Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 20/11/2017; the deck today is the *Cagliostro Tarot * by Bruno Sigon, LWB by Stuart R. Kaplan, and the deck dates from 1912. It is charming in its Egyptian-themed costuming of what is in actuality a regular Tarocchi deck. I have no idea how I obtained it, but it is fun and read QUITE well. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = III the Empress; Mercury = XXI the World, and Salt = the Knight of Cups. Well!!. . . Harrumph! I feel we are entering a highly romanticized and erotic landscape today, but I don’t believe that can be the case; I am perfectly fine and happy with the feminine in my Life. Ahahaha! Cretin! Idiot! Dolt! When you feel “fine” is exactly when the feminine rushes in to turn your head and your world upside down. LOLOL! (Or for you ladies, the masculine.) Our world(s) is all set up nice & fine, we’ve got the self-satisfied groove goin’ on, and life is shaken, not stirred, so as not to bruise the karma . . . and Oooh! The non-material blow hits us right in our solar plexus of contentment, and Whoosh! There goes the quiet, calm self-satisfaction, to be replaced by a stunned “WHAAA . . .?” Grin. Blessed Fields! I have had enough of those moments to make my diaphragm involuntarily flinch now when it sees/hears/feels one coming. Ha! Otherwise, though, this is a smashingly GOOD draw, I feel; my Animus is coming from the nonjudgmental place of the cornucopia of III the Empress, and my Anima overseeing the entire process with a much larger viewpoint in mind, that of being at the center point of the Nexus and ready for apotheosis. The energy for this is coming from the Knight of Cups, surely these two ladies most besotted admirer! Grin. I have an early medical appointment today, so I’ll cut my input there and give you some conventional meanings for these cards below; think more TdeM than anything else. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the great benefit and responsibility of an assiduous admire who holds the mirror. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
III the Empress - “Generation is the mystery by which the spirit unites itself to matter, by which the Divine becomes Human. The signification of Venus-Urania, to which this card corresponds, is easily understood by the above explanations. This symbol would therefore signify ideas of generation, of embodiment in all the worlds. The human being becomes corporeal in the womb of a woman. This woman is represented with wings, or in the center of a radiating sun. The idea of the spirituality of the vivifying Principle of all beings. She holds an eagle in her right hand. The eagle is the symbol of the soul and of life (Holy Spirit). In the left hand she bears a scepter forming the astrological sign of Venus. The scepter is held in the left hand to indicate the passive influence, which Nature, Venus-Urania, or the woman exercises in the generation of beings. She wears a crown with twelve points, or twelve stars. The sign of the diffusion of the vivifying Principle through all the worlds and of the sun, through the Zodiac. The third card of the Tarot shows the result of the reciprocal action of the two first terms neutralizing each other in one principle. It is the Neuter Element of Wronski, the basis of every system of reality. The absolute creative force, or Osiris, and the absolute preservative force, or Isis, neutralize themselves in the equilibrist force, which contains in itself the two very different properties of the two first forms. In God this would be the equilibrium of the Father and of the Son, or-- God the Holy Ghost. HORUS - In Man this would be the equilibrium of the Adam-Eve--- Or HUMANITY. In the Universe this would be the equilibrium of Natura naturans and of Natura naturata-- THE WORLD Conceived like a being. The creative principle and the receptive principle, having, by their mutual action, given birth to the transforming principle, a complete entity is created. The term which now follows will correspond with the second he of the sacred word, and will consequently indicate the passage from one series to the other.” (“The Tarot of the Bohemians” by Papus Gérard Encausse, (b. 1865 d. 1916)] Translated by A. P Morton .)
XXI The World - “The Tau has the same hieroglyphic meaning as the Daleth (fourth card), the womb; but it is chiefly the sign of reciprocity, the image of all that is mutual and reciprocal. It is the sign of signs, for to the abundance of the letter Daleth ד (fourth card), and by dint of the resistance and protection of the letter Teth, ט (ninth card), it adds the idea of PERFECTION, of which it is the symbol. In the primitive Hebrew alphabet the Teth was represented by a cross (+). This letter is double, and in astronomy it represents the Sun. A nude female figure, holding a wand in each hand, is placed in the center of an ellipsis, her legs crossed (like those of the Hanged Man in the twelfth card). At the four angles of the card we find the four animals of the Apocalypse, and the four forms of the Sphinx: the Man, the Lion, the Bull, and the Eagle. This symbol represents Macrocosm and Microcosm, which is to say, God and the Creation, or the Law of the Absolute. The four figures placed at the four corners represent the four letters of the sacred name, or the four great symbols of the Tarot. Between the sacred Word that signifies GOD and the center of the figure is a circle or an ellipsis, representing NATURE and her regular and fatal course. From this comes the name of Rota, wheel, given to it by Guillaume Postel. Lastly, the center of the figure represents humanity, ADAM-EVE, the third term of the great series of the Absolute, which is thus constructed: -- The impenetrable Absolute, the EN SOPH of the Kabbalists, the PARABRAHM of the Hindus-- The impenetrable Absolute or God. This twenty-first card of the Tarot therefore contains in itself a recapitulation of all our work, and proves to us the truth of our deductions.” (Ibid)
The Knight of Cups – “A young fair man, a friend. The young man loved. The Lover.” Yep, that is IT for the Knight from Papus! LOL. Let’s look at A.E. Thierens, perhaps; “The Water of the soul on the Twelfth and on the Eighth house. The double influence of water makes the emotions and feelings prominent, relates to the imagination, to deeper experiences and strong reactions of the soul, processes of psychic life, which may end in wonderful success or in less desirable phenomena. It is sure to indicate much relating to the subways of human life and the human soul. This is not always favorable or pleasant, of course, but is in almost every instance intensive, though the cups never go to anything like hatred or crime or real malice. Their weakness is in being unreliable or incalculable with regard to things of the exact world or matter. So in the worst cases this card may indicate everything connected with swindling from sheer mental instability. But it may also be, that the term 'swindler' (charlatan) is wrongly given to people who are standing apart from the common herd and are more or less occultists. The "higher graces of the imagination." There may be certainly a considerable degree of falsehood expressed by this card: false interpretation, misjudgment, tendentious or fantastic narratives, exaggerated complaints, imaginary wrongs, pathos and what the world calls miscarriage. On account of the eighth house all this may be connected with sex-questions or intimate and private affairs. The card may express indiscretion committed and slanderous reports, secretly promulgated. It has to do with secrets and the divulgation of secrets. But there may be also a higher sway in the emotional realm: devotion, sacrifice, charity.” (“The General Book of the
Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)