IT SEEMS THAT I KNOW THAT I KNOW
Our brain is full. We have traveled the road. What are we going to tell everyone we did? Holy crap! We’re still worried what others think! I thought we knew better. We’ve seen so much! WHOMP We chill those thoughts ourselves, because we know where they come from. What are we going to do with ourselves, that is what the Judgement will tell us.
We judge everything in this world. Good stuff, bad stuff. Values. What we seek to do is make ourselves a valuable person. In this card, a being with many faces and limbs (NO LIMITS) calls up a small body (the ego) from the ground. Inside a dark cloud, the body radiates itself showing a red heart - our essence in this card. The essence is divided by two paths - calm meditations and monstrous frustration. The calm heart is impervious to the flames while the frustrated heart of the ego is incinerated. What has happened to us? We have called ourselves out. We have recycled blame back to ourselves and in asking what we would do without limits, we know what we will do with ourselves.
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FEEL THAT GOOOOD
It’s finally morning. This Sun is coming up. You can feel everything slowly reach up and grab on to some good warm sunshine. As the dreams and visions of moons and stars and towers and devils and all that crazy stuff fades back into the subconscious, we suck in a fresh breath of air.
You basically win. The Sun alludes to the inevitable positive outcome behind the corner of every negative. It also reminds us to remember to keep looking at it that way and thing in the reverse. On this card a woman wearing a hooded cape reaches upward to receive solar energy. Like the trees of the background, she finds nourishment in the light. The Sun bears the face of a lion, who has represented kingly virtue in many human cultures. Like the Sun, the lion inspires us from afar with beauty. To get to close to either natural wonder is not advised! Everything feels better in this card.
XIX is the Sun’s number. The Magician and the Wheel both share in the power of the Sun (1+9+10 1+0=1) The Magician in it’s yang power and the Wheel in relation to solar cycles.
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As the night goes on, more stars come out. Soon the Moon comes into view over the water. It’s so full it almost lights the forest, but it looks completely crazy in there! We see dogs and wolves howling together! IS THAT A WITCH IN THE WATER OMG WITCH ALERT! Soon you run mad into the woods yourself, taken by the energies of the glowing white orb.
Okay, so this is why the High Priestess has a curtain. She can’t show you all of this all the time. These are your visions and your animal drives, the go deep into the subconscious world of dreams, the artist and the poet do time here as well. This partner to our homeworld gives us just enough light at night to let our imagination go nuts. Instead of going nuts, go deep. Think about the crazy dream. Why did you think you saw that monster in the closet? What is your vision and what is your projection? Sort this out and find yourself empowered with stronger night vision.
XVIII Is the number for the Moon. The bright light in the sky reminds us of the solitude of the Hermit’s latern (1+8=9)
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HOLY SHIT THAT’S IT! That dumb Tower was in the way. Look at the light coming off that thing. WHOOSH. Whoa. It’s gone, but you saw it, right? “The monk that achieves Satori goes to hell straighter than an arrow.” Zen ala Alan Watts - We just got zinged with clarity.
Wait. Why does the monk go to hell? Because satori is an instant enlightenment. If we try to grab it, we try to punch our fist or grab water - it only results in frustration. What did it even mean for you? Hope. You have good ideas. You get a clear mind. Chill! The seven - pointed star is the alchemist star - another symbol of growth in cycles. In terms of the alchemist, this star is a brief moment of fusion, but in that brief moment of brilliance, the alchemist sees where to go from here. The Star is the eye of a phoenix, whose body is all light in the spectrum. This light being is the rebirth. Cosmic Upgrade!
XVII Is the number of the Star. In it’s direction we find greater strength than before (1+7=8)
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You know how we’re the Fool on this journey? and we’ve been on this journey a long time? and we start accumulating stuff and things and status and property? We are winning that Ego game. Except you never win that game. It’s like going to a casino, bank on eventual loss. Don’t fear, calculate! We are gonna fall in the ocean so get ready to deal!
