A Tarot reading on the Middle East, by Sepand
1) Present position:Q swords - an aggressive woman, keenly perceptive, not unrelated to the city of New Orleans in some way, confident, gracious, just, but can also appear cruel, deceitful, unreliable; I think instantly here of Condoleeza Rice and her recent intervention (New Orleans connection via Afro-American origins?) - perhaps more rests on the decisions and judgment of this woman than meets the eye, i.e. if you want to pray for peace in the Middle East, pray for Condoleeza? 2) Immediate influence: 2 pentacles (Jup in Cap) - an ironic comment by the Tarot in this case, "plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose!" i.e. the more things change, the more they remain the same! Too many seriously vested interests (Cap) to make any change on the surface more than superficial (Jupiter)? ;-P3) Goal or destiny: Ace cups - hmm, the Middle East originally gave us the idea of the Holy Grail, did it not? And all the bloody crusades that ensued since, over its fate... Will we find the distant goal or ideal of love and peace there a chimeric illusion, or reality, I wonder? 4) Distant past foundation: 10 swords (Sun in Gem) - maybe the worst has already happened, i.e. it just doesn't get any worse than this! This complete madness and disaster may well signal the end of people's delusions and folly, the "mother of all wars" as the "war to end all wars", again? (cf. 2 of P above) ;-P5) Recent past events: K pentacles - another key player, along with Condoleeza; not sure whom the cards intend here. Who appeared most recently on the scene, anyone who pays more attention to the news? Generally a solid and reliable person with good instincts, unintellectual, laborious, materialistic; can also appear shortsighted, stupid and superstitious - I can only think of George Dubya, aka. the Shrub, here - any other suggestions? lol6) Future influence: 5 swords (Ven in Sco) - a losing battle, not worth the effort, bound to end in defeat; inadequate energy to maintain peace; reason undone by sentiment. 7) The questioner: 2 swords (Moon in Lib) - Sepand himself, abiding in equilibrium above the disruption, maintaining a slightly uneasy mental peace, keeping own antagonisms and affinities in reserve, trying to get a more objective overview of the whole situation. 8) Environmental influences: 7 pentacles (Sat in Tar) - success unfulfilled, i.e. expected profits turn to loss or even liabilities - not only a losing battle (5 of Swords) but financially and economically disastrous and costly as well ;-P9) Inner emotions (traditionally "hopes and fears"): 8 pentacles (Sun in Vir) - only retirement from the fray can result in any honor - save your money and resources for something more worthwhile! (My card for today, btw) ;-))10) Final result, outcome: Water (Hanged Man) - martyrdom, loss; suspension, death, suffering; stasis, paralysis of will, apathy. Lacking suit: Wands (i.e. intuition, real spirituality, will).
>Comparison among Q swords/2 pentacles/Water made me think that the "new aeon" hasn't launched here yet (As it seems reasonable): An effort to change the current Patriarchal influence.
Not necessarily, Sepand; Athena (Q of Swords) every inch a "daddy's girl", exclusively, i.e. a goddess who actually serves the patriarchy! ;-P
>>The people tend to resist change generally (5swords) by the act of fanaticism (Venus in Scorpio).
Not a bad interpretation, Sepand, i.e. acts of terrorism, whether individual or global, only tend to spin the wheels of the "same old, same old" losing battle/cycle of violence?
>>The Sun has always presented himself in the horizon, in perspective (K pentacles/Sun in Virgo); causing people to ruin each other as they "regard" his non-presence (K pentacles governs Sun in Gemini interestingly); bringing unstable peace of Moon in Libra which again its governer (Q of swords) has created it as its by-product
Idealistic approach (Ace cups) not necessarily anything to do with Condoleeza, Sepand, in fact she rather represents the Machiavellian (literally!) interests of the ruling patriarchy - but then so did the whole idea of the Grail originally, anyway? ;-P
>>The sons die in war and the remained feminine "peace" (2 pentacles) gazes toward the "Sun" (K of pentacles).
Everyone looking to USA to restore its "pax americana" (oxymoron; cf. Iraq!) ;-P
>What the succession of 7 of pentcales toward 8 of pentacles in eighth and ninth positions imply?
What do you think of my interpretation above, Sepand? ;-))
Wisdom of the Maya card for the 1st month of the Year of the Red Magnetic Moon
Month of the Magnetic Bat: Venus Underworld (remember,that for the Mayans Venus coincided with our understanding of Mars, so the interpretation might seem odd and contrary): Mayans timed their times of warfare to when Venus "culminated" (the opposite of the situation here), so Venus in the Underworld denotes a period free of major conflict, i.e. relatively peaceful, tranquil and hassle-free... cool! ;-))
Happy Mayan New Year and volunteer birthday to me!!!
