Friday, June 30, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 30/06/2017.  Today’s deck is *The Golden Dawn Temple Tarot* by Nick Farrell and Harry & Nicola Wendrich. I like this Tarot quite a bit; it is heavy on the symbolism and most of the time I enjoy that, as the added layers of meaning are always helpful and illuminating. Due to my current but temporary problems on photo transfer, I have been forced to use a different version of the Tarot card Salt, which is a shame, as in today’s deck it is a spectacular card, {{SOB.}} (Grin.) Having written that, let’s take a look at today’s draw: Sulfur = II the High Priestess; Mercury = XVII the Star, and Salt = the King of Swords. It isn’t serious, however, as I am once again loathe to write, and so will leave you with other ‘professional’ autopsies of the cards. I am truly sorry that I haven’t been more pleonastic of late, but I seem to be rather distant from the Will to ‘verbalize’ at the moment. Perhaps it is due to the fact that I have been meditating a LOT lately on the Magicians motto; “To Know; To Will, To Dare & To Keep Silent.” It is especially the last item that has given me a lot of pause for thought, and has recast using the Sacred Tarot publicly or revealing deep teachings I have perceived along the Path, as “perhaps” a misguided effort that is actually interdicted. I’m FAR from suddenly joining a secret society and swearing on the life of my golem (ha!) that I will observe the motto (well, I might; it depends on how glittering & fabulous the robes are. Grin.) Whatever the reason, I leave you with, if not flashier words, perhaps less “extemporaneous” ones. LOL. I ask the Cosmos today to grant us ALL the grace of understanding Wisdom through Hope. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                                                                             II the High Priestess - "The Moon in Scorpio in House 12, the Moon as symbol for the lunar consciousness, Scorpio standing for the powers of the unconscious. House 12 stands for the mysteries. Planet: Moon. Tree of Life: The connection between Kether and Tiphareth. Element: Water. Number: 2 as the symbol of duality (female.)

The High Priestess represents the deeper, more subtle aspect of the female archetype - the darkness, the mystery, psychic power, the might of the Moon to enlighten the subconscious. The High Priestess is silence, passivity, containing a power of her own. Only when retiring from the world, can we allow our subconscious to rise, listen to our inner voice and recognize our spiritual power. Most people never rest like this, as our society supports the total suppression of the subconscious, but without it we will never understand ourselves. The High Priestess is inner wisdom at its deepest, a wisdom that cannot be expressed in rational terms. Trying so, we would already falsify and restrict it. As a symbol for deeper knowledge, the card can express a feeling of darkness, which might also be a feeling of fear, but also a feeling of beauty. We know there is more inside than we can see. In a negative aspect, the High Priestess could stand for passivity at the wrong time, leading to weakness and a fear of life. It could mean that a person is very sensitive but unable to touch their feelings or just live with their feelings."  (Raven, corax.com)     
 XVI the Star - "Jupiter in Aquarius as a symbol for foresightedness and confidence; or Venus in Pisces standing for the desire for the inscrutable. Zodiac: Aquarius. Tree of Life: From Chokmah to Tiphareth. Element: Air. Number: 17 as the number of hope, expansion of the 7, cross sum is 8.           The Star is the trump of hope and trust, for the sensitive understanding of cosmic coherence, the intuition that everything is in balance and harmony. It is related to Adjustment (the cross sum of 17 is 8), but while the Adjustment keeps the balance deliberately, the Star keeps it with feeling. The Star is also called the 'Guiding Light', and is taken as a symbol of the deep realization that the chosen way is the right one, that the end of this way will be a good one, and that there is perfect harmony between the psychic feeling and the physical doing... In a negative position the Star can tell when there is a mistake in the code, some error in our feeling, that the way we feel so sure about isn't quite right. This is what makes this trump so kind - even in its most negative aspect it just gives us a gentle warning." (Ibid.)              
