Reading Tarot Cards Revealed
Onwards and downwards we continue on our study of the Tarot and it's placement on the Tree of Life. This section covers the pathways below the beautiful centre of Tiphareth. you will notice that the neat order of the pathways becomes a little messy here since the numerical order of the cards does not actually follow the order of the pathways. Since we are studying the cards here I have followed the numerical order of the cards in this case rather than the order of the pathways.
It is surrounded by growing things, green leaves make up the walls of this temple. There is a seven sided altar in the center of this temple which is a large emerald, clear and green. If you gaze into its depths you will see there either the Magical Image of Netzach or an image of the deity you wish to venerate here. Each of the five doors open onto a tarot card. The atmosphere here is
As a Deity the Great serpent represents connection to the flow of Divine Energy and ability to direct it and move in harmony with it. The Serpent represents personal connection to the Oneness of all things, and the flow of that Oneness through each individual. Because of this Oneness, each individual connects to all other points in existence, and can call upon the powers of any aspect of creation, if it only knows how to access that connection. This is what is represented by the Serpent, or Dragon. For this reason the Serpent appears on the brow of the royal crowns of Egypt, to symbolize the wearers connection to the Oneness of creation. For this reason the Serpent appears wrapped around the Tree of Life, whose form is created and sustained by the movement of the Serpent's coils, the truth be known.
In 1527, after the sacking of Rome, a bronze tablet measuring 50 by 30 inches and decorated with SILVER and enamel inlay came into the possession of a locksmith or ironworker, who sold it to Cardinal Bembo of Italy. The Bembine Table of Isis, or Isaic Table, is covered with hieroglyphics and inscriptions concerning mystical knowledge and an occult system of sacrifices, rites and ceremonies. It apparently was once used as an altar, perhaps in the chambers where the mysteries of Isis were revealed to initiates. Eliphas Levi believed the tablet was a key to the Book of Thoth, or the Tarot. The tablet is in the Museum of Antiquities at Turin.
From the outset when I first looked at a glyph of the tree I noticed a gapping huge hole between the three supernals and the next trinity. Having neither a sphere in the middle or a pathway to traverse from Binah to Chesed how did the soul find it's way Why was there this apparent gap in an otherwise neatly ordered glyph. Everything else had a natural chain of events but here there was nothing. If you look at most other glyphs you will see what I mean there is a gap a big hole that no path crosses and no sphere fills. Then I came across another image it showed a blank sphere, nothing written in it, no correspondences for it not even at this stage a name. I looked into it further, not having access to the internet at this time made my search difficult but since I can never stand to leave a puzzle undone I was persistent. Eventually I found a name for this sphere, Daath. I found reference to it in of all places a Tarot spread, in this spread it was an 11 position in a Tree of Life...
The course went rather well, I think. We met about six times. For the most part the students came to listen it was difficult getting any discussion at all going, and I lectured for well over half the time. By the way, your books were very useful in this respect. Passing them around for examination did start quite a lively discussion. It developed that most of the students were interested in astrology and that many of them were interested in Tarot, subjects I know nothing about. One of the students mentioned a friend who followed a religion based upon reading Tarot cards. Unfortunately she wasn't able to prevail upon him to address the class.
An altar pentacle is simply a round disk witch a pentagram burnt or painted one. Alter pentacles are made from a range of materials including wood clay, stone, crystal, metal etc. ' My altar pentacle is a wooden dish with a pentagram burnt into it and there is a crystal stuck in the center of the star. I also sit varies objects and each point of the star. For example I have a special goddess and god coin which I received in a special witch craft shop. I have a bird for my familiar.
Let us continue in our studies of the Major Arcana in relation to the pathways of the Tree of Life. Having already covered the first four pathways we may now look at the next group of pathways. Once again I would encourage you all to look deeply at this area as it can truly help us to developed both a deeper understanding of the Tarot and a much better understanding of the Qabalah. Though the Qabalah has been in existence for much longer than the Tarot cards it is noticeable how well the two fit together. Meditation on the Major Arcana cards can aid us a great deal when seeking to understand the pathways that span the voids on the Tree.
