Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19/12/2017; today’s deck is the *Egipcios Ker Tarot*, my #1 Egyptian deck and an almost supernatural tool for exploration of the Self. I won’t go “beyond my control” and enter a frenzy of approbative modifiers and adjectives; suffice to say that I believe that it is one of the most powerful decks out there because of its design for underlying organization. Difficult find but not impossible, if you ever have a chance to pick one of these decks up, I highly suggest you do so. They can be exceedingly difficult to find and/or cost the eyes of your head, but search out a decent price if you are willing to wait until you find one. Onward and Upward! First things first; I have been making noises for a while about changing the spread, and today is the day. I generally find one-card “readings” useless, a kind of hit-or-miss affair that is more appropriate to the divination-for-the-public genre of readings. For me it is too hit-or-miss; and a two card reading can often leave a dynamic tension in the air or be rather draconian in its faux “confrontational appearance.” On that basis, I reached out into
the ether and pulled this back out: ‘The Considerations of Ani.’ IF you are aware of Egyptian mortuary culture at all, you are familiar with the so-called Book of the Dead (Actually, correctly named “The Book of Coming Forth by Day,” or argotically The Book of Life.) One of the best-preserved examples of this genre of literature is the Papyrus of Ani, which has a colorful history. This from Wikipedia; “The Papyrus of Ani is a papyrus manuscript with cursive hieroglyphs and color illustrations created c. 1250 BCE, in the 19th dynasty of the New Kingdom of ancient Egypt. Egyptians compiled an individualized book for certain people upon their death, called the Book of Going Forth by Day, more commonly known as the Book of the Dead, typically containing declarations and spells to help the deceased in their afterlife. The Papyrus of Ani is the manuscript compiled for the Theban scribe Ani. It was stolen from an Egyptian government storeroom in 1888 by Sir E. A. Wallis Budge, as described in his two-volume “By Nile and Tigris,” for the collection of the British Museum where it remains today. Before shipping the manuscript to England, Budge cut the seventy-eight foot scroll into thirty-seven sheets of nearly equal size, damaging the scroll's integrity at a time when technology had not yet allowed the pieces to be put back together.” Like most of the English at the time, possessors of “Empire,” they felt entitled to simply take whatever they wished, by any means under any circumstances. (I shall refrain from moral comment.) With this as a template, I have constructed the new three-card draw thusly: 1) the Archetype or guiding principle to be considered today; 2) the first part of “my heart in the scales,” with all of the signifiers attached, is my “Active, Masculine, Intellectual, Solid, Animal energy” side of myself, and 3) is the “Passive, Feminine, Emotional & Intuitive, Etheric, Spiritual energy side of myself.
Again, it is a very similar Animus/Anima construct that represents the totality of me before the principle under consideration. The question is “Where am I and of what have I constructed myself in the light of this Archetype?” How is your relationship with Hope? With Death? With so-called spiritual authority (V)? With legal authority (IV)? etc., much in the manner of the Forty-Two Negative Confessions always featured in the various Books of Life. The result is constructed from that relationship between the two-natured self and the Archetype under consideration for the day, as blindly pulled from the Major Arcana; the two-natured self is pulled from a deck of the remainder of the cards, the minors and the Court cards. There we have it; the newly-birthed ‘Considerations of Ani’; now before I run out of my allotted space (the limit is self-set,) I need to “put my cards on the table and show you my hand.” My cards for today are: Archetype = IX the Hermit: 2nd, my “Animus” card = #34 Innovation, and my “Anima” card = #52 Premeditation. This is all a brand-new process, intuition-inspired, so we shall be discovering together the chambers, hallways and hidden passages of this newly-raised chateau, a simple three-tower fortress of hidden knowledge. (Grin.) First, to whom are we “answering” today? Take note; this is NOT an interrogation or confessional; this is simply a moment of self-sizing up and taking account in our ledger of where we have surplus and where we have work to do. Also, all of the attendant emotional, intellectual and spiritual reverberations, or echoes, that may travel slowly outward from the center like ripples in a pond. Second, what is our actual, physical “stance” when brought face-to-face with the Archetype? What vibrations, thoughts, and emotions do my actions engender? Thirdly finally, What is our “spiritual”, emotional, intuitional response when faced with both the Archetype and the previous card? In a very odd kind of way, if you can think of yourself as the two beings of your nature and having separate bodies, you face the Archetype and Animus takes the opening statement, and Anima finishes by resuming the given sets into her web-like matrix of non-tangible determinants. My spread’s deeper meaning is going to have lie by the wayside for today, I just want to take a broad initial survey of our new spread, to give us a feel for the ground
where we will be camping for the next indeterminate time period. Today I have drawn IX the Hermit as the Archetype. I have drawn #34, Innovation, walking AWAY from the Archetype, presumably to pursue his own agenda. Finally, we have #52 Premeditation in the 2nd, Anima spot, and she is regarding the scene before her, and summarizing a statement of “he premeditated this action, his resolve was made before the Archetype’s appearance and it cannot sway the direction.” Sub-rosa, unheard, under her vocal declaration is the other, hidden part of the truth, that in his cyclic nature, IX the Hermit indicates a return from isolation to the social world, in order to complete his cycle of processing the information and releasing it back into the world, revitalized. Therefore, in a certain way, today I could say that my objective today is to contemplate an awareness of this cyclic nature of the Hermit, to not feel as if I am being “defiant” when in fact I am accurately representing his Nature, his in-built balance system. The fact that #52 Premeditation is looking at all this, and seeing the fact that I had already set my course by myself, which I may think is contrary to the principle of IX but is in fact his 2nd component, is assurance that I am guiding my barque quite well myself today, and that the guiding lamp of the Spirit is STILL lighting my way, even though I may not be aware of it. So let’s leave this short reading there for now, shall we? As days go by we will have the opportunity to explore this spread and its particular dynamics more thoroughly. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL our “pilot’s license” today so that we may assume “student driver” status of the Solar Barque and our divine selves. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!