Woo hoo! Today, just as I had got into the groove of the Mayan New Year of the Red Magnetic Moon, after welcoming it in and celebrating it last night, and we lined up for Katrina's 2nd (Gawith) cake, at lunchtime at Gawith, the volunteer coordinators came in to tell me I had passed my 2nd milestone as a volunteer there, so I unofficially/officially co-celebrated also with Katrina and Gazza (who shared a birthday, exactly 10 years apart, on Saturday). I felt almost as spoilt rotten as Katrina herself, since her worker Brygida not only remembered to pick me up a meat lovers' pizza at Bakers' Delight, but also kindly refused to let me pay for it, and I also felt thoroughly stuffed after not one, but two pieces of birthday cake! How could I not have remembered beginning something as momentous as volunteering, and thereby starting a whole new life, and lifestyle, on such a momentous and awesome day as this? Whatever... since my 5oth birthday in April turned into such a huge anticlimax, despite the kind attentions of Sebi afterwards and the beautiful gift from Bjorn Erik, much afterwards, I have decided that this means my real birthday must now take place on July 26th, since I got somehow mysteriously "born again" 2 years ago. So, while I may find myself still a toddler, maybe I can look forward to having a second everything, second childhood, second adolescence, and...who knows? Unfortunately, I also share this new birthday with John Howard, so they tell me, but I feel more people will shrug and say, "Who cares?" to that one. So now this former sidereal Pisces has turned around and become a sidereal Cancer (still soppy and watery, though, so I guess I can still claim the King of Cups as my Tarot card!) lolIn fact, just to remind myself of this momentous red-letter day also for next year, why don't I go and update my profile to that effect right now? lol(No, becoming "born again" does not mean I have become one of those creepy fundamentalist types, as I did in my previous adolescence... or, at least, not until my next adolescence, due in about 17 years, aged 67? lol)Maybe this happens when you have a beautiful Jupiter lurking in the wings, in the 12th house, in Cancer (i.e. exalted in the sign and accidentally dignified in the house)? hehe
A new addiction...
OK, I will admit to it; I have found a new addiction even more riveting than Literati (believe it or not!), namely the virtual world of the Sims
, according to the packaging, "the world's no. 1 selling PC game EVER!" It frightens me, but once one of these little creatures engages you, you just can't stop; I found the whole set of 7 discs at 25% at Chadstone last week, and felt I could not afford not to get it, $140 worth at $35, since the concept of virtual social simulation fascinated me ever since I read about it Psychology Today magazine. It takes a little while to get the hang of, but once you do, it becomes Big Brother, in which you play the role of Big Brother (or Sister), meets virtual, or webcam, reality. I started with the Goth family on the second disc (Livin' Large), which promised extreme situations, like roach infestations and alien abductions. The family suffered a number of traumatic and tragic events, such as finding their space invaded by the "tragic clown" who came to life from a painting on the wall, losing their adopted baby to social services for failure to look after it properly, and losing their natural daughter to military school, because of her failing grades and extremely dysfunctional behavior. When the Grim Reaper came to take Mr Goth, Bella mourned briefly over his urnful of ashes, but now she gets on with life in her own little house, and seems much happier there. Basically, you just have to keep them fed, watered and amused, with either serious fun or just plain fun, and Bella has turned out to represent my only character who managed to get a job (all the others seemed too depressed to even want to look!) as a subway musician, although she does not play music at home, preferring her virtual reality module for "kicks", feeding and watching her fish and watering her plants and pottering in the garden, when not at work. She has not yet had a "hot date" though, despite the title of disc 3, and has no friends, seeming at times a "socially challenged moron", who occasionally loses track of time and pisses off all her would-be friends by ringing them at night, and herself by attempting to call them during their working hours. It seems she equates to a lesbian, also, favoring black leather chaps, and the closest she got to a "hot date" downtown seems jiving to a jukebox with some hot black sheilas.... ;-))I have found it disturbingly easy to lose all track of time myself playing this, or rather, letting the simulation unfold. It also does strange things to your visual field when you have played it too long, i.e. seeing everything in terms of pixels, which swarm about like ants over the floor? The weird thing about it, though, seems that nobody ever has sex in it, and two characters cannot even sleep in the same double bed! Apart from that though, the simulations seems pretty true to life so far, although I wonder what happened to the alien abductions (mind you, Cassandra Goth did talk a lot about aliens before finding herself packed off to military school!)... lol
A gnostic moment: the colour of magick?
Last night I dreamt wonderful dreams, in which I channelled Thomas Merton, the last of the great Catholic surrealists since James Joyce!
This morning I woke up and looked again at my card of the day, Ace of Cups, Ayida Wedo, in my beloved Voodoo Tarot of New Orleans. Suddenly, even before meditating, I saw it with new eyes, and it felt as if "scales fell from my eyes". I had never before realised why she looks so butch, almost mannish, and thought the background behind her a rather nondescript colour, not at all watery, as one would expect for the "root of the powers of water". I suddenly realised, this = octarine, my own personal colour of magick, the colour of the iridescent sheen on soap bubbles, the colour of the possibly impossible, impossibly possible marriage of fire and water, the rainbow (Ayida Wedo) and the feathered sky serpent (Danballah), the heart of Voodoo gnosis. I also realised that my rare moment of real magick equated in fact to my marriage to Bjorn Erik, also our very own attempted Blakeian marriage of heaven and hell, on earth! Now I seemed fire, he water, now vice versa (but actually personality-wise I = water, King of Cups, and he fire, Prince of Wands, as I later discovered from the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory); in some ways I seemed too butch, too mannish for him, but not really...! We still have this "marriage", but one cannot realise this "impossible dream" for too long on the mundane, earth plain? After meditation, my daily card boiled down to this one, plus Rada 6 (Papa Legba, storyteller: hence this urge to write it all out!). And it too now represents for me a possibly impossible, impossibly possible marriage of fire and water, the woman arising from the sea to have her hands kissed and ignited by the sun (interestingly, this card corresponds to Sun in Scorpio in the Tarot of Ceremonial Magick, i.e. also hinting at deep mysteries: the little mermaid of Hans Christian Andersen, only now, as I realise, more Scorpio and enjoying life, than tragically Pisces?) ;-))
Latest from Bjorn Erik: belated 50th birthday present!
http://bjornerik.blogspot.com/And he seemed very well when we spoke on the phone on Friday night, as well! Now I enter my 51st year with some beauty, grace, dignity and elegance; he always had much taste than I! ;-))