Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 29/10/2017; only 2 days left to get down to the butcher’s to pick out your entrails for the hors d’oeuvres! Today’s deck is the *Night Sun Tarot* by Fabrice Listrani. My draw today is: Sulfur = XI Strength; Mercury = I the Magician, and Salt = the Ace of Cups. There is no write-up today; I am taking the Sunday off. So here is some information on the cards, and then I’m out of here. Have a great Sunday. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a day full of the possibilities of friendship & love. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
I Strength – “The astrologer says that the Eleventh house is the house of the 'friends.' This means, that it contains those who are with us, and that which we have within the limit of our power, because 'friendly,' is that which is understood. The forces of nature, which we have mastered, are friendly to us and this is very well expressed by the woman who "is closing the jaws of a lion." The latter stands for passion more particularly. She derives this force from the eternal or superhuman and this is indicated by the lemniscate above her head. In older editions of the card 4 we find half the symbol for Aquarius, as a line of vibration added to it. Viewed from a purely astrological standpoint it is evident, that the force to conquer Leo should be found in the opposite sign, Aquarius. Early Renaissance must have seen this in the same way, as we find exactly the same image--only with one difference: it is there a young man, not a woman--a man closing the jaws of a lion in the capital of a pillar in the church of St. Andrew-the-Less in Vienna. This proves at the same time, that the chosen image is not of a very recent date. (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)
I the Magician – “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/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. W.: "This card signifies the divine motive in man, reflecting God, the will in the liberation of its union with that which is above." M.: "He symbolizes Will."--This is exactly Aries. P.: "The Unity principle, the origin of which is impenetrable to human conceptions, is placed at the beginning of all things." His upright attitude indicates "the will that is going to proceed into action." The First house or Ascendant gives the key-note of the physical self, reflection of the Higher Self, and thus in the practice of divination the Magician denotes the consultant, personally. In every figuration of cards it is further the 'beginning' and initiative. . . “(Ibid)
The Ace of Cups – “The Cups, representing the element of Water, Jovian and lunar by nature, start their cycle on the Ninth house, the house of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, the lawgiver. The element Water has its two polar effects in the soul, so we need not look for particular 'weak cases' to demonstrate a more or less beneficial and malefic effect at the same time. The house of Sagittarius, however, does not bring much evil to the soul and is generally uplifting, inviting, pushing towards progress and development, journeying and hospitable reception of strangers. There is little or no stability or fixity in it, but on the contrary always a good deal of 'mutation'; also the magic power of the true transmutation. Further we find a tendency to teach, to translate, guide, interpret. It may, too, lead to extravagance as regards dissipation or at least spending. There is sanction or even holiness in it, inspiration, idealism. The latter, of course, may lead to more or less well-directed actions.” (Ibid.)