The Winter of 2020 was a particularly harsh one. The use of divination by cards was not needed as the focus was more on dream symbology.
Yes, there are similar rites and similarities but the use of a deck to “see” seemed to be a bit of a chore as there was so much glorious darkness to travel in and on.
Spring is arriving slowly and with night chills in the Northeast. More light is available, longer days and oddly enough longer dreams, so into the labyrinth the Soul travels. The Bright Mirror scrys just as well as the Dark and the ways of seeing in day and night are many.
It has been a part of my Tarot end-beginning ritual to interpret the incoming year in terms of the arcanum or trumps. Here, I am using the mini Thoth deck printed by AG Muller back in 1997. The Thoth Tarot is an old friend and was my introduction to the study of the Tarot as a system versus as a divination aid.
Above is the Tarotic equivalent of the coming year 2021. As we have been dealing with the Judgement / Aeon card for 20 solid years the energy is recognizable. The end of the Age is a transition and the effect is destructive, and fragmenting. Crowley believed this was the card of the New age of Horus, which is why the child Horus is shown with his finger to his mouth covering his lips which is saying not all can be told- this advice has been received by all serious metaphysicians since 2000.
Card 21 is The World/Universe and it is the final combination that can be paired with the 20th trump. The pairing says that there is an ending which is superimposed over the entire planet which covers or ushers in the New Age. We are there now.
However there are other messages from Maat/Math in the Tarot Gematria of 2021 which are found in hidden or enclosed combinations. 20-21 hides in the reverse order 12 and 02, i.e. The Hanged Man and the High Priestess.
With this deck the blue tones and the shading of these two trumps point to the subtle level of the energy changes. The Hanged Man speaks of sacrifices human and otherwise and it speaks of reversals- of the plane “above” the Earth’s material level. So like Odin the initiate must make a sacrifice to receive knowledge which AT THIS TIME is being taught or released only on the subtle planes by the High Priestess. The High Priestess is another concept of secrecy as only to those who have made offerings of their time, commitment and devotion- symbolized by the fruits of the Earth at her feet can enter her temple.
The final combination of 2021 in reverse hides 10& 22(Cipher/Zero). The 22nd card is the unnumbered trump. The Wheel of Fortune is the symbol of the limit of evolution in the Cosmos. It is the Revolving Door of incarnation or incarceration – conception; birth; maturity; death which plays over and over- until it doesn’t.
In the forward motion of 20-21 we see 22 & 01, the Fool and the Magus. Are they adversarial energies or one and the none? Zero is hung over The Fool as a symbol to remind of us of the Unborn and Infinite Outside the Cosmic confines. This combination reminds the metaphysician there is an escape hatch as well as a pause button.
Exitus Scaena Sinisterism
In Regula Elizabeth Fiechter’s Mystical Kippers drawn by Urban Trosch the 17th card is aptly called in English, Receive A Gift. It perfectly sums up the flow of the spiritual current at the Yule season.
In reading Kipperkarten via the traditional methods, Card 17 brings the energy of the card above it down to the card below it. It is a vertical card, much like the Tree many decorate. The Star topper on the tree above shines on the earth allowing one to see the presents below.
In a mystical sense the questions /seeds which were asked or planted at the 2020 Mid-Summer’s Solstice are answered or made manifest as Epiphanies. The gifts wii receive from Dec. 25th – Jan. 6th are symbols of a spiritual harvest or of Gnosis made flesh.
The use of tools for divination is approached in two main ways. In the first method one learns the meanings of the cards, combinations, layouts and history of the deck, etc. This is the long road.
The second way involves having a “spirit” or a personal connection to the invisible realm. The connection in folkloric terms of divination is often referred to as having a “gypsy” spirit. The term gypsy is not ethnic or limited to the Romani peoples, it is a cross-cultural indicator of a psychic ability to read or access invisible energies while using the cards as prompts or props, be that as it may.
In is in the second or short road that the person does not have to use the traditional meanings of the cards or learn any methods. The cards are simply a type of symbol shorthand used by the person and their “spirit” or psychism within the setting of a reading session. It makes their ability less invasive and thus seem less threatening.
Today, the second method has been adopted by people who are not psychic or gifted and dubbed the intuitive method. They skip learning the card meanings, or techniques and immediately read clients. They simply make up stream of consciousness “narratives” from their own egoic fantasies and call it a reading. There is absolutely nothing intuitive about the process at all.
Discipline is not fun. Study is a commitment. As the old saying goes: “you can’t con a con” or fool God. Something is always watching what we do and the way we do it.
Many things have changed since the Pandemic. Most people in the realm of Cartomancy, Spiritualism, and other energy based sciences have NOT changed their approach. The amount of people who are in this arena has increased ten fold from the time of my introduction in the 70’s.
The 70’s had a different energy configuration. It was easier to establish connections with humans, spirits and other dimensions. However, this has been altered due to the introduction of electrical frequencies into the atmosphere which are modifying organic structures including the brain.
Today is a reflection of a reflection of a reflection in a hall of mirrors. Mankind has many different views to espouse all of them in mental realms. The triggers which herd men this way or that are the emotional prompts or the triggers as they are called now. These are the strings in “string theory” that make men dance to the tune of the collective mind.
In the hyperreal realm that is our Earth, fortune-telling is not accurate for the past is unreal, a tall tale told full of glory, guilt and trauma and the future is illusionary as there is only now – replayed over and over until it stops.
Divination however remains as a way of reading signs from the realm of the divine. Readers will find signs are cast from the Fates realm into the physical as coincidence, apparition, deja vu, or so-called paranormal phenomena which enter one’s life or their client’s as humanity walks towards the real Earth.
More to come,