The insert shows T: The New Tarot (Cooke) above and the Thoth Tarot (Crowley) below. In Tarot notation there are 22 Trumps but the Fool card is unnumbered. It starts and ends a cycle or sequence in the Trumps. Thus it can be the 22nd card since traditional ranking in Tarot makes the World the 21st card.
Judgment is the 20th card and represents the first two numerals of the calendar year or 20 which is actually the 21st century. In Cooke’s deck all the Trumps are unnumbered. Judgment in the New Tarot deck is named the Knower, the part of us that functions as the Essential Self. For others this aspect is the Observer.
The Nameless One is the equivalent of the Fool, the aspect of humanity which comes into an incarnation to experience sentience in 3D existence.
Judgment or Trump 20 according to Crowley is the current Aeon or timeframe. It a convergence of sentient beings upon the Earth for a chance to be 1) raised up or resurrected to a higher energy frequency; (2) be changed or enter sentient into a different type of vehicle or vessel (3) or to simply live in the flesh again. The end of a cycle or era is when everyone wants to be present at the Big Game whether in the stands or out on the field.
Winners and losers both will have experiences but will they remember them when all is said and done? The Fool or Nameless One carries the basic genetic codes in the scrolls of the Nameless One in Cooke’s deck and in the more traditional Tarot deck as a bag on a stick but the novice or the initiate has to develop their skills by walking the path of life to put the pieces together.
This is what the energy of 2022 shows -Man making moves on the physical plane; Man navigating the wetlands of the psyche in the Astral; Man holding on to hope for their team’s victory when the final buzzer or Trumpet sounds.
The reading of the New Year can be done on one’s Natal Birthday or it can be done on New Year’s day. The prep is no sexual contact for 24 hours prior; a thorough cleaning of the whole house; taking a ceremonial or herbal bath and donning all clean clothes.
Before shuffling take a moment to acknowledge and give thanks to one’s spiritual allies.
Shuffle and then lay out the center card which gives the general energetic theme for the incoming year
Starting at the first position in the diagram lay out 12 cards counter clockwise. Each card is the monthly adaptation of the theme card’s energy in the coming year. Your Theme Card is paired with the card of the month. These pairs will reveal an energetic tone.
This layout is to be done with a standard 78 card Tarot deck, in the RWS or Marseille style.
When it is time for a new Kipper deck, which is about every year-it is my process to trim the white borders off of the deck all the way to the black line which is removed as well, then round the corners.
After the cards are trimmed a stop card dot is applied to the deck. This is from the “Bavarian style” taught by Toni Puhle. Others may mark the “Master Cards” which is a different system. The dot is a memory device only.
The Kippers work better in the full deck 9X4 layout without borders for Wii as it allows the action to flow like a story board. The white borders break the flow of the eyes when reading and place the scenes into rooms or separate areas. When dealing with the house system this is well and good but not so when one is looking for directions in the big layout or when adding additional movements in the smaller stop card reading style.
Of course, only the traditional kippers have all the directions and codes attributed to Mrs. Kipper’s system. Card lore says the original cards at some point were reversed by the printer save one, card 22 The Military Person.
This mirroring effect works with the anchor of the one faithful card No. 22 to connect the now rare antique original Kipper cards to the traditional German deck, the only Kipper deck Wii use for fortune telling. Period!
After a considerable amount of handling card decks experience has shown when working with clients who want to know about what is coming down the pike, a decan style deck is the most effective tool. The term decan is from Egyptian astronomy but when used here simply refers to the number of cards in a fortune telling deck which is 36. Lenormand, Kipperkarten, Zigeuner are Wahrsagekarten or fortune telling cards. It is their purpose.
The 36 card decks seem to have an affinity with the interplay of the earth plane and the energies that affect it from the skies above the so-called “36 faces of heaven.” The number 36 is a number which relates to spirits & Daimons.* The astute reader will see the 72 spirits attributed to Solomonic Magic is simply the doubling of the number 36.
In fortune telling, two of the cards are the Querent and their significant other. Some decks show other persons or characters as well, the rest are symbols as in Lenormand, or scenarios as in the Kipperkarten and Zigeuner decks. Lenormand with its symbols does not have the same amount of predictive power because it depends upon a reader’s ability to interpret the symbols as if they were seen in a dream without real context. This of course will vary from reader to reader leaving a lot of room for “guessing”.
The Zigeuner or Gypsy deck combines symbols with scenes. It is not a deck of choice for me. It has an atmosphere or a vibration of the Old World which does not trigger any connection to the images. This is key to the use of any card deck -that there be personal affinity. However, the Kipper cards which depend on scenarios and not symbology do spark a link for me. They are in the what you see is what it is camp. The reader does not have to use mental gymnastics to tease out a meaning and they are not read by rote keywords but by placement and direction.
The German language puts many off but the scenes and the signs are in the universal language of imagery. If you want to tell what events are coming for clients, do investigate a 36 card fortune telling deck. You won’t be sorry.
