Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 30/10/2017; only 1 shopping day left to find that perfect human to fleche and wear their skin as your costume! Grin. The deck today is the final appearance of *The Vampire Tarot* by Robert M. Place for this year. I’m sad, but know that I can take it out at any time to lighten my mood . . . Grin. I DO like this Tarot; Robert’s impeccable artistic style and the subject matter, of course, but that the deck reads like greased lightning helps a LOT. I’d rather use this deck for the whole season than randomizing, but then what would I do with the other ghoulish decks? LOL. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = XIX the Sun; Mercury = IV the Count/Emperor, and Salt = The Queen of Holy Water (Cups), Pamela Colman Smith. Amongst the many good draws possible with the Sacred Tarot, this one is as good an example as any of a great draw that fits your day, as this fits mine. I get those “Christmas-y” feelings more around this holiday than I do Christmas, and of course since I abandoned christianity it has been gutted of all meaning. The Divine Child is an archetype, and I prefer the Holy Family & Divine Child of the original, Egyptian story about Osiris, Isis & Horus. Christianity simply stole or borrowed practically everything. Okay, enough about that, I’ll quit the bandstand. Back to my cards at hand . . . I am more
than delighted to see (with a vampire deck!) XIX the Sun as my Sulfur, i.e. where my Animus has alit today. Not only do Sulfur & the Sun seem to be an imaginatively good pair, but to have my Animus in the Sun today feels absolutely right! I’m excited for the holiday, as well as being deeply aware of its significance as Samhain, and the fact that I am NOT a vampire (despite some varying opinions out there! Ha,) only helps me feel more energized to take on some of the more shadowy aspects of my Experience. I have always returned to the Sun after some long journeys on the Nightside of the Tree, and it is a marvelous feeling. One must be careful not to sully it, however, by conveniently forgetting the information and lessons learned while voyaging “over there;” people have a troublesome tendency to do that. Here is a bit of information on the origin of evil vs. The Sun; “Ra was the solar deity, bringer of light, and thus the upholder of Ma'at. Apep was viewed as the greatest enemy of Ra, and thus was given the title Enemy of Ra, and also "the Lord of Chaos". As the personification of all that was evil, Apep was seen as a giant snake or serpent leading to such titles as Serpent from the Nile and Evil Lizard. Some elaborations said that he stretched 16 yards in length and had a head made of flint . . . Also, comparable hostile snakes as enemies of the sun god existed under other names (in the Pyramid Texts and Coffin Texts) already before the name Apep occurred. Apep's name much later came to be falsely connected etymologically in Egyptian with a different root meaning (he who was) spat out; the Romans referred to Apep by this translation of his name. Apophis was a large golden snake known to be miles long. While in most texts he is described as a giant snake, he is sometimes depicted as a crocodile. The few descriptions of Apep's origin in myth usually demonstrate that it was born after Ra, usually from his umbilical cord. Combined with its absence from Egyptian creation myths, this has been interpreted as suggesting that Apep wasn't a primordial force in Egyptian theology, but a consequence of Ra's birth. This suggests that evil in Egyptian theology is the consequence of an individual's own struggles against non-existence.” (Wikipedia)
Moving on, we find my Anima conveniently, and not without a little glee, in the archetype of IV the Count/Emperor. I don’t blame her – such giddy heights of power are hard to resist and prove impossible to manage, if one hasn’t been schooled to them. “His face was strong – a very strong – aquiline, with a high bridge of the thin nose and peculiarly arched nostrils, with a lofty domed forehead, and hair growing scantily around the temples, but profusely elsewhere . . . The mouth, as far as I could see it under the heavy mustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years.” [Harker’s description of Dracula, from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.”] (LWB by Robert M. Place.) I’m fine with her in this earth-bound driver’s seat; she has an inbuilt necessity to be in control, which she rarely is, therefore this will assuage some of those longings when she wishes to reign entirely alone over the construct. Grin. All women desire that, but participate in the compromise of coupledom only awaiting their opportunity . . . when they will resent the man for ceding to her. Grin, bitter but true. Women are hard-wired that way; make & guard the home, birth, raise and guard the child, keep “civilization” going,” it is core hard-wiring from a Neanderthal to a New Yorker. Men are “there” to provide seed and hunt, if necessary; it was only with difficulty that women gave up the huntress role as well, ceding to the needs of the child and continuation of the species, which required her attention. I’m sure many a woman has prayed in despair and asked, “Why, oh, WHY? did you make them necessary only for reproduction and good for nothing else??” LOLOL. Finally we come to the card which makes me feel
really wonderful today, the Queen of Holy Water/Cups, and how wonderfully appropriate that it should Pamela Colman Smith! She had a “thing” for Halloween, as well as being a friend of Bram Stoker. The Queen of Emotion, Intuition and Sensitivity as my source engine today pleases me enormously; I am delighted to be able to take my share of that energy and put it to use today to enliven ALL aspects of my current manifestations and living experience. “The personification of the soul on the house of Capricorn, the Tenth, manifesting into the world that which it carries. As such this queen is to us the image of the married woman and the mother and of all that which woman can give to man and mankind, by her virtue both of soul and body. So the card must also mean the realization of hopes and wishes, consequently success, etc. The 'wisdom' is here more of the practical blend, usefulness, knowing how to act with care and prudence. The card may represent a woman, or an impersonal power or authority, which the Querent has to obey, or to whom it will be to his advantage to submit. It expresses a tendency to go out into the world and make a name and position for oneself, and indicates the right moment to do so. It is fairly certain that it will ensure some publicity, renown, fame, or even glory or theatrical success, but of 'scandal' we see no indication whatever in the card itself, though of course 'publicity' connected with very evil influences might end in something like that. In such cases, however, we must not ascribe the effect to the card, which means publicity, but to that of the evil influences. It is a mistake, which we very often meet in the traditional interpretations, to ascribe effects, resulting from certain combinations of influences to one card which is only one of the composing causes.” And there I/we have it; all-in-all, a VERY good draw for today, signaling that I should continue, leaving much of the screws & bolts work to my Anima, and concentrate on being in the sunlight as I approach the final stages of today’s promenade. I ask the Cosmos grant us ALL an abundant source of Love and Intuition today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!