Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 03/11/2017; the deck today is *The Alchemical Tarot Revised: 4th Edition* by Robert M. Place, accompanied by the book “Alchemy and the Tarot” by Mr. Place, Hermes, New York, 2011. My draw for today is: Sulfur = The Wheel of Fortune; Mercury = the Emperor, and Salt = the Knight of Coins. It is an exciting draw as it isn’t the usual 3-legged dog I have been receiving lately with variations of the same old message. I am rather over that, and luckily, the Cosmos has sent something different today. It is also interesting for another reason: according to JoannaKate, another tarologue, today IN GENERAL has this: “Emphasis again today on looking at the stagnant emotional situation that you may be in, and the fear that keeps you from moving forward. Rigid patterns, that have their origins in your family history, keep you rooted in a place of safety, but in a way that impedes growth. Your fear of collapse, and of breaking with tradition, keeps you imprisoned in a safe but uncomfortable place. You are challenged today, to risk moving beyond what is known, and to seek the renewed source that awaits you when you have the courage to break free of your limitations. On some level you are being asked to wake up and smell the flowers, to recognize all that is being offered to you, if you seize the potential that lies in the current moment, if you trust in the seed that you hold in your hand.” (JoannaKate, “The Daily Oracle,” Google+) Oddly enough, she came to much the same conclusion I did today with completely different cards! LOL. That is EXACTLY what I see in the offering of X the Wheel, as my Animus today. I need to change things up, shake things around, and induce a “change of fortune” in my life. This can be done by my Anima as IV the Emperor, ruling over the concretization of the kingdoms and thus able to provide the fastest communication between them. Tis is necessary to spread the word through the whole manifestation; “Hang On, we’re going to Change!” This needs to be pursued with the energy of the Knight of Coins, in other words with the steadfast tenacity of a wild boar pursuing his would-be hunters. This guy is ALL about hanging in there with the strength and stubbornness of a Spanish bull. I’m keeping it short and sweet as I don’t wish to carry on today; there is some information for you following this. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the bull-headed energy necessary to change tracks or finish unpleasant duties today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
X The Wheel of Fortune – Capricorn – “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.” (A. E. Thierens)
IV the Emperor – “. . . the general significance of the Emperor as the representative of the past, of memory, tradition in the people and in family life, dharma and the real motives of the soul in the background of life, which actually rule life. It relates...to every inner power of the soul from which outer activity (karma) will arise. In different editions of the cards we find different sorts of scepters in the hand of the Emperor. In some there appears also an eagle. We prefer the scepter which Mr. W. puts into his hands: the crux ansata, symbol of the might of inner life, which rules matter. The planet Jupiter has only to do with this card, in so far as it is exalted in the sign Cancer, which means, that virtually hopes and expectations as well as ideals for the future take their origin in the deep-rooted attachments of the soul, which themselves are the expression of dharma or cosmic memory. . . Some authors say this card means 'realization.' That is correct so far as this word means an inner realizing of the significance of outer facts: the gathering of the harvest of experience, which will become the store of memory.” (Ibid)
The Knight of Coins - “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 beneficial 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.” (Ibid)