Friday, August 18, 2017

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!!     




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 18/08/2017. The deck is the newly-arrived *Tarot de Marseille: Edition Millennium* (*The Regeneration of the traditional Tarot de Marseille*) by Wilfried Houdouin and presented by Yves Renaud. Hyper-clear, pure TdeM – I don’t know what else to tell you, it is a pure *regeneration* as stated. Well-worth having, and for now, while available, VERY reasonably priced. “Get it while it’s hot!” (Check through FB & *Yves Renaud* there; or hunt it down on the ‘Net.) Onward and Upward! My draw for today is: Sulfur = XXI the World; Mercury = X The Wheel of Fortune, and Salt = the Valet of Cups. (My apolgoies; an alternate image for the Page of Cups had to be used instead of the deck's image due to technical issues.) Pretty enough, if rather bizarre, I must say. It is an ODD match, XXI & X, but highly desirous; as a matter of fact, suspiciously so. “You shall reach Apotheosis, and you shall have ALL of the Luck in the Universe!” would be an extreme reading on one end of the scale; “You shall reach Apotheosis and you shall be bedeviled by unfortunate luck all the way!”, or even, “You shall try for Apotheosis but your luck will be very chancy!” could be two examples from the other end of the extremes scale. Do you remember, when you got your first Tarot deck, and read the LWB, there may have been a little key in there about card combinations, such as “Oooh, XIII and VIII together in a reading means your lawyer is going to be decapitated tomorrow!!” , Grin, that kind of thing. Seeing XXI
 and X today as Sulfur and Mercury, as my Animus and Anima, is DELIGHTFUL, but my naturally suspicious and cynical nature struggles against his new bonds of hope for the future in order to break free and lambast such a rosy combo. Ha! I won’t, however, simply because I don’t wish to do so; it is really quite that simple. This is MY manifestation, n’est-ce pas? Good! Then no fecal product need be allowed through the gate to poison the ambiance of a lovely day. And besides, I’ve been feeling especially blessed by Isis for the past few “cycles”; she has been showing herself in esoteric harmonic patterns at my viewing window for a week now, with Venus and another, “mystery” star at the apex of an isosceles triangle perfectly placed for my view every morning before dawn. I am always delighted & openly grateful: being blessed by the Ladies first thing in the morning is a wonderful way to start the day, and under her special favor I’m inclined to lean toward the very positive side of any open question, such as a card couple. The engine for today is the Valet de Coupe, or Page of Cups, and he is facing the “couple” and brings the Grail before them. There is not much more harmonious energy than that to prefigure a positive interpretation of this spread, as well as the fact that being of the Cups court, he is a messenger from the subject of our in-depth Journey this time. I’m all for seeing “Dark” when there is Dark present, I NEVER sweep it under the rug for fear of destroying some “Good Ship Lollipop” illusion; screw the illusions we live under in a society that doesn’t wish to acknowledge its own Shadow! However, I don’t advocate seeing Dark when there isn’t any, or “just as a precaution,” . . . we have ALL known people who live under that “drop of vinegar in everything” regime, and it is generally an unhappy place to live. I know, I was one for a long time, refusing to believe that happiness really existed, much less could be enjoyed in an unalloyed state! Grin. Having since learned better, I am now extra-vigilant not to piss in my own glass of champagne. That should wrap it up nicely for the day, as far as my personal input is concerned. I’m going to give you a triple shot of Thierens today, just for info brush-up on your part. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a moment of unalloyed Joy today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                                                                        
XXI The World – Neptune – “As in the case of Uranus we want to point out that originally the planet cannot have been appointed, astronomically, but the principle of cosmic magnetism, of which it is the organ, and the universal magnetized, field, the field of the world in which we live, must have been well known to the initiates, who worshipped Poseidon and Varuna, gods of the world-ocean. The symbols of the four fixed signs are presented at the corners of the cards, and where these fixed signs are seen as the foundation stones of our physical world by such visionaries as Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos, we cannot be far wrong in assuming that originally the meaning was that of the physical world coming forth out of the magnetized etheric ocean of the universe, which itself has