Monday, October 9, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 09/10/2017; today’s deck is *The Journey Into Egypt Tarot* by Julia Cuccia-Watts. It is a VERY pictorial deck, quite unusual in its own way. The art is beautiful and the cards read well; a good deck. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = XI Strength; Mercury = XIV Temperance, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. This is going to be VERY short, as I’m not feeling on top of the world today. I like the draw; Strength for my Animus, my old friend Temperance as my Anima, and as my Energy source for today, the more-than-adequate Princess of Swords, a little dynamo. The cards tell me it’s a good day; I certainly hope it improves from this morning. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL feelings of well-being and good-health today. Be Well! Be Zen! Be Blessed!!                                               
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.” (“The Symbolism of the Tarot” by P. D. Ouspensky [1913].)
XIV Temperance – “An angel in a white robe, touching earth and heaven, appeared. His wings were flame and a radiance of gold was about his head. On his breast he wore the sacred sign of the book of the Tarot--a triangle within a square, a point within the triangle; on his forehead the symbol of life and eternity, the circle. In one hand was a cup of silver, in the other a cup of gold and there flowed between these cups a constant, glistening stream of every color of the rainbow. But I could not tell from which cup nor into which cup the stream flowed. In great awe I understood that I was near the ultimate mysteries from which there is no return. I looked upon the angel, upon his symbols, his cups, the rainbow stream between the cups,--and my human heart trembled with fear and my human mind shrank with anguish and lack of understanding. "Yes", said the voice, "this is a mystery that is revealed at Initiation. ‘Initiation' is simply the revealing of this mystery in the soul. The Hermit receives the lantern, the cloak and the staff so that he can bear the light of this mystery. "But you probably came here unprepared. Look then and listen and try to understand, for now understanding is your only salvation. He who approaches the mystery without complete comprehension will be lost. The name of the angel is Time. The circle on his forehead is the symbol of eternity and life. Each life is a circle which returns to the same point where it began. Death is the return to birth. And from one point to another on the circumference of a circle the distance is always the same, and the further it is from one point, the nearer it will be to the other. Eternity is a serpent, pursuing its tail, never catching it. One of the cups the angel holds is the past, the other is the future. The rainbow stream between the cups is the present. You see that it flows both ways. This is Time in its most incomprehensible aspect. Men think that all flows constantly in one direction. They do not see that everything perpetually meets and that Time is a multitude of turning circles. Understand this mystery and learn to discern the contrary currents in the rainbow stream of the present.”                                                                                            
The Princess of Swords – “The soothing waters of Pisces are most welcome after moving through the powerful time of the eclipse portal. “Full Moon Pisces is aligned with its own ruler, Neptune.  That’s an invitation.  We have access to our most creative, imaginative and psychically connected selves through our emotional bodies. We are called on to dream and to envision from our deep, inner sacred temples of the heart.  Open those portals wide, feel everything there is to feel and let it all dissolve into the sea of life. Now, feel just how you would choose to have your life feel and infuse it with light and power. We are highly sensitive under this Moon. We have been plucked out of our old frameworks with the eclipses, and though not yet comfortable with the new, there is renewed commitment to a more powerful, highly tuned existence. Pisces is the metaphysical force in the zodiac, the keeper of the spiritual journey, the bodhisattva energy of compassionate acceptance of humanity and all that arises. Compassion is a wide-open heart holding the dark and the light, the suffering and the bliss, the pain and the joy. Where Pisces can lose their way is in being overwhelmed by human suffering, the pain of feeling too much and then needing to anesthetize their tender hearts with alcohol, drugs, comfort foods, media, any addictive behavior that drowns out the pain. Our suffering comes from separation, the loss of the sacred in our lives, a relationship with that which is greater than ourselves giving meaning and purpose to our lives. Pisces/Neptune provides the container for us to realize we are not flawed, sinful creatures, but sparks of the divine ~ precious and infinite… The Moon Full in Pisces with Neptune magnifies our ability to humbly surrender old victim/martyr/blame habits. Let nature, music, painting, poetry, dance and your dream life align you with Pisces’ gifts.” (© Copyright 2017 ~Pat Liles)     

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