Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 31Dec2016, New Year’s Eve! Time for one last draw for this widely-agreed horrible year and I thought, “Okay, I’ll use the floating 3-card spread, even though the day might perhaps deserve a slightly bigger spread, but honestly, I’m only doing my usual, 365X-a-year morning write-up, so there is no need to change.” Ahaha. So, deciding to use the *Ibiza Tarot Soleil* of D. Andre, T. Sophia & A. Chitulescu, I started the draw. Fight off, 1st card! I pull IX the Hermit, only in this deck, the Hermit is mistakenly numbered XI instead of IX, and there is of course nothing in the “9” slot. Normally, I wouldn’t accept a Tarot with this flaw, and would demand a replacement, but I got the STRONG vibe to keep the deck as is; simply put, the deck wanted me to always associate the two
when using it. So, when I drew “XI” Wisdom, I feel as if I drew “XI” Justice, also. Learning, wisdom coupled with objective justice & the rule of law on the other. It is a HELL of a combo, and although I don’t know why the deck insisted on remaining “maimed,” but it did. So, for the Active, Male, Sulphur, forward current I have BOTH XI’s, the Hermit or Wisdom AND Justice. Surprise, Mark! In the Passive, Female, Mercury, still current I have drawn 0 The Fool; Ha! and in the 3rd position, that of Reactive, Androgynous, Salt, and reagent is the Prince of Air (Swords.) So, for a short, ridiculously general read one could say, “Well, Mr. Dale, it seems you shall be entering the New Year with a spirit of private learning & meditation while at the same time underlining everything you are doing is the spirit of Balance, of objective rightness, of karmic equality; there is no better exemplar of Justice walking than you as you begin the New Year. On the contemplative side of things, you’ll be feeling a wild streak, definitely testing the nerves of both Justice & Wisdom, and yet completely necessary to the beginning of the year. He’s a WONDERFUL omen for you, Mr. Dale, as he brings to the forefront the idea that you should enter 2017 with an adventurous & carefree spirit, ready to explore every opportunity that presents itself and to learn along the way. Finally, influencing your entry into the New Year, Mr. Dale, is the Knight of Air, or Swords. He’s rather a one-person juggernaut, but he is a nice guy when he isn’t questioned or made to sit peacefully. This is most likely a younger person in your life, a male more likely than not, who accompanies you on your Journey into the New Year with loyalty & a touch too much fugacity. He’s not to be blamed for being blunt and abrasive, he just is that way; all the Swords are. So, on the whole, Mr. Dale, it’s going to be an exciting time! Starting a new venture of some sort, perhaps a new journey and perhaps that may be an interior trip. Whatever it is, you shall work in it with rigor and by the letter of the law, whatever it may be. At the same time as you are being this upright kind of guy, the Fool is spinning in your head with excitement é vigor & eagerness to get a start. Remember both the Hermit & Justice, though, as the start can be speedy but MUST NOT BE sloppy. You’ll have a point man, a knight in shining armor to ride forth for you, carrying your banner, but be just & wise dealing with him, he is explosively touchy. Do you have any questions, Mr. Dale?” Yes, one could say that and be perfectly correct, without coming across as a pseudo-mystical & carnivalesque charlatan. It isn’t necessary to make the Tarot seem eccentric & exotic, in fact, that rather offputs people.
When told it is simply “a device” for self-improvement, however, (a gross understatement, of course, but one that can be easily swallowed by all 21st century people, inheritors of the “New Age” that they are, to their chagrin. Let’s take a quick look at this draw another way, however, the words of A. E. Waite. The Hermit: “Inner Symbolism - The variation from the conventional models in this card is only that the lamp is not enveloped partially in the mantle of its bearer, who blends the idea of the Ancient of Days with the Light of the World It is a star which shines in the lantern. I have said that this is a card of attainment, and to extend this conception the figure is seen holding up his beacon on an eminence. Therefore the Hermit is not, as Court de Gebelin explained, a wise man in search of truth and justice; nor is he, as a later explanation proposes an especial example of experience. His beacon intimates that "where I am, you also may be." Justice: “Inner Symbolism - As this card follows the traditional symbolism and carries above all its obvious meanings, there is little to say regarding it outside the few considerations collected in the first part, to which the reader is referred. It will be seen, however, that the figure is seated between pillars, like the High Priestess,
and on this account it seems desirable to indicate that the moral principle which deals unto every man according to his works--while, of course, it is in strict analogy with higher things;--differs in its essence from the spiritual justice which is involved in the idea of election. The latter belongs to a mysterious order of Providence, in virtue of which it is possible for certain men to conceive the idea of dedication to the highest things.” The Fool: “With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he surveys the blue distance before him-its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below. His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the given moment; his dog is still bounding. The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him, if it came about that he leaped from the height. His countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream. He has a rose in one hand and in the other a costly wand, from which depends over his right shoulder a wallet curiously embroidered. He is a prince of the other world on his travels through this one-all amidst the morning glory, in the keen air. The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days. He is the spirit in search of experience. Many symbols of the Instituted Mysteries are summarized in this card, which reverses, under high warrants, all the confusions that have preceded it.” Finally, last but unknown if it is least (!) is the Prince of Air/Swords: “Skill, bravery, capacity, defense, address, enmity, wrath, war, destruction, opposition, resistance, ruin. There is therefore a sense in which the card signifies death, but it carries this meaning only in its proximity to other cards of fatality.” I think that’s rather a bullshit, weak and insufficient explanation of the Prince, but OK, Mr. Waite, you are entitled to your opinions. The point of this being that using my intuition rather than rote meanings gave me a fuller, more understandable reading than following the traditional meanings unto infinity. When in doubt, go with your intuition rather than a book, PROVIDED THAT you have done your required studies. An old axiom is perfectly true here, too; “You have to know the rules first in order to break them effectively later.” Remember that as you read. I ask the Cosmos to bless us ALL today with the Spirit and the Will to break into the New Year with an exploratory spirit and a tremendously open mind. Be Well!