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object:the Tarot
word class:noun
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Major Arcana - Paul
Major Arcana - Elleilla
Major Arcana - Jodorowsky
Minor Arcana

the Divinization of language, the bringing down to transform the throat chakras

  the Dancer
  the Adventurer
  the Priest
  the Wizard
  the Mystic
  the Beloved
  the Hero
  the Prince
  the Princess
  the Outsider
  the Man
  the Animal
  the Adversary
  the God
  the Goddess
  the Stranger
  the Beloved
  the Child
  the Guide
  the Hunter
  the Hunted
  the Guard
  the Self
  the Helper
  the Protector
  the Mother

  the Heavens
  the Garden
  the Passage?
  the Forest
  the Labyrinth
  the Maze
  the Tower
  the Refuge
  the Sanctuary
  the Temple
  the Library
  the Inner Sanctum
  the World
  the Worlds
  the Abyss
  the Void
  the Desert
  the Graveyard
  the Crypt
  the Underground
  the Laboratory

  the Gate
  the Path
  the Door


  fruitless >< fruitful
  long (as in long for or similar to aspire)
  sealed? (verb?)
    the most important

  1 the Man
    the Animal
    the Adversary
    the God/the Goddess
  2 the Key
    the Garden
    the Passage / the Pass
    the Response
  3 the Forest
    the Justification
    the Sacrifice
    the Everpresent
  4 the Infinite Labyrinth
    the Path
    the Center
    the Unknowable
  5 the Gate
    the Bridge
    the Portal
    the Guard
  6 the Toll
    the Bell
    the Tower
    the Mirror
  7 the Solution
    the Refuge / the Sanctuary
    the Problem
    the Quest
  8 the Offering
    the Bhagavan
    the Grace
    the Temple
  9 the Mother
    the Flame
    the All-Loving
    the Revelation
  10 the Child
    the Inner Sanctum
    the Prisoner
    the Door
  11 the Supreme
    the Top
    the Bottom
    the Price / the Cost
  12 the Formless
    the Obstacle / the Block
    the Soul
    the Self
  13 the Library
    the Message
    the Author / the Messenger
    the Book
  14 the Divine
    the Planes
    the Delight
    the World
  15 the Hunter
    the Future
    the Question
    the Past
  16 the Guide
    the Castle (the Memory)
    the Infinite
    the Answer
  17 the Crypt
    the Underground
    the Abyss
    the Void
    the Goddess
    the Stranger
    the Darkness
    the Beloved
    the Cup
    the Knowledge
    the Power
    the Peace
    the Immutable
    the Aid / the Help
    the Meaning
    the Consciousness
    the Freedom
    the Mutable
    the Condition(s)


  1 record


  2 reveal
  3 imagine
  4 ascend
  5 surrender
  6 knock
  7 ask
  8 vow
  9 turn
  10 aspire
  11 invoke
  12 seek

  the Mountain
  the Beginning
  the Ending
  the Ocean / the Sea
  the Net
  the Protection
  the Mistake
  the Higher
  the Lower
  the Nature
  the Cause
  the Descent
  the Will
  the Staircase
  the Divinisation
  the Circle
  the Hammer
  the Habit / the Tendency / the Urge
  the Prayer
  the Evil
  the Principle
  the Elevator?
  the Trampoline?
  the Glory
  the Mystery
  the Victory
  the One >< the Many >< the All?
  the Loop
  the Source
  the Ultimate
  the Need
  the Puzzle
  the River
  the Name
  the Face
  the Hand

  is / exists
  want(s) / desire
  a torch / a light
  parts of the self


  the sky grew wider
  the layered generations of fallen leaves

  the Unknowing Darkness, the Egg, the Potential, Inverse Condition
  the Labyrinth / the Forest / the Ocean
  the Goal, the Compass, Destiny / Fate, Predecision
  Landmarks, the Map, Shapes, Shastra
  the Aid, Helper, Goddess, Mother
  the Gate, Portal, Pass, Clause, Condition
  Fork, Choice
  Mistake, Fall, Failure, True Suffering, Slip from ones Blindness, Worst Possible Thing?
  the Message
  nouns, verbs

Major Arcana - Paul Christian

1 - the Magus / Will
2 - Gate of the (occult) Santuary / Knowledge
3 - Isis - Urania / Action
4 - Cubic Stone / Realization
5 - Master of the Mysteries/Arcana / Occult Inspiration
6 - Two Roads / Ordeal
7 - Chariot of Osiris / Victory
8 - Themis (Scales and Blade) / Equilibrium

0 - the Crocodile / Expiation

Major Arcana - Etteilla

  0 the Fool ::: Madness, Bewilderment ___ Expiation
  1 the Magician ::: Ideal, Wisdom ___ Will
  2 the High Priestess ::: Enlightenment / Passion ___ Knowledge
  3 the Empress ::: Discussion / Instability ___ Action
  4 the Emperor ::: Revelation / Behaviour
  5 the Pope ::: Travel / Country Property
  6 Love or the Lovers ::: Secrets / Truths
  7 the Chariot ::: Support / Protection
  8 Justice ::: Tenacity / Progress
  9 the Hermit ::: Justice / Law-Maker
  10 Wheel of Fortune ::: Temperance / Convictions
  11 Fortitude ::: Strength / Power
  12 the Hanged Man ::: Prudence
  13 Death :::
  14 Temperance :::
  15 the Devil :::
  16 the Tower :::
  17 the Star :::
  18 the Moon :::
  19 the Sun :::
  20 Judgement :::
  21 the World :::

Major Arcana - Jodorowsky

  0 The Fool ::: Freedom, Great Supply of Energy
  1 The Magician / Bateleur ::: Beginning and Choosing
  2 The High Priestess ::: Gestation, Accumulation
  3 The Empress ::: Creative Outburst, Expression
  4 The Emperor ::: Stability and Mastery of the Material World
  5 The Hierophant / The Pope ::: Mediator, Bridge, Ideal
  6 The Lovers ::: Union, Emotional Life
  7 The Chariot ::: Action in the World
  8 Justice ::: Balance, Perfection
  9 The Hermit ::: Crisis, Passage, Wisdom
  10 Wheel of Fortune ::: The Beginning or End of a Cycle
  11 Strength ::: Creative Beginning, New Energy
  12 The Hanged Man ::: Halt, Meditation, Gift of the Self
  13 Death / The Nameless Arcanum ::: Profound Transformation, Revolution
  14 Temperance ::: Protection, Circulation, Healing
  15 The Devil ::: Unconscious Forces, Passion, Creativity
  16 The Tower ::: Opening, the Emergence of What Was Imprisioned
  17 The Star ::: To Act in the World, To Find Your Place
  18 The Moon ::: Receptive Female Power
  19 The Sun ::: Paternal Archetype, New Construction
  20 Judgement ::: New Consciousness, Irresistable Desire
  21 The World ::: Total Realization

Minor Arcana

  Aces ::: Everything in Potential
  Twos ::: Accumulation, Preparation, Receptivity
  Threes ::: Bursting Apart, Creation or Destruction
  Fours ::: Security on the Earth
  Fives ::: Temptation
  Six ::: Beauty and Its Mirror
  Seven ::: Action in the World and upon the Self
  Eights ::: The Four Perfections
  Nine ::: Crisis and New Construction
  Ten ::: The End of One Cycle and the Announcement of the Next
The Minor Arcana (or Lesser Arcana) are the 56 suit cards of the 78-card deck of tarot cards.
The Minor Arcana comprise four suits with 14 cards each. Although there are variations, the Minor Arcana commonly employ the Italo-Spanish suits:
  Wands (alternatively, batons, clubs, or staves),
  pentacles (alternatively, coins, disks, or rings).
In contrast, the corresponding French suits are clubs (a), hearts (a), spades (a), and diamonds (a).
Each Minor Arcana card in a suit is numbered one (ace) to ten, except for the court cards (or courts)-
which are comparable to face cards.
In one variation,
princess and prince cards replace the page and knight cards.
Some Italian decks add two more court cards:
the maid and the mounted lady.
Since contemporary decks of French playing cards replace both the knight and the page with the jack or knave, such decks only have 52 cards. The remaining 22 cards in a tarot deck are the Major Arcana. When used for divination the Major Arcana are traditionally more significant, but the Minor Arcana are what allow Tarot readers to understand the subtleties and details that surround the major events and signifiers in a Tarot spread; in general, the Major Arcana represent large turning points and the Minor Arcana represent the day-to-day insights.[1]
Minor Arcana cards in contemporary tarot decks are usually illustrated-a convention popularized by the Rider-Waite tarot deck ca. 1910. Non-illustrated cards bear symmetrical arrangements of pips.