King of Swords - Astrology: 21° Taurus to 20° Gemini. Element and World: The Air of Yetzirah. Tree of Life: Chokmah. The King of Swords represents the Fire in the Air; he is the storm of the mind flaming up high. He is sharp-minded, analytical, clever, dexterous and courageous, always ready for and fond of arguments and verbal wars. His passion for intellectual mind games can make him an excellent warrior in logical excursions, enjoying both picky subtleties and bizarre contradictions. At his best, the King of Swords stands for intelligent judgement and mental realizations, he is a skillful trickster and a keen observer. Though, lacking the depths of the water and the stability of earth, his mind games could turn into cloud-cuckoo-lands without inner reflections; he is unable to decide simply by getting lost in too many theoretical variations. At the worst, the King of Swords tends to put logic and mind ahead of all other values, turning into a cold analytic judge and rating by logic only, without warmth or humanity; or he even degenerates to a deceitful, sardonic tyrant of the mind." (Ibid.)      

  

Thursday, June 29, 2017



Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 29/06/2017. Today’s deck is the glorious collaboration of Robert Place & Rachel Pollack, *The Raziel Tarot.” With art by Robert and text by Rachel, do you need ANY other prima facie evidence? LOL! No, of course not. I am NOT big on Biblical mystical tradition, since I consider it as “Grand Theft Texto” and a lot of imaginary glue, but let’s put the gravy on a well-cooked roast and acknowledge a masterful presentation! Grin. My draw for today reverts BACK to the original Three Principals of Alchemy spread that I modified; The original calls for the Major Arcana only, and this deck is a Majors-only deck, thus a perfect fit (especially if you are a Jewish alchemist! LOL.) Today’s draw is: Sulfur = VII the Chariot; Mercury = XIII Death, and Salt = IV the Emperor. I am again not motivated or doused in  Muse-fuel today, and just don’t or can’t summon the desire to write this morning (you see how good I am becoming at overcoming Desire? LOL!) However, rather than leave you in the bedroom with your underwear around your ankles while I fall asleep in a warm bath,  I am providing three descriptions, explanations, call them what you will, of the cards from a Jewish esoteric viewpoint. I hope that this will help to increase your understanding of these traditions in Jewish thought, as it helped me, quite a bit. I ask the Cosmos today to give us ALL the means to find our answers. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!                               VII - the Chariot: "Mars in connection with Sun or Mercury; Mars as symbol of enforcement combines with Sun as symbol for will or Mercury as the symbol of the way. Zodiac: Cancer. Tree of Life: The way from Binah to Geburah. Element: Water. Number: 7 as the number of earthly and divine harmony (3+4), destiny, motion. The Chariot stands for combined powers, ready to move forward. It represents the dynamic principle and the human will to proceed, the ability to use the powers of life and keep the outer and inner balance. The Chariot shows a strong will, a strong personality, and at its best, victory and success. But it also is a symbol for controversial power, for contradictions that are not solved, but just controlled. In this, the trump also warns of overestimation and recklessness. With every new venture or beginning one should check carefully whether the desired goal is compatible with one's life and inner self. Additionally, the Chariot is a symbol for the armor we build up when moving forward in the process of self-assertion. It also alludes to the danger that we might mix this armor with our actual personality. So a negative aspect of the Chariot might involve understanding that the way of armed power isn't always the right one that the controversial power inside may to be reconciled with one other, and not just controlled and suppressed. Drive: The will to conquer, courage, victory.   Light: The awakening of powers, the way ahead, searching and finding one's place in life. Shadow: Megalomania, insensivity, running against walls."  (Raven, www.corax.com
