Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen

Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen.  The history of the Tarot is hard to reconstruct.  Like others before me, I will give it my best shot.

 

Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen
Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen
Tarot de Marseille
Camoin-Jodorowski

 

The Fools Prayer

“The ill-timed truth we might have kept–

Who knows how sharp it pierced and stung?

The word we had not sense to say–

Who knows how grandly it had rung!

(“The Fool’s Prayer”  The Little Book of American Poets: 1787-1900)

Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen

Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen, is my best shot at trying to sort out in my own mind the History of the Tarot. Much of Tarot history we read in books today, is slanted towards one Tarot system or the other, or favoring one Deck over the other.  Although they did their best at reconstructing the history of what we are passionate about, the Tarot, I can’t help but feel something is missing from it.

As a girl, my adoption mother Clarisse Breton taught me not only the Tarot, but also other important things about it that she felt I needed to know.  For example, the “esoteric” history of the Tarot.  Naturally, today, I feel the need to prove her out.

Occult historians do not always agree with each other.  That is because Tarot is a timeless esoteric wisdom.  It is a Dark Enlightenment that came to us by way of perception.  So, I hope this article of mine could be as much help to you as it is for me insofar as the reconstruction of the history of the Tarot is concerned.

Solid “occult or esoteric proof” got either destroyed by acts of war and disagreements within the Christian realm.  Today, most of what we do know about it comes from Antoine Court de Gebelin who claims having “perceived it.”

What we do know for sure about it though, is that the Occult History of the Tarot begins with the Tarot de Marseille.  And even saying that much is contentious in certain circles.

This said, it is very well documented by both the French Royalty and the Vatican itself. The Tarot de Marseille comes from the late 1700’s, at the time of ‘The Enlightenment’.  However, its use as such precedes this by some undetermined time.

The Enlightenment

The Enlightenment took place during the 1700’s.  The 18th century was a difficult period for Esoteric (Occultist).  It was that time in history when the French Revolution happened.

French Esoterics, like others of that period, questioned the French Royalty and religious orthodoxy.  They wanted to bring in what is called “The Enlightenment” (or Dark Enlightenment).  The Enlightenment stands for individual liberty and religious tolerance.

What they opposed, was ‘the principle of absolute monarchy’ and the fixed dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church.  The Enlightenment was marked by increasing empiricism, scientific rigor, and reductionism, along with increased questioning of religious orthodoxy.

It was also the time during which the first Tarot Deck was introduced.  Antoine Court de Gebelin may have first created the Tarot de Marseille Deck.  However, it is said of this Tarot Deck that there is no documentation in its existence during those days.

Antoine Court de Gebelin

Antoine Court de Gebelin was “the grandfather of much of modern occultism.”  He was a former Protestant pastor and a Free Mason.  A pioneer in linguistics, his focus was Primitive Language and Hermeneutics of Symbolism.  He believed in ‘Enlightenment’ (Dark Enlightenment) and ‘the Golden Age in humankind’s history.’  He said of Tarot, “it is a timeless esoteric wisdom.”

Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen
Occult History of the Tarot by Evergreen
Antoine Court de Gebelin
1725 – 1784

Court de Gebelin wrote an essay in 1781.  The title of his article was, “The Primeval world, analyzed and compared to the modern world,” volume vii; 1781.  King Louis XVI of France headed the distinguished list of Court de Gebelin’s subscribers.

Even back in 1781, Court de Gebelin had already linked the images in Tarot to the ancient Book of Thoth(1).  This goes to say that the French Court of Louis XVI (a Catholic) had endorsed ‘The Dark Enlightenment’; this even though Court de Gebelin did not substantiate his theory of a connection between the Tarot and the Egyptians.

Because he had achieved this by ‘perception’ only, Court de Gebelin could not prove his theory linking the images of the Tarot to the Egyptians.  Perception is the organization, identification, and interpretation of sensory information to represent and understand something.  Moreover, Court de Gebelin did not use “Champollon’s deciphering of the Egyptian language”.

Nevertheless, Court de Gebelin’s “perception” did cause him to hold the opinion that – the Tarot held the “Secrets of the Egyptians,”  Now that is of high interest to many modern Tarot enthusiasts.  This indicates that Antoine Court de Gebelin, during his living, had tried to reconstruct the history of Tarot!

The images of the Tarot were brought to Rome

The images of the Tarot were brought to Rome by Court de Gemelin.  They were secretly known to Popes.  This directly implies that the banishing of the Mystics from Christianity and its Bible had not been entirely successful.  That the Catholicity of the late 1700’s still had its Mystics and by extension – the Mystical Qabalah.

Popes in Court de Gemelin’s day had no other choice but to let Court de Gemelin bring his images of the Tarot to Rome.  And you can bet that they would have vetted Court de Gemelin for heresy(2).  What is of interest here is, that it was the Popes themselves that permitted the images of the Tarot to go forward as “non-heresy”…

But how was that even possible back then?  Is it not said today, that the Tarot is not Christian?  That it is esoteric or occult; and that esoterism or occultism is not Christian?  So why did the Popes back in the days of Court de Gebelin introduce the images of the Tarot to the Court of France?  And that is where my adoption mother’s teachings to me kick in!

The French Court of that period (as still do millions of French people today) held John the Baptist in high regards.  It was Biblical for them to consider the sect of John the Baptist as “the way”; most especially as that was the example given by the Biblical Jesus (Matthew 3).

Matthew 3!  This Bible Scripture linked Christianity to John the Baptist, an Essenian sect member; the Essenian were mystical Qabalists.  Not to mention that the Rosicrucian Christians (les Rose-Croix) have links to the Biblical Essenians also.