been represented by the oval form, be it a laurel wreath or something else. The World must have had a larger meaning, originally, than that of the world of beings moving on the surface of our Earth, and the oval figure may well have stood for the form of the solar system at large, with its planets moving in oval orbs. Appropriated to the world of men, it must mean 1 that which falls outside our will-power, cosmic conditions to which we are subject, but which at the same time provide us with all that is wanted for our physical conditions. The latter of course became the reason for attaching to this card a generally benefic influence, especially in the domain of the senses. "It is eloquent as an image of the swirl of the sensitive life, of joy attained in the body, of the soul's intoxication--(can any word remind us more strongly of Neptune's workings than precisely this one: 'intoxication'?--Th.)--in the earthly paradise, but still guarded by the Divine Watchers . . ." (W.) Let us put it this way: it means that if we row with the cosmic tide, we shall enjoy happiness and everything we want, but on the other hand we must not neglect the implicit possibility, that when rowing against the tidal current of the world, we shall experience trouble and no end of it, or if we 'cross the stream' we shall have to stand firm on our legs. So besides the joy of the senses, this card means also the cosmic origin of life, to which the candidate for initiation returns, and which now and then appears in dreams. In fact this card has much to do with dream-life. The relations of Neptune with the Moon and the lunar body are not unknown to astrologers nowadays. The Hebrew letter Tau is related to this card and "has the same hieroglyphic meaning as the Daleth (fourth card)--that is the womb ;--( which confirms the relationship to the Moon--Th.)--but it is chiefly the sign of reciprocity, the image of all that is mutual, reciprocal." It is further added that abundance and perfection lie in the card. (P.) Reciprocal certainly: from that we come and to that we shall return, be it the world's dust or the ether of the cosmic ocean. Very striking is P.'s saying that "This symbol represents macrocosm and microcosm . . ." and even more so that "the empire of the world belongs to the empire of Light, and the empire of Light is the throne of God . . ." Scientifically expressed: the ethereal world, being the bearer of light, is the universal womb of the material or physical world. The nude female figure may certainly contain indications with regard to the life of the senses, but is also a symbol of the angelic state to which man will one day come after being delivered from the bonds of the lower world. It may have to do with nature spirits. It is Aphrodite rising from the sea, daughter of Neptune. Beauty and love and happiness arising from the communion of souls.” (*The General Book of the Tarot* by A. E; Thierens, 1930. http://www.sacred-texts.com)                                        X The Wheel of Fortune – Capricorn – “"It symbolizes Fortune, good or bad."
 (M.) So this means happenings, facts. It is indeed in the Tenth house, that the relation between the Self and the Not-self crystallizes into fact, happening, deed. Says P., identifying this card with the significance of the Hebrew letter Yod, that it indicates "the finger of man; the forefinger extended as a sign of command." This clearly has to do with the significance of the Tenth house as that of authority and authorities, who are qualified to give commandments. The commandment itself comes under the same resort. "This letter has therefore become the image of potential (?) Manifestation, of spiritual duration and, lastly, of the eternity of time." In fact, the Tenth house of the zodiacal cycle, ruled by Saturn, has much to do with Time and manifestation in time, but not only potential; real as well. The image for this idea is very characteristic, perhaps the most striking of all. "The wheel of fortune suspended upon its axis. (Leaving no doubt about the idea of circular movement in time, which we find back in the horoscope.) To the right Anubis, the genius of good ascending; to the left Typhon, the genius of evil descending . . ." (P.) See the right hand as the East and the left hand as the West, and you have the illustration of the horoscope more accurately still. As we know the East is standing for the source of spiritual force and inspiration, the West for the end of it and dying out. What the sphinx has to do with it seems doubtful, unless it means that all mysteries will be revealed in time. The symbols of the four fixed signs are holding the four quarters of the card. The four fixed principles are indeed generally accepted as the basis of the material or concrete world. Compare the visions of Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos. The mid-heaven in the horoscope sees the eastern half of