Two cards are profiled. Each card represents a consciousness that corresponds to the highlighted paths on the Tree of Life (Kabbalah) diagrams included with this reading. The intention is for you to watch for the consciousness these cards symbolize to be reflected in the experiences and events of the day
The first card is an archetype card chosen according to the numerology of the day.
Today is 11, 30, 2011, number 9: The Hermit
The Hermit stands on the snowy peaks of spiritual enlightenment; his right hand raises a shining lamp of truth. The Hermit is sharing the six-pointed star of Solomon’s wisdom for those who are willing, ready and able to see. The figure in this card is said to be wearing the cloak of invisibility, only those who have eyes to see, will see what the Hermit shares. This person is willing to stand alone, in “right knowing,” to defy accepted thought and or ways of the world, in order to demonstrate the way to enlightenment. Following the path of the Hermit lights the way to new levels of understanding, and attainment of goals. The long thin staff in this figure’s left hand symbolizes the way: the narrow path of initiation. Wholeness on the path of the Hermit requires us to be willing to narrow our life focus in order to complete important work, seek higher consciousness, and model what it is to work as one with the Light and the good of All.
The second card is a random draw, seeking the ideal card to contemplate in relation to current events this day. Today’s card is the Queen of Cups.
The Queens of all the suits do not apply to any particular path on the Tree of Life. The face cards apply to levels of personality strengths and weaknesses at work on all the paths. Here we have Cups, the feeling personality type, associated with collective empathy, full understanding and alignment with the feelings of others. The Queen of Cups sits upon a throne perched on a golden shore, a sanctuary. Water, a sea, (the symbol for feelings) swirls around her feet and it is impossible to tell where the water ends and her robe begins. The beautiful cup she holds is closed with handles shaped like angels. This indicates that the thoughts of the Queen originate from the unconscious, from the depths of her own soul. The throne upon which she sits is decorated with images of sea-nymphs, fish, and scallop shells. The sea and fish are additional symbols of the unconscious mind. This Queen is the master of divine inspiration. She is mother love, and the collective unconscious. This Queen is a seer. Note the look of intense concentration almost anger in her expression as she stares at the cup in her right hand. The wonder of the muses and creative work that comes from the place this cup represents can never be explained. This cup conceals the final secret, not to be grasped by the ordinary mind, never to be revealed to the everyday consciousness: the force that is that from which all things come. Wholeness for the Queen of Cups requires the ability to see with eyes beyond her own and still return to everyday consciousness with the polished gold that forms the solid grounded reality her throne sits upon.
This reading is meant for the practice of Yoga of the West, a Tarot meditation designed to build a bridge of intuition between the reader’s unconscious and conscious mind. People also consult the cards as an oracle. Caution is advised. An oracle opens the door to spiritual deception as easily as spiritual truth. To read more about Yoga of the West go to http://bit.ly/9BiovO
Mary T. Ficalora, is the author of the award winning book, Choosing Honor: a philosophical treatise that applies the symbolism found on the Tree of Life to reveal an unpredictable tonic for what ails America. For more on Kabbalah and how it relates to the tonic prescribed in Choosing Honor go to http://bit.ly/f0VOAX