Some years back, after President Obama’s second election victory, but after it became clear that a terrible racial and political backlash was threatening all progress, I engaged in something risky and foolish. I tried to launch something akin to what Adept Dion Fortune did in Britain in WWII– launch a sort of magical counter-movement. I got no takers and much criticism for the very “presumptuous” idea. Nonetheless, I (in this case unwisely) persisted. First, I experimented with astral travel to explore the “temple” built by Fortune’s group of occult workers. I found enough with my sparse energy and skills to convince me it did exist, that it was real.
Why was I wrong? Because at the same time in my life, I was challenged with a foundering marriage and PTSD issues of the mate AND my own. I was at the low point of my adult life and I still wanted to play white magical knight? Yes, yes, I can be a totally moronic idealist at times. I learned much. My efforts were not so much a failure as inadequate to the need; after about four months, I fell ill. I sporadically kept up the effort for another year, and then; due to other physical issues not related to my energy work, I got REALLY ill. I quit and put aside the book in which I kept track of my efforts. It really was a sort of a Don Quixote mode, and I should never have taken it on all solo.
Today, I got that book out again and wrote out notes on a tarot spread done to determine the needs of a new effort. At last, not feeling completely alone and also in good health – mental, emotional, and physical – the Magical Battle for America is to be joined. I am not sure quite how this will be done yet, but I have chosen to go with this, secrets in the open perhaps for those with the ability to read? I began with a tarot spread to determine my needs in my effort to join with other practitioners to mount a magical resistance to preserve America from a crowd of venal, greedy, racist, misogynistic, religiously biased, spiritually constipated AMATEURS who are the current Administration.
I used my new Minoan Tarot deck and a Tree of Life spread. It told me much I needed to know, but did not tell me to not try it. Briefly, below, my read of the cards — not entirely analyzing all the linkages here, but hitting the high points of the new government Administration setting off my mental alarms, demanding I take action on every front:
#1 The Query’s Reason – (why I am asking). Youth of Labryses, reversed. A card signifying lies for approval and as foundation, telling me of an amateur who lies to gain place and power – I think this card represents Steve Bannon. The “fool” line connects to
#2 -Forces at Work – the Major Arcana16, the Tower also reversed, signifying a holding on to that which is already hopelessly fallen – in this case, old white guys demanding the past “good old days” be revived for their profit and comfort, regardless of the cost to the rest of the world. The “empress” line (female political power)crosses to
#3 Deeper Query – the Youth of Horns – and here is the President, not young, obviously — but a youth in experience of government, another amateur; this one financially motivated and inexperienced and connected to the card connoting Bannon by the “magician” line — signaling in this case an unhealthy “follower” relationship to the “idea man” Bannon.
#4 Projected development – the Maid of Rhytons – since this reading is to show me where I want to go, this card talks for first time of how to get there. It suggests I must be guided my my own oft-mistrusted intuition and empathy, using my own inner voice as guide. The “strength” line connects to card
#5 -Energy of Querent (me) – Major Arcana 9 Labyrinth (Hermit) – reinforces command to go within and mayhap USE my own Labyrinth in my efforts. So, even as one of a group, I suspect I may be rather solitary?
#6 Saving Grace – Ace of Labryses – a new beginning needs logical rational work, and a willingness to examine and shake up not only ideas, but ideals in my tasking. The “death” line of transformation connects to card
#7 Relationships encountered – Seven of Rhytons – suggesting I reward of emotional drive and operative pipe dreams, not only in others I suspect, but in myself. The “Tower” line crosses to the next card, with a hint of knocking down those emotive drives for a colder rationality.
#8 Feelings of Querent – Lord of Labryses – telling me I feel deciding and active, my opinions here have knowledge to back them up; so I am not all fluffy bits of dream.
#9 Thoughts of Querent – Ten of Horns – an admission of my need to count on a sturdy physical base of operations, financial security and a home to operate from safely, securely.
#10 Physical Manifestation – Major Arcana #5 The Adept – (The Lady) I will seek knowledge – arcane/occult at need to re-create balance and harmony that seems to be draining out of America right now. I must become adept….
#11 Secret Knowledge Needed – Major Arcana 13 Death – Ok, I admit it, I took a deep breath seeing this card as the secret. Some, yes, would read it as a direct warning that I could be risking my life. But I’ve see the Death card in so many layouts in my life and I am still here! It really IS the card of transformation — I am seeing this working to EFFECT transformation; one should expect personal transformation in the process. BE the change you wish to see in the world!
So, onward, braced and informed of what I need to pay attention to as I go forward…here we go.
A question for others? Do you, if you do energy/magic work, do tarot before a working to get a forecast of how your planned action will go?