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Tarot & Intuition: Class-2

 
Scriptural Support of Intuition • The progressive movement of life
• “Hear my words: If there be among you a • Evolution
prophet of the Lord, I will appear to him in a
vision, or I will speak to him in a dream.” Complex Symbols
Numbers 12:6 • More complex forms of symbolism include
archetypes, allegories, and myths.
The Power of Symbols
• The power of symbols was recognized by Archetypes
older civilizations that incorporated them • An Archetype is a commonly inherited
into religion, ritual, myth and art. primordial symbol universally recognized by
all
Simple Symbols & the Tarot • In psychology, an archetype is a model of a
• Geometric shapes are one form of simple person, personality, or behavior
symbolism that can convey an immense • Dynamic, creative forces underlying all
amount of information existence
• The Brotherhood of Light Egyptian Tarot • Present in folklore and mythology,
Cards are filled with geometric symbolism archetypes are recognizable and typical
patterns of behavior with certain probable
Simple Symbols – Point outcomes
• A point indicates position • Symbolic stories in myths and legends
• The commencement of something explore abstract concepts such as heroism,
• All things have a starting point justice, love, mercy, truth, and wisdom
• Archetypes are primordial symbols in
• Potentiality
consciousness often portrayed as men or
• The germ of life
women
• Some examples of Archetypes are:
Simple Symbols – Line
• Mother, seductress, imprisoned princess,
• A point extended through space becomes a
witch, mediator, benevolent ruler, gallant
line
hero, warrior, just law-giver, martyred hero,
• A line has a beginning and an end
dragon, trickster, shadow, shape-shifter,
• One dimensional - length
deceiver, lord of mis-rule
Simple Symbols – Circle
Allegory
• A circle has no beginning and no end
• noun, plural -allegories.
• It is the symbol of spirit
• Emblem
• The point within the circle represents the
• A representation of an abstract or spiritual
germ of life, or spark of deity within
meaning through concrete or material forms;
• It corresponds to the Divine Ego, the spark
figurative treatment of one subject under
of Deity in each of us
the guise of another.
• A symbolical narrative such as a poem, play,
Simple Symbols – Square and Cross
picture, etc, in which the apparent meaning
• Represents the physical plane
of the characters and events is used to
• The realm where life gains experience
symbolize a deeper moral or spiritual
through three dimensional form
meaning
• It is the symbol of realization
• The technique or genre that this represents
• Use of such symbolism to illustrate truth or
Simple Symbols – Triangle or Arrow
a moral
• Represents the direction in which energy
• Allegory communicates its message by
flows
means of symbolic figures, actions or
• Mind
symbolic imagery
• The trinity of Substance, Intelligence and
• Allegories have been used as educational
Motion
aids throughout history due to their immense
power to illustrate complex ideas and
Simple Symbols – Spiral
concepts in ways that are easily
• The annual return of the Sun to the same
comprehensible and tangible to their viewers
position (Sol-annus = solemnis = solemn)

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• Fables and parables are allegories rich in one, by which the astral brain transmits
symbolism information to the everyday consciousness.”
• Allegory was used in late antiquity, the • Laws of Occultism – C. C. Zain
Middle Ages, and the Renaissance (the era
from which the oldest extant Tarot cards are Origin of the Suits
dated) • As to the emblems by which the four suits
• Allegories explored the triumph of virtues are recognized, they were derived as
such as charity, humility, hope over vices universal symbols from the most important
such as avarice, pride, and wrath of natural phenomena, the passing of the
• Allegorical personifications were generally seasons.
as women since Latin terms for abstract
concepts are feminine (i.e. Justicia, Origin of the Suits – Coins
Melancholia, etc) • Coins (Disks, Pentacles)
• It is possible that the earliest European Tarot • Spring – New Life
cards evolved from these allegorical images • Element of Air
• Money, Social Exchange
Myths • Evolved into the Suit of Diamonds
• Myths often describe how the world and • (In the Golden Dawn tradition this is the
humankind assumed their present form element of Earth)
• Myths tell stories about what it means to be
human and how to survive as a human • “Even as heralded in the verses of Omar, the
• Myths contain Jungian archetypes and are spring is signaled by the rose. In certain
metaphors of our spiritual potentiality older cards the rose is sometimes found. The
• Mythic archetypes express as symbols spring is the period of renewed life, and thus
the rose, as representing it, in some mystical
• “A one sentence definition of mythology? orders, is the symbol of a renewed life.
‘Mythology’ is what we call someone else's Spring brought a new food supply, which
religion” nourished life. But this food supply, by
• Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) which life might be sustained also might be
purchased. And thus we have the pieces of
Understanding Symbols money, the coins of the tarot. But in later
• Understanding symbols allows us to gain days a more commercial age decided that for
greater insight into human consciousness sustaining life through trade, diamonds were
and how it works. even more precious than money. So in
• One of the greatest challenges in intuitive modern cards we have the suit of
work is discerning whether or not an insight diamonds.”
is a direct perception or a symbol. • The Sacred Tarot – C. C. Zain