it rising and the western half on the other hand declining. The divinatory meanings of this card are evident: it denotes the authorities, to which the Querent is subject, but also his own actions, deeds, manifestations and the position in the world which he occupies, his name and titles. It is the card of karma in the strict sense and that which is indicated by it in divination will come true or be realized actually. Therefrom it has been said to symbolize 'fortune.' As will be seen it must not be accepted as the 'part of fortune' in the horoscope, because this has a more specific meaning and only with regard to the moon. It is the point where you get at the world or the world gets at you. It is 'ripe karma' above all, facts which are not to be overborne by words. The fruits of former thoughts.” (Ibid)                                                                              
The Valet of Cups – “TRADITION: Fair young man, studious. Work, application, reflexion, occupation, observation. Profession, employment. News, message; has to do with business. Reversed: Tendency, inclination, attraction, attachment, friendship, desire, engagement, invitation, and seduction. Flattery, praise, cherishing, etc. THEORY: The Page or servant, messenger, of the cups suit comes on the Eleventh and on the Seventh house, and has to do with friendship and relations, e.g. marriage. He must be the friend who brings inviting messages, seductive proposals, if not of formal marriage, perhaps of some love-affair or jolly gathering, sportive meeting, or intellectual entertainment, lecture, etc. It is not quite impossible, that the idea of 'seduction' is connected with it or at least a strong sense of persuasion. If it relates to news, there is emotion in it, news that will affect the feelings in some way or other. Relations will be of a passing nature, but may be very pleasant. The combination of the Water with the Air generally adds much to the instruction, development or education of people so there must be much of all this in the Page of Cups. The effects do not always bear the characteristic of reliability, nor of permanence. CONCLUSION-- (On the eleventh house): Friendly message, good news, invitation, proposal and the bringer of the same. A young man of a democratic turn of mind, brotherly feelings, international relationship. (On the seventh house): Proposal of marriage or love-affair, intellectual entertainment, lecture, demonstration. Proposal or invitation to a position or employment. Solicitation. The outcome of this card is still uncertain and must be derived from the neighboring cards. Change of relations and connections, sympathies. Tendency to please and to make things and certain persons appear better than they are in reality, either to flatter them or to seduce the Querent. It may also be that the Querent will be flattered. Praise and persuasion. A man very much open to sex-influences.” (Ibid)      







Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 17/02/2017. The deck today is the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. The draw today is: Sulfur = VI the Lovers; Mercury = II the Priestess; and Salt = the King of Swords. I had a special moment this morning during the accomplishment of my morning tasks; at one point, I always go by a window in our apartment that faces the East and greet Venus, the Morning star. This morning, I had a surprise; there was visible in the pre-dawn sky Venus, of course, but in perfect isosceles form, she was accompanied by the Quarter Moon and to her direct “North” a brilliant star which I couldn’t immediately identify. Nevertheless, the trine was striking in its geometrical perfection and the beautiful tableau it presented; I felt honored by the goddesses.  S-o-o-o, what does THAT have to do with the price of tea in China? Not much, I’m sure, but you never know . . . Grin. My draw today seems to be a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy, doesn’t it? A) Make a Choice, Dude; B) Good Choice, Dude; C) Now go, win battles and enlighten minds! So that’s where my take ends, today. I’m feeling decidedly unmoved to do much explication right now; that is due, I believe, to the fact that at this time I am also spending a lot of time reading the companion book on esotericism, which is the 2nd volume of her books on this Tarot and system, the Continental system. It is, OF COURSE, fascinating, and I’m taking my time to not simply enjoy it, but to delectate it, word by word. So, leaving myself there, I shall check into the conference under a different name . . . hmmm . . . what do you think of Humbert Humbert? LOLOL. (Priceless esoteric info follows, for which hundreds of virgins have given their lives to protect over the centuries. Grin.) I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a clear path to follow today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!               
