Thursday, December 14, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 15/12/2017; today’s deck is *Tabula Mundi: Colores Arcus* by M. M. Meleen, accompanied by the deck-intended book, “Book M: Liber Mundi” by same (Atu House, Barre, 2015.) I would feel oversoliticious and even suspiciously wheedling if I AGAIN praised this deck to the sky and invoked you to buy it. So I shan’t;  I shall, however, loudly cheer one of the BEST decks to unlocking your inner self, psyche, subconscious, have what you will, that you will ever find. Onward & Upward! The draw for today is: Sulfur = II the Priestess; Mercury = VI the Lovers, and Salt = the Ace of Swords. Look at this as my Animus (I) and my Anima (II) driving in a chariot together, and the Energy that drives that chariot, that unites I and II by combining with them to produce a new construct, a new manifestation, that of the best “hypothetical” way to approach my day today, is in Salt, or the Catalyst. All of this is taking place inside the alchemical alembic, ME, as I draw these Elements from the depths of my subconscious to see the Light today and receive either: A) a tune-up, an overhaul, a replacement, or the heave-ho, or B) transmutation in process in the alembic in the furnace (life, experience, the Cosmos.) The choice is mine, and both are good. NOT good is the third alternative, to refuse to take a look, to leave it in an “abused” condition, to refuse to let it see the Light. That choice is no longer consciously open to me; if I cannot see a positive way forward, or if I am in a horrendous state of mood & mind, then I take responsibility for the “tainted” reading and I let it go, knowing that it is useless to me; “garbage in, garbage out.” Then, auto-review; “What’s up, Batman? Can’t find a centering spot? Forget to meditate? Take 3 or 4 deep breaths, calm down, and start the meditation 
again. You know the routine; follow it with a clean heart this time.” And so it goes. Today I have a reading that makes perfect sense to me; and I am not surprised, as I let myself wander through Yesod this morning, idly dragging my feet forward towards a conscious state. Grin. I was still half in the astral when I drew the cards today (yes, even with saying the prayer & doing the meditation beforehand,) so I believe my intuitive, emotional body was more in tune with “divination” than normal. Therefore, there is a startling, ‘precise’ quality to this morning’s cards; I can place this draw exactly in my life NOW. My subconscious (with the help of the Light of Atum-Re, of course,) is saying quite clearly that my Animus today needs to spend time gathering hidden knowledge and meditating on the mysteries therein; this “should” (I despise that word, but it works so well)  be done from as much of a purely Intellectual standpoint as is possible; this is an emotional, Cups matter (that’s from me) and I must make a big decision, whether to continue or not with the newborn trust I have found and am trying to foster in my emotional & intuitional makeup. DO I trust the baby in my heart or the wise old cynic in my head? Grin. It isn’t really a question for me, as I KNOW I am intended to adventure; therefore I can prefer the unknown, chancier choice of Trust. Nevertheless, being “me,” I need more intellectual reassurance that I am proceeding in the right direction and making the right decision(s.) Trusting my heart has brought the same old story common to billions; the point is that I NEED to trust it again; I know I do, or else I am not making a sincere effort to “pull together” the Whole Man and it is only he who can apotheosize in culmination. Here I am given a LOT of exactly the right Energy, the Ace of Swords. 
This is an unparalleled engine of intellectual and logical Energy, and I am most glad to see it present for me to draw upon today. “Live by the sword, die by the sword” doesn’t exactly fit the bill, but ‘almost’ (and yes, I know, this isn’t horseshoes. Grin.) I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a pure lance of the particular energy we need today for an important pinpoint task. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!   II the Priestess – “The High Priestess represents the deeper, more subtle aspect of the female archetype - the darkness, the mystery, psychic power, the might of the moon to enlighten the subconscious. The High Priestess is silence, passivity, containing a power of her own. Only when retiring from the world, can we allow our subconscious to rise, listen to our inner voice and recognize our spiritual power. Most people never rest like this, as our society supports the total suppression of the subconscious, but without it we will never understand ourselves. The High Priestess is inner wisdom at its deepest, a wisdom that cannot be expressed in rational terms. Trying so, we would already falsify and restrict it. As a symbol for deeper knowledge, the card can express a feeling of darkness, which might also be a feeling of fear, but also a feeling of beauty. We know there is more inside than we can see. In a negative aspect, the High Priestess could stand for passivity at the wrong time, leading to weakness and a fear of life. It could mean that a person is very sensitive but unable to touch their feelings or just live with their feelings. Drive: The desire to find the inner sources, the own springs. Light: Being one with the beginning of all, aware of the wisdom from the subconscious, intuitive knowledge, patience. Shadow: Dreaming, changing moods, doubts, ignoring of reality.” (*Raven* @               
VI the Lovers – “The Lovers are one of the most complex cards in the 
Major Arcana, standing for the love in common and the alchemy of the universe. The trump represents the power of life, the creative love, which can be quite impressive, but also destructive when one happens to disregard the fire of instinct, burning down rationalism. The card also represents a decision, the farewell to a former way of life and the full acceptance of love uncompromising. It doesn't necessarily mean that the 'love' is a person that you tie your knots to with fancy tungsten wedding bands - it can be a passion, a desire, or even a profession, like going to sea or working with horses. Many people who lead an adapted, settled life actually have deep desires and hidden wishes, that they don't dare show, that they constantly fight back, suppressing their own happiness. The Lovers can mean that someone should be honest, make a clear decision for this love, the fulfilling of a wish, of a desire, and stand by it. Apart from this, the Lovers can say that a peaceful combination of existing contrasts or contradictions is a better solution than any confrontation - diplomacy instead of war.” (Ibid.)              The Ace of Swords – “The Ace of Swords is the seed of the intellectual power, the origin and beginning of the airy world of Yetzirah, which implies thinking, analyzing, realizing through logic and mind. Like every Ace, it represents the unstructured primary matter of its suit, the undifferentiated unity; therefore the Ace of Swords is the beginning of thinking, a first idea, a first thought or impulse from the mind and the essence of the element of Air. So the card can stand for a first idea or realization, a new view of things, or simply tell us that we should let our mind work rather than following our emotions only. It also reminds us that the Ace is only the seed; that it needs growing and experience to proceed.” (Ibid.)                                      

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