Latin suit
Wands / Batons / Clubs / Staves
Creativity and will
Coins / Pentacles / Disks / Rings
Material body or possessions
Cups (Chalices)
Emotions and love
Nobility and military



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the Tarot
The Tarot of Paul Christian




Arcana ::: Refers to Mysteries: those aspects of reality that go unnoticed in states of mundane consciousness. Also refers to the symbolic categories of the Tarot.

Babel (Hebrew) Bābāh The inner meaning of the Tower of Babel, by which it was hoped that divinity might be reached or attained, is a house of initiation, a gate, portal, opening, or entrance to the divine. The physical tower was both the building set aside to house and protect the initiation chambers, together with the ceremonies that take place in them, and an architectural emblem to signify a raising up towards heaven. The tower may have either a divine or evil significance, either haughty pride and self-sufficiency or spiritual aspiration. Similar is the lightning-struck tower of the Tarot cards, and the Arabian Nights story of the man who built a palace completely except only for a roc’s egg to hang in the dome, and when the egg is thus hung, the whole palace collapses. The work of the black magician, building from below upwards, is impermanent and, when it strikes the sky, is blasted. If such a tower and system be followed by adepts of the left-hand path for ultimate and foredestined confusion, it is one thing; but if the tower and its inner mysteries be in the charge of adepts of the right-hand path, it is another. The concentration of the narrator in the Bible concerning the Tower of Babel seems to have been entirely upon its aspect of left-hand magic.

Cartomancy ::: A form of divination using cards. Utilizing the Tarot is a form of this.

chalice ::: Chalice A magical weapon is any instrument used to bring about intentional change. In practice, magical weapons are usually specific, consecrated items used within ceremonial ritual. There is no hard and fast rule for what constitutes or does not constitute a magical weapon. If a magician considers it to be a weapon, then a weapon it is. However, there does exist a set of magical weapons with particular uses and symbolic meanings. Some such common weapons/tools include the dagger/sword, wand/baton, cup/chalice, pentacle/disk, holy oil, lamp and bell. See magical Weapons. The ritual chalice originated in the Catholic Mass, where wine is ritually transformed into the blood of Christ. It is a tool used in Ceremonial/Ritual Magick and Wiccan ceremonies. It relates to 'cups' in the Tarot deck, and the watery signs of the Zodiac.

Courts ::: The sixteen face cards of the Minor Arcana of the Tarot. With the four elemental suits there are four face cards in each suit that are the courts of the suit. Although the exact name and role varies they are generally classified as follows in order of increasing dominion over the suit: Princess/Page/Jack, Prince/Knight, Queen, and King.

Divination ::: A process through which one attempts to gain insight into a situation or tries to answer a question through ritualistic or symbolic means. Cartomancy is one such form of divination that is especially used in modern practice. The Tarot is an application of that. But there are other forms of divination as well including augury and runecasting. How and why these systems work will be discussed in a future article or section.

hierophant ::: Hierophant In ancient mystery cults, the Hierophant is an initiator, who possesses wisdom, i.e. occult knowledge. The word stems from the Greek, hieros (holy) and phanen (light) - revealer of the sacred. Nowadays, the term is used with the same meaning, but to denote an initiator in a number of magical traditions. The Hierophant is also the title of the 5th card in the Tarot.

In the four symbolic suits of the Tarot, the first is that of the batons, now become the clubs.

Keys of the tarot: The twenty-two major arcana of the tarot deck (q.v.).

Major arcana: The 22 tarot cards of the tarot (q.v.) deck.

Major Arcana ::: "The Major Mysteries". The twenty-two trumps of the Tarot that each indicate a major stage of realization or progression on the aspirant's journey from The Fool to the Universe.

Minor arcana: The 56 suit cards of the tarot (q.v.) deck.

Minor Arcana ::: "The Minor Mysteries". The fifty-six suit cards of the Tarot. Of these there are four sets of four cards that are all court cards and forty cards from Ace to Tens of a particular elemental suit. While the Major Arcana usually frame important life states and aspects of a journey, the Minor Arcana complement and help to add perspective to those aspects of a spread.

named in the Tarot (Tarot card No. 14). The angel

Suit ::: One of the four elemental categories associated with the Tarot: wands, swords, cups/chalices, and pentacles/disks.

Tarot ::: On this site we refer to the divinatory usages of cards as Tarot. Although there are other styles of cartomancy and a historical game tradition involving the Tarot, here we will refer to it solely for its usage in divining matters through spreads. There are 78 cards in a Tarot deck. There are twenty-two Trumps of the Major Arcana and fifty-six cards divided amongst four suits in the Minor Arcana.

tarot ::: Tarot The earliest known extant specimens of Tarot cards are three decks of North Italian origin dating back to the early to mid-fifteenth century, and made for the then rulers of Milan, the Visconti family. The Tarot is a deck of 78 cards used for divination and meditation purposes, comprising the Major Arcana, consisting of twenty-two trump cards (or twenty-one plus 'The Fool'), and the Minor Arcana, consisting of fifty-six 'suit cards'. 'Arcana' is the plural form of the Latin word 'arcanum', its meaning being 'closed' or 'secret'. Like a standard deck of playing cards, there are four suits in the Minor Arcana, each consisting of ten cards numbered from Ace to ten, traditionally batons (wands), cups, swords and coins (pentacles) - forty cards in total. The difference between the Tarot and a normal deck of cards, apart from the Major Arcana, is that a Tarot deck has four court cards (or honours) in each suit. Instead of Jack, Queen and King we find Page, Knight, Queen and King, thus sixteen court cards as opposed to twelve.

Taurt: The Primaeval Mother Goddess worshipped in ancient Egypt inthe form of a pregnant hippopotamus. She was represented astronomically by the Great Bear constellation (Typhon). Taurt means the Mother of Revolutions, and it is possible that she gave her name to the Tarot (q.v.) which is the Book of the Secret Revolutions of the Stars and Cosmic Time-Cycles.

The cup has always been one means of divination, whether by looking into it, or looking into water in it, or shaking up tea leaves or coffee grounds. These last gestures are physical adjuncts to the use of the clairvoyant vision. In the Tarots, the second suite was the cups, answering to the hearts in playing cards.

thoth ::: Thoth In Egyptian mythology, Thoth was the ancient Egyptian God of writing, magick, and learning. He is credited with the creation of language, numbers, and the measurement of time, and is often depicted as the scribe of the Gods. Thoth is considered the patron of magicians and sages, and has been credited as the originator of the Tarot.

Time —an angel, so named, in the Tarot card

Trumps ::: The twenty-two Major Arcana of the Tarot.

