Saturday, November 18, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19/11/2017; today’s deck is one of my favorites and rapidly becoming essential, *The Tarot of Saqqara* by Donald. G. Beaman. It is a wonderful, beautiful deck, and the more I use it, the more I am able to take from it and upon which I can meditate. The draw for today is: Sulfur = (VIII) Life Force; Mercury = (16) The Moon, and Salt = the Hero of Swords (Knight.) The cards are not numbered per se, although they follow traditional Tarot sequence. I like the hand, a lot, even though I could wish for a slightly less “vigorous” Energy source, less inclined to resort to the Sword (Intellect,) and more to a Cup (Emotion, Intuition) of fine ambrosia. (If you remember your Greek mythology, *ambrosia* was the food of the gods. I wonder if there were any ambrosiholics? If so, it gives a new meaning to “Divine Intervention.” Grin.) But actually, my fine-feathered friends, it IS a welcome reading, if for no other reason than that I felt just a ‘bit’ blah going into the reading this morning; however, as soon as I turned over and made the card faces visible, I immediately began to feel a gently invigorating wave of energy enter and lift me above the blandness and place me into “hey! feeling okay, feeling good.” Not hyper or super-anything, but GOOD. It was physical, unmistakable, and quite remarkable. The Energy radiated out of the card faces towards me and “picked me up” immediately, without even yet reading them. So, with that in mind, let’s look at the draw. The cards drawn today are: Sulfur = [VIII] Life Force (Sekhem); Mercury = [XVIII] The Moon (Dark of the Moon), and Salt = 
the Hero (Knight) of Swords (aka Lord of the Winds and Breezes.) I see it and comprehend the message; “Unite your forces today, not forgetting the mysteries of the Moon, which are important even if not understood.” This seems to be a necessity with which I can accomplish the necessary by using the energy of the Hero of Swords, our impetuous and rather ruthless young man of Intellect. That is a very simple interpretation, but to the point and quite valid today, I believe. As it is time to get my butt in gear (last week’s readings,) here I am literally being told what is the first step I must accomplish. I have RARELY received what I perceive to be such DIRECT instructions from the Tarot/my subconscious, and it is quite an astonishing feeling, as if you want to doubt your own eyes. “No, that can’t be it. That’s too simple, too direct. There must be a more occult meaning buried in there that I have to work to find.” LOL, it is hard to accept, at times, that the Tarot can be, quite literally, blunt, direct & to the point. “Do this, Fool.” The card art is so beautiful you almost think that the short Truth somehow lets it down; it needs long and difficult concepts to support such beauty. LOL . . . bullsh*t. Once again, I am kept on a short leash by the cards. Grin. I shall append some card descriptions below, from *Raven* I think, thus the Thoth tart. Keep in mind that is the deck being used by hir; while the LWB for this deck is quite informative & “good,” it isn’t the type of LWB one can just cruise for quotes; it’s more “statistical.” And after all, the connection between the two is self-evident, so let’s call a spade a shovel and get on with it. Grin. I pray to the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the wisdom of the Obvious today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!   (VIII) Life Force - "Venus in Leo - the creative development of passion
 leads to enjoyment and fulfillness. Zodiac: Leo. Tree of Life: The connection between Chesed and Geburah. Element: Fire. Number: 11 as perfect combination of 1 and 2 (the cross sum of 11 is 2.) The Passion is the step into the second decade of the Major Arcana, the point where the journey into the inner depth begins. In other decks, this trump is called 'The Power', a symbol for the mastery of our own animal side. Crowley named the card 'Lust' - and most people don't really think of mastering their inner animal, but enjoy it full tilt... In a combination of both, the animal side shouldn't be 'mastered' in the meaning of 'suppressed', nor should it be let out to 'romp around'. It should not be ignored, but accepted as a natural part of oneself. In that manner, one will not only be able to profit from its instinctive natural power, but also to save the power needed to 'master' it. The Passion implies vitality, energy and power. The card tells us to use these riches. In most aspects of life, an endeavor will have much more success when passion is put into it." (Raven @                                                              (XVIII) The Moon - Moon in Scorpio as the dark knowledge of the depths of soul. Zodiac: Pisces. Tree of Life: The connection from Netzach to Malkuth. Element: Water. Number: 18 as the return of the animal (turns of sun- and moon eclipse) cross sum is the 9. The Moon will lead us into the blackest depths of our soul, into the world of the subconscious, where there are no more words, just images and notions. It represents a journey into the darkest night, a look behind our own face. The Moon isn't the most comfortable trump - though everybody likes to equate it with the mysteries, rarely someone really enjoys the look into their own abyss, where sometimes the unvarnished truth is not too pleasant. Embarrassingly enough, the Moon tends to show up what we generally ignore, refuse to see, or even deny all the time. But the step has to be taken, for without facing up to darkness, we will never see the light. Unlike most trumps, the Moon has no real negative aspect, but it implies a serious danger. The journey into night could be too much when we're not prepared and we might get lost in our own shadow.” 
(Ibid)  The Hero (Knight) of Swords - “Astrology: 21° Capricorn to 20° Aquarius. Element and world: The Air in the Airs of Yetzirah. Tree of Life: Tiphareth. Being Air in Air, the Prince of Swords is the pure manifestation of mind and intellect, full of plans and ideas which on the worst side may disturb and confuse each other, on the best create an inexhaustible spring of creative thoughts. The Prince of Swords is intelligent, idealistic, full of creativity and fluidity, a real Mercurial spirit who often will argue just for the fondness of arguing - and not so much for the arguments themselves. The Prince of Swords can throw himself head over heels into a scientific research, reaching highest levels within a short time and then throw everything away without further notice because something else appears more interesting at the moment. On the dark side, the Prince of Swords lacks both the qualities of Water and Earth; he can easily become unstable, unreliable and extremely moody, using his amount of intelligence to trick himself through life, becoming a master of disguise and cheat.” (Ibid)               

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