                                                                  XII Death - "Belief in the eventual resurrection of the dead is a fundamental belief of traditional Judaism. It was a belief that distinguished the Pharisees (intellectual ancestors of Rabbinical Judaism) from the Sadducees. The Sadducees rejected the concept, because it is not explicitly mentioned in the Torah. The Pharisees found the concept implied in certain verses. Belief in resurrection of the dead is one of Rambam's 13 Principles of Faith. The second blessing of the Shemoneh Esrei prayer, which is recited three times daily, contains several references to resurrection. (Note: the Reform movement, which apparently rejects this belief, has rewritten the second blessing accordingly). The resurrection of the dead will occur in the messianic age, a time referred to in Hebrew as the Olam Ha-Ba, the World to Come, but that term is also used to refer to the spiritual afterlife. When the messiah comes to initiate the perfect world of peace and prosperity, the righteous dead will be brought back to life and given the opportunity to experience the perfected world that their righteousness helped to create. The  wicked dead will not be resurrected. There are some mystical schools of thought that believe resurrection is not a one-time event, but is an ongoing process. The souls of the righteous are reborn in to continue the ongoing process of tikkun olam, mending of the world. Some sources indicate that reincarnation is a routine process, while others indicate that it only occurs in unusual circumstances, where the soul left unfinished business behind. Belief in reincarnation is also one way to explain the traditional Jewish belief that every Jewish soul in history was present at Sinai and agreed to the covenant with God. (Another explanation: that the soul exists before the body, and these unborn souls were present in some form at Sinai). Belief in reincarnation is commonly held by many Chasidic sects, as well as some other mystically-inclined Jews."  (http://www.jewfaq.org)             
                                IV the Emperor - "The problems began when Joseph died. Pharaoh, says the book Noam Elimelech, “is called ‘the evil inclination.’” Pharaoh is not simply egoism; he is the epitome of it. He will be nice to you only as long as you serve him. When he told Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt,” he meant that Joseph would rule over Egypt because Pharaoh knows that unity pays off. Without unity, he would have no reason to give any special favor to Joseph’s kin. Yet, after Joseph’s death, the Hebrews did not maintain their unity. They wanted to be like the Egyptians: egoists. But they were unaware that by doing so, they would lose their favor in Pharaoh’s eyes and become what Jews have always been: pariahs. Midrash Rabbah (Exodus, 1:8) writes, “When Joseph died they said, ‘Let us be as the Egyptians.’ 
Because they did so, the Creator turned the love that the Egyptians held for them into hatred, as it was said (Ps 105), ‘He turned their heart to hate His people, to abuse His servants.’” The Book of Consciousness (Chapter 22) writes even more explicitly that had the Hebrews not abandoned their way of unity, they would not have suffered. After quoting the Midrash I just mentioned, the book adds, “Pharaoh looked at the children of Israel after Joseph and did not recognize Joseph in them,” namely the tendency to unite. And because “New faces were made, Pharaoh declared new decrees upon them. You see, my son,” the book concludes, “all the dangers and all the miracles and tragedies are all from you, because of you, and on account of you.” (www.haaretz.com)     

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool's Tarot for 28/06/2017. I am not feeling tip-top today, so please forgive this short but necessary void. Here is my draw today anyway, so perhaps you may wish to give it a shot at interpretation as if you were drawing it for someone else, or even yourself. I shall return tomorrow, I hope, with a daily draw. Thank you! Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!     


Monday, June 26, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 27/06/2017. Today’s draw is: Sulfur = XI Strength; Mercury = 0 the Fool, and Salt = the Ace of Batons (Wands.) (I’m using the *Isis Tarot*, a Japanese import of a T de M; standardized lines, BRIGHT colors. Just like the Ginza 銀座. Grin.) It is a “nice” draw; genteel, sipping tea, perhaps nibbling at a watercress tea sandwich, oh yes, genteel. I can feel XI Strength today; after a l-o-n-g visit to the “toubib” (French argot, decidedly from the Arabic,) I came home with a better outlook for my fortune in the future. By that I mean he approached the problem of my respiration with aplomb & what I felt was thorough professionalism; further tests are needed, scheduled, then we go from there. I liked him, in a rather wry way; obviously an ex-playboy type, a “bon vivant,” he still believes he is pretty slick & cool. A bit of ego is admissible when dealing with doctors. However, he fell a notch in my estimation when he bald-facedly lied to me and said that marijuana was worse than tobacco and one joint had the same fatal effect as five cigarettes smoked all at once. That was a silly move, but I gave him the grace of being dedicated to his profession, and “any lie is worth it if the person stops polluting their lungs.” I’m too old for that shit & game-playing, plus too intelligent, but he couldn’t know that at first, of course; so, he is temporarily pardoned unless further evidence of idiocy manifests. 