Dion Fortune, who is “the classic” teacher of Catholic Esoterism, occultism, and Traditional Tarot is correct to have endorsed Aleister Crowley.  However, like Crowley and so many others, she held that all traces of the Mystical Qabalah was removed from the Bible.  After all, the mystics did get excommunicated.  This said, it is to be noted that many had hid within the Catholic Church itself.  When Court de Gebelin went to Rome, surely as a Protestant Pastor he had reminded the Popes of Mathew 3.

In turn, the Popes brought the images of the Tarot to be introduced to the Court of France.  The proof of this, Compte de Mellet included in Court de Gemelin’s ‘The Primitive Word’:  “is responsible for the mystical connection of the Tarot’s 21 trumps and the Fool; with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew Alphabet” (Mystical and Practical Qabalah).  An essay appended to this gave suggestions for “Cartomancy”; is Fortune Telling or Divination using a deck of Cards.  Practitioners of Cartomancy are known as cartomancers, Card Readers, or Readers.

The Game of the Tarot

The Game of the Tarot in the French Language is “Du Jeu des Tarots”.  “Du jeu des Tarot,” is taken from an essay titled “Du Jeu des Tarot” written by Court de Gebelin himself.  However, I feel that the usage of the word “game” (in English) leads the human mind to error.

The English word ‘game’ leads the mind to think that Tarot is just a deck of cards with which to play a card game.  True, we can play card games with it.  However, I much prefer my mother’s way of saying it.  Mom told me, that any card game is a Tarot Spread.  While playing any card game with someone, you can use their cards as a Tarot Spread to interpret your opponents Cards for him.

As my mother taught me, “Jeu des Tarot” into Latin – means jocus.  Jocus into English means “joke, jest, game — more at joke.”  The Court Jester in a plain deck of playing cards tells us “that nothing exists without its folly” (or in American English, nothing exists without kidding around).

Personally, I understand “Jeu des Tarot (the game of the Tarot)” to mean the interplay of each one of the twenty-two Major Arcana Cards with each one of the other Cards in the Tarot Deck.  As each one of the 78 Cards in the Tarot Deck is an “intelligence” who is part of a tribe, it is in interaction with each one of the other Cards.  Each one of the 78 Cards are in a relationship with each one of the other Cards in a Deck.  In other words, it is the Jester Card (the court jester, or Fool Card) that is in a interaction with the other Cards in the Deck.  He kids around with them.  Is this not what is alluded to when we say that “nothing exists without its folly”?

Folly into French is “folie”.  For the French, folie is not necessarily madness.  Another word for ‘folie” is enjouement.  Enjouement into English is “magical playfulness”.  Magical Playfulness means ‘pleasantly humorous or jesting in a magical way.’  To kid around.  It is said by some, to be mindful of the details during a Tarot Reading; because the cards can play tricks on you… (not to be mean with you, but to play little jokes on you).

You know what they say!  They say, you only kid around when you are well disposed to do so!  To be well disposed means to be “well suited”!  When I think of the 78 Tarot Intelligences as being “well disposed enough to kid around with one another,” the Joker Card comes readily to mind lol.

My mother’s warning to me comes to mind too.  Mom always insisted, that when people start kidding-around, watch out.  When people kid around, they are well suited at first; but if one of them gets mad (ill-suited, not well aspected), that is when the fight starts.   The energy has changed.

Another way of understanding “the energy” in the Cards, is to look at them from the following perspective.  From how they are “aspected”.  Ask yourself if their energy is positive, negative, or neutral?  The Fool Card is nothing when alone.  However, when with another Tarot Card, it becomes aspected.  This said, the word “jeu” (game) becomes “the quality of the interpersonal relationship between the Cards.”

The Piquet Tarot Deck

The Piquet Tarot Deck was created by Etteilla.  Etteilla (1738-1791) was a French occultist who made his living from doing Tarot Readings for money.  He was the first to make Tarot Divination familiar with the French people of the time; this was back in 1785.

Etteilla said that he had learned his Tarot system from an Italian.  Etteilla published his Tarot Correspondences to astrology, the four classical elements, and the four humors – as a way to recreate oneself with a deck of cards (a game of cards).   The Piquet Deck has 32 cards that are used in gaming, with the addition of an Etteilla Card.  The Title of the book Etteilla wrote is “How to Entertain Yourself with the Deck of Cards called Tarot.”

Donald Tyson’s translation

Donald Tyson’s translation of “the Game of Tarots” by Antoine Court de Gebelin, totally crushes Court de Gebelin.  Remember that Court de Gebelin had ‘perceived’ that the images of the Tarot are linked to the “Secrets of the Egyptians.”  However, Dion Fortune in her “Mystical Qabalah”, agrees with Court de Gebelin.  Fortune goes on to say that “the similarities in the numbers between the Trumps and the Hebrew letters may not be accidental at all.  They are not antagonistic on the Tree of Life of the Qabalah.  “It works”!

Antoine Court de Gebelin may have been the first to create the Tarot de Marseille Deck.  However, there is no documentation proving that it even existed back in those days.

About the Golden Dawn Tarot Deck

About the Golden Dawn Tarot Deck.  It was Marseille inspired.  Even saying this “misses the clear distinction between the two,” Joseph Stifel of Joe Tarot.  The clear distinction between the Marseille and the Golden Dawn Tarot Decks is that The Marseille is a historical Deck.  The Golden Dawn is an occult Deck.  I would tend to agree with Jodorowski, that the Marseille is an esoteric Mystic’s Deck.

This Tarot article was taken and adapted from Donald Tyson’s translation of “the Game of Tarot by Antoine Court de Gebelin.”

 

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(1)  Note that Aleister Crowley author of the Book of Thoth, lived from 1875-1947.  He was born 194 years after Court de Gebelin’s published article.

(2)  Heresy:  opinion or doctrine at variance with the orthodox or accepted doctrine, especially of a church or religious system.

