusions have been drawn evidently in the negative for the greater part, in consideration of the fact that the sentiments generally are misleading. That they give reason for many changes is quite true. In the case of the twelfth house this is much the same. But extending its result over a much larger circle, the mercurial knight may represent expedition and exploration, discovery, scientific or practical, emigration, estrangement, and the 'great work' of transmigration. It denotes a searching for the unknown, which in weak personal cases may appear as indiscretion or premature revelation, divulgation, profanation, etc. We do not see why this knight should be either young or friendly. Quite the reverse: On account of the twelfth house there is something inimical about him, and a certain dissension of sentiment may find its cause in the past, in a family feud or something in the nature of a misguiding prejudice, tradition, which will have to be given up, etc." (A. E. Thierens, "The General Book of the Tarot.")