• “Because of the difficulty experienced by Origin of the Suits – Scepters


the astral brain in impressing information • Scepters (Wands)
perceived by it upon physical consciousness, • Summer, Heat
it often makes use of symbols. Because of • Element of Fire
the association of thoughts, one thought, or • Business, Reputation
image, suggesting another, the astral brain • Evolved into the Suit of Clubs
often finds much less resistance to • “The summer brought the trefoil, or three-
presenting information in symbolic form leaf clover, which was important for forage
than to presenting it as conversation or as an to the flocks of a pastoral people. So the
image of the happening. It is sometimes clover became associated with the heat of
easier for it, for instance, to produce the summer. A similar heat could be produced
sensation of smelling a strong pipe, to with wood. And thus scepters came to be the
acquaint a person of the astral presence of symbol of summer heat, and are so
someone who before death smoked a strong represented in the tarot. moderns, however,
pipe, than to show a phantasm of the person, continue to picture the clover, but refer to
or to cause his voice to be heard. Symbolism the wood still, calling it the suit of clubs.”
is the easiest method, and the most common • The Sacred Tarot – C. C. Zain

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Origin of the Suits – Cups cards can be used in divination when tarot
• Cups cards might not be available
• Autumn, Celebration
• Element of Water Arcanum 0 / XXII - The Spiritualist/Materialist
• Love, Emotions • Arcanum 0 / Arcanum XXII
• Evolved into the Suit of Hearts • Separation from Angelic parents
• The Soul’s descent into matter
• “The autumn, when the wine was pressed • The dangers which the neophyte encounters
from the grape, came to be the season of on the path of initiation
festivities, of dancing and of marriage. To • Character – the sum total of our experiences
represent the emotions then engendered, the • The naïve soul
cup, from which the wine was quaffed, came • The call to adventure
to be used, and thus is still one of the suits of • At the edge of the abyss/unknown
the tarot. But moderns, associating the • É= Spirituality vs. Materialism
emotions of joy, and those that result in
marriage, with the heart, have preferred to • “Religion points to that area of human
use them in picturing the corresponding suit experience where in one way or another man
of playing cards.” comes upon mystery as a summons to
• The Sacred Tarot – C. C. Zain pilgrimage.”
• – Frederich Buechner
Origin of the Suits – Swords
• Swords Arcanum I - The Magus/Magician
• Winter, Hardship • Initiation
• Element of Earth • Developing the volition of the will
• Strife, Practicality • Self-consciousness realized.
• Evolved into the Suit of Spades • First step on the road to adeptship
• (In the Golden Dawn tradition this is the • Guidance from the inner plane
element of Air) • The use of the mind/imagination
• Awareness of inner/outer plane realities
• “The winter was a time of dearth and want. • Will/Dexterity
To provide for this period when no food • Â – Mercury: mind, thought, travel
could be garnered, it was customary to work
hard to gather and hoard a supply sufficient • “In the beginning was the Word, and the
to last through until spring. And it was Word was with God, and the Word was
observed that the oak also thus provided a God.”
food supply which was similarly stored by • John 1:1
the squirrels. Thus the acorn came to be
used as the symbol of winter. But, in time, The Relationship of the Aces to Arcanum I
the afflictions of winter, and the struggle to • Will/Dexterity
sustain life, especially as it often led to strife • Â – Mercury: mind, thought, travel
among peoples, came to be depicted by the • The divinatory significance of the Ace of
emblem of strife, the sword. Yet a still later Scepters is news of a business opportunity;
people looked upon the unfruitful season as its inner interpretation is ACTIVITY.
the cause of their unceasing toil; and to • The divinatory significance of the Ace of
depict this, used the modern emblem of toil, Cups is a letter from a loved one; its inner
the shovel, or spade as it is called in modern interpretation is MOODS.
playing cards.” • The divinatory significance of the Ace of
• The Sacred Tarot – C. C. Zain Coins is a short journey; its inner
significance is POLICY.
Playing Cards • The divinatory significance of the Ace of
• Tarot decks have 78 cards Swords is news of sickness or death; its
• Modern playing cards have 52 cards (they inner interpretation is ORGANIZATION.
lack the 4 horsemen and the 22 major
arcanum) Arcanum II – Veiled Isis/Priestess
• When one is familiar with the symbolism of • The knowledge of good and evil
the suits and numbers, standard playing • Analysis, science, labor

