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’.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.