Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 28/10/2017; only 3 days left to stock up on Ex-Lax and colored tinfoil for the kiddies! Today’s deck is *The Bohemian Gothic Tarot* by Alex Ukolov & Karen Mahony. It is a wonderful deck, very atmospheric, and reads very well, too. This is a real gem and I am glad to have a copy. You may be, too. Onward & Upward! My draw today is= Sulfur = V the Hierophant; Mercury = XI Justice, and Salt = the Queen of Pentacles. Wow, well, umm . . . I cannot think of one legal affair I currently have running, & certainly not with any organized religion, unless you consider French Customs a faith. Grin. However, I DO like the spread; it is instantly recognizable and readable. My Animus is in V the Hierophant regulating things, here on the Material level. M Anima is XI Justice, signifying less the balance here in the Material than the actual working out of the Law. And then the Energy for today is coming from the Queen of Pentacles – the Earth Mother with a Bang! and she is well-known for her generosity as well as her nurturing nature and accountant’s mind; however, if she turns against you, she doesn’t ever forgive a grudge. It is true that I have been called recently to pay attention with a greater amount of scrutiny to our household expenses. We have an early-cinema-classic marriage in one respect; she isn’t aware of how much she spends, nor even really the value of a Euro; normally I set general limits and that isn’t a problem. Recently, however, our money flow has taken a blow, and we must wait out the time period until it swings back up again. She doesn’t seem to be aware of this, or want to be aware of it, so we have a developing situation that can be defused and corrected NOW before it becomes serious. You just have to do it. The reason I don’t particularly relish the job is that it isn’t really anybody’s fault; it is just the age-old conundrum of fixed retiree income versus rising costs and inflation. What we could afford 10 years ago isn’t possible at this time. Hopefully soon, again. But this is a “nothing” problem, easily solved, and that is fine with me if that is my touchpoint to 3D reality today. We (my wife and I) can do this with our seeing stalks crossed and our webbed tentacles clasped together. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the gift of easily small problems, if any, today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
V The Hierophant – “I saw the great Master in the Temple. He was sitting on a golden throne set upon a purple platform, and he wore the robe of a high priest with a golden tiara. He held a golden eight-pointed cross, and lying at his feet were two crossed keys. Two initiates bowed before him and to them he spoke: - - - "Seek the Path, do not seek attainment, Seek for the Path within yourself. Do not expect to hear the truth from others, nor to see it, or read it in books. Look for the truth in yourself, not without yourself. Aspire only after the impossible and inaccessible. Expect only that which shall not be. Do not hope for Me,--do not look for Me,--do not believe--that I am outside yourself. Within your soul build a lefty tower by which you may ascend to Heaven. Do not believe in external miracles, expect miracles only within you. Beware of believing in a mystery of the earth, in a mystery guarded by men; for treasuries which must be guarded are empty. Do not search for a mystery that can be hidden by men. Seek the Mystery within yourself. Above all, avoid those towers built in order to preserve the mysteries and to make an ascent to Heaven by stone stairways. And remember that as soon as men build such a tower they begin to dispute about the summit. The Path is in yourself, and Truth is in yourself and Mystery is in yourself." ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P. D. Ouspensky.)
XI Justice – “When I possessed the keys, read the book and understood the symbols, I was permitted to lift the curtain of the Temple and enter its inner sanctum. And there I beheld a Woman with a crown of gold and a purple mantle. She held a sword in one hand and scales in the other. I trembled with awe at her appearance, which was deep and mysterious, and drew me like an abyss. "You see Truth," said the voice. "On these scales everything is weighed. This sword is always raised to guard justice, and nothing can escape it. But why do you avert your eyes from the scales and the sword? They will remove the last illusions. How could you live on earth without these illusions? You wished to see Truth and now you behold it! But remember what happens to the mortal who beholds a Goddess!" (Ibid)
The Queen of Pentacles – “The higher octave of the two, consequently covering the Sixth house and demonstrating the features of the noble Virgo-type. So this must be a woman always inclined to help and to serve, to make herself useful, a nurse perhaps, a household woman of good standing a good hostess. There are also qualities of science in this house, as it is the house of the Academy and Minerva. So she may be as an incarnation of Minerva herself, protecting science and craftsmanship as the Dame of Wands protects the arts. She must have many qualities and above all refinement, though she may suffer more or less from the evil--so far as it can be called--of doubt, and the difficulty of choosing between many possibilities in her nature. She is generous and benefic. Her presence is a good augury and she brings always protection and material wealth or at least well-being, ruling this house of earth. There may be some timidity; there is always honesty, honorable action, correctness and the right attitude to all problems of life, discretion, education, understanding, knowledge. These qualities certainly engender security in life.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)