Born October 20, 1949, in Arlington, Virginia, Fox was raised in a fundamentalist Southern Baptist family. As a child, she began having mystical experiences, out-of-body travel and psychic visions. Upon reaching her teens, she pursued her interest in dreams, the psychic and parapsychology and learned how to give psychic readings with Tarot cards. She left the Southern Baptist Church while in high school, citing a number of reasons, including the church's disapproval of dancing and its refusal to allow women to become pastors.
The article delves into the serio-comic aspects of modern young witchcraft, that it is a form of guerrilla theatre, a continuance of the neolithic religion that worshipped the earth goddess before Christianity. It mentions the underground California Druids. The author points out that the I Ching, tarot cards, astrology, Meher Baba, Zen Buddhism, auras, psychism, parapsychology, psychokinesis, are all part of this new resurgence in the neo-sacred culminating in witchcraft and magic. He pointed out that those involved had some of the highest scholastic marks and were intellectual aristocrats. He
O, what do we have in the way of modern witches at the dawn of the twenty-first century There are those I've called Neoclassic Witches, who are herbalists and tarot card readers, and sometimes mid-wives, patterning themselves, consciously or unconsciously, after the Classic Witches.
Divination The magical art of discovering the unknown by interpreting random patterns or symbols. Tools such as clouds, tarot cards, flames, or smoke are used. Divination contacts the Psychic Mind by tricking or drowsing the Consciousness Mind through Ritual, and by observing or manipulating tools. Divination isn't necessary for those who can easily attain communication with the psychic mind, although they may practice it.
The forms of the occult can include mediums, channelers, clairvoyants, psychics, spiritists, diviners, mystics, gurus, shamans, psychical researchers, Yogis, psychic and holistic healers, astral travel, astrology, mysticism, Ouija boards, Tarot cards, contact with the dead, UFO's, and thousands of other practices which almost defy cataloging. Occultism includes Satanism, astrology, Kabbalah, Gnosticism, theosophy, witchcraft and many forms of serious magic. It includes activities seeking the acquisition of hidden things which are expressly forbidden by God in the Bible. Don't overlook the pulpits It includes views and doctrines that Paul warned Timothy about Doctrines of Demons (1 Tim 4 1).
What has been termed the New Age has arrived. In some ways it's a high-tech echo of the occult renaissance that occurred from 1966 to 1974 in the United States and Great Britain. Powerful marketing campaigns are bringing age-old tools such as tarot decks, rune-stones, and crystals to millions of new and interested customers.
The raw power of cosmic energy striking down unshielded. The card represents the God of light and reason, the overpowering light of truth in which all falsehood and ultimately all duality is destroyed. A flash of inner illumination which brings freedom of enlightenment. Human consciousness in direct contact with the primary forces of the hidden centre, the goal of the mystic quest of the Tarot. This devastating impact frees the mind from its fetters and opens the way to the centre but if the conscious mind is not prepared, not strongly built on firm foundations, it may
You can use absolutely anything as a symbol for magick a flower, a leaf, a feather, words or images written or drawn on paper, candles to represent people or objects, Tarot cards, photographs, related miniature versions of the desired acquisition - a key for a new home, a toy car for transport, a postcard for a holiday destination.
Heinlein's book had a profound impact on the ChristieZell group. They related it to Maslow's self-actualizers, whom Maslow described as being alienated from their own culture. In 1962, following a watersharing between Zell and Christie, the group formed a waterbrotherhood called Atl, a term derived from an Aztec word for water and also meaning home of our ancestors. Atl remained a loose organization dedicated to innovative political and social change and attracted up to 100 members. ATL (now standing for Association for the Tree of Life) is still in existence and remains under the direction of Christie. Headquarters are in Moab, Utah.