The conclusion of all this is that I DO feel a new Strength, as well as the fact that the card has its metaphysical side as well, in terms of the mastery of two natures and their felicitous symbiosis. I’ve been to this rodeo before, believe me. At all events, my Animus today is feeling his oats and feels as if he hasn’t had such a positive outlook on his health in quite a while. ¶ Moving along, we meet my Anima in the avatar of the 0 the Fool. There is a curiosity that one doesn’t see in the Conver/Ben-Dov deck (my posted photos) that is present on the Isis deck; there is a bee flying right next to the Fool, and that same bee is also present flying next to the lemniscate-crowned figure in XI Strength. The bee has myriad meanings in symbolism, of course, and if you want to familiarize yourself with some of them, I recommend http://www.polarissite.net/symbolism-of-the-bee.html. Here’s one to tickle your curiosity; “. . . occult tradition states that the mysterious figure Melchizedek, who is mentioned in the Bible in connection with giving communion to the patriarch Abraham, is an entity that brought three gifts to earth from the planet Venus: the bee, wheat, and the mineral asbestos.” No comment. I can empathize with Little Missy Anima (a nickname, not a judgement! Grin;) today, she has been on a harrowing journey lately; following her Path through some rather intense doubling and redoubling through Judgement, the World, the Magus & the High Priestess. I’m not surprised that she is both ready and impatient to let loose the reins today and step into the new Journey with my Animus, despite the animal snatching at her genitals (questionable joke – grin; or pushing her over the cliff; take your choice.) Despite my joking, I both like and am not fond of (dislike is too strong) 0 the Fool. I adore his attitude; I’m not fond of his status as idiot savant. 
In many ways I think of the Fool as simply the result of the Orphic Egg, who has yet to reach his own realization. The real fruit of the Orphic Egg is the Illuminated Man, not his before-self; but it works for me in the grander cycle of things. ¶ Taking the leap-of-faith, we find the Ace of Batons/wands waiting for us. (I sincerely hope we didn’t land on it and find ourselves impaled! OK, some of you do want that; I understand. Grin.) I LIKE the Ace of Wands, a lot. I suppose one of the reasons is that I identify with its “stage;” I’m not, by nature, an artistically gifted person; I can neither draw, nor make music, nor accomplish with professionalism any of the so-called “artistic professions.” I do, however, have a large pool of creativity inside of me that I try and express in other ways; in the way I write, for example, or the way I tell a story or employ humor of all types, even scabrous. I have painted, and it is VERY satisfying emotionally, but it is an evanescent experience and the moment gone, so the feeling. The product is lovely to me, simply puzzling & amateur to others. I don’t care, I’m not painting to make a name, or out of deep spiritual passion; “I MUST paint or I will DIE!!” However, in the Ace, is the POSSIBILITY of all of that, plus more. I feel that so far in this lifetime I have come a long, winding way through the Swords and have finally moved on to exploring the Wands; receiving the Ace today is a satisfying confirmation that my Creative Manifestation “plant” has been built, has been turned on, and is functioning not only correctly but successfully. It is good to know; and I like the energy, I feel good this morning, not weighed down once again by the physicality of my experience. ¶ I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL a jump start today in a new and exciting Energy. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!     

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Good morning and Welcome! to The Fool’s Tarot for 26/06/2017. The deck I am using today is the *Vergnano Old Italian Tarot* by Stefano Vergnano, Milan, 1830ca, pres. by G. Berti. The illustrated deck is the Conver/Ben-Dov Tarot de Marseille. Due to technical difficulties, I cannot post pics of the deck I am using today. No need to worry, though, it is “basically the same deck.” The draw today is: Sulfur = XVIIII the Sun; Mercury = III the Empress, and Salt = the Queen of Wands. It is a pretty draw on paper, two children under the bright, impartial Sun before and Empress upright, both Mother Earth and Mother Courage, equal and impartial ruler of a vast unity of kingdoms. Courageous and extremely inventive, an ‘Athena’ more or less, the Queen of Wands doesn’t brook a lot of chicanery and she is a straight shooter, as well as being an extremely wise judge of character. Two women, two children; what could be more bucolic at play in the fields of the Sacred Tarot? Grin. Not all is as it seems, as we know, in the land of the Sacred Tarot. There are intrigue and politics everywhere, as the various factions in our subconscious play their complicated diplomatic game that we are called upon to regulate and rule, urging ALL onward, ever onward, towards an Apotheosis for the entire realm. 
