Good morning and Welcome! to the Scales of Ma’at for 23Jan2016: today my Heart is represented by the 7 of Pentacles and the Feather of Truth is to be found in XI Justice (ha! note the CORRECT numbering! LOL – my little cause célèbre). (Today’s deck is the *Tarot* by Alexander Daniloff, 2012. Beautiful, beautiful images, somewhat reminiscent of the Sola-Busca Tarot in the pips suits. IF you can find a deck, a real addition for collectors, and not too shabby with which to do readings, either! Thumbs up.) Okay, let’s dive in and read; I have a terrible back ached this morning and although I’m waiting for the belladonna and morphia to kick in, I want to move on and get to work. My heart today is the 7 of Pentacles, and I always think of this as Patience, or Waiting for the Harvest. The Thoth deck calls it Failure, but I don’t agree – in every depiction of this Arcanum, the figure is shown WAITING, patiently or impatiently, before some sort of ripening something, be it plant or symbolic growth. The bones of this 7 are simple enough: it sits in Netzach in the Tree of Life, arriving via the Element Earth. Astrologically, it is Saturn in the 3rd decan of Taurus (thus Crowley’s insistence on Failure?? He sees it as “. . . falling into Netzach, the fields of anarchy and destiny, and losing the harmonious peace of Tiphareth. . .” a radical fall from paradise into the abysses of fate.) Well, one can see it that way if one insists; I could believe in that, too, IF it were applied in a “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” kind of way. But it isn’t, it is just thrown at you as Failure, “there! Eat THAT!” and I couldn’t disagree more strongly. Patience will usually win out over short-term frustration & hasty action in the long run, anyway, pal. (Don’t make me take a stick and apply it to your quivering buttocks, just agree with me.) “The hope within the card is the hand of Saturn, the father of time, who reminds us to wait for a chance instead of quickly jumping after any vague promise, to silently watch and reflect and get deeper insights into the coherences, until the time will come when a real chance shows up.” (Raven) Elegantly put, black bird of happy omen. This draw may have a lot to do with guests we had last night, two young men who came by to discuss personal growth, insights & stumbling blocks, and for one of whom, at least, I have read the cards several times – he really takes them to heart and what they say to him. Both were carrying on about the evils in the world and the difficulty of communicating honestly and “without parasites,” meaning the “infections” we host thanks to Society, such as “consumerism” and “social distraction.” While dwelling intensely on the problem, they weren’t dwelling AT ALL on answers, and I became a little short with them, and basically told them to knock it off, quit caring what others think, and do the right thing(s) regardless. I have little patience with shillyshallying and emotional “vapors.” I’ve got your salts for you right here, Aunt Betty! A good sniff of “Get Up Off Your Ass And Participate In The Truth.” Harrumph! Our patient farmer is meeting one of the goddesses today, casting a sidelong glance at her, XI Justice. I’m old, Old, OLD pals with Justice, she and I have hung out together in more seedy dives than I would care to mention. I like Justice; I like Karma (especially others’, not so much mine, unless it’s good – LOL, c’mon, let’s be honest, right?) The redressment of wrong and injustice is dear to my heart, even if I tend to give the impression that I’m fairly cold-hearted about it, meaning pitiless. “I’m not pitiless, Mona, fer chris’ sake!” But I DO have a finely honed sense of what is Unjust, and a burning need to correct it, which can get me in deep shit from time to time. However, today, I think Justice is addressing my Heart’s minor chaffing under the weight of patience, and she is telling him, “It is only just that you wait for results. The natural course of things is fertilization, growth & then manifestation. So cool your jets, the right thing will arrive at the right time for the right reason; you trying to rush or hasten it is only going to result in malformation.” She has clean bones, does the Lady Justice: on the Path of Lamed, 22, in the Tree of Life, she is Venus in Libra with a clear aspect to Saturn. Her Path is between Geburah and Tiphareth, on which she travels by means of Air. She combines the High Priestess and the Magician. Both are connected - true, conscious action results from realization & wisdom is based on action. The principle of activity completes itself with the passivity of inner reflection, the adjustment being the balance in between. The card tells one to be righteous in all aspects of life, to ignore, suppress or prefer none if need be. Only when we have an objective view of all and accept them, can we can find inner balance and silence. Justice stands for uncompromising honesty & the realization of cause and effect. Karma. (Raven would tell you at this point that it wasn't Crowley who reversed Trumps VIII and XI, Justice and Strength. Hmm, “on verra.”) So, wait for the young men to “grow up,” in the specific, and in the general, Patience is generally the prerequisite of Justice, so, Mark my friend, remember to keep Patience in your Heart when regarding your “crops” because it is only with time, illusion though that might be, that Justice can, and WILL, prevail. Well! Yes, ma’am, I hear you, okay, I’ll back off a bit. And with that under my arm, I can proceed with the rest of my day. Let’s ALL hope that today brings us all of the blessings of the Cosmos!