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Thursday Night Tarot – Hanged Man/Empress

This is the third in a series of conversations between the Birth Card pairs and Jason C. Lotterhand, through “The Thursday Night Tarot”, (edited by Arisa Victor). The host for this series is the Fool, representing the individual taking the journey. The third Birth Card pair up are the Hanged Man and the Empress.

Fool:  Welcome to this series of conversations. Information discussed here is based on Jason C. Lotterhand’s work, as presented in “The Thursday Night Tarot”. Something to keep in mind before we enter into the following conversation is the theme for the Hanged Man/Empress duo: “Accepting what fortune brings you, versus creating your own destiny.” To my left is the Hanged Man, to my right is the Empress, and to the Empress’ right we have Mr. Lotterhand. Thank you all for being here. Hanged Man, you may begin.

Hanged Man: I would like to thank Mr. Lotterhand and the Empress for being here, and the Fool for hosting this series. As we all know, Birth Cards work in pairs. However, we all carry our own identity. Through Mr. Lotterhand’s work, we hope to clarify who we are to those who carry our energy.

Mr. Lotterhand, you say that I represent the “power of stillness. What exactly does that mean?

Jason C. Lotterhand: The outside world demands that we be on the move. Remaining still is just something that we are not encouraged to do. However, one of the most important things that we can do is to find the stillness and quiet within. No words, no things …  just absolute stillness. When you are no longer concerned ab out anything, then you have reached this thing called stillness.

As the Hanged Man, you represent the inner aspects of life. You exist outside of ordinary experience, in your own zone. With you, an individual reaches a level of superconsciousness.

Hanged Man: You say that I represent the principle of “reversal”. Can you please explain that to our audience.

Jason C. Lotterhand: The principle of reversal is based in the individual’s attitude. There is a turning away from the world, not to reject it, but to allow oneself to interpret life from an inner perspective. A whole new ballgame! Focusing outward assumes that the individual knows all of the answers, while focusing inward is dependent solely on  the Life Power.

It is good to practice the reversal of thoughts, as it helps us appreciate our subconscious. In working with reversal exercises we break away from believing that certain things are so, and certain things are not so. We come to accept what is going on in the proper spirit. Internal changes will lead automatically to external change.

Hanged Man: Do you have any last words for our audience?

Jason C. Lotterhand: A small thought here concerning meditation, which is one way to still the mind. Through meditation, we look at everything we are, and then we dissolve it. Meditation helps us to consciously get where we want to go.

Fool: Thank you, Hanged Man, and you, Mr. Lotterhand. Empress, you have the podium.

Empress: Thank you, Fool. I would like to thank the Hanged Man and Mr. Lotterhand for being here, and the Fool for acting as host. Mr. Lotterhand, you note that I represent the Divine Mother. Why is this important?

Jason C. Lotterhand: The Christian Fathers made the decision long ago to ban Isis. However, it wasn’t that easy. She still exists, and we are in a time when the feminine principle is being recognized for what it is. The woman within each of us is our creative imagination.  We not only receive inspiration here, but also the ability to nurture our creations. The ultimate place to find knowledge and information is nature herself.

Empress: How does Venus represent me as an archetype?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Venus represents love and desire. Binah’s symbol is the cup, the Holy Grail, which receives the message that is transmitted from the other side of the Tree. The heart is the main symbol for the Empress. It represents the law of Mother’s Love. To connect with the Empress, with feminine wisdom, we must approach through love.  The fire of love is found in the Empress’ heart.

Empress: Isn’t Venus also the patroness of the arts?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Yes, indeed she is. The Empress knows all of the laws, and is capable of producing all the transformation. In this respect, the Empress rules all of the Arts and Sciences. She contains all of these different ways of expressing life. The Empress brings us success and victory, and carries our regenerated self.

Empress: Can you explain to our audience how I am different from the High Priestess, as we both represent subconscious energy.

Jason C. Lotterhand: You and the High Priestess do both represent the energy of the subconscious. The energy is the same, the difference is in activity. The Empress comes into being as the result of intercourse between the High Priestess and Spirit.  The High Priestess represents the abstract aspect of substance, while the Empress represents nature, and everything that goes on within nature.

Empress: Do you have any last words for our audience?

Jason C. Lotterhand:  Our self-consciousness is already merged with our subconscious. Nothing happens without the Divine Pair. In the case of the Empress, her partner is the Emperor. Essentially, one is defined in terms of the other.

Please note: These are, of course, imaginary conversations. The information has been taken from “The Thursday Night Tarot”, Jason C. Lotterhand, edited by Arisa Victor, Newcastle Publishing Co. Inc, 1989. Any errors in translation are mine, and mine alone.

Images are from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, by Karyn Easton (http://paranormality.com)

 © September 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

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Posted by on September 14, 2012 in Thursday Night Tarot

 

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Thursday Night Tarot – Justice/High Priestess

This is the second in a series of conversations between the Birth Card pairs and Jason C. Lotterhand, through “The Thursday Night Tarot”, (edited by Arisa Victor). The host for this series is the Fool, representing the individual taking the journey. The second Birth Card pair up are Justice and the High Priestess.

