Sunday, December 3, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 04/12/2017; only three weeks left to indulge in the commercialization of any sacred notion we may still have clinging to the holiday. L The deck today is *The Rosetta Tarot” by M. M. Meleen. I don’t need to tell you about this deck and if I do, then you haven’t been keeping up with either the blog or the Tarot world; report to my office after class for discipline. Grin. I won’t go on again, but suffice it to say it is up there among my five personal favorites. It is CERTAINLY a deck worth having, and a must for any serious card reader. My draw today is as follows: Sulfur = II the Priestess; Mercury = III the Empress, and Salt = the Ace of Cups. What a very calm, consoling hand after all the ups & downs lately, I must say. Some see a visit to II the Priestess as some sort of labor-intensive, “’high-density” mental & spiritual workout. I cannot speak for you, but I have found that “Visiting the Priestess” is more often a trip into profoundly deep & dark waters, an exercise in the dark blues, blacks, and flashes of light that illumine the realm of the esoteric and occult mysteries and make evident the presence of Life, and a LOT of it, hidden there in “her” depths. With my Anima accompanying in the archetype of III the Empress, we have a MIGHTY trinity of women when we see that the Energy for today is coming from the Ace of Cups, which I insist is feminine (grin.) Now, let me digress to say that many if not most men would be highly trepidatious about entrusting their day, much less themselves, to a trinity of STRONG women; but when one looks again and can see that the triple goddess is evidently on hand today, somehow & for some reason in one’s life, and IF one have ANY good sense left at ALL in that head, one should both tremble and rejoice. I choose to turn down the “tremble” and turn up the “rejoice” when finding myself with an opportunity of such 
unique and rare singularity. Maiden, Woman, Crone may not “quite” fit these three cards, but it is close enough for me to add a nonchalant “yep! I don’t care about the little quirks . . . Boy! I say, Boy! Don’t bother me, Boy, go play somewhere else!” Grin. I can especially use a little “cheering up” in the feminine department as well, as my macho has been on a short leash for a while, and this morning I found myself irritated that my wife and the cats were all up and making noise before I had finished my morning routine in soothing silence. I immediately thought to myself, “If you are irritated with this, as you are, then take a look inside and see if the Hermit needs a stroll or you are lacking in something that you can’t identify.” And then, after I had turned the cards, I immediately understood that I was spending too much time in the tense & stressful role of “the tarologue who has spent too long keeping an eye on the shadows that line his Path.” As far as what is powering my reading today, I COULD say Atum-Re heard my prayer this morning and decided to gift me with some REAL power, Himself. LOVE, ‘Luv’, ‘Lurv’, whatever you call it, the Ace of Cups is the Source of all that happens in the suit of Emotions and Intuition. Atum-Re himself is 100% of the purest form of this energy, seeking self-knowledge through his self-created teaching tool, the Universe. He has lent me his battery for the day. GRIN. I couldn’t be happier, to tell you the absolute truth. I am tipping my toe in the pond again when it comes to exploring love with someone, and while I have been receiving a LOT of messages of “Caveat Emptor,” this is the first reading where I have received positive support for my venture. As such, I trust it is reflecting a change in my interior states, from a cynical & jaded approach “that never works for me” along with a snarky smile, to now, when I am thinking, “Yes, ‘caveat emptor’ and all that; nevertheless, I’m not going to shut the door before I even see what is behind it; “have Faith, Mark, you asked for a new expression of Love, this may be it.” I certainly hope so, and for this reason and finding my way through my own subconscious on the topic, I am delighted to have such a strong, ‘feminine’ (Anima) reading today. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL an insight into the wonders of our deepest wishes. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                              
II the Priestess – “The High Priestess is a Major Arcana, or "trump" card that represents human wisdom. The High Priestess can be viewed as a kind of female Pope (a Papess), or the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even more ancient snake and bird goddesses, the Greek goddess Persephone, or Eve, before the fall. For the accused heretics who were burnt at the stake for revering her in the 14th and 15th century, the Priestess symbolized the prophecy of the return of the Holy Spirit, which was perceived as the female aspect of the Holy Trinity. In terms of the Major Arcana ordering of cards, The High Priestess appears in the sequence as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magician. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the inner life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of nature and spiritual mystery. Put self-cultivation at the top of your daily priority list. The High Priestess advises you to adhere to your chosen spiritual practice on a more regular basis. If you want the benefits of evolution, you'll have to cooperate with spirit. We all have distractions, demands -- a whole life full of reasons why we cannot find the time to retreat into our inner sanctum. Until you consider this as vital to your well-being as the need to eat and sleep, you are likely to be eternally restless and deeply dissatisfied. A spiritual routine that suits your temperament, practiced every day, is the most trustworthy path to freedom.” (                                                                 
III the Empress – “The Empress is a Major Arcana, or "trump" card, that portrays the energy of the great mother. She is nature, around us but also within us, the ever-unfolding source of life-giving power. The Empress is often pictured as a pre-Christian Goddess, as the one whom The High Priestess is channeling down to Earth for the rest of us. In medieval Europe, The Empress card was painted to represent whatever queen currently ruled the land, probably to satisfy the Inquisitors. But the scholars of the Renaissance and beyond had no doubt of her true identity -- she could not be fully revealed on Tarot cards as "the woman clothed with the sun" until after the French Revolution. This supreme archetype of femininity also symbolizes fertility. It is The Empress who provides us nourishment and security. She is also sometimes seen as delighting us with flowers and fruit. A potentially terrifying aspect of this archetype manifests itself whenever karmic mood swings wipe out our plans, like a storm that has come upon us. Whatever happens, The Empress is the source of our embodiment and of natural Law. She might even be called "The Great Recycler." Rather than being tough on yourself for not measuring up, know that your positive influence has facilitated favorable outcomes. The Empress advises you to trust in the good sense you have shown up to this point. Recognize your good intentions in carrying out your responsibilities as a compassionate human. You are capable of demonstrating the finest aspects of your personality. Demonstrate this through caring actions, a forgiving and generous attitude, and wise understanding of others' needs and struggles. Bring a healing influence to the current situation and take full credit for the supportive part you play.” (Ibid)                                                                                                            
The Ace of Cups – “The suit in Tarot known as Cups is also referred to as Chalices or Hearts. It represents the emotional and psychic aspects of life -- fantasy, imagination, feelings, love. An Ace of this suit in this position generally shows a hand holding up an overflowing cup, which gives forth an endless stream of water, wine, blood or soma for the people's refreshment and healing. This card represents an unfailing source of balm for body, heart and soul. It suggests that you can relax into a safety net of love, support and communion. Remembering that each person and event may possess a precious gem hidden inside. Make a conscious effort to find it. The Ace of Cups in this position advises you to challenge yourself and discover what is good about every relationship. Practice looking at the world through the eyes of the Divine. Allow your imagination to perceive the spiritual or evolutionary potential in every person and experience. Look with the eye of a loving parent or companion upon the people and things you come into contact with. Make a conscious decision to approve of and delight in even the quirky developments that make the world turn. No one can be perfect at such unconditional acceptance. Still the practice will sweeten your day to day life. Your magnetism will increase and more loving people may enter your life. The whole world will benefit as this becomes second nature to you.” (Ibid)        


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