Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 28Oct2016, and speeding towards All Hallows’ Eve, it seems, about which I am both excited and already haunted by the melancholy of its quick passing. LOL, no, I’m not in the habit of ruining things before they even happen. But I am definitely in the Linus club when it comes to waiting for the Great Pumpkin. Ha! I don’t know if any celebrations will be occurring in my life this year, but I always enjoy the anticipation. And just in case, I have some costume trinkets I just happen to have lying around . . . . Enough. It does good to remember XIV, Temperance – I love eating pumpkin pies in just one month, so I can’t claim to be the pumpkins’ friend. L LOL. Onward, Mark, enough folderol. Today I have used the 3 Principles spread but modifying it THIS time to include the Majors and the Court cards only, no pips. I keep trying for something that is expansive enough to be inclusive yet respectful of the original condition on which this spread is based – ONLY the Major Arcana. Opened up to include the whole deck makes it a bit unmanageable and with a tendency to “wisp off” into vagueness & picayune “observations.” Today’s deck is the *Tarot de Besançon of J. Jerger CRH* and is the companion deck to Evalyne Hall’s absorbing new book, *Du Jeu des Tarots et Du Recherches Sur les Tarots: Transposed, Transcribed and Transcripted.* I shall read the book at a more reasoned pace, but I HAD to rip open the cards package and use them ASAP, which, as it happens, is NOW. I Love the Art on the deck, it is fabulous. And I felt no momentary “hiccup” or “flow blockage” even in my 1st use of the cards, something I have become used to having – the 1st hand of any NEW Tarot deck (or an older one that wasn’t yours) making absolutely NO sense whatever, just pure gobbledygook. I interpret that as the decks need to run a “test connect” to get the quick MRI image of how & where you two, new to each other, are going to work together, if at all. It is RARITY that the connection jumps out of the cellophane and is rip-roaring ready-to-go on my particular intuitive wavelength, but it does happen. Just not often, AT ALL. It did here. So without further ado, I give you my 3 Principles draw today with subsequent informative notes to illuminate interpretation, all taken from *The General Book of the Tarot* by A. E. Thierens. As for MY interpretation, I see it exactly as the cards are telling it: active in the material today, nevertheless there is a hidden or passive current of discontent and unhappiness, frustration especially, that having this far, I am still finding roadblocks aplenty across my Path. (Naturally, I know this & accept it, but when I’m in “a mood,” I take it personally. Silly rabbit, Tricks are for kids! Grin.
The Catalyst to these two currents running rather abrasively in opposite directions, for XXI IS reversed, is going to have to be something or someone as tough as nails . . . and voilà! We’ve got him, the Valet of Deniers. Stolid, respectable, (I believe I know who this is) is going to help me break through the stasis resulting from the opposition of the currents. Either it is that, or I needs must find that quality of youth in myself, again after so long, to motivate me to catalyze the currents to produce “electricity” at the very least, if they are going to run like that. (Opportunism at its best!) However, that’s my short take; here is the “expert” breakdown from a number of “experts,” Thierens being the principle. Okay? Okay! 1st off, as the active, Sulfur card (sic) I have drawn XXV the Devil. “The goat-like figure recalls the sign Capricorn in which astrology teaches that the planet Mars has its exaltation, the name 'devil' means the evil, as is well known, and this alliteration holds good not only in English. It is the symbol of that which to exoteric human understanding is as much of a malefic nature as Venus is benefic. The counterpart of Venus: Mars, planet of pain and struggle, passion and sex-nature, but also of the energy necessary for the process of formation and generation in Nature. Allusion to sex-problems is found in the two human figures, man and woman, chained to the pedestal on which the diabolic figure is seated. That sex-nature binds man is a natural fact of a more or less occult order. So it has to do with generation in Nature in every sense and kingdom, though astrology teaches that Mars has a special connection with the animal kingdom and animal passion--passion which drives to the preservation of the body as well as of the race; fighting for existence in both senses of the term. So Mars always figured as the War-lord. Not only sexual energy, but every energy in Nature chains the result to the cause and object to subject. It is unnecessary to work this out any further. We shall be safe in interpreting this card as energy, desire, lust, war, struggle, difficulties, pain, loss, etc. But also as exercise, training; tests to which the personality will be subject. The torch in the hand of the figure denotes, of course, the fire of passion and desire, which may rise to anger, etc. So it may well be said to represent the condition of "Adam and Eve after the Fall" (Waite) The struggle for existence, in short. Papus in regard to this card points to the Hebrew letter "Samech which expresses the same hieroglyphic sign as the Zain (7th arcanum) . . . etc., a weapon of any kind . . ." We can see, that this generative force has much to do with the house of marriage. Its astrological correspondence is Mars.” Well,
