“You’re far beyond reality…or is this the real world”? by Funker Vogt
Lewis Carroll’s Through The Looking Glass, is a great book. My favourite character, as a Tarot reader; and as a guy trying to find his own way in this crazy reflection of a Universe, is the Red Queen.
The Red Queen is a fascinating concept and character. It’s a beautifully well illustrated example of most people’s experiences of aching desire, ambition and despair. These feelings are perfectly natural in a constantly changing world; in fact it changes by default, Time takes care of everything. We all want to achieve certain goals, be with certain people and live a lifestyle that we consider to be good. However, we are continuously confronted by opposition to these goals; call it inertia, or outside forces; whatever it is called, it still means that all the energy we use to strive for and reach our goals, except in a few cases, leads to nothing.
Who is the Red Queen? She is a character that Alice meets on her journeys. The land in which the book is set is one big chess board. Alice wants to play and the Red Queen gives her the opportunity. Below is a few lines from the book, that explain, better than I can, who and what the Red Queen is and means:
Alice never could quite make out, in thinking it over afterwards, how it was that they began: all she remembers is, that they were running hand in hand, and the Queen went so fast that it was all she could do to keep up with her: and still the Queen kept crying `Faster! Faster!’ but Alice felt she could not go faster, thought she had not breath left to say so.
The most curious part of the thing was, that the trees and the other things round them never changed their places at all: however fast they went, they never seemed to pass anything. `I wonder if all the things move along with us?’ thought poor puzzled Alice. And the Queen seemed to guess her thoughts, for she cried, `Faster! Don’t try to talk!’
Not that Alice had any idea of doing that. She felt as if she would never be able to talk again, she was getting so much out of breath: and still the Queen cried `Faster! Faster!’ and dragged her along. `Are we nearly there?’ Alice managed to pant out at last.
Nearly there!’ the Queen repeated. `Why, we passed it ten minutes ago! Faster! And they ran on for a time in silence, with the wind whistling in Alice’s ears, and almost blowing her hair off her head, she fancied.
Now! Now!’ cried the Queen. `Faster! Faster!’ And they went so fast that at last they seemed to skim through the air, hardly touching the ground with their feet, till suddenly, just as Alice was getting quite exhausted, they stopped, and she found herself sitting on the ground, breathless and giddy.
The Queen propped her up against a tree, and said kindly, `You may rest a little now.’
Alice looked round her in great surprise. `Why, I do believe we’ve been under this tree the whole time! Everything’s just as it was!’
`Of course it is,’ said the Queen, `what would you have it?’
“Well, in our country,” said Alice, still panting a little, “you’d generally get to somewhere else — if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing.”
“A slow sort of country!” said the Queen. “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”
Click here to read more about, Alice’s adventures through the looking glass.
In the Tarot, the Wheel of Fortune or the Two of Disks, in a general metaphysical sense, are associated with the statement: the only constant in the Universe is change. This does not conflict with my interpretation of the Red Queen, ‘the more things change, the more things stay the same’. In fact it’s much the same.
Crowley mentions in two separate places in the Book of Thoth, when he describes the Fortune card, this concept; “Sped by its energies triune, the Wheel of Fortune spins: its axle’s immobile”, and “Follow thy Fortune, careless where it lead thee. The axle moveth not: attain thou that”.
What Crowley is indicating, to me at least, is that outward ambition; all this fussing around, leads nowhere permanent. When I use the word permanent I am referring to a state of awareness that reaching the ‘hub’ of the Wheel might provide.
A Tarot reading is a process of engaging with people that are running with the Red Queen. As I am also running with the Red Queen, and have not attained to the ‘hub’ of the Wheel; I wondered, in a previous post called “What good does a Tarot reading do“, how effective I am as a Tarot reader. I suspect that I must have very idealistic beliefs in what a Tarot reading can effectively do.
To conclude, I want you to listen to this music video by Funker Vogt, Red Queen. It’s a remix version of the original. If you would like to listen to the original, and you’ll love it if you do; the ambient atmosphere created by the song perfectly reflects the human condition.