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• The differentiation of the twin souls of one The Relationship of the Treys to Arcanum III
ego into opposite polarities • Ò –Marriage, partnerships, alliances and
• The entrance to the sanctuary of the open enemies
Mysteries • The divinatory significance of the Trey of
• The Divine Feminine Scepters is a business partnership; its inner
• Science/Labor interpretation is PROPAGANDA.
• Ñ - Analysis, work, service, science and • The divinatory significance of the Trey of
labor Cups is a marriage for love; its inner
interpretation is RESEARCH.
• “Seek a sanctuary, • The divinatory significance of the Trey of
Respect it, as it is holy, Coins is a marriage for money; its inner
Walk into it with a bare mind, bare feet and interpretation is EXPIATION.
plain clothing, • The divinatory significance of the Trey of
Nurture your body, mind and spirit through Swords is a lawsuit or a divorce; its inner
a healing ritual, interpretation is IDEALISM.
Leave it with a pure heart until you find
your way to it again.” Arcanum IV – The Sovereign/Emperor
• Master Jin Kwon (b. 1957) • Realization/accomplishment
• The exercise of authority
The Relationship of the Deuces to Arcanum II • Developing the psychic abilities
• Science/Labor • Developing control
• Ñ - Analysis, work, service, science and • Realizing your potential
labor • Sexual energies raised to more spiritual
• The divinatory significance of the Deuce of level
Scepters is a business depending upon • Ó- Sex, death, other people’s money,
scientific methods; its inner interpretation is legacies and inheritances
EXALTATION.
• The divinatory significance of the Deuce of • “The whole history of science has been the
Cups is a work of love; its inner gradual realization that events do not happen
interpretation is REVELATION. in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a
• The divinatory significance of the Deuce of certain underlying order, which may or may
Coins is money acquired by hard labor; its not be divinely inspired.”
inner interpretation is INDEPENDENCE. • Stephen Hawking (b. 1942)
• The divinatory significance of the Deuce of
Swords is sickness through over-work; its The Relationship of the Fours to Arcanum IV
inner interpretation is MARTYRDOM. • Realization/accomplishment
• Ó- Sex, death, other people’s money,
Arcanum III – Isis Unveiled/Empress legacies and inheritances
• Finding a suitable companion for spiritual • The divinatory significance of the Four of
development Scepters is a legacy; its inner interpretation
• Cultivating relationships that promote is RULERSHIP.
growth • The divinatory significance of the Four of
• Gestation/pregnancy Cups is an increase in the family; its inner
• Spirituality implies an exalted emotional interpretation is RESOURCEFULNESS.
development • The divinatory significance of the Four of
• Ò –Marriage, partnerships, alliances and Coins is money received through a partner;
open enemies its inner significance is ORIGINALITY.
• The divinatory significance of the Four of
• “When you make the sacrifice in marriage, Swords is remorse for past action; its inner
you're sacrificing not to each other but to interpretation is DETERMINATION.
unity in a relationship.”
• Joseph Campbell (1904-1987 Arcanum V – The Hierophant /Pope
• Mastery of ritual
• Mentor/protégé relationship
• The voice of the conscience
• Cosmic welfare

