Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 08/02/2018; the deck today is again the *Santa Muerte Tarot: Book of the Dead* by Fabio Listrani. As you may or may not know the problem with this relatively new deck is a giant LACK of images on the Web for it, so I have substituted every card with something random but similar in coloring or spirit to this deck’s card. (I DO hope the deck shows up soon; I would do it myself if my scanner worked. Sigh.) I love the deck, and feel that it reads very well indeed. I can recommend it without reservation. Onward & Upward! My draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XIX the Sun; B) Animus = 5 of Swords; C) Anima = Knight of Cups; my oracular card today is from *The Original Lenormand: The Game of Hope* issued by Tarot Professionals., and is #3 The Ship. It is a highly interesting draw today in that on the surface, it appears very conflicted, with XIX the Sun on the left and the Knight of Cups on the right, both highly positive cards, although a bit unpredictable in their extremes. However, in the center, my Intellect/Male/Animus is yelling, “No! No! Take no risks! Stick with the tried and true!” Yes, well, the tried & true hasn’t done the trick, so shut your yap. This is all in reference to a decision I placed under scrutiny this morning with the Sacred Tarot; I have decided to stop my participation in the physical rehab program and to continue with an altered, more focused and specific routine at least 3X per week instead of the 2X per week at which they are currently pulling me. I need more specific, less time-wasting targeted exercises, and I now know what they are and when to practice
them. As the purpose of the program was to get me physically active again in such a way as to ameliorate my oxygen problem, it has accomplished that goal. Now I need to refine it to make it work at what it needs to do, and not expend energy on non-vital programs that don’t actually help me at all. My intellect doesn’t like this innovation, I can understand that. However, my Anima is practically yelling to trust my instincts and go for the more targeted, individualized routine and leave the useless crap behind. This time I’m going to follow my Anima, as she, too, has the backing of the energy of the Sun, and it is in accord with my true inner feelings on the subject. Let’s break down the individual cards: #3 – The Ship; “At the heart of the Ship card is the concept of travel, of journeys and all that one experiences during it. It can very well mean taking a trip of some kind to a far off place, but it can also signify the mental state of travel - the desire to see new places, to explore and to voyage into the unknown. Regardless of whether you are actually, physically making a journey, this card signals heading out on an adventure of some sort - where you are going far from what is familiar. This card can also imply distance to its surrounding cards, sometimes concerning long-distance relationships, far away family, or an overseas business trip - depending on your question and the other cards in the spread. This definition too, can also be more metaphorical in nature. While you may be in close proximity physically to something, you may not feel close to it. Finally this card can also signal the choice to move away from something. While journeys can be taken in the search for new, unexplored realms, there are times too when we must undertake a journey in order to leave something else behind.”
https://labyrinthos.co/blogs/lenormand-cards/) XIX the Sun – “The Sun card is about the self -- who you are and how you cultivate your personality and character. The Sun's radiance is where one's original nature can be encountered in health and safety. The limitations of time and space are stripped away; the soul is refreshed and temporarily protected from the chaos outside the garden walls. Under the light of the Sun, life reclaims its primordial goodness, truth, and beauty. If one person is shown on this card, it is usually signifying a human incarnation of the divine. When two humans are shown, the image is portraying a resolution of the tension between opposites at all levels. It's as if this card is saying "You can do no wrong -- it's all to the good!" Let your light shine. Be confident in the sacred power of your original nature. The Sun card advises you to have confidence in your natural divinity. Throw off any cultural conditioning that keeps you from being authentic with yourself. Step into the full light of truth and reveal your motives and principles. Once done, you will no longer give away power to the people that criticize and shame you. Focus on the positive and the real. Your authentic shining self can be a light for others if you project it without contrivance.” (www.tarot.com) 5 of Swords – “. . . The war as a whole has not been won or lost yet, but in this skirmish there were grievous casualties. This card admonishes the loser to study carefully what went wrong, so that a new strategy can be devised and more setbacks forestalled. There is a need to regroup and rethink the game plan, discover your blind spots and weak links, and take corrective measures before getting back into the field for another round . . . Do not obsess. Try to learn something. Challenge the pessimism of others around you by evoking their higher nature. The Five of Swords . . . advises you to prepare yourself for disappointment over how your fellow humans are setting their priorities. It seems that the lower end of human nature may be eroding good will in the current situation. Due to a strong cultural trend toward scarcity thinking, a "me first" outlook prevails. If this means that you need to develop a thick skin or carry your sword of truth closer, then do so. Try not to be too quick to anger or jump to conclusions. Just because others may have a pessimistic sense of the world, their reality does not have to undermine yours. There is certainly no point in struggling or competing with them. Your challenge now is to learn how to sidestep confrontation and evoke a more evolved response from people. At the very least, be assertive about setting boundaries for yourself.” (Ibid)
Knight of Cups – “This card is traditionally entitled the Knight, but in some modern decks appears as the Prince. Traditionally, this card in this suit has pictured a homecoming -- portraying a return to his true heart's home after a long journey. Like the prodigal son, he may be returning after long estrangement from all he holds dear. His taste for adventure is exhausted -- there is no more romanticizing of battles or travel in strange lands. Now he wants to go where he will be recognized, wanted and welcome -- where he doesn't have to fight at every turn. He has the attitude of one who has become older and wiser, the prodigal son. This is the moment to apply yourself fully. . . Think no more about the route you had to travel to get back here. There is no need to be cavalier about what seems familiar. Look deeply at the underlying values here. You may find that they represent something you mistakenly rejected in the past. Be humble enough to look at things through new eyes. At a deep level, your heart and soul are being nourished. Don't be tempted to run away again -- this is where you belong. Your entire journey was designed to bring you home with new appreciation.” I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL today a new appreciation of Home and its sure & useful treasures. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!