Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 01/01/2018; Happy New Year! to all of you Gregorian calendar fans. For me, today is Day 15 of the month of Shef-Bedet of the CDXVIII Great Year of Ra. Grin. Today is the Feast of the Half-month, presided over by Iremauay, Goddess of the Feast. Today is also the Feast of the Navigation of Hathor as well as the Great and Grand Feast when altars are furnished with oxen & fowls, gazelles, oryxes and ibexes. Thankfully we have a good stock of oryx, although I believe we may be low on gazelle. Grin. I sincerely hope that ALL passed a merry and UNeventful evening; as for us, we were invited out to dinner by my wife’s elder remaining brother, and while he oenologically gassed away at high volume, I surveyed the crowd. The best moment of the night was when the elderly couple seated next to us, upon leaving, turned to me (the nearest to them) and the woman winked and whispered, “Courage!” I could have burst out laughing, but didn’t. LOL now. Moving on – today’s
deck is *The Eternal Tarot* by Samael Aun Weor, AKA Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez. Unfortunately, the Web lacks a great many of the deck’s images aside from the Major Arcana, so I have used other Egyptian decks for their images. I like this deck a great deal, but have a deep suspicion of the author; I truly dislike self-appointed “Buddhas,” so ‘Caveat Lector’ is how I approach the deck. Onward & Upward! My draw for this first day of the new year is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = I the Magician; B) Animus = #70 Cooperation; C) Anima = #64 Vehemence and my oracular card for today from Angelarium© by P. Mohrbacher & E. Minaya is Gabriel, Angel of Heralds. This is a magnificent draw, all things considered. Gabriel corresponds exactly to I the Magician, so again synchronicity is at full volume for me in 2018; and with my Animus as Cooperation and Anima as Vehemence, the intensity and passion of conviction. Holy Ennead of Heliopolis! (“The Ennead or Great Ennead was a group of nine deities in Egyptian mythology worshiped at Heliopolis: the sun god Atum; his children Shu and Tefnut; their children Geb and Nut; and their children Osiris, Isis, Seth, and Nephthys.” Wikipedia) This is a FINE reading, and I am more than a bit thrilled that for the first day of the year I am in such good posture. I ‘feel’ like a magician rolling into the new year, practicing my “magic” by thought, prayer, concentration and Will, manifesting more confidently and with greater assurance of the rightness of doing so and of the better being into which I am evolving. My Animus HAS found a new gravitational point, a new nexus, in Cooperation, it is true.
By cooperating with the World (to an extent, of course,) and by cooperating with the divine, the Universe, which is only WAITING to be wildly generous with us if we but ask. With my Anima in ‘Vehemence’ or “expressing strong feelings, or shown by strong feelings or great energy or force” (Cambridge Dictionary Online,) a source of whom I am a bit surprised (that she can be vehement at all!) I am nevertheless reminded that she IS Emotions and Intuition incarnate within me, or at least my version of them, and that OF COURSE Vehemence would come from her, not my Animus. This is all an ideal way to enter a new year of work with the Sacred Tarot, with my efforts at evolution of my spiritual being, and with the “growing & maturing” of this human personality I call me. I am more than heartened by the appearance of Gabriel, Angel of Heralds, from Angelarium©. Angels are a category of being and Thought which I do not presume to wax knowledgeably about: their very existence and belief in them is a tenuous matter for me . . . yet, they appeal, because they are role models of a sort, I suppose. Also, I do believe that one does NOT profit by ignoring the many fluxes, currents, eddies and whirlpools which exist in the great flow of the Divine, and the fact that the idea of limiting the Divine to humanity in his choice of ‘creation format’ is a ludicrous idea. Let there be demiurges, let there be Djinn, and Angels; it is ALL part of the great flux of Atum-Ra, the Source, the Heart of Love, the Light of Creation. (The
ancient Egyptian deity corresponding to God, Jehovah, Allah, etc.) And so it goes. To sum up for now: “Good Riddance 2017; Welcome 2018! Good morning as usual, holy Atum-Ra.” Grin. A few wise words from others will follow; I shall stop here and contemplate the goodness of being STILL alive (against all odds) to see the arrival of another calendar year and with it the hope that Good will play a stronger hand this year. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the guidance and beneficial counsel of whichever demiurge is of potential aid. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! I the Magician –“Transcendental Axiom: Be thou in thy deeds as thou art in thy thoughts.” (LWB to *The Eternal Tarot* by Samael Aun Weor.) #70 Cooperation – “There is no man without science, neither science without man.” (Ibid) #64 Vehemence – “Fortitude is wisdom, and power the longing that moves it.” (Ibid) Gabriel, Angel of Heralds – “. . . Gabriel’s lantern points into the seething darkness. Its light breaks open the unknown and banishes doubt. There is certainty in this light. It fills you. This Angel issues no commands – it doesn’t need to [do so. - mm] Shine, little light, shine. The impetus for action burns in you – in fact, you burn in it, fueling this light. Suddenly you burst forth, blazing the way, piercing the dark, leaving change in your wake. There is light everywhere you tread. You ARE the light of Gabriel’s lantern. The might of this Angel does not command you, it aims you. Signs: A lantern, a mirror, a discovery.” (Ibid)