Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 19/08/2017. Today’s deck is the wonderful *Tarot of the Sephiroth* by Dan Staroff, J. Mori & J. Stockwell. It is a wonderful interpretation of the *Thoth Tarot* of A. Crowley;, somehow more accessible in its own way than that deck, which can be rather cold and forbidding at times. The interest & concentration here is on the Tree of Life, the 10 Sephiroth (singular, “Sephirah”) and how the Sacred Tarot fits into the schema; perfectly, of course. J. Mori & J. Stockwell can be a little too pat at times, but the deck art by Dan Staroff is SUPERB. The deck reads extremely well for me, too, and I really enjoy using it; this deck vibes very sympathetically as well in this “arena” as any of my chosen favorites, and has earned its place among them. Onward and Upward! The draw for today is: Sulfur = XX Judgement; Mercury = VII the Chariot, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. I must admit, it is an interesting draw, as I don’t see any immediacy in it; I’m sure there must be some in there somewhere, it just isn’t “on top,” so this isn’t of the “time-sensitive” nature of some readings. (“Mark! Mark! Get up & get your ass down to the train station! Your Anima is leaving, and she has your plums in her purse!!” – LOL.)
However, it is a dramatically attractive reading (I’m always a sucker for that!) and curiously controlled. With my fiery Animus in XX Judgement, and my watery Anima in VII the Chariot, it looks like a real Battle of the Bands until I take a look at today’s provider of Energy for our concert, and it is the Princess of Swords, looking all airy busy in her head, not predisposed to get out on the battlefield and boogie, being, as she is, “the aftermath of the awakening of the Prince of Swords.” (Eponymous companion book) (“It is an ‘intriguing’ draw, is it not, Pedro?” “¡Si, Señor, si, si!! May I prepare the sacrifice now?” *SLAP!!* “No, you cretin! Wait, I tell you, Wait!” Grin.) So, considering the Energy source today, I can realize these cards in an interior fashion rather than an exterior one. The faculty of Judgement, “the mental awakening to the path of manifestation. Awakening to the knowledge of universal truths, of right and wrong, of action or non-action, the restraints and constraints of physical plane manifestation. Recognition of potential, and of self-individuation. Realization of the results of our actions or non-actions, as opposed to the responsibility for them (prescribed by the path of Justice.)” (Ibid) Looking at my Anima today, riding as she is in VII the Chariot, I note that she is presenting herself today as “the informed, stable advancement of the vehicle of existence.” It’s a mother-Binah/son-Sun relationship, “understanding and strength. The superconscious informed and transformed by the waters of the subconscious. The solar energy of the sun/son is embraced by the understanding of the lunar influence of the Great Mother (Binah.) The
knowledge of understanding, and through that understanding, the ability to navigate the waters, rather than the attempted enforcement of one’s will upon forces that cannot be moved. The navigation of the natural ebb and flow of the universal energy of Creation.” (Ibid) I needn’t worry about my Anima today; she is in a GREAT place, and I KNOW she feels right at home. And finally, our Energy source today, our Salt/Catalyst, is the Princess of Swords. I know her, being a natural Swords courtier most of this life, but then again, no one knows her. She is, if you like, “intellectual persuasion.” The card’s creator calls her “the aftermath of the awakening of the Prince of the Swords,” an-n-n-d you may take that as you like; I certainly do. Grin. However, the POINT is that this intellectual Amazon is also interpreted as “. . . choice, rationalization, decision and discernment. She is the manifestation of our choices, decisions and rationalizations on the physical plane. She is conception.” (Ibid) Well, harrumph! Actually, I’m rather more pleased with that than I am letting on; it means that the energy is rather more pacific than not, and thus conducive to a day at home with my cheeks in a chair. Yeah, break out the prunes. LOL. This is ALL cool; I like the idea of today, and hope that I can carry tough on its intent, if not to the letter, then to the spirit of it. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a day of discernment today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!