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   1 P D Ouspensky
   1 Eliphas Levi


   2 Maggie Stiefvater
   2 Lon Milo DuQuette
   2 Elizabeth Gilbert
   2 Benebell Wen

1:An imprisoned person with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire Universal Knowledge Gnosis, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequaled learning and inexhaustible eloquence. ~ Eliphas Levi,
2:The fact that we question the Tarot as to whether it be a method or a doctrine shows the limitation of our 'three dimensional mind', which is unable to rise above the world of form and contra-positions or to free itself from thesis and antithesis! Yes, the Tarot contains and expresses any doctrine to be found in our consciousness, and in this sense it has definiteness. It represents Nature in all the richness of its infinite possibilities, and there is in it as in Nature, not one but all potential meanings. And these meanings are fluent and ever-changing, so the Tarot cannot be specifically this or that, for it ever moves and yet is ever the same. ~ P D Ouspensky,


1:Both the five-year-olds looked at me with bewilderment and a bit of fearful uncertainty. I had a sudden horrifying image of the woman I might become if I'm not careful: Crazy Aunt Liz. The divorcee in the muumuu with the dyed orange hair who doesn't eat dairy but smokes menthols, who's always just coming back from her astrology cruise or breaking up with her aroma-therapist boyfriend, who reads the Tarot cards of kindergarteners and says things like, "Bring Aunty Liz another wine cooler, baby, and I'll let you wear my mood ring. ~ elizabeth-gilbert, @wisdomtrove

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1:It is the province of the tarot reader to move backwards, forwards, even sideways in time. ~ Sasha Graham,
2:The tarot card 'The Tower' seemed a chilling reflection of the events of September 11, 2001. ~ Neil Peart,
3:But the tarot is not exclusive to these faiths. It is used outside of faith in many walks of life and by people of all religious subscriptions. ~ Benebell Wen,
4:Using the tarot cards was like when he had begun learning Latin. He danced ever closer to that moment when he would understand the sentences without having to translate each word. ~ Maggie Stiefvater,
5:The gunslinger came awake from a confused dream which seemed to consist of a single image: that of the Sailor in the Tarot deck from which the man in black had dealt (or purported to deal) the gunslinger’s own moaning future. ~ Stephen King,
6:Remember that the Tarot is a great and sacred arcanum - its abuse is an obscenity in the inner and a folly in the outer. It is intended for quite other purposes than to determine when the tall dark man will meet the fair rich widow. ~ Jack Parsons,
7:An imprisoned person with no other book than the Tarot, if he knew how to use it, could in a few years acquire Universal Knowledge Gnosis, and would be able to speak on all subjects with unequaled learning and inexhaustible eloquence. ~ Eliphas Levi,
8:The tarot is a perfect representation of the Tree of Life. The ace of each suit represents the top sephira (1) and the two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten of each suit represents its respective sephira on the Tree. ~ Lon Milo DuQuette,
9:The Tarot embodies symbolical presentations of universal ideas, behind which lie all the implicits of the human mind, and it is in this sense that they contain secret doctrine, which is the realization by the few of truths embedded in the consciousness of all. ~ A E Waite,
10:The Hebrew Kabbalah, the Chinese Book of Changes, the Tarot, The Egyptian & Tibetan Books of the Dead—should not be regarded as primitive & unsuccessful attempts at ‘science,’ but as attempts to express the depths of ‘lunar’ knowledge in their own terms. ~ Colin Wilson,
11:In the Tarot deck, the Fool is depicted as a young man about to step off a cliff into empty air. Most people assume that the Fool will fall. But we don't see it happen, and a Fool doesn't know that he's subject to the laws of gravity. Against all odds, he just might float. ~ Richard Kadrey,
12:Now we can see the real use of the Tarot pack. It is for living in and arranging our lives with. The cards are the exchange-symbols between inner and outer life…. Altogether the Tarots are a most valuable collection of psycho-physical currency convertible into either dimension. —Wm. B. Gray, Magical Ritual Methods ~ Mary K Greer,
13:A robed figure stood before a coin, a cup, a sword, a wand---all of the symbols of all the tarot suits. An infinity symbol floated above his head; one arm was lifted in a posture of power. Yes, thought Adam. Understanding prickled and then evaded him.

He read the words at the bottom of the card.

The Magician. ~ Maggie Stiefvater,
14:Fear is dangerous, not the tarot. The tarot represents the spectrum of the human condition, the good, the evil, the light, and the dark. Do not fear the darker aspects of the human condition. Understand them. The tarot is a storybook about life, about the greatness of human accomplishment, and also the ugliness we are each capable of. ~ Benebell Wen,
15:Because at the end of the day, it’s not about the tarot cards, or the crystals, or the special teas. That’s not where the magic lives. The magic is in the tiny moments. The small touches, the gentle smiles, the quiet laughs. The magic is about living for today and allowing yourself to breathe and be happy. My dear boy, to love is the magic. ~ Brittainy C Cherry,
16:I'm not an expert in the deck at all. My interest lies somewhere near a sense that words are like tarot cards, and that a poem manipulates unpredictable depths with its words. . . . I like the tarot because it works like poetry and because you don't really have to 'believe in' anything. It's there to be used. The symbols are remarkably durable and beautiful; they float out to encompass all kinds of meanings. ~ Alice Notley,
17:Love is private and primitive and a bit on the funky and frightening side. I think of the Luna card in the Tarot deck: some strange, huge crustacean, its armor glistening and its pinchers wiggling, clatters out of a pool while wild dogs howl at a bulging moon. Underneath the hearts and flowers, love is loony like that. Attempts to housebreak it, to refine it, to dress the crabs up like doves and make them sing soprano always result in thin blood. You end up with a parody. ~ Tom Robbins,
18:Both the five-year-olds looked at me with bewilderment and a bit of fearful uncertainty. I had a sudden horrifying image of the woman I might become if I'm not careful: Crazy Aunt Liz. The divorcee in the muumuu with the dyed orange hair who doesn't eat dairy but smokes menthols, who's always just coming back from her astrology cruise or breaking up with her aroma-therapist boyfriend, who reads the Tarot cards of kindergarteners and says things like, "Bring Aunty Liz another wine cooler, baby, and I'll let you wear my mood ring. ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
19:Both the five-year-olds looked at me with bewilderment and a bit of fearful uncertainty. I had a sudden horrifying image of the woman I might become if I'm not careful: Crazy Aunt Liz. The divorcee in the muumuu with the dyed orange hair who doesn't eat dairy but smokes menthols, who's always just coming back from her astrology cruise or breaking up with her aroma-therapist boyfriend, who reads the Tarot cards of kindergarteners and says things like, "Bring Aunty Liz another wine cooler, baby, and I'll let you wear my mood ring... ~ Elizabeth Gilbert,
20:Much of what I love about literature is also what I love about the Tarot - archetypes at play, hidden forces, secrets brought to light. When I bought the deck, it was for the same reason I bought the car: I felt too much like a character in a novel, buffeted by cruel turns of fate. I wanted to feel powerful in the face of my fate. I wanted to look over the top of my life and see what was coming. I wanted to be the main character of this story, and its author. And if I were writing a novel about someone like me, this is exactly what would lead him astray. ~ Alexander Chee,
21:Wearing an antique bridal gown, the beautiful queen of the vampires sits all alone in her dark, high house under the eyes of the portraits of her demented and atrocious ancestors, each one of whom, through her, projects a baleful posthumous existence; she counts out the Tarot cards, ceaselessly construing a constellation of possibilities as if the random fall of the cards on the red plush tablecloth before her could precipitate her from her chill, shuttered room into a country of perpetual summer and obliterate the perennial sadness of a girl who is both death and the maiden. ~ Angela Carter,
22:Ultimately, there are not fifty-six cards in the Minor Arcana of the tarot. There are only four—the four aces. The other fifty-two cards (the sixteen court cards and the thirty-six small cards), live inside the four aces. As we learned in chapter 8, if we look at the ace of any suit under a magic microscope, we first see the four court cards of that suit living comfortably inside. Let's not stop there. If we increase the magnification level of our microscope, we see that the nine small cards of the suit are nestled neatly inside in three rows of three cards. Isn't that tidy? ~ Lon Milo DuQuette,
23:Our future-focused, technology-obsessed world seems to be hurtling down a bad path. People are turning to ancestral practices for a sense of enduring longevity, and comfort. To help stay sane and grounded in the midst of so much cultural insanity. To source a different kind of power in hopes of making changes both personal and political. From learning meditation to fighting off a cold with some homemade fire cider; from indigo-dyeing your curtains to strengthening your intuition with the aid of the Tarot, such old-world practices are capturing our imaginations and providing us with meaningful ways to impact our world. ~ Michelle Tea,
24:The fact that we question the Tarot as to whether it be a method or a doctrine shows the limitation of our 'three dimensional mind', which is unable to rise above the world of form and contra-positions or to free itself from thesis and antithesis! Yes, the Tarot contains and expresses any doctrine to be found in our consciousness, and in this sense it has definiteness. It represents Nature in all the richness of its infinite possibilities, and there is in it as in Nature, not one but all potential meanings. And these meanings are fluent and ever-changing, so the Tarot cannot be specifically this or that, for it ever moves and yet is ever the same. ~ P D Ouspensky,
25:What You Should Know to be a Poet"