VI the Lovers – “I saw a blooming garden in a green valley, surrounded by soft blue hills. In the garden I saw a Man and a Woman naked and beautiful. They loved each other and their Love was their service to the Great Conception, a prayer and a sacrifice; through It they communed with God, through It they received the highest revelations; in Its light the deepest truths came to them; the magic world opened its gate; elves, undines, sylphs and gnomes came openly to them; the three kingdoms of nature, the mineral, plant and animal, and the four elements--fire, water, air and earth-served them. Through their Love they saw the mystery of the world's equilibrium, and that they themselves were a symbol and expression of this balance. Two triangles united in them into a six-pointed star. Two magnets melted into an ellipsis. They were two. The third was the Unknown Future. The three made One. I saw the woman looking out upon the world as though enraptured with its beauty. And from the tree on which ripened golden fruit I saw a serpent creep. It whispered in the woman's ear, and I saw her listening, smiling at first suspiciously, then with curiosity which merged into joy. Then I saw her speak to the man. I noticed that he seemed to admire only her and smiled with an expression of joy and sympathy at all she told him. "This picture you see, is a picture of temptation and fall", said the voice. "What constitutes the Fall? Do you understand its nature"? "Life is so good", I said, "and the world so beautiful, and this man and woman wanted to believe in the reality of the world and of themselves. They wanted to forget service and take from the world what it can give. So they made a distinction between themselves and the world. They said, 'We are here, the world is there'. And the world separated from them and became hostile." "Yes", said the Voice, this is true. "The everlasting mistake with men is that they see the fall in love. But Love is not a fall; it is a soaring above an abyss. And the higher the flight, the more beautiful and alluring appears the earth. But that wisdom, which crawls on earth, advises belief in the earth and in the present. This is the Temptation. And the man and woman yielded to it. They dropped from the eternal realms and submitted to time and death. The balance was disturbed. The fairyland was closed upon them. The elves, undines, sylphs and gnomes became invisible. The Face of God ceased to reveal Itself to them, and all things appeared upside down. "This Fall, this first 'sin of man', repeats itself perpetually, because man continues to believe in his separateness and in the Present. And only by means of great suffering can he liberate himself from the control of time and return to Eternity--leave darkness and return to Light.” (P. D. Ouspensky, “The Symbolism of the Tarot” 1913.)
II The Priestess – “When I lifted the first veil and entered the outer court of the Temple of Initiation, I saw in half-darkness the figure of a woman sitting on a high throne between two pillars of the temple, one white, and one black. Mystery emanated from her and was about her. Sacred symbols shone on her green dress; on her head was a golden tiara surmounted by a two-horned moon; on her knees she held two crossed keys and an open book. Between the two pillars behind the woman hung another veil all embroidered with green leaves and fruit of pomegranate. And a voice said: To enter the Temple one must lift the second veil and pass between the two pillars. And to pass thus, one must obtain possession of the keys, read the book and understand the symbols. Are you able to do this?" "I would like to be able," I said. Then the woman turned her face to me and looked into my eyes without speaking. And through me passed a thrill, mysterious and penetrating like a golden wave; tones vibrated in my brain, a flame was in my heart, and I understood that she spoke to me, saying without words: “This is the Hall of Wisdom. No one can reveal it, no one can hide it. Like a flower it must grow and bloom in thy soul. If thou wouldst plant the seed of this flower in thy soul--learn to discern the real from the false. Listen only to the Voice that is soundless... Look only on that which is invisible, and remember that in thee thyself, is the Temple and the gate to it, and the mystery, and the initiation." (Ibid)                                                              
