Our Daily Spread February 16, 2012 Thursday©

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Advice we explore the esoteric meanings of feminine and masculine, the concept of the contrast between being receptive and being active on a particular plane.  We explore the practical use in real (Tarot) life of this concept.  The reason women don’t pursue men is:  If the man isn’t interested, he won’t be doing anything on the physical plane.  The feminine is awareness, thinking, knowing, and being (not active);  the masculine principle is doing, and the will to do.  (End of our lesson in magic lite.)

Is this the first time you come here?  Well … what to do:

*Go to Advice (above ) which is a summary of the Messages. (Advice is everyone’s favorite part.)

*Go to Group Analytical Tarot Cards Reading below.  One or more of those sentences has something to say to you.  Intuitively pick those out and decide whether to encourage or suppress them.  They are about you and the people around you.  They are about today and the days around it.  (It is a group message like a horoscope,  except Tarot isn’t based on someone else’s birth data,  so it can be specific,  accurate,  detailed and direct.  Our experiment here is  “How much more accurate is it?”)

Did you come here for your predictions? –  You are done now –  See you tomorrow.

Without a question to focus the answer,  four cards can mean contradictory things,  especially when the Spread has a card that negates other cards.  Without a question also the pronouns in a group reading are more flexible,  especially in some of these Rider Waite Tarot spreads.  When a pronoun is in parentheses,  feel very free to substitute.  The question in a  ‘real’  individual reading supplies at least half the information!





Four of Cups – High Priestess – Knight of Wands



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The Man Pursues the Girl (High Priestess + Knight of Wands)


He is not interested in pursuing another woman.


He takes her passivity as rejection and initiates pursuit.


He does not flee; he introduces himself to the lady.


The reason men pursue women is: If the man isn’t interested, he won’t be doing anything.


He is one to chase women who are not interested.


He is going too fast so the lady ignores his initiatives.


He drives past and there’s no guy there to do anything, she is alone.


He isn’t speeding because she is the passenger.


He gets it done fast because she says not to.


Not Doing (Four of Cups + Magician)


She pursues knowing about it but does not actually do it.


She does not run around doing things, she stays put.


You don’t get anywhere and don’t get anything done just sitting around.


You aren’t doing anything when you are pursuing higher education.


She isn’t in any hurry to do it.


What she doesn’t do, he comes over and does.


He is the one who hurries up and does what she leaves undone.


She knows how but she isn’t in any rush to do that.


Pursuing occult knowledge is not the thing to do.


He isn’t in any hurry to get this done: She can wait.


She knows he isn’t going to get this done expeditiously.


He doesn’t do anything fast, you sit there waiting for him.


She knows not to do it; he is the one – with great energy – who does it.



Don’t Just Sit There; Things to do (Four of Cups + High Priestess)


Don’t sit around – get out and do something!


Hurry up or you won’t put the theory into action.


She is not going to let this man get away.


She gets things done without expending any energy.


She is behind the fast progress but she didn’t do it herself.


Girl, if you just sit there and don’t initiate, he will pursue.


He deliberately runs to do what she won’t do.


When he doesn’t do anything, the lady pursues him.


She makes things happen fast but acts like she didn’t do it.


She is behind the fast progress but she didn’t do it herself.


Higher learning is not for him, he is one to get out and do things.


Now, Part Two,

Do you want to know a little, or a lot, about how this Tarot Verbatim ™ thing works? If so,

*Go to Learn Tarot by Observing section below. This tells about the combined four pictures in the Daily Spread –  the pictures above here.  It explains how these four cards get together in your mind to make the message.

*Go to Learn Tarot by the Pictures.  It is what each of the four cards,  by itself,  has to say.  It shows you how that illustration makes that card’s meanings in this Spread.

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Four of Cups – High Priestess – Knight of Wands




High Priestess, esoterically, stands for the feminine principle (receptivity rather than being active on the physical plane) and Magician stands for the male principle (action rather than receptivity on the physical plane). In use, Magician means to do, make, bring about, act, activities, action and be the one that does (whatever). In use, High Priestess means to not take action, to know and not act, to possess any deep knowledge, higher education, any area of expertise including spiritual. In use, the interplay between these two concepts is the somewhat amusing observation that women are prone to understand, think, know, wait, be passive, be less prone to heavy (daring) activity while men are more apt to do without forethought, to act ‘for no reason at all’ and to not understand the import of their actions. You could also observe that male hormones are speed (androgen, etc.) while female ones are morphine (endorphin). So the male-female thing is speed to morphine ….



