Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 29/01/2018; the deck today is again *The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery* by Robert M. Place, and the oracular card is drawn from *The Sibyl of the Heart* by G. Berti, O. Lopes & V. Lucifora. Please forgive my recent “all-over-the-map” behavior; I’ve been chafing under the need to find a new spread, a new way to view the morning “insight.” The one I’m using now, the A/B/C format of MA/minors & court/minors & court works VERY well as far as a basic kind of outlook is all that is required. IT has no hidden depth for me, however, no element of mystery, which is certainly the reason why I, at some point, added the oracular card . . . looking for something to give me a whiff of the mystery of personal evolution. I’m still working on the construct: 3 cards is just about the maximum # of cards, or it becomes “unhandy, clumsy.” This is one of the hardest formats to construct: if you are using 78 cards, OR COURSE you can wander all over creation creating a spread, but it WON’T be elegant, symbolic of anything, concise but highly informative, AND be able to convey that divine “frisson” that comes with brevity, accuracy and pinpoint inner-vision. So, for the time being, I shall continue using
A+B+C+O until I can give birth to something that is sleeker and better designed. My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XXI Prudence; B) Animus = King of Swords; C) Anima = 10 of Swords, and my oracular card of the day is #15 of the Sibyl Oracle, Temptation. (There is no image for this, so there is a substitution.) Well, harrumph! I certainly START alright today, but wow! does it go to hell in a handbasket, quick! LOL! Of course I don’t see it that way, but that could easily be interpreted by anyone as such. Let’s go ahead and look at the 10 of Swords (we’ll do things bass-ackwards today, grin) because if we don’t, it is just going to squat there, shitting on everyone else’s good day. Here below is a general description of the 10 of Swords, which I find to be about the best all-round description of the exoteric meanings of the card. The esoteric meanings will, of course, need to be seen and dealt with within your personal construct (You.) “The Ten of this suit represents finality, the end of something. As is easy to grasp from the picture in many decks, there is no hope for revival here. A limit has been reached, a line has been crossed and there is no turning back. In some situations this may be felt as a tragic loss, but it often brings with it a paradoxical sense of release and closure. The waiting and wondering are over. There is no more ambiguity. You can rightly let go and move on, as there is no more progress to be made here. Emotionally and psychologically, this card appears when one is exhausted and used up, burnt out by the effort of caring and responding and trying to make a difference. When a person feels this way, they have reached burnout and can no longer be held responsible for anything, and therefore can be forgiven for caving in or ceding the fight. The simple instructions are: "Go no further along these lines!" Protect yourself while the storm rages and focus on rebuilding after it passes. The Ten of Swords . . . advises that you lay low for a while. Don't make a move. Keep yourself as safe as possible until the drama, even the possible trauma, plays itself out. Once the turmoil dies down, then you can assess the damage and start to make repairs. The situation can be compared to a hurricane moving through the neighborhood. You can't be sure whether it is going to pass over a corner of the field or whether it is going to slam into your house.
In the face of such unpredictability, protect yourself, hope for the best and wait it out. Sometimes, an extreme turn of events serves as a pressure relief valve for all the unexpressed and unresolved energy that had been building up. Trust the process even though things may seem pretty drastic right now.” (www.tarot.com) If we take this “lowest common denominator” to this hand today, and see the entire hand through its most basic filter, then the card can be seen in its right sense. My Guiding Arcanum now makes sense; stand back and objectively observe the process and the whole; be ready to contribute to help your Anima put this shit behind her (whatever “this shit” is; I honestly don’t know . . . yet. Grin.) As for my Animus, I can feel him being fairly “not concerned” (which isn’t to say “unconcerned”) regarding the successful return of his partner, the Anima; my Animus is riding high and perhaps just a teensy-weensy bit arrogant today in the saddle, flashing his spade-hearted eagle and the Feather of Truth drifting around in his ambiance. I find it interesting and somewhat “perverse” (not in the sexual context) that the King seems to left-handed; now, before you lefties fly into sputtering, feather-flapping rage, you KNOW what I mean; his sword is wielded by his subconscious, artistic and intuitional right hemisphere. “How curious!!” we all chime in songbird unison. Grin. This may account as well for the somewhat curious “dis-concern” he exhibits for our Anima, he “knows” she’ll be back, soon. “Traditionally, representing the energy of a King, this masculine energy form is The Adjudicator, the wise judge or mediator. He helps parties in conflict discover common ground and build upon it, and guides societies to see their greater good. His archetype is Solomon, ancient lawgiver and philosopher of the Old Testament. Sometimes appearing cool and detached, he can be misunderstood as not caring. But emotional displays are just not his medium, nor is he moved by appeals to sympathy or pity. With the philosophical overview that comes from long experience, he listens deeply, watches closely and speaks last. In the end, his even-handedness and objectivity earn him the respect he receives from his community, and those who cannot work out their problems come to him voluntarily for advice. Occasionally this man is subtly detailed to imply that he is a woman in male armor. If you notice this theme in your deck, it is a reference to Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, archetype of a devout and inspired woman
warrior, who was mystically led to abandon her social role to defend what she saw as the greater good. Although she was martyred young, her model crystallizes the message that sometimes the good of the whole is more important than the good of the individual, and in that case, even if you lose, you win just for being there. Listen to the inner wisdom offered by the wise elder that dwells inside of you. In this position, the King of Swords advises that you research your situation and in the process question existing authorities. It may be time to examine underlying assumptions and bring greater clarity into areas that have been left in the dark. Don't wait for others to do it. Instead, draw your own conclusions. Spend time reviewing all the ramifications because this King of Swords requires a thorough, methodical examination of ideas and possibilities. Call forth the sober and wise part of yourself -- the elder father figure. Then act on the instructions given you.” (Ibid) So there we have it, the whole kit & caboodle as it were, with the exception of a detailed blahblah about XXI Prudence; I trust the card is NOT unknown to you, and as far as a guide today, she gives it out very simply indeed; “Be Zen, take a step back, look at it ALL, and act with prudence.” I can grok it. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the probity of an objective viewpoint today (if one can be found! LOL.) Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!