Friday, February 2, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 02/02/2018; the deck today is *Tarot Apokalypsis* by Erik C. Dunne, with commentary by Kim Huggens. Both are excellent, the deck and the book, and the art is Erik at his finest. Not to be missed. Well, I languish on the riverbank in my porphyry pavilion, idly training my hand in the river Nile and calling for Semset, my body slave, to again rub unguents on my aches and calm my stomach with applications of hemp vapor and Hathor’s milk; my stomach upset and my musculature discombobulated from yesterday’s session at the phys. rehab center. The food was simply poisonous and disgusting; I shall shatter their rules and bring my own modest lunch of fresh fruit and (ergot) rye bread. Grin. It is a total contrast from the last rehab clinic I was in, for my knee prosthesis: the owner of that clinic was a naughty gourmand piggy, and he had hired a starred chef for the establishment, so we ate like royalty at a feast all the time. I’m afraid to inquire why we are being served *dead rat on shingle with sauce*, so to speak. (Easiest solution? Bring my own.) So the point of this entertaining side jaunt is that today I finally feel unrushed for the first time this week, and shall take this at a leisurely pace . . . Hell, you may not get it until dinner time! LOL. (One note: I couldn’t find a decent image of the Princess of Swords from this deck, so I have substituted the Prince in her place, but the draw was the Princess and that is who I shall consider in the reading.) Onward and Upward! My draw today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XIII Death; B) Animus = Princess of Swords; C) Anima = King of Swords, and my oracular card of the day from Paul Miller’s “Revelations Oracle* is #9 Synchronicity. (The card title is slightly misspelled on the card; also, Paul and I are not related.)  Well, harrumph! I 
must say that I’m a bit surprised at this draw today: check it out; XIII Death as my guide today (which is Super, His Grace the GR and I have no issues and he is often in my life as I make “radical change” decisions that alter my Path; he is foreordained, deep & fundamental change, and I am no stranger to that, I can assure you. My life has been a long procession of such decisions, as I have refused to ever be permanently nailed down by society, circumstance, or decision . . . always being an outsider helped a lot, too. Grin. I have always had a “perverse” inclination to buck the flow, and I certainly don’t intend to give up a profitable lifelong habit now. “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. In more modern Tarot decks, we see Death mounted on a horse and wearing black armor. The emphasis in these decks is on the punishment of sin, as in the way the medieval Plague (which the Death image was based on) was used to explain the wrath of God. Luckily, in modern times, we are not so encumbered with such a guilt-ridden philosophy. 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.” ( And THAT, dear friends,
 comes pretty damn close to the way I see our friend “Death” as well: he is actually “a kind of housecleaning service” come unbidden to help you clean & reveal & change – NOW. That is why he comes unbidden, silly rabbit! Grin. (We have a neighbor who is 96 and so terrified of Death that she simply REFUSES to go; I love her a great deal, but to see the end of her life pass in this constant glaring spotlight of her unreasoning FEAR is almost unbearable. She has deliberately cut off her Paths of Knowledge and simply lives & waits in terror, praising each new, miserable, pain-soaked day as a personal victory. Horus wept.) Moving on, we find my Animus today in a real homewrecker, grin . . .  the Princess of Swords. “This card is traditionally entitled The Page, but in some modern decks appears as a Princess. The traditional interpretation is about a messenger, an emissary or liaison between separate camps, charged with faithfully representing one side's communications to the other. Because of this role, we do not think of this person as a servant, but rather as a diplomat, facilitating sensitive negotiations, often under difficult conditions. This person is acting as the eyes and ears of her patron, and so she is sometimes referred to as The Watchman. Even kings are powerless if this messenger chooses to use her access to sensitive information for her own gain, as is implied by her other name, The Spy. She could even be working as a double agent, playing both sides against each other to serve her own agenda. Her title is really camouflage in itself, serving as protective coloration so she can move among the people unrecognized, collecting information anonymously. Her vigilance often conceals an ulterior motive. She is a watcher who must herself be watched, because she dreams of someday taking matters into her own hands, preempting the plans of her employers. Circumstances call for anonymous action even if you would prefer to receive credit. When the Page of Swords (in some decks, a Princess) is . . . [present], the situation requires subtle change in order for it to be brought to the highest good for all concerned. In contrast to times when one can best serve the greater good by being visible and heroic, this is a time when you must keep your own counsel, cover your tracks and stealthily accomplish what would be impossible to complete without privacy. Reduce your profile and increase your anonymity, no matter how your self-image might suffer. Although it would be gratifying to accomplish what needs to be done and be aboveboard about it, that cannot be a priority at present.” (Ibid) And 
perhaps most surprising of all is the avatar of my Anima today; she has stepped up to the plate in an outrageously over-compensatory role, and I’m not sure why . . . but I know she’ll explain to me . . . grin. “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 [In this deck, it is obviously Odin,] 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 [my Anima is gone to have a hard time swallowing THAT -mm,] 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. Listen to the inner wisdom offered by the wise elder that dwells inside of you . . . . 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) And there we have it for today, PLUS the *joker* of my oracular card, an “event of synchronicity” should appear today. “Well, Hell yes, Margrethe, of COURSE I’m intrigued, when you put it THAT way!” Grin. I shall meditate upon XIII today, and see if my old friend has any new esoteric gossip he wants to dish. Grin. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

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