all you can know about animals as persons.
the names of trees and flowers and weeds.
the names of stars and the movements of planets
and the moon.
your own six senses, with a watchful elegant mind.
at least one kind of traditional magic:
divination, astrology, the book of changes, the tarot;

the illusory demons and the illusory shining gods.
kiss the ass of the devil and eat sh*t;
fuck his horny barbed cock,
fuck the hag,
and all the celestial angels
and maidens perfum’d and golden-

& then love the human: wives husbands and friends
children’s games, comic books, bubble-gum,
the weirdness of television and advertising.

work long, dry hours of dull work swallowed and accepted
and lived with and finally lovd. exhaustion,
hunger, rest.

the wild freedom of the dance, extasy
silent solitary illumination, entasy

real danger. gambles and the edge of death. ~ Gary Snyder,
26:The initiation undergone by St. John of the Cross was a very high one, and one which Crowley fancied himself to have taken. He makes much of ‘The Wastelands’ and ‘Babe of the Abyss’ and one of his groups was called the Order of the Silver Star after the title of the Tarot Trump of this Path.
But initiation is not merely a question of knowing the externals of symbolism, it is a state of being, and anyone can judge for themselves the extent of Crowley’s real condition by comparing his writings with those of St. John of the Cross, who achieved without any advanced knowledge of symbols, secret or otherwise, but purely by faith and spiritual will. An even more revealing and damning analysis would be to compare their lives. It seems necessary to emphasise this, not so much for the doubtful pleasure of kicking a man who is already down, but in order to act as a warning to the many who tend to injure themselves by trying to follow the Crowley system without sufficient knowledge of its pitfalls — some of which, sad to say, seem deliberately placed, either through malice or a misplaced sense of humour. ~ Gareth Knight,
27:McCarthy’s movie career wasn’t limited to The Stupids. In 1998, she had a small role in BASEketball and the following year in Diamonds , directed by John Asher, whom she married in September 1999. A few years later, on May 18, 2002, their only child, Evan, was born in Los Angeles. But all was not well. Following a chance encounter with a stranger, McCarthy knew that something was different about her son. “One night I reached over and grabbed my Archangel Oracle tarot cards and shuffled them and pulled out a card,” she wrote. “It was the same card I had picked over and over again the past few months. It was starting to drive me crazy. It said that I was to help teach the Indigo and Crystal children. [Later,] a woman approached Evan and me on the street and said, ‘Your son is a Crystal child,’ and then walked away. I remember thinking, ‘Okay, crazy lady,’ and then I stopped in my tracks. Holy shit, she just said ‘Crystal child,’ like on the tarot card.” McCarthy realized that she was an Indigo adult and Evan a Crystal child. Although Evan would soon be diagnosed with autism, McCarthy took heart in the fact that Crystal children were often mislabeled as autistic. According to Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children, “Crystal Children don’t warrant a label of autism! They aren’t autistic, they’re AWE-tistic. ~ Anonymous,
28:He hopes at least after pulling himself up from one branch to another he will be able to see farther, discover where the roads lead; but the foliage beneath him is dense, the ground is soon out of sight, and if he raises his eyes toward the top of the tree he is blinded by The Sun, whose piercing rays make the leaves gleam with every colour against the light. However, the meaning of those two children seen in the tarot should also be explained: they must indicate that, looking up, the young man has realized he is no longer alone in the tree; two urchins have preceeded him, scrambling up the boughs.

They seem twins: identical, barefoot, golden blond. At this point the young man spoke, asked: “what are you two doing here?” or else: “how far is it to the top?” And the twins replied, indicating with confused gesticulation toward something seen on the horizon of the drawing, beneath the sun’s rays: the walls of a city.

But where are these walls located, with respect to the tree? The Ace of Cups portrays, in fact, a city, with many towers and spires and minarets and domes rising above the walls. And also palm fronds, pheasants’ wings, fins of blue moonfish which certainly jut from the city’s gardens, aviaries, aquariums, among which we can imagine the two urchins, chasing each other and vanishing. And this city seems balanced on top of a pyramid, which could also be the top of a great tree; in other words, it would be a city suspended on the highest branches like a bird’s nest, with hanging foundations like the aerial roots of certain plants. ~ Italo Calvino,
29:This Thing
<i>For/with Penny </i>
How to begin to define it
this momentous thing
between us? A monosyllable
rhyming with “dove”
and “above”, so dull
and dubiously religious
compared to the spirit
of our connection. Not that
talk of the numinous
wouldn’t apply. Your penchant
for the Tarot, mine
for the Sufis, altogether
I suspect more transcendental
than the babble
of necessity and hope
desired by our former selves. Now
I can’t say if “love” ever
belonged to my former lexicon
of merely being
with someone. A confession?
That wouldn’t become
my professed agnosticism; but
fate always the star
of your astrological ciphers
and my horoscope
no doubt a serendipity
in the house of your heart. Mine,
(forgive the war metaphors)
a fortress reigned by
the tyrant of solipsism until
your ram battered the gates
and your vanguard scaled
the ramparts. Now the untied
captives laze on the fields
of your victory. The tyrant
a cross between theologian
and troubadour, no longer a threat
to my peasants. But what
have you gained
from this conquest? Do I
make you happy? What do you call
this earth-shaking thing
between us? I suspect
your images altogether sharper
than my medievalist detours, say
animals—am I
salamander to your unicorn
or you a yellow crane
perched on my tortoise? Or
fairytale: you see
yourself as a compassionate
Little Red Riding Hood
to my repentant wolf? Not
very likely. I’ve never really
queried eating you; but
you must’ve glanced
the dangers of sharing life
with a confused and brooding
loner. A person of your insight
doesn’t mess around
in Blue Beard’s chamber.
And I’m frankly just
a diffused dragon. So do we
call this thing
domestication? What about
the euphoria of escaping
our house together
and boarding planes? Am I
your accomplice
or live cargo? Does it sound
like complaint? It’s in fact
a celebration of the ecstatic
thing between us. I ask you
to comment. You say:
“It’s a magical
ever-changing intertwining
of two lives on levels
mundane and divine.”
~ Ali Alizadeh,


   17 Occultism
   1 Thelema
   1 Psychology
   1 Integral Yoga
   1 Alchemy

   14 Aleister Crowley

   7 Magick Without Tears
   7 Liber ABA
   4 A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah

0.00a - Introduction, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Each letter of the Qabalistic alphabet has a number, color, many symbols and a Tarot card attributed to it. The Qabalah not only aids in an understanding of the Tarot, but teaches the student how to classify and organize all such ideas, numbers and symbols. Just as a knowledge of Latin will give insight into the meaning of an unfamiliar English word with a Latin root, so the knowledge of the Qabalah with the various attri butions to each character in its alphabet will enable the student to understand and correlate ideas and concepts which otherwise would have no apparent relation.
  A simple example is the concept of the Trinity in the Christian religion. The student is frequently amazed to learn through a study of the Qabalah that Egyptian mythology followed a similar concept with its trinity of gods, Osiris the father, Isis the virgin-mother, and Horus the son. The Qabalah indicates similar correspondences in the pantheon of Roman and Greek deities, proving the father-mother (Holy Spirit) - son principles of deity are primordial archetypes of man's psyche, rather than being, as is frequently and erroneously supposed a development peculiar to the Christian era.
  I began the study of the Qabalah at an early age. Two books I read then have played unconsciously a prominent part in the writing of my own book. One of these was "Q.B.L. or the Bride's Reception" by Frater Achad (Charles Stansfeld Jones), which I must have first read around 1926. The other was "An Introduction to the Tarot" by Paul Foster Case, published in the early 1920's. It is now out of print, superseded by later versions of the same topic. But as I now glance through this slender book, I perceive how profoundly even the format of his book had influenced me, though in these two instances there was not a trace of plagiarism. It had not consciously occurred to me until recently that I owed so much to them. Since Paul Case passed away about a decade or so ago, this gives me the opportunity to thank him, overtly, wherever he may now be.
  By the middle of 1926 I had become aware of the work of Aleister Crowley, for whom I have a tremendous respect. I studied as many of his writings as I could gain access to, making copious notes, and later acted for several years as his secretary, having joined him in Paris on October 12, 1928, a memorable day in my life.

