Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 31/12/2017; out with the old, in with the new, happy hangover and all of the accompanying folderol. For Kemetics (followers of the ancient religion of Kemet (Egypt) such as myself, the New Year begins around the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, when Sirius makes its annual heliacal rising (Sirius has a cycle that matches almost identically with Sol.) The heliacal rising of Sirius (Sopdet to the ancient Egyptians) this year, for instance, was in early August. During that time, the Egyptians corrected their calendar every year by celebrating the 5 epagomenal days with the Wepet-Renpet Festival: “The Opening of the Year - This was the New Year's Day celebration in ancient Egypt. The festival was a kind of moveable feast as it depended on the inundation of the Nile River. . . Feasting and drinking were a part of this festival, as they were for most, and the celebration would last for days; the length varied [No-mm] depending on the time period. Solemn rituals related to the death of Osiris were observed as well as singing and dancing to celebrate his rebirth. The call-and-response poem known as The Lamentations of Isis and Nephthys was recited at the beginning to call Osiris to his feast.” (Wikipedia.) Therefore, to wind up this long aside, one night of sloppy amateur drinking does absolutely nothing for me (aside from the fact that I no longer drink at all.) Grin. Forging ahead – today’s deck is the *Bohemian Gothic Tarot* by Alex Ukolov & K. Mahony. Justly celebrated, it is a wonderfully, suggestively
dark Tarot with great emotional & intuitional affect (not effect.) If you like Gothic, you’ll love the deck. Onward & Upward! My draw for this last day of the year is as follows: A) Guiding MA = II the High Priestess; B) Animus = King of Wands; C) Anima = Ace of Pentacles, and my oracular card today is, appropriately enough, Sandalphon, the Angel of New Life, from Angelarium©. I don’t wish to “pad” the page with either my blatherings today or intricate explanations in long citations, so instead, a few thoughts on each card today and I shall let you get about your plans for autolobotomization this evening. Grin. Upon reflection, my 2017 was not all that bad personally; I did feel, however, betrayed in a personal way by the sharp turn right toward fascism in the U.S.A. I haven’t felt that badly about the America political entity since 2003, when I expatriated myself to get away from the Bush version of fascism. I feel quite a bit like a Roman citizen, atop a hill far in the distance, watching Rome burn while Nero amuses himself (Nero did NOT “fiddle,” as the legend has it.) The similarities are too striking to believe I am watching something new in history; I know exactly what I am watching, the ‘Dark’ side of humanity, too long-repressed AGAIN, is going to burst forth & cause mass murder and mayhem, AGAIN. And they elected it. Jeezuz wept. Ah well, I’m not there TODAY, so “Mush! Mark, MUSH!” Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL today a beneficial reflection on this year’s growth. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! II The High Priestess – “She has been called occult Science on the threshold of the Sanctuary of Isis, but she is really the Secret Church, the House which is of God and man. She represents also the Second Marriage of the Prince who is no longer of this world; she is the spiritual Bride and Mother, the daughter of the stars and the Higher Garden of Eden. She is, in fine, the Queen of the borrowed light, but this is the light of all. She is the Moon nourished by the milk of the Supernal Mother.
In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself--that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah--the co-habiting glory. According to Kabbalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is Malkuth--that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.” (“The Pictorial Key to the Tarot” by A. E. Waite.) The King of Wands – “Higher octave of the ace, lord of the suit of Air and the mind; coming on the First house. What may have led to the legend of calling him a country gentleman and bringing the whole suit of wands more or less in relation with the country is not clear. He is the lord of the intellectual kingdom; consequently he may denote every authority or personality of primary importance in some or other intellectual, mercurial or mercenary line. It must be someone representing a high authority himself or uniting opposite interests, while he himself, on account of the same authority he represents, may not or cannot be contradicted.” (“The General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.) The Ace of Pentacles – “The element of Fire, of the nature of the Sun and Venus, on the house of the Sun, the Fifth: indeed this card has been well defined by the traditional renderings, which give it all as very benefic. How could it be anything else? The aces are all more or less a commencement, new prospects, etc. If you get the ace of pentacles or hearts on one of your houses in the horoscopic figure, you may be pretty sure that the matters to
which the house in question relates will be beneficial and, on account of the fiery element, irresistible. It means the commencement of that what is wished for, desired, and this is what man calls his happiness. It is the spark of the Ego demonstrated in the practice of daily life; and this is what may well be called the note of good, which also brings good luck to other people. So there is creative energy in this card. Not yet worked out into details, but originally decided and fairly sure to work out in the future in lucky events and prosperous happenings. So there is promise in it and it is above all a card of good augury of a new and prosperous beginning." Sandalphon, Angel of New Life – “When the time is right, the twin angel will return. Sandalphon was the first and new we follow it forward along the shoreline and into the water. Sandalphon’s footstep brings with it great fear but also awe and hope. With each step, we move closer to the conclusion and a new beginning. Embrace this new epoch; what has come has already passed. What will be is still a dream. Sandalphon flows through it all. When a new era emerges, the blood of the twin Angel brings fertility to everything it touches. Angelarium too was formed this way. So too will the next world, born in the wake of Sandalphon. Signs: A wheel within a wheel, a child, a spiral.” (LWB, *Angelarium*© by P. Mohrbacher and E. Minaya.)