This is the nineteenth card in the deck given the key of eighteen. The Star was but a tiny flicker of light in the history of mans darkest times however. Not so much a false hope, but yet a false dawn. Fast on the trail of World War 1 came the start of World War 2 and it is this return to darkness the Moon represents. The darkest hour comes just before the dawn and this time in the mystery of man was defiantly that. Auschwitz and Hiroshima bring blight and tyranny to obscure the flickering light of the soul. The number of cards in the Major Arcana is twenty two which matches with the Hebrew alphabet. The letter attributed to this card is Qoph which means back of the head . Thus man's unconscious mind implied his darkest and more unreasoning side. Here we watch as the nuclear stockpiles grow and the fate of the earth hangs in a dark cloud of doubt. Mankind grows obsessed with its own end and the very planet seems depressed and laid low. The number eighteen is symbolic of the final...
Signifies a position of instability. Force is given free reign and can become over extended resulting in confusion of thinking. The idea has become too fragmented and there is a danger of self deceit. Seven of Cups - Choices. Signifies emotions run riot. When faced with this rapid expansion the heart can often find itself confronted with too many options. There is Seven of Wands - Defiance. Signifies tenacity and persistence. The first show of worked for success and resilience of an enterprise. The enterprise has continued despite obstacles and now shows its true potential. Seven of Pentacles - Planning. Signifies a period of inaction for the finances. Over expansion can indicate fruitless speculation. The stability of earth is not at its best in this fragmented area and it indicates a need to go back to the drawing board and
Like the athame, the sword stands in the East of the circle as a tool of the Air element. Swords are the suit symbol of Air in the Tarot and are also one of the Christian as well as the Celtic Grail treasures. Each of the Tarot suits and the main elemental ritual items in magick, represented by these four suits, is associated with one of the treasures of the Celts. The treasures belonged to the Celtic Father God, Dagda, and are said to be guarded in the Otherworld by Merlin. There were 13 treasures in total, but four have come into pre-eminence in magick and Tarot reading. These four main sacred artefacts - swords, pentacles, wands and cups, or chalices - have parallels in Christianity and were associated with the legendary quest of the knights of King Arthur, who attempted to find them. The Grail Cup was the most famous of these. The Christian sword of King David, identified in legend with Arthur's sword Excalibur, appears in Celtic tradition as the sword of Nuada whose hand was cut...
Keep this book in your own hand of write. Let brothers and Sisters copy what they will, but never let this book out of your hands, and never keep the writings of another, for if it be found in their hand of write, they may well be taken and tortured. Each should guard his own writings and destroy them whenever danger threatens. Learn as much as you may by heart, and when the danger is past, rewrite your book. For this reason, if any die, destroy their book if they have not been able to, for, if it be found nd, 'tis clear proof against them. Ye may not be a Witch alone so all their friends be in danger of the torture. So destroy everything not necessary. If your book be found on you, 'tis clear proof against you. You may be tortured. Keep all thought of the cult from your mind. Say you had bad dreams, that a Devil caused you to write this without your knowledge. Think to yourself, I Know Nothing. I Remember nothing. I have forgotten all. Drive this into your mind. If the torture be too...
Magus leaves circle by the doorway, goes to Postulant, and says, Since there is no other brother here, I must be thy sponsor, as well as priest. I am about to give you a warning. If you are still of the same mind, answer it with these words 'Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.' Placing the point of the sword to the Postulant's breast, he says, O thou who standeth on the threshold between the pleasant world of men and the domains of the Dread Lords of the Outer Spaces, hast thou the courage to make the Assay For I tell thee verily, it were better to rush on my weapon and perish miserably than to make the attempt with fear in thy heart. Postulant I have two Passwords Perfect Love and Perfect Trust. Magus drops the sword point, saying, All who approach with perfect love and perfect trust are doubly welcome. Going around behind her, he blindfolds her, then putting his left arm around her waist and his right arm around her neck, he pulls her head back, says, I give you the 3rd password, a Kiss...
G To void discovery, let the working tools 125 be as ordinary things that any may have in their houses. Let the Pentacles be of wax, so they may be broken at once. Have no sword unless your rank allows you one. Have no names or signs on anything. Write the names and signs on them in ink before consecrating them and wash it off immediately after. Do not Bigrave them, 130 lest they cause discovery. Let the colour of the hilts tell which is which.
