Monday, September 4, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 05/09/2017. The deck today is the *Tarot of the Sephiroth* by Dan Staroff, J. Mori & J. Stockwell. It is a wonderful deck, and if you can get hold of a copy, please take it for your own peace of mind . . . grin. It is ‘Out of Print’ (OoP) and unlikely to make a reappearance . . . but you never know! The art is unforgettable; HIGHLY recommended. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = IV the Emperor, and Salt = the Ace of Wands. Have you ever had one of those draws or readings where you look at the cards and you think to yourself; “Yeah, I get it, I understand the cards, but what the HELL does that have to do with me or my query?” It generally happens, understandably, when you are as of yet unsure of yourself when interpreting a deck of cards, or you weren’t paying attention, or the answer given is indeed the correct one, but you aren’t seeing it because of self-imposed impediments. So, for example, when I looked down at the spread this morning and said, “What the hell is THIS?” my exclamation fell into 
the 3rd category, i.e. I’m not seeing the forest for the trees, or perhaps the lumber factory. . .  that is what I need to know. My 1st thought was, “Oh, damn, I wasn’t focused enough; my Sulfur & Mercury have switched places.” But I knew that wasn’t correct, they were in their proper “slots,” it was my preferred (“prejudiced”) pattern to see them otherwise, gender classifying them in the grossest & sheerest of surface reflections. (Forcing patterns on chaos – the curse, and blessing, of human beings. Grin.) In general, here is the short version of the story; “I have a choice to make today between two courses of action, and my Anima is firmly in favor of maintaining the Golden Rule, so to speak, and staying firm, just and well-reasoned. Also, she seems to have some concern for the solidity of my cubic throne and choosing with Wisdom on the side of practicality is the best use of my energies today. The unleashing of the full panoply of Creative Force and the spark of Life & Spirit is not only the source of ‘our’ (Animus & Anima) energy today to “run the machine,” but it is also the goal of the process. It is a self-solving conundrum that only appears to be a conundrum . . . Grin. I can see that the proper “psychic unrolling” of today is a process of carefully husbanding the fruits of the choice and infusing them with the energy of my own patriarchal authority as well as that of Fire. (I am, BTW, an Aries in western astrology and a dragon in Eastern.) I have very recently, as a matter of fact, declared in more symbolic form my “patriarchal status” with several people “in my entourage,” as one says. Grin. So this reading is apt after all, it was simply a case of “delayed recognition.” LOL. I shall add nuggets of information after my sign off. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL recognizable glimpses into our own agendas today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                               VI. The Lovers. Virgo -                                                                         
  From the original meaning of the sign Virgo, the virgin matter of the cosmos or world-ether, to that principle which makes 'lovers' is rather a long step, but we will observe that all these Tarot symbols relate to human points of view and human life in particular, i.e. cosmic principles seen from this particular standpoint which gives more of a practical image than of abstract reasoning, the abstract cosmic significance, however, being embedded fairly accurately in them. So in the human constitution the sign Virgo means the nervous system and everything acting as an organ as well as the relatively 'virginal matter' which is extracted from the food and will serve to build up the body. So this house is known to rule health and sickness. It is further known to relate to the principles and materials of our work. And so the card of the Lovers must in the first place symbolize these things. It does indeed. P. says it is connected with the Hebrew letter Vau in its significance of "the eye, and all that relates to light and brilliancy. The eye establishes the link between the external world and ourselves; by it light and form are revealed to us." In fact 'the eye' is a very ancient symbol for the idea of 'organ'; the Neoplatonists repeatedly used it. When saying it "establishes the link," we must be aware, however, that it is not yet this link itself but offers the elements for it. And again this card does not say 'love' but 'lovers' (in the French edition of the cards the singular is used: l’amoureux). Evidently the meaning is this: what makes man feel 'amorous' is his sensuousness, the word used in the strictly philosophical and biological meaning of receptivity of the senses for agreeable, caressing, beneficial, gratifying vibrations. The same receptivity, however, exists on the other hand for disagreeable, painful, disturbing, malefic vibrations. The receptivity and the condition of an organic center in its double possibility of experience is only the phenomenal expression of the same in organic existence in general, consequently stamping the whole of manifestation with the law of duality of 'good' and 'evil.'” (A. E. Thierens)                                                                     
IV The Emperor -                                         “After I learned the first three numbers I was given to understand the Great Law of Four--the alpha and omega of all. I saw the Emperor on a lofty stone throne, ornamented by four rams' heads. On his forehead shone a golden helmet. His white beard fell over a purple mantle. In one hand he held a sphere, the symbol of his possession, and in the other, a scepter in the form of an Egyptian cross--the sign of his power over birth. "I am The Great Law," the Emperor said. "I am the name of God. The four letters of his name are in me and I am in all.   ¶ I am in the four principles. I am in the four elements. I am in the four seasons. I am in the four cardinal points. I am in the four signs of the Tarot.  ¶ "I am the beginning; I am action; I am completion; I am the result. “For him who knows how to see me there are no mysteries on earth. ¶ "I am the great Pentacle. ¶ "As the earth encloses in itself fire, water and air; as the fourth letter of the Name encloses in itself the first three and becomes itself the first, so my scepter encloses the complete triangle and bears in itself the seed of a new triangle. "I am the Logos in the full aspect and the beginning of a new Logos." And while the Emperor spoke, his helmet shone brighter and brighter, and his golden armor gleamed beneath his mantle. I could not bear his glory and I lowered my eyes. When I tried to lift them again a vivid light of radiant fire was before me, and I prostrated myself and made obeisance to the Fiery Word.” (P. D. Ouspensky, “The Symbolism of the Tarot” 1913.)           

 The Ace of Wands -                               “The element of Air on the First house or ascendant has of course to do with birth and beginning, because it is the coming through of the message from above to the regions of the physical plane; the ascendant indeed is the synthesized appearance of the heavens at the beginning of . . . whatever it may be, and so this card signifies on one hand the inflow of light from above into the world of matter and fact, which can have several meanings. On the other hand, seen from the side of light itself, it is the 'fall in matter' and the decline of the higher, as well as the enlightening of the lower. The cards of the airy element have always and in every instance a double meaning and not only in the sense of right and reversed, but a meaning on two sides. And apparently this has been wrongly introduced as 'right' or 'reversed' in some cases. So the ace of wands will represent the effect of suddenness, of the incidental, even accidental, showing some appearances of the planet Uranus. It denotes something that is making its appearance all of a sudden; a sort of manifestation, creation such as the birth of a child. This, by the way, is generally considered to be a joy for the parents, etc., but may not be for the soul, which has to accept once more the limitations of life in a body of earth. And this is the two-sidedness of the significance.” (A. E. Thierens.)   

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