Choosing Significator Card

Choosing Significator Card is the second in a series of articles on the Book of Thoth Spread Explained.  The first article was an introduction to the “Opening of the Key.”  In this second article, we will look at how to ‘select a Significator Card’.

 

FIRST ARTICLE

 

Choosing Significator Card
Choosing Significator Card
Thoth Domination Sun Q of S and 3 of S

 

 

All I’ve learned
From Rock ‘n Roll
Has helped divine
What I call soul.

By Francie Lynch

Choosing Significator Card

Choosing Significator Card implies that you not box yourself in.  As you probably have noticed by now, performing the Book of Thoth Spread demands that you pay close attention to the details.  You know what they say.  They say that Tarot Reading is the most sensitive, difficult, and perilous branch of Magick.  Aleister Crowley, Dion Fortune, and others warned us about paying attention to the details.

 

Choosing Significator Card
Choosing Significator Card
The Tree of Life of the Qabalah and its Paths

 

On the Tree of Life, along the Paths, there are those in the Light, those in the Grey (balanced energy), and those in the Dark.  In addition to types of energies, there are also the Qliphoth.  The Qliphoth are Demonic Forces that strive to confuse us into going along the wrong Path on the Tree.  It is up to you then, to know the difference between where you are and where you are not – when doing a Tarot Reading upon the Tree of Life of the Qabalah.  Indeed, Tarot is an Art that requires knowledge and patience!

 

 

Be patient when doing The Opening of the Key

Be patient when doing The Opening of the Key.  Choosing a Significator Card, should not be the first step you take when doing this Spread.  This Spread is a multi-level operation.

The most experienced Tarot Readers manage to do The Opening of The Key within three hours.  While the average Reader takes about five hours.  Performing it as an email Reading would take much longer.

Tree initial steps to doing a Tarot Reading

Three initial steps to doing a Tarot Reading, are conducive to accurately divining. Always keep at the front of your mind that divining with the Tarot “is an Art, a magickal artform”, Aleister Crowley.

.  Charge your Deck with your energy

.  Anoint your Tarot Deck

.  Invoke the “Intelligence” for divining with the Tarot

Charge, anoint your Deck, and invoke the Intelligence of the Tarot according to your personal belief system.  I know, I know, I know! We read in Tarot book warnings about following certain specific rituals.  Those rituals are only good for those who are Initiates of a certain doctrine and of its religious affiliations.

Be respectful of that which the Esoteric and Occultists hold as sacred.   Instead, revert to your religion or spirituality.  If you are not one of the Initiates of the occult ways mentioned in Tarot Books, then use a different method of charging, anointing, and invoking.  I honestly believe that the god or goddess of the Pantheon you adhere to – is just as good as the next man’s Pantheon.  What counts is, that you be respectful of the next person’s belief.  You know what they say.  They say take what is good for you, and leave what is not.

How to charge your Tarot Deck

How to charge your Tarot Deck is personal to your belief system or form of spirituality.  You may want to go with a method explained by your favorite Tarot Book author.  This is entirely up to you.

Personally, I leave my Deck under the Moon and the Sun.  Then I place my Deck in my left hand.  Then I put my right hand on top of the deck while it is still in my left hand.  Then I send my own personal Chi (my personal energy) into the Deck.

How to anoint your Tarot Deck

How to anoint your Tarot Deck is personal to your belief system or form of spirituality.  You may want to go with a method explained by your favorite Tarot Book author.  This is entirely up to you.

Personally, I place my deck on my Tarot Altar, face down.  I then cover my Deck with a thick Tarot cloth.  Then I sprinkle a few drops of Salted Moon Water (Holy Water) over the fabric.  Moreover, then I naturally bless it my way.

How to invoke the Intelligence of the Tarot

How to invoke the Intelligence of the Tarot should also be personal to your belief system or form of spirituality. Alternatively, you can trace a protective symbol with your power finger. Trace either the runic sign of the plain Christian Cross, or the Celtic Christian Cross, or that of the Pentagram for protecting.

Choosing Significator Card
Choosing Significator Card
The Christian Celtic Cross

While tracing the protective symbol of your choice, you may want to do the invocation found in your favorite Tarot Book.  Generally speaking, Tarot Books are written by Occultists.  If you want further information about how to do an Invocation, there are many Tarot Books that explain in greater detail how to do an invocation and protection symbols.

Personally, I do the invocation according to my beliefs.  For example, I use my personal invocation and the Pentagram on my to-go-to deck (The Llewellyn Tarot Deck), and on some of my other Tarot and Oracle decks.

 

Choosing Significator Card
Choosing Significator Card
The Fleur-de-Lys (Oriflame)

However, for my Rider Waite, Thoth, and Marseille decks (my Esoteric Decks), I use the invocation and sign that my mother had taught me as a girl; according to her Esoteric Mystical Tradition which is represented by the Flaming Sword over Sea Waters (Salted Water).  This is an Heraldic symbol of our families used for protection and offense.  It has the Elements of Spirit, Fire, Water, and Earth.  In other words, it is a Christian Cross.  Click on The Maker, a song by Daniel Lanois – sang by Willy Nelson and Emmilou Harris, so to understand its full meaning.

What follows is what I pronounce while doing the sign of the Christian Cross on my Tarot Deck before starting the divination.  This is the shortened version of the “Invocation of the Intelligence” of the Tarot, as taught to me by my mother and her cousin Mother Superior (Mother Therese).  During their living, both were Esoteric Mystics and Tarot Masters in their right.

This goes to confirm Aleister Crowley’s Invocation found in his Book of Thoth. If you would like the full blown, traditional Catholic Esoteric Mystic Invocation,  refer to Dion Fortune’s book – Mystical Qabalah.  Her version is the extended text of the Invocation.  The same long version, as taught to me by my mother and her cousin Mother Therese who were both Mystics and Tarot Masters).

