Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 13/12/2017; today’s deck is the *Golden Dawn temple Tarot* by N. Farrell & H. & N. Wendrich. As for reference, there are a LOT of books out there on the Golden Dawn system, so avail yourself of the best; one among many is “The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot” by C. & T. Cicero, Llewellyn, Woodbury, 2010. They have a deck out that is “approved by the Golden Dawn spirits,” apparently, and it is quite good as well. I’m using this one today, but I DO like the Cicero issue. (Note: today’s Prince of Swords is an Israel Regardie image [Francis Israel Regardie, known simply as Israel Regardie, was an occultist, a writer, and Aleister Crowley's personal secretary and transcriptionist, widely known for his books and commentaries on the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn - Wikipedia,] not GDTT or GDRT.) Onward & Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = XX Judgement; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Prince of Swords. Well, hmmm . . . I like it. It is a fairly emotionless reading, I feel, consisting of, in short; telling me; “Time to pull it all together, Mark, and take a good, long, piercing look at yourself; what is the total sum, the Balance, look like? How do you judge yourself, as ready to proceed to Apotheosis?” My Anima has gone into IX the Hermit mode, to pull things together from the inside, to meditate & contemplate the accomplishments of a life so far, and to pass the “case file” to Judgment for “adjudication.” The Energy supplying this two-pronged effort (much like a BBQ fork –Grin) is sourced in our Engine room today, the Salt in our diet, the Prince of Swords. We’ve all met our friend the Knight before, haven’t we; we know him, and his excess of zeal and energy in carrying out his parents’ agenda. From the LWB; “Prince of the Chariots of the Wind, Prince and Emperor of the Sylphs, the Air of Air. Sphere of Influence: 20° Capricorn to 20° Aquarius. Intellectually: Open-minded, full of ideas and thoughts & designs. Distrustful, suspicious, firm in friendship AND in enmity, [he] is challenging, stimulating, an abstract thinker. [He is] careful, a private person, someone who prefers to work alone. [He is] unemotional & independent.” (I have taken the liberty of “adjusting” the grammar, to a point.) So, as we can see, today isn’t about a lot of emotional and/or intuitional “involvement,” this is a day to be impartial, fair & just with regard to the “balance sheet” of my growth. I believe I can do that; I’m not prone to frantically scrabbling around for an excuse when these times come. There is a wonderful little bit floating out there on the Net somewhere, a “translation” of the Forty-Two Negative Confessions involved in Egyptian last judgement, turning them into the Forty-Two positive assertions of Judgment. I’m not sure the Egyptians would have appreciated it, but they were a fun-loving, good-time beer & wine drinking lot, and I think they might have liked it. Ancient Egyptians LOVED to party, so much so that they made sure to inscribe scenes of partying in their eternal resting places, their tombs. Grin. A true fact that renders them more “human,” immediately closer to and understood by us. I will attach some blahblah below to further investigate the draw. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a day of judgments unclouded by emotions and full of the Light of Ra. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
XX Judgment – “If Saturn denotes 'death' and the grave, what more natural than that his counterpart Jupiter should stand for the resurrection from the grave? While Saturn, Lord of the mineral kingdom, is held to 'kill' by his crystallizing effect, Jupiter, Lord of the vegetable kingdom and of all that grows and expands and evolves, leading up to sublimation and elevation, abstraction, etc., afterwards, is first the emblem and function of organic life, later on also those of psychic and spiritual life above the material existence, barren and naked, from which it consequently brings deliverance. The latter meaning is chiefly viewed when symbolizing this principle in the card of the Last Judgment. "An angel sounds his trumpet per sepulchra regionum and the dead arise." (W.) Some people say "that it signifies renewal, which is obvious enough . . ." and "that it is the generative force of the earth and eternal life." (W.) The latter fairly covers our definition of Jupiter's function. Again W. further mentions, that it "is the card which registers the accomplishment of the great work of transformation." Which is also in the line of Jupiter, Io Pater, 'Our Father that is in the Heavens.' And every great work needs his co-operation; there is no important or great work done in this world without Jupiter, the planet of ideals playing a prominent role in it. Ideals, that "are the angel part of us," as Zanoni tells his disciple. So this card stands for ideals, religious, social or any other and for the elevating effect they have on man; for ideas and leading motives, aspirations, etc., consequently for generalization, illumination, dispersion, elevation, for all that is honorable on one hand but also for illusions or vain aspirations on the other hand. It is the sign of deliverance from narrow thought and hampering conditions in the soul as well as in the body and in life.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A.E. Thierens.)
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. In the older cards the Hermit is shielding his light on one side with his mantle. This may be indicative of the habit of Sagittarians to evade and disarm contradiction beforehand, knowing by intuition the power of darkness. He is leaning on the staff of knowledge with regard to earthy matters. W. is perfectly right in saying, that "Prudence is the least of its meanings and the most negligible." Some authors (M.) held this card to be the symbol of 'prudence,' but indeed the Sagittarian is not very famous for this virtue, though the card is truly Sagittarian and nothing else. This is again proved by the striking explanation of W.: "His beacon intimates that 'where I am, you also may be.'" This is the stereotyped way in which a Sagittarian thinks.” (Ibid)
The Prince 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. Drive: Idealism, intellectual agility. Light: Creativity, wealth of ideas, intelligence, mastery of words. Shadow: Harsh, malicious, unreliable, cheating, crude.” (*Raven* @ www.corax.com)