Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 08/09/2017. Today’s deck is the immensely popular & award-winning *Tarot Illuminati* by Erik C. Dunne & the book, “Complete Guide to Tarot Illuminati” by Kim Huggens, Erik’s long-time friend & collaborator. Erik gives great Tarot and Kim gives great book, so there isn’t a lot more to be said. It is a landmark deck, changing the style of Tarot representation. It’s a great deck, easy to read, & beautiful to boot. Onward and Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = I the Alchemist; Mercury = XII the Hanged Man, and Salt = the King of Swords. It’s a puzzling draw, but perhaps that is because of where I’ve “been” lately. More &more I feel as if I am detaching from this life & world, not in fear, or even pain, but in desire to get on with it and put an end to this stop-gap boredom. I’m not planning to short-circuit my own life, so no worry there; it is simply that I have VERY little interest left in the things of this world because I no longer live with the illusion that anything here is permanent. It is ALL passing illusion.
Even our manifestations pass away, like old circus performers who’ve lost their ‘raison d’être.’ This takes a lot of the sting out of existence, but it also takes a chunk of the piquancy, as well. I really like, a lot, the man I have become; and no, I don’t believe I’m inflated with self-regard, just enough. Grin. I understand my Sulfur this morning; I am in something of an Alchemist mode anyway; I’m feeling itchy to create some manifestations that will be useful to me in the near future and beyond. The problem is that at this point, I simply don’t have enough personal physical strength to power a bunch of anything. The body is having energy issues because of other blah-blah yak-yak; you get it. I truly am way beyond caring about the state of my physical breakdown, because as soon as something’s recovery or jettison cheers me up, something else suddenly breaks down & needs attention. It’s a game we play with ourselves when we age, to see if we’ve learned the joke yet. Grin. “It doesn’t matter – it is ALL Maya.” (I just heard a hawk outside my window, and suddenly I was Sinuhè, sitting in the Sinai desert in the blistering heat, outside my mud hut with one ratty awning, writing my words in hieroglyphs & demotic on a parchment. Telling of my life full of adventure & drama, to finally end here, in aging meditation in the sere country of my soul. Lol, my how dramatic! One of the many advantages of being me is that I take everything with a pound of salt, never mind the grains. With my Anima/Mercury in XII the Hanged Man, I feel a small bout of one of her preferred roles, Catholic drama, coming on as she once again sees herself sacrificing her agenda for the general good, but I DO joke with her about it, and she is cool enough to take it well. Our Power Manager today is the King of Swords, a longtime intimate, so to speak, as I used to BE him. I know His Maj very well, and while I know where I can trust and rely upon him, more importantly I know where I cannot. I must admit, however, he is a dynamo of energy in any realm. (“Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end . . .” Grin.) So whatever E/energy needs I have today should be readily available, as well as a distant-stare of non-involvement from my Anima, who will be building her own instruments of introspection and therefore only casually involved. From there, I leave the more generalized detail on the cards as information posted below. Today I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL an understanding of gradations of cooperation within ourselves. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!
I The Magician - Aries "The first sign or house in the Zodiac is the first step in the direction of Manifestation, and Aries is the High Priest as well as Avidya or Ignorance, standing before, c.q. above cognition. Potency and power are its attributes, because all and everything is immanent in this stage of Beginning. Power abstract, undeveloped, simple, but for that reason mightier than every detail or phenomenon, and the master of Nature. The ultra-positive, the very superior, and in the lower human sense the ultra-egotistical. Like the first note of a composition in music, it determines the tone and gives the key. From the First spring the Four, and so the symbols of the Four Elements appear on the table of the Magician, though his action, as far as action goes in this card and principle, exists in potency only and is indicated consequently in the wand in his right hand. In his superior abstractness he is eternal in relation to the phenomenal world, which is indicated by the symbols of Eternity above his head, the lemniscate, and around his waist, the serpent." (A. E. Thierens, "The General Book of the Tarot" 1930.)
“This twelfth sign of house, closing the cycle of the zodiac, means loss to the outer world, solution, handing over the results of one cycle to the following one, whence comes the meaning of treachery in common astrology. This house contains the things which we have not yet mastered and those whom we have failed to understand or who have failed to understand us. So either this remains for the next cycle, or it will tempt us to waste our last forces. In the eyes of the world it is the sign of waste, spoil, mishap. Viewed from the other side it is the sign of the Golem, in which the outer world loses its importance or even reality, and the consciousness is opened to inner truth. This is the reversing of consciousness, which makes things change their significance in such a way that they appear to turn upside down: the world is now viewed from the other side. And this is the significance of the hanged man." (Ibid.)
The King of Swords - “The King of the suit of Earth, coming on the house of Aries, First house or ascendant. Whatsoever we may say of the 'reversed' side or weaker cases of this card, a king is a king and always denotes a higher accord, someone or something of principal value and rank. The king of the Martian and Saturnian element naturally is the king of matter and of war, i.e. also he who wins war and conducts the battle of earthy interests. It denotes the dominion and rulership of this element, consequently the military chief. This by the way we are astonished not to find mentioned by tradition, which mentions the man of the law, lawyer, advocate or judge, who rules or guides worldly strife and contention. As the ruler of the ascendant, the card may certainly mean any person heading a cycle of material activity and before all a pioneer on this plane, an independent man living on his own means. While material integrity is implicit, duplicity, doubt, double-dealing or uncertainty are definitely excluded. It indicates material certainty and severity, whether benefic or malefic from a personal point of view, healthy or rude, even cruel. But we fail to see what it has to do with perversity, unless the meaning be the overruling of everything else, the higher by the material power, and the misuse of the latter. The card means an emphatic Yes." (Ibid.)