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• Responsibility to other life-forms • The divinatory significance of the Six of
• Acts of selflessness Swords is dissipation; its inner interpretation
• Charitable action for society is MASTERSHIP.
• Religion/law
• Å- Luck, fortune, abundance, blessings Arcanum VII – The Conqueror/ Chariot
• Decisive victory over trials and tribulations
• “Ritual is necessary for us to know • The temptations of the material world
anything.” – Ken Kesey surmounted
• Complete mastery of self
The Relationship of the Fives to Arcanum V • The body is under the control of a
• Religion/law disciplined will
• Å- Luck, fortune, abundance, blessings • Spiritual knowledge obtained
• The divinatory significance of the Five of • Physical initiation completed
Scepters is good fortune in business; its • Proficiency in science and magic
inner interpretation is REFORMATION. • Travel/pilgrimage
• The divinatory significance of the Five of • Philosophy, higher learning
Cups is good fortune in love; its inner • Victory
interpretation is RESPONSIBILITY. • Ô - Success, teaching, publishing, travel,
• The divinatory significance of the Five of sports and the outdoor world
Coins is abundant wealth; its inner
interpretation is INSPIRATION. • “The greater the obstacle, the more glory in
• The divinatory significance of the Five of overcoming it.”
Swords is escape from a danger; its inner • Moliere (1622-1673
interpretation is STRUGGLE.
The Relationship of the Sevens to Arcanum VII
Arcanum VI – The Two Paths • Victory
• Choosing direction • Ô - Success, teaching, publishing, travel,
• Moral decisions sports and the outdoor world
• Identifying those who help or hinder us • The divinatory significance of the Seven of
• Into the unknown Scepters is success in teaching or
• Raising the vibratory rate to develop the publishing; its inner interpretation is
divine soul DEVOTION.
• Vice may be more attractive than virtue • The divinatory significance of the Seven of
• Trials and tribulations Cups is a successful change of home; its
• Ã- Love, romance, music and the arts, inner interpretation is VERITY.
socializing • The divinatory significance of the Seven of
Coins is money earned through a journey; its
• “We cannot freely and wisely choose the inner interpretation is INTUITION.
right way for ourselves unless we know both • The divinatory significance of the Seven of
good and evil.” Swords is danger through travel or sport; its
• Helen Keller (1880-1968) inner interpretation is ACHIEVEMENT.

The Relationship of the Sixes to Arcanum VI VIII – The Balance / Justice


• Choices, decisions • Truth and Justice
• Ã- Love, romance, music and the arts, • The equilibrium between opposite forces
socializing • Acting with enlightenment
• The divinatory significance of the Six of • Repentance brings forgiveness
Scepters is music, art or the drama; its inner • Stilling our thoughts in order to know our
interpretation is AMBITION. inner self
• The divinatory significance of the Six of • Justice and equilibrium
Cups is a love affair; its inner interpretation • Õ - Career, status, honor, courts of law
is ATTAINMENT. • “Justice and power must be brought
• The divinatory significance of the Six of together, so that whatever is just may be
Coins is a social event; its inner powerful, and whatever is powerful may be
interpretation is REPRESSION. just.”
• Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

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The Relationship of the Eights to Arcanum VIII • The cycle of necessity
• Justice and equilibrium • The passage of time
• Õ - Career, status, honor, courts of law • A change of fortune
• The divinatory significance of the Eight of • A sudden insight or discovery
Scepters is a political appointment; its inner • Intellectual ESP, Extension of
interpretation is EXPLORATION. Consciousness
• The divinatory significance of the Eight of • Ç - Invention, discovery, originality,
Cups is extravagance; its inner interpretation eccentricity, unconventional, sudden or
is SELF-SACRIFICE. unexpected change
• The divinatory significance of the Eight of
Coins is a costly law suit; its inner • “The charm of history and its enigmatic
interpretation is FIDELITY. lesson consist in the fact that, from age to
• The divinatory significance of the Eight of age, nothing changes and yet everything is
Swords is loss of honor, or business failure; completely different.”
its inner interpretation is EXPERIENCE. • Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)

