Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27/12/2017; today’s deck is the *Navigators Tarot of the Mystic Sea* by Julia Turk. This deck is a sentimental favorite of mine, and I have enjoyed it for quite some time. It is symbolically designed art, and as such can appear difficult to interpret, but once you put your head in its’ “space,” you can tune in marvelously to the deck. (Forgive my illustration substitution for the 5 of Cups; I could find NO example of it on the Web, and my scanner is broken, so the illustration is from the *Fairytale Tarot* by Yoshi Yoshitani.) It (Navigators) gives HIGHLY accurate readings once you tune in to the vibe. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) “Guiding Archetype” = XV the Devil; B) Animus = Seven of Swords, and C) Anima = Five of Cups. I was not moved to draw an oracular card today. LOL, I presume you can see why. I had to laugh – the cards have been so beneficial for me for such a long time that to get this frankly 
“Let’s look on the dark side!” layout today is (humorous) Balance. This is fine by me; I no longer live the kind of life where this draw might lay heavily upon my subconscious as I walked out the door to work and/or my day. I am a homebody, by necessity, now; before this 5-year flowering of illness in a decaying meatsuit, my life was highly animated, motivated and “locomoted.” I have always loved my home(s), however; my home is often my artistic outlet, expressing “me” in its own unique, heterogeneous way, and it is constantly under “revision,” as am I. Grin. Today’s draw serves a kind of Remove between courses to cleanse the palate and refresh the taste receptors. As such, I welcome it, and will deal with it with gentleness, goodwill and humor as I traverse my day.  (Or so I hope – Grin.)  My Guiding Archetype of the day is XV the Devil; it does not surprise me that “synchronicity” worked in such a way that I would draw this card from THIS deck today, assuming I was going to draw XV no matter what. The explication here is that I am the Devil, and it is me who is trying to subjugate others; “Someone is hiding something from you, and because of your credulity you are taken in by their falsehoods; or perhaps you are the false one. Keeping the truth from people
 is a way of manipulating them, and that is to subjugate them to your will! You may be inclined to slander and vilify others to bring them down so that you appear superior. One method of doing this is to make someone the butt of a cruel joke or cutting remark. Although this may seem hilarious at the time, later you may feel deeply ashamed. Try to make amends with those you have wounded.” (LWB.) I have always been much more the manipulator than the manipulated, and in my younger decades it was always one of my FIRST lines of defense. The pen may be mightier than the sword, but so is the tongue. However, I have eschewed that defense, as I have corrected that behavior; I still use those “tools” but in neutral context, where all are privy to the joke, and the object has no feelings to hurt. I’m not attempting to be a model of Perfection, I’m just trying to clean up the stadium after the bands & fans have wrecked the place. Grin. Contemplating this archetype is “okay,” but only, for me, in the sense of the prohibitive power of memory and the warning of intuition should s/he try to make a reappearance, which the card suggests is possible today. Moving on before our tails catch fire, we arrive at my Animus today, the Seven of Swords, AKA Ambivalence. I AM ambivalent about regarding the archetype today, not from fear but from a sense of regret for the stupidity displayed by the past me. “A violation; a thief. Beware, for you are being watched. Bravado is not always the best policy. If you are going to be caught, admit your mistake. Question your tendency toward vindictiveness and watch your future actions, otherwise you will not win trust.” (LWB) To be frank, this interpretation leaves me in the dark, muttering, “What the bloody hell???” Perhaps this will become clearer to me as the day wears on, but for now I can only relate its ambivalence to the archetype today. Moving on again, with a quizzical backward glance, we 
arrive at the Engine for the Construct I have drawn today, and lo and behold! even the Engine is down in dissipation and despair, the Five of Cups. Well, f**k me! LOL. This is really quite the last Cup; “Dissipation” hasn’t been my lifestyle for years now, and what it is doing here is, as far as I’m concerned, is being in the wrong place & time. “You have woven a protective net around yourself which now threatens to entrap you. Believe in yourself, no matter how much others may disagree. Have the courage of your convictions; remember that those who try to please everybody end up satisfying no one, least of all themselves. Keep emotions under control.” (Ibid.) Another interpretation I could give to this is to a situation going on with someone else in my life who is very close to me, and I view their current conduct with both suspicion, aggravation, concern and above all doubtful of my course of action when it comes to interfering in another’s life. Their problem is indeed being in subjugation, not to a person but to a thing, and it distresses me greatly. This has weighed heavily on my spirit for two days now, and I can see how this reading is much more appropriate to that matter than to my day. So that may be the mystery solved . . . on verra. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the clarification of issues today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

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