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The Tarot by B. Stafford

The Tarot by B. Stafford

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THE TAROT
Get any book for free on: www.Abika.com1
 THE TAROT
By B. StaffordGet any book for free on:www.Abika.com 
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THE TAROT
Get any book for free on: www.Abika.com2 The TarotThe Tarot has been around for a long time - several centuries atleast. Over those hundreds of years, each of the cards came tohave a generally accepted meaning or set of meanings when itappeared in a layout. If one accepts, as I do, continued use of and belief in objects, tools, rituals and even the Powersthemselves grants added puissance (producing what the Golden Dawnterms an "egregore"), then it makes sense to avail one's self of this added dimension. Accordingly, I am posting a series of articles on the cards dealing with no more than their divinatorymeanings. I shall not discuss the "higher" meanings of any of the cards - not even the Triumphs (or Trumps) - and shall avoidall discussion of the placement of the cards on the KabbalisticTree of Life, which super-imposition did not occur until thenineteenth century, in any case.The basic source from which I shall extract these meanings isA.E. Waite's _Pictorial Key to the Tarot_. The "Rider-Waite Deck"based upon his designs and the accompanying book cited above werethe first examples of either published in English to gain widereadership and eventual acceptance. Granted, the works of Courtde Gebelin, Eliphas Levi and Papus made their appearances eitherearlier than Waite's work or more or less contemporaneously, butthey have the disadvantage of having been written in French(which is not one of my languages and therefore gives me asplitting headache when I try to read it). All other discussionsof the Tarot in English with which I am familiar are derived inone way or another from Waite's work: either in opposition to it,as was Crowley's _Book of Thoth_, or in an effort to modify thesymbolism to gratify a particular magical or religious theory.(Waite and the Golden Dawn were by no means immune to thistemptation: I view their transposition of the numbers of Triumphs 8 and 11, Strength and Justice, in an effort to makethem fit better on their version of the Tree of Life, with muchthe same jaundiced eye that I view the lab reports of a scientistwho fudges the evidence to fit his conclusions.)Waite was not, however, much interested in the divinatorymeanings of the cards, which he regarded as their lesser, almostnegligible attribute. He appears to have copied them more orless as they came to him, weighted with the usage of generationsof gypsies and other common fortune-tellers who had no interest
 
THE TAROT
Get any book for free on: www.Abika.com3in their "higher" meanings.I do not, however, mean to limit myself to Waite. Other writersduring the course of this century have published insights intothe divinatory meanings which complement or expand those given byWaite. Also, the Tarot has been my principle tool for divinationfor something over a quarter of a century: any summary such as Iam attempting will necessarily be filtered through my ownexperiences with the cards.Nor shall I recommend any particular deck. There are severalcurrently on the market which I consider excellent, many which Ithink are acceptable, some which I would purchase only if theywere the only examples available, and a few which cause me toshudder whenever I look at them but which other people whom Irespect couldn't live without. Similarly, I shall try to avoidall discussion of the symbolism included by any particular artistin his or her deck: such a treatment is not germane to thissummary, nor within its scope.Each article in the series will be designated by the number orname of the card(s) with which it treats: _i.e._ "1" willdiscuss the four aces, "Queen" will discuss the four queens, andthe Triumphs will be discussed each in a separate article. Ishall also use the terms "Favorable" and "Unfavorable": not allmethods of reading the cards recognize recognize "upright" versus"reversed;" some readers prefer to lay all the cards upright andderive unfavorable readings from the neighboring cards. Othermethods may differ even from these two, which are the morecommon.I shall make one other departure from common practice: I preferthe name "coins" (from the French "denier") to "Pentacles" forthat suit. The latter has, for me, a patina of superimposedmysticism (largely thanks to the Golden Dawn) which I findunnecessary for divinatory purposes.With luck, some of you will find this series of articles useful.Others will find areas of disagreement, while still others willhave insights of their own to offer. Maybe, among us, we cangenerate enough signal to drown out some of the noise onalt.pagan.Blessed be,Baird===
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