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Monday, September 18, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19/09/2017. The deck for today is again the *Egipcios Kier Tarot* by J. Iglesias Janeiro. I and to battle myself this morning for the choice between four decks, and Kier won: Holy Light, Tabula Mundi, Sephiroth & the Kier. ALL of them are superb decks, and you could turn heads and marry the heir(ess) of Spain with any one of them. Grin. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = XVI the Obelisk, and Salt = #36 Initiation (VERY rough equivalency to the Queen of Cups, but then again, umm?) I must admit to being a bit “confused” by this draw. In an effort to clarify, I drew a two-card from *The Anubis Oracle* by N. Scully, L. S. Wolf & illus. by Kris Waldherr. More about the Oracle later; for now let’s look at this perplexing, maybe even vexing, draw. Grin. I don’t want to gabble away a lot of space, so let’s admit that on the basic meanings of these Tarot archetypes we all know what they mean, what they say and don’t say. I don’t think it serves any purpose to wade through my connection; for the most part, if you are a faithful reader, you already know it. So, let’s just knock out three “official, esoteric blurbs” 
concerning the draw. "Arcanum IV: The Emperor in the act of governing his domains. It is a symbol of the principle of unit materialized, the will, authority and power codified in the letter Daleth; represents the intelligible reality and tangible reality, the absolute principle emanating its powers. Modeling attribute: Uranus in Aquarius. In the Spiritual Plane it is the constant materialization of the divine virtue in man, the hierarchical progression in which life manifests itself. In the Mental plane it represents the four concordances of Affirmation and Denial, Discussion and Solution in their work of concretion. In the Physical Plane it tends to the realization of the material things, the crystallization of effort and the attainment of power. Axiom transcendent: "To the work of your hands, give blessing, and in the work of thought, put heart.” As an element of prediction it promises material achievements, foundations for higher enterprises, favorable results in the effort invested, and difficult conditions to achieve them. Friendships are, simultaneously, help and obstacle, and luck is propitious and adverse at the same instant." ("La Cábala de Predicción" by J. Iglesias Janeiro, Kier, Buenos Aires, 1984.) OK, got that, “Comprendo, muchacho.” 
“Arcanum XVI: The Obelisk - in the act of consummating the designs of divine providence. Is the symbol of the mystery of the severe surveillance coded in the letter Ain. It represents the principle of the inscrutable, of the temporal, of the perishable as the determining cause of the evolution of beings and things. Modeling attribute: Virgo, abode of Mercury. On the Spiritual Plane it is the awakening of understanding by virtue of affliction that moves the mind, the light of the higher making itself sensitive at the bottom. In the Mental Plane it represents the nullity of material values, the destitution of Ios, in which the doctrine of symbols codified the mystery of "Uneasiness".  Intellectual logics, learning of pride. In the Physical Plane, it tends to the processes afflictive, rigor, severity, which in some way awakens the latent powers and fades the daydreams for temporal values. Transcendent Axiom: "Dawn light, noon light, dusk light: what matters is that is light.” As an element of prediction, promises unforeseen accidents, storms, concussions, deaths, needs, benefits from good and bad circumstances, reciprocity in love and hatred, indifference and jealousy, betrayal and loyalty." (Ibid.)  Whoa!! Whoa there, fella!! This is where I am thrown off the track, as there has been no hint of this sort of thing coming up in the cards & thus my life. Or perhaps I have blindsided by too much satisfaction recently and my critical gaze has softened its focus. Either way, this sounds as if an adjustment is on the way and I had best simply buckle my seat belt and hang on; it too shall pass. Nevertheless, this disturbs my calm vibe this a.m. Hmmm. “Arcanum 36: Initiation - as 
an act of revivification. It symbolizes the human virtue of progressive updating of powers. Modeling attribute: It is associated to the planet Mars, the letter H and the number 9. It represents the principle of the unfolding of one's own virtues. Transcendent axiom: "Sweet is the workshop, sweet to sing, sweet to listen to." As an element of prediction, promises births, new beginnings, first fruits, forthcoming fortune, success in business, [and reversed,] dissipations, declinations." (Ibid.)  And that is a kind of Mother/goddess/Tawaret evocation of the Queen of Cups . . . Sort of . . . Harrumph. OK, yes, I understand the Energy and while it is lovely, and strong, it is at odds with my Anima EXCEPT in the act of “destruction” which precedes new creation. (One could argue that the ovum egg is “destroyed” when penetrated by the spermatozoon and both are transformed in unity. Eh? “Good boy! Here’s a biscuit!” Grin.) There I can see big flashes of personal hope for progress. Now, on to the oracle. I chose *The Anubis Oracle* as cited above, and drew a two-card “guide.” As the archetypal “deity” I drew 8 – MA’AT: TRUTH, 
Radiance & Balance. As the ‘Field of Action,’ I drew VII – Sacred Purpose, the drive called forth by the assemblage of Ptah (the Word), Nut (The Primal Night), Geb (the Earth) and Anubis (originally a god of resurrection.) So, I read this as: “Despite the rather shadowy look to your Daily draw today, Mark, as always there is a good reason you are here. Your very old friend, Ma’at, has conferred the bearing of Truth, Radiance and Balance into the space Sacred Purpose. You aren’t necessarily supposed to be apprised of all that is going on here; you will be given or find the knowledge on your own, as you advance through the Place, through the learning of the Sacred 
Purpose. You are to bear a capital Responsibility that is to be birthed very soon; be ready, it is a form of initiation.”  That I can certainly do and wait patiently for its arrival. I am being asked to participate in my own initiation into one of many, many mysteries along the Way; I tend to doubt that anyone experiences them ALL, but who knows? If one is given enough of them along the Journey it helps greatly towards the understanding of the Path to Initiation. Okay, so it isn’t a “coasting” day, but one of active participation; good, I do get a bit antsy sitting on my retired nethercheeks when I have nothing active in the hopper. So, I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a Sacred Purpose today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!         

     


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