Archive for March, 2018

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The Hierophant

Today’s card is The Hierophant.

The Hierophant sits in his finery and is attended by two monks. In his left hand he holds a triple cross scepter, and in the other he makes the hand sign of the cross. On the base of his throne are the keys of the Catholic church.

Though the easiest connection to make with regards to the Hierophant is the pope and the Catholic church as a whole, his meaning extends much deeper than that. The Hierophant represents institution as a whole. Whether it be church, school, or government, each one is headed by a little Hierophant of its own. The Hierophant stresses the importance of following the rules, staying safely within your lane, and – stressing this the hardest – obeying the Hierophant.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Nine of Wands

Today’s card is the Nine of Wands.

A person clutches a wand, hiding behind a barricade of wands behind them. Their head is bandaged and they are holding the wand close to their body, as if awaiting an attack upon their person. Though the person is clearly hurt, they are still alert and ready for counter-attack.

This card shows up when you need a reminder to show caution. You’ve been hurt before – who hasn’t? – and the last thing you need is for it to happen again. It’s a smart idea to always be on the defensive, but always remember overdoing it is a huge possibility. Though this person is wounded, hanging on to your weapon for the rest of your life will just exhaust you.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Page of Cups

Today’s card is the Page of Cups.

A young person dressed in flamboyant clothing stands before the sea-side, holding a golden chalice. Inside the chalice is a small fish, which peeks out to look at the youth. The youth smiles, amused by the delightful situation before them.

The Page of Cups is, bar none, the silliest card in the deck. The Page dresses, acts, and believes in things that others find completely bizarre. They don’t care; they live life the way they care to despite any consequences. They are slow to anger and find delight in the smallest of things. Though this has its downsides, it grants them opportunities that others can never imagine… even being able to see a jolly fish in a cup.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The Emperor

Today’s card is The Emperor.

The Emperor sits in a ram-embellished throne, holding the scepter and globe. Behind him is a tall mountain range, underneath which a river flows. Underneath his red robes, he wears a suit of plate armor.

Taking it as literally as possible, the Emperor represents worldly authority. Aside from the emperors of the world, it represents all kinds of leaders, authority figures, and people who are capable of taking charge of a situation through force of personality. Looking deeper, the Emperor also represents masculine energy; destructive forces, the formation of structure, and authority over others. The most essential attribute of the Emperor is his will, through which almost anything can be accomplished.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Judgement

Today’s card is Judgement.

An archangel blows their trumpet, signalling the final judgement of mankind before the new reign of Heaven. A man, a child, and woman rise from their tombs, completely naked, ready to be raised to their final reward.

Judgement is the end of all things. Is is not the ending itself, however. It is the beginning of the end, when the cast takes their final bow before the curtain falls for the last time. Judgement shows up when a long-standing cycle is about to fall in on itself. Never let the end of things take you by surprise! You will find that the end is always closer than you expect.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Three of Pentacles

Today’s card is the Three of Pentacles.

A mason finishes their work – three engraved pentacles in an arch – as two others look on. One in an ornate robe holds the plans for this archway, and the other, a monk, simply observes.

Labor is a reoccurring theme in the suit of Pentacles, and the Three of Pentacles is one of several cards that depict the process of creation. This card represents the finished product of hard work, especially work that requires a great amount of practice. Talent is nothing compared to good, hard work, and the Three of Pentacles shows what can be reaped from applying yourself.

The Three of Pentacles is an unusual card, because it’s the only card in the deck where the symbol of the suit is in a different color than the other cards of its kind. Instead of being rendered in gold, the three pentacles are carved from stone. What this represents, if anything, is unknown to me.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The Sun

Today’s card is The Sun.

A naked child rides a white horse while bearing a red standard. The Sun, at its zenith, rises above a wall of sunflowers. The child wears a garland of flowers on their head, and sits exultant, riding in total triumph.

The Sun! What more can be said? The Sun represents the total, final victory – the dawn breaking after the inglorious night. When you draw the Sun, understand that you are on the precipice of your greatest wishes being granted. All will be revealed in the sun’s light – no more secrets, no more lies, and no more mysteries. You will be born anew, gleeful like a child, and bare of anything weighting you down.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – Five of Swords

Today’s Yesterday’s card is the Five of Swords.

Three people walk their separate ways, after some kind of disagreement. The one furthest in the background holds their head in their hands, dejected; in the midground, another walks away with dignity. Standing fore is the subject of this card, holding the swords of their former companions. They grin, smugly, the victor of some kind of argument – but at what cost?

The Five of Swords is all about dishonor, lies, and trust-breaking. By betraying their comrades, the subject of the card now holds all the swords – but what use are they without friends to hold them? When drawn in a reading, the Five of Swords warns us of a potential back-stabber in your midst… one that might even be you, yourself. Be conscious of how you treat others, lest you find yourself holding all of the swords by your lonesome.

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The High Priestess

Today’s card is The High Priestess.

The High Priestess sits serenely, reading the Torah, between the pillars of Boaz and Jachin. At her feet is a crescent moon, and behind her is a tapestry of pomegranates in the shape of the Tree of Life.

The High Priestess represents secrecy, hidden knowledge, and serenity. Her attitude is stolid, she says little, but her actions speak deeply for her. When the High Priestess comes into play, there is a deep secret inside the situation at hand that only a select few can know about. What does she know that you don’t?

OCCULT: DAILY DRAW – The Moon

Today’s card is The Moon.

A face in the moon glares down, critically. At the edge of the water, at the beginning of a long path between two towers, a dog and a wolf howl. Between them, a crustacean crawls from the waters onto land.

The Moon represents mystery, secrets, and the oddities of the mind. The three animals represent the three Freudian partitions of the mind: the wolf is the Id, the unrestrained needer of pleasure; the crustacean the Superego, pure alien logic; and the dog the Ego, a synthesis of logic and emotion that brings greater thinking. These three creatures stand at the start of a long, long path that leads over the horizon. The Moon drives us to begin our journey on this path, to free ourselves from the fears of the unconscious mind, and to become something greater than a mere animal: a Person.