Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 03/09/2017. My draw for today is: Sulfur = XVII the Star; Mercury = III the Empress, and Salt = the Queen of Cups. I saw the draw and was overjoyed, as I still am. I see an unremittingly good hand. I can’t really see any reason to go into deal about it on the personal side; it simply looks like ALL of my feminine energies are coursing on full power this morning, and for the good of my day. Hooray! I’m not going to worry this like a dog with a bone; instead, I’ll give you some “professional” opinions on these cards and hope that they are willing to impart some needed nugget of information to you. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL remarkably bright outlooks for today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!
XVII The Star - “17th Hebrew letter Phe. ORIGIN OF THE SYMBOLISM OF THE SEVENTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT. The Phe expresses the same hieroglyphic meaning as the Beth (2nd card), but in a more extended sense. For, whilst the Beth signifies the mouth of man as the organ of speech, the Phe represents the produce of that organ: Speech. It is the sign of speech and of all connected with it. The Word in action in nature with all its consequences. Astronomically this letter responds to Mercury the God of Speech and of scientific or commercial diffusion, the God of Universal exchange between all beings and all worlds. Phe is a double letter. SEVENTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT. The Star. The ideas expressed by this symbol are those-- 1. Of the expansion of fluids. 2. Of their eternal renewal. A nude female figure pours the Water of Universal Life from two cups. The genius of the Sun (14th arcanum) has now descended to earth under the form of this young girl, the image of eternal Youth. The fluids, which she formerly poured from one vase to the other, she now throws upon the ground (first idea). This young girl is crowned with seven stars; in the midst of them shines a very large and brilliant one. Near her an ibis (or sometimes a butterfly) rests upon a flower. Here we find the symbol of immortality. The soul (ibis or butterfly) will survive the body, which is only a place of trial (the ephemeral flower). The courage to bear these trials will come from above (the stars). The fall of the Divine and of the Human into the Material has scarcely taken place, when a mysterious voice whispers, courage to the Sinner, by showing him future re-instatement through trial. This card exactly balances the evil effects of the preceding one, and from it we derive the following significations-- 1. Opposition to destruction. No destruction is final. Everything is eternal and immortal in God-- IMMORTALITY. Creation of the human soul. 2. The fall is not irreparable. This is whispered to us by the intuitive sentiment we name HOPE. 3. The Visible Universe contains the source of its Divinization in itself. This is THE FORCE WHICH DISPENSES THE ESSENCE OF LIFE, which gives it the means of perpetually renewing its creations after destruction.” (“The Tarot of the Bohemians” by Papus [Gérard Encausse, (b. 1865 d. 1916)] Translated by A. P Morton )
III the Empress - “ORIGIN OF THE SYMBOLISM OF THE THIRD CARD OF THE TAROT. The hieroglyphic meaning of the letter Gimel is the throat, the hand of man half closed in the act of prehension. Hence it signifies all that encloses, all that is hollow, a canal, an enclosure. The throat is the spot where the words conceived in the brain are formed, or I might almost say embodied; therefore the Gimel is the symbol of the material envelopment of spiritual forms, of organic generation under all its forms, of all the ideas springing from the corporeal organs or their actions. Generation is the mystery by which the spirit unites itself to matter, by which the Divine becomes Human. The signification of Venus-Urania, to which this card corresponds, is easily understood by the above explanations. THE THIRD CARD OF THE TAROT. The Empress. This symbol would therefore signify ideas of generation, of embodiment in all the worlds. A woman seen full face. The human being becomes corporeal in the womb of a woman. This woman is represented with wings, or in the center of a radiating sun. The idea of the spirituality of the vivifying Principle of all beings. She holds an eagle in her right hand. The eagle is the symbol of the soul and of life (Holy Spirit). In the left hand she bears a scepter forming the astrological sign of Venus. The scepter is held in the left hand to indicate the passive influence, which Nature, Venus-Urania, or the woman exercises in the generation of beings. She wears a crown with twelve points, or twelve stars. The sign of the diffusion of the vivifying Principle through all the worlds and of the sun, through the Zodiac. The third card of the Tarot shows the result of the reciprocal action of the two first terms neutralizing each other in one principle. It is the Neuter Element of Wronski, the basis of every system of reality. The absolute creative force, or Osiris, and the absolute preservative force, or Isis, neutralize themselves in the equilibrist force, which contains in itself the two very different properties of the two first forms. In God this would be the equilibrium of the Father and of the Son, or-- God the Holy Ghost – HORUS - The universal vivifying force. In Man this would be the equilibrium of the Adam-Eve--Or HUMANITY. In the Universe this would be the equilibrium of Natura naturans and of Natura naturata-- THE WORLD Conceived like a being.” (Ibid)
The Queen of Cups - “The personification of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth, manifesting into the world that which it carries. As such this queen is to us the image of the married woman and the mother and of all that which woman can give to man and mankind, by her virtue both of soul and body. So the card must also mean the realization of hopes and wishes, consequently success, etc. The 'wisdom' is here more of the practical blend, usefulness, knowing how to act with care and prudence. The card may represent a woman, or an impersonal power or authority, whom the Querent has to obey, or to whom it will be to his advantage to submit. It expresses a tendency to go out into the world and make a name and position for oneself, and indicates the right moment to do so. It is fairly certain that it will ensure some publicity, renown, fame, or even glory or theatrical success, but of 'scandal' we see no indication whatever in the card itself, though of course 'publicity' connected with very evil influences might end in something like that. In such cases, however, we must not ascribe the effect to the card, which means publicity, but to that of the evil influences. It is a mistake, which we very often meet in the traditional interpretations, to ascribe effects, resulting from certain combinations of influences to one card which is only one of the composing causes.” (A. E. Thierens)