The King of Swords - The King of the suit of Earth, coming on the house of Aries, First house or ascendant. Whatsoever we may say of the 'reversed' side or weaker cases of this card, a king is a king and always denotes a higher accord, someone or something of principal value and rank. The king of the Martian and Saturnian element naturally is the king of matter and of war, i.e. also he who wins war and conducts the battle of earthy interests. It denotes the dominion and rulership of this element, consequently the military chief. This by the way we are astonished not to find mentioned by tradition, which mentions the man of the law, lawyer, advocate or judge, who rules or guides worldly strife and contention. As the ruler of the ascendant, the card may certainly mean any person heading a cycle of material activity and before all a pioneer on this plane, an independent man living on his own means. While material integrity is implicit, duplicity, doubt, double-dealing or uncertainty are definitely excluded. It indicates material certainty and severity, whether benefic or malefic from a personal point of view, healthy or rude, even cruel. But we fail to see what it has to do with perversity, unless the meaning be the overruling of everything else, the higher by the material power, and the misuse of the latter. The card means an emphatic Yes.” (A. E. Thierens, “The General Book of the Tarot” 1930)   




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 16/08/2017.  Today’s deck is again the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by C. Payne-Towler & M. Dowers. (See previous entries.) The draw today is: Sulfur = IV the Emperor; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Ace of Disks. Wow, the only difference (and it isn’t that great of a difference!) between today & yesterday is that I have moved from XIX the Sun to IV the Emperor. My Anima stays put in IX the Hermit, and our power source is STILL “putting out” for us, the Ace of Disks! I’m not shocked, I’m not even that surprised, to tell you the truth. I feel as if I am in exactly the same day! Grin. Well, not quite – have you EVER seen a more dramatic Emperor? I mean, Wow! This guy has got it “goin’ on!” He has got it SO “goin’ on” that at first you tend not to notice the lack of the Cubic Throne, Material Reality, but here it is amply represented in scenic form. In this form, he is indeed Jupiter, 
striding between Binah and Geburah. He is “Bythos, King of Heaven,” (explicatory & eponymous book to the deck,) “the original Source of the Pleroma, archetype of all father gods, such as Zeus or Yahweh.” (p.334) I can hear you scratching your head, so here, never say that I gave you nothing, (Grin!); “Pleroma (Greek πλήρωμα) generally refers to the totality of divine powers. The word means fullness from πληρόω ("I fill") comparable to πλήρης which means "full", and is used in Christian theological contexts: both in Gnosticism generally, and by St. Paul the Apostle in Colossians 2:9 . . .. .” (Wikipedia.) (This shouldn’t be confused with “Pleuroma--a cancer-mimicking atelectatic pseudotumor of the lung.” Grin.) I’m just shooting the fecal matter here because I feel as if we all know what the Emperor is and is not; however, it is at that point that laziness can breed miscomprehension, so let’s stay on our talons and keep all seven eyes open & alert, eh? Grin. Moving along as one does, we come upon my Anima in the robes of IC the Hermit. This is not surprising to me at all; I even have a small frown at the corner of my lips – how long is she going to continue to “hide out?” It is becoming rather tiresome attending all of these events without my Anima at my side; I have no one with whom to gossip about everyone else. LOL. 
Actually, I DO feel that I should give her all the time she needs “girding her inner forces” for this Journey specifically directed through the Cups. I can understand a bit of nerves on her part; she was born in the denial of feminine emotions in the first place, my mother being her model. Add to that my years of either ignoring her or using her as an “genderless” adjunct to my Animus, and you have a lady that was pretty pissed when she first was allowed to come up for Air. Thereafter, being encouraged to grow and Become, she is now my valuable Anima, although of course she still runs into her OWN issues from time to time. I know what she is doing here; she is rounding things up in her head, because she is ready to return to society, that being defined as meeting me back on the Red Road and us continuing together. This, therefore, makes perfect sense that we would STILL be “being powered” by the Ace of Disks, present yesterday as well. This is directed towards my physical reality, as well; I’ve seen this coming in the cards for some time now, a major change in my 3D reality due to some of my manifestations coming due. It should be exciting! That’s all I have for today; for FASCINATING reading about this deck, these archetypes and the Continental Tarot in toto, I can do no better than to recommend Ms. Payne-Towler’s two books that align with this deck: 1) “Tarot of the Holy Light” by C. Payne-Towler & M. Dowers, Noreah/Brownfield P., U.S.A., 2015; AND 2) “Foundations of the Esoteric Tradition; Tarot of the Holy Light Vol. Two”, Ibid, 2017.  The second volume in particular is a wonderful “course” in the antecedents of the Continental Tarot and its “refurbishment.” I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a much-needed insight today into our spiritual “machinery.” Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!   