0.00 - The Book of Lies Text, #The Book of Lies, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    this word. N is the Tarot symbol, Death; and the X
    or Cross is the sign of the Phallus. For a fuller com-
    Mercury, the Magus of the Tarot, who has four
    weapons, and it must be remembered that this card is
     Gimel is the High Priestess of the Tarot. This
    chapter gives the initiated feminine point of view; it is
     Daleth is the Empress of the Tarot, the letter of
    Venus, and the title, Peaches, again refers to the Yoni.
     Cheth is the Chariot in the Tarot. The Charioteer is
    the bearer of the Holy Grail. All this should be studied
     Teth is the Tarot trump, Strength, in which a woman
    is represented closing the mouth of a lion.
     It does, however, refer to the key of the Tarot called
    The Hermit, which represents him as cloaked.
     The card 15 in the Tarot is "The Devil", the
    mediaeval blind for Pan.
     The 16th key of the Tarot is "The Blasted Tower".
    In this chapter death is regarded as a form of marriage.
     The 18th key of the Tarot refers to the Moon, which
    was supposed to shed dew. The appropriateness of the
     The 21st key of the Tarot is called "The Universe",
    and refers to the letter Tau, the Phallus in manifesta-
    of the Tarot, the Pentagram. It is thus practically
    identical with IAO.
     The card Gimel in the Tarot is the High Priestess, the Lady of
    Initiation; one might even say, the Holy Guardian Angel.
    Samech ({Samech}), Temperence, in the Tarot.
     I paragraph 1 the real chastity of Percivale or
   The "fool" is the Fool of the Tarot, whose number is 0, but refers the the le
   Paragraph 1 calls upon the Fool of the Tarot, who is to be referred to Ipsiss
  of the Tarot.
   AYIN is spelt O I N, thus replacing the A in A I N by an O, the letter of the
    cornus, the Devil of the Tarot; which is the picture of the
    Goat of the Sabbath upon an altar, worshipped by two other
     Now, the Devil of the Tarot is the Phallus, the Redeemer,
    and Laylah symbolises redemption to Frater P. The
     the Tarot is not only this, but represents equally the
    Magickal Path.

1.00a - Introduction, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The Letter Kaph, Jupiter (Jehovah), the Wheel of Fortune in the Tarot the Atu X is a picture of the Universe built up and revolving by virtue of those Three Principles: Sulphur, Mercury, Salt; or Gunas: Sattvas, Rajas, Tamas has the value 20. So also has the letter Yod spelt in full.
  One Gnostic secret way of spelling and pronouncing Jehovah is and this has the value 811. So has "Let there be," Fiat, transliterating into Greek.
  On the other hand, you must be careful to avoid taking the correspondences given in the books of reference without thinking out why they are so given. Thus, you find a camel in the number which refers to the Moon, but the Tarot card "the Moon" refers not to the letter Gimel which means camel, but to the letter Qoph, and the sign Pisces which means fish, while the letter itself refers to the back of the head; and you also find fish has the meaning of the letter Nun. You must not go on from this, and say that the back of your head is like a camel the connection between them is simply that they all refer to the same thing.
  In studying the Qabalah you mention six months; I think after that time you should be able to realize that, after six incarnations of uninterrupted study, you may realize that you can never know it; as Confucius said about the Yi King. "If a few more years were added to my life, I would devote a hundred of them to the study of the Yi."

1.01 - About the Elements, #Initiation Into Hermetics, #Franz Bardon, #Occultism
  In the oldest book of wisdom, the Tarot, something has already been written about this great mystery of the elements. The first card of this work represents the magicia n pointing to the knowledge and mastery of the elements. On this first card the symbols are: the sword as the fiery element, the rod as the element of the air, the goblet as that of the water and the coins as the element of the earth. This proves without any doubt that already in the mysteries of yore, the magician was destined for the first Tarot card, mastery of the elements having been chosen as the first act of initiation. In honour of this tradition I shall give my principal attention to the elements for, as you will see, the key to the elements is the panacea, with the help of which all the occurring problems may be solved.
  According to the Indian succession of the tattwas, it runs as follows:

1.01 - Adam Kadmon and the Evolution, #Preparing for the Miraculous, #George Van Vrekhem, #Integral Yoga
  designed the Tarot). In the Kabbalah the divine archetype
  is called Adam Kadmon, meaning Primal or Primordial

1.01 - Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious, #The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, #Carl Jung, #Psychology
  tures in the Tarot cards were distantly descended from the
  archetypes of transformation, a view that has been confirmed

1.03 - The Sephiros, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Adepts as were the originators of the cards, in painting copy sets of the Tarot cards have woefully misrepresented, misplaced, and in some cases entirely omitted some of the symbols existing on the original set of pictures. Yet any one with a knowledge of the arcane wisdom can reconstruct them with ease.
  It was only in the last century that we had the statement of Eliphaz Levi that were a man incarcerated in a dungeon cell in solitary confinement, without books or instructions of any kind, it would still be possible for him to obtain from this set of cards an encyclopaedic knowledge of the essence of all sciences, religions, and philosophies. Ignoring this specimen of typical Levi verbosity, it is only necessary to point out that instead of using the ten digits and the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet for the basis of his magical alphabet, Levi adopted as his fundamental framework the twenty-two trump cards of the Book of
  Four Twos of the Tarot. Its precious stones are the Star
  Ruby representing the male energy of the creative Star, and the Turquoise suggesting Mazlos, the Sphere of the
  Yod * of the Tetragrammaton YHVH, a formula which will be more fully explained later. The Yod also has attri buted to it the Four Kings of the Tarot. The attribu- tions of the Tetragrammaton should be very carefully followed, for much of Zoharic speculation devolves upon them.
  III. Bin ah
   origin within the dark womb of the oyster. Its Yetsiratic title is " The Sanctifying Intelligence " ; its sacred plants, the Cypress, Lily, and Opium Poppy ; and the Tarot cards appropriate are the four Threes. Its symbol is the brooding dove - the true Shechinah, or Holy Spirit. The letter of
  Tetragrammaton is the first Heh n, and the Tarot attribu- tion is the four Queens.
  The first three Sephiros, denominated the Supernals, transcend in every possible way all intellectual conceptions, and can only be realized by specialized training in medita- tion and practical Qabalah. The Supernals are separated by a great gulf, the Abyss, from that which lies below them.
  Horse, the latter because Poseidon in legend created the horse and taught men the noble art of managing horses by the bridle. Its plants are the Pine, Olive, and Shamrock ; its stone the Amethyst and Sapphire ; Blue is its colour, and the Tarot attri butions are the four Fours, its metal being Tin, and its perfume Cedar.
  V. Geburah
  Basilisk of the staring eye, and the Tarot cards are the four Fives. According to the Sepher Yetsirah , Geburah is named " The Radical Intelligence ".
  VI. Tipharas
   the Tarot cards are the four Sixes, and to Tipharas is given the title of Son and the letter 1 V of Tetragramma- ton, and the four Princes or Knights (Jacks) of the Tarot.
  The Sepher Yetsirah denominates this sixth Sephirah as
  Perfect Intelligence ", the Tarot attri butions are the four

