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Friday, November 24, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 25/11/2017; it is terribly hard to believe we have almost arrived at December already; this year of only-slightly-mitigated horror is coming to an end. I’ve certainly had worse years in the last two decades or so, but I’ve had many that were better, as well. Goodbye soon, 2017, the Year the First Plague arrived. (Politics & politicians have become leprous, and are unfortunately incurable, unlike actual leprosy victims.) Today’s deck is *Liber T: Tarot of the Stars Eternal” by Andrea Sario & Roberto Negrini. This deck is often called “the soft Thoth,” as it is entirely based on the Arthur Crowley Thoth deck; it is, in fact, simply a reworking of his system by other Golden Dawn initiates, only Dažbog knows why, as it is entirely based on Crowley’s book, “Liber “LXXVII.” I like the *Liber T*, but “Really, c’mon Margarethe; hitch up your pantyhose and get tough, use the real Thoth!” My draw for today is: Sulfur = XII the Hanged Man; Mercury = XXI the Universe, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. Funny (odd) draw; I was almost pleased, but my Sulfur throws a sigh of “Okay, s-i-g-h-h-h, if I need to go there and objectify again, I will, but it takes a lot of Energy and ‘shee-it,’ I am tired. However, my fatigue is endemic to me and my health-o-meter these days, so I try (& succeed) to work through the fatigue and get on with it anyway, often relying just on my faith in in the Sacred Tarot and/i.e. myself. I have a solid sense of the “ABSOLUTE necessity” to power through my fatigue in order to continue my Journey, no matter the cost, even unto death. That sounds so 
“fookin’” dramatic and I don’t wish it to sound that way. What I DO wish is that I understand myself, and wish to be understood as, a man who brooks no obstruction or setback to his Journeys through the Tree of Life and the Sacred Tarot to learn what I need to learn in order to ‘get my groove on’, so to speak. Grin. As for Little Missy Anima today, she is frolicking in the Blessed Fields of the West, as a MORTAL, because she has succeeded (for now, at least in her mind – grin) in crossing the bridge of self-examination-destruction and re-emerged as “our whole self” with the arrival of our apotheosis. I am glad that she is so giddily happy today while I am distracted and must meditate upon the abandonment of the Self/Ego with which Arcanum XII is concerned. I can do that easily enough; this past week has given me a LOT of new ideas, concepts & practices to put to the test in my life. I am venturing “where no Mark has ever gone before . . .” Grin. Fractaling forward, we meet our Energy provider for the day, and she is FULL of it, I guarantee you, the Princess of Swords. This from Raven @ www.corax.com ; “The Princess of Swords is the earthy child of her element, the wind over the grounds of Assiah. Her logic can be destructive, she is perceptive, serious and rigorous, yet she can show the characteristics of a child that lacks morality and nobility. Therefore, the Princess of Swords can get stubborn and cruel, and while beginning to think independently about something, she can turn very discriminating and egoistic, showing aggressivity whenever the result is not to her delight. In the Earth, all the free qualities of Air get suppressed and restricted. At her best, the Princess of Swords can be very practical and clever, showing fine skills when dealing with material matters or conflicting opinions, she can be generous and kind once she loses the inner fear and insecurity that results from the natural incompatibility between Earth and Air. Drive: Impulsive, curious. Light: Careful, courageous, serious. Shadow: Malicious, cruel, spiteful, wasteful, failure to recognize facts, aggression, destruction.” Whoa! Well, thank Kresnik that we won’t be seeing a lot of her on this cruise today as she will be doing her job down in the engine room. I hope. Grin. I shall add a few further descriptors after my sign off. All in all, it seems like a good, do-able spread today; while I am in the self-evaluating place of XII, my Anima can frolic a little in what our intended purpose is in following these steps; apotheosis in order to rejoin the Divine. 