IX – The Sage / The Pilgrim The Relationship of the Tens to Arcanum X


• Receiving and sharing illumination • A change of fortune
• Reducing the noise of the world through the • Ç - Invention, discovery, originality,
process of interiorization eccentricity, unconventional, sudden change
• Discovering one’s teacher or mentor • The divinatory significance of the Ten of
• Teaching by example Scepters is an invention or discovery; its
• The practice of availability to others inner interpretation is ENTHUSIASM.
• Meditation and contemplation as short daily • The divinatory significance of the Ten of
periods of solitude Cups is a decidedly unconventional
• Wisdom, prudence and circumspection affectional interest; its inner interpretation is
• Ö - Friends, groups, organizations, hopes EMOTION.
and wishes • The divinatory significance of the Ten of
Coins is alternate financial loss and gain; its
• “Therefore the sage works without inner interpretation is ASPIRATION.
recognition. He achieves what has to be • The divinatory significance of the Ten of
done without dwelling on it. He does not try Swords is sudden loss of employment; its
to show his knowledge.” inner interpretation is PRACTICALITY.
• Lao Tzu (6th Century BC?)
Relationship of the Major Arcanum to the Minor
The Relationship of the Nines to Arcanum IX Arcanum
• Wisdom, prudence and circumspection • Exoteric/Outer Meaning
• Ö - Friends, groups, organizations, hopes • Combines suit/element with numeric value
and wishes of card
• The divinatory significance of the Nine of • Esoteric/Inner Meaning
Scepters is a wise and profitable friendship; • Derived from corresponding decanate
its inner interpretation is ILLUMINATION. constellation
• The divinatory significance of the Nine of
Cups is that the hopes will be realized; it is Tarot and Divination
the WISH-CARD; its inner interpretation is • “Divination is the act of foreseeing or
VICISSITUDES. foretelling future events or discovering
• The divinatory significance of the Nine of information not accessible through the
Coins is money spent on associates; its inner exercise of reason and the ordinary physical
interpretation is REASON. senses.”
• The divinatory significance of the Nine of • Doctrine of Divination - C. C. Zain
Swords is a quarrel resulting in enmity; its
inner interpretation is RENUNCIATION. • Tarot cards as well as playing cards can be
used as a divinatory tool.
X – The Wheel / The Wheel of Fortune • The word Divination comes from the Latin
• The cyclical nature of things divinare, meaning “to be inspired by a god,”
• Periods of fortune and adversity or “to foresee the future.”

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• Divination often involves the use of • “While the mind is so occupied, the cards
symbolic or oracular objects which are should be shuffled in such a manner as not
randomly cast. merely to rearrange them in the deck, but to
• In tarot card divination psycho-kinesis reverse the ends of some. They should then
comes into play when the unconscious mind be cut into three piles and gathered again
of the reader contacts the desired into a pack. This shuffling and cutting
information on the inner plane. Through the should be repeated three times; and then the
process of shuffling and cutting the cards cards dealt, face downward. They are turned
they are arranged in patterns that are over from top to bottom, but turned over
meaningful to the reader. only one at a time, as read.”
• The conscious mind of the diviner draws • The Sacred Tarot – C. C. Zain
correlations between the symbols, their
positions and future events. • A good daily exercise is to practice shuffling
your cards while visualizing lines of force
• When preparing for a reading the following moving down your arms and hands into the
steps are helpful: cards
• Choose a calm, tranquil environment in • Over time this helps to build up the Psycho-
which to conduct your work kinetic effect
• Cultivate a strong desire to receive the truth
• Formulate a specific question for which you Giving a Reading
seek an answer • Turn the cards over one at a time and give a
• Choose they type of spread through which detailed explanation of each card
you want your information revealed • The symbolism on the cards will cause
• Set a time parameter on your question certain ideas, vocabulary and imagery to
• Develop adequate electrification in order to float up in your conscious mind
cross the etheric boundary line and extend • For beginning students, writing keywords on
your consciousness to the inner plane your cards can be helpful in stimulating
• Shuffle and cut the cards and lay them out in ideas and vocabulary
your chosen pattern • Once all the cards have been turned over,
• Turn the cards over one at a time and give a give a summary of the spread in as much
detailed explanation of each card detail as possible making a coherent story
• Once all the cards have been revealed go
back and give a summary of the spread Yes or No Spread
• To answer a question Yes or No, five cards
Giving a Reading are dealt in a single row, from right to left.
• Our soul senses contact the astral The middle card has a value of 2 points and
counterpart of an individual, where events the other cards each have the value of 1
are stored as memories point. A majority of the cards right side up is
• When giving a reading we must extend our a “yes.” A majority of the cards upside-
consciousness to the inner plane to contact down is a “no.” If they are evenly divided, it
the desired information. is a draw, and the answer is undecided.
• Adequate electrification can be generated • This is the only spread where we turn cards
through rhythmic breathing. over all at once to first determine if the
answer is yes or no. Once the answer has
Shuffling Cards been determined go back and focus on the
• “While the mind is so occupied, the cards meaning and details of each card
should be shuffled in such a manner as not • Once all the cards have been interpreted go
merely to rearrange them in the deck, but to back and relate them to one another creating
reverse the ends of some. They should then a more fluid story
be cut into three piles and gathered again • Pay attention to patterns such as:
into a pack. This shuffling and cutting predominance of major arcanum, horseman,
should be repeated three times; and then the court cards, repetition of specific suits or
cards dealt, face downward. They are turned numbers.
over from top to bottom, but turned over
only one at a time, as read.”
• The Sacred Tarot – C. C. Zain

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Cultivating a Clear Channel, The Magic
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