Fool:  Welcome to the second episode in this series of conversations. Information discussed here is based on Jason C. Lotterhand’s work, as presented in “The Thursday Night Tarot”. Something to keep in mind before we enter into this conversation is the theme for the Justice/High Priestess duo: “Bringing life into a sense of balance – analyzing and synthesizing of ideas. Learning to trust in yourself, your intuition, and your psychic abilities.” To my left is Justice, to my right is the High Priestess, and to the High Priestess’s right we have Mr. Lotterhand. Thank you all for being here. Justice, you may begin.

Justice: I would like to thank Mr. Lotterhand and the High Priestess for being here, and the Fool for hosting this series. As we all know, Birth Cards work in pairs. However, we all carry our own identity. Through Mr. Lotterhand’s work, we hope to clarify who we are to those who carry our energy.

Mr. Lotterhand, you talk about my purpose as that of holding equilibrium, and that I am the exchange point through which the other Birth Cards transmit their energy. What exactly does this mean?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Justice (Key 11) deals with the concept of equilibrium as being of great importance. Spirit works through Justice to direct everything within ourselves, and within the physical world. Justice acts as our subconscious … it is always there for us, often to save us from ourselves. Work and Action are two of your keywords. The Sword of Severity is a tool given to us to define what we want in life.

Justice: How do we find out what it is that we really want in life?.

Jason C. Lotterhand: It is very simple – through the process of elimination. What we see as obstacles we eliminate. This is how we learn discrimination. Discrimination allows us to know what we want, and to define it in a very precise manner.

Justice: You state that when obstacles are in our way, we are not happy, and that when we are not happy, it is the same as being ill. How do we cultivate happiness – i.e. wellness?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Wellness underlies the total experience of the Tarot. Through Justice, we learn to nurture our health by being careful. This means eliminating anything in your life t hat run s counter to the laws of nature. You can, of course, ignore this, but there are consequences!

Justice: Do you have any last words for our audience?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Bringing balance into our lives means not cultivating any one aspect of yourself at the expense of other aspects. The key is to approach life as a gourmet, not a gormand!

Fool: Thank you, Justice, and you, Mr. Lotterhand. High Priestess, I am turning the podium over to you.

High Priestess: Thank you, Fool. I would like to thank Justice and Mr. Lotterhand for being here, and the Fool for acting as host. Mr. Lotterhand, you indicate that I represent the Divine Mother on the Tree of Life, and the feminine principle in the Cabala.  (Note: This is the spelling from the book, “Thursday Night Tarot”.). How does my energy work in people’s lives?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Interesting question! Energy means very little if it is not applied. In the Cabalistic world, the universe is mind-centered, mind-constructed, and mind-supported. This is the nurturing principle – our minds are supported by the Great Mind. The power in Key 2 (the High Priestess) represents the subconscious, and the feminine element. This energy is meant to respond to the self-conscious, male oriented energy typical of Key 1 (the Magician). The relationship between these two archetypes is crucial.

Without an exchange between male and female principles, nothing happens in life. Nothing. The principles are equal to each other – one is not stronger, or above the other. The High Priestess protects us, and always reminds us that we are born of mind, and that we ARE mind.

High Priestess: Please explain to our audience how the element of water come to represent my energy.

Jason C. Lotterhand: Water represents the unconscious – as water flows, so does our unconscious. It is one of the main symbols for the High Priestess. Water contains everything in solution, and can precipitate anything out of itself. Mind does not change … it holds all things in potential. (This is the mystery of the High Priestess. My thought, not Mr. Lotterhand’s.) The mind is endlessly fruitful, but we have to learn how to use it.

High Priestess: Alchemists are among my favorite people. Could you talk about them for a moment, please?

Jason C. Lotterhand: There are two types of people. One type of person will find extraordinary things within themselves. The second type of person is referred to as an alchemist – they are interested in knowing the nature of Reality. This is, indeed, the spirit of science, and is at the heart of every scientist. Their wisdom comes from intuition. From the point of view of the Tarot, their wisdom comes from the High Priestess, the guardian of the mysteries. The key to connecting with the High Priestess is to still the mind … then information will flow from her to us.

High Priestess: My crown is representative of the phases of the moon. Please tell ou audience why this is important.

Jason C. Lotterhand: The phases of the moon represent cycles … in this case, the cycles of life. Within the High Priestess is the principle of duplication – necessary for any type of reproduction. Her law insures continuity of life.

High Priestess: Do you have any last words for our audience? Jason C. Lotterhand:  We create the life around us. We are creating illusion. Through the use of meditation we can access the energy of the High Priestess. Through her, we see the whole picture of ourselves, who we are, where we came from, where we are, and where we are going. We come to an educated response to “What is it that I really want?”

Remember – the Divine Mother loves and guides us all!

Please note: These are, of course, imaginary conversations. The information has been taken from “The Thursday Night Tarot”, Jason C. Lotterhand, edited by Arisa Victor, Newcastle Publishing Co. Inc, 1989. Any errors in translation are mine, and mine alone.