okay, I get that, but believe me, I was inoculated to the Devil a l-o-n-g time ago, so his “affect” on me now is negligible. I can do his shtick better than he can! However, in the Passive, Mercurian position I have something which I’m NOT happy to see, XXI the World reversed. Ugh. It isn’t particularly horrible, but it gave my instant instinct the “horripilous shivers.” The World is passively resisting today, and not that it is exactly, diametrically opposed to its upright signification, but it is weakened or “mal-aspected.” “As in the case of Uranus we want to point out that originally the planet cannot have been appointed, astronomically, but the principle of cosmic magnetism, of which it is the organ, and the universal magnetized, field, the field of the world in which we live, must have been well known to the initiates, who worshipped Poseidon and Varuna, gods of the world-ocean. The symbols of the four fixed signs are presented at the corners of the cards, and where these fixed signs are seen as the foundation stones of our physical world by such visionaries as Ezekiel and St. John of Patmos, we cannot be far wrong in assuming that originally the meaning was that of the physical world coming forth out of the magnetized etheric ocean of the universe, which itself has been represented by the oval form, be it a laurel wreath or something else. The World must have had a larger meaning, originally, than that of the world of beings moving on the surface of our Earth, and the oval figure may well have stood for the form of the solar system at large, with its planets moving in oval orbits. Appropriated to the world of men, it must mean 1 that which falls outside our will-power, cosmic conditions to which we are subject, but which at the same time provide us with all that is wanted for our physical conditions. The latter of course became the reason for attaching to this card a generally benefic influence, especially in the domain of the senses. "It is eloquent as an image of the swirl of the sensitive life, of joy attained in the body, of the soul's intoxication--(can any word remind us more strongly of Neptune's workings than precisely this one: 'intoxication'?--Th.)--in the earthly paradise, but still guarded by the Divine Watchers . . ." (Waite) Let us put it this way: it means that if we row with the cosmic tide, we shall enjoy happiness and everything we want, but on the other hand we must not neglect the implicit possibility, that when rowing against the tidal current of the world, we shall experience trouble and no end of it, or if we 'cross the stream' we shall have to stand firm on our legs. So besides the joy of the senses, this card means also the cosmic origin of life, to which the candidate for initiation returns, and which now and then appears in dreams. In fact this card has much to do with dream-life. The relations of Neptune with the Moon and the lunar body are not unknown to astrologers nowadays. The Hebrew letter Tau is related to this card and "has the same hieroglyphic meaning as the Daleth (fourth card)--that is the womb ;--( which confirms the relationship to the Moon--Th.)--but it is chiefly the sign of reciprocity, the image of all that is mutual, reciprocal." It is further added that abundance and perfection lie in the card. (Papus) Reciprocal certainly: from that we come and to that we shall return, be it the world's dust or the ether of the cosmic ocean. Very striking is Papus' saying that "This symbol represents macrocosm and microcosm . . ." and even more so that "the empire of the world belongs to the empire of Light, and the empire of Light is the throne of God . . ." Scientifically expressed: the ethereal world, being the bearer of light, is the universal womb of the material or physical world. The nude female figure may certainly contain indications with regard to the life of the senses, but is also a symbol of the angelic state to which man will one day come after being delivered from the bonds of the lower world. It may have to do with nature spirits. It is Aphrodite rising from the sea, daughter of Neptune. Beauty and love and happiness arising from the communion of souls. Its astrological Correspondence is Neptune.” And finally, as that agent of Catalysis, I have drawn the Valet of Deniers, AKA the Page of Disks. His type and I don’t usually get along, but a lot of things have radically changed in the last 10 years, so what do I know? “The Page is a dark young man, disciple, student, speculator, commercial man. Application, scholarship, study, reflexion, meditation, occupation, rule, management, news, message and the messenger himself. The reverse meanings are here for once even given as favorable for the greater part: Profession, luxury, sumptuousness, breadth, abundance, magnificence, liberality, generosity, well-doing. Also the crowd, multitude. Degradation, dissipation. The Page, always more or less of a messenger, in this case of fiery nature, on the Seventh house, as well as on the Third. The latter house is that of the disciple and the message; so here the traditional rendering is again quite correct. The seventh house explains everything that is said about application, occupation, profession, liberality, etc., this being the house of Libra, of relation. We may add, that the card will indicate a proposal of marriage, courting, love-making, but in a gentle, sometimes a poetical or platonic way, not without ardor however. It has also to do with all sorts of honorable offices and denominations and may indicate any official person in the civil service and commerce, a stationer, bookseller or editor, bookkeeper or director, appointed by the owner or patron.” And there I have it; while I’m trying to work in the tricksy Material today, the World reverse is going to be giving me some of her Gandhi-action, with non-violent disobedience. HA! Finally, I’m “freed?” from the binary by the actions of the earthy, green man-still-youth of the Page of Deniers, either outside my skin or in. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the abilities at hand to work constructively through our days. Be Well!