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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 17/01/2018; the deck for today is one I almost never use, and yet it is beautifully done, *The Alice Tarot* by Alex Ukolov & Karen Mahony, the creators of the *Bohemian Gothic* and Prague* tarots, as well. This one is based on Lewis Carroll’s book, “Alice in Wonderland,” & is beautifully done, artistically splendid and equally suited to the Tarot format. I suppose my utter indifference to it is that I was never a fan of Alice in Wonderland; it wasn’t in my canon of children’s literature. When I was finally of an age to find it on my own, I was really only interested in the drug-related themes and chance encounters of sarcasm, ribaldry and utter nonsense. I’m very fond of the Cheshire Cat, however  . . . two Grins, one for him & one for me. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = VIII Strength; B) Animus = Page of Coins; C) Anima = Seven of Wands, and my oracular card today is the ‘Moon Goddess’ from the Labyrinth Wisdom Cards* by Tony Christie. This draw makes PERFECT sense to me after yesterday’s long day at the rehabilitation facility where I’m working on my lungs. Strength is to be contemplated today, that mixture of divine and human natures that brings assurance. As 
well, I REALLY need to make Strength one of my leading “mantras” for the next ten weeks as I transit the trials of training my lungs to work under extremely limited conditions. It’s a bizarre approach, but I understand it and its eventual benefit, so I am committed to the program. I simply pray I can keep that commitment, and not bug out because I lose heart, so . . . Strength. My Animus is in the Page of Coins, AKA the March Hare. We ALL know about the March Hare, as in “As crazy as a . . .” so I don’t really think I need to elaborate; my Animus is all into doing this for eventual betterment. However, I sense a bit of fear, as well, that this much sustained effort is going to result in another fucked-up hospital visit, and I DO hate that. All I can do at this time, as my Animus, is continue to participate with good will and intention, and . . . “on verra” (“We’ll see.”) Finally, regarding where my Anima is at today, I see that she feels savagely attacked and is doing her best to defend herself, or more simply put, “feeling trapped in a fight she doesn’t want to have.” (LWB) I SO completely grok that; my Anima is a creature of “calme, luxe et volupté,” (Baudelaire) and “telling her” that “we are going to rehab in order to relearn how to use our lungs,” is a guaranteed way to put her in a horrible, fighting and deadly mood, even though she thinks, deep down, that perhaps this has benefits for her vanity. Grin. Rinse and Repeat. We will be doing this twice-weekly for the next 10 weeks, so she knows she has to form a “living arrangement agreement” for this otherwise highly unpleasant period in her long and successful laziness.  I understand,
 I really do; I’m not the happiest camper about this whole arrangement, either, but it isn’t as if I’m not the ‘primo causa’ here, either; I started the ball rolling on this affair a long time ago, when I decided I wasn’t going to accept the diminished oxygen capacity I now suffer from on a permanent basis. “Better Lungs or Die!” is my motto (kind of . . . LOL.) As well, I’m imposing conditions, making it harder for myself, but I don’t wish to get rid of them just yet. Silly me. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the gift of making a good decision for ourselves despite ourselves. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!  VIII Strength – “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.” (www.tarot.com)                                                                                        Page of Coins – “The Page of Coins . . . advises that you study your chosen field seriously, gaining intellectual knowledge plus whatever experiential learning you can pick up as well. Listen to the stories of others, both their successes and their failures, and let yourself be inspired by their dedicated efforts. Leave no stone unturned. See if you can figure out why their 
experiments went the way they did and what you might do differently that could change the outcome. Passionately hunt for the missing pieces overlooked by those who came before you. Remember that the mind of a beginner is an open channel for genius. Let that openness lead you and you will instinctively penetrate to the heart of the matter.” (Ibid)                                           Seven of Wands – “The Seven of Wands . . . tells you that the time for peak performance is now. Even if slightly unprepared, you may want to push yourself beyond your usual limits, thinking in larger terms and tweaking your competitive nature. Time and effort spent in preparation could pay off handsomely. You might be the one who vaults right over the heads of those who thought they could outdo you. Move beyond rhetoric and verbal challenges. Now could be the moment to prove what puts you head and shoulders above the rest by demonstrating it in action.” [Lord Osiris! Couldn’t be any more pointed & direct, eh? LOL. -mm] (Ibid)








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