Often Wii look at the draws of other readers to see what they have to say about the cards. One thing that astonishes is that in linear reads people read the card symbols in the same direction as text in their native language. Wrong! One should read in the OPPOSITE direction to obtain the gist of the symbol energy in a line!
Second, the eyes of the central character in an Arcanum or Trump Card and a Court Card are always taken into consideration.
So rather than bank books and bills the 3 card linear draw above can be interpreted in a much different way as a divinatory directive. The line when read right to left starts with The Lovers or Bifurcatio -the fork in the road, which reminds us that in all 3D situations there is a sacred, profane and mundane aspect, shown by the 3 parts of the Tarot deck as the Pips, Courts and Trumps. One follows the Eyes of the Oracle aka the second Trump who is the Protagonist for the sacred aspect of this message.
As the Oracle of the Matrix said to Neo “you have already made the choice you are here to see why.” The “coins” with the High Priestess looking directly at them are not mere coins but magic seals or sigils. The seventh seal of Her Book of Mysteries has been opened. She is saying to look to The Chariot the seventh Arcanum for the methodology to conquer. The pips or the numbered cards in suit of disks / wheels/ quanta are denizens in the realm of the sacred, seeds which evolved into the first ten Trumps.
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.
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?
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.
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!