“I invoke IAO (the Iota, Alpha, and Omega) (the Maker), that you will send HRU, the Great Angel that is set over the operation of this Secret Wisdom, to lay his hand invisibly upon these consecrated cards of Art, that thereby we (the Tarot Readers) may obtain true knowledge of hidden things, to the glory of the unspoken Name.  Amen.

Discerning a Tarot Intelligence

Discerning a Tarot Intelligence is another way of saying the discernment of the spirits (making the difference) between it and the other Intelligences of the Tarot.  We already know that there are 78 Angelic Forces represented in your Tarot Deck.  These are 78 Intelligences that are living individuals who live together as in a tribe.  Within this tribe (your Deck), one of these 78 Intelligences exercises control over your Querent’s life.  The Significator Card is found among one of these 78 Tarot Cards.

Choosing Significator Card is is not always evident.  There are various methods you can use so to choose a Significator Card.  However, when deciding upon which way to go with, always keep at the front of your mind that the Devil is in the details.

So before selecting a Significator Card, do not base your choice of one on the Querent’s physical characteristics; because those are but details you really do not need, and that will only box you in.  Instead, choose the Significator Card according to the “Intelligence” represented in the Card, and then match it with that of your Querent.

An “Intelligence” manifests itself in your Querent as a family trait.  At first glance, the family trait inherited by your Querent is made apparent by the color of his eyes, hair, and skin.  However, those physical manifestations are “details”.  Instead, look at the big picture rather than at the small details.  Tarot Intelligences also manifest themselves through the content of the Querent’s character, morals, and principals.  In this way, the Art of Divining will help your Querent and yourself.

Choosing Significator Card, in this article, goes to contradict many Tarot Book authors.  Not all, but many Tarot Book authors box us in when it comes down to choosing a Significator Card from just the Major Arcana. However, Crowley states that you can choose the Significator Card from any one of the 78 Tarot Cards in your Deck.  Personally, I am in total agreement with Crowley.

Crowley said in his Book of Thoth, “rather than dwell on the physical characteristics of your Querent, look for the energy manifested within the Querent.”  Choose a card according to your knowledge or judgment of his character, morals, and principals.  These trickled down to him; he inherited them from the Core Force, the Influence, and the energy of the Intelligence behind the Card.

Choosing Significator Card
Choosing Significator Card
Thoth Domination Sun Q of S and 3 of S

In other words, the Significator can either be one of the Major Arcana Cards, or one of the Court Cards, or one of the Numbered Cards; or a ‘combination’ of all three.   A combination of all three of those is one Major Arcana Card, one of the Court Cards, and one of the Numbered Cards.

 

Always keep at the front your mind that a family trait is inherited.  It is made apparent in our character, morals, and principles.  As such we are constituted; however, we can choose how we react to it.

 

Choosing Significator Card
Choosing Significator Card
Thoth Three of Swords

 

Choosing Significator means not to box ourselves in as Tarot Readers.  Think outside of the box when selecting a Significator Card.  It is the way we respond to those who control and have influence over our lives that best represents us in a Reading.  Our reactions can be traced back up to the Court Card, and ultimately to the Major’s Card.

 

FIRST ARTICLE

 

In my next article in this series on The Book of Thoth Spread Explained, I will go into how correctly to perform the Opening of the Key Spread Reading.

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Tarot Duel Contending Forces

Tarot Duel Contending Forces resist each other.  In a Tarot Reading, it means that there is too much of good thing going on.  The Querent then needs to find Equilibrium.

 

Tarot Duel Contending Forces
Tarot Duel Contending Forces

 

Tarot Duel Contending Forces

Tarot Duel Contending Forces are comparable to a boxer boxing against his own shadow.  At first glance, it may look like two opponents are fighting against one another.   However, there is but one fighter dueling; not two.  He is fighting against himself.

You are an in-di-vi-dual (in-di-vi-si-ble).  It may be that someone may get on your bad side, but you are still just one person.  A person with both qualities and shortcomings.

In other words, there are not two people within you.  Your Being has both bad and good Core Forces that contend against each other.  Just as much as people can observe this duality within you, your Tarot Cards reflect that.

Hello, fellow Tarot Readers.  My name is Evergreen, of Tarot Reading By Evergreen.  I often read posts and comments on Facebook by people stating they are losing sleep over worries and concerns.  So I thought I would blog about that.

I am one of those who have been there, done that, and have bought the T-shirt!  So I know what it is like to scroll up and down a Timeline looking for a way to not think about problems.  When I start doing that, that is when I know I am on Tilt due to Duel Contending Forces within me.  (Click on Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries to read more about the Forces in Tarot.)

When the Duel Contending Forces resists each other, they stifle your spiritual progression.  You are not in equilibrium.  This causes you to feel as if you are stuck in a rut.  Your situation will not get any better until you can find your balance again.  Until you get yourself off Tilt, your sleeping pattern will not get any better.

Being on Tilt

Being on Tilt is not a good thing.  I do not know if you are a poker player or not.  However, when a poker player is on Tilt, he/she loses much money.  We poker players must put on our best poker face at the tables so that the other poker players cannot read our Tells.  We must find our balance very quickly, or else we will lose sleep over the money we lost.

Playing No Limit Holdem Poker, both online and in real life has taught me a great deal about myself.  Out of necessity, I had to learn my lessons early when at the tables.  I had to become aware pretty quickly of the Duel Contending Forces within myself.

At the poker tables, I love to go ALL IN once I spot my fish.  In poker lingo, a “fish” is a poker player who is on Tilt while at the tables.  Sadly, I am that fish at times. I have been known to lose the shirt off my back too lol.

