Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 20/10/2017; only 11 Days left to find that “just-right” poison for Aunty Moneybags!! LOL. (PS. Don’t forget to leave a mirror in every room to leave ghosts an exit. Grin; true or false?) Today’s deck is the *Tarot of Dreams* by Ciro Marchetti & Lee Bursten. My draw for the day is: Sulfur = VIII Strength; Mercury = XVII Star, and Salt = the Ace of Coins. I REALLY don’t wish to tempt the Fates, but at that danger, let me sigh, “Oh.” Yes, I comprehend the massage loud & clear. I must be strong and hope for relief for my extremely dolorous back. IT as a 24/7 kind of problem; with both arthritis and rheumatism, there isn’t much chance I’m going to spend any more completely pain-free days, but one 
DOES hope. Well, tough titty, Mark old boy, grit your teeth, “be a man about it,” and pray for relief and/or translation out of the physical. Grin – I have ALWAYS disliked “Be a man!” advice, even though I am far more masculine than many, or try to be (. . . “aha! And there’s the rub, Horatio!”) That is in my nature; I am not, by said nature, of the frail, delicate or even mild-mannered genre of masculinity. I’m a big guy who liked gals AND guys, that’s all. Grin. As for this reading today, it isn’t really helpful, other than telling le to bear up; my tried-&-true is still the only tried-&-true for the time being. Okay, I’ll live with it – there isn’t a lot of choice. I’m familiar with waiting out Fate in dead-end alleys, too; I can do one more. I’ve chosen some rather practical info from *The Pictorial Key of the Tarot* by A. E. Waite to flesh out the cards a bit today for us all. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the sense of humor necessary today to wait out our opponent(s,) if need be. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!  VIII Strength – “A woman, over whose head there broods the same symbol of life which we have seen in the card of the Magician, is closing the jaws of a lion. The only point in which this design differs from the conventional presentations is that her beneficent fortitude has already subdued the lion, which is being led by a chain of flowers. For reasons which satisfy myself, this card has been interchanged with that of justice, which is usually numbered eight. As the variation carries nothing with it which will signify to the reader, there is no cause for explanation. Fortitude, in one of its most exalted aspects, is connected with the Divine Mystery of Union;
 the virtue, of course, operates in all planes, and hence draws on all in its symbolism. It connects also with innocentia inviolata, and with the strength which resides in contemplation. These higher meanings are, however, matters of inference, and I do not suggest that they are transparent on the surface of the card. They are intimated in a concealed manner by the chain of flowers, which signifies, among many other things, the sweet yoke and the light burden of Divine Law, when it has been taken into the heart of hearts. The card has nothing to do with self-confidence in the ordinary sense, though this has been suggested--but it concerns the confidence of those whose strength is God, who have found their refuge in Him. There is one aspect in which the lion signifies the passions, and she who is called Strength is the higher nature in its liberation. It has walked upon the asp and the basilisk and has trodden down the lion and the dragon.” (Ibid)                                                           XVII the Star – “A great, radiant star of eight rays, surrounded by seven lesser stars--also of eight rays. The female figure in the foreground is entirely naked. Her left knee is on the land and her right foot upon the water. She pours Water of Life from two great ewers, irrigating sea and land. Behind her is rising ground and on the right a shrub or tree, whereon a bird alights. The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty. The star is 
l'étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused therein. That which the figure communicates to the living scene is the substance of the heavens and the elements. It has been said truly that the mottoes of this card are "Waters of Life freely" and "Gifts of the Spirit." The summary of several tawdry explanations says that it is a card of hope. On other planes it has been certified as immortality and interior light. For the majority of prepared minds, the figure will appear as the type of Truth unveiled, glorious in undying beauty, pouring on the waters of the soul some part and measure of her priceless possession. But she is in reality the Great Mother in the Kabalistic Sephira Binah, which is supernal Understanding, who communicates to the Sephiroth that are below in the measure that they can receive her influx.” (Ibid)                                                                The Ace of Coins – “A hand--issuing, as usual, from a cloud--holds up a pentacle. Divinatory Meanings: Perfect contentment, felicity, ecstasy; also speedy intelligence; gold. Reversed: The evil side of wealth, bad intelligence; also great riches. In any case it shews prosperity, comfortable material conditions, but whether these are of advantage to the possessor will depend on whether the card is reversed or not.” (Ibid)      

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