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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 03/12/2017; the deck today is *The Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-µTowler & Michael Dowers. This is, of course, one of my top decks; there is nothing about this deck that I don’t like, and very much that I do. Having previously waxed prolific about the deck, I shan’t today. However, I shall say that if you don’t own a copy of this deck, and you are serious about your Tarot, then you should get one ASAP by hook, crook or angelic intervention. Grin. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = XVII the Star, and Salt = the Page of Cups (whose posted image is TdeM only because there isn’t a findable image of the Page on the Web. Go figure. In addition, my scanner is still ‘en panne’.) As daily readings go lately, especially mine, this is a Xanax-genre of draw. There is nothing alarming here, only some rather sober & sage advice at the beginning, in my Animus/Sulfur, to be sure and make the right choice between virtue and vice (to put it super-simply.) That my Anima is living in hope for the results of that Choice (about which I know which choice is being referenced and how I have chosen) is only reasonable, no matter what choice I may have made, but we both already know that I made my decision based as much on humanitarian factors as on my personal preferences. The Energy powering this today is the Page of Cups, and I couldn’t ask for a simpler and more direct source to express MµY feelings about the situation, as well as the motivation for my actions, i.e. developing deep friendship & love.  This is a decent reading, a kind of “Attaboy!” from the Cosmos & the Light of Atum-Ra (one of the myriad names of God, of course.) I have no bitches to slap today, no dirt to sling, it is a perfectly lightweight day with not much on the calendar, and the Tarot tells me to spend my time today reflecting on my decision(s) and powering it with Hope. I can live with that. I shall include additional card info as addenda. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a day of sympathetic comfort and grace. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                                                                        
VI the Lovers – “Although it has taken on a strictly romantic revision of meaning in some modern decks, traditionally The Lovers Tarot card reflected the challenges of choosing a partner. At a crossroads, one cannot take both paths. The images on this card in different decks have varied more than most, because we have had so many ways of looking at sex and relationships across cultures and centuries. Classically, the energy of this card reminded us of the real challenges posed by romantic relationships, with the protagonist often shown in the act of making an either-or choice. To partake of a higher ideal often requires sacrificing the lesser option. The path of pleasure eventually leads to distraction from spiritual growth. The gratification of the personality eventually gives way to a call from spirit as the soul matures. Modern decks tend to portray the feeling of romantic love with this card, showing Adam and Eve at the gates of Eden when everything was still perfect. This interpretation portrays humanity before the fall, and can be thought to imply a different sort of choice -- the choice of evolution over perfection, or the choice of personal growth through relationship -- instead of a fantasy where everything falls into place perfectly and is taken care of without effort. Creative compromise helps you accept your commitments fully. The Lovers card advises that you study your options and make the wisest choice. Carefully consider your long-term interests. There is no judgment on what you choose to keep from the array of possibilities before you. Just watch out for choices that will produce dissatisfaction and discontent. Be willing to make some compromises, then stick with the commitments you finally make. Trust your intuition along with your rational intellect, and once you make your choice, carry it out with conviction.” (www.tarot.com)
 XVII the Star – “The Star Tarot card is about reconnecting one's soul with the divine -- the transcending of personality, family, community, and reputation. It has to do ultimately with the freedom to be one's self. The soul is responding to celestial influences -- forces that can provide the personality with a stronger sense of purpose. The Star card helps us to remember our exalted origins and our attraction to a higher union. This card could also be called The Celestial Mandate -- that which refers us back to our reason for being, our mission in this lifetime. The Star reminds us that, in a sense, we are agents of divine will in our day-to-day lives. If we let go of the idea that we are supposed to be in control, we can more easily notice and appreciate the synchronicities that are nudging us along. In this way, we become more conscious of the invisible helping hand, and we better understand our place within -- and value to -- the larger cosmos. Your time is better spent in reflection and spiritual pursuit. The Star card advises that you rededicate yourself to your higher values, increase your spiritual cultivation and meditation practice, and surrender to the greater good. Connect to your higher self -- a being of a larger realm traveling on an evolutionary course that started long ago and runs indefinitely into the future. This is the part you wish to contact and communicate with. Now is a period for quiet contemplation. Listen for the voice within. Anything that would interfere with this communion may not be serving your best interests right now.” (Ibid)                                                                                         
The Page of Cups – “This card is traditionally entitled the Page, but in some modern decks appears as a Princess. In this suit this card represents a poetic, mystical, emotionally open young person, still tender and idealistic, given to flights of imaginative fantasy. This energy is exquisitely refined and fine-tuned. It may be that a sense of being grounded in reality has not yet entirely set in, such that he or she is easily tossed about by external forces and events. This person must work to achieve a stronger will and a more calculating mind, to balance and protect all that wonderful sensitivity. Make yourself fully available for whatever is needed. The Page of Cups (in some decks, a Princess) in this position advises you to study the best ways to be of service. Strive to discern what would give more pleasure, comfort and emotional security. Then, provide it. Understand that what is happening has little or nothing to do with you personally. The best you can do is to offer support and listen closely. Make sure you understand what is needed and serve the situation with loyalty. Look at individuals around you as the embodiment of the Divine, and try to fulfill each one's needs. Be unconcerned with the outcome. Later you will understand why you needed to be in this position.” (Ibid)      
                       




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