Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 25/10/2017; only 6 shopping days left to find that Velcro ceiling mat for the vampire bats in the guest bathroom; when your guest enters & drops hir pants, what a surprise! The deck today is again *The Halloween Tarot* by Kipling West. “Lots o’ fun for the season” (and I have a bridge you might be interested in . . . .) My draw today is: Sulfur = IX the Hermit; Mercury = XVIII the Moon, and Salt = the Queen of Bats. This is an acceptable hand, I find, no grim and dark news about anything burning or anyone dying; well, that’s good. XVII the Moon does give me a tiny bit of interior titillation, but on the other hand, I am not excited at all by this hand; it kind of just lays there and does nothing for me. So I shan’t reconstruct anything or forecast anything or “realize” anything as far as deconstructing this reading goes. It’s good, that’s all. Rather disappointing, that. Sigh – oh well. I’m perhaps too picky, and expect revelations on a daily basis; silly of me, isn’t it, Rabbit? Grin. Some days are just like that. I’m still breathing yesterday’s draw, as well, much more inspiring. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a bit of peace and quiet today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
IX the Hermit – “After long wanderings over a sandy, waterless desert where only serpents lived, I met the Hermit. He was wrapped in a long cloak, a hood thrown over his head. He held a long staff in one hand and in the other a lighted lantern, though it was broad daylight and the sun was shining. "The lantern of Hermes Trismegistus", said the voice, "this is higher knowledge, that inner knowledge which illuminates in a new way even what appears to be already clearly known. This lantern lights up the past, the present and the future for the Hermit, and opens the souls of people and the most intimate recesses of their hearts. The cloak of Apollonius is the faculty of the wise man by which he isolates himself, even amidst a noisy crowd; it is his skill in hiding his mysteries, even while expressing them, his capacity for silence and his power to act in stillness. The staff of the patriarchs is his inner authority, his power, his self-confidence. The lantern, the cloak and the staff are the three symbols of initiation. They are needed to guide souls past the temptation of illusory fires by the roadside, so that they may go straight to the higher goal. He who receives these three symbols or aspires to obtain them, "strives to enrich himself with all he can acquire, not for himself, but, like God, to delight in the joy of giving. The giving virtue is the basis of an initiate's life. His soul is transformed into 'a spoiler of all treasures' so said Zarathustra. Initiation unites the human mind with the higher mind by a chain of analogies. This chain is the ladder leading to heaven, dreamed of by the patriarch".” (“The Symbolism of the Tarot” by P. D. Ouspensky)
XVIII the Moon – “A desolate plain stretched before me. A full moon looked down as if in contemplative hesitation. Under her wavering light the shadows lived their own peculiar life. On the horizon I saw blue hills, and over them wound a path which stretched between two grey towers far away into the distance. On either side the path a wolf and dog sat and howled at the moon. I remembered that dogs believe in thieves and ghosts. A large black crab crawled out of the rivulet into the sands. A heavy, cold dew was falling. Dread fell upon me. I sensed the presence of a mysterious world, a world of hostile spirits, of corpses rising from graves, of wailing ghosts. In this pale moonlight I seemed to feel the presence of apparitions; someone watched me from behind the towers,--and I knew it was dangerous to look back.” (Ibid)
The Queen of Bats (Swords) – “The female rulership of the element of Earth on the house of Taurus, in which the Moon is exalted and 'womanhood eternal' is contained. The house of money, in worldly affairs. So this card must mean either woman ruling by matter, material or magnetic attraction, purely physical charm, or ruled by material elements herself. The latter may be seen as: ruled by the desire of luxury and money, or as: overpowered by material difficulties, weighed down under the burden of a material world. A woman of Saturnian and Martian qualities is seldom charming unless in a purely physical and sexual way; there may be higher virtues, however, which in this case will be developed by suffering, such as chastity, severity, continence--from which it will be easily seen, that sterility, privation and mourning may derive, personally. Astrologically the Martian and Saturnian qualities are seldom found to be very 'benefic' for women, being very often signs of an unpleasant character or injured reputation. On the one hand this card may be a woman under affliction and severed from her natural protector or protection--widow, divorced, separated, though not the unmarried; on the other hand we have to see in this card the woman who is paid for her 'love,' and the fact that "woman costs money," a fact of more occult significance than the world at large understands. It is indicated in the commandment of JHVH that 'man' should till the soil (Taurus) after the loss of the paradisiacal state. So this card has to do with the material necessity of married life, with peasantry and husbandry and economical exploitation. Well aspected, it may indicate art in general and sometimes wealth after assiduous struggle and toil.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)