Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 27 June 2015: XIX the Sun and the Page of Swords. (Today’s deck is the *Aquarian Tarot* by David Palladini. Bright, clear, Art Nouveau & Art Moderne style look.) Right off the top today’s draw struck me as fine & acceptable, UNTIL I noticed that the Page is facing AWAY from the Sun; take these kind of small card factoids as you will, sometimes they will be the only toehold you get, the only crack in the enigma. Well, let’s take a look at all the small, informational cracks first; I like to do my investigating in this manner generally, not just in Tarot. I like to gather all the facts I have and/or can find relevant to the card, and then, with all the means currently at my disposal, create a “synthesis,” or even better, a “golem” that I can plug into my running mental scenario and see what, where, how and why he/she or it fits today, or just as importantly, doesn’t fit, and what is this going to do for me and my long plan of Self-realization? This is ONE area of my life where I am allowed, even encouraged, to think of no one but myself. (I have always hated the “philosophy” that says, “We share the joy; you alone bear the pain.” That approach is incentiveless, and doesn’t attract me, but if judeo-christian martyrdom gets you off, go for it. Pssst; don’t forget the awl to punch holes in your palms.) Well, let’s get on with it and look at the small facts we have about these cards. XIX - The Sun is on the Path of Resh, 30, in the Tree of Life. The Sun in House 5 stands for the joy of life, creativity and persuasive power. Its planet is Pluto, (hahaha) the Sun, of course. On the Tree the planet is on the axis Hod – Yesod. Its Element is, naturally, Fire. Its Number is 19 as a higher level of 9, the cross sum is 10 (> Wheel of Fortune > The Magician). “The Sun is the symbol of life and light, for the power that always is generously given without reducing itself. The Sun will shine and give light to the earth to make all life possible. So the Sun stands for vitality and optimism, the blossoming of our nature, and is a sign that we have overcome the time of darkness and are ready to enjoy the light. But the Sun also has its negative aspects. Never forget that without the depth of water, the sun will create a desert.” (Raven) His Drive is: Aiming at the light, living for generous, unconditional principles, his Light is: Vitality, generosity, warmth, self-confidence and his Shadow is: Self-complacency, dazzling shallowness, promising much and doing nothing. Hmmm, well, ugh. Thank God he’s not reversed today! Let’s take a look at Pagey, shall we? (“PaggySue, Paggy Sue, . . . did you know that “Peggy Sue” had a last name? True. It was “Gerron.”) In a Thoth deck, this is the (Princess of the rushing winds)? He/She is in Malkuth in the Tree of Life. In Astrology: Venus in the Air signs. His/her Element and world: The Earth in the Airs of Yetzirah. “The Princess of Swords is the earthy child of her element, the wind over the grounds of Assiah. Her logic can be destructive, she is perceptive, serious and rigorous, yet she can show the characteristics of a child that lacks morality and nobility. Therefore, the Princess of Swords can get stubborn and cruel, and while beginning to think independently about something, she can turn very discriminating and egoistic, showing aggressiveness whenever the result is not to her delight. In the Earth, all the free qualities of Air get suppressed and restricted. At her best, the Princess of Swords can be very practical and clever, showing fine skills when dealing with material matters or conflicting opinions, she can be generous and kind once she loses the inner fear and insecurity that results from the natural incompatibility between Earth and Air.” (Raven) His/her Drive is: Impulsive, curious; His Light is: Careful, courageous, serious; and his Shadow is: Malicious, cruel, spiteful, wasteful, failure to recognize facts, aggression, destruction. It is easy to see that we might have a lot of showy male dominance and the stink of testosterone in the air today, looking at these cards. Venus isn’t seeking to pick a fight with the Sun (she would lose), but like a bitch she is going to give him a hard time today just for the hell of it. There we have why his/her back is turned. She is going to start out the Sun’s day with a good pout. IT’s the kind of behavior that, as a parent, makes you want to pick up the recalcitrant child and shake it, hard, or simply turn it over your knee and give it a good hard spanking. (But you can’t do that anymore, they will arrest you for abuse of a playing card. Sigh. That’s the problem with cards today; their packagers are WAY too lenient with them!) I think it more than likely that I am the Sun today, and the Page represents one of our younger friends having some sort of contretemps today; probably over my ongoing position that my wife and I are NOT simply a handy service station when cruising around town – if you are coming over, come over because you want to see US, not because you want a joint or a meal. Or it could be one of several reasons; our young friends all regard us as parents/grandparents in loco parentiis; we are more than happy to listen, to empathize, to feed you occasionally and if I am feeling generous to get you stoned after dinner. But we are NOT a given, so don’t make that mistake, ever. You’ll find the Garden of Eden closed to you forever. On a third paw, these cards might not be about anything like that at all, but be casting ME as the Page (although I doubt it; a 63 year old Page is obviously a Saturday Night Live skit, not a life destiny.) Whatever; I am just glad to see the Sun up and around, he and I have been good buddies for a long time. So, today, if Ethical Will is the Will of the Universe, then I know it’s going to be alright; it is what I like to come out triumphant in any confrontation.