Tarot reading for Christopher, as requested
|The Creative Process spread is designed specifically to peer into the nature of a project or creative undertaking. The William Blake Tarot explores the mystical vision and artistry of the renowned English painter and poet. It has long been the deck of choice for artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. There are only a few autographed copies of the Blake Tarot left, so if you want one, buy it now!|
| The card in the middle represents the creative force behind the project, be it a person, organization, or other entity: Error, or... |
The Devil: who, or what, seems to run your life? A devil of a good question. It seems kind of hard to smoke your last cigarette down to its filter while wearing your theatrical gloves. Who, or what, seems running your life may not represent so much a physical addiction (though most of us have plenty of those, unless we represent the insufferably "righteous"!), as your compulsive thoughts of self, thoughts that run on autopilot, as mechanically as memorised lines in a script, a stand-up comedian's spiel; the greasepainted persona and daggy hat he presents to the world, equates to your own persona/ego hiding, or revealing your true self? The eyebrows we can paint on can seem so much more attractive than those with which nature provided us. It seems up to you: nature or art? The choice, as always, remains yours. The devil does not always come disguised as an angel of light, but sometimes a shambling, daggy, wise-cracking clown, wise guy rather than wise man, the glowing tip of his cigarette representing his long descent from the son of thunder on high; a fallen angel, after all, remains still an angel, not descended, like the rest of us, from apes!
| The card on the top represents imagination - the prophetic image that stems from the creative force of the previous card to initiate the project. This is the poetry or voice of the undertaking. Five of Music (Melancholy): "Whatever is Born of Mortal Birth / Must be consumed with the Earth / To rise from Generation free: / Then what have I to do with thee?". Emotional disappointment. Existential angst. Spiritual insights following a sad event. Separating and moving on. Sadness, loss, grieving. Acknowledging your mistakes. Releasing ties and attachments from the past. In the creative process: Convert the pain of disappointment or loss into artistic expression. Let go of something old or dead and move on to something new and alive.|
grail five/5 of Cups: He didn't like the cool blues of Tom Waits, said it seemed too sexual, but then at first I thought the same about Ephemera, saying they amounted to mere "pornojenter" (="porn-girls", Norwegian), when he thought their music the purest of the pure... De gustibus non disputandum! The blues, or "song sung blue", as this card suggests, seem only for those who, like Cat Stevens, "never knew what love is, until they got hurt" (The Hurt). Funny thing, though, listening to or, better still, playing them, you don't feel all that hurt, although they seem all about hurt. "And before you know it, it starts to feel good" (Neil Diamond, Song Sung Blue). You can even play cool blues on a broken guitar with one string missing, and you don't have to appear black, to sing with a black man's voice (ask Tom Waits, or even Elvis!) ;-))
| The card on the left represents emotion - the feelings aroused by or surrounding the ideation of the project that takes place in the previous card, the music or scent of the undertaking. Reason: Using your head to get through a situation. A time to define or obey the rules. Yielding to or being the boss, or authority figure. Patriarchal or traditional approach is favored. Fathering issues.|
Pan, or the Emperor: Bats in the belfry? Bees in the bonnet? The delusions of full-on chronic paranoid schizophrenia seem nothing more than an over-inflated male ego ("I AM both the Father and the Son"?!!)? In the bad, old days they would have trepanned your skull to let the evil spirits out... Pan as horned god, for Christians the very epitome of evil. In these bad, new days, their trepanning tools seem more sophisticated (we have moved on from lobotomies and ECT to psychopharmaka), but in reality they still seem as crude as sledgehammers to the fragile neuronal contents of the skull... He walks the streets like a regular guy, but if you look into his eyes, and worship him, "you recognise that ancient face" (Mike Scott), you see him suddenly loom larger than life, and suddenly you wonder if your perceptions also take on the shades and lurid hues of religious psychosis - but old stars never die, they just fade away, getting younger and younger, until the day they make their big come-back - let the Christmas bells ring: "So follow Christ as best you can / Pan is dead / long live Pan!" (Mike Scott, a musical authority on the subject of Pan). He returns, not entirely happy about it, but looking forward to it in his grimly apocalyptic way... This new "frying Pan" demands not so much a revolution, as a new Inquisition! lol "Come with me, on a journey beneath the skin / we will look together for the Pan within" (Mike Scott), i.e. your own inner majesty and divinity as a 'regular bloke'.
| The card on the bottom represents thought - the analytical process of organizing the project and capturing the emotional content of the previous card. This is the science or vision of the undertaking. Man of Music: "Music as it exists in old tunes or melodies ... is Inspiration, and cannot be surpassed; it is perfect and eternal". Using emotional self-control. Experiencing a sense of self-integration and mastery. Feeling at the top of your form. Swaying others with your gift of expressiveness and fluency in the language of the unconscious. Ability to interpret dreams, oracles, and omens. Be cautious of a tendency to overestimate yourself. In the creative process: Dedicate your considerable powers to help others and for creating beauty in the world.|
King of Cups, grail King: fire of water - who knows ever what my King Scorpio, my King of Hearts, wants, deep down? He seemed once, like all with more than their fair share of Scorpio, heavily motivated by sex, and now not at all... Irene the Viennese psychotherapist spoke rightly: she had never known a Scorpio without a profound sexual dysfunction somewhere. According to Edna O'Brien's Wild Decembers, all mental illness seems about sex, as well... Maybe for all men, sex only seems alluring while unattained, and unattainable; once attained, it becomes "boring" - for Scorpio men in particular, the thrill seems to consist in the waiting, the wanting, the hoping, the chase - he once said, he only married, "to see what it would be like". In a profound way, we find ourselves learning the Buddha's 2nd Noble Truth: "all suffering comes from attachment/craving/grasping/desire". "Be still, my soul, and wait without hope, for hope would be hope for the wrong thing" (T.S.Eliot).
| The card on the right represents manifestation - the real work involved in completing the project, and the form it will take upon culmination. This is the painting or touch of the undertaking. Six of Science (Passage): Opening the way or clearing obstacles. Movement of information. A Rite of Passage. A stressful journey. Seeking a sense of purpose. Receiving guidance from a higher source. Exploring new terrain. In the creative process: Your imagination needs to be uncovered or unleashed by resolving contradictory elements and seeking spiritual guidance.|
Sword 6 (I guess): spirit-journey. Enfolded in the wings of a snowy white swan, we glide through interdimensional barriers to other realities and parallel universes, this spirit-sister and I. I made her acquaintance so long ago, I no longer recall her name - she still wears military khaki and jungle camouflage on her face and helmet, which makes her appear more butch than her true identity. The swan (Miranda from Picnic at Hanging Rock?) winks, its whiteness of nostalgic innocence, or innocent nostalgia, not yet charred to the black more typical of Australian swans. I find myself enrobed in a hooded enchanter's cloak of purple, tied under the chin with a long gold tassel, and covered all over with little gold stars - it makes me appear more sexless and androgynous than I feel. The willow-branches part silently, and we glide through them... This little trip proved a pleasant spot of R&R, by your leave ;-))
And in the light of all the musical references above, especially Mike Scott, I feel a little shameless plug for his new album to be in order:
KARMA TO BURN - OUT IN SEVEN DAYS, NEW WEB PAGES UP NOW
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