Perhaps the best-known representation of Baphomet is the drawing by the 19th-century French magician Eli-phas Levi, called the Baphomet of Mendes. Levi combined elements of the Tarot Devil card and the he-goat worshiped in antiquity in Mendes, Egypt, which was said to fornicate with its women followers (as the church claimed the Devil did with witches). Levi's Baphomet has a human trunk with rounded, female breasts, a caduceus in the midriff, human arms and hands, cloven feet, wings and a goat's head with a pentagram (see pENTACLE AND pentagram) in the forehead and a torch on top of the skull between the horns. The attributes, Levi said, represented the sum total of the universe intelligence, the four ELEMENTS, divine revelation, sex and motherhood and sin and redemption. White and black crescent moons at the figure's sides represent good and evil.
Patricia's nonfiction books include Witchcraft in Yorkshire (1973), her autobiography, Witch Blood (1974), The Witches Speak (1976), Lid Off the Cauldron (1981, 1985, 1989, 1992, 1998), The Zodiac Experience (1992, 1995), One Witch's World (1998) and From Stagecraft to Witchcraft The Early Years of a High Priestess (2002). Her novel Witches Were for Hanging (1992) was reprinted in 1999. In addition, she wrote poetry and designed three cards (The Sun, Karma and The World) for The Tarot of the Old Path (1990).
Last year I had a little revelation in that I discovered what it was that caused my regular bouts of depression. When I spend too much time in the all giving side I wear thin and cracks begin to show. I try so hard to be something for everyone, to make everyone else happy that I forget that I am also important, that my wants and my needs also have credibility. Slowly I shut down one little switch at a time till I'm numb, I can't feel anything, I can't reflect off anything because I have lost sight of the other me. Last year I suddenly realised that the only way I could stop the depression getting to grips with me again would be to cut out all those responsibilities that demanded I give so much of myself. When one is already maintaining a tight control on ones emotions such as I do then one can only cope with extra external structure for so long before one begins to crack up. To much structure is too much because I have such a high degree of it inside myself already. So I came to the...
The method of the NECRONOMICON concerns deep, primeval forces that seem to pre-exist the normal archetypal images of the tarot trumps and the Golden Dawn telesmatic figures. These are forces that developed outside the Judeo-Christian mainstream, and were worshipped and summoned long before the creation of the Qabala as we know it today. Hence, the ineffectiveness of the Golden Dawn banishing procedures against them. They are not necessarily demonic or qliphotic in the sense that these terms are commonly understood in the West, they just simply represent power sources largely untapped and thus far ignored by twentieth-century, mainstream consciousness.
In addition, her public work includes lectures, workshops and seminars on Paganism, spiritual growth and psychology to all kinds of audiences in colleges and universities, learning centers, conferences, churches and Pagan gatherings. She does nature therapy, psychic healing, Tarot readings, dream work, guided creative visualizations and other types of spiritual healing services. For the media, she is a leading spokesperson on Wicca and Paganism and was a leading activist in the veterans' PEN-tacle Quest.
Ace of Swords - Air signifies a drive to mental creation, an idea which some how held back and needs to be given form. The route of the power of air, symbolises the Ace of Cups - Water signifies a strong desire to emotional expression or creativity possible due to a period of repression of emotions. The route of the power of water symbolises the eternal mother principle. It represents fertility, beauty, happiness and productiveness. It is a good omen in general. Aces of Pentacles - Earth signifies a need for physical expression, to be materially driven or to give structure to something which has until then been but a dream. The route of the power of earth has dominion over mundane matters of all kinds. It stands for materialism, gains, work, wealth and power.
