Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 03/01/2018; if you haven’t kicked a fool today (note the small -f-) please remember that the grace period ends on 6/01. Today’s deck is *The Tarot of Prague* by Alex Ukolov & Karen Mahony. It is rightly considered one of the most beautiful modern tarot decks of the last century. (Unfortunately, I couldn’t find more than a postage stamp-sized image of my Animus card, so I have substituted the image from the *Tarot Illuminati* by Erik C. Dunne. Irony comes in all sizes, grin.) Again, I am trying to start a trend towards brevity; yesterday I failed. I shall try again today . . . no, Yoda, to try is NOT to fail. (Perfectionist, little, green, anal-compulsive; always overcompensating for being short – Grin.) My draw today is: A) Guiding Arcanum = I the Magician; B) Animus = 7 of Wands; C) Anima = Knight of Swords and I drew no oracular card today.  My surprise, if any, was at the very first card; seeing that I am still in I the Magician from yesterday is certainly pleasant, and I hope/know “good,” and of course it means I am still on the threshold of something ready to manifest in my life that will 
require all of my attention and what wisdom I can use to “translate” the manifestation to the best of my ability. This is my “Guiding Light” today, a meditational point and my magickal goal at the end of the match. Right off the ‘wand,’ so to speak, I also note that my Animus today is inclined towards ‘quickness,’ because he perceives the train of action as everything happening at once. He is up to the challenge, however, whether it be organized opposition or, more likely, the fierce competition of the match. The Will to win is determinedly strong, and he can often be filled with a feeling of “One against the World.” I can vibe in sympathy & empathy to that; when I was younger, I often felt exactly this way, me vs. the world. Thank Lord Anubis that I own the franchise now - Grin! Well, I shall play overseer today and let my Animus forge his way to a better understanding that he can accept, and I shan’t interfere unless needed, I think. As to my Anima today, in the Knight of Swords, well . . . all I really CAN say is, “You go, girl!” She has every right to court thrills & chills as much as I do, and I would NOT care to be so hypocritical as to deny her what I allow myself (speaking as Animus.) As the Knight today, when my gal is in her “badass” mood, she can fit every corner of that armor quite well, thank you. As for summoning up the temperament, well, I admit, she may need a bit of help on that from the Animus, as he perfectly incarnated the Knight back in his youth. As well, I don’t believe my Anima has it in her to be as blindly ruthless as this Knight needs to be at times. He’s forceful, dynamic, yak-yak-blah-blah, and she can do all of that, but I believe what she isn’t capable of doing is summoning the deep, artistic fire of his life-force held down inside this young man, that fuels his impassioned drive. So, alert the psychic lifeguards, help may be needed – grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the helpful aid of our Inner Forces today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! 
I The Magician – “I Saw the Man. His figure reached from earth to heaven and was clad in a purple mantle. He stood deep in foliage and flowers and his head, on which was the head-band of an initiate, seemed to disappear mysteriously in infinity. Before him on a cube-shaped altar were four symbols of magic--the scepter, the cup, the sword and the pentacle. His right hand pointed to heaven, his left to earth. Under his mantle he wore a white tunic girded with a serpent swallowing its tail. His face was luminous and serene, and, when his eyes met mine, I felt that he saw most intimate recesses of my soul. I saw myself reflected in him as in a mirror and in his eyes I seemed to look upon myself. And I heard a voice saying,    --"Look, this is the Great Magician! With his hands he unites heaven and earth, and the four elements that form the world are controlled by him. The four symbols before him are the four letters of the name of God, the signs of the four elements, fire, water, air, earth." I trembled before the depth of the mysteries I touched... The words I heard seemed to be littered by the Great Magician himself, and it was as though he spoke in me. I was in deep trepidation and at moment I felt there was nothing, before me except the blue sky; but within me a window opened through which I could see unearthly things. and hear unearthly words." ("The Symbolism of the Tarot" by P. D. Ouspensky [1913].)                            7 of Wands = “Discussion, negotiation, conference, conversation, deliberation, dissertation; measure; correspondence, words and language; generally success, but there may be also some hesitation, uncertainty, irresolution, light-heartedness. All this very strikingly typifies the element Air on the Seventh house, that of the airy Libra, house of relationship, 
marriage, meeting of the Self and the Not-self, which rules contracts, books and manuscripts. Here only comes 'discussion' into play. In the Fifth house the individuality was alone, and for discussion you want two persons." ("The General Book of the Tarot" by A. E. Thierens [1930].)                                                       Knight of Swords – “Finally this element on the Fourth and on the Twelfth houses. On account of the former we find of course the armed man under the rule of the Emperor, the military man, soldier, etc., but rather the professional, formerly the hired, troops than the militia, which will rather fall under the same house as the police, and be indicated by the page of swords. Another significance of this card is that of painful memories, suffering by ancient wrongs. In fact war is in all cases, be it private or collective, the phenomenon of the outbreak of some ancient wrong or evil--the wrong of oppression on one side or the evil of desire, rapacity, overflowing force, etc., on the other. So the Knight of swords must bear the significance of the bearer of weapons, which avenge wrongs or serve attacks. The fourth house calls the home and the family, the father in particular, and the card may well denote something in the nature of avenging family feuds or the honor of the father or the family. Badly aspected it may mean opposition against the power of the father or the Emperor, revolution, which is quite in the line of the grumbling and malcontent nature of the Cancerian of the lower type. It is, however, to be expected that such opposition will be very much hidden, dark, in the background, not open nor very loyal. On account of its relation with the twelfth house this card may also mean a surgeon and operations performed by him, and, in lower types or weaker cases, fraud and destruction of organisms, whatever these may be. It may further relate here to all sorts of bad passions and to degrees of hatred, incapacity, etc." (A.E. Thierens, Ibid.)

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