a cache of usenet and other text files pertaining
to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.


Points of Tarot Study

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.tarot,alt.divination,alt.pagan.magick,alt.occult.methods
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Points of Tarot Study
Date: Fri, 06 Jun 2003 08:13:15 GMT

50030604 VII

more tarot philosophy

some good advice on how to become familiar with tarot:
> For the minor arcana: Know what the numbers mean. 

1 -> 10? 
does "Ace" mean it's different than "1"? 
why isn't the 2 called a "Deuce"?
does the use of 'Ace' mean Tarot used to be a dice game?
there's a keen Napoleon Dice Divination Table around.
it brings back domino-memories.

> Know what the suits mean.

as if there's a single interpretation! so does it matter if
there are not only differing suits but differing interpretations
of the suits? should we adhere to popular tradition for some
rationally-supportable reason? after all, are Clubs *really*
fire? why would living staves want to be seen as aflame? is it
all some kind of religious Burning Bush analogy gone bonkers?
I think that the Staves/Clubs make more sense as WOOD.

> For the court cards: Learn how they represent masculine and 
> feminine attributes. 

or ambiguous ones (e.g. Knave/Ps).

> The Fool: Why his he a fool? What is foolishness? 

yeah, does he need an Excuse? ;> if so, for what?

> The Magician: Is he a stage magician, a real magician, 
> or maybe a little bit of both? 

and do numbers matter to the major arcana? 
does it matter if the Magician is A, B, 1, or I, or II?

> The High Priestess: What is her religion? How does it 
> differ from the religion of the Hierophant? 

or the querent!! if she's antagonistic to the querent
(in my deck she's a Witch!), then she might no be so
friendly in a reading. ;>

> etc. Whether or not you choose to use elemental dignities, 
> learn the elements of the cards anyway. 

where do the elements intersect the cards exactly?

   there's 3 STATUS-sections to concern ourselves with:

	1) Mega-Cards (trumpsuit!?)

		some include elements in their attributions,
		including 3-element systems related to the Sefir Yetzirah 
		or 4-element systems related to Aristotlean classics+
		but I like 5-element system along Chinese standards
	2) People-Cards (courtsuit??!)

		often combined in a 4x4 (=16) matrix for attribution,
		but 5x5 is also quite satisfying

	3) Weenie-Cards (numbers?!)

		by suit? by number? most seem to focus on
		a Planet+Sign/Suit combination without
		all possibilities covered (inelegant!)
		though Oswald Wirth surpasses this.

> How do the cards interact with each other? 

now you're talking! like that some decks have the Fool and the
Hermit with the same staff! or that one or more of the figures
in the Mega-Cards may appear in the others, or even in the
Small or Courts!!

soon we begin to speak of an interface, a moderating and/or
mediating agent helping us to perceive the information we
have set out to obtain (about the future or the Mysteries).

	so now a card can have

		an Upright meaning
and		an Inverse meaning

		a Status (Trump/Court/Number) with which is given

			a Suit (ordinary) + Elemental attribute 
			a Numerical attribute
	  		a Planetary + Sign attribute

	  		an Elemental Crossing
			a Personal and/or Zodiacal attribute

		 and/or a Letter/Roman Number attribute + Tree of Life Path
but how much can a little deck hold?!! 
doesn't the Little White Book cover it?! wah!!!!
nagasiva the intrepid


The Arcane Archive is copyright by the authors cited.
Send comments to the Arcane Archivist:

Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to the site maintainer for the creation and upkeep of this site.

The ARCANE ARCHIVE is a large domain,
organized into a number of sub-directories,
each dealing with a different branch of
religion, mysticism, occultism, or esoteric knowledge.
Here are the major ARCANE ARCHIVE directories you can visit:
interdisciplinary: geometry, natural proportion, ratio, archaeoastronomy
mysticism: enlightenment, self-realization, trance, meditation, consciousness
occultism: divination, hermeticism, amulets, sigils, magick, witchcraft, spells
religion: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, taoism, wicca, voodoo
societies and fraternal orders: freemasonry, golden dawn, rosicrucians, etc.


There are thousands of web pages at the ARCANE ARCHIVE. You can use ATOMZ.COM
to search for a single word (like witchcraft, hoodoo, pagan, or magic) or an
exact phrase (like Kwan Yin, golden ratio, or book of shadows):

Search For:
Match:  Any word All words Exact phrase


Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races