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Nefertari Tarot: The Devil (15)

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Visual Card Description:  Ammit stands on a platform, his mouth wide and ready to devour evildoers.  He has one victim crouching at his feet.  Another one is crouching hidden under the platform, terrified of being eaten. 

Free Association:  End of Existence, Punishment, Justice, Fate, Consequence, Cheating the System, Unwillingness to Own Mistakes 

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  The Devil is not as frightening a card to interpret as the depiction on most cards indicates. It is a card about bondage but often this bondage is metaphoric and internal. With this card  you are called to look beyond superficial appearances and to go deeper into the truth and meaning of a situation. You also are asked to remember that  when you’re feeling restrained you nearly always hold the keys to your own freedom. Don’t give up hope!

It’s important for you to remember that no matter what your situation, that you always have options to choose from. First things first, don’t let other people tell you that your options are limited. If you come to that conclusion, be sure that you are coming to it on your own. Regardless, it will be crucial to remember that you can free yourself from whatever restrictions are holding you back, at any time you choose to do so. You may have the feeling now that you are not in control of your life; sometimes this happens as a result of your own actions, but more often as a byproduct of inaction.  So, take action, take whatever steps you can to give yourself the feeling, however slight, of being in control. Even if that is merely making a choice on what you are going to have for dinner. Small steps are important, too. 

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Sexual Attraction, enchantment, fascination, suggestion.  Originality, difference.  A person gifted with strong magnetism.  Illegal actions, doubtful morality, egoism. 

My interpretation:  This card warns against what the result may be of excesses of the wrong thing in our lifetime.  Either now you will be atoning for unequal treatments or actions, or you’re receiving a warning for the bad outcome that will follow your actions if you continue in this vein.


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May 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Nefertari Tarot: Justice (8)

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Visual Card Description:  Isis/Aset is seated at the hall of judgment, to provide divine protection to those who have proven themselves innocent and justified.*  In her right hand she holds a lotus staff*, and in her left hand an ankh.* (with which to give life)  Behind her, Thoth/Djehuti weighs the deceased’s heart against Ma’at’s feather, and writes the results. 

Free Association:  Judgment, Morality, Consequences

Rider-Waite/Traditional Associations:  Justice deals with the idea of karma and the law of cause and effect, stating that all events, and all people, are connected. It’s important to remember that not everything you are dealing with, however, is a direct result of your own actions or karma. Sometimes you will be called upon to deal with the results of the actions of someone you care about, and this can sometimes be as difficult and demanding as it is when you’re up against something that is completely of your own making. Don’t blame yourself unnecessarily.

This card evokes the need for fairness, balance, and harmony. Operate in as balanced and reasonable a fashion as you can. This includes in how you think about and treat yourself. If you are directly involved with a court case, it is likely to be resolved, at least in large degree, in your favor.

Meaning from the lwb (little white book that came with this deck):  Law, balance, fairness, harmony, justice.  Fatality, submission to consequential logic.  Respect of hierarchy and natural law.  It is here represented by Isis, goddess of the moon and bride of Osiris, symbol of merciful judgment.

My interpretation:  The justification of one’s heart is one of the most, if not the most, important part of one’s existence.  If your heart is heavy with evil, then it will weigh more than Ma’at’s feather, which is the symbol of justice, equality, balance, harmony, etc.  One does not have to be perfect, but one must have done more good than bad in one’s lifetime.  If one’s heart is too heavy, their ba is eaten by Ammit, and they will be erased from existence.  However if their heart is light, they are given new life by Isis/Aset, and allowed to live on in various forms of existence in the afterlife.  Isis/Aset had the power to reanimate her husband, so your ka would be in good hands.  She is also a very cunning sorceress, having tricked her father Ra into giving her his true name.*  No amount of lies or cunningness will change your fate- the scales never lie.  This card reminds us that in all situations, we must try to live in Ma’at, or do the right thing, as much as we can.

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May 12, 2013 at 9:48 am

Purification 14

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For an explanation of this series, read the introduction here.

Hail Hot-feet, coming forth from the dawn, I do not damage myself with lies.

Hot-feet is an epithet for Set. 

In Purification 8 I wrote about lying in general.  This purification deals more with the understanding that lies not only harm those around you, but also yourself.  The ancient Kemetics make clear here that they not only value being able to present ones’ self as pure in front of the netjeru, but also that one take care to prove themselves of good character.  Part of that ties into being polite and humble to others, as well as taking care to be true of voice.  By lying we damage our own character and make others see us in a poor light.  Social harmony is important to the maintenance of Maat. 

Besides damaging character, we increase our chances of being eaten by Ammit.  With each lie, with each act of Isfet, we make our heart more heavy.  At the end of our travels through the Duat our heart is weight against the feather of Maat, to see if our actions as a whole were just enough that they were as light as the feather of she who personifies order. 

With this purification I caution all to be conscious of our actions not only to maintain Maat, but also to avoid destruction.

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September 10, 2010 at 12:35 am