Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 09/12/2017; we’re terribly sorry, but Christmas has been cancelled this year due to the fact that Father Christmas has been admitted to rehabilitation for opioid addiction. Grin. That, my friends, is my humor today after waking up feeling draggy and disconsolate, nothing specific but a general malaise; then, after the morning choo-choo train of household quotidiana, done with sluggish step, then of course I drew the cards. Presto! Changeo! New mood and outlook on my day. I DO feel actually, physically better after having drawn the cards, and not simply for having received what I interpret to be a positive message; I believe that the satisfaction and “re-energizing effect” come from the simple physical act of drawing a spread; speaking of opioid addictions, perhaps I am addicted to the TarotJ; if so, I welcome the addiction with open arms as it has only EVER helped me find my way on the Red Road. The deck today is the *Tarot de Marseille Millennium Edition* by Wilfried Houdouin, and it, along with the *Vieville Tarot de Marseille* constitute my two favorite TdeM decks for the moment. I like it a lot, as it is clear, clean and well-presented, and one doesn’t tend to get lost in the “how many angels are dancing on the head of a pin?” kind of pointless minutiae that can obscure the message. If you have only one TdeM in your collection, then this one is a good choice. Onward & Upward! My draw today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = II La Papesse, and Salt = the Queen of Cups. We have ALL got basic grip on the “meanings” of these cards, so I won’t bore you with detailing the obvious; I will simply say that this is an extremely good reading for me, as it bears directly on not only my topic for this Journey through the Sacred Tarot (opening up my “Cups,”) but it also shows some very powerful “protection” or “compassionate approval” looking on my Choice, Virtue or Vice, and of COURSE we all 4 (me, Cupid, Virtue, Vice) bask in the approval of these facets of the Divine. “Yeah, yeah,” you say, “so . . . what does that mean, Mark?” It means that my project of helping a
young man out of a war zone in a civil war and bringing him to Europe, IF we can, is on track and has my subconscious’ approval on the both the level of “organizational context” and “emotional content.” There is only a vague presumption that this may carry more for me than the simple act of helping a man out; we both acknowledge that “that” may or may not exist, and won’t be fully explored until we meet. We both hope that that facet exists, naturally; but we are able to acknowledge that it may not. For those of you who wonder, yes, this is being manifested with the agreement and cooperation of my wife, who is, as always, a stunning example of Charity. So there it is, now exposed to daylight and given birth; the manifestation has actually been stated publicly now, giving it that much more force. I am glad; I’m not necessarily a happy “secret keeper.” It bothers me to shade or disguise the truth in any fashion. (To be totally honest, I would have to amend that to say “except when it benefits me,” but Life has been a long journey away from that infantile grasp of the world.) I’m a happy camper this morning; my “project” is “out of the closet,” so to speak, and accordingly receives smiling benedictions from both II the Priestess and the Queen of Cups, Mistress of the Mysteries of the Heart. This also helps, immensely, in aiding my resolve; in terms of long, geographically, politically and emotionally involved questions such as this one, it is VERY easy for Doubt to slip in and cause you to begin the fatal undermining of your own thoughts. “Not today, you poxy bastard!!” Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a realization of the correctness of our Journeys today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! VI the Lovers - "From the original meaning of the sign Virgo, the virgin matter of the cosmos or world-ether, to that principle which makes 'lovers' is rather a long step, but we will observe that all these Tarot symbols relate to human points of view and human life in particular, i.e. cosmic principles seen from this particular standpoint which gives more of a practical image than of abstract reasoning, the abstract cosmic significance, however, being embedded fairly accurately in them.