Going ALL IN can happen away from the tables too.  This occurs when you go off the deep end under certain situations.  When this happens to you, you risk spending sleepless nights worrying about the consequences for having done exactly that.  So you need to find balance.

How to find balance

How to find balance is by changing how you deal with any given situation.  Even away from the tables, people can read your Tells.  When dealing with people, do not put all your cards all at once on the table.  Instead, hold back a little more.  Take a time out, and go and rest up for a bit.

Aspects of yourself are called Core Forces.  When one of those become ill-suited for the situation you are in, it is resisting the other Core Force that would be more suitable.  This is what is called being on Tilt.

When we are on Tilt, we become ambivalent.  On one hand, we know better than to give too much info to the other person.  On the contrary, we just go ahead and reveal too much.

Neutralizing Core Forces

Neutralizing Core Forces is often easier said than done.  For example, I remember this bus driver who seemed to have a permanent smile from side to side, and which revealed huge white teeth.  Everyone, including me, appreciated his smile.  We felt welcomed onto his bus.

However, to coin a phrase, his permanent smile ‘from side to side’ became “too much of a good thing” in the eyes of some people in his personal life.  Especially in so far has his best friend’s widow was concerned!

The night of the viewing at the funeral parlor, the smiling bus driver went to pay his respects to the widow sitting by her husband’s casket.  The bus driver walked up to the grieving widow with that permanent smile from side to side.  Needless to say, the widow never did speak again to her husband’s best friend.  Smiling too happily can manifest the contrary quality of empathy and sympathy.

Same goes with anger.  Anger is a normal human emotion.  However, some people go off the deep end with that.  Losing control of one’s anger is never a good thing.  When a person refuses to come down from the high of being angry, he is then resisting finding equilibrium in his emotional state.  When negativity swamps a person, that individual is digging himself a pit from which he may find it difficult to get out.

Anger is a fiery passion which needs to be put out.  It can lead to cruelty; destruction; and to the grave.  It is the contrary quality of being vigorous and energetic.  Again, equilibrium is needed because there is a resistance to being alive and happy.

How to manage Duel Contending Forces

How to manage Duel Contending Forces?  They can not be cut out. Duel contending Forces need to be neutralized, absorbed, and transformed.

We are human beings, with all that may imply.  We have both qualities and shortcomings.  Humans are of good intention, but sometimes we can go on Tilt!

Accept the person for who and what he is.  Help him become aware of both his qualities and his shortcomings.  He will integrate (absorb) both the good and the bad side of himself.  Moreover, then he will transform that aspect of his character that is “too much of a good thing” and then turn it around by finding a balance between the two Core Contending Forces that are at odds with each other.

Tarot Duel Contending Forces are either qualities or shortcomings  that resist being neutral.  A quality that resist being neutral can become too much of a good thing.  Same goes for shortcomings, they can resist being good.  They fight each other for dominance.  Neither will stay in the gray zone.  In a Tarot Reading, it means that there is too much of a good or a bad thing going on.  The Querent then needs to find Equilibrium.

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Little Bottle Worth Millions

Little Bottle Worth Millions!  What if I told you that I have a small bottle that could be worth a lot of money to you!  How much would you be willing to pay me for it?

 

Little Bottle Worth Millions peaks curiosity
Little Bottle Worth Millions peaks curiosity

 

I have this burning desire all in a bottle,

And it’s all going to come out

When I do the best I’m capable of doing

(By Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Brainyquote)

 

Little Bottle Worth Millions

Little Bottle Worth Millions, I have it.  Do you?  Would you pay me for it?  Would you pay me $1,000.00 for it?  How about $100.00?  What would you say, if I asked you just $10.00 for it?  Going, going, gone.  Too late!

Good thing you did not pay me anything for this little bottle of mine.  What made you hesitate?  How did you know not to purchase it from me?  Are you psychic or what!!!  Well, I do not exactly have one that is worth a lot of money anyways!

However, what I really do have is a burning desire to share with you something that could be worth a great deal to you as a Tarot Reader; at least in the long term!  If you are like me, you have a burning desire to do the best you are capable of doing.  If this is your case, then I have a Tarot Secret to tell you for free!

Tarot Psychic Readers

Tarot Psychic Readers are associated with the Tarot.   Indeed, many of us Readers are psychic (not all, but many are)!  We are gifted in that way.  For some of we Readers, Psychic Powers occur naturally.  For others, well they must work at it more.  Whether you are a natural or that you must work at it more than others, all Tarot Psychics could improve upon this supernatural gift of ours.  Don’t quote me on that, but go and read Dion Fortune’s book “The Mystical Qabalah”.

This book by Ms. Fortune is considered the classic Occult teachings of the Qabalah.   But if I could put all that priceless knowledge contained in that book, and put it all into a little bottle and sell it – I would become a millionaire!  If not, it would, at least, be a Little Bottle Worth Millions to me.  And that peaks curiosity!

Enhancing psychic powers

Enhancing psychic powers is a good idea.  And that is what Dion Fortune places emphasis on in that book of hers.   She goes on to teach us Tarot Readers how to do that by raising our level of consciousness and its character.  This can be successfully achieved by looking for the Psychic Principles represented in the glyph of the Tree of Life.  When we do so, we are actually living the “as above, as below”.

The glyph of the Tree of Life shows us many things about we humans.  For example, it shows us how to enhance our psychic powers by astral traveling along the Pillar of Mildness.  Aligned on this central Pillar, are the Spheres of Malkuth, Yesod, Thiphareth, and Kether.  There on this Middle Pillar, we learn the metaphysical principle which they represent.

We already know that “Tarot is a system of divination, with its comprehensive interpretations”, Dion Fortune, the Mystical Qabalah.  We also already know, that Tarot shows us the “keys to the Tree of Life as applied to human life”.  We already know that the Pip Cards speak of how we react to people and situations that control us in our lives.

