Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 02Jun2017. As usual, the spread this morning is the Basics Modified (Sulfur & Mercury = MA cards, Salt = Court card.) Today’s deck is the *Kabbalistisches Tarot* by Apolonia van Leeuwen & Rufus Camphausen (“Tree of Life Tarot.”) It is quite unusual in that it bears no figurative human art as such, merely a diagram of the Tree of Life and each card’s placement thereupon, along with the planetary associations and the appropriate Hebrew letter. So, there is NO “visual figurative input” to either base your interpretation upon or give a “hint;” This deck gives no other option than to plumb your own knowledge of Tarot symbolism & meaning, and then apply it in the chosen manner. This can & does reveal a whole DIFFERENT way to apply the Tarot, and one finds interpreting it directly like this, without visual titillation, brings out whole OTHER important points you make to yourself. I like this deck a lot, but I read with it very rarely, as I DO like to involve my emotional/intuitive side in the whole gestalt of interpreting a card. Nevertheless, an occasional trip to sparse & dry land (Israel? – Grin) does well for both the logic faculties and one’s health in general. So, let’s see what the dried fruits of this Tree have to tell me. The draw today is: Sulfur = XIX the Sun; Mercury = III the Empress, and Salt = the King of Pentacles. This is going to be a short, concise read, there is no point in waxing verbose; in fact, the cards practically demand that you read & speak Semaphore! Grin. This draw may look very familiar, and it should; these Major Arcana are fairly typical, if not exactly EVERY day, of what I have been receiving for (on & off) the past 3 weeks. Here it seems I am full of the confidence and joy of our new adventure just coming up, and I DO feel that way; I know it’s going to be more rewarding than anything I have accomplished so far. Moving on, I see that today my Anima is in, again, III the Empress.
She is the “cornucopia” on this adventure; like the headstrong horse that I am, I just set out in high spirits; Lady Anima takes care of provisions and lines of supply, being more attuned to the “practical” side of our adventures than me. I really don’t have a lot to say about this; she is III the Empress today, so I am glad for that. Going directly on to the third card, Salt (the Catalyst for the first two, Sulfur & Mercury [Male & Female],) we find the King of Pentacles. This is good. The master of the Physical, of Manifested “reality,” is providing the power for us today, and Valhalla knows! that he’s hoarded plenty during his reign. The man is stubborn, loyal to a fault, a strong laborer; he is made of Valor and Success. He will have plenty of energy to lend to us, on the condition that we use it for its stated purpose; he hates malicious legalese and charlatanesque double-dealing. At least he has a fiery nature; I can find common ground in that. This is a delightful place to be, and is a natural follow-up, after yesterday & the day before, all stemming from the revelatory reading of having completed a revolution of the Wheel. Or almost. Grin. It’s good energy in the end, when all has been said and done. (I will add card “autopsies” after my sign-off.) This all looks quite bright, sunny & do-able, and well-provided for by that attentive Staff Sergeant, my Anima. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL a smooth transition as we change from accomplishing one goal in order to start progress on another. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!! XIX the Sun – “The Sun is an image of optimism and fulfilment, the dawn that follows the darkest night. As the source of all life on earth, the Sun represents the source of life itself. The child playing joyfully in the foreground represents the happiness of our inner spirit when we are in tune with our truest Self. He is naked, having nothing to hide. He has all the innocence and purity of childhood. The white horse upon which the child rides represents strength and purity of spirit. The horse is without a saddle
and is controlled without the use of the hands. This is a symbol of perfect control between the conscious and subconscious. The child holds an orange banner in his left hand, showing that control has passed from the conscious to the subconscious. The orange banner represents action and vibration, and the rays of the sun represent the same thing. The straight rays are action while the wavy rays represent vibration. The sunflowers in the background represent life and the fruitfulness of the spirit under the nourishment of the Sun. There are four sunflowers, representing the four suits of the Minor Arcana, as well as the four elements. The astrological correspondence to this card is the Sun, of course.” (www.biddytarot.com) III the Empress – “The Empress is the friendlier, more approachable aspect of the female archetype. She stands for maternity, love and mercy; at the same time she's a symbol for sexuality and emotion. She is pure feeling, absolutely unintellectual, but basically life. The Empress is the Great Mother, representing the beginning of all life. She is the power of nature, causing change, renewal, major plans. The Empress also stands for passion, a phase in which we cope life on an emotional and joyful basis, rather than on the thoughtful. This could mean great satisfaction, but in an improper context, when actually more analysis is needed. The Empress can also stand for a reflective, emotional attitude, refusing to accept reality. It also could stand for a person who is greedy for joy and abundance when actually just more self-control is needed.” (Raven, www.corax.com) King of Pentacles – “The King of Pentacles represents the Fire in the element of Earth, and with Earth suppressing Fire, the materialism is the dominant aspect in this card, showing the King as a complex person of amazing strength, representing Earth in its function as provider of life. The King of Pentacles is industrious and patient, steady and reliable, clever in material matters. He is the one working without asking much, concentrating on his tasks without getting distracted by mind games or high flying ideas. With more Earth than Fire and lacking the qualities of Air, the King of Disks is more dedicated to making than to thinking, his success results from instinct and pragmatism rather than from intellect or knowledge. Further, the King of Pentacles lacks the emotional depth of Water, therefore he can have difficulties to understand or relate to others, he can be self-centered and sullen, intolerant and unable to put any interest in anything outside his own deeds and doings. At the darkest side, the King of Pentacles can turn stubborn and even stupid, clumsy and jealous over anyone that seems higher than himself, aroused over tidbits and butting in everything, yet cowardly and unwilling to change himself.” (Raven & M. Miller)