There are many different ways you can introduce the Tree of Life as a working tool into your spiritual, magical and mundane life. To share them all here with you would be impossible so I'm just going to carry on with the basic works we have done already dealing with what the spheres represent at their core. Tiphareth is a transitional sphere where we pass from one thing to another. Sometimes it is a massive transformation other times it is but a small thing. In the first case it is like a death and rebirth, in the latter it is but a little step over a new threshold. Which ever it may be there is cause to mark this passing in some way, so I thought it might be nice to teach you all a very simple exercise that is a good way to perpare yourself for ritual or meditation. The Qabalistic Cross has a mutlitude of other uses also from clearing away negativity to helping you get a little more grounded. It can also be used as a minor protective rite to keep away negative energies others may...
Deities Earth and grain deities Pan, Ceres, Demeter, Geb, Marduk, Nisaba, Mati-Syra-Zemba, Yorillo, Pellevvinen, Prithvi, Tekketskerkok, Nokomis, Ethinoha, Onathe, Chicomecoatl, Niamh, Cernunnos, Myrddin. Precious Stone Rock crystal. Plant Willow, lily, ivy. Perfume Dittany of Crete. Illusion Materialism. Obligation Discipline. Briatic Correspondence Stability. Tarot Suit Number The Tens. It is very difficult to fully discuss at length the pathways on the Tree of Life in this format. In my last class we only very briefly touched upon the pathways and I did not
His other nonfiction books are Witchcraft. . . the Religion (1966) Amazing Secrets of the Psychic World (1975) Here Is the Occult (1974) Anatomy of the Occult (1977) The Magic of Chant-O-Matics (1978) Practical Color Magick (1983) Secrets of Gypsy Fortunetelling (1988) Secrets of Gypsy Love Magic (1990) Secrets of Gypsy Dream Reading (1990) Scottish Witchcraft (1991) Witchcraft Yesterday and Today, a video (1990) The Book of African Divination (1992) Doors to Other Worlds (1993) Ray Buckland's Magic Cauldron (1995) Truth About Spirit Communication (1995) Advanced Candle Magic (1996) Buckland Gypsies Domino Divination Cards (1995) Gypsy Fortune Telling Tarot Kit (1998) Gypsy Witchcraft and Magic (1998) Gypsy Dream Dictionary (1999) Coin Divination (2000) Buckland Romani Tarot Deck and Book (2001) Wicca for Life (2001) The Witch Book (2001) The Fortune-Telling Book (2003) Signs, Symbols and Omens (2003) Cards of Alchemy (2003) Wicca for One (2004) Buckland's Book of Spirit...
But how do you interpret the cards There are books written on the tarot, most of which offer possible interpretations for each card. You might purchase one of them (I would recommend one of Eden Gray's either The Tarot Revealed or A Complete Guide To the Tarot). Read through the book, to get an idea of the traditional interpretations then, PUT THE BOOK AWAY. Once again let me stress that NO TWO PEOPLE ARE ALIKE. If you are reading for two different people and the same card happens to come up in the same position for both of them, it is highly unlikely that it will have the same meaning (the interpretation found in the book) for both people. They are each individuals it will mean something different for each of them. How, then, do you interpret Go by your instincts your feelings your intuition. As you turn over each card, think of the position that it occupies. For example position 6 the immediate future. What, of the illustration on the card, strikes you most forcibly as you turn it...
Situated on the pathway between Kether and Chokmah this card represents the beginning of a journey from idea to actuality. The Fool represents the pure innocence of the soul and it's total lack of understanding of the world in which it is manifest. The journey has no solid structure at this stage it is simply the intent to begin. This card represents the chaos before reason. Pure impulse and blind faith in the future. It is like a baby being neither good nor evil, it is simple intent. Behind it is the vast nothingness which is absolutely everything, before it a rainbow path of awareness. From here there is only forwards for to go back would be to unbecome. What do you feel from this pathway Where does it come from and where does it go How is it expressed in each of the four worlds When working with the pathways the cards of the Major Arcana can be invaluable to aid us in our understanding. Consider these questions when meditating on this pathway and this card, a full understanding can
Signifies the moment when intellect meets with its first obstacle. Things go awry and plans are thwarted. This can often manifest in thoughts of defeat since previously things were going well and it is often difficult to see why it has now gone so terribly wrong. Once again we have the masculine element of this suit in the pillar of form, which shows itself as the proverbial fish out of water. Five of Cups - Sorrow. Signifies feelings of misunderstanding. This can often be a huge wake up call and can leave the emotions feeling disappointed and disillusioned. Five of Wands - Challenge. Signifies a very difficult time in an enterprise. The creative force of this card is thrown into the pillar of form. When pure creative drive Five of Pentacles - Poverty. Signifies hard times. Financially this may be the first bills. If income was not previously invested wisely then poverty hits home. Firm instinctive grounding is required to overcome this adversity. It is a...
