Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 14Oct2016. Today O have opted for the 3 Principles of Alchemy again, with my 1st card, that of “Sulfur,” the active principle, being represented by the Knight of Batons; “Mercury,” the passive principle, is represented by XVIII The Moon (!) and my Catalyst, “Salt,” is the King of Swords. (Today’s deck is the *Tarocchi Della Luna Nuova* by Maria Teresa Monti; it is a stunningly beautiful take on the traditional Tarot de Marseille; a beautiful romantic interpretation, it was her expression of the mysteries before her untimely death.) Well, at first cosmic-ray scan, I can grok the dimensions of today’s reading. The active principle in my life today, the “Sulfur,” is this Knight of Batons, and in case you aren’t aware of it he is not necessarily a nice guy, especially in a TdeM (Tarot de Marseille.) Here he is “the workings of Air, a special and mighty agent, like all the knights, on the houses of water, here the Fourth and the Twelfth, causes turbulence, motion, emotion (though it must be borne in mind, that it is not emotion in itself); the action of the air on the water causes waves. In the case of the fourth house the knight relates to family matters or household conditions, eventually the father, to internal conditions in society or groups of people.
It must further relate to memories and the past in general, because it means the awakening of the sentiments. The traditional conclusions have been drawn evidently in the negative for the greater part, in consideration of the fact that the sentiments generally are misleading. That they give reason for many changes is quite true. In the case of the twelfth house this is much the same. But extending its result over a much larger circle, the mercurial knight may represent expedition and exploration, discovery, scientific or practical, emigration, estrangement, and the 'great work' of transmigration. It denotes a searching for the unknown, which in weak personal cases may appear as indiscretion or premature revelation, divulgation, profanation, etc. We do not see why this knight should be either young or friendly. Quite the reverse: On account of the twelfth house there is something inimical about him, and a certain dissension of sentiment may find its cause in the past, in a family feud or something in the nature of a misguiding prejudice, tradition, which will have to be given up, etc.” (A. E. Thierens) So the Active is out there, stirring the shit up, and not being too pleasant about it. I’m not sure why that should be so, and I definitely do not feel that a-bloom in my heart, but the day has just started, so we shall see . . . . Right alongside the prickly young man riding down Active Avenue there, but running in the Passive channel of the Flow, is XVIII the Moon. To place it here is only to put it in its own mansion, I am sure of it. “Everything that has been said in astrology about the Moon might be repeated here, as there exists no controversy whatever on the point of identity. ‘The card represents life of the imagination apart from life of the spirit.’ (Waite)
This card consequently means the life of the soul in particular, the feelings and sentiments, emotions (not only fear, etc.), changes wrought in existence by them, water and the female element in general. In the horoscopic figure it may be the mother or some other woman prominent in the life of the Querent; it may signify women in general (and morally or psychically, while Saturn means physical woman). It is the sign of ‘panta rei’: everything passing, flowing or ebbing away in life, consequently uncertainty . . . ‘It should mean a term, an aim, an end.’ (Papus) But this does not make it much clearer. Papus has only one good thing on it and after all this is only on a particular and not very high level: ‘Servile spirits (the dog), savage souls (the wolf), and crawling creatures (the crayfish) are all present watching the fall of the soul, hoping to aid in its destruction.’ That is true. And it may happen to us, that a lower current of the Moon brings our way people who have no higher aim than to 'aid in our destruction' even if we ourselves have no intention whatever of 'falling'.” (Ibid) Beware today, Mark, that passive track of the Moon – keep a tight rein on it if you use it, buddy! And finally, as the catalyst that is going to make the connection and smooth the way for the combination of the currents I have the King of Swords (ha! Not traditionally known as a great peacemaker!) “The King of the suit of Earth, coming on the house of Aries, First house or ascendant . . . a king is a king and always denotes a higher accord, someone or something of principal value and rank. The king of the Martian and Saturnian element naturally is the king of matter and of war, i.e. also he who wins war and conducts the battle of earthy interests. It denotes the dominion and rulership of this element, as the ruler of the ascendant; the card may certainly mean any person heading a cycle of material activity and before all a pioneer on this plane, an independent man living on his own means. The card means an emphatic Yes.” (Ibid) This is not a gentle, considerate word to the two parties involved to “come to an arrangement, please . . .” but a swift hard kick in the keister to make an alliance and get my ass on down the road! LOL. Ha, okay, well, even though a bit direct, I get it, and yes, I can abide by that – no matter the shit floating to the top of the bowl, it can be vigorously chased away by this King. So cultivate his presence, pal! I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL a moment of true communion with our inner barbarian. Be Well!