Category: The Tarot

Its Occult Significance Use in Fortune-Telling and Method of Play, Etc. by S. L. MacGregor Mathers

THE TAROT

To enter, within the limits of this short treatise, upon any long inquiry into the History of Cards is utterly out of the question; and I shall therefore confine myself to examining briefly into what relates to their most ancient form, the Tarot, or Tarocchi Cards, and to giving, as clearly and concisely as possible, […]

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SYMBOLISM OF EACH OF THE KEYS

I will now describe carefully the symbolism of each of these hieroglyphical keys. 1. The Juggler or Magician. Before a table covered with the appliances of his art stands the figure of a juggler, one hand upraised holding a wand (in some packs, a cup), the other pointing downwards. He wears a cap of maintenance […]

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MEANINGS OF THE CARDS

1. The Juggler.–Will, Will-Power, Dexterity; Reversed–. Will applied to evil ends, Weakness of Will, Cunning, Knavishness. 2. The High Priestess.–Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education; Reversed–. Conceit, Ignorance, Unskilfulness, Superficial Knowledge. 3. The Empress.–Action, Plan, Undertaking Movement in a matter, Initiative; Reversed–. Inaction, Frittering away of power, Want of Concentration Vacillation. 4. The Emperor.–Realization, Effect, Development; Reversed–. […]

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METHODS OF DIVINATION

I shall now give several modes of laying out the cards for divination. The reader can adopt whichever he prefers, or he can combine them. Whatever mode of laying out be adopted, it is necessary that the person inquiring should carefully shuffle the cards, with two objects in view; firstly, that of turning some of […]

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TAROT GAME PLAY

These Tarot Cards may be used like the ordinary packs for games, as well as for divination; and it may be as well to give the general rules and mode of play. The Game of Tarot may be played by either two or three persons. The full pack of 78 cards is shuffled and cut […]

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OCCULT SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TAROT CARDS

Before concluding this short treatise, I will say a few words on the occult and Qabalistical signification of these wonderful Tarot Cards. It has been long known that the ordinary 52 card pack was susceptible of some peculiar numerical significations, e.g.:  52 Cards in the pack, suggest 52 weeks in the year. 13 Cards in […]

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