1.04 - The Paths, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  It is essential here to make a remark regarding the nature of the symbols revealed by the Tarot and utilized by the
  Zohar and Sepher Yetsirah. The symbolism which is so often definitely and decidedly phallic is merely utilized in order to make cosmic and metaphysical conceptions and processes more readily comprehensible to the human mind.
  Moon links the Supernal Triad with Tipharas, serving as the means of entry to the Inner College, it will be observed that the Tarot symbols are consistent. Yet some students have allocated this card to Bes.
  Artemis, Hecate, Chomse, and Chandra are the deities attri buted, all of them being lunar goddesses. Its colour is Silver, the glistening colour of the Moon ; Camphor and
  V. - The Hierophant is the Tarot attri bution. He is represented as raising his right hand in the sign of benedic- tion over the heads of two ministers, and in his left hand he bears a w r and or sacerdotal staff surmounted by a triple cross. At his feet are two keys, those of Life and Death, which solve the mysteries of existence.
  Vav is also the " Son " of Tetragrammaton - Bacchus or
  This Path leads from Yesod to Tipharas, the sphere of 0 the Sun. The Angel of the Tarot, would typify the Holy
  Guardian Angel to whom man aspires. The keynote of the astrological sign, the arrow pointing heavenwards, is
  Tsaddi - a Fish Hook. Its astrological attri bution is sss Aquarius, the sign of the Water-bearer. This idea con- tinues in the Tarot card, which is X VII. - The Star, depict- ing a nude female kneeling by a body of water, pouring water from two jugs, held one in each hand. Above her are seven eight-pointed stars surrounding a larger Star.
  The subsidiary title is " The Daughter of the Firmament.

1.04 - The Qabalah The Best Training for Memory, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  ("How many sets of attri butions?" Well, certainly, the Hebrew and Greek Alphabets with the names and numbers of each letter, and its mean- ing: a couple of lists of God-names, with a clear idea of the character, qualities, functions, and importance of each; the "King-scale" of colour, all the Tarot attri butions, of course; then animals, plants, drugs, per- fumes, a list or two of archangels, angels, intelligences and spirits that ought to be enough for a start.)
  Now you are armed! Ask yourself: why is the influence of Tiphareth transmitted to Yesod by the Path of Samekh, a fence, 60, Sagittarius, the Archer, Art, blue and so on; but to Hod by the Path of Ayin, an eye, 70, Capricornus, the Goat, the Devil, Indigo, K.T.L.

1.06 - The Literal Qabalah, #A Garden of Pomegranates - An Outline of the Qabalah, #Israel Regardie, #Occultism
  Divine Will and Wisdom. * Y is the Tarotic Hermit ; also it is the symbol of innocence and spiritual virginity.
  K* Sh is the Holy Spirit, his Divine Self which has been successfully invoked in the thaumaturgic rites, p Q is X

1.20 - Talismans - The Lamen - The Pantacle, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  But you will object why be silly at all? Why not say simply that the Lamen, stating as it does the Character and Powers of he wearer, is a dynamic portrait of the individual, while the Pantacle, his Universe, is a static portrait of him? And that, you pursue flattering, is why you preferred to call the Weapon of Earth (in the Tarot) the Disk, emphasizing its continual whirling movement rather than the Pantacle of Coin, as is more usual. Once again, exquisite child of our Father the Archer of Light and of seaborn Aphrodite, your well-known acumen has "nicked the ninety and nine and one over" as Browning says when he (he too!) alludes to the Tarot.
  As you will have gathered from the above, a Talisman is a much more restricted idea; it is no more than one of the objects in his Pantacle, one of the arrows in the quiver of his Lamen. As, then, you would expect, it is very little trouble to design. All that you need is to "make considerations" about your proposed operation, decide which planet, sign, element or sub-element or what not you need to accomplish your miracle.
  Then there are the Elemental Tablets of Sir Edward Kelly and Dr. John Dee. From these you can extract a square to perform almost any conceivable operation, if you understand the virtue of the various symbols which they manifest. They are actually an expansion of the Tarot. (Obviously, the Tarot itself as a whole is a universal Pantacle forgive the pleonasm! Each card, especially is this true of the Trumps, is a talisman; and the whole may also be considered as the Lamen of Mercury. It is evidently an Idea far too vast for any human mind to comprehend in its entirety. For it is "the Wisdom whereby He created the worlds.")
  The decisive advantage of this system is not that its variety makes it so adaptable to our needs, but that we already posses the Invocations necessary to call forth the Energies required. What is perhaps still more to the point, they work without putting the Magician to such severe toil and exertion as is needed when he has to write them out from his own ingenium. Yes! This is weakness on my part, and I am very naughty to encourage you to shirk the hardest path.

1.23 - Improvising a Temple, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The Sword. The ideal form is shown in the Ace of Swords in the Tarot.
  At all events, let the blade be straight, and the hilt a simple cross. (The 32 Masonic Sword is not too bad; Kenning or Spencer in Great Queen Street, W.C.2 stock them or used to do.)

1.55 - Money, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  And the Fourth is the H final, the Daughter, Earth, the Disk, Pantacle, or Coin the Coin on which is stamped the effigy of the Word that begat it with the aid of the other forms of Energy. It is the Princess of the Tarot of whom it is written: "Great indeed is her power when thus firmly established."
  It is a trite, and not quite true, saying that money can buy nothing worth having. But it can comm and service, the real measure of power, and leisure; without these two advantages the most brilliant genius is practically paralysed. It can do much to secure health, or to restore it. The truth is that money is only troublesome when one begins to count it.

1.63 - Fear, a Bad Astral Vision, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Particularly useful against the fear of death is the punctual and vigorous performance of Liber Resh. Meditate on the sun in each station: his continuous and even way: the endless circle. That formula in the Tarot book is most valuable.
  One excellent practice, the general idea of which can easily be adapted to a host of particular cases, is the use of the imagination.
  So, the noise making work rather difficult, one lies down in Shavasana (the "Corpse-Position" flat on the back, arms by sides, everything relaxed) or the Templar (Sleep of Siloam[119]) position, which is that of the Hanged Man in the Tarot. One then imagines a bomb dropping first in one place, then in another; one imagines the damage, and what one then has to do to counteract the new dangers perhaps a wall of your house has gone, and you must get clear before the roof falls in. And so on close the practice by a block-buster hitting you accurately on the tip of the nose.[120] This must be done realistically enough to make you actually afraid. But presently the fear wears off, and you get interested in your various adventures after each explosion: ambulance taking you to hospital, getting tools and digging out other people and so as far as your imagination takes you. After that comes yet another stage; your interest declines; you find yourself indifferent to the entire proceedings. After a few nights you can no longer distinguish between the real thing and your own private and peculiar Brock's Benefit. The fear will have vanished; familiarity breeds contempt. Finally, one is no longer even aware that the boys are out again on a lark.
  Incidentally, one may draw a quite close parallel between these four stages and those accompanying Samadhi (probably listed in Mrs. Rhys David's book on Buddhist Psychology, or in Warren's bran-tub of translations from the Tripitaka, or Three baskets of the Dhamma. I haven't seen either book for forty years or more, don't remember the exact titles; scholars would help us to dig them out, but it isn't worth while. I recall the quintessence accurately enough.

1.65 - Man, #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  Names of Tarot Trumps, suits and court cards have been conformed to those employed in The Book of Thoth.

