Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 26/11/2017; while still enjoying the last few days of November, it is a good time to renew our “vow” to resist making this Noël “all about the commercialization.” We all love receiving gifts, we all love giving them; but remember, one is NEVER obligated to “give” a gift (unless, of course, you are buying your life or the life of someone important to you. Grin. “No, No, Abdel –ibn-Fellatio, don’t kill us, we’ll find the money!”) The deck today is *The Wild Unknown Tarot* by Kim Krans. A nature-oriented symbology in stark relief, this deck is wonderful to use for giving you access ideas to the arcana that you might otherwise have overlooked. A fund & useful deck that reads very well. My draw today is: Sulfur = XVI the Tower; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Son of Pentacles. Perversely, I like the draw. XVI the Tower doesn’t frighten me, as I have lived through some pretty major disasters and lived to tell the tale. In this case, I think it is symbolizing the almost-radical turn I am taking on my emotional & intellectual front in putting my suspicions in abeyance and going forward with a manifestation/activation of a train of events that could lead to immense emotional happiness for me, or end in me telling myself, “I TOLD you so, you hopeless fookin’ idiot.” Although I may not do even that – it will simply be a sad coda to a loving effort. “On verra.” I can see myself withdrawing because of the wounding in IX the Hermit, but I may also see solitary time & meditation to encompass the change in my life if the manifestation succeeds, so in either case this card gives no clear indication, other than the state of mind following the “unexpected upheaval” that the “event or manifestation” may provoke. As for the source of energy today, it is our old, single-minded & faithful, steadfast friend and dogged worker, the Son of Pentacles (Knight.) This archetype is like a perpetual motion machine – he just does NOT give up, and his determination is as strong as the Earth. It isn’t a “bad” hand, as you can see, and if you are a new reader, that 1st card might put you into a tailspin; however, there is no need for that, as XVI the Tower isn’t always a “bad” thing; it can be a VERY positive movement towards reorienting one’s life toward the Light. Following are some more card information citations that may be useful. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the fortitude and determination to “see things through.” Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
XVI the Tower – “Occult explanations attached to this card are meagre and mostly disconcerting. It is idle to indicate that it depicts min in all its aspects, because it bears this evidence on the surface. It is said further that it contains the first allusion to a material building, but I do not conceive that the Tower is more or less material than the pillars which we have met with in three previous cases. I see nothing to warrant Papus in supposing that it is literally the fall of Adam, but there is more in favor of his alternative--that it signifies the materialization of the spiritual word. The bibliographer Christian imagines that it is the downfall of the mind, seeking to penetrate the mystery of God. I agree rather with Grand Orient that it is the ruin of the House of We, when evil has prevailed therein and above all that it is the rending of a House of Doctrine. I understand that the reference is, however, to a House of Falsehood. It illustrates also in the most comprehensive way the old truth that "except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it." There is a sense in which the catastrophe is a reflection from the previous card, but not on the side of the symbolism which I have tried to indicate therein. It is more correctly a question of analogy; one is concerned with the fall into the material and animal state, while the other signifies destruction on the intellectual side. The Tower has been spoken of as the chastisement of pride and the intellect overwhelmed in the attempt to penetrate the Mystery of God; but in neither case do these explanations account for the two persons who are the living sufferers. The one is the literal word made void and the other its false interpretation. In yet a deeper sense, it may signify also the end of a dispensation, but there is no possibility here for the consideration of this involved question.” (“The Pictorial Key to the Tarot” by A. E. Waite, .)
IX the Hermit – “P.: "Humanity fulfilling the function of God the Holy Spirit. The human creative force." Indeed this is clearly Sagittarius for every astrologer. The author might have mentioned in the same line that the Hierophant (Leo) represents God the Son. The Hebrew letter "Thet represents a roof and suggests the idea of safety and protection . . . protection ensured by wisdom." The astrologer says: the Ninth house is the house of the Master--idea of wisdom and protection in one; the Master in fact shields his disciples like a roof . . . in some way. The sign is that of thought-power, creative mind, idealism, which throw their own light on the things below, and consequently the Sagittarian is remarkable for always seeing things in his own light and trying to throw light on things in order to instruct other people. He is the eternal traveler, the indefatigable walker. And mentally he is always more or less lonely. All this is very distinctly symbolized in the card of the Hermit, which stands for ideas, perspectives, spiritual or moral influences and for light thrown upon the objects of this earth-life. In divination it stands for teachers, legal authorities, advisers and guides, and with the guiding principles in everything and questions, in relation to the Querent. But above all it is his own idealism, etc. The direction in which his thoughts are running.” (“General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens, .)
The Son of Pentacles (Knight) – “He rides a slow, enduring, heavy horse, to which his own aspect corresponds. He exhibits his symbol, but does not look therein. Divinatory Meanings: Utility, serviceableness, interest, responsibility, rectitude-all on the normal and external plane. Reversed: inertia, idleness, repose of that kind, stagnation; also placidity, discouragement, carelessness.” (Waite.) “The Fire on the Eighth and on the Fourth house, personified. The traditional renderings are not bad but far from complete. The eighth house is that of our debts, money of other people and of the dead in particular. So the Querent may profit by legacies or inheritance. Consequently the benefic influence on the weak point in our material conditions may be interpreted as: advantage, interest, etc. But the knight is always a personification, too, and this is not given in the traditional interpretation. We must see him as a person who is obliging, carrying out a will, coming to the aid of the Querent, secretly or confidentially perhaps, at least not publicly, visiting him in his house, saving him from material and financial troubles. It may be a loan, inheritance or advance, but without any hard conditions connected with it, so it may be a present. On the other hand the houses mentioned give the tendency to retire from the outer world; this accounts for renderings such as 'inactivity, inertia,' etc. . . . We should say, it means the tendency to enjoy the good things of the heart(s) within one's own private or family circle, in repose, in some retreat, secretly. In weak cases there may be some danger of degeneration into idleness or indolence, etc. In connection with the fourth house, ruling family matters and the past, the home and the storehouse (of memory, e.g.) the card must have to do with pleasant memories, recollections, people we have known before; collections and collecting.’ (Thierens.)