Monday, January 11, 2016

Good morning and Welcome! to my daily 2-card The Balance of Maat reading, this for today, 12Jan2016 is: the 10 of Swords reversed as my Heart card, and as the Feather of Truth stands the King of Cups. (Today’s deck is another in a volleyball game involving Peter Stuart and me. The deck is the *Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot * by - ta da! – C.C. Zain, their brand-name Grand Occultist. It is in a style that I call “minimalist Egyptian,” which is to say that while making the illustrations recognizably Egyptian, and being surrounded by the, in this instance, MOST-misused cartouche which normally encloses either royal or divine names only {for instance, 10 of Bent Arms [sic] would never have been surrounded by a cartouche, unless that WAS the name of a Pharaoh or god - unthinkable in either case}, the cards themselves are rather insipid. They lack the riotous coloring the ancient Egyptians loved on EVERYTHING, as well as that “joie de vivre” for which they were also well-known in the ancient world. The Egyptians had a millennial reputation as Hard Partyers, and they were all that. All the reverent reserve and hieratic posture that we give them as “probably their daily life” WAS, in fact, “funeral attitude”; just like you would be dressed in your best suit to be buried, not the Miley Cyrus  t-shirt & a pair of levis cutoffs you wear on a daily basis. Their confession list to be admitted to the Afterlife wasn’t a list of virtues or qualities that they possessed, but a list of 42 odious acts that that they swear on their soul they had never committed – they are called the Negative Confessions. They weren’t into wallowing in guilt. But this deck isn’t celebrated for its realism, but for its astrological “set-up,” “premise,” pay-off. By aligning the stars with respect to this & that rule of Egyptian science and cosmic yakyakyak-you-get-it, they come up with some standard “we are a portal” kind of raison d’ĂȘtre. Not exactly hot news, fellas. But I AM fond of this deck; it’s like looking at a set of training wheels & smiling in remembrance.) Well, onward and upwards – with the 10 of Swords reversed as my Heart Card???  Well, yes, naturally and of course, what could be more obvious, Mark? Look at 10’s bones, buddy: - Ruin. He is in Malkuth in the Tree of Life, having arrived through Air. In astrology he is the Sun in the 3rd decan of Gemini. “With the Ten of Swords, the development of human intellect has consequently reached its last step - from the birth of intellect within the Ace to complete ruin within the grounds of the Ten. The card teaches the lesson that endless fighting ends with destruction, endless analysis with the complete loss of hope and belief. It forces the lesson of the Nine of Swords to its inevitable conclusion. But with the Sun above it, it does not lack every hope. It will silently return to its origin again, to the first spark of mind in the Ace, to start all over again. The big hope in here is that the lessons from the journey absolved won't get forgotten. By the way, every Ten in the Minor Arcana stands for the end of a process, for the need to restart or at least variate, only the Ten of Swords have an amazingly crude way to put it into words - that's just the way they are.” (Raven) It’s a good thing he doesn’t ask me for royalties, I like his stuff a lot and use it. This card used to freak me out a bit, not a lot but a bit; now, I look at it in more of a dust-off-your-hands kind of way while saying, “Well, good, now there’s that done. Better go back to the house and have a look at the baby.”  Because that IS what I have to do, isn’t it? I have to go tend an infant I have birthed somewhere else, and that is staring me right in the face with the King of Cups. “Yes, filmgoers, you may remember that back in reel 46 Mark went home to the evil, haunted mansion on the crumbling New England cliff in the driving storm, and dismantled the still-living golems of his youth. It brought the whole wicked structure down, of course,” and now I am being reminded that having cleaned house and ridden the dragon with the Mother for a short while is lovely and all that but I have a man to build in the correct manner and I need to take care of it, and preferably sooner than later. Unfortunately, this King is a bit unstable, but then –LOL! - perhaps the cards are having their little joke with me. It could equally be me, of course, but that it is here is undeniable and acceptable. Just get to work, Mark, what does it say? Well, first we need to look at its bones: the Lord of Waves and Waters rides in Chokmah in the Tree of Life. In astrology he is astride from 21° Aquarius to 20° Pisces. His Element and World are Fire in the Waters of Briah. The King of Cups “represents the Fire in the element of water, trying to bring the contrasts in balance, using the flaming fires to advocate the passive waters. Therefore, there is a certain instability within this [King’s] character that can shift from one side to the other. . . If he manages to reach real depth and inner conviction, he will be able to provide rich tenderness and emotional warmth. On the shadow side, his quickly rising emotions could be overwhelming, but without depth and reliability, when the fires of spontaneity won't be able to harmonize with the depth of the waters.” (Raven, encore) He does like to ride his wind, and he always goes interesting places, does Raven. But I get the message, and today it is a kind of double-down double-up poker situation: The news, good OR bad, is happening now and you need to get to work “tending the baby” because you have a new man to construct emotionally, and watch out for some of the design errors on the blueprints!!! Ha, as I knew, it boils down to, “Back to work!” There is no rest for the formerly-wicked, as well, it seems. Grin. May the Cosmos bless us all today!     

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