2.06 - Two Tales of Seeking and Losing, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  The tavern's customers jostle one another around the table, which has become covered with cards, as they labor to extract their stories from the melee of the Tarots, and the more the stories become confused and disjointed, the more the scattered cards find their place in an orderly mosaic. Is this pattern only the result of chance, or is one of us patiently putting it together?
  There is an elderly man, for example, who maintains his meditative calm in the midst of the turmoil, and each time, before putting down a card, he studies it as if absorbed in an operation whose successful outcome is not certain, a combination of trivial elements from which, however, a surprising result may emerge. The trim professorial white beard, the grave gaze in which there is a hint of uneasiness, are some of the features he shares with the picture of the King of Coins. This portrait of himself, along with the cards of Cups and gold Coins seen around him, could define him as an alchemist, who has spent his life investigating the combinations of the elements and their metamorphoses. In the alembics and phials he is being handed by the Page of Cups, his famulus or assistant, he examines the bubbling of liquids thick as urine, colored by reagents in clouds of indigo or cinnabar, from which the molecules of the king of metals are to be detached. But the expectation is vain; what remains in the bottom of the vessels is only lead.
  The mosaic of cards that we are watching, fixed here, is therefore the Work of the Quest that one would like to conclude without work or search. Doctor Faust has wearied of having the instantaneous metamorphoses of metals depend on the slow transformations that take place within himself, he doubts the wisdom accumulated in the solitary life of a Hermit, he is disappointed in the powers of his art as he is in this dawdling over the Tarot combinations. At that moment a thunderbolt illuminates his little cell at the top of The Tower. A personage appears before him with a broad-brimmed hat, such as the students wear at Wittenberg, a wandering clerk perhaps, or a charlatan Juggler, a mountebank at a fair, who has laid out on a stand a laboratory of ill-assorted jars.
  "Do you believe you can counterfeit my art?" So the true alchemist must have addressed the impostor. "What messes are you stirring in your pots?"
  "The broth that was at the origin of The World," the stranger may have replied, "whence crystals and plants took their form, and the species of animals and the race of Homo Sapiens!" And what he names then appears in the transparent material boiling in an incandescent crucible, just as we now observe it in Arcanum XXI. In this card, which has the highest number of all the Tarots and is the one that counts most in players' scoring, a naked goddess framed in myrtle is flying, Venus perhaps; the four figures around her can be recognized as more modern devout emblems, but perhaps they are only a prudent disguise of other apparitions less incompatible with the triumph of the goddess in the middle, perhaps centaurs, sirens, harpies, gorgons, who supported the world before the authority of Olympus had subdued it, or perhaps dinosaurs, mastodons, pterodactyls, mammoths, the attempts nature made before resigning herself-we do not know for how much longer-to human dominion. And there are also those who, in the central figure, see not Venus but the Hermaphrodite, symbol of the souls that reach the center of the world, the culminating point of the itinerary the alchemist must follow.
  "And can you then make gold?" the doctor must have asked, to which the other must have replied, "Look!" giving him a brief vision of strongboxes brimming with homemade ingots.
  Now the tempter shows him the Arcanum of Love, in which the story of Faust is mingled with that of Don Juan Tenorio, also surely concealed within the network of the Tarots.
  "What do you want in exchange for the secret?"
  Our neighbor seems to be deciphering in the Tarots a story still taking place within himself. But for the moment it does not really look as if we can expect any unforeseen developments: the Two of Coins with rapid, graphic efficacy is indicating an exchange, a barter, a dout-des; and since the counter-item in this exchange can only be the soul of our companion, it is convenient for us to recognize an ingenuous allegory of it in the fluid, winged apparition of the Arcanum Temperance; and if it is traffic in souls that the shady sorcerer is concerned with, there are no doubts about his identity as The Devil.
  With the help of Mephistopheles, Faust's every wish is promptly satisfied. Or, rather, to tell it straight, Faust receives the equivalent in gold of what he wishes.
  Wastelands stretch out in the Tarot of The Moon. On the shore of a lake of dead water there is a castle on whose Tower a curse has fallen. Amfortas, the Fisher King, lives there, and we see him here, old and infirm, pressing a wound that refuses to heal. Until that wound is cured, the wheel of transformations will be still, the wheel that passes from the light of the sun to the green of the leaves and to the gaiety of the equinox festivities in spring.
  Perhaps the sin of King Amfortas is a cluttered wisdom, a saddened knowledge, kept perhaps at the bottom of the vessel Parsifal sees carried in procession up the steps of the castle, and he would like to know what it is, but still he remains silent. Parsifal's strong point is that he is so new to the world and so occupied with the fact of being in the world that it never occurs to him to ask questions about what he sees. And yet one question of his would suffice, a first question that releases the question of everything in the world that has never asked anything, and then the deposit of centuries collected at the bottom of pots in excavations is dissolved, the eras crushed among the telluric strata begin to flow again, the future recovers the past, the pollen of the abundant seasons buried for millennia in peat bogs starts drifting once more, rising on the dust of the years of drought.'.'.'.
  I do not know for how long (hours or years) Faust and Parsifal have been intent on retracing their routes, card after card, on the table of the tavern. But every time they bend over the Tarots, their story reads another way, undergoes corrections, variants, affected by the moods of the day and the train of thoughts, oscillating between two poles: all and nothing.
  "The world does not exist," Faust concludes when the pendulum reaches the other extreme, "there is not an all, given all at once: there is a finite number of elements whose combinations are multiplied to billions of billions, and only a few of these find a form and a meaning and make their presence felt amid a meaningless, shapeless dust cloud; like the seventy-eight cards of the Tarot deck in whose juxtapositions sequences of stories appear and are then immediately undone."
  Whereas this would be the (still temporary) conclusion of Parsifal: "The kernel of the world is empty, the beginning of what moves in the universe is the space of nothingness, around absence is constructed what exists, at the bottom of the Grail is the Tao," and he points to the empty rectangle surrounded by the Tarots.

2.07 - The Cup, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  79:Since at the best this water footnote: The water in this Cup (the latter is also a heart, as shown by the transition from the ancient to the modern Tarot; the suit "Hearts" in old packs of cards, and even in modern Spanish and Italian cards, is called "Cups") is the letter "Mem" (the Hebrew word for water), which has for its Tarot trump the Hanged Man. This Hanged Man represents the Adept hanging by one heel from a gallows, which is in the shape of the letter Daleth - the letter of the Empress, the heavenly Venus in the Tarot. His legs form a cross, his arms a triangle, as if by his equilibrium and self-sacrifice he were bringing the light down and establishing it even in the abyss. Elementary as this is, it is a very satisfactory hieroglyph of the Great Work, though the student is warned that the obvious sentimental interpretation will have to be discarded as soon as it has been understood. It is a very noble illusion, and therefore a very dangerous one, to figure one's self as the Redeemer. For, of all the illusions in this Cup - the subtler and purer they are, the more difficult they are to detect. is but a reflection, how tremendously important it becomes that it should be still!
  80:If the cup is shaken the light will be broken up.

2.08 - The Sword, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  This is most accurately pictured in the Tarot Trump called "The Angel," which corresponds to the letter Shin, the letter of Spirit and of Breath.
  The whole mind of man is rent by the advent of Adonai, and is at once caught up into union with Him. "In the air," the Ruach.

