Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 11/02/2018; the deck today is one that constantly astonishes me, not only with its accuracy, but with its solemn power the impress the hell out of me, and I’m not quite sure why. I’m speaking of *The Tarot of Saqqara* by Donald G. Beaman. Perhaps it is the frank solemnity with which Mr. Beaman has painted these tableaux, but they “throw me serious vibes” every time . . . and I love them for it. This isn’t “oh-goody-goody-feely-touchy-tarot-for-all-ages-family-fun!” This is more, “If you don’t have your feces together, Seeker, get thee out!” LOL. The deck is beautiful in & of itself; well-constructed, decent cardstock & wonderful art image reproduction. If you can ever find a copy, I suggest you sell your children if need be to obtain it. My other deck today, for the oracular card, is the *Symbolon: Deck of Remembrance* deck of cards, by P. Orban, I. Zinnel & T. Weller. A beautiful deck of symbology, it has its own rules for being used as a “tarot simulacrum,” but I enjoy it as an oracle deck. Onward & Upward! The draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XVIII the Moon (again!); B) Animus = 6 of Wands; C) Anima = 7 of Pentacles, and my oracular Symbolon card today is “Captivity.” (Oops! WTF, that won’t do, not at all!J . . . and yet, I know whereof it speaks. There are times when I am so frustrated with being trapped in Malkuth, in the physical, that I want to scream aloud, “Enough! By the gland of Osiris, let me go, you awful sticky shit, I am SO done with you!” Right now I am traversing one of those times, and oh my yes, I DO feel captive. There again, however, one can see how everything depends on perception; imprisoned here, yes, but free to fly in my mind, soon to be followed by my spirit once I can ditch this old husk. Grin.) I’m circling back to my Guiding Arcanum for the moment, XVIII the Moon. “All right, Khonsu, I give up: as whom are you going to the Divine Drag Ball later this month, Selene or Diane?” Grin. I shouldn’t provoke the Moon; Khonsu is a lightweight compared to his father Amun-Ra, but he is STILL divine, and I’m not (yet.) He has time, tendency & temperament to still screw with my
life, so to speak; the Moon is something I often “let look after itself,” simply because going in more than once a millennium isn’t worth the cleanup later, as well as I simply don’t enjoy provoking the Moon all that much. I’m of the opinion that one should let sleeping dragons stay asleep. (Unless, of course, waking it is part of a task upon which one is currently embarked.) Perhaps that is what is going on now; I am suddenly doing everything possible, including roaming around, chatting to my wife, even talking with the cats rather than finish this page. I have no idea why; I rather like the cards this mornings. But I shall heed the call and see what develops; therefore I need to add some explication of the cards (I think I shall search a bit far afield to find some weird stuff – LOL!) & I shall attend to that, tout de suite. It’s the Moon, Khonsu is up to something, I know it . . . Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the humor to deal with the unexpected today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! XVIII the Moon – “A desolate plain stretched before me. A full moon looked down as if in contemplative hesitation. Under her wavering light the shadows lived their own peculiar life. On the horizon I saw blue hills, and over them wound a path which stretched between two grey towers far away into the distance. On either side the path a wolf and dog sat and howled at the moon. I remembered that dogs believe in thieves and ghosts. A large black crab crawled out of the rivulet into the sands. A heavy, cold dew was falling. Dread fell upon me. I sensed the presence of a mysterious world, a world of hostile spirits, of corpses rising from graves, of wailing ghosts. In this pale moonlight I seemed to feel the presence of apparitions; someone watched me from behind the towers,--and I knew it was dangerous to look back.” ([GRIN] “Symbolism of the Tarot” by P. D. Ouspensky, 1913.) 3 of Wands – “The ruling Hexagram is # 13, Fellowship with Men. ‘The organization of the clans,’ as the sages put it, so many thousands of years ago. This calls to mind the intelligent organization of mankind, shifting into a less barbaric landscape and into the mold of great civilizations.
Perseverance furthers, but mainly for the “superior man”. The tiger is a highly intelligent, meat-eating, predatory and beautiful animal, much like Man. It is a good signifier for Fire in the below and Heaven in the above. This is the earthly fire in flesh, immortalized in William Blake’s poem, “Tyger.” It is also the mount of Durga. This is a destiny for the keen, the strong, and the lofty. This card is auspicious only if the person receiving it has discovered within themselves an inner strength and virtue by which to succeed in perseverance. In the pentagram, we have evidence of the purpose of all of this, in “And Elohim said “Let there be dawn.”” (Usually translated as “God said let there be light”) This calls to mind the birth of the sun, from the body of Nuit, in the morning. Ra ascends into the sky and all is well. This station refers to Nuit’s vagina. Fire of Saturn further confirms it. The process of creation via The Great Black Mother has been accomplished. The card also alludes to cloaked or underdeveloped potential, as in a gifted child. This is the dawning sun.” (Grin; I told you I was going to look for weird - http://abrahadabra.com/mutational-alchemy.) 7 of Pentagrams - "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 chickens 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. Someone who works with nature, cooperating with her ways, will waste less energy and time than the person who works against her. . . Success is won by
perseverance. Be resolute in the use of your time and energy. The Seven of Coins in this position advises you to focus on the long run. Look beyond this week or this month. This card exemplifies the magic of compound interest. You'll have much better results with a slow and steady investment of time, energy and labor than you would generate by trying to win the lottery. The path to success is paved by perseverance. Glamorous or flashy moves cannot take the place of consistent steps in the right direction. If you do not understand this, perhaps you are moving in the wrong direction or are not motivated strongly enough." (www.tarot.com) And finally, just for perverse fun, my Symbolon oracle: #76. Captivity (Capricorn/Aquarius, Saturn/Uranus) Excess Pressure; The Stone Which is Cast; Tension; The Impending Explosion; "Ex-tortion." PROBLEM: The problem is that deep down you are a prisoner and the stress caused by this situation continues to grow. The more you shake the bars to free yourself, the greater the pressure becomes. OUTCOME: You can now see that you are the "stone which was cast". You will only remain free and at the same time on track by realizing your flight path is fixed and unalterable. The problem is that deep down you are a prisoner and the stress caused by this situation continues to grow. The more you shake the bars to free yourself, the greater the pressure becomes. Along the way you have to accept the impossibility of choosing between responsibility and freedom. Have faith in times like these being right for you; look for their meaning within yourself instead of in the world outside.” (http://www.tarotforum.net/showthread.php?t=230642)