 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 15/08/2017. Today’s day is the *Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. You have heard me rave before about the deck, so not today. Onward and Upward! The draw for today is: Sulfur = XIX the Sun; Mercury = IX the Hermit, and Salt = the Ace of Disks. This is a pleasing hand, and I have NO beef with it today . . . more or less. I’m still not sure why my Anima keeps shuttling between places like II the High Priestess, XVIII the Moon, XIV Temperance and here, 
IX the Hermit. It is a pretty closed loop she is traversing these days, as if she’s on an intense sabbatical studying how to create, nurture and keep secrets. LOL. Well, whatever . . . I really am not of an inclination to give too much of a shit about it today, to tell you the honest truth; I’m not into any of it right now, EXCEPT my Animus having a XIX 
the Sun day. I’m tired, out of sorts, a bit cranky, and suffering from lack of sleep; approximately four hours total for the last 4 nights, i.e. barely an hour per night. I don’t know why, and it is a bit too excessive to ascribe to age. Well, no one ever died of lack of sleep; went insane, yes, but didn’t die. LOL. So, to save my sanity, I’m cutting it here today. Enjoy the pretty cards. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a helping hand today just to get through it. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!   

             

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 14/08/2017. The deck today, and for the next several days, is *The Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler and Michael Dowers. Not only is it right up there as one of my THREE favorite decks, but Christine’s new book just came out, “Foundations of the” Esoteric Tradition: Tarot of the Holy Light Vol. Two,” from Noreah/Brownfield Press, 2017. I have just started it, and it is an exciting read! Therefore, to “follow along,” so to speak, I’ll be using the deck for a day or four. Not that this volume of the book is about the cards per se; they are covered in Volume One. I could go on, but I leave it to your own interest to discover a “magical” (in terms of knowledge, it is astonishing) book, IMHO. (If you own the deck, you WILL want both volumes. They are an entire education.) The draw today is: Sulfur = III the Empress; Mercury = 0 the Fool, and Salt = the Page of Wands. (Please excuse the quality of his posted image; technical difficulties. I shall let the tech out of the Iron Maiden in an hour or so.) Without needing a “Dare,” I can say that I am honestly surprised, a little, by today’s draw. The orientation of Sulfur/Empress and Mercury/Fool is new to me; not so much my Anima posing as 0 the Fool, but the odd feeling(s?) I get when I contemplate the image of my Animus in III the Empress. Especially THIS Empress, the many-breasted Great Mother/Astarte/Sophia. “She is WAY out of my league,” as the saying goes. I’m not sure why I’m even trying to be here, because my usual position about her is simply mute adoration; I understand SO little about her Essence. This has to do not only with my being Male, but with having a wounded Anima for many years. 
I have come late to a kind of better-than-many understanding of the Goddess; I take little initiative, preferring to let her notice me when she does, which surprisingly is often enough. She likes converts, I guess . . . Grin. As for moving on to rather shame-facedly look my Anima I the face in order to ask her, “What are you doing here AGAIN?”, I understand she is impatient to start, but she isn’t going to make it start any faster than it does. “Patience, my dear . . . remember XIV? She was here just last week, telling us this was coming up and to COOL OUR JETS. So, I suggest we do so.” At this point I don’t have much patience myself to “hang out with a Fool,” so I’m moving on to find that our engine today, the supplier of our Energy to get anything done is the Page of Wands. W-e-l-l . . . he’s got a lot of Energy, yessiree he does. “The Page of Wands has a passion for life, despite the fact (or maybe because of the fact) that he is still a child and his understanding of the world is not yet complete. He is a free spirit, not weighed down by the burdens of the material world, coming and going as he pleases, usually bringing change along for the ride. He is the catalyst that provokes changes that might be impossible in any other situation. When his energy enters your life it may manifest in one of three ways: as a person around you, as an event that you will experience, or as a part of yourself that you must bring to the fore. Only rarely is an external event signaled by the Page of Wands. He does act as a herald for the same activities as the other pages; the arrival of good news and the birth of children, for example. And in those cases he is a very good sign, particularly in the latter case because of his association with creation and conception. But the event he usually symbolizes is a different type of conception, the conception of an idea. The Page of Wands represents the 
brief creative spark that comes to you, suddenly and unexpectedly, and that starts you down the road of a new creative vision. Your life will never be the same once he comes into it. Sometimes this spark will appear in your life as a person who embodies the physical or mental qualities of the Page of Wands. Such a person often has a vivid and childlike imagination, though they may neither realize it is there or know how to develop it for creative purposes. As such his ambitions are high but not unattainable; he will challenge himself but he will probably not overstep his limits unless pushed to do so. As a Wands card, ethics are always high on his list of priorities. He accepts change because he is the agent of change, the catalyst and the creative visionary. He is also a faithful lover with almost unlimited passion and enthusiasm. There is, of course, a Page of Wands lying within each of us waiting for a chance to manifest (if it is not doing so already!). When he does appear in your life it often comes at a time when you need his passion for life and his total fearlessness. His greatest power, in fact, is the power to deal with fears by facing them and seeing them for what they are. The light of his inner fire can expose the dark demons that you have been so afraid of, and show you that what you were running from was yourself all along. Once you see that your fears are nothing but parts of you, you can integrate them into yourself and grow stronger. Leave your fear behind and you'll be surprised how much freedom you'll win.” (©2007 James Rioux.) As I said, a LOT of Energy! Grin. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a sense of proportion today in the Forces we use. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!    


