Good morning and Welcome! to The Scales of Ma’at for 27Jan2016: my Heart card for today is XVIII the Moon and the Feather of Truth is to be found in the XVII the Star. (Today’s deck is *The Hermetic Tarot* by Godfrey Dowson [& S. Kaplan.] This is one of my all-time-favorite! decks. I originally obtained it hoping it would teach me more about the symbology behind various aspects of the Tarot, and boy! has it. This deck is heavily stuffed with GD symbols & structure and yet overlaid with even more gnostic meanings and inferences. If you would like a deck, beginners & advanced alike, that will ALWAYS be teaching you to reach beyond the cards for the concepts, this is it! And please don’t be dismayed by the B & W artwork, if it was in color we wouldn’t see one-half of what is necessary to see!) Lest you think that I unwrapped this deck and just drew two stuck-together cards for today’s draw (Grin), let me assure you this deck has been well-used for years, so the cards fell like this. My Heart today is XVIII the Moon; (Romeo: “Lady, by yonder blessed moon I swear, That tips with silver all these fruit-tree tops-“ Juliet, “O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, That monthly changes in her circled orb, Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.” Romeo and Juliet. Act II, s. 2.) I suppose it is only appropriate that it is a mystery to me why my Heart would be Lunar today, as it is a day of medical appointments, but there you have it. My mind is going to be far, far away with my heart, perhaps, or my heart, not needed in the corridors of Medicine today, will be set free to roam on its own and find random leftover pools of my emotions to discover, explore, and discard. Let’s look at her bones, at any rate: XVIII - The Moon, on the Path of Qoph, 29 in the Tree of Life. The Moon is in Scorpio (dark knowledge: soul-depths). On the Zodiac she is Pisces, and in the T of L runs from Netzach to Malkuth, riding on Water. “The Moon will lead us into the blackest depths of our soul, into the world of the subconscious, where there are no more words, just images and notions. It represents a journey into the darkest night, a look behind our own face.” (Raven) Bring it on, Raven, at least it sounds like an interesting way to pass the time in those interminable waiting rooms! On the other hand, please don’t drag me so far down into the pools of pity and sentimental-self-indulgence that I make a public spectacle of myself, crying at thin air! Ha! But I don’t think the Moon is going to do that today; as a matter of fact, I feel rather empowered by her, as she is being escorted be her only-slightly-younger sister, XVII the Star, in other words Hope, and Valhalla knows, we ALL like Hope! The Truth is Hope, in a way; it is the Hope that “The Machinery” has a Reason, and that Reason operates for the “Ultimate Good.” It is what we ALL believe, (unless we are deeply ill &/or unbalanced.) It is what we all HOPE is true (substitute the word “know” for the foolhardy & the enlightened.) I know that today, my small hopes are on the continuation of a good recovery in my leg and that the doctors are going to reassure me of this today. My Larger hopes are entwined with worries as well, because I worry about my young friends and their struggles on their own Paths, and sometimes it breaks my heart as I make my choices to speak or stay silent. But there is ALWAYS Hope that they will find a Way through the Path that will lead them safely out the other side of the labyrinth they are currently traversing. Let’s take a glance at Hope’s bones (not to be indelicate!): XVII - The Star, on the Path of Heh, 28, in the Tree of Life. She is Jupiter in Aquarius, a symbol for long-sightedness and confidence. She is also Venus in Pisces standing for the desire for the inscrutable. Put THAT in your pipe & smoke it! She tiptoes from Chokmah to Tiphareth on Air. She is about “the sensitive understanding of cosmic coherence, the intuition that everything is in balance and harmony. It is related to the Adjustment (the cross sum of 17 is 8), but while the Adjustment keeps the balance deliberately, the Star keeps it with feeling.” (Raven) With feeling. FEELING! Justice with Feeling! Imagine that! (Don’t imagine the negative aspects of that, that won’t suit my feel-good vibe here at all! Grin.) (One thing I have avoided here in this reading is giving a rundown of the symbology on the cards. You don’t want to read a Daily Draw that runs 22 pages, & I don’t want to write it!!) There’s a line in *The Devil Wears Prada* that I love, even though spoken in character by the ever-divine Meryl Streep as ice-queen Miranda Priestley, “I had hope. My God. I live on it.” I liked the line because it rings true, especially for me. I LIVE on Hope: Hope that my life has meaning, that I am loved, that I can become my “enlightened man,” that the vast, vast treasures of love & feeling & emotion that I harbor in this heart are meant for distribution, for the gods’ sake!, to a universe that needs them. I live on hope that we live, that we love, that we survive. I live on the hope that one day I shall reunite with the Divine and all shall once again be limitless ecstasy. I live on the Hope that Joy is real and that We mean something. I cry, I CRY for us most of the time, you know, but Hope refuses to die, Hope lives on. She rides for us into the very maw of Chaos itself, and promises, with a smile, to return with Victory. She breaks my Heart, this Feather of Truth; I love her. Shining like the beacon she is, for all of us each and every day we fight through the mists to see the mountain beyond. May ALL of us live in the many blessings of the Cosmos today!