“I really can’t take care of your squabble with Pentacles right now, Your Majesty,  I’m busy taking care of the bush warfare & sniping going on between Sword and Wands at the moment; Swords denies being the aggressor, but of course, we are all familiar with the Swords kingdom, eh?” “So I presume my husband is directing your forces?” “Who else?”  ¶  Getting back to the draw as given, apparently my Animus is feeling highly positive and extroverted today; perhaps he is looking forward to seeing the doctor who stood us up last Thursday (not his fault, really) and see if we can find a new treatment for these exhausted and very “We’re over it!” lungs. Just because I quit smoking tobacco several years ago (for the most part; there is ALWAYS Herb, which helps more complaints than it causes,) doesn’t mean I don’t have to pay the bill anyway for years and years of abuse. I’m at the point where I am wondering if a lung transplant is possible; seeing the two young, fresh children gamboling under the bright noonday sun gives me great hope that the doc today will have an improvement-on-tap for me. For the moment I can only see the Empress in her role as Abundantia, the Roman goddess of abundance (duh!) I honor the goddess every day in her avatar of Isis, and Abundantia is just across the way. As a matter of fact, Abundantia will eventually be subsumed into the Isis cult in many ways, as the goddess tends to consolidate her avatars in order that she may be more easily perceived. Her latest, Mary mother of Jesus, has gone astray because we no longer know the rules by which she operates, and instead have substituted a fantastical scenario meant to buttress the patriarchal system and a religion crafted for spiritual slavery. When we fuck it up, we always do so with an agenda in hand. Skipping gaily along, our children meet the “engine” for today, the Energies constituted in 
the Queen of Wands. As written before, she is an Athena, a wise and “benevolent” ruler, but whose “benevolence” lays in the fact that she NEVER accepts anything but Pure Intent, and her stance is most definitely impartial. She is the feminine side of the mastery of Will and the powers of Creativity and Imagination, but ALWAYS remember that she does NOT indulge fantasy. Her powers are immense, but generally static; it is the King (or Knight) who rides out to deliver the lightning bolt or, in the case of the Knight/Prince, to promote his parents’ cause and be a rallying point. However, Her Majesty sits at home in her chateau, and with Wisdom and its application through her husband and her son, manages to shoulder her duties and her status with ease. I can understand that her Energy is certainly applicable today in seeing the doctor; imaginative solutions or stopgaps are surely on the table.  As for the wanderings of my Anima, landing herself in the Empress today has pretty much guaranteed her immobility for the day; she prefers to sit this on out, and provide support and backup. Okay, I can accept that. I ask the Cosmos to give us the necessary tutelage if we enter unknown waters today. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!   


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good morning and Welcome to The Fool's Tarot for 25/06/2017. Today I am not giving a draw, but instead I am posting the FULL *Thoth Tarot* by Aleister Crowley. If you aren't familiar with Tarot Golden-Dawn-style, then this will be a plunge into a new world, much more vibrant and a bit abstract. Become familiar with this deck; there is no other like it, it is the foundation deck for many others, and it can give astounding readings if you apply your knowledge of Tarot and really focus. It is an "involved" Tarot - it tells you straight up what's going on, and it will either jump-start or fine-tune your Intuition, depending on your current state of intuitive awareness. This is a *hard* deck that requires time, attention and focus. If you can learn it, you are deep into the spiritual quest with the Sacred Tarot. I ask the Cosmos to give us ALL an intense desire to grow our Intuitional faculty. Be Well, Be Zen, Be Blessed!!