Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 06/10/2017. (Next Friday will be Friday the 13th in October! LOL.) Today’s deck is *The Vampire Tarot* by Robert M. Place. It is a superb deck by Mr. Place, as are all of his decks; learned, researched, esoteric and yet easily read as well as aesthetically beautiful. Since Halloween IS my favorite holiday & the Count a perennial favorite, I am infatuated with the deck. Onward & Upward! Today’s draw is: Sulfur = IX the Hermit; Mercury = XVII the Star, and Salt = the Knave of Stakes (Page of Wands.) So . . . my Animus is feeling isolationist at the moment, preferring to withdraw and contemplate the intricate wonders of his navel; my Anima however is feeling hopeful that her partner will surface from his “funk” and make it back into competition as her team partner, so she is in XVII the Star. The passionate “irreality” of the Knave of Staves fuels our vehicle today. All in all, it isn’t a particularly “driven” day, which is good, as it is overcast outside and I feel like spending a day “in front of the fire” and reading; we don’t have a chimney, nor fireplace nor mantle, but “what the Hell, manifest one, Mark!” LOL. I’m plugging in some card meanings for you, if you need a reminder or three. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL some breathing space today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!
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.” (A. E. Thierens, “The General Book of the Tarot.”)
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.” (Ibid.)
The Knave of Staves – “We have to keep in mind that the page of Air relates to the Third and to the Eleventh house both. Some of the indications show the mark of Aquarian, i.e. Uranian parentage, others are purely mercurial. The pages always cover the meaning of houses of Air, as we have seen the page of the airy element--wands--is the most airy of them all. The interpretation is easy enough, and the renderings are quite correct, with the exception of one item: we can never see this page as a 'stranger' but rather as an acquaintance, a friend, conforming to the connection with the eleventh house. That with the Third house even may bring his personal standing nearer to the Querent, viz. as a brother/sister or schoolmate.” (Ibid.)