Good Morning and Welcome! to the Fool’s Tarot for 17/02/2018; the deck today is *The Wild Unknown Tarot* by Kim Krans. In a sweet little ‘pas de deux,’ the Oracle deck I am using today is also by Kim Krans, and in the same style, *The Wild Unknown Animal Spirit.” They blend marvelously well together, as well as both being, in their respective areas, superb decks. The *WUT* is especially attractive with its complete dedication to simple nature imagery rife with symbolism. These are both decks that are delightful to use, and quite profound in their readings. There is nothing ‘simple’ here beyond the imagery, and that is only deceptively simple, in fact. These are good decks to own. Onward and Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = IX the Hermit; B) Animus = 6 of Wands; C) Anima = Mother of Pentacles; my oracular card today is one of the seven creatures of the Spirit, according to the *WUAS*, the Dragon.
Before I launch into a long, wandering journey through the draw today, I would like to inform you that I am going to take at least a week off from the blog. I’m feeling run-down, out-of-freshness, tired-of-doing-this. I DON’T want to quit; I just want to take some time to re-locate my passion and my heart for writing about the Tarot to an invisible audience. I have NOT lost my passion & love for the Sacred Tarot, believe me; I shall still be pulling my daily readings, still be using Tarot as a learning tool, information provider and even as a counseling “friend.” However, I’ve lost the heart for sharing, as I’ve done it for several years now into a largely silent void; It isn’t the void I mind so terribly much, I wouldn’t want to carry on a conversation with 7 million people, that isn’t it. It is that the void is so relentlessly unresponsive, but more that I’ve constituted a long record of dealing with the Sacred Tarot just as an ongoing mental masturbation, or at least that is the way it seems. I need to take time off, re-find my commitment to “passing the torch” so that others may find the answers they seek in the Tarot, too. That being said, I’m going to give you the cards today, some definitions that I find appropriate for myself today, and then I shall wish you a temporary goodbye.
IX the Hermit – “The challenge of The Hermit card is to be able to recognize a teacher in a humble disguise. This font of mysterious knowledge will not make it easy for the student to acquire his wisdom, as it takes time and long contemplation to fathom what he knows. He often speaks wordlessly, or in ancient and barbaric tongues, communicating with the elements, animals, and nature herself. While an hourglass was an identifying feature on the earliest Hermit Tarot cards, more modern cards have shifted the metaphor, showing more or less light released from his lantern. In either case, the Hermit card reminds us of the value of time away from the hubbub of civic life, to relax the ego in communion with nature. Give yourself time for contemplation. Don't allow others to stand in your way. The Hermit advises that you think things through carefully. The demands on you have been high, giving you scant time for reflection. While you have a gift for understanding the larger implications involved, you need some private time to consider the steps to take in the future. You can't just lock yourself in your room for fifteen minutes and expect to come up with profound solutions. You need more seclusion and time to assimilate and process. Now may be the moment for you to tell everyone to leave you alone. When you are fully ready, you will be able and willing to give others what they need.” (www.tarot.com)
6 of Wands – “The Six of this suit points to the respect and acknowledgment due to you for your efforts to solve the problems of your community. The image is usually of a victory parade, after the celebrated leader helped troops win a pivotal battle. It took the whole tribe to win the victory, of course, but it was the leader's heroism and clarity under pressure that inspired them to overcome. The team is thrilled that the leader led them to victory. This card points to a time to let everyone relax and celebrate -- if you are the leader, let them applaud you. They are seeing their better selves reflected in you -- a victory indeed! Fearlessly act on your convictions and others will be inspired to support your ideals. The Six of Wands . . . advises taking action on your most burning and passionate convictions, no matter what the social consequences. Continue to articulate and define yourself in light of the torch you are carrying. This inspires others to conceive some new ideas of their own. You may find yourself becoming something of a leader. Usually the first person to break away from conventional thought is the one to define a new trend. Under the circumstances, there is a solid need for a fresh voice and vision -- so make your move. Those around you who are ready for change will support your leadership.” (Ibid)
Mother of Pentacles – “Traditionally, representing the energy of a Queen, this feminine guardian is endowed with enormous good sense and problem solving energy, but she is not particularly entrepreneurial. She loves to advise, encourage, and empower those she gets involved with, studying their problems with them and setting them up to solve them. Traditionally, she was pictured as the Sibyl or Oracle, perhaps a Tarot reader, who made herself available to people in need, no matter what their social class or situation. In modern times, she will be found educating, healing, managing disaster aid programs or a charitable drive of some sort. In every case, she does not see the benefits that exist in her life as belonging solely to her. She feels the needs of her people and will spend freely of her time, energy, skills, money to see that nobody is left out. For this, and because she likes to work in an atmosphere of beauty, enjoyment and abundance, she is sometimes accused of being extravagant. But she works hard, and she sees no reason to deny herself the rewards of a job well done. Everyone who comes in contact with her feels enriched by her enjoyment in living. Be confident that if you express your truth, you will not have to worry about the consequences. You will remain safe and sound. The Queen of Coins . . . advises you to trust the forces that have taken care of you up to this point. Continue to express your truth without worrying that you are going to lose the roof over your head or the bed you sleep in. It is your destiny to be safe and sound at this time in your life. Proceed with confidence and do what you so strongly feel must be done. Since the Queen of Coins is often the person with the best intuition in the crowd, you may feel at first as if you are going against the grain, only to later find yourself becoming the leader of a new trend.” (Ibid)
Dragon – “The Dragon is one of the most powerful totems. Dragon has a diverse range of qualities, emotions and traits giving it a number of different meanings. Most often it carries a reminder of strength, courage and fortitude. Dragons are messengers of balance and magic. If dragon has arrived in your life, it asks that you tap into your psychic nature and allow yourself to view the world through the eyes of wonder and mystery. The Dragon is the symbol of primordial power. It is master of all elements: fire, water, air and earth. As a spirit guide, it makes a powerful ally in our daily life with its amazing restorative and potent qualities. Below are common meanings associated with the Dragon spirit animal. Change/Transformation/Wisdom/Metaphysical knowledge/Beauty/Majesty/Inspiration/Infinity/Longevity/Movement through space/Supernatural/Protection/Protection from outside evil forces from all directions/Elemental Magic/Grounded energy/Leadership/Fulfillment of potential/Greatly increased riches/Luminous indomitable spirit and strength/Magical prowess/Vitality/Mastery/Insight/Divine illumination/Personal happiness/Invisibility.” (http://www.spiritanimal.info)