Friday, March 2, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 02/03/2018; the deck today is *The Tarot of the Sevenfold Mystery* by Robert M. Place, and the oracular card today is from the deck *Natalie Rose Lenormand*. I’m growing fonder of *Sevenfold Mystery* the more often I use it, and the same can be said of the Natalie Rose, even though I do NOT use Lenormand decks for their intended purpose. The draw today is the following: A° Guiding Arcanum = IV the Emperor; B) Knight of Cups; C) Ace of Pentacles; D)my oracular card for today, #36 The Cross. I find the hand particularly harmonious today, and I have no real reason for saying that other than an intuitive feeling. One of the many meanings of #36 the Cross is pain & suffering in the lower back, and that is most definitely true! so I accept that as the ‘bona fides’ of this card. I can grok this easily enough; I just don’t seem to be particularly motivated to run at the mouth and blahblah on and on today about where this fits and why. I DO feel like the Emperor today; “. . . This archetypal ruler is responsible for the affairs of a society or 
community, which are directly proportional to his well-being and happiness. The more enlightenment and cosmic perspective this energy brings, the better life is for all. The Emperor archetype masters the world of matter and physical manifestation. When you apply this card to your situation, acknowledge your potentials for mastery. Reinforce a sense of sovereignty within yourself, despite any self-limiting beliefs, habits, or appearances to the contrary. Draw upon the capable inner resources you possess to get the task completed. When the Emperor arises, he advises you get in touch with your inner sovereignty and natural self-possession. Realize that somewhere deep inside you is the memory of royalty. Reach within to find that strain of natural nobility and leadership. These innate qualities will help you manage your current situation. The Emperor suggests that you have the necessary abilities to be the final authority. This situation is an opportunity to showcase your competence and skill. Act with the confidence of someone who knows how to take care of business.” ( I feel, AS WELL (and despite the fact that this is no longer officially the “Animus” position,) that I’m still the Knight of Cups (in the rain, a nice touch,) without the urgency or desperation of the young celibate, of course, but also without the consequent craziness. (The Knight can become a bit unhinged if left to wander alone too long. He NEEDS emotional nourishment.) “ . . . 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. . . Get involved with what is happening in the present. 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.” (Ibid) As for the Ace of Pentacles in the “quasi-feminine-Anima-which-is-gone” position of this draw, I’m most surprised by a bit of synchronicity this morning. My wife told me that she felt unusually lucky today (she isn’t prone to “feelings, vibes, presages” or ANY occult movement,) and that she would probably buy a lottery ticket. I’m all for the Ace coming true in a Big Way, we could use the money. Grin. “The Ace of this suit is usually pictured with a garden or agricultural backdrop, and symbolizes a seed. If this ‘talent’ is planted and tended carefully, it will sprout and reward you with a good harvest. Think of it as a seed of your future fulfillment. An Ace represents the first step to a goal, and if that step is repeated, it will cover great distances. Generally, the suit of Coins is referring to the tangible realities in daily life, but in the case of the Ace, it could be symbolizing a winning idea, game plan or blueprint for eventual materialization. Occult tradition sometimes interpreted this Ace as representing the alchemist's gold - the light within matter, the 3rd eye of the energy-body. This recommends meditating upon the light within, and pointing oneself toward the archetype of humanity enlightened. By practicing such a meditation, one eventually gains enough control of the celestial radiance to heal the body, untangle the emotions and complete the growth of the soul.” (Ibid) As for my oracular card, I’m not so sure, unless a time of trial is heading toward me; entirely possible, given my health. However, better a physical fight against my failing system than a spiritual or mental fight against less tangible foes. Traditionally, the Cross means “. . . the concepts of ideology and responsibility - such as when we come across the phrase “one’s cross to bear”. Ideologies direct our goals, our actions 
and our values - they create a division between what is “good” and what is “bad”. They tell us what we should do and what we should not do, and can become incredibly harmful when taken to extremes. It is through ideologies that we learn to judge others, and judge ourselves - sometimes going too far and creating a culture of intolerance. Because ideologies have value judgements, they become closely tied with this Lenormand card’s other meanings. Sometimes what is considered the “right” thing to do can drive us towards great accomplishments and fulfillment, but it can also, especially in cases where those ideals and principles are far too extreme, become a heavy burden. We cannot be perfect creatures all the time, we are only human.” (  Really, that’s about the extent of my need to “gild the lily” today and “explain the cards,” which I am coming to feel is terribly unnecessary since by LOOKING at the tableau, or “painting” in toto, the meaning(s) and relationships between the cards have become non-verbal for me, I just KNOW in entirety what the draw is telling me. When I stumble or lose the thread is when a card that doesn’t fit the flow shows up, forcing me to STOP, Look, & Evaluate; to “use my mental voice” to sound out the reason for its placement there. I don’t know how long I have been doing this, I really only became conscious of it in the past month or two; I feel extraordinarily blessed to be able to do this, although I daresay it is probably a talent that comes to many readers with time and continued commitment to reading the Sacred Tarot.  At any rate (or rote – grin,) I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a synthesizing insight into our Journey today. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!! 

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