So in the human constitution the sign Virgo means the nervous system and everything acting as an organ as well as the relatively 'virginal matter' which is extracted from the food and will serve to build up the body. So this house is known to rule health and sickness. It is further known to relate to the principles and materials of our work. And so the card of the Lovers must in the first place symbolize these things. It does indeed. P. says it is connected with the Hebrew letter Vau in its significance of "the eye, and all that relates to light and brilliancy. The eye establishes the link between the external world and ourselves; by it light and form are revealed to us." In fact 'the eye' is a very ancient symbol for the idea of 'organ'; the Neoplatonists repeatedly used it. When saying it "establishes the link," we must be aware, however, that it is not yet this link itself but offers the elements for it. And again this card does not say 'love' but 'lovers' (in the French edition of the cards the singular is used: l’amoureux). Evidently the meaning is this: what makes man feel 'amorous' is his sensuousness, the word used in the strictly philosophical and biological meaning of receptivity of the senses for agreeable, caressing, benefic, gratifying vibrations. The same receptivity, however, exists on the other hand for disagreeable, painful, disturbing, malefic vibrations. The receptivity and the condition of an organic center in its double possibility of experience is only the phenomenal expression of the same in organic existence in general, consequently stamping the whole of manifestation with the law of duality of 'good' and 'evil.' The latter is well illustrated by the picture on the older cards where a youth is represented standing between two women, the one appearing to be benefic, the other malefic. This sensuousness indeed can lead to a lower sensuality or can be the means of demonstrating love. A sort of angelic figure (Cupid?) is seen shooting an arrow: symbol of the ray of light. The card which was drawn on the authority of Mr. W. shows a man and a woman in a state of paradisiacal nudity, and over the two hovers the figure of an angel. It confers much the same meaning, of course. "This is in all simplicity the card of human love, here exhibited as part of the way, the truth and the life." (W.) And we shall find, that the same force which makes us love, physically, is at the back of all the work we do. Because it is the material response to the fiery and central pushing power and includes actual possibility on the basis of practical knowledge, experimental knowing. W. did well to show the Tree of Knowledge in the drawing, it being the symbol of Nature in general and of the seed or seminal elements." ("The General Book of the Tarot" by A. E. Thierens.) II La Papesse - "When I lifted the first veil and entered the outer court of the Temple of Initiation, I saw in half-darkness the figure of a woman sitting on a high throne between two pillars of the temple, one white, and one black. Mystery emanated from her and was about her. Sacred symbols shone on her green dress; on her head was a golden tiara surmounted by a two-horned moon; on her knees she held two crossed keys and an open book. Between the two pillars behind
the woman hung another veil all embroidered with green leaves and fruit of pomegranate. And a voice said: "To enter the Temple one must lift the second veil and pass between the two pillars. And to pass thus, one must obtain possession of the keys, read the book and understand the symbols. Are you able to do this?" "I would like to be able," I said. Then the woman turned her face to me and looked into my eyes without speaking. And through me passed a thrill, mysterious and penetrating like a golden wave; tones vibrated in my brain, a flame was in my heart, and I understood that she spoke to me, saying without words: "This is the Hall of Wisdom. No one can reveal it, no one can hide it. Like a flower it must grow and bloom in thy soul. If thou wouldst plant the seed of this flower in thy soul--learn to discern the real from the false. Listen only to the Voice that is soundless... Look only on that which is invisible, and remember that in thee thyself, is the Temple and the gate to it, and the mystery, and the initiation." ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P. D. Ouspensky.) The Queen of Cups - (Camoin-Jodorowsky image) "Traditionally, representing the energy of a Queen, this card traditionally portrays a sensitive, vulnerable, omniscient woman who offers unconditional love. She is supremely empathic -- sometimes to a fault. Her caring nature exposes her to everybody else's emotions and needs. This person sometimes has difficulty identifying her own best interests in the midst of her responsiveness to others. As a result, she sometimes appears slightly unfocused or perhaps overwhelmed, filled as she is with "spirits". She represents the Grail Queen, as well as the Goddess of the Family. Exercise your empathy. Be nurturing to others in a way that allows them to understand what it is all about. The Queen of Cups in this position encourages you to be generous, kind and forgiving. Support the ability of others to get what they want. Nevertheless, remember as with anyone in a caretaking position, you have a fine line to walk. You do not want your loved ones or teammates to become complacent or dependent, as if they can take your support for granted with little or no consideration for your needs. Cultivate an awareness of love as freely giving and receiving. In the process, help clarify the important difference between receiving energy and taking it. Do not allow your willingness to give be misunderstood or abused, as if it were a weakness." (www.tarot.com)