Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 18/11/2017; the deck used today is the *Tarot Apokalypsis* by Erik C. Dunne & book by Kim Huggens. (There was no available image of the Apokalypsis X on the Web, so I am using his *Tarot Illuminati* for that card.) I guess that brings us logically to unveiling the cards: Sulfur = X the Wheel; Mercury = XVII the Star, and Salt = the Prince of Swords. I can see the spread, but to be ‘helen’ with you, I am having a hard time relating to it this morning. What is there, THERE, that says anything new at all to me? Today I would have to say it is the Salt, or Catalyst, card, the Prince of Swords. I am extremely fatigued at this time; perhaps seasonal change or something . . . perhaps I need to up my dosage of Levrothyrox . . . Grin. Whatever it may be, let me assure you that I am NOT feeling the vim, vigor and excitement of a well-muscled warrior mounted upon his mutant bird of prey as he flies into battle. Plus, I have a feeling he’s not here for coffeecake. Then TODAY must be the MIRACULOUS “change of Fortune” for which I have “hoped,” my “Air” is coming back to my lungs with a vengeance to banish the BPCO that haunts my shadowy lungs. Grin. Oh, if only that were true, and then when it didn’t happen, if I was particularly stupid I could blame all of my woes on my card reader. LOL. This in today’s case would be 100% accurate, as I am indeed the source of my own woes 99.2% of the time. I am going to plug-in some sensible explanations here for these cards, from authors whose words are better for you right now than my goose-like ramblings. I have nothing that I feel is really worth taking your time, so I’ll let someone with something to say go for it. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a Way of accessing our Knowledge today that we haven’t tried before. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
X The Wheel - "It symbolizes Fortune, good or bad." (M.) So this means happenings, facts. It is indeed in the Tenth house, that the relation between the Self and the Not-self crystallizes into fact, happening, deed. Says P., identifying this card with the significance of the Hebrew letter Yod, that it indicates "the finger of man; the forefinger extended as a sign of command." This clearly has to do with the significance of the Tenth house as that of authority and authorities, who are qualified to give commandments. The commandment itself comes under the same resort. "This letter has therefore become the image of potential (?) manifestation, of spiritual duration and, lastly, of the eternity of time." In fact, the Tenth house of the zodiacal cycle, ruled by Saturn, has much to do with Time and manifestation in time, but not only potential; real as well. The image for this idea is very characteristic, perhaps the most striking of all. "The wheel of fortune suspended upon its axis. (Leaving no doubt about the idea of circular movement in time, which we find back in the horoscope.) To the right Anubis, the genius of good ascending; to the left Typhon, the genius of evil descending . . ." (P.) See the right hand as the East and the left hand as the West, and you have the illustration of the horoscope more accurately still. As we know the East is standing for the source of spiritual force and inspiration, the West for the end of it and dying out. What the sphinx has to do with it seems doubtful, unless it means that all mysteries will be revealed in time. The symbols of the four fixed signs are holding the four quarters of the card. The four fixed principles are indeed generally accepted as the basis of the material or concrete world. Compare the visions of Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos. The mid-heaven in the horoscope sees the eastern half of it rising and the western half on the other hand declining. The divinatory meanings of this card are evident: it denotes the authorities, to which the Querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations and the position in the world which he occupies, his name and titles. It is the card of karma in the strict sense and that which is indicated by it in divination will come true or be realized actually. Therefrom it has been said to symbolize 'fortune.' As will be seen it must not be accepted as the 'part of fortune' in the horoscope, because this has a more specific meaning and only with regard to the moon. It is the point where you get at the world or the world gets at you. It is 'ripe karma' above all, facts which are not to be overborne by words. The fruits of former thoughts." ("The General Book of the Tarot" by A. E. Thierens.) 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 Prince of Swords – “Finally this element on the Fourth and on the Twelfth houses. On account of the former we find of course the armed man under the rule of the Emperor, the military man, soldier, etc., but rather the professional, formerly the hired, troops than the militia, which will rather fall under the same house as the police, and be indicated by the page of swords. Another significance of this card is that of painful memories, suffering by ancient wrongs. In fact war is in all cases, be it private or collective, the phenomenon of the outbreak of some ancient wrong or evil--the wrong of oppression on one side or the evil of desire, rapacity, overflowing force, etc., on the other. So the Knight of swords must bear the significance of the bearer of weapons, which avenge wrongs or serve attacks. The fourth house calls the home and the family, the father in particular, and the card may well denote something in the nature of avenging family feuds or the honor of the father or the family. Badly aspected it may mean opposition against the power of the father or the Emperor, revolution, which is quite in the line of the grumbling and malcontent nature of the Cancerian of the lower type. It is, however, to be expected that such opposition will be very much hidden, dark, in the background, not open nor very loyal. On account of its relation with the twelfth house this card may also mean a surgeon and operations performed by him, and, in lower types or weaker cases, fraud and destruction of organisms, whatever these may be. It may further relate here to all sorts of bad passions and to degrees of hatred, incapacity, etc.” (Ibid)