EXERCISE CT #3--Cosmic Pool
Tue, 30 Sep 2003 22:02:46 +0200
To: Comparative Tarot http://comparativetarot.com
Adapted from the exercise "Fish" from the book Tarot Games by Cait Johnson & Maura Shaw.
> From your first (non-comfort) deck, choose three at random, placing them face up in a line. [left to right]
> Card 1: What I have to offer the Universe at this time.
> Card 2: What I catch from the cosmic pool.
> Card 3: What I'll make of it.
First, Ancestral Path.
1: The Sun
My first reaction to this blindingly brilliant Sun is something I was
just discussing with my best friend last night: being told "Du machst
Licht!" I have been told more than once (frequently at festivals) that
I "make light" or shine. Wait, I have to look up the Crowley quote Š
"The force of her character imposes the impression of beauty upon the
beholder." (BoT p. 155) This is part of the description of my sig:
Princess of Wands. This is why (I think) even as I approach 40, I still
get to hear those most lovely words: "Ciao Bella!" Nothing rings more
sweetly in the ear! So, this is what I have to offer the Universe: my
own little spark of the Light.
2: Princess of Cups
I have to quote the LWB: "A magical being, one who sees via the lens of
insight; a healer, especially of the emotions. Knowledge of herbs and
the mysteries of the earth; a deep, intuitive understanding of earth and
water energies. In addition, charismatic energy; magnetism; attraction."
Of course, that last sentence ties right in with the Sun. My charisma
or sunny disposition is not something I've created to offer outward,
rather it is a blessing that flows through me. It's Magick, but not
through *my* Will. I'm just the messenger (or apprentice).
3: The Tower
Well, hmmm. I wrote all about this card a few months ago, and its
connection to civilization and society. Perhaps "what I'll make of it"
is to overturn society, spread flashes of inspiration, tear down walls,
question authority, use the "lens of insight" to shine Light into dark
places. Pretty ambitious.
1: This Sun has a face which reminds me of Pharoah (pick one). A slight
smile, but tired eyes. He radiates over water, wherein are two
lotuses--one in full bloom, and one bud. The only additional thing I
get from this is the connection of the lotus to the Page (Princess) of
Cups (in the Thoth deck).
2: This Page seems more contemplative than the Princess of the AP.
OTOH, he looks like he could bust out laughing, him and the fish. This
is a more fun card, with a sense of unexpectedness. Like, how much fun
would it be if a fish came out of the water to look you in the eye?
Wouldn't it be extraordinary? Kind of like today, watching with my
daughter as a Lindt Chocolate hot air balloon flew over our garden. Or
walking together and seeing three European fire lizards on our block.
Kind of playful wonder, or wonderful play. (OTOH, it's still a fish out
3: Palladini's Tower reminds me of controlled burning, which gets rid of
the old to make way for the new. This is how I give my life to my
daughter. In every way (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) that is
my "job" as mother. I give her sunshine (fire) and play (water) and hot
air balloons (air) and me (earth). I'm on the way out; she's on the way
in. Tag, you're it!
And going back to Card 1: the Sun with the two lotuses--one in full
bloom, one bud--also reflects this idea.
> How does this change your initial interpretation?
> How has your synthesis expanded? What has your
> Comfort Deck whispered in your ear (High Priestess!) that might
> have been missed in your first cursory interpretation? . . .
I have an odd new sense of macrocosm and microcosm within my own life.
And how they overlap. If I go back and read what I wrote about the AP
and my more public self, and apply it to my relationship with my
daughter, it all really fits nicely. And vice versa. (*She* is my own
little spark of the Light! Even with that big knot on her forehead from
when she rode her tricycle down the stairs trying to "go to Florida.")
One Love All Love,
Nothing's in the past, it always seems to come again.
Again and again, again and again, again. <Ronnie James Dio>
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