So we have a story of her deliberately not doing something, and him being the one who goes and does it. We also have two Rider Waite Tarot cards that mean to be passive and not do anything (Four of Cups and High Priestess); and we have two that do refer to being active (Magician and Knight of Wands). So there’s quite the contrast here about doing versus not doing (whatever).


High Priestess also means the other woman and the lady. She waits by the phone and/or is the woman who is ‘too much the lady’ for him in romantic inquiries, often. In romance, Magician is the fellow who calls, who does, who takes initiative … an endangered species these days, the girls report from the field.


Knight of Wands means in a hurry, with great energy, to go by (or go to) fast or to speed, to pursue (or flee). Knight of Wands is gung-ho (a Marine). Four of Cups means to refuse, not listen, not accept, disbelieve, to not get through, to not do it but just ‘let it pass.’




Four of Cups One of those ‘it is what it is’ cards in the Rider Waite-Tarot Verbatim ™ system: You don’t have to look at the book to know what it means. Person’s arms are crossed, head and eyes averted, even legs are crossed, as one after another offer is made by the hand in the clouds. Not interested, ain’t gonna, ignoring, it’s not for me – won’t do, isn’t doing, didn’t do …. Like ‘What part of no don’t you understand?’
High Priestess as the feminine principle (in esoteric subject matter) is receptive not active on the physical plane. This is the feminine lady. Her passivity is expressed in such phrases as ‘she is he passenger’ and she doesn’t do, says not do, leaves undone, she can wait, she sits there and she knows not to do. She knows: That is her main theme. She is occult or esoteric knowledge, she is secrets, she is higher learning, she is private, classified and mysterious.
Knight of Wands Another what-you-see-is-what-it-is Rider Waite-Tarot Verbatim ™ citizen. A fellow in armor with a club in one hand and a kind of scared look on his face rides a rearing horse full speed ahead. He is about being in a hurry, pursuing or fleeing, fast progress, speed and speeding. He calls forth phrases like to chase, going too fast, drives past, run around, getting somewhere, when you are pursuing, he comes over, hurries up, in a rush to, expeditiously, do (anything) fast, with great energy, get out and, get away, expending energy, fast progress, deliberately runs, things happen fast, and ‘get out and.’
Magicianas the male principle (in esoteric subject matter) is active not receptive on the physical plane. This is the man, sometimes only meaning ‘he.’ He is about will. (In the study of magic, magic is defined as ‘will,’ I understand.) The original creation was an act of will. 

His active stance is expressed, in use, in such phrases as initiates, introduces himself, be doing anything, he is the one to, his initiatives, guy there to do anything, he is ___(fill in any active verb)__ing, he gets it done, actually do it, doing things, getting anything done, do it, to do it, does, does what, the thing to do, to get this done, put into action, this man, he will, he deliberately, makes things happen, he is the one to do things. Magician camouflages or goes invisible when it is next to an action card, meaning that, yes, the action spoken of is actually performed.






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  1. win

    All written from the female perspective, but considering the source “she’s got that right”! Receptivity and activity, a WORKING balance, in all of us… calling forth the dream to still the turmoil of mixing our mind’s placement stagnetly in one place, constaint mixing the brew, cooling and heating, oh so yummy…thanks for the inspire to work faster…

    • I counted. Of the sentences that specifically mention a gender, fourteen are ‘he’ and twelve are ‘she.’
      I actually make an effort every day to at least not cover only one side of the gender front. Sometimes the cards’ gender is controlling, but not today. Hey Win, we started out all-male here. I plead not guilty.

      “Receptivity and activity, a WORKING balance,” is occultism’s premise. Interesting diagrams they draw about the planes’ triangles.

      • win

        Typical male I am, swinging my battle ax before true understanding, I withdraw my case… so be it: innocent in the plains of life’s illumination you are Emily!

        • Thank you, Win. The one of the 21st is pretty much all female, although I squoze some guy-perspective out of it. It begins with Three of Cups and Empress.

  2. jules

    I’m enjoying the advice portion so much today. Well expressed, as usual, Emily.

  3. brittney

    Yeah I’m not doing much, he can pursue me! He is the man he should initiate the chase…and of course I am mysterious, he had questions yesterday about whether or not I was okay, prob becasue I was not so excited to hear from him or message him, at least I didnt let him think that I was. I love when he messages me with sweet nothings!

    • Notice how men’s magazines never tell the dudes that?
      Yes, he should. And if he doesn’t, as today’s messages said ‘nothing will happen.’

  4. Lori

    Girl, if you just sit there and don’t initiate, he will pursue.

    My inspiration of the day! Its time for warm puppy to start making some moves 🙂

    Thanks Emily!

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