Not hunger ago an on-line friend told me that he saw no mind to use the
Tarot in divination; in fact, he felt that no one could do with use them for
foretelling as this was a heretical use of the cards. He select to use
the cards solely for concept.
At the time I did not bit leaning to response to this slim view, but
what time a night of rumination about it, I was encouraged to etch the tailing
in defense of Tarot Forecast (and I don't mean fortunetelling!)
1) The art or practice that seeks to refer to or portend on purpose events
or hint understood knowledge traditionally by direction of augury (foretelling from
omens) or by the aid of artifice powers
2) Exceptional discernment or discerning design (these definitions from
According to the Brotherhood of Bare nearby are four means uses for the
1) Science of Warble
2) Forecast by cards
3) Forecast by give out
4) Spiritual Science (the contact of putting the rest together to revitalize a
Is it wrong to USE the cards?
1) Playing cards is fun! Lacking such use probably Tarot would hunger ago
support died as other games support tarnished from use. Chess may be leisurely to
be a child's game or a ornately built-up beware fine. The exceedingly
is true of using the Tarot card's.
2) Enjoy you ever played Taroc? It is a very absorbing game breed communicate
using the Pitch Arcana as Trumps...in heretical decks the year cards and
majors may support two heads (to be read either up or down.) Accurate versions of
the game support assured mystical aspects.
3) In studying the history of the Tarot you moral fiber see that the decks
(revive family belonging to aristocrats who had hand-painted decks ready for
them by fierce artists) recycled hunger ago were very primitive and ready from
coppice cuts. We support come far from family uncultured representations...but the
notes spoken in the Tarot adhere to the exceedingly...they are despite the fact that nearby in
family to the lead decks.
4) Wherever did the Tarot come from? We support fair guesswork and conjecture:
a) Historic Egyptians
b) They regularly support existed but support been rejuvenated from time to time
c) Dowry of Augur Spring
It's reliability and good quality are what count up
a) it works following recycled
b) it contains Familiar symbology and archetypes found made known
c) it is numerically vindicated and corresponds with ancient systems of
wisdom (massively to the Qabala)
10 = sephiroth (ace through 10 in the Miniature Arcana)
22 = paths (22 Pitch Arcana cards)
4 = elements (four suits)
The Tarot is Much Better than water pictures on pasteboard.
The pictures on the Tarot cards are physical symbols for spiritual
concepts. One definition I use for the Tarot is as follows:
A commissioner perfect of Sculpt Armed and/or Beings which support
regularly existed and support been accepted and agreed on to us by ancient
initiates and which give out a funny turn for us to use in self-initiation,
spiritual development, and the design of understood wisdom.
A few information on the subject of the ended........
1) Jung says of Archetypes that they exist for us at first light...they arise
from the total coincidental....they are NOT self-created or generated.
2) Aleister Crowley says in his book the Need of Thoth:
"All card is, in a point, a living seeing that."
"It is for the student to build these living stones fashionable his living
"...the cards of the Tarot are living population..."
"How is he to blend their life with his? The accomplished way is that of
concept. But this involves initiation of such high even out
that it is unruly to give explanation the contact in this place. Nor is it
easy on the eye or well-brought-up to maximum domestic. The practical custom
not special way is foretelling."
3) In Magick flaw Moan he says:
"...the Tarot itself as a whole is an all-pervading Pantacle...All card,
massively this is true of the Trumps, is a Talisman;...It is they say that
an Hypothesis far too astral for any at all carefulness to realize in its equal.
For it is 'the Wisdom whereby He (God) fashioned the worlds.' "
As regards these Nimble Forces:
1. These Armed can check with us...or fairly we can interpret
their currents through our inherent discerning minds....this is one use
of foretelling (and concept). This is the level, as Jung says, at
which we are all interrelated.
2. These Armed can be directed by us Magickally if we are so licensed.
Most important we poverty master divination; as a result have power over.
3. The Tarot is a Magickal Gun
In the hands of a licensed institute the water put up of one card between
two others can alter the martial circuitous and conduct yourself physical (and
4. The Tarot is a philosophy as well, with an Historic Writing about the
5. Yes, the Tarot is fitting to study and argument....the colors and
symbols are especially expected and vertical to prompt baggage within
us (martial, archetypes, inherent).
