Sunday, October 22, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 23/10/2017; only 8 days left to steal that perfect brain somewhere which is perfect for your monster! Grin. Today’s deck is the *Tarot Draconis” by Davide Corsi. It is “whimsical.” I don’t DO whimsical. However, I do like dragons, and I can only say it was an impulse buy. Sigh. I don’t even use it, actually, except this time of year; however, it DOES read quite decently, so if you like working with whimsy, go for it. Onward and Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = XI Strength, and Salt = the King of Swords (due to lack of an image, I have been obligated to post an image of the Queen. The King is identical, except for gender, and the sword is bigger and moved to his left hand.) Harrumph! . . . {{Sigh.}} The Emperor, Strength and the King of Swords. I could SWEAR that any deck I pick up immediately changes to a deck with only about 6 Major Arcana and about 5 Court cards. LOL. I’m just not in the mood to repeat myself today, or to try and give the umpteenth new gloss to a rather common draw (for this spread.) I’m going to plug in some information, but hey! it’s Monday morning, so let’s just let it slide today, a little. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL some down-time today. Be Well! Be Blessed!!                                                                        
IV The Emperor – “There is much more mystery buried in every symbol than words spoken can tell. Superficial consideration might make astrologers wonder at this image, which assimilates worldly power with the sign Cancer instead of with Leo, to which they are accustomed. Still there remains this to be taken into account, that originally 'emperors' got their power from the people,--China, Rome--long before they began to claim God as their private protector against eventual aggression from outside. The people are ruled by the sign of Cancer, says the astrologer. And thus originally the chosen emperor accepted vox populi as vox Dei. This chosen dignitary was nothing of a tyrant, originally, nor did he have anything to do with rulership or warfare: he was simply the highest and most pure expression of the soul of the people or nation. . . The sign of the soul indeed is Cancer. At the same time this is the sign of the breast (P.) and of the womb, as W. translates this passage about the card, which P. says is connected with the Hebrew letter Daleth. In the older pictures we see the effort to let the man make a figure 4 or something like the symbol for Jupiter with his crossed legs. There may be some meaning in it, but this seems futile with regard to the general significance of the Emperor as the representative of the past, of memory, tradition in the people and in family life, dharma and the real motives of the soul in the background of life, which actually rule life. It relates to every inner power of the soul from which outer activity (karma) will arise.” (A. E. Thierens.)
  XI Strength – “In the midst of a green plain, surrounded by blue hills, I saw a woman with a lion. Girdled with wreaths of roses, a symbol of infinity over her head, the woman calmly and confidently covered the lion's mouth and the lion obediently licked her hand.                         "This is a picture of power", said the voice. "It has different meanings. First it shows the power of love. Love alone can conquer wrath. Hatred feeds hatred. Remember what Zarathustra said: "Let man be freed from vengeance; this is a bridge for me which leads to higher hope and a rainbow in heaven after long storms. Then it shows power of unity. These wreaths of roses suggest a magic chain. Unity of desires, unity of aspirations creates such power that every wild, uncontrolled, unconscious force is subdued. Even two desires, if united, are able to conquer almost the whole world. The picture also shows the power of infinity, that sphere of mysteries. For a consciousness that perceives the symbol of infinity above it, knows no obstacles and cannot be withstood". (P.D. Ouspensky)                                    
The King of Swords – “The King of the suit of Earth, coming on the house of Aries, First house or ascendant. Whatsoever we may say of the 'reversed' side or weaker cases of this card, a king is a king and always denotes a higher accord, someone or something of principal value and rank. The king of the Martian and Saturnian element naturally is the king of matter and of war, i.e. also he who wins war and conducts the battle of earthy interests. It denotes the dominion and rulership of this element, consequently the military chief. This by the way we are astonished not to find mentioned by tradition, which mentions the man of the law, lawyer, advocate or judge, who rules or guides worldly strife and contention. As the ruler of the ascendant, the card may certainly mean any person heading a cycle of material activity and before all a pioneer on this plane, an independent man living on his own means. While material integrity is implicit, duplicity, doubt, double-dealing or uncertainty are definitely excluded. It indicates material certainty and severity, whether beneficial or malefic from a personal point of view, healthy or rude, even cruel. But we fail to see what it has to do with perversity, unless the meaning be the overruling of everything else, the higher by the material power, and the misuse of the latter. The card means an emphatic Yes." (A. E. Thierens)     


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