Saturday, January 6, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 07/01/2018; the deck today is the *Tarot Apokalypsis* by Erik C. Dunne with an accompanying book by Kim Huggins. I am on record about the beauty of this deck, so I shan’t over-elaborate; it is, quite simply, an extraordinary art deck and a worthy companion to Erik’s almost-legendary *Illuminati Tarot* of several years earlier. Erik and Kim make a dynamite team, as his art is quite inspirational to readers & artists. Ever tarologist should have at least one of Erik’s decks in their collection (I use both.) Onward & Upward! Today’s draw is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = II the High Priestess; B) Animus = 4 of Swords; C) Anima = 7 of Pentacles, and I have not drawn an oracular card today. ¶ That first card jumped out at me immediately; STILL in the Temple by grace of II the High Priestess? Well, that’s copacetic, thank Wadjet and Nekhbet (the cobra and vulture goddesses of Lower and Upper Egypt ;) A one-day visit to the Temple is always beneficial, but one feels a bit rushed, a little shortchanged by time; to spend a weekend there is far more advantageous, plus one meets the most interesting beings at her Saturday night salons. The last time I met the Eye of Ra, and I could swear she was flirting with me . . .Grin. More time in the Temple with the High Priestess is a good thing; I am getting ready to introduce a physical rehabilitation program into my routine. Because my numbers aren’t officially low enough to prescribe oxygen, I have to learn to breathe AND EXERCISE with the diminished capacity I have. I am sure 
they have no idea how diminished it is: it is a sports clinic for athletes. LOL. Either I die or get better, I suppose. I’m willing, but only JUST, to give it a chance. ON VERRA ! (We’ll see!) So I NEED time in the Temple with Her Grace, simply to arm myself with enough deep vibes and willingness to cooperate in an unknown process about which I doubt, but which is recommended. ¶ Regarding the Archetype today is my Animus, inhabiting the 4 of Swords. I happen to have a quirky liking for both the 3 and the 4 of Swords; the 3 of Swords appeals to that portion of me that is amused and attracted by the Victorian Gothic, and this melancholy reminder of temporary suffering is perfect. The 4 of Swords from this deck is a vivid portrayal of the rest that comes after the 3, when reposes in a kind of sweet sadness and awaits recovery to go out and indulge in grief again. Grin. I know, that sounds sarcastic, but that is a good analysis of that kind of moment and that kind of sentiment, especially when indulged in by the suit of the Intellect, and represented by military arms. So, I can loosen my jabot and unbutton my lace-trimmed cuffs, and settle back for a capricious moment of rest in the forest, away from the battlefield for the moment. ¶ Finally we come to the engine that is powering the construct today, and in a bizarre way it fits the reading as well.
 The 7 of Pentacles symbolizes, for me more than anything else, Patience, a member of a class of “handmaidens” to XIV Temperance – she would need several, wouldn’t she? Qualities like Patience, Humility, Modesty, Wisdom; Serenity, Acceptance, etc. With my Anima in the guise of the 7 of Pentacles, she lends the necessarily subtle but strong waves of power that are required to maintain not only the semi-artificial pose of my Animus but my rapport today with II the High Priestess and my time in the Temple. So in this case my Anima is the perfect energy source 
today for the kind of quiet, meditational “format” to adopt in order to receive the full benefits of these cards. So despite its somewhat ragged appearance in terms of “compatible symbologies,” these cards actually work quite well together. I shall append some short “words of wisdom” at the end concerning the three cards, but not long, I promise you. Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL an inner harmony despite any outward appearance to the contrary. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! (I invite you to leave any comments at the end of this blog; I enjoy the feedback. Thank you. –MM)                    II The High Priestess – “. . . In a manner, she is also the Supernal Mother herself--that is to say, she is the bright reflection. It is in this sense of reflection that her truest and highest name in bolism is Shekinah--the co-habiting glory. According to Kabbalism, there is a Shekinah both above and below. In the superior world it is called Binah, the Supernal Understanding which reflects to the emanations that are beneath. In the lower world it is Malkuth--that world being, for this purpose, understood as a blessed Kingdom that with which it is made blessed being the Indwelling Glory. Mystically speaking, the Shekinah is the Spiritual Bride of the just man, and when he 
reads the Law she gives the Divine meaning. There are some respects in which this card is the highest and holiest of the Greater Arcana.” (“The Pictorial Key to the Tarot” by A. E. Waite [1911].)                                                                  4 of Swords – “A Four in this suit sends a message to take some time out, surrendering worldly concerns and retreating to a sheltered place of serenity away from the hustle and bustle. The oldest Tarot card images suggest a visit to the tombs of our ancestors, a place to contemplate your mortality and breathe in the dust of those who brought you here. A vision quest or pilgrimage to one's own center allows us to contemplate our roots, values and goals. Here you will see your place in the flow of time ... and unfolding generations.” (                                                       7 of Pentacles – “The Seven of this suit is typically a paean to the humble laborer who is willing to show up every day and sweat in the sun for next season's bounty. The traditional concept is cultivation, with an attitude that slow and steady wins the race, with faith in nature's assistance. The protagonist of this card doesn't make excuses, isn't whimsical or moody, but is dedicated and sees the job through. Of course, it's no good to count your serpents before they hatch, but there's no question that the person who is vigilant over a project is more likely to get the desired result.” (Ibid) 

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