More precisely, the Pips can also show us the consequences to how we respond to people and situations that control us in our lives.  However, rarely do we stop to think about the Rising of the Planes.

The Rising of the Planes

The Rising of the Planes is a Western Magical Operation.  This Magical Operation takes place on the Central Pillar of the Tree of Life.  We use the Central Pillar so to ‘induce’ its extension of consciousness.  ‘To induce’, means “to cause something to happen; or to cause something to exist”.

For example, we can make our consciousness perceive.  We can induce the seeing of people and situations otherwise unknown to them and to us.  As our consciousness rises upon onto the Planes of the Central Pillar, we begin to astral travel to there – so to “induce” our psychic abilities.  In other words, the Central Pillar is “a symbolism employed to induce the extension of consciousness”.

When our consciousness travels up and down the Pillar of Mildness, we do not necessarily have to follow their numerical attributions.  However, it is always good to know that this Pillar enhances our psychic powers.

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About Counting Paths

About Counting Paths, it can get rather confusing.  We are told there are twenty-two paths.  But when you count them, it comes out instead to thirty-two paths.  Which one is right?

 

About Counting Paths
About Counting Paths

 

About Counting Paths

About Counting Paths on the Tree of Life, the Occultists have set calculation traps.  This is why the non-initiate needs to be smarter than the average bear.  Even though books tell us that there actually are twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life, they add up to thirty-two anyways.

It would be a grave error to think that there are thirty-two paths on the Tree of Life.  Because there really are just twenty-two paths.  Instead of leaning upon the words of somebody telling you that there are twenty-two of those, it is best if you knew how one comes up with the number twenty-two.  But first, let us get on the same page together when speaking of Paths.

Let us get on the same page together

Let us get on the same page together when speaking of Paths.  Indeed, There are twenty-two Paths on the Tree of Life!  First, you need to understands what is referred to as Paths.

There are two ways of understanding what Paths are on the Tree of Life.  Both methods are correct.  However, only one of those two leads to successful practical workings.

We know that there are ten Sephiroth and the Lines connecting them.  Both the Sephiroth and the Lines  appropriately referred to as “Paths”.  That is because both “channel Divine influence”, Dion Fortune.  In other words, Divine power is directed through both the Spheres and the Lines on the Tree of Life.  To read more about this, click on Understanding Paths and Spheres.

Considering Paths from the perspective of “channeling Divine influence”, you would indeed count thirty-two Paths.  However, from the viewpoint of ‘Practical Workings’, only the number twenty-two would bring you success.  So how can we come up with just twenty-paths then? To read more about how to differentiate between the two types of Paths, click on Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries.

How to get just twenty-two Paths

How to get just twenty-two Paths, so to do practical workings?  By working in the ‘Light of Knowledge’.  In the Light of knowledge, we know that “each Path Line connects together two Sephiroth.  And that each one of the Path Lines represents ‘the equilibrium’ of the two Sephiroth it connects.

So let us count ‘the equilibrium’ (the Path Lines).  Because, for particle purposes, we call the Sephiroth – spheres.  And for the same reasons, we call Lines ‘Paths’.

Symbols are placed upon the Paths of Equilibrium (the Lines).  Such symbols as:

  • the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet
  • the 12 signs of the Zodiac
  • the 7 planets
  • and the 4 elements

Added up together:

  • 12 signs of the Zodiac
  •   7 planets
  •   4 elements

Equals 23 Symbols.  Obviously, looking at it in this way, we do not get the number 22.

However, there is another way so to get the number 22!

Always keep at the front of your mind, that the Tree of Life is a glyph on which our consciousness travels up and onto the astral planes.  As our consciousness is already in the element of Earth, we do not need to count the element of Earth.  Tadaaa!!!

For this apparent reason, “leave out the element of Earth from our calculations when making contact with the Unseen world”, Dion Fortune.

When we leave out the Symbol of Earth, we get the correct set of correspondences:

 

  • 12 signs of the Zodiac
  •  7 planets
  •  3 elements

22 Symbols.  Tadaaah!

About Counting Paths On the Tree of Life is all about arriving at the correct twenty-two Symbols placed on the Lines (Paths).  For Practical Workings such as Tarot, we mainly think twenty-two Major Arcana Cards equals twenty-two Paths.  This can all get rather confusing.

At first glance, the glyph of the Tree of Life appears to have thirty-two Paths; but once you count the Paths in the correct way, you discover the number twenty-two!  After all is said and done, it is about counting Paths On the Tree of Life

 

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Three Manifestation Pillars

Three Manifestation Pillars are on the Tree of Life.  These Pillars are rich with psychic principals.  They need to be clearly understood, so to use them successfully when doing Tarot Readings

 

Three Manifestation Pillars
Three Manifestation Pillars

 

Three Manifestation Pillars

Three Manifestation Pillars are on the Tree of Life.  Once you clearly understand what they are and what a Tarot Reader can use them for, you can then think about actually doing Tarot Readings on them.  Understanding these pillars is well worth your time!

For the purpose of this blog article, you will need to face the Tree of Life, so to follow along.  When first looking at the Tree, become aware of the Ten Spheres placed upon it.  After a while, it will become apparent to you that the Spheres are spread out onto three columns (pillars).  (To read more about the Spheres themselves, click on Understanding the Paths and Spheres).

The Column on the right-hand side of the Tree is called The Pillar of Mercy.  The column to the left-hand side is The Pillar of Severity.  And the column in the middle is The Pillar of Mildness.  These three columns taken together, are “The Three Pillars of Manifestation”.

The Three Pillars of Manifestation

The Three Pillars of Manifestation, represent the three great metaphysical systems of the World.  The Three Channels of Piana.  The Yin and Yang Principals.  And the Tao.