*(See: Austin Coppock, 36 Faces, Three Hands Press, 2014)
The Temple of Abzu deck by Howler Dahlroth is my newest acquisition. It is an oracle deck which was made by a Swedish occultist originally for use within his order. Abzu is another word for the Abyss and this 99 card deck is rendered in black and white alone- no colors.
Each card has a number and a phrase on the top and bottom. Three cards are usually chosen from the deck and read across as two utterances or stanzas.
It is an accurate deck in that the words and images are much like a doorway which looks into another dimension. These are the scenes one sees just before dreaming or in darkened corners of a dimly lit room.
There is an energy that comes with the deck which is palatable. It is a specialized oracle for those who work with the darker energies. A “white lighter” would definitely find it a bit uncomfortable!
Before WIFI (whenever that was on this timeline) knowledge & power were transmitted through an invisible medium. Science named the medium aether but that is only one label of many for the magical agent.
All this to say “downloads” are not new but there is a vast chasm between true reception or KABALAH from higher sources and the ventriloquy of the ego. Don’t fall down into that level because there isn’t a rope long enough to bring you back.
In the illustration of the principle of the carrier wave, the RWS Tarot Trump surpasses the Marseilles deck illustration in that the Tower is shown on RWS as being built on a steep mountain peak and those who have fallen have a long ways to go before reaching the ground. A good theme to consider!
Self- development is an older name for the preliminary work of the Player/Initiate in the Great Game, which aims at balancing the four elements in body & mind. Yes, the mind or Psyche is a part of the body complex. Mind is the filter or cap over Existence which has to be made translucent and then transparent. Without mind -body balance there can be no journeyman level in the Mysteries, no entrance into the Garden without major disruption or imbalance to psychological functioning. Much of the so-called odd psychic phenomena encountered up to full psychotic breaks early in the Game by the unprepared is simply negativity & debris which was not removed.
Mankind while under the Dome is subject to the decrees and degrees of Fate -until they are not. Just as each day is opened and shut in the Vault of the Skies, various opportunities appear on our path.
In each case a decision must be made at the Y crossing or fork in the road to continue straight ahead or to veer either left or right. The choice is one’s own to make but the laws of physical space and time are firmly fixed and will not yield immediately to any virtual command.
Image: Jean Noblet Tarot. Arcana VI- The Lovers aka Sigilium Salomonis (Solomon’s Seal) or Bifurcatio
The Winter of 2020 was a particularly harsh one. The use of divination by cards was not needed as the focus was more on dream symbology.
Yes, there are similar rites and similarities but the use of a deck to “see” seemed to be a bit of a chore as there was so much glorious darkness to travel in and on.
Spring is arriving slowly and with night chills in the Northeast. More light is available, longer days and oddly enough longer dreams, so into the labyrinth the Soul travels. The Bright Mirror scrys just as well as the Dark and the ways of seeing in day and night are many.
It has been a part of my Tarot end-beginning ritual to interpret the incoming year in terms of the arcanum or trumps. Here, I am using the mini Thoth deck printed by AG Muller back in 1997. The Thoth Tarot is an old friend and was my introduction to the study of the Tarot as a system versus as a divination aid.
Above is the Tarotic equivalent of the coming year 2021. As we have been dealing with the Judgement / Aeon card for 20 solid years the energy is recognizable. The end of the Age is a transition and the effect is destructive, and fragmenting. Crowley believed this was the card of the New age of Horus, which is why the child Horus is shown with his finger to his mouth covering his lips which is saying not all can be told- this advice has been received by all serious metaphysicians since 2000.
Card 21 is The World/Universe and it is the final combination that can be paired with the 20th trump. The pairing says that there is an ending which is superimposed over the entire planet which covers or ushers in the New Age. We are there now.
However there are other messages from Maat/Math in the Tarot Gematria of 2021 which are found in hidden or enclosed combinations. 20-21 hides in the reverse order 12 and 02, i.e. The Hanged Man and the High Priestess.
With this deck the blue tones and the shading of these two trumps point to the subtle level of the energy changes. The Hanged Man speaks of sacrifices human and otherwise and it speaks of reversals- of the plane “above” the Earth’s material level. So like Odin the initiate must make a sacrifice to receive knowledge which AT THIS TIME is being taught or released only on the subtle planes by the High Priestess. The High Priestess is another concept of secrecy as only to those who have made offerings of their time, commitment and devotion- symbolized by the fruits of the Earth at her feet can enter her temple.
The final combination of 2021 in reverse hides 10& 22(Cipher/Zero). The 22nd card is the unnumbered trump. The Wheel of Fortune is the symbol of the limit of evolution in the Cosmos. It is the Revolving Door of incarnation or incarceration – conception; birth; maturity; death which plays over and over- until it doesn’t.
In the forward motion of 20-21 we see 22 & 01, the Fool and the Magus. Are they adversarial energies or one and the none? Zero is hung over The Fool as a symbol to remind of us of the Unborn and Infinite Outside the Cosmic confines. This combination reminds the metaphysician there is an escape hatch as well as a pause button.