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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 17/03/2018; the deck today is *Tarocchi Del Maestro* by Giovanni Vacchetta. I REALLY like this deck; it is in the Italian style, semi-TdeM, but the art is clear, wonderful, precise and lovely to read in a spread. It gives you a good feeling for no reason at all (and perhaps that will be useful if the cards suck BIGtime. Grin.)  I have just passed through a night of Hell – my body completely lost it and I passed a night of what I can only describe as agony. I don’t know what is going on, but ever since I first noticed that something wasn’t right BESIDES what is already wrong & under treatment, my body has gone into freefall, having a real good old time of it letting everything go to Hell. I have serious reservations about whether I will make it alive through this time, at all. Be that as it may, if my end is right around the corner, it still has to wait while I draw the Sacred Tarot every morning. GRIN. My wife was entertained; her comment was, “Even if you were dying you’d get to your Tarot, wouldn’t you? LOL.” My wife is Devotion itself, and without her help all of this would be MUCH worse. Ra blesses you, dearest wife. Enough. Let’s get on with it, shall we, and we can thumb our noses at illness later. Onward & Upward! My draw today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = III The Empress; B) Male current – Knight of Swords; C) Female current – 3 of Cups. (I did not draw an oracular card for today.) I suppose there is a good reason as to why none of the cards reflect doom & gloom today – it is just my body, the meatsuit, and what happens to it at this point is hardly of any import whatsoever. My Journey is well-launched, and has been for a long time, and my solar barque is far, far too deep in the Cosmos to even think about coming back now just to fight for a dying thing. I am ready to let go, I just regret the aftereffects on my dear & cherished wife; it will be hard for her, but I trust her inner strength to come out the other side intact. I’m glad to see that III the Empress is my guide today; the 
calm, authoritative voice and calming presence of this glorious, fecund and “naturally” powerful woman is EXACTLY the thing to hold onto today, and a bit to my own surprise, she manifests like a champion in my wife, as if Wonder Woman suddenly showed up in Sally, Charlie Brown’s sister. LOL. A figure of Power in an otherwise unassuming “envelope” is always of great effectiveness as well as surprise. It is good to remember that the maternal aspects of the Empress arrived later, and are secondary in this card to Power and Authority in a Female. All the better by me, I assure you. Grin. “III the Empress - Gemini. If the Hebrew letter Gimel means the throat (as a canal for sound) and also "the hand of man half closed in the act of apprehension" (P.), then it may indeed well stand for the house of Gemini as for no one else; because Gemini is the macrocosmic 'relation between the two' which is potential vibration, symbolized by 'sound,' and this sign rules the hands of man, with which he grips this relation actually. It rules the 'Word, which was with God in the beginning' and words, speech and correspondence in this world below, as above . . . This Empress is indeed "a daughter of Heaven and Earth" (W.), for she represents the sphere of Mercury, Messenger of the Gods, and so this card always bears the meaning of messages and writing, and of news to be heard, instructions to be received. Twelve (in older pictures nine) stars are placed around her head and this certainly means that down here on earth the messages come to us from the stars, a gentle hint at astrology. We regret that in the picture of W., the wings, with which the figure is gifted, and the shield with eagle in her right hand, as shown in older editions of this card have been omitted, for both hold a due indication of the element Air. Gemini is the first house of Air, and sound uses the air as its medium. The use of the sign of Venus is not very clear in the picture given by W. because it is not Venus but Mercury that rules the house of the Empress. One of the older editions shows the Empress holding in her left hand a wand with a heraldic lily, a sort of trefoil on its top, very suggestive of the origin of the color or suit of Wands, which of course has a close relation with the card of Gemini. . . This is the card of Knowledge. . . .” (“General Book of the Tarot” by A. E. Thierens, [1930].) Down here in the Malkuthian level of the soup, 
the cards designated as my Male and Female currents don’t really tell me squat-fuckin’-all about where I’m at (or ready to be at) today; I’m not speaking of the Anger that Pain causes, nor of the kind of desperate Calm that can descend when one thinks Fate is simply playing out the last predestined chords; I mean, if I look at them OTHER than physically, what the hell’s up? “Knight of Swords - Finally this element on the Fourth and on the Twelfth houses. On account of the former we find of course the armed man under the rule of the Emperor, the military man, soldier, etc., but rather the professional, formerly the hired, troops than the militia, which will rather fall under the same house as the police, and be indicated by the page of swords. Another significance of this card is that of painful memories, suffering by ancient wrongs. In fact war is in all cases, be it private or collective, the phenomenon of the outbreak of some ancient wrong or evil--the wrong of oppression on one side or the evil of desire, rapacity, overflowing force, etc., on the other. So the Knight of Swords must bear the significance of the bearer of weapons, which avenge wrongs or serve attacks. The fourth house calls the home and the family, the father in particular, and the card may well denote something in the nature of avenging family feuds or the honor of the father or the family. Badly aspected it may mean opposition against the power of the father or the Emperor, revolution, which is quite in the line of the grumbling and malcontent nature of the Cancerian of the lower type. It is, however, to be expected that such opposition will be very much hidden, dark, in the 
background, not open nor very loyal. On account of its relation with the twelfth house this card may also mean a surgeon and operations performed by him, and, in lower types or weaker cases, fraud and destruction of organisms, whatever these may be. It may further relate here to all sorts of bad passions and to degrees of hatred, incapacity, etc.” (Ibid) I suspect the relevance of this card today is ONLY in its astrological situation, heavily Gemini. And the Female current is not a source of deep resolution, either; “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 [?! – LOL!] 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!” No, I don’t think so, not just yet. What I “feel” and “intuit” doesn’t carry the same weight as a doctor’s diagnosis, and that I shall have in my hot little paw next Friday, so this is mistimed &/or misplaced. (“Just shut the fuck up, Donnie. You don’t know what you’re talking about.” Grin.) Well, until this ALL resolves itself, I shall call Beulah to peel me some more grapes, Chastain to refill my bowl of Ambrosia, and sweet little Bethany-Anne to roll another key to paradise. Grin – LOL. I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL the ability to light the darkness with a smile. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!







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