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Originally Posted by rwcarter
dangerdork,

You are just TOO frigging prolific! You gotta give us poor folks time to absorb one concept before you throw another one at us!

I'm off today (still recuperating), so I should have some time to take a closer look at the Superstructure and let you know what I think.

Rodney
Joseph Campbell does good things to my brain.

Just lay the cards out in front of you and it all becomes much easier. It's hard to put into words, but if you LOOK at the patterns, well it seems obvious to me.

I forgot to discuss how this whole thing forms an infinite matrix. In other words, this pattern could repeat itself, such as:

(for the Minors)



...04 06 08 QN __ PG 02 04 06 08 10 QN __ PG 02 04...
...05 07 09 KG __ KT 01 03 05 07 09 KG __ KT 01 03...


in an infinite loop for each Suit, as each Generation of Kings and Queens begets the next, and so forth ad infinitum.

and the same for the Majors as we recall the Baby Magicians and Priestesses and Empresses repeating their own cycles:


...12 15 18 21 __ 03 06 09 12 15 18 21 __ 03 06 09 12...
...11 14 17 20 __ 02 05 08 11 14 17 20 __ 02 05 08 11...
...10 13 16 19 __ 01 04 07 10 13 16 19 __ 01 04 07 10

into the infinite as well.

Now, add another copy of the MAJORS paths to the top of the chart... the (winter solstice). In other words, if you were to repeat the pattern infinitely from top to bottom, we would want the Abyss to appear again between the Pents and the Swords. We could map the whole thing onto a Torus then.

Imagine, if you will, writing this pattern on a piece of paper, then rolling that piece of paper into a tube so that the top row of the chart (the Majors above the Pents) wraps around to form an endless loop:

MAJORS

Pents (fall)

Wands (summer)

MAJORS

Cups (Spring)

Swords (Winter)

MAJORS

Pents (fall)

Wands (summer)

MAJORS

Cups (Spring)

Swords (Winter)

etc, etc.


NOW, bend that tube around and join the two ends of the cylinder so you've made a donut shape (a torus). This will reflect the endless progression of the paths in the other dimension, as shown above in:


...04 06 08 QN __ PG 02 04 06 08 10 QN __ PG 02 04...
...05 07 09 KG __ KT 01 03 05 07 09 KG __ KT 01 03...

So now we have mapped the entire deck into two endless cycles.

But what about the FOOL, dangerdork, I hear you ask. we could play with lots of metaphors here, but I like to think of the Fool in this metaphor as the God of the Crossroads. He stands outside and beyond the established pattern... and maybe he is manifest in the change of the cycles as:

...04 06 08 QN FOOL PG 02 04 06 08 10 QN FOOL PG 02 04...
...05 07 09 KG FOOL KT 01 03 05 07 09 KG FOOL KT 01 03...


MAJORS (FOOL)

Pents (fall)

Wands (summer)

MAJORS (FOOL)

Cups (Spring)

Swords (Winter)

MAJORS (FOOL)


and thus one cannot pass from one Realm, or one Generation, to another without encountering, and becoming, the Fool.

Here's an exercise:

LAY OUT the 77-card pattern I've described on the floor (or grass, or REALLY BIG table). Contemplate what I've described. Walk across the room to regard the fullness of the Pattern. Pick up the Fool and take him with you. As you contemplate the pasteboard landscape and envision this new map of its territories, take the Fool and give him a flick in that direction. You've given him his inevitable push from the precipice. Now regard where he deigns to alight. Read that.
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