Tarot | W.B. Yeats Loved Tarot Cards

The august Irish poet was once a member of a secret occult order called The Hermetic Society of the Golden Dawn. He was also an avid student of the Tarot.   […]

Source: W.B. Yeats Loved Tarot Cards | JSTOR Daily

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Magdalena Tarot Forecast 6/4/18 – 6/10/18 Drop Your Weapons

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It’s the 23rd week of the year and the card of the week is the 7 of Swords reversed.  It’s time to stop running from the past.  Stop fearing success. Stop fearing love. Stop fearing everything that you’ve ever wanted because you cannot outrun what is meant for you.  The number of the week is 5, a number of overcoming  challenges.
Mantra:  Whatever will be willed of me.

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Monday 06/04/18 The Hanged Man
Numerology: 6
Moon Void of Course in Aquarius
Card Artist: Pierre Carles
When the Hanged Man appears, hang on for a little bit longer. It’s not over yet. This is a time to surrender to the unknown. Who…

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June Astrology and Tarot Forecast

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology, Psychic

Here’s your June Astrology and Tarot Vlog 

Astrology preview of major aspects throughout the month

Tarot Cards for each sign timestamp:

ARIES 11:09 

Taurus 12:17 

GEMINI 14:01

CANCER 15:21

Leo 17:40

VIRGO 18:53

LIBRA 21:03

SCORPIO 22:34 

SAGITTARIUS 24:25 

CAPRICORN 26:21

AQUARIUS 28:14

PISCES 30:10 

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Alchemy | Contemplations …

“The Way of the Fool is the way of the independent traveler on the Path of Initiation. Such a traveler may study under a variety of Masters, yet will strive always to preserve his or her own identity, and rarely undertakes vows of silence which will bind his or her being to a particular school or teaching. The most enduring arcane image of this wandering Fool is that found on the early Tarot cards.

His nakedness is a sign that the true Fool is prepared to show those things that others prefer to hide. Those Fools who show the way to that higher vision arising from initiation are often seen by the Sleepers as foolish. (The Sleepers are those who have not elected to follow a spiritual path. They are content with the realm of appearances, and want only to be left alone, to sleep.)

A man or woman’s life reveals the archetypes they have followed. That’s why the Fool is prepared to go through life naked to the world, knowing that the lower is nothing more than a reflection of the higher. The Fool progresses only by means of the questions he asks.

A Teacher can indicate the Way, but he cannot show the Way. There are the two Ways ­­–­ the Way Up and the Way Down – and among the ways up is the Way of the Fool. The zero marks the intersection between the Way Up and the Way Down, where there is neither Up nor Down.

To what purpose, we must ask, would anyone wish to follow the Way of the Fool? It is no easy role to play. The Way of the Fool is so open to misunderstanding and mockery. To the casual glance – which is the glance of most people – it does not even appear to be a Way at all.

Yet there is such a Way, even if it is only one followed by men and women striving to establish a Spiritual identity for themselves, divested of outer trappings. On this way, the Fool is sensitive to symbols. Indeed, if the Fool is alert enough, sufficiently progressed along the Path, then everything becomes a symbol.

The keyword for all the paths is commitment. When you have committed yourself to an action, then the whole cosmos will conspire to help you.

The cosmos recognizes commitment, which is in itself a kind of prayer. If you commit yourself, then you will find that the angels are ranged on your side. And so, make a commitment. Remember it. Stick to it. And if you choose the Way of the Fool, do not fear appearing to be a Fool in the eyes of the world, for, if you do not stray too far from the ancient road, in the eyes of God, you will always remain the beloved Fool.

Yet, this is certainly no mystical injunction to forget the world, for the hermeticist is trained never to forget the world – as it is his or her forging ground. The hermeticist is ever prepared to burn in exchange for gnosis, or to peel away the onion which wrap up the world’s Mysteries and himself.

For every faltering step taken by Man, God in his stillness bounds towards Man a hundred steps. Initiation is an art, a Spiritual performance which can last a lifetime, and then pour into subsequent lifetimes.

There is only one complete initiation for one who dwells in the body. Then, at that marvelous moment of initiated insight, you will see that life itself is art: it is the art of the gods. The art of Man merely reflects the shadow of this creative exuberance. Initiation is the ultimate art of the gods, practised with more or less imperfection by men.

The Fool is prepared to reveal more than ordinary people, if only to lay bare the basic structure of the Spiritual world.”

– from “The Zelator” by Mark Hed

Tarot Contemplation – Magenta Dragon

This is a card of accelerated ascension. A magenta dragon is here to remind you that you are an illumined soul carrying much wisdom. It is helping you to dissolve any remaining veils of illusion and preparing you to become an enlightened one. It has come to you now to remind you that all is love, for we are all One. It is time to see all things with the wise inner eyes of truth. Treat everyone as if they were you.

Decans: Astrology as related to the Tarot’s Minor Arcana

The small cards (Minor Arcana) two to ten in the suits are associated with the Decans. A Decan is a third of a Zodiac sign (ten degrees). [Some other occult sources use the term Face for them.] Each Decan has a sub-ruler that flavors that ten degrees, and is stronger when you find the planet there. The typical wording is “planet in sign,” but really should be “the ten degrees of the sign subruled by XYZ planet.”

