Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 01/11/20; today’s deck is *The Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. The long Walpurgisnacht is over, and you have survived to greet the sun and celebrate Toussaint! Lucky you. Meanwhile, the dead and the damned have retreated to the infernal realms to await their chance next year. Grin. What utter poppycock, but it IS fun, isn’t it? OF course Samhain is of an entirely different nature, a Nature & the Forces of Nature seasonal celebration, but nevermind, fun was had. Not by me, of course, I was in bed by 10:30 p.m.; I am in love with the idea of Halloween, not going out and being uncomfortable in the cold at drunk at a party, & besides, I don’t drink. Several joints as celebration don’t lead one to going outside & partying; they lead to munchies & scary movies, and an early bedtime. Grin. As we live I a double-gated apartment building with security, we have no trick or treaters, and it isn’t a thing here in France anyway. It’s adult party time, not kiddie treat night. Onward & Upward! My draw today consists of: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = XXI the World, and Salt = the Ace of Cups. It is a fine, uplifting reading, but I am feeling anything but fine and uplifted today; rather, I feel listless and without motivation. I am NOT “hungover,” certainly not from alcohol and definitely not from the Herb. I smoked once, so that isn’t a cause either. I just thing that, as usual, my body is constantly fatigued from the fight it is fighting now to keep things together. Doubtless, this is one of the items concerned by VI the Lovers; more correct choices are needed about refining the unhealthy inputs into my life. Unfortunately for me, that may include the Herb, but I am hoping for a less destructive way of regularly using it without smoking. Yes, I know about cooking, but I prefer a vaporizer or even a THC pill. On verra. Choices, choices, choices, and I no longer REALLY have a choice if I want to reach my goal; I must choose the good & beneficial over the satisfyingly self-pleasurable. This is true on ALL the planes of my existence, not just the physical; if I want to progress, make good, moral choices that expand your knowledge and cooperation with the Universe. “From the original
meaning of the sign Virgo, the virgin matter of the cosmos or world-ether, to that principle which makes 'lovers' is rather a long step, but we will observe that all these Tarot symbols relate to human points of view and human life in particular, i.e. cosmic principles seen from this particular standpoint which gives more of a practical image than of abstract reasoning, the abstract cosmic significance, however, being imbedded fairly accurately in them. So in the human constitution the sign Virgo means the nervous system and everything acting as an organ as well as the relatively 'virginal matter' which is extracted from the food and will serve to build up the body. So this house is known to rule health and sickness. It is further known to relate to the principles and materials of our work. And so the card of the Lovers must in the first place symbolize these things. It does indeed. P. says it is connected with the Hebrew letter Vau in its significance of "the eye, and all that relates to light and brilliancy. The eye establishes the link between the external world and ourselves; by it light and form are revealed to us." In fact 'the eye' is a very ancient symbol for the idea of 'organ'; the Neoplatonists repeatedly used it. When saying it "establishes the link," we must be aware, however, that it is not yet this link itself but offers the elements for it. And again this card does not say 'love' but 'lovers' (in the French edition of the cards the singular is used: l’amoureux). Evidently the meaning is this: what makes man feel 'amorous' is his sensuousness, the word used in the strictly philosophical and biological meaning of receptivity of the senses for agreeable, caressing, benefic, gratifying vibrations. The same receptivity, however, exists on the other hand for disagreeable, painful, disturbing, malefic vibrations. The receptivity and the condition of an organic center in its double possibility of experience is only the phenomenal expression of the same in organic existence in general, consequently stamping the whole of manifestation with the law of duality of 'good' and 'evil.'” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.) Moving on, we find that my Mercury today is represented by my Anima wearing the archetype of XXI the World;
my Animus was JUST here, and she has a sometimes-indulged caprice of trying on Animus’ costumes immediately after he has changed them for another role. She steps up and tries the role on for size, so to speak. Well, IF I have to go off making choices, then I would just as well trust the throne under my Anima. She’s a great gal, despite all the shit she gives me; I know she is just trying to get through to me, which can sometimes be a VERY difficult task. “As in the case of Uranus we want to point out that originally the planet cannot have been appointed, astronomically, but the principle of cosmic magnetism, of which it is the organ, and the universal magnetized, field, the field of the world in which we live, must have been well known to the initiates, who worshipped Poseidon and Varuna, gods of the world-ocean. The symbols of the four fixed signs are presented at the corners of the cards, and where these fixed signs are seen as the foundation stones of our physical world by such visionaries as Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos, we cannot be far wrong in assuming that originally the meaning was that of the physical world coming forth out of the magnetized etheric ocean of the universe, which itself has been represented by the oval form, be it a laurel wreath or something else. The World must have had a larger meaning, originally, than that of the world of beings moving on the surface of our Earth, and the oval figure may well have stood for the form of the solar system at large, with its planets moving in oval orbs. Appropriated to the world of men, it must mean that which falls outside our will-power, cosmic conditions to which we are subject, but which at the same time provide us with all that is wanted for our physical conditions. The latter of course became the reason for attaching to this card a generally benefic influence, especially in the domain of the senses. "It is eloquent as an image of the swirl of the sensitive life, of joy attained in the body, of the soul's intoxication--(can any word remind us more strongly of Neptune's workings than precisely this one: 'intoxication'?--Th.)--in the earthly paradise, but still guarded by the Divine Watchers . . ." (W.) Let us put it this way: it means that if we row with the cosmic tide, we shall enjoy happiness and everything we want, but on the other hand we must not neglect the implicit possibility, that when rowing against the tidal current of the world, we shall experience trouble and no end of it, or if we 'cross the stream' we shall have to stand firm on our legs. So besides the joy of the senses, this card means also the cosmic origin of life, to which the candidate for initiation returns, and which now and then appears in dreams. In fact this card has much to do with dream-life. The relations of Neptune with the Moon and the lunar body are not unknown to astrologers nowadays.” (Ibid) Grin. Finally, we come to the glorious coper & chromed
steel engine of my vehicle today, the Ace of Cups. I have never drawn that card with this deck, and so I am pleasantly surprised to see its lush excess on display. This is the “egg” of this suit, the compressed container containing ALL of the essences of the Element Water, and its signifieds, Emotion and Intuition. This run through the Major Arcana, the Tree of Life, is being done with the express purpose of refining and reshaping my own Cups, and making them as easy to access as my thoughts, which should be their natural state. “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 benefic 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) Therefore this Ace is of vital importance to me; the more times I can use the energy of Cups to work on my Path, then the more they are used, “flexibilized,” and “brought up to speed.” Today’s draw works well for me, even if I’m not exactly dancing with joy over it simply due to fatigue. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL today the Energy of the Ace of our dominant suit in play today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!