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Correct use of Tarot

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I have studied Tarot/Qabala since the early 60's. I am a member of two different esoteric orders, both of which specialize in Tarot use. The BOTA school in L.A. is by far and beyond the repository for correct use of Tarot in this time. The Avalon Group, formed by Gareth Knight, and presently headed by Wendy Berg, is another excellent order if you want to learn the true uses of Tarot.

I saw several places on here where people were trying to "go it alone." One word of caution: You don't have the knowledge to determine what training is best for you. You are letting the ego determine how you train and this will never bring you a truly successful result.

Neither of these groups is expensive to join, so my advice is if you are going to play with the Fire, learn how to build a proper stove to contain the Fire.

Norbu

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I personally say fuck that shit, if you listen to your intuition and combine that with reading books you will be fine and learn in a natural way. Take your time meditating on the cards and reading descriptions of them and there deeper meanings will gradually unfold as you continue to experiment and do readings.

 

Ofcourse that is not the best approach for every person and some people need a "structure" to facilitate there learning. That was not my preference when approaching working with the cards. As for using the cards as gateways In Trance work.....I don't have much experience with that......it is best to have non-human guides or inner contacts when working astrally as we tend to be stupid with this stuff given we are quite "dense" beings.

 

My 2 cents, Peace

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The BOTA course on Tarot is really good,I started to perceive the cards differently than before.I recommend it with both hands

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It depends on the person really.

If your psychic structure is constructed in a way that makes you need a group to orient you,

then go join a formal group and get injected into a hierarchy where you can fight for position with others.

Masochist and sadists alike have a lot of great opportunities for unfolding themselves there.

 

Personally I don't operate well in hierarchies.

So I keep on the fringes, always trying to spot traps that want to pull me into others sadistic structures.

The bait is always alluring, but having access to the same material they pull upon to create those groups to begin with.

I'm seldom impressed by their teachings, and find that the overhead of submitting,

far outweighs the benefits.

In fact all I need to do is triggers some of the higher members,

and they will spill all the beans in defence of their little bubble of participation mystique.

 

Beyond that, all that seperates someone good is practice...LOTS of practice.

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Tarot is only keys for the doors, but when you have doors, you do not need keys, any longer.

 

And those who have keys, not many can find a door and even less open it. But of those who opens the door, none can survive what is inside.

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I actually agree with GSmaster- when the gate to the Abyss is sprung, there is nowhere left to run.  However, I have faith that you can traverse, but not to slip back in?  That is hard.  

 

On the note of the tarot- the BOTA do a good job on an introductory level for a number of occult things.  The two manuals I read by PFC were excellent in explaining and illustrating the essentials.  Ive heard that his interpretation of tarot is excellent as well.  I personally feel that the tarot is too broad now, especially with the Thoth, because it doesn't distil down into the 4 elements as it should (which all things Western should do).

 

I also don't agree with their placement on the Tree (Qabalah).  I have yet to find a satisfactory explanation of their placements and let us not forget, there are two forms of the tree to consider.

 

I would like to end this post by saying that the tarot is an excellent form of contemplation and describing the various elements and experiences of the journey of life, especially when combined with the tree.  If you can avoid thinking that it predicts the future, and use it as a short story of things in life to encounter and reflect upon, its a great spiritual system.  The hoodoo voodoo of magic is exciting, and dangerous, and can lead to delusion, though it is hard to say what is or isn't real when it comes to the fantasy side of Magick, it is best to keep it to strict "maybe, probably not" limits.  

 

Crowley rightly points out that there is only one actual magickal event- the part about opening those doors mentioned earlier, and when those keys are found and used, the fantasy side of Magick will burn you to a crisp.  

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