Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 09/02/2018; the deck today is the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. (You know about the image problem; XIV here is this deck.) If you don’t know about this deck yet, then you must be new to me; I love it and I use it often, as it is full of esoteric wisdom and the symbolical imagery is fantastic. If you are a serious student of the Sacred Tarot then I advise you to obtain a copy ASAP; a deep & rich deck like this one will advance your knowledge by leaping light years. Onward & Upward . . . My draw for this morning is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XIV Temperance (ha! Good.); B) Animus = 10 of Swords (yep!); C) Anima = 3 of Wands; my oracular card today is from the misnomered *Tarot cabalistique* by Kabaleb (author) and Ykarial (illustrator,) and is #63 Anauel, the angel governing 10° to 15° of Aquarius (the deck has 72 cards grouped into 12 groups of 6 cards each; it is clearly laid out on astrological lines.) Right up to this very instant I had thought to write out a fully-fleshed blog entry today, with mu usual running patter et al. Now, suddenly, I feel a deep antipathy to do so, as if there is something wrong with “that” plan. I have no idea what that is about, but I feel that I will honor it and not blab my way to "To Infinity and Beyond!" today. Grin. Instead, I will employ my old ruse and use other people’s definitions to at least “flesh out” the cards a bit today. That being said, I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the sense to follow our intuition today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!
XIV Temperance – “The Temperance card is a reference to the soul. Classically female, the woman or angel on the Temperance card is mixing up a blend of subtle energies for the evolution of the personality. One key to interpreting this card can be found in its title -- a play on the process of tempering metals in a forge. Metals must undergo extremes of temperature, folding, and pounding, but the end product is infinitely superior to impure ore mined from the earth. In this image, the soul volunteers the ego for a cleansing and healing experience, which may turn the personality inside-out, but which brings out the gold hidden within the heart. Identify and acquire the ingredients that will most help you complete your mission and leave the rest behind. The Temperance card advises you to identify and seek the missing ingredients in your life. Marshal your known skills and abilities and do what needs to be done to complete your mission. Prepare to use spiritual practices, studies, or lifestyle changes that can assist you in your quest. A tremendous amount of benefit is available if you can organize yourself and be disciplined at this time.” (www.tarot.com) 10 of Swords – “The Ten of this suit represents finality, the end of something. As is easy to grasp from the picture in many decks, there is no hope for revival here. A limit has been reached, a line has been crossed and there is no turning back. In some situations this may be felt as a tragic loss, but it often brings with it a paradoxical sense of release and closure. The waiting and wondering are over. There is no more ambiguity. You can rightly let go and move on, as there is no more progress to be made here. [This is absolutely appropriate; I decided yesterday to take my physical rehab into my own care, as the clinic has taught me to the limits of its knowledge in four weeks, and further participation would be, in fact, counterproductive, as their pace is glacial. So I dumped it, and am now in charge of my own physical rehabilitation. My schedule is already a bit more vigorous than theirs, and I know I can keep it. – mm] Emotionally and psychologically, this card appears when one is exhausted and used up, burnt out by the effort of caring and responding and trying to make a difference. When a person feels this way, they have reached burnout and can no longer be held responsible for anything, and therefore can be forgiven for caving in or ceding the fight. The simple instructions are:
"Go no further along these lines!" Protect yourself while the storm rages and focus on rebuilding after it passes. The Ten of Swords in this position advises that you lay low for a while. Don't make a move. Keep yourself as safe as possible until the drama, even the possible trauma, plays itself out. Once the turmoil dies down, then you can assess the damage and start to make repairs. The situation can be compared to a hurricane moving through the neighborhood. You can't be sure whether it is going to pass over a corner of the field or whether it is going to slam into your house. In the face of such unpredictability, protect yourself, hope for the best and wait it out. Sometimes, an extreme turn of events serves as a pressure relief valve for all the unexpressed and unresolved energy that had been building up. Trust the process even though things may seem pretty drastic right now.” (Ibid) 3 of Wands – “A Three in this suit symbolizes an inner balance that allows you to feel more optimistic about new endeavors you are committed to, or want to commit to. In the illustrated Tarots, the human character is standing on his balcony, watching ships leave the harbor, loaded with his goods for far-off ports, dreaming of the fortune he will reap if all goes well. Summon the optimism within you. This energy must be patient and trusting, because he or she will have to wait some time to find out how the ships have fared. Meanwhile, a lot of resources are tied up until they return with the bounty. Only those truly confident in their ideas and abilities would undertake such a risk. This card represents the energy a person needs to take on great adventures and accomplish noble (and remunerative) deeds. A detail that sometimes appears in the more esoteric Tarots is a winged wand with two snakes twining around it, called the Caduceus, which is Mercury's wand.
This is an ancient symbol of the healer or shaman, one who can travel between the worlds to rescue souls from death or possession. Perhaps the feeling of empowerment this card represents points to the internal mechanisms of self-healing. Perhaps it refers to the courage it takes to be an entrepreneur or an inventor, which is in itself a magical process -- bringing not only opportunity for success, but also an awakening to higher potentials. Go with your intuition. This is the time to make your move. The Three of Wands in this position advises you to act quickly and powerfully on an idea or desire you have been feeling. This card suggests exquisite timing, staying in the moment and responding to your instinct or intuition. Every fiber of your being may be saying this is a great opportunity, even if those around you aren't as convinced. There's nothing to lose from taking a risk; this is a great moment in your entrepreneurial growth. Make your move and sort out the details later.” (Ibid)
#63 Anauel – “Anauel (Angel 63 of the Cabala) What can be obtained from Anauel: 1. - Conversion of atheists, and arouse the interest of the indifferent. 2. - Protection against accidents. 3. - Cure diseases and maintain good health. 4. - Prosperity in business and professional activities. 5. - Protection against madness, avoid ruin ... Anauel, "God [is] infinitely good. “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with respect.” (Psalm 2, verse 11) “Lord Anauel, allow me to fulfill my moral goals. Let me put my resources to the service of a human and fraternal society. May everything in me work as in heaven, for the harmony in me to arouse in others as a desire for emulation. Give me common sense; make me feel good, so that not a drop of my economic power [get] lost in vain enterprises. I want to be the financier of the perfection that you represent, and I want you to send me, Lord, projects where to make my investments, so that my gold turns into Light. AMEN.” Anauel urges: “I was given the task of turning Gold into Light and I chose you - you - to finance the great enterprise of spirituality. Moral values cannot express themselves without an adequate framework. God's love becomes a sterile feeling if it is impossible to communicate it, to pass it on to everyone and it is in you that I deposited the means for this work to be realized. Especially, Pilgrim, do not take yourself for the owner of your riches. You are a mere custodian of this Gold, that you have to keep at your disposal of those who ask you in the name of God. Through your ministry, people will open their eyes and see. Many will be able to contemplate, thanks to you, splendor of their own human entity.” (Kabaleb) [PS: I find this whole “money & Gold & Light” trope extremely clumsy and rather distasteful, but I understand the meaning behind it. I hope you do as well. mm]