Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 12/11/2017; the deck today is *The Tarot of Prague* by Alex Ukolov & Karen Mahony, of Baba Studios. It is a deck of legend and popularity, only available from time to time when they do a limited reprint. IT is filled with appropriate-to-the-arcanum works of Art from around Prague, the city of Alchemy, Magic, Sorcery & Necromancy in the Middle Ages. I have yet to visit Prague, and I am eager to do so – it’s on my “Bucket List,” so to speak, although I don’t have one. Grin. IT is still supposedly a magical city. The deck itself is gorgeous, well-made, gold-leafed, and wonderfully “manifested.” By all means try to obtain a copy if you can, it is well worth it. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: Sulfur = XVII the Star; Mercury = XX Judgement, and Salt = the Queen of Swords. (I tend to think of this Queen as Hera/Juno, a goddess well-known for her bellicose tendencies and not-so-easy personality, who is nevertheless as smart as a dolphin on drugs, & loves Lovers [if they aren’t of Zeus/Jupiter, her husband.] She is MOST certainly a force to be reckoned with and one which brooks no other rivals, if she can help it. One might say Artemis, but one would be WRONG! (Snicker.) She is ALL about the Moon.; Athena is the Queen of Wands, IMHO, and Aphrodite/Venus as the Queen of Cups. Or, of course, real people if they are indicated by the reading.) However, first up we have Sulfur, my masculine,
Animus, intellectual and active, today indicated as XVII the Star. I would give you wisdom from the LWB, but Alas! there is little to be found therein; cookie-cutter definitions are of no use. Therefore, I shall use exterior sources to contribute information to our understanding. Let’s look at what A. E. Thierens has to say in “The General Book of the Tarot”; “"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. . . it is Venus, the ruler of the signs Taurus and Libra, houses of riches, art, beauty, and of the organized body. In the latter it represents the Law of Harmony between the Self and the Not-self.” I like that; it goes far beyond the general take-away-trope of “Hope.” I feel as if I AM hopeful today; aside from a small contretemps on the domestic side of things, my Journey is progressing nicely. I used lucid-dreaming last night to find my new spirit guide for this lap of the journey; I must admit to fizzy visualization; I couldn’t tell if it was a spider, a crab or some other scuttling, crawling insect/animal. I want (!) it to be a beetle, which I would take to symbolize my Long-standing relationship with Khepera, one of the forms of Ra, the Sun god. (We have been friends for 60 years now.) (http://www.egyptianmyths.net/khepera.htm) However, even though last night was a bust, one must try and try again until one meets the guide, n’est-ce pas? Hope springs eternal (g-r-o-a-n.)
Moving on, we find that today Anima is in XX Judgement, and I am sure she is feeling almost righteous to the sound of whirring wings, blowing trumpets and the wailing of lost souls (grin.)She ISN’T feeling self-righteous, however, as she both knows better and her heart is filled with compassion for those who suffer. I’m a sicker for a truly suffering person, one whose suffering isn’t self-indulgent but real and beyond hir control. I have learned how FEW people truly live in equilibrium with the Universe, and throw themselves on the bounty and love of the Universe and trust that their needs will be provided. It is totally liberating, but one must raze & rebuild one’s accepted definitions of value, responsibility and gratitude. “If Saturn denotes 'death' and the grave, what more natural than that his counterpart Jupiter should stand for the resurrection from the grave? While Saturn, Lord of the mineral kingdom, is held to 'kill' by his crystallizing effect, Jupiter, Lord of the vegetable kingdom and of all that grows and expands and evolves, leading up to sublimation and elevation, abstraction, etc., afterwards, is first the emblem and function of organic life, later on also those of psychic and spiritual life above the material existence, barren and naked, from which it consequently brings deliverance. The latter meaning is chiefly viewed when symbolizing this principle in the card of the Last Judgment. "An angel sounds his trumpet per sepulchra regionum and the dead arise." (W.) Some people say "that it signifies renewal, which is obvious enough . . ." and "that it is the generative force of the earth and eternal life." (W.) The latter fairly covers our definition of Jupiter's function. Again W. further mentions, that it "is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation." . . . And every great work needs his co-operation; there is no important or great work done in this world without Jupiter, the planet of ideals playing a prominent role in it. Ideals, that "are the angel part of us," as Zanoni tells his disciple. So this card stands for ideals, religious, social or any other and for the elevating effect they have on man; for ideas and leading motives, aspirations, etc., consequently for generalization, illumination, dispersion, elevation, for all that is honorable on one hand but also for illusions or vain aspirations on the other hand. It is the sign of deliverance from narrow thought and hampering conditions in the soul as well as in the body and in life.” (Ibid) Finally, as
my source of Power today, we come to the Queen of Swords, as previously mentioned; “The female rulership of the element of Earth on the house of Taurus, in which the Moon is exalted and 'womanhood eternal' is contained. . . So this card must mean either woman ruling by matter, material or magnetic attraction, purely physical charm, or ruled by material elements herself. The latter may be seen as: ruled by the desire of luxury and money, or as: overpowered by material difficulties, weighed down under the burden of a material world. A woman of Saturnian and Martian qualities is seldom charming unless in a purely physical and sexual way; there may be higher virtues, however, which in this case will be developed by suffering, such as chastity, severity, continence--from which it will be easily seen, that sterility, privation and mourning may derive, personally. Astrologically the Martian and Saturnian qualities are seldom found to be very 'beneficial' for women, being very often signs of an unpleasant character or injured reputation. On the one hand this card may be a woman under affliction and severed from her natural protector or protection--widow, divorced, separated, though not the unmarried; on the other hand we have to see in this card the woman who is paid for her 'love,' and the fact that "woman costs money," a fact of more occult significance than the world at large understands. It is indicated in the commandment of JHVH that 'man' should till the soil (Taurus) after the loss of the paradisaical state. So this card has to do with the material necessity of married life, with peasantry and husbandry and economical exploitation. Well aspected, it may indicate art in general and sometimes wealth after assiduous struggle and toil.” I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the arrival of Hope tempered in the fires of Judgement and used with Love. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!