Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 06/12/2017; only 19 days left to mortgage your soul and buy useless plastic doodads! Hurry!! Grin. (This in light of the fact that I recently abandoned having a mobile phone & feel liberated!) The deck today is *The Bohemian Gothic Tarot* by A. Ukolov & K. Mahony. It is a beautiful, beautiful deck, on the dark-ish, “gothic” side, and gives very good readings with special insights into your Shadow. “A deck worth having,” says   Grófnő (Countess) Erzebet Bathory. Grin. Onward & Upward! My draw this morning is as follows: Sulfur = III the Empress; Mercury = V the Hierophant, and Salt = the Knight of Wands. Aha! It seems we are playing a decadent little game of transvestism in our roles today; well,  can grok it, although it certainly isn’t a favorite game of mine. I’ve never even dressed up as a woman, so the point of the game eludes me, although I do understand the psychology of it; I simply have no urge to play it.  That being said, let’s see if I can get my 6’2”, 95 kg frame into that size 6 ball dress there. LOLOL; I have a feeling I would look like a Yeti in a tutu. I have no mean self-image; I’m quite taken with myself, but I know the limits of reality! Grin. All joking aside, let’s move on in for the psycho-spiritual banquet that awaits. My Animus is goofing around today trying on II the Empress’ clothes, but he cannot imitate her psycho-spiritual qualities. The Cornucopia of the Cosmos, the Empress is Fertility, Abundance, Life, and all that intends. On her more shadowy side, she also represents the acceptance of Death as part of Life; on top of this, if maliciousness is in the air, she can be a controlling, arrogant bitch. Tales of mad Empresses abound, but I’ve never read one involving the Tarot. (Hmmm . . . sounds like a good idea for a short story. I should whip that up, don’t you think? Grin.) “The Empress . . . 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." ( I love the Great Mother, Isis in her Egyptian avatar, and try as best as possible to always take into account her approach to life; it is without judgement because she is a Chthonic force of nature, pre-existing any human concepts of behavior and morality. My Animus is too often caught in questions of morality, as I tend to live my life without trying to live by artificial codes, but instead in harmony with Nature & the Universe, to the best of my ability; AND, I’m getting better at it, each & every day.
 Jettisoning the false constructs of our societies is no easy task, but it can be done without junking the whole system, of which parts are still needed to live. (Unfortunately. {{Sigh.}}) Let’s move on, and see that for her part in today’s drag festivities, my Anima is wearing V the Hierophant. Okay, I get it; not only does she love to indulge “her” male side, but she is also just the smallest bit fearful that my open flouting of law for MY interpretation of Nature is provocative. She prefers to hedge her bets by retreating into where she is comfortable on this subject, within the laws & regulation of the system, albeit that my Path is “advanced and metaphysical.” I shall not spend a lot of time on her; I know where she is, I empathize, but I have no patience today for stragglers and the unwilling. Yes, my mood is good but a bit imperious this morning – Grin. Then again, as my friend K would say, when am I not? Cheeky little chap, I must say. Grin. We swiftly leave my Anima/Hierophant in her spiritual pout, and stroll to the engine room to discover that our engine today, to power my construct, is the Knight of Wands.  Whoo boy! This guy is serious trouble for me, on a physical plane – the gay side of me is always attracted to handsome “players,” here is his description from the deck’s LWB; “A charming, energetic, somewhat feckless man or boyish woman: Optimism and Energy: A man or woman of immense charisma, but who lacks commitment: Emigration . . . Shadow: Someone who “loves them and leaves them”; A charming manipulator particularly of the emotions of the opposite sex [& gay]; A passionate lover, but not someone to rely on long-term.” Hoo-hah; Yep! That sounds exactly like the kind of guy who lights my rainbow fire; I am blinded to the truths about him by the hunger raging in my gonads; we men are like that, you know - Grin. Here is a more reasonable description with a bit more depth: “"This suit, most often called 
"Wands" and sometimes called "Rods" or "Staves," represents initiative, ambition, drive and desire. This is the suit of enterprise and risk-taking . . . traditionally, this card indicates the energy of an instigator, a fire-starter, a feisty and easily provoked character who is liable to attack first and ask questions later. This energy is quick to anger and enjoys a fight -- so much so that the thought of a diplomatic solution can provoke a secret disappointment! Nevertheless, he sees himself as trying to help, rescuing the world from its madness by imposing his sense of order upon it. His vices are bossiness, paranoia and a tendency towards overkill. Nevertheless, there are times when his energy is perfectly appropriate, like when his assertively protective nature is defending threatened treasures or interfering with dark forces. The trick is to keep a sense of proportion when this Knight unleashes his fire, because he enjoys intense experiences and is always ready to take it to the next level. Once in a while, this kind of intensity is called for, but on a daily basis it is exhausting. Focused action must be taken; appropriate resources are available to draw upon, and the time is ripe. . . The Knight of Wands (in some decks, a Prince) in this position advises that you modify your self-image in order to get a sense of yourself as a person of action. No matter what your past patterns have been, it is fully possible to place yourself solidly on the road toward the future. Not only can you get a clear sense of the proper path, but you will also have enough instructions to be self-directing. Necessary skills and resources are available to you, and the time is right for you to act. Once you get started, you may be surprised how easy it can feel, but don't be seduced by that feeling. There will be comfortable stretches of the road and there will be distinctly uncomfortable ones. Know that any form of motion is better than no motion." (Ibid) S there we have it for today; okay, for the most part, there is some serious business going in in there in my subconscious, in the ‘verdâtre’ murk of my djinns’ workroom. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the benefit of the doubt. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                      


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