Circle joined other Wiccan-Pagan groups to lobby for the right of Wiccan-Pagan military veterans to have symbols of their faiths on their tombstones. The campaign, started in 1997, took years. In 1995, Circle Cemetery was founded on Circle land for cremains, the cremated remains of Wiccans and Pagans. The cemetery is now 20 acres in size. In 2007, three veteran gravestones with pentacles, among the first to be issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans, were dedicated.
Signifies the first movement after a period of dormancy. Once the trials of the first setback has been overcome the intellect can once again move forward. New perspective can be gained and the mental blockages are cleared away the journey of the mind begins once more. Six of Cups - Memories. Signifies understanding of emotions. The heart has now experienced emotion. It knows what it feels like to suffer pain and remembers what it is to be happy. Now that it has loved and lost it understands the full emotion. Six of Wands - Victory. Signifies a return to vigour on the behalf of the enterprise. Having met both good times and bad its growth will now be much more steady. We can now take real pride in our achievements knowing how hard we have had to struggle and what challenges we have overcome to make the enterprise work. Six of Pentacles - Generosity. Signifies material success. Good fortune should be shared and now that financial matters have improved we are in a...
Signifies thoughts in bondage. It is time to cast off outworn thought patterns. The thoughts have too much structure and can not go much Eight of Cups - Seeking. Signifies a time of re-evaluation. Time to view emotions from a more universal standing point. After the over expansion of the seven we must now take a step back and look at things once again in the bigger picture. Eight of Wands - Swiftness. Signifies momentum. This brings speedy movement which can be both a blessing and a curse in a venture. A time of often prophetic Eight of Pentacles - Learning. Signifies methodical work. A time of detailed preparation, patient application is called for here in order that better results and returns can be expected in the future.
So now we begin the next section of our journey into the understanding of the pathways of the Tree of Life. This section covers the pathways that come below the first supernal. Again I feel it is vital to our understanding of how the pathways work to study and consider the positions of the Major Arcana cards on the Tree of Life.
Martello, who claimed a Sicilian witch heritage, was born in Dudley, Massachusetts, the son of a Sicilian immigrant who owned a farm. He was raised in Worcester and Southbridge. Baptized a Catholic, he was packed off to Catholic boarding school for six years, which he later said were the worst years of his life. He had psychic experiences early in life and in his teens began studying palmistry and the tarot with a Gypsy. By age 16, he was making radio appearances giving handwriting analyses and selling articles. Martello's other books are Witchcraft The Old Religion Black Magic, Satanism and Voodoo Understanding the Tarot It's Written in the Cards It's Written in the Stars Curses in Verses Witches' Liberation and Practical Guide to Witch Covens Your Pen Personality and The Hidden World of Hypnotism. He authored numerous articles. He was the first Witch in America to publish information about Sicilian Witchcraft. Martello was an elder of the Trinacrian Rose church and Grove in...
The Tarot card fixed to this pathway is often helpful when meditating upon it. In this case the card is The World. It is the final card of the major arcana and yet it speaks of the end of one cycle and the beginings of a new. It speaks of the transformation from worldly form to spiritual. That which is fixed in form, rises to the consciousness of Now that we have studied the Tree itself in detail we can now move on to it's workings on the different planes of existence. There are four planes or worlds these are depicted in many different ways i.e. the suits of the Tarot and the four different colours of each sphere and pathway. Originally named in Hebrew these plans were Atziluth - the Archetypal World, Deity Force, the Tarot suit of Air. The Kings of the Tarot. Briah (Hebrew for giving shape) - the World of Creation, Archangel Force, the Tarot suit of Water. The Queens of the Tarot. Yetzirah (Hebrew for forming) - the World of Formation, Angelic Force, the Tarot suit of Fire. The...
