Mirrors. Projections. Inspiration!

10 Jun

Picking . . . The Queen of Wands, 2 of Pentacles, & 10 of Wands to express one perspective of the point. . .

Mirrors. Projections. Inspiration!

Everything is n + 1. Each Is More, Each of Us Is More

The Queen of Wands mirrors herself

to envision her blind spots backwards

to naturally flip them

to see right through their mirage

to forget her seeing

remembering the clarity of her energetic vision.


The 2 of Pentacles projects its shadow,

the shadow projecting the light,

the black spot on a yin-yang

more than beauty mark,

the white spot more than hope.

They are wormholes both

these dark dot white spot places

within fields of Other. . .

So far into one

as to become. . .

So far into the Other

to feel distinct Self. . .chthonic numinosity,

the depthful light of self.

Antinomy? Nope. Resolved AS life itself.


The 10 of Wands cockatieling what was once weight

cockatieling what was once unwieldy

coackatieling beyond simply holding it all together,

cockatieling wand-feathers temples flexing

fanning them forward effortlessly in yoga-powered form.

Both night and day in inspiration

brought forth chthonically numinous . . . ?

Or, more resolved like a porch n sky by Maigritte?

Night-time depthful front porch lit under dark tree canopy

under bright day-blue eyes-wide-open sky?


And. . .to sidestep copyright violation. . . maybe this painting says it all: “Empire of Lights” by Rene Magritte.

Or, this one. . . Another complete idea expressed by Magritte.  Or, maybe saying or expressing or anything all is not the point.

And, when a triptych is as well quaternal . . . n + 1.   3 + 1 = 4.

Triptych of paintings also as group, a 4th, the quaternity of group.

Triptych in number = Quaternity of the group

And, n + 1.

And, there’s always more . . .

Even less is more, more or less.

Till next time!

Jupiter’s Blessings,


p.s. This “Stoicheion-Somata Tarot” article by Christine Payne-Towler plays well with/on Aristotle via the Pythagorean sandbox.

They aren’t really oil and water, though each relatively useless without the other? Ground and dancing figure?

“Non sequiturs often aren’t”  ~ Jordan Hoggard

(c) 2011 Jordan Hoggard


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5 responses to “Mirrors. Projections. Inspiration!

  1. Bonnie Cehovet

    June 10, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Jordan –

    Love bypassing copyright violations! 😉 Those were great pics!

    One of the things t hat resonated with me here was the Queen of Wands seeing through the mirage of her blind spots, then forgetting (consciously, although I am adding that word) what she saw, while remembering the clarity of her vision.

    Thanks for linking to Christine’s article! The two play well together! 🙂


    • mystereum

      June 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

      Love your adding of forgetting consciously, Bonnie! That’s the way it is! & . . . That’s the way it is, this day, June 11, 2011. ~ Walter C. ;-D

      Jupiter’s Blessings,

  2. Christine Payne-Towler

    June 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Jordan —

    Thanks for the shout-out! And you got it, bull’s-eye, the reason why I included the Balbi Page of Swords in the illustrations to that article, even though nowhere did I directly state why. There he stands on his dramatic red and black checkerboard, which is imposed on the gently rolling landscape with artificial precision. The figure he cuts is all graceful curves and flashing colors, and he seems to be dowsing with his sword on the chessboard grid. I have always loved this card for the way the “Pythagorean” curves and colors contrast with the “Aristotelian” flooring. We need the one to set off the other.

    This principle is actually operative right through to our inner senses. I’ve learned the hard way that when a person’s inner gyroscope is weak (inner-ear issues), the eyes overwork, trying to make up for that by seizing onto the verticals and horizontals of the landscape to steady one’s balance. My astigmatic self used to think “I don’t like all these 90-degree angles that civilization produces everywhere.” It’s true — from our architecture through car and clothing design to the standard shapes of our reading and computing surfaces, so much in our culture is cubic, far beyond the demands of efficiency or convention. But now I understand — the curves and colors of the Pythagorean world define beauty for the high-performing sensory net, but the nervous system defaults back to black-and-white Aristotelian logic when depth perception fails. Just so in society — if we cannot produce leadership of and by Philosophers, then we have to default back to being a nation of laws.

    Keep it coming! I believe that the future of Tarot is it’s deep dark past. The more work we do “cleaning out the closets” so to speak, the more treasures we’ll unearth about this wonder-tool we all love so much.

    Toward the One,


    • mystereum

      June 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      Right on, Christine!

      Bull’s–eye is acceptable. ;-D I love the literal visual of your astigmatism example. My similar vein of experience comes from having 20:20 vision in my weak eye and 20:15 vision in the other. And, fluidity of clear sight in motion whether eyes open or closed, off-the-cuff or planned. . .but, i remember back, decades ago when for years I trained in the martial arts. Remembering back to the first month or two, the first days, and forms. . .step 1, 2, DANGIT what’s 3?! And, I smile as like water dripping on a rock, over and over across time the 1, 2, 3 was beautifully lost in the effortlessnes of motion like dominoes set up and staccatto-clicking at speed moving through their falling down. Fractals in motion, always perceiving the angles of curves, the generative formulas and lines constructing ellipses, or a simple flowing curve splined in tangent to flow into the next line, curve, square, shape, or simply its next place. As I read I was not looking for direct expressions of that Ace of Swords dowsing on the checkerboard, but was feeling its identity flow through the entirety of your article. . .where what was left unsaid was as generative as what you did say. Feels to me to be the natural way, though in Philo classes and such the dead-end of one or the other often boringly takes precedence, and many do not take that whole world of an Aristotelian expression and a Pythagorean one to “1, 2, DANGIT what’s 3?!” and take their thoughts creatively and lifefully forward from the forms of basic beginnings. . .like The Hermit sensing, about to see his own footsteps, his own footsteps as he completes a circle in a familiar place about to be experienced differently. . .presaging, prefiguring The Wheel of what is then “1, 2, 3, DANGIT”. Over and over through life, and it rarely becomes boring. And, more so the continual mastery, Aristotelian-Pythagorean antinomy in each motion, leads to further discovery.

      Really glad your article was revealed through Bonnie Cehovet! Great to talk to another who gets it, celebrates that, and at one and the same time simply finds it very much a natural mode of being in the world. Though sight and seeing always differs, amazing how vision powerfully brings together connections! Great to connect with you!

      Hail the deep-dark past of Tarot and most all things continually meeting the future in the perpetual present!

      May Chthonic Numinosity Inherent in Self Always Depthfully Inspire You,


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