Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 25/12/2017; the deck today is *The Tarot of Saqqara* by Donald. G. Beaman, an incredible painter who created seventy-eight full oil paintings from which the cards are “downsized.” The Beauty of the art is undeniable, plus for the benefit of every esoteric geek everywhere, the cards are choc-a-bloc full of symbolism. I particular love the deck because it speaks immediately to the Egyptian formalist in me, as well as mirroring my own ongoing processes. This is a deck for those who wish to deeply explore the more strictly symbolic side of the Sacred Tarot, a deck where the “laissez-faire” of Humanism has very little place. I highly recommend this deck to anyone, but especially to those who seek a more formalized approach to the Mysteries. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: A) Guiding Light = XIV Temperance; B) [Animus] = the Hero (Knight) of Wands; C) [Anima] = 10 of Wands, and my oracular card today, from *The Burning Serpent Oracle* by Robert M. Place & Rachel Pollack, is the Fox; interestingly enough, in the Oracle deck the Fox is card #14, and of course my MA today is XIV Temperance. Ah, our favorite old band is still making music, the Synchronicities. Grin. Today being an international holiday, I’m not going to go on and on. I am going to cite various sources for description of these cards, and let it remain there, so that we can all go back to enjoying the day without the Sword of Damocles hanging over our collective heads. LOL. Not that this reading implies that it is, naturally. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a day of relaxation, calm and contentment, and the grace to accept the happiness that comes our way. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
XIV Temperance - "An angel in a white robe, touching earth and heaven, appeared. His wings were flame and a radiance of gold was about his head. On his breast he wore the sacred sign of the book of the Tarot--a triangle within a square, a point within the triangle; on his forehead the symbol of life and eternity, the circle. In one hand was a cup of silver, in the other a cup of gold and there flowed between these cups a constant, glistening stream of every color of the rainbow. But I could not tell from which cup nor into which cup the stream flowed. In great awe I understood that I was near the ultimate mysteries from which there is no return. I looked upon the angel, upon his symbols, his cups, the rainbow stream between the cups,--and my human heart trembled with fear and my human mind shrank with anguish and lack of understanding. "Yes", said the voice, "this is a mystery that is revealed at Initiation. ‘Initiation' is simply the revealing of this mystery in the soul. The Hermit receives the lantern, the cloak and the staff so that he can bear the light of this mystery. But you probably came here unprepared. Look then and listen and try to understand, for now understanding is your only salvation. He who approaches the mystery without complete comprehension will be lost. The name of the angel is Time. The circle on his forehead is the symbol of eternity and life. Each life is a circle which returns to the same point where it began. Death is the return to birth. And from one point to another on the circumference of a circle the distance is always the same, and the further it is from one point, the nearer it will be to the other. Eternity is a serpent, pursuing its tail, never catching it. One of the cups the angel holds is the past, the other is the future. The rainbow stream between the cups is the present. You see that it flows both ways. This is Time in its most incomprehensible aspect. Men think that all flows constantly in one direction. They do not see that everything perpetually meets and that Time is a multitude of turning circles. Understand this mystery and learn to discern the contrary currents in the rainbow stream of the present. The symbol of the sacred book of the Tarot on the angel's breast is the symbol of the correlation of God, Man and the Universe. The triangle is God, the world of spirit, the world of ideas. The point within the triangle is the soul of man. The square is the visible world. The consciousness of man is the spark of divinity, a point within the triangle of spirit. Therefore the whole square of the visible universe is equal to the point within the triangle. The world of spirit is the triangle of the twenty-one signs of the Tarot. The square represents fire, air, water and earth, and thus symbolizes the world. All this, in the form of the four symbols, is in the bag of the Fool, who himself is a point in a triangle. Therefore a point without dimension contains an infinite square". ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P. D. Ouspensky.)
The Hero of Wands - "The workings of Air by a special and mighty agent--for this the knight is in all cases--on the houses of water, here the Fourth and the Twelfth, causes turbulence, motion, emotion (though it must be borne in mind, that it is not emotion in itself); the action of the air on the water causes waves. In the case of the fourth house the knight relates to family matters or household conditions, eventually the father, to internal conditions in society or groups of people. It must further relate to memories and the past in general, because it means the awakening of the sentiments. The traditional conclusions have been drawn evidently in the negative for the greater part, in consideration of the fact that the sentiments generally are misleading. That they give reason for many changes is quite true. In the case of the twelfth house this is much the same. But extending its result over a much larger circle, the mercurial knight may represent expedition and exploration, discovery, scientific or practical, emigration, estrangement, and the 'great work' of transmigration. It denotes a searching for the unknown, which in weak personal cases may appear as indiscretion or premature revelation, divulgation, profanation, etc. We do not see why this knight should be either young or friendly. Quite the reverse: On account of the twelfth house there is something inimical about him, and a certain dissension of sentiment may find its cause in the past, in a family feud or something in the nature of a misguiding prejudice, tradition, which will have to be given up, etc." ("The General Book of the Tarot" by A. E. Thierens.)
10 of Wands - "Air on the house of Capricorn: the Tenth. It is well known by astrologers, that the tenth house rules the actions, deeds and attitude. Also the name and official position of the personality in the world and at the same time the superiors or authorities, met with on account of position and activities. Actions and deeds, under the influence of the double-natured mercurial element, may easily degrade into 'double-dealing' and everything else of that nature. But once more it appears to us, that the gypsy tradition is rather too much exclusively on the lower side of things. The qualities mixed here make very often an egoistic blend and a nature which reveals several weaknesses, as soon as it comes under trial. So the card on the one hand means certainly that the attitude of mind or action will be untrustworthy and must not be relied upon. There is fear and cowardice in it. But on the other hand the combination is that of mental ability, quick perception, etc. It means also the load of the earthy responsibility lay upon the shoulders of an airy creature; consequently 'oppression' is a word very much to the point here. And this explains even why weaker natures are driven to undesirable, unreliable actions and reactions by it; they cannot stand the pressure. Strong natures, however, accept the pressure as natural necessity, karma, and carry their burden. This is symbolized by the man carrying the ten wands. It is a symbol of executive ability, production, the doing of necessary things, obedience to official order and rule; officials, 'red tape' and burdens that appear heavier than they actually are." (Ibid.) #14 the Fox – “Deceit, trickery, con artist, intrigue. The “sociopath in the office.” Cleverness, Daring. (I have to laugh; the whole con-artist angle has me both smiling and wondering who I could possibly meet today that thinks they can pull the wool/poly blend over my eyes. On the other claw, cleverness & daring seem to require sizable outputs of energy; not good today; of all days. LOL. Happy Holidays to ALL!)