Sunday, March 4, 2018

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 04/03/2018; the deck today is *Tarot of the Sephiroth* by Dan Staroff, J. Mori & J. Stockwell. (There is, as well, an eponymous ‘guidebook’ published by U.S. Games, Stamford, 2001.) This is one of my favorite decks, and it has been for a LONG time. While the art may seem rather “out there” or “disconnected,” it is actually quite the opposite once you begin to really look at the cards. Things are not TOO obvious, but obvious enough that you don’t need your deerstalker to find a meaning. (Now there’s an idea; an adventure for Sherlock Holmes where the mystery hinges on the Sacred Tarot. Ooh, I like that – Grin.) Onward & Upward! The draw for today is as follows: A) Guiding Arcanum = XXI the Universe; B) masculine “fog” (grin) = 4 of Swords; C) Feminine “fog” = 10 of Swords; finally, my oracular card today is drawn from the *Labyrinth Wisdom Cards* by Tony Christie w/booklet, and it = “Simplicity – Your journey does not have to be long or hard for you to fulfill your soul’s purpose.” 
Now THAT is a pisser – GRIN – think about it. If so, yes, at first it is a kind of relief, but then one thinks, “Then WHY does it seem so fucking hard for me?” And the Truth is, let’s face it, because we are all sublimely ignorant of that fact. We MAKE it difficult; on the other hand, we have no choice, which is how WE are made. So the chances are that even if we know, going in, that it is simple, there is a very slim chance that we won’t “tinker” with it and cause it to ‘complexify.’ As always, I ADORE having my guide be XXI the Universe; the only drawback to that being that it is a passive card in so many ways. One is no longer actively working the Path, but instead one is leading one’s everyday life as a fully Conscious being. Wunderbar, how lovely, and I’m sure that is as full of action & reflection as working the Path, but as we ALL know, the point of the Journey isn’t the Finish Line, it is the Journey itself. Therefore, one has a slight sense of “letdown” at the end of a run through the cycle, and almost a childish need to start again immediately, to give oneself a goal, again. This springs from the human NEED to impose Pattern on Chaos. Remember that – it explains SO much as one trips the Light Fantastic down the Yellow Brick Road. Swimming up into vision next from the Stygian depths of my subconscious (grin,) is the 4 of Swords in what used to be my Animus spot but is now more or less a misty, foggy realm where the male holds sway but isn’t always present (ditto for the next card with the female “fog.”) 
I’m looking at the 4 of Swords and thinking, “How nicely balanced!” which is bit provocative because it is calling you to balance things by calling up your resources. “A Four in this suit sends a message to take some time out, surrendering worldly concerns and retreating to a sheltered place of serenity away from the hustle and bustle. The oldest Tarot card images suggest a visit to the tombs of our ancestors, a place to contemplate your mortality and breathe in the dust of those who brought you here. A vision quest or pilgrimage to one's own center allows us to contemplate our roots, values and goals. Here you will see your place in the flow of time ... and unfolding generations. Concentrate less on the opinions and biases of others. Be open to intuition and insight from a deeper source. The Four of Swords . . . strongly urges that you keep your own counsel in this situation. There may be too much fear and hostility in the environment for you to be heard. It might be that your ideas are not ripe enough or that you are not ready to listen to feedback from others. If you spend more time in contemplation, you may successfully disregard the emotional occupations and biases of others. For now, closely observe inner events. The time for sharing will come later.” ( Well . . . Harrumph!! I don’t know about you readers, but I think that is an ENORMOUS piece of wise advice, and it is all hiding behind the simple little 4 of Swords. Ha – and they are all like that if you let them be themselves, without ‘overlay.’ Amazing, eh? Over in the feminine fog (decidedly NOT pink) another and different drama seems to be playing out; my “Anima”, although I hesitate to use that construct, is in some sort of anguished, “Gone With The Wind” – seeming dramatic scene, no doubt worthy of the finals at the National High School Drama Clubs Annual 
Competition. Grin. ‘”Oh, whereah shall Ah goah? What shall Ah doah? Ah don’ knoaw; Ah’ll think about it tamarra’, yeas, that’s it, tamarra’ is another day!” LOLOLOL. I can think of NOWHERE that my “femfog” is hovering, hanging out in the Aethyr and vampirizing the moment of all its emotion (or, conversely, mocking the bathos of the overdone dramatics of that Voice – Grin.) More accurately, let’s look at a grounded interpretation; “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. 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 . . . 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 . . . 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 . . . 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) And that, fellow travelers, is that. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the discernment to identify Simplicity. Be Well! Be Zen. Be Blessed!!

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