Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 30/01/2018; the deck today is *The Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers, a fabulous deck. If you can at all get your hands on one, you owe it to yourself to have this around; it is an encyclopedia of symbology and all very well explained in the accompanying eponymous book (*Tarot of the Holy Light*, Noreah/Brownfield P., Oregon?, 2015.) Today is a physical rehab day, but I arose an hour earlier in order to leave a little time for the cards; however, I shan’t dally, time’s-a-waistin’! My draw for today is: A) Guiding Arcanum = XIII Death; B) Animus = Knight of Disks; C) Anima = 4 of Disks, and my oracular card today is from *Symbolon* by P. Orban, I. Zinnel & T. Weller, and is *The Phoenix.” This spread is absolutely dynamite on a day when I am going to physical rehab, as it “promises” profound change, stick-to-it-ivness, and advantages gained by belonging to “a class of people who are working to improve their health.” There are advantages to be gained by being a member of ANY group, of course, but in this case, today, it is for me the fact that I’m not in this alone and my Anima can draw comfort that I am one of several working to improve. Despite (or because?) ALL of the symbology and layered meanings of the cards, I can easily pull that out of the reading this morning. The oracular card today, the Phoenix, is in the same suit of triumph and progress, and its predictable meanings of death and rebirth, liberty, metamorphosis and resurrection are ALL applicable to the energy I am expending to make this aging and loosely-assembled one-man-band continue playing. Grin. I shan’t be too blathery today; I just didn’t want to feel so pressured by the time limit. I shall addend the appropriate and today, pinpoint on, analyses below. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
XIII Death - "The Death card is not about the literal death of any person. It may represent the death of something else, like a project, plan, or relationship. This card also points to a time of harvest, symbolized in classical decks by the reaping skeleton. Unless the fruits of summer are harvested, they are lost to winter's harshness, and the people do not eat. As the scythe cuts the cords that link us to the past, it liberates us to go forward without fear, because we have nothing left to lose. Everything being pruned away is recycled for the fertility of the future, so that nothing is really ever lost, despite seasonal cycles of gain and loss . . . Free yourself from a past that no longer serves you well and proceed toward the future . . . The Death card advises you to detach from the old order. You may want to close accounts, complete unfinished tasks, and gather your harvest. It is time to move on. If you cut the cords that have bound you to old ways and outdated conventions, you could free yourself to join the sweep of incoming light. This is not an excuse to reject others or hurt them in any way. It is simply a time to move toward your ultimate interests. Do not allow nostalgia and outworn loyalties to hold you back. Be willing to go through whatever it takes to get to where you really want to be." (www.tarot.com)
Knight of Disks - "This card is usually called The Knight, but in some modern decks appears as the Prince. Traditionally, this card in this suit pictures an overseer of fertility and growth. His period of ascendancy is during the quiet years between conflicts, when everybody can collaborate in raising the collective standard of living. His horse is usually huge and thickset, more suitable to pulling a plow than riding swiftly into battle. His temperament is easygoing and relaxed, he's moving at the rate of the flow, because he knows that you can't hurry time. Seeing the bigger picture, like a farmer planning for the future, he doesn't allow momentary fads or fancies to distract him, and he doesn't take seriously those who do. One can feel his stability and dedication -- he is totally responsible and even somewhat predictable when it comes to his projects. He is earthy and gentle, as simple and deep as the soil he tills and the flowers he loves. Your resources will enhance an endeavor significantly and you can reap many blessings as a result of your participation. When the Knight of Coins (in some decks, The Prince) falls in this position you are being advised to offer up your services to some project or enterprise in front of you. Your willing participation can make the difference between a marginal performance and a great one. The entire endeavor will be enhanced significantly by the resources you bring to it and you will be blessed tenfold. Expect to supervise and guide the project as well as influence the outcome of events. Without you on board, this endeavor is just another good idea." (Ibid)
4 of Disks - "This suit, most often named Coins or Pentacles, is a symbol for a magical talisman that represented wealth or potential. This suit represents something supportive that is available to you -- whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource. A Four in this suit has been used to express the paradoxical aspect of material security -- the two-edged sword of having been well supported and protected. It sounds completely idyllic until one investigates the real demands that prosperity places upon people -- the pressure of big decisions, responsibilities toward dependents or employees, and even tougher decisions in times of insecurity. An immature person thrust into such a position would lack the perspective to sensibly assess risks and rewards, would be vulnerable to bad advice or surprise developments, and could even put the livelihoods of loyal assistants at risk. This card also can refer to the subtler dependencies that comfort encourages, allowing laxness and self-indulgence to quietly degrade one's reserve of will. The character this card represents needs to move slowly and deliberately if change is required, as the consequences will affect more than just her or himself. Note: In the English decks, like Rider-Waite, we see a person who is stuck in their misunderstanding of how the material plane works. He's afraid to let go of his four measly coins, because he doesn't know he has to give in order to get. When looked at this way, this is the card of poverty consciousness. Study the responsibilities you have inherited rather than just looking at the advantages they represent . . . Think conscientiously about all those people whom your activities impact, including those whose work and effort went into building what you inherited and those whose welfare depends upon your right management. What you have been given is abundant; still, it is not without limits. If you are prudent and responsible, the endowment will grow. However, if you are frivolous or foolish, your behavior could undermine both your inheritance and the well-being of others who are connected to it." (Ibid)