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Reading Tarot and General Divination

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.divination,alt.magick,alt.tarot
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Re: Reading Tarot and General Divination
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2003 21:44:17 GMT

50030313 VII om

>>        1) 'read' means interpreting the intended
>>            meanings of the cards as rendered by 
>>            the fashioners of the deck;

"cheyne" :
> ...Crowley's and Waite's decks were themselves derivative.
> In publishing their decks they too were offering an 
> interpretation of their sources. Though in doing so, 
> they each added, or reworked into the quilt, 
> something of their own.

shaping the creation of the decks facilitated this, and their
expression on the nature of the art completed it, emblematically.

> ...However appropriated, (and however appropriately), the occult 
> tarot (at least) DOES model a ye-olde dogma, to the extent that 
> some have even called it a book.

The Big Picture Book of Thoth-Tahuti? related to Hermes Trismegistus?

> Life, after all, is a game of chance, and on your way, you are 
> dealt many cards, and you meet with many situations and characters
> -- signs. Playing the game well is about RECOGNISING who and what 
> they really are, and what they're likely to bring: perhaps a cup 
> or maybe a sword - and that's reading. 

reading life's signs, to be sure. sign-interpretation is valuable. 

> The only certainty is that after a little while, the game is over 
> (for you), and you leave the table. So long.

and some find room to believe against even this -- tales of possible
futures beyond human form, of souls, and unifications with divinity.

> According to their dogma, the occultists characterised their tarot
> cards in several ways, which is referenced in the card symbolism,
> often in great detail.... 

the most penetrating insights into the nature of reality expressed
through the character and form of a card game of power and control.


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