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Spells Using Tarot Cards

To: alt.magick
From: (mika)
Subject: Re: Spells Using Tarot Cards
Date: 19 Nov 2002 09:32:06 -0800

Taliesin2  wrote in message news:...
> Greetings. I have a question. I have seen books that instruct on how
> to use tarot cards in spells/rituals. My question is this: Has anybody
> here actually used Tarot cards in a spell? And what was the result;
> good or bad? TIA

I use tarot for spells all the time.  The results are excellent.  The
cards are convenient, inspirational tools for you to focus your
intent, and the key to any successful magickal act is clear intent.

A long time ago I got the book "Tarot Spells" by Janina Renee, which I
thought was pretty well done.  (Also, I love the Robin Wood Tarot
deck, which is used in the book.)  The book is more valuable for
learning how she creates and uses the spells than for the spells
themselves.  For example, she will pick different cards to use based
on the cards, but also will arrange them in particular patterns based
on the directions the people or objects in the cards are facing, and
how that relates to the intent of the spell. I think the book is an
interesting place to start, for you to learn how to create your own
spells.  I don't think the book will help you much if you simply
robotically do what the author tells you to do.

Aside from laying out cards during a spell to focus intent, I have
made color copies of cards to burn or bury as part of a spell.  For
example, in one ritual I made copies of several cards that represented
things I wanted to get rid of and things I wanted to gain.  I paired
the cards such that something I wanted to lose would be transformed
into something I wanted to gain, and glued them back to back.  For
example, the three of swords and the two of cups.  I then did my
ritual/spell (create your own according to your own system), and then
burned each of the paired cards.  I don't recall, but I probably
buried the ashes.

I've also used cards as planetary or astrological symbols in ritual. 
For example, if I did a mercury related ritual, I might put the four
8s on the altars in each of the four corresponding directions, and the
magician card on a center altar.  Any Rider-Waite inspired deck or
qabala-related deck can be considered a 'map of the universe' (the
internal and external universe), so any intention you can possibly
have for a spell can be symbolized by a card or cards.  Then, of
course, there are lots of non-qabala decks that are very creative and
may resonate with you more.

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