Good afternoon and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27Aug2016: it came to me this morning that I wanted to look more deeply at XX Judgement today; I don’t know why, but my brain usually has a reason it does these things . . . usually. (Today’s deck is *The Tarot of the Holy Light* by Christine Payne-Towler & Michael Dowers. I’m going to go way out on a limb and say, “If there were only one deck to help the modern journeyer towards enlightenment, this is it.” Now of course that is TOO drastic, but I wanted to emphasize how EXCELLENT this deck is. You SHOULD NOT BE WITHOUGHT THIS. That is if you are following Tarot as a path of self-enlightenment, of course; if you are using Tarot for other reasons, such as divination etc. then it is as good a deck as any other. But c’mon, you’re not going to waste this deck on divination, are you? Finding lost change purses for old ladies and screwable men for biologically active women? Nah . . . save that shit for when you do carnivals with a Thoth and an Erik C. Dunne –they come emotionally unglued with the Dunne decks.) Christine’s accompany book, *Tarot of the Holy Light: A Continental Esoteric Tarot* with Michael Dowers (illus.), Noreah/Brownfield Press, Cathlamet, 2015. Is a MUST-HAVE if you plan on working with this deck, the symbolism is so rich, Rococo, Baroque, under- and over- layed and rich from all ages that each card becomes a treasure chest found in a pirate’s cave, stuffed to the brim with pearls, rubies, emeralds, diamonds & gold, each nugget a whole new world of inquiry because the nuggets are giving you answers left & right, almost quicker than you can absorb them. XX Judgement, the letter R, Saturn, from Tiphareth to Yesod, and, lest we forget in all the revelations, bringer of Peace. This is “the sounding of the Divine Word into matter: the Call.” Doves of election embracing the All, and the descent of Sophia (Divine Wisdom) into the world. Here is where one of the most critical steps of the Path occurs; the soul must separate itself from matter as it answers the Call, it “then it casts aside The Ladder of Lights to discover its eternal identity. The self, the soul, the Call, and the angel are one.” Isn’t that beautiful? Boy, do I want to be there! There is more to know here, of course, LOTS more to know; energy called Daat, The Fallen Tree and some of its connections, as w<ell as what I considered a good joke; the division of Sophianics into “Catholic” and “Protestant” supporters – if that doesn’t make you laugh, then you’re not cynical enough . . . yet. And now, a big chunk to swallow but important - “At this point we can fully survey the heavenly forces alive within the power of desire (the Star of David described by all six trumps of this sequence.) That desire has now evolved through the whole descending trine and is in the third stage of the responsive trine, finally settling into the fully-balanced pattern of the Star of David. Judgement grants the awakening of the power of the Word, the (often internal) magical voice.” (Payne-Towler) Yes, it is ALL very heavyweight stuff, but we should be able to bear that, being this far along the Journey, right? LOL, well, yes, for those who are there, and for those who aren’t either a “Congratulations!” or to those yet to be tested, “Courage! It isn’t what you think.” Judgment falls into Empress/Emperor/Strength/Temperance-land for me personally: it’s a good place to visit, but not to hang; the weather patterns are too changeable. Grin. “She’s” a friend, or at least I have always considered hir so.” I like the Judgement I discovered for a few hours today, digging around and reading in various tomes and then sitting back with a cup of tea & my cat on my lap, contemplating my lack of fear before that particular concept – BTW, that isn’t new work, I just simply have never been afraid of Death, and if it involved some hind of “calling into account,” I was okay with that, too, simply because I had decided long ago that being human came inbuilt with ALL of his flaws. I’m rather “dudist” about it; “ya, like, know, ya’ know man? That rug tied the room together!” (*The Big Liebowsky*) I’m down with Judgement, to cut to the short of it. I do hope you are, too, and if you aren’t, you need to get up off that ass and move it down the road, brothers & sisters! LOL. I ask the Cosmos today for a feeling of accomplishment for us ALL as we prepare for the voyage beyond the Gate of Judgement. Be Well!