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 13/08/2017. Today’s deck is *El Tarot Egipcio* de Margarita Arnal Moscardó. (The images posted are not from this deck; there are no “correctly conforming” images on the ‘Net [!] and my scanner is STILL on the fritz, so I have had to settle for “the closest things,” which are VERY close indeed. Thus, not too different, but yes, different.) My draw today is: Sulfur = II the High Priestess (La Sacerdotisa); Mercury = XXII the Fool (El Regreso,) and Salt = 23 The Laborer (El Labrador) (Ace of Coins . . . sort of, but don’t glue yourself there.) So, hmmm . . . it’s my turn in the Temple today receiving instruction from II the High Priestess. 
Fine & Good; I’m sure she’s got a lot to teach, and I have a lot to learn, but I must say, the timing rather surprises me. Mind you, not that I am excessively busy with anything in particular other than a backed-up reading list of Permian Extinction Event proportions. It is, rather, that a long time has passed since my last visit, and “out of sight, out of mind.” However, looking at the rest of the spread to take in a quick “tableau,” I see that there IS an evident and obvious sense to my being in Her Secret Majesty’s Service closet (Grin.) I am “boning up” on information for what is apparently an impending Voyage. Well, yes, we’ve been getting hints for three days now, so it isn’t a surprise; here is confirmation, however, and that means it is time to get off my R&R butt and pack my duffle bag, the Path is calling. So, I’m in the Temple looking for necessary information, cheat sheets, magic ink for forearm writing, whatever I need to obtain and keep and edge on the forthcoming Journey, while at the same time remaining open to the Changes it will bring. (The 
House always wins, but it doesn’t hurt to limit your “losses.” Grin.) As for my Anima, my! Isn’t she bright & bushytailed this morning, ready to depart and ignoring (perhaps not?) the alligator at her feet. I just today noticed something about most of these ‘Egyptian deck’ XXII the Fool(s) – they are wearing a leopard skin, which was only worn in Kemet (ancient Egypt) by the High Priests of the great cults, i.e. Amon-Re, Osiris, Horus, Isis, Ma’at, etc. (Do NOT get lost in Egyptian mythology and pantheons, or “enneads” and “ogdoads.” Remember that throughout Egyptian history, there has ALWAYS been only ONE God, Atum-Re [NOT Amon-Re, a later ‘blend’], from whom issued ALL of the others, as well as Creation. If you like, call it “hidden monotheism.” Grin.) Back to the point – the Fool is a high priest of one of the gods or goddesses. Well, hmmm!! That throws a different light on my upcoming Journey; I understand that to be indicative of the fact that this Journey is to be made Consciously, aware & awake in my energy body (the body of I the Magus.) I am also being made aware that to start the Journey I am being given the resource of the “Ace of Coins” (as I said, don’t marry that idea;) I am given energy as my Energy for today, which is a Great News for me, as I have been feeling the creeping approach of better health for about two weeks. And starting this Journey seems to require an expenditure of Energy; well, so be it, at least my need isn’t being ignored (Thank You, Atum-Re!) I shall keep it short and not plug in extra information today; let’s just take the reading “as is” and be content; I am. Grin. I ask the Cosmos to meet at least the Needs of us ALL today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!