Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 16/01/2018; the deck today is the *Bonefire Tarot* by Gabi Angus-West, a slightly older and very popular deck and one I like. LOTS of color, “psychedelic,” it is more marvelous Impressionism than anything lowbrow, and it reads like a dream, or if you are in the shit, like a nightmare. Grin. I really like the deck, even though I was alive at the height of the ‘60s and find psychedelia “meuh.” Today is going to be ultra-short; I have a full day of lung rehab in front of me, and don’t have time to do my usual lollygagging around the keyboard. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XIII Death; B) Animus = Queen of Wands; C) Anima = King of Swords, and I drew no oracular card today. I like XIII as the “inspiration” today; I AM after deep and lasting change in my lungs, and I DO hope that these trips to the rehab are going to prove of benefit in starting a whole new chapter. The Queen of Wands as my Animus makes a bit of sense, as well, as this is a creative flare mixed with Water/emotion, and I must let reality rule here and not my imagination nor my hope for a miracle cure. This is a bit misplaced, I feel, but not seriously; I understand where my subconscious is on this matter. And finally, as my Anima I have drawn the King of Swords, which if anything signifies that I need to keep this WHOLE exercise under strict control, observation and
evaluation. As the King of the suit representing Intellect, my Anima needs to pull up her pantyhose and get tough, and wise as an old a wily fox. It is an interesting hand, although I feel it is a bit vague and rather too fluid; but better that than a rigid and reasoned disaster, no? Grin? As I said, SHORT. I’ll plug in some appropriate info, but to tell you the truth, this one today is almost on auto-pilot. I’m off for my first REAL day at rehab, and I’m asking Atum-Ra to accompany me closely today, as I shall need the quiet presence of the divine to set the matter in sub-category “Routine.” I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a new perspective on our health and the care of the meat suit. Grin. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! XIII Death – “The veil or mask of life is perpetuated in change, transformation and passage from lower to higher, and this is more fitly represented in the rectified Tarot by one of the apocalyptic visions than by the crude notion of the reaping skeleton. Behind it lies the whole world of ascent in the spirit. The mysterious horseman moves slowly, bearing a black banner emblazoned with the Mystic Rose, which signifies life. Between two pillars on the verge of the horizon there shines the sun of immortality. The horseman carries no visible weapon, but king and child and maiden fall before him, while a prelate with clasped hands awaits his end. There should be no need to point out that the suggestion of death which I have made in connection with the previous card is, of course, to be understood mystically, but this is not the case in the present instance.
The natural transit of man to the next stage of his being either is or may be one form of his progress, but the exotic and almost unknown entrance, while still in this life, into the state of mystical death is a change in the form of consciousness and the passage into a state to which ordinary death is neither the path nor gate. The existing occult explanations of the 13th card are, on the whole, better than usual, rebirth, creation, destination, renewal, and the rest.” (“The Pictorial Key to the Tarot” by .A. E. Waite, 1913].) Queen of Wands – “Queen of Air on the Second house of economy, money, country life and art. Some of the traditional renderings certify this remarkably well. Now what does a queen in general mean? In divination a woman simply, but in general, as the king is the head of the hierarchy or suit as the spiritual synthesis and masculine representative, so the queen may be said to be the material synthesis and the chief female representative. So the queen of wands must be, apart from all personality, the representative of banking, exchange, agriculture and of the arts in general, painting, music and dancing in particular. In W.'s picture of this card, a cat is seen before the feet of this queen: a remarkable indication of the house in which, as astrology teaches, the moon is exalted. It indicates rightly, that in weak cases there may be some falsehood in the nature of persons indicated by it. Cajolery, but apt to turn into peevishness. Taurus-people are generally good-humored and good-natured, patient, benefic for their surroundings in material things, but also desirous of luxury and possessions, wealth, riches.” (“General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens, D. McKay, reprint of 1913 edition.)
King of Swords – “The King of the suit of Earth, coming on the house of Aries, First house or ascendant. Whatsoever we may say of the 'reversed' side or weaker cases of this card, a king is a king and always denotes a higher accord, someone or something of principal value and rank. The king of the Martian and Saturnian element naturally is the king of matter and of war, i.e. also he who wins war and conducts the battle of earthy interests. It denotes the dominion and rulership of this element, consequently the military chief. This by the way we are astonished not to find mentioned by tradition, which mentions the man of the law, lawyer, advocate or judge, who rules or guides worldly strife and contention. As the ruler of the ascendant, the card may certainly mean any person heading a cycle of material activity and before all a pioneer on this plane, an independent man living on his own means. While material integrity is implicit, duplicity, doubt, double-dealing or uncertainty are definitely excluded. It indicates material certainty and severity, whether benefic or malefic from a personal point of view, healthy or rude, even cruel. But we fail to see what it has to do with perversity, unless the meaning be the overruling of everything else, the higher by the material power, and the misuse of the latter. The card means an emphatic Yes.” (Ibid)