We did it. We actually did it: In 78 episodes and 82 weeks (we took a month's break between the major and minor arcana), Mel Meleen and I sailed from end to end of the Great Sea of Tarot. We made final landfall at the Page of Pentacles or Princess of Disks, the earthy part of Earth.
The last stretch was the hardest and the heaviest for me personally, as my father entered hospice and slowly faded away. As the end of the series and the end of my father's long life converged upon each other, I could not escape the feeling that Fate was closing a larger chapter in my life. When you work in divination and magic, timing often syncs itself up in ways that are hard to explain but clearly full of meaning.
Sometimes you can't see the clear value of a work until it is complete. When we started out Fortune's Wheelhouse in June of 2017, we knew we wanted to explore the symbolism of the 78 cards in the Rider Waite Smith and Thoth tarots. We didn't know that hundreds of listeners would come on board to supplement their own tarot journeys, form their own connections, and found new friendships based on their shared interests. We hope we've created a resource for all who have an interest in tarot, no matter what their level of experience.
Thank you to all who have accompanied us on this adventure. Your patronage, your encouragement, and your friendship have been our constant companions, and we are as grateful as can be. Fortune's Wheelhouse will continue - listen all the way through the Episode 77 outro for more information - but for now, Mel and I are taking a brief and, we hope you agree, well-deserved break.
In this final episode of our journey through the cards, we meet at last the original sleeping beauty: the Page of Pentacles or Princess of Disks. Rose of the Palace of Earth, she is the ultimate destination and the ultimate source, the highest of the high and the lowest of the low. Engrossed in her talisman and silent in her repose, she is pregnant with possibility. When her Prince awakens her, 10000 things will be born.
We also discuss: the Summum Bonum and the Prima Materia, hills and mountains, the spring quadrant: theory/application/analysis, breaking the ground/planting the seed/germination, the Emperor/the Hierophant/the Lovers, the pacesetter/the bridge between heaven and earth/the destiny of union, Lights/Camera, Action, the process of individuation as the whole comes to know itself, 0=2, the Eden story, the seventh day of rest, the Cosmic Egg, the Ace as portal and throne, the Page/Princess as distant kingdom, rightness/ripeness vs wastage/death/despoiling/decay, burying the seed, the mystic circle, equal armed cross, double cube altar, and triangle of art. Caput Draconis/Rahu, Hexagram 52 Gèn, "Keeping Still," the dwelling place of the Shekhinah as Queen (Malkah) and Bride(Kallah), Malkuth in Assiah, the dark twin of Kether, Judas Maccabeus, Lancelot, Pamphilus, the Fool as the Princess' child, the diamond head of Kether, the priestess of Demeter and the Eleusinian Mysteries, the kykeon, ram horns, fur and the animal spirit or Nephesh, the Rose of Isis, the shamanistic crossing of realms, Callisto, the awakening of the Eld, mothers and daughters, Babalon, To Will, To Dare, To Know, To Keep Silent, To Go. "To the mind that is still, the entire Universe surrenders".
For our final giveaway of the 78-part series, we have a very special prize indeed. One lucky winner will receive a reading from me and Mel on a question of their choosing. You'll get a taste of what it's like when we apply the correspondences you've been learning about for 78 episodes, and how you can use esoteric analysis to gain insight into the most personal of topics.
As always, you can sign up for the drawing at our site, www.patreon.com/fortuneswheelhouse.