When we reach “port,” we will make sure that the Princess receives the care she needs . . . LOL. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a moment of objective reflection on where one’s united spiritual goals are taking one. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                          XII the Hanged Man – ““Thou art the Sun at the hub of my being. Thy Word is the shaft which fills me, to which I conform myself. O, that I might be the still, silent pool that reflects Thee, the veil that reveals Thee.”  MEDITATION COLOR: Deep blue. HEBREW LETTER: Mem, water, the universal symbol of consciousness per se. Suggests reflection, silence, and serenity. By etymology and ontogeny, M has a cross-cultural affinity with maternity and the sea, including “matter” and the subtler “matrix” of manifestation. The sound m is reminiscent of hushed running water.  CARD NAME: “Man” (from an identically spelled Indo-European root) is a pun on the root men-, meaning, “to think,” from which comes our word “mind.” The words seem closely related in human consciousness, and often are seen associated with each other. Thus, “Hanged Man” is a way of writing “suspended mind.” The key concept of the English word “hang” is “suspended from above,” i.e., dependent on (and pendant from) something higher without support from anything beneath. ESOTERIC MEANING: The Stable (or Enduring) Consciousness. It is the power of sustenance (or, sustaining power) among all the Sephiroth. TREE of LIFE: Hod to Geburah. (Links ‘Glory’ and ‘Strength’; or Intellect and Volition. Suspension of the mind, reversal of perspective following Tiphareth stage.) ESOTERIC TITLE: The Spirit of the Mighty Waters. TANTRIC & ALCHEMICAL SIGNIFICANCE: Water as a formula of Redemption: Practical formula of the Elixir, elaborated in the three cards that immediately follow. DIVINATION: Sacrifice, punishment, suffering, loss (all either fatal or voluntary); wisdom, surrender, renunciation. A reversal of circumstances." (“Liber LXXVII" by Aleister Crowley.)                          XXI the Universe – (Water) – “THE UNIVERSE (Saturn, Earth) “Thou art the entire universe of love, of delight, of joy. Let me be also thus to Thee, o coiled light within me, o wingéd snake which embraces me. In the Light and in the Night, let me be the vehicle of thy love – yea, let me be the vehicle of thy Love.”  MEDITATION COLOR: Indigo. HEBREW LETTER: Tav, a sign, mark, or cross: Both an elemental cross showing the occupation of the Elemental Kingdom (Malkuth), and an indication of one’s pledge, agreement, subscription, or commitment. CARD NAME: Through Tarot’s history, this Trump was usually called The World, though “world” was understood to mean “universe,” in the sense of the Latin mundus. That is, it means “all that there is,” and should not be delimited by time or space. Mundus has an unexpected history, which is worth symbolic reflection: As an ancient Mediterranean (probably Etruscan) root, it means a woman’s cosmetics! (The world – all that is – was anciently equated to a woman’s cosmetics.) Furthermore, the equivalent Greek word, kosmos, means both the universe and feminine adornment. This lends extraordinary insight into the design of the card and its symbolic meaning! ESOTERIC MEANING: 
The Serving (or Administrative) Consciousness. It directs the movements of the seven planets, each in its own proper course. TREE of LIFE: Malkuth to Yesod. (Links ‘the Kingdom’ and ‘the Foundation’; or ‘Physical Embodiment’ with ‘Subconsciousness.’ The first step along the Path of Return ascending the Tree of Life. Recognition of one’s existence in the Universe governed by specific laws. ‘The Vision of the Mechanics of the Universe.’ Opening material, sensory consciousness to astral perception.) ESOTERIC TITLE: The Great One of the Night of Time. TANTRIC & ALCHEMICAL SIGNIFICANCE: The Seal: Completion of the Work. The universe newly formulated and manifest. DIVINATION: The matter of the query itself. Synthesis, conclusion, the end of the matter. May mean delay, opposition, obstinacy, inertia, patience, perseverance, persistence through difficulty. The crystallization of the whole matter involved. Usually, as it denotes the actual subject of the query, it depends substantially on the accompany cards." (Ibid)                                                                                                            The Princess of Swords – “An Amazon figure with waving hair, slighter than the Rose of the Palace of Fire. Her attire is similar. The Feet seem springy, giving the idea of swiftness. Weight changing from one foot to another and body swinging around. She is a mixture of Minerva and Diana: her mantle resembles the Aegis of Minerva. She wears as a crest the head of the Medusa with serpent hair. She holds a sword in one hand; and the other rests upon a small silver altar with grey smoke (no fire) ascending from it. Beneath her feet are white clouds. Wisdom, strength, acuteness; subtlety in material things: grace and dexterity. If ill dignified, she is frivolous and cunning. She rules a quadrant of the heavens around Kether. Earth of Air. Princess and Empress of the Sylphs and Sylphides. Throne of the Ace of Wands.” (Ibid)
         




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