The main thing to avoid in all occasions of suspected magical attack is abandoning one's judgement to overriding fear. The descent into paranoia is one of the main pitfalls for many otherwise very competent witches. Probably one of the best ways of guarding against this is to let one of your witch friends handle the situation for you, with the express instructions to exercise as much scepticism as possible. It is to this fellow-practitioner that you must turn also for the relevant divinations, for these are the first practical magical steps to be undertaken under the circumstances. To divine the nature and if possible the source of the hostility should be your purpose here. The pendulum, Vassago, and the rune sticks are possibly the best methods to employ. Tarot and the I Ching can also be used.
There are two types of motive which make the operation of necromancy feasible and indeed permissible intelligence and love. The first, that of intelligence, is resorted to when all else fails, when tea leaves or Tarot cards give unintelligible answers, when the rune sticks talk in riddles, when even Vassago falls silent, and when the one person who can give you the answer to your question is dead. This is the more complicated operation to perform. The second permissible motivation, that of desiring to meet a loved one again, gives recourse to an operation which is easier than the first mentioned and is of the type which is often incorporated into the grand Sabbat of Halloween, although, strictly speaking, most Sabbat rituals do employ some elements of the first variety.
Although this is not a Wiccan organization, it is considered to be one of the best schools of Western Mystery Tradition. Established in 1922, BOTA focuses on the Tarot, Kabbalah, alchemy, astrology, and other established metaphysical sciences. It offers a very good correspondence course on the Tarot and its mystical and Kabbalistic associations.
There are five doors, each with the symbols of the different tarot cards their pathways represent. The altar is opal with orange draperies. There is a fragrance of storax in the air. There are shelves of books betwen the doors on every wall. Writings of all sorts can be found here from books and scrolls, to stone tablets some new some from antiquity. In front of the eight sided opal altar is a pedestal on which you may place the images of this sphere.
Let them be as ordinary things that anyone may have in their homes. Let the Pentacles be of wax that they may be melted or broken at once. Have no sword unless your rank allows you one. Have no names or signs on anything, write the names and signs on in ink before consecrating them and wash it off immediately after. Never boast, never threaten, never say you wish ill to anyone. If any speak of the craft, say
During the 1960s folk magic sprang back to life. The youth movement in the United States and Britain rebelled against rigid social codes and Christian-based ideals. Some young persons turned to Buddhism, Zen, and other Eastern teachings. Others became enchanted with what little they could learn of spells, charms, herb magic, tarot cards, amulets, and talismans.
Tarot cards also provide excellent symbols for magick the Emperor for power, the Empress for fertility, the Ten of Pentacles for prosperity, the Lovers for romance, the World or the Eight of Wands for travel, Temperance for harmony, Justice for matters of law, etc. Even if you do not use Tarot cards for divination, a brilliantly illustrated pack, such as the Rider Waite or the Morgan Greer, will by their pictures suggest all kinds of images for your work. My book Tarot Talks to the Woman Within (Quantum, 2000) contains many examples of Tarot spells and in spite of its title, the book is very male- friendly. The Tarot is also very portable.
Doorway leads to one of the pathways from the sphere and are represented by the image of the pathways representing Tarot card. Above each doorway is the planetary symbol of the next sphere beyond it. The statues and altar trappings will seem elusive and indistinct and shapes and postures may alter as you watch them. This temple more than any other you may create is a temple of the mind and your imagination how vivid you make it is up to you. The doorways out of the temple are like thin flimsy veils of the conciousness that ripple and waver. To exit anyone of them you must use the power of your mind to make this door firmly visible. Suitable contemplations for this sphere would be divinatory arts, meditations on the Tarot or Runic poetry may be well enhanced in this temple.
