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Donald Michael Kraig and the Two Temperance Cards

To: alt.magick,alt.tarot
From: (Paul Hume)
Subject: Re: Donald Michael Kraig and the Two Temperance Cards
Date: 22 Dec 2003 15:45:42 -0800

> >I am beginning Kraig's Modern Magick, with the Cicero's Golden Dawn Magical
> >Tarot as my deck of choice. How should I use the two Temperance cards in the
> >Tarot Contemplation Ritual and the Split Hexagram Spread, as prescribed by
> >Kraig in his first lesson? Should I use one of the cards, or both of them?
> >If I should discard one of them, which should it be?
> >

Read the Cicero's comments in their book on the role of the two cards
in the Path of Samekh in the rituals leading from Yesod to Tiphareth.
That will explain why you would use only one in a spread. I forget
which is which (ie. which version of Temperance fills which role in
the initiations) but the more "traditional" design would be the
typical one to use in reading. Check with the Mathers specification
for the GD deck to identify that (in The Golden Dawn, and elsewhere).
Contemplation of both is fine, if you like.

Generally when a deck includes multiple renderings of a given card, it
is for one or more of the following reasons:

- the artist prepared several renderings of the card, which are
included as a bonus for the buyer, eg. the multiple Magicians in the
Thoth deck. Pick one for readings, enjoy all in admiring the deck,
picking a card for meditation, etc.

- the card has a specific ritual use in its different renderings, as
with the Ciceros' Temperance cards. Including the different versions
makes the deck faithful to all its purposes as a magical tool - but in
reading, you still pick one version. Studying or meditating on the
different versions in connection with their roles in ritual provides
useful insight into the ritual, and is worthwhile.


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