Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 05/02/2018; the deck today is el *Tarot del Fuego* by Ricardo Cavalo. I really enjoy this deck, but don’t use it often enough because it isn’t one of my “headliners,” which I ought to shake-up more often. (A note; the image for the 4 of Pentacles is unavailable, so I have substituted one from *Tarot of the Cat People,* only on the basis of a color similarity. The same is true of my oracular card for the day.) The draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = II the Priestess; B) Animus = 3 of Cups; C) Anima = 4 of Pentacles; finally, my oracular card of the day, from *The Sibyl of the Heart* by G. Berti, O. Lopes & V. Lucifora, is #12 Stubbornness. Today let us look at the cards as laid out in the spread. Stubbornness: “. . . may reveal a person’s
obsessiveness, haunting or controlling the sitter. It may also represent the behavior of the questioner: stuck in his convictions, deaf to any kind of comparison . . . It is advisable to remain firm and steady on one’s own ideas and choices, without being influenced, but keeping open one’s heart to others.” (LWB) Well, okay, then this implies something will be entering my life today that will cause me to “lock up” for an instant, yet I can risk remaining open to another viewpoint while remaining stable in mine. I do this quite a bit; I shut opposing opinions down because I KNOW I know the “Truth.” Grin. If nothing else it is impolite, not letting the other person have a turn speaking so that their foolishness may seek a way out & escape. LOL. My guiding arcanum for the day is II the Priestess: “. . . represents human wisdom. The High Priestess can be viewed as a kind of female Pope (a Papess), or the ancient Egyptian Priestess of Isis, the even more ancient snake and bird goddesses, the Greek goddess Persephone, or Eve, before the fall . . . In terms of the Major Arcana ordering of cards, The High Priestess appears in the sequence as soon as the Fool decides he wants to develop his innate powers, making a move toward becoming a Magician. The High Priestess is his first teacher, representing the inner life and the method for contacting it, as well as the contemplative study of nature and spiritual mystery. Put self-cultivation at the top of your daily priority list. [It is, believe me! Grin.] The High Priestess advises you to adhere to your chosen spiritual practice on a more regular basis. If you want the benefits of evolution, you'll have to cooperate with spirit. We all have distractions, demands -- a whole life full of reasons why we cannot find the time to retreat into our inner sanctum. Until you consider this as vital to your well-being as the need to eat and sleep, you are likely to be eternally restless and deeply dissatisfied. A spiritual routine that suits your temperament, practiced every day, is the most trustworthy path to freedom.” (www.tarot.com) I feel that this is simply a “Statement of Intent,” as this is already my practice on a quotidian basis.
My Animus today is apparently drinking rosé champagne, as he is in the 3 of Cups: “The Three of this suit is often entitled Consent, or simply Yes. This card resonates with a spirit of agreement, mutual support, encouragement and teamwork . . . It points to all the benefits of harmonious relationship. Call your family together to support you and trust that the results will be just what you need. The Three of Cups . . . advises that you tune in with your family and fully inform them about what's going on with you. Let them add substance to your ideas with their talent and imagination. Think of this occasion as a celebration, where their support helps you find success in your work. There may be something here for everyone to contribute. Put yourself in the loving hands of your family connections and your trust will be well rewarded. The synergy between you could enhance each individual's talent and creativity. You will love the results!” (Ibid) I would only ADD, or perhaps SUGGEST, that the “family” spoken of above be the *family* that YOU have created to be your support team, NOT necessarily your birth family. Finally, as my Anima today, I have drawn the 4 of Pentacles: “This suit represents something supportive that is available to you -- whether it be health, some kind of talent, a material or financial resource. A Four in this suit has been used to express the paradoxical aspect of material security -- the two-edged sword of having been well supported and protected. It sounds completely idyllic until one investigates the real demands that prosperity places upon people -- the pressure of big decisions, responsibilities toward dependents or employees, and even tougher decisions in times of insecurity. An immature person thrust into such a position would lack the perspective to sensibly assess risks and rewards, would be vulnerable to bad advice or surprise developments, and could even put the livelihoods of loyal assistants at risk. This card also can refer to the subtler dependencies that comfort encourages, allowing laxness and self-indulgence to quietly degrade one's reserve of will. The character this card represents needs to move slowly and deliberately if change is required, as the consequences will affect more than just her or himself . . . Study the responsibilities you have inherited rather
than just looking at the advantages they represent. The Four of Coins . . . signifies a young person, naive and pampered, who has been left an estate. Think conscientiously about all those people whom your activities impact, including those whose work and effort went into building what you inherited and those whose welfare depends upon your right management. What you have been given is abundant; still, it is not without limits. If you are prudent and responsible, the endowment will grow. However, if you are frivolous or foolish, your behavior could undermine both your inheritance and the well-being of others who are connected to it. In many decks, we see the image of a person who is stuck in his or her misunderstanding of how the material plane works. He's afraid to let go of his four measly coins, because he doesn't know he has to give in order to get. When looked at this way, this is the card of "poverty consciousness." Yes, and so we have; study your responsibilities towards the advantages you enjoy, more or less. That is something I rarely do, and it is true that I could easily spend more time on creating the balance between use and understanding. “On verra, hein ?” Grin. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL a moment of appreciation today for all of our advantages. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!