Separately, each one of the above metaphysical systems makes sense only to their own adepts.  However, when you place them together on the Three Pillars of Manifestation, you can clearly observe them in total agreement with one another.  And that is when they all start making sense to us Tarot Readers too…

The Pillar of Mercy

The Pillar of Mercy is the Pillar on the right-hand side of the Tree.   Are placed in this column, from top to bottom and in that order, the Spheres of Chokmah, Chesed, and Netzach.  Because each one of these three Spheres is about showing some form of mercy…

Mercy is a positive factor in our lives.  When we manifest positive energy, there is an atmosphere of ‘kindness’ that is created.  Kindness is contagious; it spreads quickly…

The Pillar of Severity

The Pillar of Severity is the Pillar on the left-hand side of the Tree.  Are placed in this column, from top to bottom and in that order, the Spheres of Binah, Geburah, and Hod.  Because each one of these three Spheres is about being unkind…

Severity is a negative factor in our lives.  When we manifest negative energy, there is an atmosphere of ‘unkindness’ that is created.  Another way of saying ‘unkind,’ is to say ‘cruel’.  Cruelty is also contagious; it spreads even more quickly than kindness.

The Pillar of Mildness

The Pillar of Mildness is the Middle Pillar in the Tree.  Are placed in this central column, from top to bottom and in that order, the Spheres of Kether, Thiphareth, Yesod, and Malkuth.  Because each one of these four Spheres is about our ‘consciousness’.

Consciousness is awareness.  When we start to become ‘aware’, we are just barely at the beginning stages of enlightenment.  With guidance, we can rise to the planes of consciousness.    And it is here, on the Pillar of Mildness, that our conscious is induced!

It is precisely here, in The Pillar of Mildness, that we Tarot Readers begin to recognize some of the words we use when interpreting the Tarot Cards we pull for ourselves and for our clients.  Words such as “consciousness”, “awareness”, “enlightenment”, and “guidance”, etc.  Sounds familiar hey!

Three Manifestation Pillars are on the Tree of Life.  Each Pillar is rich with psychic principals.  We can use the Pillars successfully when doing Tarot Readings.

Once you, as a Tarot Reader, become aware of their purpose in Tarot, you will become even more enlightened.  Let the Three Manifestation Pillars guide you through your Tarot Readings for your Querents!

 

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Understanding Paths and Spheres

Understanding Paths and Spheres on the Tree of Life is crucial to getting good results.  When learning how to do Tarot Readings on the Tree, you will stumble upon traps set there by the occultists.  Good news is, there are ways to avoid those.

 

Understanding Paths and Spheres
Understanding Paths and Spheres

 

Understanding Paths and Spheres

Understanding Paths and Spheres set by the esotericism requires you to pay attention to what you think you learn from them.  Learn from their teachings, but do your own thinking.  Strive to prove out what they teach.  Personally, I like Dion Fortune’s book on the Mystical Qabalah; so much so that I have extrapolated some of the information found in her book, and have transposed it to this article of mine.

I only say this because they tend to set traps for us Tarot Readers.  Esoterics or Occultists, wish to share their knowledge with us all.  However, they are sworn to secrecy.

Esoterics or Occultists are divided up into many Secret Societies.  Their membership is sworn to keep what they learn there, within the confines of their respective Societies.  They share info, but it is info containing intellectual stumbling blocks.

However, some Occultists have written excellent books about the Tree of Life, the Spheres, and the Paths.  And even about the Tarot Correspondences therein.  Their books are filled with a wealth of high-quality information.

The Tree of Life of the Qabalah

The Tree of Life of the Qabalah can be used to do Tarot Readings.  If you want to do Readings using the Spheres and the Paths of the Tree of Life, be mindful of what they actually are.  The Tree of Life itself is a glyph of “the soul of man and of the universe.  It evokes images in the mind”, Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah.

 

Understanding Paths and Spheres
Understanding Paths and Spheres

 

When you do Tarot Readings, you can use this form of meditation.  While meditating upon the glyph, your consciousness can be raised from the element of Earth up and into the astral planes.  Once your consciousness is thus lifted, you are astral travelling onto the Spheres and the Paths of the Tree.(1)  Amongst other things to do while in the Tree, is divination.

 

The Ten Spheres upon the Tree of Life

The Ten Spheres upon the Tree of Life are called ‘Sephiroth’.  Sephiroth is plural, Sephirah is singular.  The Sephiroth represent the macrocosm, “the successive phases of evolution of the Cosmos and of the soul of man”, Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah.  Ms Fortune is considered the classic Tarot Reader, and the traditional teacher of the Tarot.  She goes on to say that you should be looking at each Sephirah from the perspective of a “psychic principal”.

The Ten Spheres or Ten Sephiroth are (as above, as below):

  1. Kether, the Crown (the entering into the Light, and come not forth again).
  2. Chokmah, Wisdom
  3. Binah, Understanding
  4. Chesed, Mercy
  5. Geburah, Strength
  6. Thiphareth, Beauty
  7. Netzach, Victory
  8. Hod, Glory
  9. Yesod, the Foundation
  10. Malkuth, the Sphere of Earth (brain consciousness); the Kingdom

The twenty-two Paths

The twenty-two Paths, are the lines between the Sephiroth.  In a nutshell, these lines represent ‘the equilibrium’ between one Sephirah and its connecting Sephirah.(3)

The Paths are (as above, as below):

At the level of the microcosm, the Paths represent the soul of man.  Not his body”, Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah.(2)   Also, instead of facing the two columns of Mercy and Severity when studying and working on the Tree of Life, turn your back to it.   Doing so will let you better follow along.