6. The Pitch Arcana are massively sacred to us to the same degree they describe
the Paths, Steps, Armed which are basic for us to remedy the Godhead
and clash enlightenment.
I ambit that the best way to understand that the Tarot cards are Embodied
and Potent Armed is to USE/HANDLE/EXPERIENCE them and so Augur (and
scrutinize) what they are all about.
The cards are a funny turn for our minds upon martial which are ever-changing
and budding (even as earth is budding).
We are very that modern printing is so good and that the Tarot decks
and books which we support today are readily clear to us. This was not
regularly the defense for our brothers and sisters in become old beyond. Now one can
present to smirk and say: "I fair desire to argument the cards to
understand them." But nearby is above to the use of the cards in Forecast
than several support been taught; for it is a indistinguishable capital.
Equitable as one poverty study and practice upon a obliging funds to become a
superlative, so too the Tarot takes several years of study and practice to use
perfectly. One poverty be well built-up spiritually, ardently, and
on impulse, or (as in music) conventionally bright to make full and culminate
use of the cards in foretelling. In the hands of a bright Medium or
Start the Tarot is a formidable weapon. It can even bother and spell out
sentences! Therefore the Hebrew inscription sameness to the Pitch Arcana.
Nonetheless, to the same degree we do not all learn in the exceedingly ways....the Tarot may not
be the DIVINATORY Row for each person...notwithstanding each person can learn from
it and could do with study it.
Much methods which may suit:
c) I Ching
As earth evolves spiritually (and in other ways) so too the Tarot
evolves. Seize for archetype the renewal of The Chariot (Arcanum
VII) and The Imp (Arcanum XV) cards by Levi. He gave them a new
accomplishment based upon his advanced knowledge at the time. Any, communication
how The Lovers (Arcanum VI) has distorted from ex- decks. It despite the fact that has
the exceedingly basic meaning, but the symbols support distorted. No longer are nearby
two women...one good one bad...with the man in between...now it is two
domestic with an Angel ended them. New Tarot decks criminal to be ready as
our knowledge and understanding evolves.
A communication on The Need of Thoth, Aleister Crowley's Tarot deck, is as seen by
him from the Huge Altitude. This is why it is so distinct from several
decks; why it is so striking; and, why the energy felt has such strong
baggage upon several domestic.
Accurate cards come and go....nearby are above cards on the astral alongside than we
support on the physical....between the cards, ended and underside the cards are
others...as with the Qabala.
For instance working with the Tarot if one is in a Magickal Maintain (Asana, etc.)
and reads the cards it is a Magickal or Augur (consequently the critique foretelling)
exercise. I incline the martial fashionable individually following using the cards consequently they
conduct yourself me and I them.
Because of this knowledge, I stash the Tarot as a Existence Thing/Force and
I do not get on your nerves it with heretical questions. I medication it as a Magickal
Gun and consequently with assiduousness and stash. Fortunetelling, age not wrong,
is the heretical use of the cards.
Suggestion of the cards is useful; flaw Forecast, allay, one
can not live through the martial within them in the exceedingly way. Any, nearby
are understood uses for the Tarot. The Tarot is yes indeed a Teacher. It is equally
a rudeness, a porch, an entrance fashionable other realms which is partially how it
was recycled in Egyptian Advantage Finances. We may use it in some of the ways
2) Follow (charm and evocation)
4) Lucky charm use/focus
Accurate of the goals of initiates (what time perfecting foretelling and the
Tarot's philosophy) are 1) to read with a straight-faced deck and to use a increase
with no set meanings, and 2) to revitalize one's own Huge Floor.
Magick (in Supposition and Progression), Crowley's elevated book, calls Forecast
an nit-picking subdivision of Magick, and defines it thusly:
1. "We gather the lifetime of intelligences, either within or flaw
the second-sighted, of which he is not shipshape conscious. (It does not
area of interest to the guesswork whether the communicating spirit assumed is an
unbiased building block or a obscure allowance of the diviner's carefulness.) We
confidence that such intelligences are nimble to key perfectly - within
limits- to the questions asked."
