Yearly Reading for Tarotists

  This is a page from an old notebook.

The reading of the New Year can be done on one’s Natal Birthday or it can be done on New Year’s day.  The prep is no sexual contact  for 24 hours prior; a thorough cleaning of the whole house; taking a ceremonial or herbal bath and donning all clean clothes.

Before shuffling take a moment to acknowledge and give thanks to one’s spiritual allies.

Shuffle and then lay out the center card which gives the general energetic theme for the incoming year

Starting at the first position in the diagram lay out 12 cards counter clockwise. Each card is the monthly adaptation of the theme card’s energy in the coming year. Your  Theme Card is paired with the card of the month. These pairs will reveal an energetic tone.

This layout is  to be done with a standard  78 card Tarot deck, in the RWS or Marseille style.

Slippery Slopes

Before WIFI (whenever that was on this timeline) knowledge & power were transmitted through an invisible medium. Science named the medium aether but that is only one label of many for the magical agent.
All this to say “downloads” are not new but there is a vast chasm between true reception or KABALAH from higher sources and the ventriloquy of the ego. Don’t fall down into that level because there isn’t a rope long enough to bring you back.
In the illustration of the principle of  the carrier wave, the RWS Tarot Trump surpasses the Marseilles deck illustration in that the Tower is shown on RWS as being built on a steep mountain peak and those who have fallen have a long ways to go before reaching the ground.  A good theme to consider!

Beginnings

Self- development is an older name for the preliminary work of the Player/Initiate in the Great Game, which aims at balancing the four elements in body & mind. Yes, the mind or Psyche is a part of the body complex. Mind is the filter or cap over Existence which has to be made translucent and then transparent. Without mind -body balance there can be no journeyman level in the Mysteries, no entrance into the Garden without major disruption or imbalance to psychological functioning. Much of the so-called odd psychic phenomena encountered up to full psychotic breaks early in the Game by the unprepared is simply negativity & debris which was not removed.
Image: The Magician, RWS deck, blackout

The Y Crossroad

Mankind while under the Dome is subject to the decrees and degrees of Fate -until they are not. Just as each day is opened and shut in the Vault of the Skies, various opportunities appear on our path.
 
In each case a decision must be made at the Y crossing or fork in the road to continue straight ahead or to veer either left or right. The choice is one’s own to make but the laws of physical space and time are firmly fixed and will not yield immediately to any virtual command.
Image: Jean Noblet Tarot. Arcana VI- The Lovers aka Sigilium Salomonis (Solomon’s Seal) or Bifurcatio 

Working The Numbers: 2021

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

MW

Under Dark Wings

The Spirits are saying there is “plenty of hell” for everyone in the coming year. So don’t think 2021 is bringing anything other than Judgment on the World or the physical plane.
 
What does it mean to take refuge? To take refuge is to find a safe space. Refuge comes from the Old French meaning “to flee.” Refuge in most religions referred to physically entering the protective enclosures of temples or monasteries, off- limits by cultural agreement to war & strife
welcoming to those forced out of their homes.
Some of the great buildings extant from times unknown called by various names today such as Gothic, Moorish or Tartarian architecture were such stone citadels. Refuge has an occult meaning and as such refuge is said to be “under the wings ” or the protection of a powerful Entity.
In T: The New Tarot for the Aquarian Age drawn by John Starr Cooke, the numbers are not present on the Major Trumps and all the names have been changed.  The old Blasted Tower or 16th Trump became Citadel, the conceptual equivalent of refuge or sanctuary in the modified deck.
As to the date 2021, in Cooke’s deck card 20 is  Judgement renamed the Knower of which we just had a double dose in 2020!  Card 21,  the World is dubbed The Virgin. This combination of 2021, i.e. Knower with Virgin suggests that there will changes or structural shifts in the third dimension.
Long Night 2020
MW

Exit Stage Left: An Old Fool

Jacques Vieville, printed around 1650, Florney reconstruction

Here is the Fool from the Jacques Vieville deck circa 1650.  It follows an anonymous Tarot of Paris of unknown date which also faces left.  What is important to notice is that there is NO NUMBER on the card as well as the direction the Fool faces. In the Vieville decks the majors bear no titles and the numbering is different than the Marseilles, which is different than the modern RWS Tarot.

The first acknowledged Marseille deck is the Jean Noblet  of 1659. The Florney edition  does a modern revisioning of the original Vieville deck and goes one step further by presenting 44 cards with a reversed card in the all majors edition turned to “match”  Marseille style decks.

Since the Vieville is older,  and faces left  wii see this style of card as a remnant of an earlier Gnosis now forgotten. Left to us means  the Fool is making an exit from space time.

The right facing Fool as shown in the Marseille style editions wii interpret as the Fool entering  and/or  re-entering the labyrinth of the Cosmos as  tabula rasa to walk  its circular path of sequential eternal return.

