Sunday, January 14, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 15/01/2018; the deck today is one of my “gothic faves,” *The Bohemian Gothic Tarot* by Alex Ukolov & Karen Mahony. It is a lovely, dark-ish deck, lots of atmosphere, and reads very well, which of course is the point. Today I made an error; when drawing the cards, I accidentally mixed the MA back into the minor arcana & Courts; my resulting draw, by “serendipity,” (hah!) happens to be all Major Arcana cards, thus giving me, as well, an original Alchemist’s spread with the three cards representing Sulfur, Mercury & Salt. It is a pretty nifty mutation, and I may keep it in the ranks of my usual spreads. (As for how it avoided giving me any Courts or minor cards is a “coup de destin.” My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum (& Sulfur) = VIII Strength; B) Animus (Mercury) – I the Magician; C) Anima (Salt) = XXI the World, and my oracular card today is #8 The Dead Tree, from *The Burning Serpent Oracle* by Robert M. Place & Rachel Pollack. This has resulted in two interesting spreads, both of which complimentarily follow each other, much like Ouroboros . . . Grin. I’m feeling rather like that today, as a matter of fact; running in circles, biting my own tail. I don’t foresee a problem with the upcoming rehab sessions for my lungs, but I don’t see a solution, either. I trust in the generosity of the Universe, and my wife and I almost always have enough to get by, sometimes just barely, which discomforts me. True, we are both eccentric 
people, and we enjoy it, but money is something which worries her more than me and consequently she affects my humor with her vibes. I don’t worry about existing tomorrow; she does . . . someone has to, I suppose, even if it is pointless. I believe I’m trying to say I feel like I’m in an eternal holding pattern, and the later-arriving planes are landing before me to taxi in while I’m told just to “keep circling.” Perhaps I’m not meant to make any more steps, now, for a while, or at all, I don’t know, but this is frustrating . . . to a point. I DO try not to forget where I could be if I hadn’t chosen this Path at all; at 65, probably just river bottom mud, I’m sure, as my vices would have killed me long ago. (I’ve specified incineration and being thrown into the river Seine before it reaches Paris, so that I may say goodbye properly.) Onward & Upward . . .  With VIII Strength as my Guiding Arcanum today, there comes a reassuring feeling of maintaining mastery over the two natures of my being, and that this calm, reassuring feeling that all the power possible from these natures is dompted and available for use. VIII Strength – “The Strength Tarot card represents nature, which, however wild in its primal form, is tamed by our subtler, finer self -- our feminine side, our inner self. The will and passion of our instinctive nature does not need to be broken, but refined and brought to consciousness, so that all levels of creation may come into harmony. The feminine soul-force contains a persuasive power that can nurture and induce cooperation from others, stilling disruptive energies by harmonizing differences in the spirit of collective good will. Clearly distinguish between your ego and your intuitive self. The Strength card advises that you assertively discipline yourself and separate self-interest from enlightened wisdom. Deliberately identify with your intuition, even if it works against the desires of your willful ego. 
Demand and expect the same from others who have some power in this situation. You cannot challenge them to live to a higher standard if you, yourself, have not yet done so. Influence others by setting an example of integrity. Your self-esteem will increase to the degree that you succeed in your efforts.” ( My Animus today in I the Magician, unintended though he may be, is a very positive statement towards which I may progress today (and attain, yet again) but to be certain like whom I am not feeling at this hour of the morning – Grin. I have no worry about this; besides, when I am in the Magician (ideally, we ‘should’ always ‘be’ to some degree active in that Arcanum as long as we are three-dimensional living beings. I have grown accustomed to feeling at home, as if I was returning to my castle from a trip to London to visit the lovely Mina Harker and taste of her company . . . LOL.) I the Magician – “Have faith in your innate creativity. The Magician advises you give your questioning nature and free-associating mind plenty of room to explore the subject at hand. Behave just as if you were an open-minded and curious scientist. Through this process, you may bring freshness and clarity into the situation that is both stimulating and catalytic.” (Ibid) And finally I have my Anima/Salt, XXI the World. I can only say that as a showman, I have surprised even myself with this whiz-bang, fireworks blazing, and celestial-choir-singing finale of today’s draw. I LIKE XXI the World, and not in that “I’ve reached the end” satisfaction manner, but rather innately, as if she and I are made to get along, and we have and we will again, despite the occasional blinders I don to navigate my way to her. To a large degree, I experience a bit of my happiness with her each day in some facet of my acceptance of life, of looking at my life more humorously now and from a bit of distance. We are on good terms, and I hope that when I am able to reach apotheosis and transition (Death,) I may take the satisfaction of having had her company along to fashion and form my future self. XXI 
The World – “The World card points to the presiding wisdom which upholds life on this and all worlds . . . and stands between heaven and Earth as the cosmic mother of souls, the wife of God, and our protector from the karmic forces we have set loose upon the Earth in our immaturity and ignorance. The goddess of The World card invites us into cosmic citizenship -- once we come to realize our soul's potential for it. It announces the awakening of the soul's immortal being, accomplished without the necessity of dying. This card, like the Sun, is reputed to have no negative meaning no matter where or how it appears. If the Hermetic axiom is "Know Thyself", this image represents what becomes known when the true nature of self is followed to creative freedom and its ultimate realization . . . Presently, your motivation is close to the will of the divine. Even if you commit an error, it will be turned to the greater good. Stay active and just keep moving forward. It is unnecessary to keep checking or interrupting your spontaneity with calculation. Rather than look for consensus or affirmation from others, simply dance the dance. In other words, express yourself, react naturally, and let the chips fall where they may. What matters is divine intention. Whether or not human beings approve is less important. . . .” And so it goes. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the carefree realizations of XXI the World today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!   

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