When attributing Tarot Cards to the Tree of Life
When attributing Tarot Cards to the Tree of Life, avoid getting confused. Aleister Crowley’s “777” book gives the correct way of doing that. The reason the Tarot Cards attribution as given in “777” is deemed to be correct, is because “the correspondences work out without discrepancies”, Dion Fortune.  Attributed this way, the Cards do not contradict each other.  This said, however, be mindful of Crowley’s human understanding.  Some slight mistakes have been found within it.

The Four Suits found within Crowley’s “777” system, are deemed the best to follow.  Because they are assigned to the Four elements of the Alchemist:

The suits on the Tree:

Wands:  Atziluth = Fire

Cups:  Briah = Water

Swords:  Yetzirah = Air

Pentacles (Coins) = Earth

 

The Four Court Cards:

  • Kings, Queens, Knights, and Knaves

N.B.  Differ in traditional pack:

–      Kings, Queens, Princes, and Princesses

 

The Pip Cards: (represent ‘action’ of the Divine Forces in each Sphere and on each Line)

The Four Aces: Kether (1st Sephirah)

The Four Twos: Chokmah

The Four Threes: Binah

The Four Fours: Chesed

The Four Fives: Geburah

The Four Sixes: Thiphareth

The Four Sevens: Netzach

The Four Eights: Hod

The Four Nines: Yesod

The Four Tens: Malkuth

 

The twenty-two Trumps:

Follow Crowley’s table in his “777”

Exact origines of the twenty-two Keys of the Tarot and of the Tree

Exact origines of the twenty-two Keys of the Tarot and of the Tree are a matter of controversy in the Tarot Community.  Sadly, concrete proof of their origins have been lost to humanity.  However, considered as ‘symbols’, it would seem safe enough to assume that they can be associated with the twenty-two letters of the Jewish alphabet.  (Click on Jewish alphabet to read more about that).  To astrology; to planets; to the principles of the Yin and Yang; to the Tao; and to the three channels of Prana.  To the positive and negative factors of ‘manifestation’.

Understanding Paths and Spheres on the Tree of Life is crucial to your getting good results.  This said, do beware of the ‘traps’ set by the esoteric or occultist lol…  And do try to follow Crowley’s tables in his “777.

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(1)  When successfully astral travelling upon the Tree of life, don’t forget to ‘close’ when returning back to your own reality.

(2)  The Paths represent the soul of man; not his physical body. But rather, they represent his Chakras situated at the level of his astral body.

(3)  “Be aware of the confusion created when calling both the Spheres and Lines, Paths. Both the Spheres and the Lines are called “Paths”, and justifiably so.  However, they must be taken separately and with knowledge so to make the difference between them both when doing Tarot Readings.  Or else, your divining will become a mishmash…  Yes, the Spheres and the Lines are Paths, in the sense that they equally ‘channel’ Divine influences (Core influences).  But in practical workings, only the lines between the Sephiroth are considered “the Paths”, Dion Fortune.

Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries

Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries reveal important clues during your Tarot Readings.  This whether you Read intuitively or from a wealth of knowledge.  Understanding the Core Forces of the Higher Mysteries will raise your level of Reading to new heights!

 

Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries
Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries
(Above is a picture I took of a Horoscope Spread I did with twelve of the Major Arcana Cards)

Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries

Twenty-two Tarot Higher Mysteries of the Tarot Cards are the twenty-two Major Arcana Cards in your Tarot Deck.  They are also known as the Twenty-two Keys of the Tarot.  Basically, these keys open your mind to becoming aware of this material plane, and of the astral plane (the spiritual).

The Intuitive or Psychic Tarot Reader

The Intuitive or Psychic Tarot Reader looks at the image on a Trump Card, so to get impressions.  Impressions are ideas that we get from looking at the Card.  We can speak the thought to our client or we can interpret its meaning.  In other words, we intuitive or psychic Tarot Readers can sense the worlds around us.

When you are still a beginner Tarot Reader, you first start by looking at the image on each of the Twenty-two Majors.  You look at each one for as long as you feel you must do so.  You can even study what the different drawings on the cards represent.  You can also learn their meanings and keywords if you want.

However, after some time doing this, it is highly suggested you throw away the book.  So to start getting your own impressions from the cards.  So to pick up what each one of the cards is trying to tell you.

Throw away your Tarot Book

Throw away your Tarot Book?  Newbie Tarot Readers are advised to throw away their Tarot Book!  Meaning, do not use your Tarot Book as a crutch!

The mind in the background of the Card

The mind in the background of the Card, is the Intelligence.

Instead, “look for the mind in the background of the Major’s Card you are looking at”, Dion Fortune, the Mystical Qabalah.  A Major’s Card is set up in such a way, that you get the impression you are a spectator of a play.  As the spectator, you are looking at a scene on a stage.  You can readily see the furniture and the actors on the stage.  But what you cannot see, are the people behind the curtain in the background of the scene.

On the stage, behind the furniture and the actors, is a large curtain in the background.  Behind that curtain, are the writers and the director of the play.   You can not hear them; nor can you see them.  But they are there anyways.  The writer and the director are the minds in the background of the play who whisper directions and words to the actors on stage!

The same goes for the twenty-two Higher Mysteries of the Qabalistic Tarot.  Each one of those cards has a “mind in the background” of the Card.  The “mind in the background” of the Card is called a “Core Force”.  Each one of the twenty-two Major Arcana Cards, represent a Core Force on the Stage of your life, or of your Querent’s life!

More specifically, this Core Force is the Director of your own play.  It gives you the words associated with the image on the Card that represents it.  The “mind” in the background of the Card, will give you clues to listen for and to look for.

The Mind in the background will whisper to you the directions for you to take with your mind in both the material and the astral world.  It will whisper to you the words to interpret for your client.  All you need to do is to look at the Card, and to listen to its Secrets!

 

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