Remember that the Zero or Cipher is a modern addition to this card.  Also the Tarot de Vieville  is a unique style of Tarot, just as is the Marseille deck.  Below is the all majors double version produced by Editions Le Tarot  drawn by the late J.C. Florney.

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Year 20 and 20: The Whodunit Year.

“Have a care, will you? ” An old line from a time of black and white mysteries comes to mind when wii think of the year 20 and 20. The front and the back of it, the Light and its Shadow, Judgment as the 20th Trump  or Major Arcana  is called in Tarotic notation.

Gabriel’s Horn is being blown. The Dead jump up from the crypt as the Horn and the Prayers of their anxious descendants disturb their long naps. Once again it seems nothing is right with the world.

Judgement as a year doubled is a time of  back and forth finger pointing, of accusing and being accused. It literally is like an old “whodunit.”  Who is wrong and who is right is all a matter of perspective and how much cake is in your bag!

However, when you bump into someone in the street, “have a care” and  say pardon me. Take at least some responsibility for your actions. It is a start – if you want to survive.

Tarot as Notarikon

Etymology is the mind’s game. The roots of words are effects not the cause of meaning. Language is symbol based and culturally biased.  Words are tricky, the banana peels man’s intellect tosses away and later slips on, and the academic labyrinth  it fashions only to get trapped in.

Words cannot explain what is found above the mental plane, i.e.  free energy.  The mental plane in modern occult terminology is called causal. This is an error.

It is consciousness not cognitive brain function which is the Sole Cause.  The primordial emanations which predate existence  are vibratory, thus  deep study in Hermetic Arts requires one convert words into numbers or frequencies.

Revelation renders mankind  outside of his fleshly form  whether in the  dream body or energy double “dumbstruck.”  Above the mental plane  pictures and image streams are transferred in lieu of words. The words come later and the meaning, if it is to be had at all, must be wrested from  ones life experience.

Tarot as used in Hermeticism focuses on the Major Arcana as notarikon. The  descriptions of states and conditions  on the card’s face is approached as having another interpretation which goes beyond the images shown. Each trump is an Arcana, the holder of a secret or as they say in the  East a “terma” or concealed  treasure.

Let us dig!

*The word “notarikon” is borrowed  Greek language  which was derived from the  Latin word “notarius” meaning “shorthand writer.” Notarikon is one of  three  methods used by Kabbalists, the other two are Gematria and Temurah to rearrange words and sentences. These methods were used in order to derive and to hide the esoteric substratum and deeper spiritual meaning of the words in the sacred texts.  Notarikon was used in  Alchemy.

( *Info sourced from Wikipedia)

Alchemate: Trumps 19 and 20

Statement:  The Work is the demolition of the Wall of Fiction the disciple’s  “Mind-Body” finds Itself trapped in.

When one approaches  Tarot not as a divination device but as the Book of Life’s alchemic notations the Marseille deck’s Major Arcana images reveal the greatest amount of symbolic details towards that purpose.

The Twins in card 19 shown in the walled in garden show the Mind-Body relationship. The child with the tail is of course the physical body which shares much with the animal kingdom.

The Wall around the Twins is the Wall of Fiction or the accepted Reality of Phenomena which has to be demolished.  It is the symbol of  liminal space the time between  ‘what was’ and what comes  ‘next.’ It represents transition, waiting, and limitation. It may seem a defined space is Paradise or  a  Garden of Eden but in fact it is a holding cell for both  mind and body.

The shining  Sun shows the Group Mind as an observer and  energy source. The Sun is not confined inside the Garden but shines over a  greater space than the walled  enclosure.

In order for a student to  become an initiate they must destroy their wall. This is a process of work and understanding of their own mental and psychological fictions. A search for beliefs or the seeds which took root and in a sense created each brick or obstacle which  limits their potential or greater awareness.

The word “alchemate”  is a portmanteau which showed up around 2016 which combines the words “alchemy” to transform and the word “automate” which means to make processes and systems automatic.

An initiate  begins or turns on the process of transformation in the limited consciousness of the DAY cycle using  affirmations, visualizations and/or energy moving  exercises which when faithfully done penetrates to the deeper levels of the subconscious to become automatic in the NIGHT cycle which is show in card 20 or   Judgement.

The combination of cards 19 and 20 shows the work of the Day and Night Cycle or the process of  alchemating!

The Sun as in Card 20 has transformed from the Group Mind of the masses to the Anima Mundi or Soul of the Earth (equilateral cross on yellow flag is an earth symbol) who blows a  trumpet.  One can see vestiges of the Twins in a male and female pair who represent here the conscious and subconscious aspects of human awareness .  A mysterious central grey-blue figure rises up  from a prone position in a coffin or bed,  facing the Anima Sola and the revelation  of a new heaven and Earth with no wall in sight.

 

Alchemate!