Good Morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 06/07/2017. The deck today is the *Tarot of the Sephiroth* by Josephine Mori & Jill Stockwell (this team tends to produce rather questionable working decks, but they struck Gold with this one.) (The deck is created by Dan Staroff.) Chock full of symbology and esoteric lore, these cards are easy to work with and VERY receptive. Highly recommended. There is a companion book as well; “Guide to Tarot of the Sephiroth” by idem, U.S. Games, Stamford, 2001. Onward and Upward! My draw this morning is: Sulfur = XX Judgment; Mercury = IV the Emperor, and Salt = the Princess of Swords. Not exactly “right up my alley,” but we can certainly give it a shot – I WOULD like to find out where I am today – Grin. Hmmm, well, let’s see . . . OK, I’ve got it! “After being judged COMPLETELY right all of my life at the Last Judgement, I am crowned the Emperor of Heaven by God himself. Then I am offered the hand of the Princess of Swords in marriage in order to make an alliance with the Swords to enforce my rule throughout Heaven and Earth.” LOL! Needless to say, NOT exactly. Let’s take a better look. First, Little Mister Animus is in XX Judgment (without the E) and is feeling his astral oats. The facts, Ma’am, just the facts: Jupiter and Saturn are in Aquarius as a symbol of liberation and redemption. Its Element is Fire, and it is on Path #34, Malkuth to Hod. Its number is: 20 as 10 x 2 with the cross sum 2, the revelation of destiny. (Judgment) is the trump of time and the changes dictated by the times, it addresses finality and destruction as well as liberation, hope and redemption. Judgment is the symbol for the Rise of the Phoenix; it stands for a time of insight, the true understanding of the circle of life, of growing and fading. The card tells us that we should leave our 'frog perspective' and watch the things from a higher level, that the time has come to face the new, that we need a good overview to build our 'Utopia'. Although trump XX indeed does imply a judgement, it wouldn't be appropriate to restrict this meaning with such a superstitious simplification.” (Raven) I’ve never had much sympathy for XX Judgment, considering it still a theoretical concept in modern society; mankind cannot create an encouraging moral system, only disparaging and shaming ones. However, I do feel that this Judgment is different, that it is self-generated and only critical in the fact that it takes an honest look down to the bare bones of oneself. Then there is all that symbology.
Well, I have a tenderness for the concept of the Phoenix, so I feel good about leaving my Animus here in the company of himself, for the moment. Slip-sliding along, we come to my Mercury for today, IV the Emperor. Besides reaffirming my observation that Little Missy Anima was in a very close 2nd place; i.e. always one card behind from the previous Sulfur draw, I’m a natural Emperor/Aries, with the air to match. If command can’t be immediately established, I take over. I’m very much a “Shut up and do what you are supposed to do” kind of guy. More about Mr. Smiley Face: “Sun in Capricorn, standing for responsibility, order, security, continuity. Zodiac: Aries. Tree of Life: here there is a difference of opinion. This card & book says the axis is Tiphareth & Chokmah; the Thoth says it is Netzach – Yesod. Personally, I prefer ANYTHING that runs through Tiphareth (Beauty) so I’ll go (this time!) with the card (after all, it is THIS deck I’m using today, not some other GD clone.) Its Element is Fire, and the number: 4 as physical reality, basic structure, orientation. Trumps III and IV represent Parents in their archetypical way. Just as the Empress stands for Mother Nature, the Emperor is the social word, the structure of civilization, a symbol for its law and order, may they be good or bad, but the power behind them. He is the abstraction of establishment, its stability and security. In its negative aspects the card can represent the force of bad law in a society where stability is rated higher than morals or ethic. Once law and order are established as an institution, a bad emperor can turn out to be a disaster. And even at his best the Emperor is limited - he puts restrictions and borders to the spontaneity of spirit and nature. In a more personal view the Emperor might stand for a time of stability and structure, linear thinking and discipline. Yet we can't live without it, too many of those attributes will only lead to rational despotism and mental poverty.” (Ibid.) Finally, we have the engine for the day, the provider of Energy which powers the whole construct and it is the Princess of Wands. Ah, one of the four lovelies, all of them much, MUCH more than one sees on first meeting. The Princess of
Swords is the “Throne” of the Ace of Swords. As the 1st Court card of the suit, she is the “beginning” of the royal road in the Swords suit. “In astrology, she is Venus in the Air signs. Her Element and world: the Earth in the Airs of Yetzirah. On the Tree of Life, she resides in Malkuth. The Princess of Swords is the earthy child of her element, the wind over the grounds of Assiah. Her logic can be destructive, she is perceptive, serious and rigorous, yet she can show the characteristics of a child that lacks morality and nobility. Therefore, the Princess of Swords can get stubborn and cruel, and while beginning to think independently about something, she can turn very discriminating and egoistic, showing aggressivity whenever the result is not to her delight. In the Earth, all the free qualities of Air get suppressed and restricted. At her best, the Princess of Swords can be very practical and clever, showing fine skills when dealing with material matters or conflicting opinions, she can be generous and kind once she loses the inner fear and insecurity that result from the natural incompatibility between Earth and Air.” (Ibid.) I do not see a day of great physical activity ahead, but more likely seems a day for those parts of me that need some quiet time while provided over by an “umbrella of strength & protection.” I ask the Cosmos to grant us ALL moment of reflexion on our “empires” and our motivations for sustaining one. Be Well; Be Zen; Be Blessed!!