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GLeake: Tarot Correspondences, History

To: alt.tarot,alt.divination,alt.magick,alt.magick.tyagi
From: (tyaginator)
Subject: GLeake: Tarot Correspondences, History
Date: 27 Mar 1999 02:30:37 -0800

[from (George Leake)]

Amy Lapisardi 
>So,I was hanging out with a small group of friends at a dinner party
>tonight.One of the people in the house reads tarot.Then I noticed that The
>Moon(another card
>which came up) had all of the correspondences of The Star.So,I pulled
>out my Thoth deck and noticed that the correspondences per card
>matched up except on my friend's deck they were on all the wrong

*I thought this kind of amazing since I've been discussing this phenomenom
on a tarot discussion list. Clearly, even within the relatively narrow
world of French derived Occult Tarot, there's all sorts of variations in
terms of interpretation and in this case magickal correspondence. And even
within single decks, such as Thoth or Rider-Waite, people make up their own

meanings and even systems of correspondence which have little or nothing to
do with the intended meanings of those decks' designers. There's even some
books on the Thoth deck which propose ignoring all thelemick/crowleyan
aspects, in order to get to pure inspiration of that deck's real
designer--this all being paraphrase here--even though there's plenty of
extant independently verifiable evidence that Harris took directions from
Crowley in designing this deck. Though it was by no means a one way deal,
Harris made some suggestions Crowley considered, and it looks like others
including one Robert Cecil assisted in development of the Thoth deck.

*the point here is regardless of historical veracities, when it comes to
the mythical world of belief, people will believe what they want (I just
have trouble when the two get mixed)--anyhow, who can say what way is the
best way for all? The only deal with this particular example, is it seems
basic ground rules need to be agreed upon before commencing with
readings--e.g. for this reading I will use the Thoth deck as Crowley
suggested in various books--thus in that defined context, this Star/Moon
mixup would not really be relevant. And perhaps the same needs to happen
with some discussions so people will better understand the contexts being
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for
illusion is deep.
-Saul Bellow


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