Face the East, and see again the column of white light you called up when you invoced the Guardian of the East. Now raise the Ace of Swords, holding it out so it faces the East. Imagine the card surrounded by a ball of white light. Address the Guardian of the East with words like these Guardian of the East, empower this card as your representative, so that it may be a lasting bond between us. May this card keep the power of Air and the sacred Athame always with me May I always have mental strength, good ideas and clear communications in this home Take up the Ace of Wands, and face the South. Again see the column of light you drew up when you invoced the Quarter. Raise the Ace of Wands, holding it so that it faces South. Imagine the Now take up the Ace of Cups, and turn to the West. See again the column of light you called up when you invoced the Quarter. Pick up the Ace of Cups, holding it so that it faces West. Imagine the card surrounded by a ball of white...
Crowley's other published books include The Diary of a Drug Fiend Magick in Theory and Practice, still considered one of the best books on ceremonial magic The Strategem, a collection of fiction stories The Equinox of the Gods, which sets forth The Book of the Law as mankind's new religion and The Book of Thoth, his interpretation of the Tarot Confessions originally was intended to be a six-volume autohagiography, but only the first two volumes were published. He argued with the publishing company,
Signifies the minds first comprehension of the effects of feelings. The card of heartache is often a very unhappy card since the Swords are not happy over on the feminine pillar. The force now has form and experiencing this Three of Cups - Celebration. Signifies the early fluttering of the heart. The first time emotions gain form and take shape. What was once only a feeling suddenly becomes experienced feeling. The card of celebration. Three of Wands - Opportunity. Signifies the first opportunity with any true form in an enterprise. The card of opportunity gives form and direction.
Signifies the taking of responsibility for ones path. There is suffering but a need for disciplined life-style and commitment to logical thought. Nine of Cups - Comfort. Signifies pleasure and satisfaction. After all the trials the emotions have experienced now is a time of true contentment. Nine of Wands - Resilience. Signifies endurance. Enduring strength and dedication to purpose. The wisdom to prepare against adversity. Nine of Pentacles - Pleasure. Signifies enjoyment of solitary pursuits. The finances are not yet fully manifested but the path is paved with a golden harvest just waiting to
Signifies floating and most times intellect and reason. The card of balance now gives the intellect some idea of foundation. Two of Cups - Commitment. Signifies flow, a commitment to making the first move Two of Wands - Partnership. Signifies action, indicates the combination of two points leading to the beginning of a new venture.
Signifies life and death decisions. Time for ruthless logic. The need for extreme daring and resolution. Confrontation of karmic debts. Thoughts when manifested are difficult to maintain. Ten of Cups - Contentment. Signifies peace and happiness. Desires shared by others manifest in true happiness. The pleasures shared become pleasures doubled. Ten of Pentacles - Wealth. Signifies the treasures of tradition. Inherited wealth built over time now comes to its final culmination. The true end game for a lifetime of In this section we will look at the way in which the Major Arcana is positioned on the Tree of Life and discuss how each different card relates to the pathway. If we consider that the spheres represent events and the pathways represent ways to get too and through the events we begin to understand how the Tarot fits on the Tree. Thus the minor cards become events in ones life and the major cards show different means of dealing with them. When we also...
Signifies a return once more to the pillar of force. The idea can now formulate its potential. It is a empery moment of peace found only when the force of the swords intellect is in a position of force upon the Tree. A moment of clarity and an opportunity to reflected on your thoughts. Four of Cups - Boredom. Signifies a difficult time for the emotions. When too much time is spent in preparation we can become lost and disillusioned with things. We must take care not too loose sight of the joy we experienced in the beginning. If we look too hard for love we may forget how to enjoy it when it comes to us. Four of Wands - Prosperity. Signifies a time of growth. The enterprise finally begins to take off and give some returns. It is still early stages but the first pay offs from a venture are often experienced at this stage. It is often a time of celebration, like your
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.