Images are from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, by Karyn Easton (http://paranormality.com)

 © September 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2012 in Thursday Night Tarot

 

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Thursday Night Tarot – Wheel of Fortune/Magician

This is the first in a series of conversations between the Birth Card pairs and Jason C. Lotterhand, through “The Thursday Night Tarot”, (edited by Arisa Victor). The host for this series is the Fool, representing the individual taking the journey. The first Birth Card pair up are the Wheel of Fortune and the Magician.

Fool: Welcome to this series of conversations. Information discussed here is based on Jason C. Lotterhand’s work, as presented in “The Thursday Night Tarot”. Something to keep in mind before we enter into the first conversation is the theme for the Wheel of Fortune/Magician duo: “Accepting what fortune brings you, versus creating your own destiny.” To my left is the Wheel of Fortune, to my right is the Magician, and to the Magician’s right we have Mr. Lotterhand. Thank you all for being here. Wheel of Fortune, you may begin.

Wheel of Fortune: I would like to thank Mr. Lotterhand and the Magician for being here, and the Fool for hosting this series. As we all know, Birth Cards work in pairs. However, we all carry our own identity. Through Mr. Lotterhand’s work, we hope to clarify who we are to those who carry our energy.

Mr. Lotterhand, you talk about my inner whirling, and the part of me that stays still. Can you explain to our audience a little about this.

Jason C. Lotterhand: Certainly. The principle of inner whirling, or rotation, supports every activity that you and I engage in. The stopping and starting of the great wheel (ROTA) represents the forces of involution and evolution. The part of us that is not whirling around all the time is our discriminating consciousness. Lucky fellow is able to be aware of all the whirling without losing his balance. This is symbolized by the Sphinx, and also by the very center of the Wheel.

Wheel of Fortune: Can you explain to our audience what the images in my four corners represent, please.

Jason C. Lotterhand: I would be happy to do that. The Lion represents the archetypal world. The Eagle represents the creative world. The Person represents the formative world. The Bull represents the world of result. These also represent the fixed signs of the zodiac. The Wheel is constructed in the manner of concentric circles, with the archetypal world at the center, followed by th creative world, the formative world, and the world of results.

Wheel of Fortune: Could you please explain to our audience which direction I turn in, and why.

Jason C. Lotterhand: The Wheel of Fortune turns counterclockwise, with the yellow serpent going down on the left representing involution. Anubis, the figure on the right hand side of the Wheel, is then evolving. The Sphinx at the top represents our Innermost Self.

Wheel of Fortune: Do you have any last words for our audience?

Jason C. Lotterhand: The Wheel is what started us off in the first place, and it is what will get us out of all of our difficulties.

Fool: Thank you, Wheel of Fortune, and you, Mr. Lotterhand. Magician, you have the podium.

Magician: Thank you, Fool. I would like to thank the Wheel of Fortune and Mr. Lotterhand for being here, and the Fool for acting as host. These conversations are very meaningful. I would like to start out by asking Mr. Lotterhand to explain to the audience my function on this journey.

Jason C. Lotterhand: Very apt request, Magician. You are the beginning of the Tarot, the individual that starts the Fool along his journey. He shows us how to contact what we consider to be Life Force, The Magician’s upraised wand, which represents our Self-Consciousness, tells us that he recognizes that all of the powers that he utilizes come from the basic Reality in the universe. In essence he is both saluting this super-power, and connecting to it. This gesture shows the technique of concentration and dedication, and keeps us from falling into the trap of the ego.

Magician: Why is my association with Mercury important?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Tarot liberates us primarily through mental methods. Mercury represents the intellect, and brings spark to the processes of the mind. This is very important, as the Magician’s main magic is that of what he can doing simply by wanting to do it! The red robe must be present for magic to happen. Man is a mediator between the inner and outer aspects of life. Man’s power is exercised primarily through his desire-nature. True magic is the magic of the Self.

Magician: What is the key to man’s transformation?

Jason C. Lotterhand: The key to man’s transformation is mastering his inner forces, and wanting change to be there.

Magician: Could you please tell our audience a little bit about the lemniscate (figure eight/infinity sign) above my head.

Jason C. Lotterhand: The center of the lemniscate represents a balance point that harmonizes the opposite sides of the Tree of Life, the Pillar of Mercy and the Pillar of Severity. Here we see that they are not at war, but that they are reciprocal actions of each other.

Magician: Do you have any last words for our audience?

Jason C. Lotterhand: Throught he Magician, we create/manifest through the process of desire.

Please note: These are, of course, imaginary conversations. The information has been taken from “The Thursday Night Tarot”, Jason C. Lotterhand, edited by Arisa Victor, Newcastle Publishing Co. Inc, 1989. Any errors in translation are mine, and mine alone.

Images are from the “Tarot Lovers Tarot”, by Karyn Easton (http://paranormality.com)

© March 2012 Bonnie Cehovet

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Thursday Night Tarot

 

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