Tarot is Divination not Fortune Telling

Tarot is intimately associated with the Kabalah and Western occultism. The lodges used Tarot in conjunction with their rites. Any good mapping or tracking device  has a legend which tells the  meaning of the symbols and the scale used on that map.

With Tarot the” legend” is the Tree of Life.  The Tree of Life shows how  Tarot is used. The four worlds, the four elemental powers or suits all relate to the Minor Arcana, the pip cards relate to each of the Sephira on the Tree. 4 x 10 is 40. The Court cards  are 4 x 4 or 16 and are an aspect of the Tree as well. The 22 Major Arcana are aligned with the lines or paths joining the Sephira on the front face of the Tree.

The function of the Tarot as divination can show where a person is in terms of energy by referring back to the Tree of Life.  Divination deals with energy of the Body, Mind, Emotions, and Awareness. It is not a means to evaluate romantic relationships or to predict future happening- that is fortune telling which is better handled, i.e. more detailed when using  a 36 card or decan deck or a modern set of the Minor Arcana  with Court Cards aka a standard deck of 52 “playing” cards not the full 78 card  initiatory tool that is the  “book” of Thoth.

MW

2022: In Trumps

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.

Are you ready for some football?

 

Yearly Reading for Tarotists

  This is a page from an old notebook.

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.

Fortune Telling Cards

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)

Reading Dark Energies

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!

The Y Crossroad

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 

Through the Valley


Lyra’s Golden Compass (His Dark Materials – Pullman)

 

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.

HAPPY SPRING!

MW

 

‘Tis the Season

In Regula Elizabeth Fiechter’s Mystical Kippers  drawn by  Urban Trosch the 17th card is aptly called in English, Receive A Gift. It perfectly sums up the flow of the spiritual current at the Yule season.

In reading Kipperkarten via the traditional methods, Card 17 brings the energy of the card above it down to the card below it. It is a vertical card, much like the Tree many decorate. The Star topper on the tree above shines  on the earth allowing one to see the presents below.

In a mystical sense the questions /seeds which were asked or planted at the 2020 Mid-Summer’s Solstice are answered or made manifest as Epiphanies.  The gifts wii receive from Dec. 25th – Jan. 6th are symbols of a spiritual harvest or of Gnosis made flesh.

MW

 

A Different Frequency

Many things have changed since the Pandemic. Most people in the realm of Cartomancy, Spiritualism, and other energy based sciences have NOT changed their approach. The amount of people who are in this arena has increased  ten fold from the time of my introduction in the 70’s.

The 70’s had a different energy configuration. It was easier to establish connections with humans, spirits and other dimensions. However, this has been altered due to the introduction of electrical frequencies into the atmosphere which are modifying organic structures including the brain.

Today is a reflection of a reflection of a reflection in a hall of mirrors. Mankind has many different views to espouse all of them in mental realms. The triggers which herd men this way or that are the emotional prompts or the triggers as they are called now. These are the strings in “string theory” that make men dance to the tune of the collective mind.

In the hyperreal realm that is our Earth, fortune-telling is not accurate for the past is unreal, a tall tale told full of glory, guilt and trauma and the future is  illusionary as there is only now – replayed over and over until it stops.

Divination however remains as a way of reading signs from the realm of the divine. Readers will find  signs are cast from the Fates  realm into the physical as coincidence, apparition, deja vu, or so-called paranormal phenomena  which enter one’s life or their client’s as humanity walks towards the real Earth.

More to come,

Mama Whodun

 

Magician or Pope?

The Pope

Many practitioners of initiatory ATR’s such as Ocha, Haiti’s  Rada Rite, and Candomble are often reminded that these are religions anchored  in community settings.  In other words they are not solitary practices. ATR’s are based on the family structure just as Christianity is.

Today, the religions which came to America with various tribes are TIED to Christian theology by traditions. Originally, it is said this was done as a cover, but now it is an embedded tradition which is clung to.  Religion doesn’t have updates.

The High Priest of a religious community is a shepherd of that flock. He may be a diviner, teacher or a counselor but he is also a representative of a priestly lineage and or a higher power.

The Pope or Hierophant card is shown with the symbols of the higher power (his scepter). He is an intermediary between heaven (his 3 tiered  crown) and the lower realms. The Pope is positioned between the visible and invisible worlds (the pillars). He passes on his knowledge and raises up those who will follow him. This is why he is shown with disciples or acolytes.

The Performer

The Tarot card which represents the solitary practitioner is the Magician.  This is obvious in the card. Here is an ordinary man. He has assumed a firm stance on the earth. His tools are simple. The table before him has on it common items. His hat shows he works with the seasons or cycles of Nature. There is no pomp or ceremonial bling in his working. He holds a simple wooden wand  and he looks away from it – off to the opposite direction of the Pope.

The Magician may also disguise what he does but this is done to make sure his message reaches the people. Entertainment is often a Magician’s ruse. They are tellers of tales, showmen, tricksters or even at times  charismatic runners of a confidence game. The Magician doesn’t give his work fancy titles. As the Kikongo saying goes: “Ndoki  can’t say what they are,” more than likely he or she will assume many different aliases on their journey.

Though the Magician seems to work solo he/she is not bereft of community. While the community of the Magician is not obvious, they are ever present. His or her relationship is with Spirits or Daemons. It is familial as well, it is just beyond 3D  and corporal forms.

In terms of inquiries about the ATR’s the Magician card would appear with individuals whose  practices are not as closely  linked to Christian principles such as Palo Mayombe, the Congo & Petro Rites of Haiti or  Brazilian  Quimbanda. So when looking for the cause and effect of certain phenomena  or what a person really is “into” or  using, keep the graphics of these two Major Arcana cards in mind.