Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27/10/2017; only 4 days left to find that perfect abattoir to host your Samhain dinner party! The deck I used today is the *Tarot of the Dead* by Monica Knighton, a fun kind of skeleton & graveyard themed deck for the Samhain/Halloween holiday. However, I was able to find NO pictures of the deck on the Internet (including Pinterest); therefore I have chosen three random & different decks from which to choose the appropriate card, a kind of catch-as-catch-can. Let’s not even go into attributing them. If one of the cards really catches your breath, I suggest you Google it in the Image function. It is a fun deck, not nearly as humorless or pointless as I first thought upon opening it; I have since gotten a bit more into its “subtler” macabre images than many other decks. It reads well, too, which is the real jewel at the heart of the question. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = XVII the Star; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Knight of Reels (Pentacles.) You are to be forgiven if you suddenly stood up, wildly clutched at your hair, and screamed, “No!! That SOB is lying. He does NOT get the same cards over & over & over all the time! Charlatan!!” LOL. Yes, indeed, I do. This is why I am sometimes at a loss for words, as there isn’t a whole lot left to say when you’ve turned up XVII the Star 10 times in the last 14 days, or the Hermit 11 times out of 14. (Those aren’t the actual statistics, I can’t be bothered, but you get my drift.) Thus my problem of not really having anything new to say that I can write down in brief; I could wing it in the grand extemporaneous style for which I am renowned (grin,) but that would take considerably more time & column space than the absolute limit I have set myself for these blog entries. Nobody is interested in reading a blog page only to find out that it continues for 15 pages. “Ohh, g-r-o-a-n!” Therefore, I am NOT going to drag on & on today, in keeping with my shorter formats for the moment. I shall still addend individual card breakdowns after my bit. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the single-mindedness and perseverance of the Knight of Disks today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
XVII the Star – “"The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty." No astrologer will hesitate to recognize Venus. "The Star is the étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused herein." (W.) And "gifts of the spirit," which au fond means beauty, are the gifts administered by Venus, who in the solar system hands over the vibrations or 'gifts' coming from the Sun, to our Earth. The picture on the card shows it quite clearly: a naked girl, demonstrating undoubtedly the beauty of the human body, symbol of beauty in the nature of man, pouring "the fluids of Life upon the Earth (and the sea: i.e. into soul and body--Th.) from two cups, the one of gold and the other of silver." (P.) "The genius of the Sun has now descended to Earth under the form of this young girl, the image of eternal Youth." (P.) Well, then it is the image of this planet of beauty and eternal youth, which has its place between the Sun and Mercury on one side and our Earth on the other, the third personification of the genius of the Sun. The ibis and the butterfly connect the idea 'of immortality with this figure, in perfect accord with the mystic teaching which says, that love extends beyond the grave. The Phe--identified with this card--expresses the same hieroglyphic value as the Beth (second card), but in a more extended sense." It is said to represent speech. (P.) Now Venus has in so far to do with the second sign, that it rules this sign. The 'more extended sense' may perhaps be thought of as this planetary rulership, as "the Word in action in Nature with all its consequences." (P.) Venus could perhaps be seen in the sense it has in the Gospel of St. John: "The Word which became the Light of men." Venus indeed is the representative of the ruler of Light on Earth and in Nature: third aspect of the Solar Logos. "The Word in action in Nature with all its consequences," we should like to correct in this way: it is Venus, the ruler of the signs Taurus and Libra, houses of riches, art, beauty, and of the organized body. In the latter it represents the Law of Harmony between the Self and the Not-self.” (A. E. Thierens.)
IX the Hermit – “P.: "Humanity fulfilling the function of God the Holy Spirit. The human creative force." Indeed this is clearly Sagittarius for every astrologer. The author might have mentioned in the same line that the Hierophant (Leo) represents God the Son. The Hebrew letter "Thet represents a roof and suggests the idea of safety and protection . . . protection ensured by wisdom." The astrologer says: the Ninth house is the house of the Master--idea of wisdom and protection in one; the Master in fact shields his disciples like a roof . . . in some way. The sign is that of thought-power, creative mind, idealism, which throw their own light on the things below, and consequently the Sagittarian is remarkable for always seeing things in his own light and trying to throw light on things in order to instruct other people. He is the eternal traveler, the indefatigable walker. And mentally he is always more or less lonely. All this is very distinctly symbolized in the card of the Hermit, which stands for ideas, perspectives, spiritual or moral influences and for light thrown upon the objects of this earth-life. In divination it stands for teachers, legal authorities, advisers and guides, and with the guiding principles in everything and questions, in relation to the Querent. But above all it is his own idealism, etc. The direction in which his thoughts are running. In the older cards the Hermit is shielding his light on one side with his mantle. This may be indicative of the habit of Sagittarians to evade and disarm contradiction beforehand, knowing by intuition the power of darkness. He is leaning on the staff of knowledge with regard to earthy matters. W. is perfectly right in saying, that "Prudence is the least of its meanings and the most negligible." Some authors (M.) held this card to be the symbol of 'prudence,' but indeed the Sagittarian is not very famous for this virtue, though the card is truly Sagittarian and nothing else. This is again proved by the striking explanation of W.: "His beacon intimates that 'where I am, you also may be.'" This is the stereotyped way in which a Sagittarian thinks.” (Ibid)
The Knight of Reels (Coins) – “The Fire on the Eighth and on the Fourth house, personified. The traditional renderings are not bad but far from complete. The eighth house is that of our debts, money of other people and of the dead in particular. So the Querent may profit by legacies or inheritance. Consequently the beneficial influence on the weak point in our material conditions may be interpreted as: advantage, interest, etc. But the knight is always a personification, too, and this is not given in the traditional interpretation. We must see him as a person who is obliging, carrying out a will, coming to the aid of the Querent, secretly or confidentially perhaps, at least not publicly, visiting him in his house, saving him from material and financial troubles. It may be a loan, inheritance or advance, but without any hard conditions connected with it, so it may be a present. On the other hand the houses mentioned give the tendency to retire from the outer world; this accounts for renderings such as 'inactivity, inertia,' etc. . . . We should say, it means the tendency to enjoy the good things of the heart(s) within one's own private or family circle, in repose, in some retreat, secretly. In weak cases there may be some danger of degeneration into idleness or indolence, etc. In connection with the fourth house, ruling family matters and the past, the home and the storehouse (of memory, e.g.) the card must have to do with pleasant memories, recollections, people we have known before; collections and collecting.” (Ibid)