Saturday, December 16, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 16/12/2017; today’s deck is the *Tarocco “Soprafino”* by F. Gumppenberg, in Milan, 1835. It is widely considered one of the most beautiful Tarot decks in the world; I like it, but I’m not that gung-ho for all of that 19th century Italian floridness. If you really want that, then you are best advised to go to Venizia, where they put a sinuous, dangerous beauty in the whole thing. The Venetians had been into decadence and somber tones LONG before the rest of Italy found them. She is a lovely, macabre city, Venice. Back to Milano, the home of brute power covered by the heavy, sweet scent of “alterigia,” arrogance/scorn. *Onward & Upward! My draw today is as follows: Sulfur = VII the Chariot; Mercury = XIX the Sun, and Salt = the Knight of Swords. Whew! I have finally broken free, at least a bit, from the all-feminine stranglehold my Anima had on the cards for a while (only natural; I am specifically running the Cups suit as the subject of this run (A few months? A year?) This means that I am also delving in realms where I haven’t been in a long time: like Thorin returning to the Lonely Mountain. (Let’s hope it doesn’t drive me mad! Grin.) 
However, the run through an Anima-directed couple of days has been instructive, if not particularly active. I have been searching the dark pits for what “Love, Affection & Caring” mean, or rather what I want them to mean. A benign neglect is my earliest recollection of “being loved;” if I was the aware of attention directed at me, I feared repercussions. I was precocious, intelligent and very sensitive to the vibrations of others; I learned early that I needed to be. So since then what I thought were my definitions of “Love” have always been related in some sense to Power. That has radically changed in the last 15 years. My life has also radically changed in those years; I live in France permanently now, I married, and my “superhuman” abilities to withstand my own abuse of my body finally failed. It has been a decade and a half of planting a whole new garden, and not without damage to surrounding land & structures. A lot of that “urban landscape” needed to by dynamited anyway, it is true. I t didn’t function any longer as an adequate “city” for the populace of my “ampleur,” the infrastructure had eroded to a point of collapse, much like the U.S.A., my birth country. (SnarkSnark.) What I see here is can be related as follows; 3 Now is the time to move forward with confidence and bravura, having harnessed together your two natures as well as the material & the spiritual powers present within them. You have the inner Enlightenment of the Sun to both power and drive you, as well as being a goal of attainment; you must advance as an “androgynous” spiritual being in order to unite these two Elements in a Divine work. The Catalyst for this fusion is the force & dynamic symbolized by the Knight of Swords. You know the Knight intimately, Mark; you used to BE him, not so long ago. He is a strong-willed and stubbornly faithful agent to his parent’s values and agenda; he is Determination and ferociousness. On a bad day, he can be War, and on a Good day, he can be the legendary Galahad. I remember him; I liked him. IF I had not had an addiction to the 7 of Cups for my whole life I could have made much better use of him when I was of younger mien (yattatayattatayat.) {{Sigh,}} oh well, beauty & wisdom rarely mix – LOLOLOL. Following will be short extracts from Rachel Pollack’s wonderful tome, “78 Degrees of Wisdom.” I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL swift recognition of the forces of Destiny in our lives today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!     
VII Il Carro - "The card implies that a situation contains some contradictions and that these have not been brought together but simply held under control. This is not to stress too highly the negative undertones of the card. When it is the right way up the Chariot basically means success; the personality in charge of the world around it. If it appears as the outcome in a reading dealing with problems then it indicates victory. Reversed, the card's inherent contradictions gain greater force. The Chariot upside down implies that the approach of will-power has proven unsuccessful, and the situation has got out of control. Unless the person can find some other approach to the difficulties, he or she faces disaster. Will-power alone cannot always sustain us. Like Oedipus we must sometimes learn to give way to the gods." (“Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom” by Rachel Pollack, Element, London, 1997.)                                                                      XIX Il Sole – “Like the Hanged Man above it the Sun is both a joyful release after the test shown in the previous card and a preparation for the death and rebirth in the two cards following. Justice required action as a response to the knowledge gained about ourselves. As a result the Hanged Man is passive. The Moon requires passive surrender, since there is no way we can control the visions rising under its influence. Therefore, the Sun shows an active, energized state. By accepting the Moon's fearful images we bring the energy outside ourselves, giving all of life a radiance . . . ¶ The Sun's divinatory meanings are as simple and direct as the wondrous children in the pictures. The card signifies joy, happiness, and a great sense of the beauty of life. In its deepest sense it means looking at the world in a wholly new way, seeing all life united in joy and light. Above all it is a card of optimism, energy and wonder. Reversed, the good things do not become lost but confused, as if the sun had become clouded over. Life is still giving the person a time of simple happiness, but it cannot be seen so clearly. The person is no longer lucid and must work to realize the joy which is the great gift of the Sun." (Ibid)                                                                                     
Il Cavaliere delle Spade – “The young Knight, whose youth makes him both freer of social responsibility than the King, and less tempered by experience than the Queen, rides directly into the storm, waving his sword in his eagerness to overcome all difficulties. He is brave, skillful, strong; yet he tends also towards wildness, even fanaticism. He recognizes no limits. And yet he often does not know how to sustain a long struggle. He expects his enemies and life's problems to fall under his charge and cannot so easily handle a situation that requires long, steady plodding. His eagerness suggests a certain innocence, like a young knight who has never lost a battle. His bravery, his skill, his readiness to charge all problems, can sometimes contain a fear of losing that innocence, that strong belief in himself. For he knows inside that he has yet to face and overcome life's greater difficulties. The opposite in many ways of the Knight of Cups, he directs all his energy outwards; he is perhaps nervous of being quietly alone with himself." (Ibid)                    


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