Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 21/09/2017. The deck today is the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers. There is also a separate book, eponymous, by the same authors, quite thick with a LOT of information; it is a treasure house of continental Tarot lore. Great deck; you should own a copy. Onward and Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = V the Hierophant, and Salt = the King of Cups. This is a fairly tight-knit reading today, with the two element cards being side-by-side in the 1st Septenary of the Major Arcana, and the King of Cups being one of the least expansive of the Court cards. It isn’t that I feel it is hermetically sealed off from the outside, but it has a vibe of “self-containment” & no need of exterior input. That is all fine & good, except that it HAS to accept exterior input or it serves no purpose. So, let’s “pry” and see what the neighbors are doing behind closed curtains . . . Grin. My Animus has pulled
up in an arcanum for which he doesn’t have a lot of empathy, VI the Lovers. I know myself enough to know that my Animus finds things like Choice not worthy of “drama” if it directly involves him. I/He see “the Right Choice” as a matter of “well, of course! Dummy! You make the wiser, spiritually superior choice of Sophia over “Lilith.” There’s no question! So just do it and get on with it, and quit peacocking about it!” Grin. But that is me doing my impression of the “unstoppable force” and “paying no nevermind” to plaints, suffering or death upon the way. However, you really can’t do that to this trump and give it ANY justice; it is a highly complicated card, much more complicated that one would normally imagine, and for a full description of its uniqueness I refer you to the eponymous, separate book. (“Tarot of the Holy Light” by C. Payne-Towler & M. Dowers, Noreah/Brownfield, 2015.) For theoretical bones, I also offer this by A. E. Thierens in his “The General Book of the Tarot”; “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. . .
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, benefic, 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.'” (p.56) Now, in general I like to think of myself as a worldly, modern alchemist, and the whole Hierophant arcanum as something I have already experienced and have no need of anything further from it than my memories. That, of course, is totally specious; once a teacher, always a teacher (as well as the “addiction” of being the Grand Poobah of an entirely legal network of “religious Mafia”, which thankfully, my ego gave up its craving many years ago. It’s crushing, monotonous daily grind of deception is not only a char-broiler for your soul but a hammer on your entire Being because living in a Deception requires ENORMOUS amounts of Energy. “V The Hierophant - Leo - "The fifth step on the cosmic ladder is that of the Atma, the Spark in macrocosmos and that of childbirth and of the heart in particular on the physical plane. The latter is sanctified by the former and this fact is symbolized in the image of the Hierophant. It may also be interpreted in its turn as the sanctifying of the profane (man) by the holy (man) in general, and this fact gave the reason for the other nomination of this card: the pope. Of course it may equally well be called the patriarch. In the masonic lodge it is the R.W.M., the sun in the solar system and the heart in every living body, as also the solar plexus in the etheric body. And as the teaching of St. Paul--and others--has it: from the heart are the issues into life. It is the dynamic center of every living existence. The Hierophant "is seated between the two pillars of Hermes and of Solomon" . . . "He is symbol of mercy and beneficence." (M.) This is exact. P. says he is the principle "which attaches the material body to the divine spirit." Which is precisely that of the heart. So there remains little doubt with regard to identity. The same author identifies further the principle of the Hierophant with the Hebrew letter He, which means aspiration or breath. In fact the heart is the cause of this periodical movement, which we find in pulsation and respiration, in analogy with the Law of Periodicity in Cosmos." (Ibid.) Finally, as the source of
Energy today, I have drawn the King of Cups. My feeling is “right suit, wrong card.” I can’t help not having a whole lot of admiration for this guy, simply because he doesn’t seem content to be who & where he is; I’m sure he is, of course, but he doesn’t give that impression, which is ultimately confusing. I’ll take his Energy, as he has boatloads of it, but he can stay in the river and swim while I motor on up the Nile . . . Grin. “"This king is the chief of the kingdom of the soul, coming on the Ninth house, and consequently must indicate the teacher, prophet, man of law and divinity; the professor, inspirer and great traveler; sometimes a hunter, a wanderer, or a sailor, a yachtsman. Honesty and probity will be generally his characteristics, but some fantasy may be mixed with it and he may be less particular in details or accuracy. He may be exuberant or even excessive, and this may cause some excitement, but we see nothing of 'scandal, vice,' thievishness or anything of that kind in this card. There is a lively sentiment of justice in it and the person indicated by it will certainly be disposed to render justice to the Querent, whether he be connected with the law or not. If the Querent is himself a weak or vicious individual, the card may indicate the judge before whom he has to appear. At all events it may represent the idea of judgment of the querent's actions or business. Further there is less of 'science' in this card than of philosophy, which is quite another department. There is the idea of promoting, inspiring, pushing. There lies promise for the future and likeliness of monetary advances in this Sagittarian card." (Ibid.) It seems bizarre, don’t you agree? I knew you did. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the necessary trust in the true source. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!