There are two ways to assign the planetary subrulers to the Decans. The method used by Golden Dawn is based on the same pattern as the assignment of the planets to the Tree of Life sephiroth. The other method (sometimes called the Vedic method) is based on the element of the sign and the rulers of the other two signs of the same element; this alternative method is actually easier to figure out in your head. Due to Golden Dawn choosing the harder method, it helps the reader if the astrological symbols are on the cards to remind the reader of the card’s assignment.

So how is the decan used in readings? Besides being one of several layers that make up a card (others being Number, Colors, Sephiroth, etc.), one can use it to determine timing (this event will occur while the Sun is in this ten degrees of the Zodiac), and also the placement of planets when one does readings based on the planets.

E.g., in a Planetary-based reading, the first card pulled would be the position of the Rising Sign, the second would be the position of the Sun, the third would be the position of the Moon, etc.

How To Perform A Tarot Contemplation Ritual

The first thing one usually thinks of when imagining performing a meditation is that one should close their eyes.  However, for this type of exercise, it is suggested that you keep your eyes open.

In this exercise, you will meditate on a tarot card of your choosing.  To familiarize yourself with your tarot deck, begin focusing on the Major Arcana first before jumping into the suits of the Minor Arcana.  This is particularly true if you are new to working with a tarot deck and new to performing divination work.  The Major Arcana is the story of The Fool’s Journey through Life.  The Path traveled by The Fool presents various challenges and obstacles that, when overcome, form the Big Picture experience that expands The Fool’s knowledge, understanding and success.  The Minor Arcana describes specific details that accompany the many choices and decisions that shape the quality of The Fool’s life experiences.

 

As a ceremonial magician, the Tarot is utilized as a divinatory magical tool. Therefore, whenever the tarot is to be used, it is necessary to (1) perform your personal banishings; (2) perform the Relaxation Ritual; (3) recite a prayer for guidance by one’s Guardian Angel, and then (4) begin working with your tarot deck.  If you want to light a white candle and/or burn incense, such as frankincense, benzoin and the like, do it and be consistent about it.  These preparatory steps are mandatory to ensure clairsentient focus and accurate readings.

To begin this daily exercise, choose a tarot card to study in detail.  Begin with a contemplation of The Fool card.  The next day, focus on The Magician card, and continue each day focusing on the next card in order in the Major Arcana.

Place the tarot card selected as a focal point on your personal altar, or affix it to a blank spot on your wall.  For best results, while looking to the picture you should not have anything distracting in your field of view.  Use a simple colored wall or table, or a simple colored piece of cloth to put behind the image. Of course, after some training you will be able to keep your concentration regardless of the background.  Seat yourself in front of the card.  From your relaxed sitting position, you ought to be able to effortlessly focus at the center of the tarot card.

Now, sit comfortably and relax your body and mind by taking some deep breathes. For this step, you can close your eyes if you prefer, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Let them stay open, but keep them unfocused. You are not interested in what’s happening around you. Not even in the picture in front of you. Your only interest is your breathing.

When you are ready, focus your eyes at the center of the card’s image; relax and breathe normally.  Some feelings and thoughts might begin entering your sphere of sensation.  Take notice of them, but do not dwell in them.  Observe as if you are perceiving the feelings and thoughts of someone else. Your main interest is your relaxed breathing.  When and if your eyes want to move around the image, let them do so; allow your eyes to examine the details of the card’s image.  Notice the central image of the card:  symbols, colors, hints of planetary, astrological and/or Hebraic correspondences. Keep your head motionless, focus on your breathing and trust your eyes.

Contemplate on the images, symbols and colors for as long as you want, but for Neophytes, fifteen (15) minutes is the minimum time.  Whenever you want to terminate your meditation, just let your eyes close and relax.  After a minute, open your eyes and immediately write down your observations and impressions.  Also, state in your journal what picture or image you have used.

After several sessions, go back and read your journal. You might find the details you have noted to be informative about how you view the things that impact you, including how you view yourself.  In this way your readings will become more clear and detailed.  You will also build confidence in reading your tarot cards, if only out of sheer familiarity from your daily workings.

You may also use this method to help your connection with your favorite deity or being.  Use the correlations between the symbols and colors used to make corresponding relationships to archetypal figures, then meditate on the being’s image.  Is there a person you admire and you want to become like him or her?  Use their image to meditate on it.  It does not matter if these persons are dead, alive or even imaginary.  It does not matter if the being or person actually possesses the qualities you think apply.  What matters is what feelings are conjured by this exercise.

The key to perfecting your proficiency at tarot divinations is this tarot contemplation exercise.  With persistence, you ought to create and build an intimate relationship between you and your chosen tarot deck, and more importantly, visionary accuracy whenever you work with the tarot.

Secrets of Tarot & Qabalah: The Magician’s Tools – Wand, Cup, Pentacle, & Sword – Taliesin McKnight – YouTube

Qabalah & Tarot: Secrets of the Magician’s Table

This lesson examines the symbols of tarot in regards to the Qabalistic Tree of Life and, in particular, the symbolism of the table in the Magician card. The magus has 4 implements on his table:  the wand, cup, sword, and pentacle. These represents four aspects of the magician’s consciousness which are utilized in ritual.