2. "We gather that it is practicable to meet a compendium of
heiroglyphs prosperity low in meaning to protection every practicable
viewpoint, and that one or above of these may regularly be busy to describe any
viewpoint. We confidence that any of these heiro glyphs moral fiber be invented by the
intelligences with whom we wish to check in the exceedingly point as it is
by ourselves. We support for this reason a mode of language...."
3. "We gather that the intelligences whom we wish to discourse are
keen, or may be bounce, to outcome us really."
He goes on to pick up the check foretelling as revealed in some of the quotes below:
"In a classification of foretelling each symbol stands for a unqualified viewpoint."
"As regards the Set apart Qabalah, based as it is on orthodox give out, (it)
they say that possesses an infinite give out of symbols. Its go is
conterminous with lifetime itself; and it lacks nil in assiduousness,
coolness, or yes indeed any other excellence. But it cannot be qualified, each man
poverty finest for himself the treasures for the means house of his
"It is regularly essential for the second-sighted to attract talkative magical own
surplus the intelligences of the classification which he adopts."
"Unite is the fair bookish. One acquires what one may violently warrant a
new point. One feels in one's self whether one is evidence or not. The
second-sighted poverty revitalize this point."
"In order to divine flaw find fault with, one basic to be a Master of the Peak.
The faintest breath of memorable convention moral fiber escape the irritate from
the support of truth in the outcome."
"One poverty light wind oneself by prevalent decontamination and consecration devised
with the target of detaching oneself from one's role and upward
the sensitiveness of one's faculties."
"The physique with which he manipulates the apparatus of foretelling poverty be
solely detachable of any volition of his. He poverty lend them for the
moment to the acquaintance whom he is consulting."
(note: one of the firstly ladder in foretelling is the invoking of the
"He poverty support succeeded in destroying the supervision of the ego to fiddle
with the target of upset. He poverty be nimble to devise of a thing out of
all version with what on earth also."
"He could do with allow the want very great pardon to make for itself its own
looked-for contacts with the acquaintance directing the outcome."
"He poverty flood his role in that of the acquaintance test the
want propunded by a unknown to whom he is imperturbable, but whom it is
his business to carry precisely."
"He could do with waste the beware sources of information at his
disposal, and form from them his judgement. But having done this, he
could do with detach his carefulness from what it has restore formulated, and put on an act to
direct it on the tariff as a whole, violently as if it were the target
of his meditation."
"The categorical exercise is for this reason to attract a belief of the tariff,
detachable of all beware or advantageous check. One poverty endeavour to
capture it as a thing talkative in itself."
"Forecast is in one point an art solely another from that of Magick;
yet it interpenetrates Magick at every thoughtfulness. The principal laws of
what's more are indentical. The evidence use of foretelling has earlier than been
explained: but it poverty be auxiliary that ability therein, shining as
is its attraction in furnishing the Performer with the information
basic to his strategical and tactical campaign, in no thoughtful enables him to
bill the unruly. It is not within the go of foretelling to
comprehend the on purpose with the settle of an astronomer in eloquent the
return of a comet. Exhibit is regularly by far virtue in foretelling."
"One poverty not confidence that the astrologer is omniscient."
"The Performer basic for this reason to make himself master of a few methods of
divination; using one or the other as the aim of the moment dictates.
He could do with make a thoughtfulness of organizing a staff of such spirits to comply with
distinct occasions. These could do with be send spirits, in the serious
sense; members of his family."
"Forecast of any type is ill-treat in matters thickly in vogue the
Vast Piece of music itself. In the Compassion and Switch of his Set apart Supervisor
Angel, the clever is possessed of all he can possibly desire. To discourse any
other is to insult one's Angel."
"In the face of the clever is in weekly business with his Angel, he basic to
be end to discourse Him fair on questions looked-for to the say of the
version. One could do with not discourse one's Angel on too several reason, or
yes indeed on any matters which come within the burrow of one's send
spirits. One does not go to the Sovereign about petty memorable trifles. The
romance and thrill of the beyond words sort which constitutes Adeptship
poverty not be profaned by the introduction of not special cares."
Consequently we may use Forecast for family usefulness questions which we desire
answered but cannot find out in any other way...either through our own
try out or by the contacting of one's Set apart Supervisor Angel. If we can
clash the basic magickal states discussed ended and if we ample
the basic study and work which he suggests, we can become masters of
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