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Book for Tarot Divination

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.tarot,alt.divination,alt.magick
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Re: Book for Tarot Divination
Date: Fri, 01 Nov 2002 19:41:54 GMT

50021101 VII om Winter's Day

"Chris" :
> I am looking for a general book on the Tarot for divination purposes. 

general books are usually historical or poorly-made. typically the
artist or occultist assisting or informing the artist writes the
book which accompanies the deck in a kind of divinatory tool-set.
it is a kind of program whereby the occultist using the device
will educate themselves as to the symbol-set depicted in the deck
(this may be the basics from an entire ceremonial composition)
and the concepts involved in any advanced work to which it leads.

> I don't want a book for a specific deck, but rather one that has 
> the traditional meanings of the cards.... 
>...In the Golden Dawn by I.R. there are brief divinatory meanings
>for each card. I would like something like this in its own book with some
>expansion on the cards meaning in a reading, also some different spread
>techniuques would be nice. 
>...has general card meanings 

the problem you pose is finding a text which is simultaneously not
a book on the *history* of tarot imagery (therefore becoming more
a catalogue than a divinatory tool) and which is recommendable as
a divination source, but which is not the book accompanying the deck.

there's only been a few books I remember like this and they were
rather simple and in some cases mass-produced. one of the better
was "The Tarot", by Richard Cavendish, and you could go to a 
history of tarot like Stuart Kaplan or Dummett or something at a 
library and photocopy their "interpretation" section (I thought 
Kaplan's was interesting, worth further examination) and use that 
without the details of history. Kenneth D. Newman wrote an 
entertaining text: "The Tarot: a Myth of Male Initiation" which 
could be used awkwardly for their general meanings, and there are 
some texts which reference Smith-Waite imagery but could be 
applied outside it for its general character, such as "The Sexual 
Key to the Tarot", by Theodor Laurence.

>and different tarot spread....

a different matter. I have only seen a couple of modern books on
tarot spreads, plus that file of tarot layouts recently discussed
in alt.tarot (which later became one of the alt.magick tarot REFs).

> like it to be fairly legit and in line with the symbolism of 
> the cards.

meaningless where 'the cards' refers to just any deck.


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