You know those houses on cliffs over beaches? I always wonder if the owner understands erosion when they are buying the property. This tower is not unlike the fool, standing on its own cliff. Whatever we think we are doing to make ourselves feel big is still subject to things bigger than us. As huge waves erode the cliffs supporting the Tower, a solar flare slices the crow right off! Insult to injury! What the Hell, guys?! So we see the fire of the Sun, and the tidal waves of the Moon, THIS IS THE UNIVERSE TRYING TO GET THROUGH. Don’t succumb to shock - count your blessings you weren’t in the tower when the thing went into the sea! As this construct (the tower) sinks into the sea (the subconscious) The last obstruction is removed - Be ready.
XVI Is the number of the Tower. The Chariot is the vehicle, the Tower is when you total it. (1+6=7)
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TRAP OF ATTACHMENT
The brighter we burn, the deeper the shade we cast. With Temperance, we learn our moderation and order aids the creative, but what about chaos? What about all our drives we’re supposed to feel bad about? What about shame? We’re on this quest to journey the Tarot, and it’s time to see why we have to have a shadow.
The Devil sits like our High Priestess, but with crossed goat legs showing an over emphasis of root energy. Golden nipples are meant to personify obsession with material and sexual gratification, blocking our access to the true feminine. The Devil wields the Magician’s tools. Inverted, they represent domination for material gain (the tools are all gold facsimiles - exchanging knowledge for ideology) The inverted sword forms a cross, showing the manipulation of religion to oppress thought. The inverted rod is the squandering of nature for influence. The inverted cup is an unhealthy relationship. If we look closely, we see the goats lapping up our vital essence are the Lovers in a parasitic vibe, each chained by a crown around the neck a slave to status. The Inverted pentacle above the third eye represents material obsession. We just shrug our shoulders. This guy is just trying to sell us our own watch, and when we see it, they just let us pass. This teacher scares us, but when we learn to let go of what we think we want, we see past this fear.
XV is the number of the Devil. The connection of the Lovers is mirrored by the prison of attachment(1+5=6)
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After an (unfortunate) period of time with no ability to sell internationally, I have a new edition of the deck, available both in the U.S. and internationally.
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The first sunrise after death catches us in a moment. The moon is still hanging in half of the sky. We could use a glass of water. We could use another bite of that fruit. We could use space to create with the tools we’ve developed. Our knowledge starts to flow holistically, The masculine fire and the feminine water mixing in the right amount for the mental steam engine we have cooking now.
We uncover the Alchemist. He looks like our Lovers as one with two views. Masculine and Feminine understandings create an ecological understanding when combined. The Alchemist transforms between all spectrums of light to dark in the quest for synthesis, knowing the tree reaching light needs the dark of the soil for nourishment. The yin and yang in this image are made of water flowing down and fire burning upward, which in the correct measure boils the stove we’re cooking on. What are we cooking? Us! What?! This is the Tempering of the soul. WHERE IS THE GOLD? You’re the Gold, dummy!
XIV is the number of Temperance. We are starting to see what the Hierophant was on about. (1+4=5)
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BLOW YOUR MIND
Justice can get us looking at things a little too logically after a while. We hunger for strange ground, we KNOWWW we need to stay balanced, but…. What’s that tree over there? What’s this fruit? As we chomp, the trap is snapped and we find ourselves at the mercy of that damn snake again. What are we going to do? Not much, it’s time out for us.
Ok, how did we get here? Curiosity. I definitely remember that grey eye on the magician’s hat and here it is on this fruit. On this archetypal tree of knowledge, eyes of vision grow on vajra like branches. What is a vajra? Diamond Thunder! What in the hell? The Hanged Man is the virtue of experimentation. As he adjusts, down becomes up and up becomes down. This is the first moment of re-evaluation. We were curious, it was a trap, but we were learning something, right? So who cares how stupid we look? And just then, as we get sick of our seeking dumb answers and the blood hits our head. KAZAAM, our Kundalini finally meets us in the middle and WHOOSH! YOU GET IT, so take notes and untie yourself when you’re done ;) XII Is the Hanged man’s number. Finally we get a taste of the energy flowing from the Empress (3=1+2) in ourselves.
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