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Friday, January 19, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 20/01/2018; the deck today is the *Cosmic Tarot* by Norbert Lösche. This is an excellent beginner’s-to-intermediate deck, as it pairs the cards with clear, memorable images that can lead to clearer interpretations if your card knowledge isn’t exactly encyclopedic. Grin. I still like the deck & use it occasionally, although for in-depth readings I use more Qabbalah-based decks. It is a good purchase. Upward and Onward! 
My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XVII the Star; B) Animus = Ace of Swords; C) Anima = Six of Pentacles; and my oracular card today, from Robert Place’s *Burning Serpent Oracle,* = #31 The Sun. I am even more tired this morning than I was yesterday afternoon when I returned from physical rehab; it was an intense week, I assure you. Nine more weeks to go, da-da-da-dum . . . {{Sigh.}} It’s all good, though; I can “see” where this is going, and providing I don’t stroke out (grin,) I do at this point believe that it is “possible” that this may be of some help. MAY BE. (The sceptic in me dies hard, when confronted with upside-down logic.) At any root & vine, the point is I’m not feeling my inner Muse whispering her sweet nothings to me today, nor do I really feel like approaching the reading as a “drudge task” that I “have” to write for the blog. Therefore, no me today, just plug-in card explanations and your own mystic imaginations to perhaps perform this reading as if I was YOUR client. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to rant us ALL a moment of respite between “battles.” Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!                                                 
 XVII the Star – “"The figure expresses eternal youth and beauty." No astrologer will hesitate to recognize Venus. "The Star is the étoile flamboyante, which appears in Masonic symbolism, but has been confused herein." (W.) And "gifts of the spirit," which au fond means beauty, are the gifts administered by Venus, who in the solar system hands over the vibrations or 'gifts' coming from the Sun, to our Earth. The picture on the card shows it quite clearly: a naked girl, demonstrating undoubtedly the beauty of the human body, symbol of beauty in the nature of man, pouring "the fluids of Life upon the Earth (and the sea: i.e. into soul and body--Th.) from two cups, the one of gold and the other of silver." (P.) "The genius of the Sun has now descended to Earth under the form of this young girl, the image of eternal Youth." (P.) Well, then it is the image of this planet of beauty and eternal youth, which has its place between the Sun and Mercury on one side and our Earth on the other, the third personification of the genius of the Sun. The ibis and the butterfly connect the idea 'of immortality with this figure, in perfect accord with the mystic teaching which says, that love extends beyond the grave. The Phe--identified with this card--expresses the same hieroglyphic value as the Beth (second card), but in a more extended sense." It is said to represent speech. (P.) Now Venus has in so far to do with the second sign, that it rules this sign. The 'more extended sense' may perhaps be thought of as this planetary rulership, as "the Word in action in Nature with all its consequences." (P.) . . . Venus indeed is the representative of the ruler of Light on Earth and in Nature: third aspect of the Solar Logos . . . .” (“General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens.)         Ace of Swords – “This suit represents the 
rational mind and its ability to discriminate. Swords cut through things in order to pierce illusion, to differentiate between fantasy and reality. In the image of this Ace, a single upraised sword represents your prime motive or guiding ideal -- the vision that guides you through life's changing fortunes with single-minded clarity. The sword is sometimes shown piercing a silver and/or laurel crown, a symbol of optimism implying evolution, progress, a sense of hope and victory. It is occasionally shown pointed downwards -- a darker message, which refers to sacrifice, challenges and a critical environment. The Ace of Swords in this position advises you to be steady--you are about to reach your objective. There may be no need to hesitate. Just concentrate on making your impact. This could be your moment. The arrow is pointed straight at the target. Your eye is keen, your grip is firm. Let that arrow fly! If you set aside distractions and hit your mark, you will be rewarded with insight and clarity. Remember that this is not the time to hold back, worrying about the consequences. When you access this level of truth, you are very likely to cut through all illusion and nonsense.” (www.tarot.com)                                                    
 Six of Pentacles – “The Six of this suit is the card of patronage -- generosity with strings attached. The picture shows a rich man giving alms, his reputation enhanced from his giving, but without having helped anybody really better him or herself. Sometimes there is an inference that the giver will be expecting something back for his giving, perhaps sexual favors. Sometimes this card is interpreted as referring to some kind of patron or benefactor who rescues a talented person from oblivion, but then wants to dictate what the artist works on as his fame grows. Inequality of power is generally a factor in this card, and the person being helped needs to be careful not to trade off heart and soul for a shortcut to fame or fortune. Each player in this scenario needs to examine the possibility they are taking one side or the other in an unbalanced power struggle. Think of yourself as someone who can assist others in refining their skills and talents and using them successfully. The Six of Coins in this position asks you to think of yourself as a cosmic talent agent, seeking individuals who show a spark or gift. You may help them refine and upgrade their skills to fit a larger context. The outcome is a peer relationship with a sense of mutual regard and admiration. This is a delicate operation. You have to constantly check your intentions so that you are not expecting something in return. Do not for a minute feel proud about doing someone a favor. In truth what you are doing is paying back an old debt to those who served as your mentors.” (www.tarrot.com







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