2.08 - Three Tales of Madness and Destruction, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  In fact, the three who now started quarreling did so with solemn gestures as if declaiming, and while all three pointed to the same card, with their free hand and with evocative grimaces they exerted themselves to convey that those figures were to be interpreted this way and not that. Now in the card whose name varies according to custom and language-The Tower, The House of God, The House of the Devil-a young man carrying a sword, you would say for the purpose of scratching his flowing blond hair (now white), recognizes the platform before Elsinore castle when the night's blackness is rent by an apparition which freezes the sentinels in fear: the majestic march of a ghost whose grizzled beard and shining helmet and breastplate cause him to resemble both the Tarots' Emperor and the late king of Denmark, who has returned to demand Justice. In such questionable shape, the cards lend themselves to the young man's silent interrogation: "Why the sepulchre hath op'd his ponderous and marble jaws that thou, dead corse, again, in complete steel, revisit'st thus the glimpses of The Moon?"
  He is interrupted by a lady who, with distraught eye, insists she recognizes in that same Tower the castle of Dunsinane when the vengeance darkly prophesied by the witches will be unleashed: Birnam Wood will move, climbing the slopes of the hill, hosts and hosts of trees will advance, their roots torn from the earth, their boughs outstretched as in the Ten of Clubs, attacking the fortress, and the usurper will learn that Macduff, born through a sword's slash, is the one who, with a slash of the Sword, will cut off his head. And thus the sinister juxtaposition of cards finds a meaning: Popess, or prophesying sorceress; Moon, or night in which thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd, and the hedgepig whin'd, and newt, frog, and adders allow themselves to be caught for the broth; Wheel, or stirring of the bubbling cauldron where witches' mummy is dissolved with gall of goat, wool of bat, finger of birth-strangled babe, poisoned entrails, tails of shitting monkeys, just as the most senseless signs the witches mix in their brew sooner or later find a meaning that confirms them and reduces you, you and your logic, to a gruel.

3.00 - The Magical Theory of the Universe, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  also to the Tarot Trumps, while their position on the Tree itself and their position
  as links between the particular Sephiroth which they join is the final key to their

3.04 - The Formula of ALHIM, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  [Crowley alludes to his reversal of the Tarot, astrological and related attri butions
  of h and x, following the statement in AL I. 57, All these old letters of my Book are

3.07 - The Formula of the Holy Grail, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The Hieroglyph shewn in the Seventh Key of the Tarot (described in the 12th thyr, Liber 418, Equinox I (5)), is the Charioteer of
  OUR LADY BABABLON, whose Cup or Graal he bears.
  Hanged Man of the Tarot; the formation of the individual from the
  absolute is closed by his death.
  force is primarily situated. Qoph in the Tarot is the Moon, a card
  suggesting illusion, yet showing counterpartal forces operating in

3.18 - Of Clairvoyance and the Body of Light, #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  The principal means of divination in history are astrology, geomancy, the Tarot, the Holy Qabalah, and the Yi King.1 There are
  hundreds of others; from pyromancy, oneiromancy, auguries from
  symbols of the Tarot are admirably balanced and combined. They
  are adequate to all demands made upon them; each symbol is not
  [Principally, for Tarot: A Description of the Cards of the Tarot (Liber LXXVIII)
  in I (8), and The Book of Thoth which comprised III (5); for Qabalah: A Note on
  sthetic perceptions. The MASTER THERION finds that the Tarot is
  infallible in material questions. The successive operations describe
  minds enjoy omniscience. HRU, the great angel set over the Tarot, is
  beyond us as we are beyond the ant; but for all we know, the
  ignorance or error if we read the Tarot to our own delusion. He
  may have known, he may have spoken truly; the fault may lie with

APPENDIX I - Curriculum of A. A., #Liber ABA, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
    Liber LXXVIII. (78) [] - On the Tarot. ::: A complete treatise on the Tarot giving the correct designs of the cards with their attri butions and symbolic meanings on all the planes. Part-published in Equinox VII, p.143.
    Liber LXXXI. (81) [] - Moonchild. (The Butterfly Net). ::: An account of a magical operation, particularly concerning the planet Luna, written in the form of a novel. Published under the title "Moon-child" by the Mandrake Press, 41, Museum St., London, W.C.1.
    Liber CCXXXI. (231) [A] - Liber Arcanorum ton ATU tou TAHUTI quas vidit ASAR in AMENNTI sub figura CCXXXI. Liber Carcerorum ton QLIPHOTH cum suis Geniis. Adduntur Sigilla et Nomina Eorum.:An account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps. Equinox VII, p. 69.
    Liber CCXLII. (242) [C] - AHA! ::: An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained. Equinox III, p. 9
    Liber CD. (400) [A] - Liber TAU vel Kabbalae Truium Literarum sub figura CD ::: A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation. Equinox VII, p. 75.
    Liber CDXII (412) [D] - A vel Armorum ::: An instruction for the preparation of the elemental Instruments. Equinox IV, p. 15.
    Liber DCCCLXVIII. (868) [B] - Liber Viarum Viae ::: A graphical account of magical powers classified under the Tarot Trumps. Equinox VII, p. 101.
    Liber DCCCLXXXVIII. (888) [] - The Gospel According to Saint Bernard Shaw ::: A complete study of the origins of Christianity. Unpublished.

Liber 111 - The Book of Wisdom - LIBER ALEPH VEL CXI, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
   Also he Qualities are well defined in the Cards of the Tarot, so hat
   thou hast a clear-cut Means of developing thy Powers according to the
   last of the Diverse Letters is H , which in the Tarot is the Star whose
   Eidolon is D; and herein is that Arcanum concerning the Tao of which I
   (On the Keys of Death and the Devil, Arcana of the Tarot of the R. C.

Liber 46 - The Key of the Mysteries, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
   THIS is the hermit of the Tarot; the number which refers to initiates
   and to prophets.
   This is sub-titled below "THE TENTH KEY OF the Tarot".
   It is a type of the Wheel of Fortune. The wheel itself is erected on a
   Trithemius was acquainted with the Tarot, and made use of it to set his
   learned combinations in logical order.
   the number and to the allegory of the corresponding card of the Tarot.
   We {193} have made the same observation on a book of St. Martin
   the nomadic ancestors of the Bohemians who possessed the Tarot in the
   Middle Ages; {194} they did not know how to employ it properly, and
   the Tarot,<    are worthless 18^th century fables. The "Bohemians", by which Levi
   This key is that of the Tarot. There are four suits, wands, caps,{sic}
   swords, coins or pentacles, corresponding to the four cardinal points

Liber, #Liber Null, #Peter J Carroll, #Occultism
  Liber LXXVIII. (78) [B] - On the Tarot. ::: A description of the Cards of the Tarot The Book of Thoth - Crowley: '... with their attri butions; including a method of divination by their use.' and on TBOT, 'A complete treatise on the Tarot giving the correct designs of the cards with their attri butions and symbolic meanings on all the planes.'
  Liber LXXXI. (81) [] - Moonchild. (The Butterfly Net). ::: An account of a magical operation, particularly concerning the planet Luna, written in the form of a novel. Published under the title "Moon-child" by the Mandrake Press, 41, Museum St., London, W.C.1.
  Liber CCXXXI. (231) [A] - Liber Arcanorum ton ATU tou TAHUTI quas vidit ASAR in AMENNTI sub figura CCXXXI. Liber Carcerorum ton QLIPHOTH cum suis Geniis. Adduntur Sigilla et Nomina Eorum.:An account of the cosmic process so far as it is indicated by the Tarot Trumps. Equinox VII, p. 69.
  @Liber CCXLII. (242) [C] - AHA! ::: An exposition in poetic language of several of the ways of attainment and the results obtained. Equinox III, p. 9
  Liber CD. (400) [A] - Liber TAU vel Kabbalae Truium Literarum sub figura CD ::: A graphic interpretation of the Tarot on the plane of initiation. Equinox VII, p. 75.
  Liber CDXII (412) [D] - A vel Armorum ::: An instruction for the preparation of the elemental Instruments. Equinox IV, p. 15.
  Liber DCCCLXVIII. (868) [B] - Liber Viarum Viae ::: A graphical account of magical powers classified under the Tarot Trumps. Equinox VII, p. 101.
  Liber DCCCLXXXVIII. (888) [] - The Gospel According to Saint Bernard Shaw ::: A complete study of the origins of Christianity. Unpublished.

The Dwellings of the Philosophers, #unset, #Arthur C Clarke, #Fiction
  Man of the Great Work, has it meaning confirmed in the first card of the Tarot, called the
  Joker, the Magician or sometimes the Alchemist (6) .
  number, being out of the sequences if we did not know that the Tarot, complete hieroglyph of the Great Work contained
  the 21 operations or stages through which the philosophical mercury must pass before it reaches the final perfection of the


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