Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 10/09/2017. Today’s deck is the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by C. Payne-Towler & M. Dowers. (This is currently my go-to deck.) Today’s draw is: Sulfur = XXI the World; Mercury = II the Priestess, and Salt = the Knight of Cups. Well, Harrumph! That is quite a hand, isn’t it? As a matter of fact, that is SUCH a hand that I’m rather lost in the high mysticism of it all. Not lost for ideas & interpretations, mind you, but lost in the sense of being at a crossroads in a carnival Midway, with no sign to tell which attractions are in which direction. Surrounded by sparkling, seductive mysteries . . . LOL, I guess that’s the influence on my male ego of two superb women beguiling me with their most precious secrets. I find it interesting that “behind” the VERY experienced and apotheosized XXI World lays the nude virginity of II the Priestess – why do I assume that? Because her hair is unbound – a sign of marriageable virginity in almost all cultures. Her charming attributes of pasties & string aren’t there as much for modesty as they are significators of her application for ALL domains. In fact, as much as XXI just overflows with self-confidence
and Realization, II the Priestess simply drips with occult, esoteric knowledge and its signs (on this card, I am particularly fond of the ray of sunshine that nourishes the daffodils – charming!) If you want a rundown of the parts, gears, cogs & springs read any decent description; here, today, I am bathing in her mystic presence and not so much the inquisitive scholar. I have ALWAYS been a person who, if tempted, will go to extraordinary lengths and efforts to unearth the hidden, the shadowy, and the unknown; and not simply to expose it to public view, but sometimes to view it in its own tenebrous lights and keep the knowledge of it to myself. Each person must find those things on hir own. Coming to the “engine” for today, we see the Knight of Cups, which makes me feel very happy indeed, as it signifies that we are keeping the action in the house of Cups, which is where I wish to be doing the majority of work this time through the cards. All of the rest of what is involved here is interesting, but I fear only to me. The essentials of the draw are out there for any to see, and the depth inside today has little meaning outside a synthesis of facts to which I alone possess the decrypting key. So instead of blathering on about this, that & the other I shall let someone far more knowledgeable than I synthesize the meanings of the cards today. For my part, I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a day where our plans, our energies and the cosmic givens are ALL in alignment for our growth. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!
XXI The World – Neptune - As in the case of Uranus we want to point out that originally the planet cannot have been appointed, astronomically, but the principle of cosmic magnetism, of which it is the organ, and the universal magnetized, field, the field of the world in which we live, must have been well known to the initiates, who worshipped Poseidon and Varuna, gods of the world-ocean. The symbols of the four fixed signs are presented at the corners of the cards, and where these fixed signs are seen as the foundation stones of our physical world by such visionaries as Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos, we cannot be far wrong in assuming that originally the meaning was that of the physical world coming forth out of the magnetized etheric ocean of the universe, which itself has been represented by the oval form, be it a laurel wreath or something else. The World must have had a larger meaning, originally, than that of the world of beings moving on the surface of our Earth, and the oval figure may well have stood for the form of the solar system at large, with its planets moving in oval orbs. Appropriated to the world of men, it must mean that which falls outside our will-power, cosmic conditions to which we are subject, but which at the same time provide us with all that is wanted for our physical conditions. The latter of course became the reason for attaching to this card a generally benefic influence, especially in the domain of the senses. "It is eloquent as an image of the swirl of the sensitive life, of joy attained in the body, of the soul's intoxication--(can any word remind us more strongly of Neptune's workings than precisely this one: 'intoxication'?--Th.)--in the earthly paradise, but still guarded by the Divine Watchers . . ." (W.) Let us put it this way: it means that if we row with the cosmic tide, we shall enjoy happiness and everything we want, but on the other hand we must not neglect the implicit possibility, that when rowing against the tidal current of the world, we shall experience trouble and no end of it, or if we 'cross the stream' we shall have to stand firm on our legs. So besides the joy of the senses, this card means also the cosmic origin of life, to which the candidate for initiation returns, and which now and then appears in dreams. In fact this card has much to do with dream-life. The relations of Neptune with the Moon and the lunar body are not unknown to astrologers nowadays.” (A. E. Thierens) II The High Priestess – Taurus -
The second stage in macrocosmic evolution is the polarity of the omnipotent might of Self, omnipotent possibility of the field of manifestation, universal passive richness, the Kamaduk or Most Beloved Wish-Cow of the Hindus. This macrocosmic field is the Temple of the Great Magician or Architect, in potency at least. It is the Bull, Taurus, of astrology, the house of sound, art, faith and richness. To speak truly, it is not so much sound as the principle of the sound box, sound itself having its origin in the next step. Therefore Papus may well compare this card with the hieroglyphic meaning of the Hebrew letter Beth, which relates to "the mouth of man as the organ of speech." But it is not "God the Son" as he says elsewhere. It might be called 'God the Woman,' the Divine Mother, the 'Eternal Feminine.' As the passive richness of the Universe awaiting him that will be able to see it and appreciate it, this principle may well be symbolized by the image of the High Priestess, sitting in an attitude of waiting, between the pillars of the Temple, B and J, standing for the Two, from which will spring the worlds of spirit and of matter. Being Supreme Objectivity, it is the symbol of receiving, of possessing, of cult and adoration. It symbolizes womanhood in general, as the first card symbolized manhood.” (Ibid.)
The Knight of Cups - The Water of the soul on the Twelfth and on the Eighth house. The double influence of water makes the emotions and feelings prominent, relates to the imagination, to deeper experiences and strong reactions of the soul, processes of psychic life, which may end in wonderful success or in less desirable phenomena. It is sure to indicate much relating to the subways of human life and the human soul. This is not always favorable or pleasant, of course, but is in almost every instance intensive, though the cups never go to anything like hatred or crime or real malice. Their weakness is in being unreliable or incalculable with regard to things of the exact world or matter. So in the worst cases this card may indicate everything connected with swindling from sheer mental instability. But it may also be, that the term 'swindler' (charlatan) is wrongly given to people who are standing apart from the common herd and are more or less occultists. The "higher graces of the imagination." There may be certainly a considerable degree of falsehood expressed by this card: false interpretation, misjudgment, tendentious or fantastic narratives, exaggerated complaints, imaginary wrongs, pathos and what the world calls miscarriage. On account of the eighth house all this may be connected with sex-questions or intimate and private affairs. The card may express indiscretion committed and slanderous reports, secretly promulgated. It has to do with secrets and the divulgation of secrets. But there may be also a higher sway in the emotional realm: devotion, sacrifice, charity.” (Ibid.)