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Reading Tarot Cards Revealed

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FOUR cups: the two upper overflowing into the two lower, which do not overflow. An Angelic Hand grasps a branch of lotus, from which ascends a stem bearing one flower at the top of the card, from which the white water flows into the two upper cups. From the centre two leaves pass right and left, making, as it were, a cross between the four cups. Above and below are the symbols Moon and Cancer for the Decan.

Success or pleasure approaching their end. A stationary period in happiness, which may, or may not, continue. It does not mean love and marriage so much as the previous symbol. It is too passive a symbol to represent perfectly complete happiness. Swiftness, hunting and pursuing. Acquisition by contention: injustice sometimes; some drawbacks to pleasure implied.

Chesed of HB:H (Receiving pleasure or kindness from others, but some discomfort therewith). Therein rule the great Angels HB:HYYAL and HB:MVMYH.


0. IF the question refers to spiritual matters, the Fool means idea, thought, spirituality, that which endeavours to transcend Earth. But if question is material, it means folly, stupidity, eccentricity, or even mania. 1. Skill, wisdom, adaptation, craft, cunning, or occult wisdom or power. 2. Change, alternation, increase and decrease, fluctuation; whether for good or evil depends on the dignity. 3. Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success. But with very bad dignity it means luxury, dissipation. 4. War, conquest, victory, strife, ambition. 5. Divine wisdom, manifestation, explanation, teaching, occult force voluntarily invoked. 6. Inspiration (passive, mediumistic), motive power, action. 7. Triumph, victory, health (sometimes unstable). 8. Eternaljustice. Strength and force, but arrested as in act ofjudgment. May mean law, trial, etc. 9. Wisdom from on high. Active divine inspiration. Sometimes "unexpected current." 10. Good fortune, happiness (within bounds). Intoxication of success. 11. Courage, strength, fortitude, power passing on to action. Obstinacy. 12. Enforced sacrifice, punishment, loss, fatal and not voluntary, suffering. 13. Time, age, transformation, change involuntary (as opposed to 18, Pisces). Or death, destruction (only latter with special cards). [Specially, a sudden and quite unexpected change.] 14. Combination of forces, realization, action (material effect, good or evil). 15. Materiality, material force, material temptation, obsession. 16. Ambition, fighting, war, courage, or destruction, danger, fall, ruin. 17. Hope, faith, unexpected help. Or dreaminess, deceived hope, etc. 18. Dissatisfaction, voluntary change. Error, lying, falsity, deception. This card is very sensitive to dignity. 19. Glory, gain, riches. With "very" evil cards it means arrogance, display, vanity. 20. Final decisionjudgment, sentence, determination of a matter without appeal, "on its plane." 21. The matter itself. Synthesis, world, kingdom. Usually denotes actual subject of question, and therefore depends entirely on accompanying cards. [This table is very unsatisfactory. Each card must be most carefully meditated, taking all its correspondences, and a clear idea formed.] Princes and Queens shew almost always actual men and women connected with the matter. But the Kings (Knights) sometime represent coming or going of a matter, according as they face.

The Princesses shew opinions, thoughts, ideas, either in harmony with or opposed to, the subject.

A Majority of Wands . Energy, opposition, quarrel. " Cups . Pleasure, merriment. " Swords . Trouble, sadness, sickness, death. " Pentacles . Business, money, possessions. " Keys. . Strong forces beyond the Querent's control. " Court Cards. Society, meetings of many persons. " Aces. . Strength generally. Aces are always strong cards.

4 Kings (Knights) . . Swiftness, rapidity.

3 " " . . Unexpected meetings. Knights, in general, shew news.

4 Queens . .

. Authority, influence.

3 Queens . .

. Powerful friends.

4 Princes . .

. Meetings with the great.

3 Princes . .

. Rank and honour.

4 Princesses

. New ideas or plans.

3 Princesses

. Society of the young.

4 Tens . .

. Anxiety, responsibility.

3 Tens . .

. Buying and selling (commerce)

4 Nines . .

. Added responsibilities.

3 Nines . .

. Much correspondence.

4 Eights . .

. Much news.

3 Eights . .

. Muchjourneying.

4 Sevens . .

. Disappointments.

3 Sevens . .

. Treaties and compacts.

4 Sixes . . .


3 Sixes . . .

Gain, success.

4 Fives . . .

Order, regularity.

3 Fives . . .

Quarrels, fights.

4 Fours . . .

Rest, peace.

3 Fours . . .


4 Threes . .

. Resolution, determination.

3 Threes . .

. Deceit.

4 Twos . . .

Conferences, conversations.

3 Twos . . .

Reorganization, recommendation


A CARD is strong or weak, well dignified or ill dignified, according to the cards next to it on either side.

Cards of the same suit on either side strengthen it greatly, for good or evil according to their nature.

Cards of opposite natures on either side weaken it greatly, for either good or evil.

Swords are inimical to Pentacles.

Wands are inimical to Cups.

Swords are friendly with Cups and Wands.

Wands are friendly with Swords and Pentacles.

If a card fall between two other which are mutually contrary, it is not much affected by either.


[This method is that given to students of the grade Adept Adeptus Minor in the R. R. et A. C. But it has been revised and improved, while certain safeguards have been introduced in order to make its abuse impossible. --- O.M.]

1. THE Significator. Choose a card to represent the Querent, using your knowledge or judgment of his character rather than dwelling on his physical characteristics. 2. Take the cards in your left hand. In the right hand hold the wand over them, and say: I invoke thee, I A O, that thou wilt send H R U, the great Angel that is set over the operations of this Secret Wisdom, to lay his hand invisibly upon these consecrated cards of art, that thereby we may obtain true knowledge of hidden things, to the glory of thine ineffable Name. Amen. 3. Hand the cards to Querent, and bid him think of the question attentively, and cut. 4. Take the cards as cut, and hold as for dealing. "First Operation"

This shows the situation of the Querent at the time when he consults you.

1. The pack being in front of you, cut, and place the top half to the left. 2. Cut each pack again to the left. 3. These four stack represent I H V H, from right to left. 4. Find the

Significator. It be in the HB:Y pack, the question refers to work, business, etc.; if in the HB:H pack, to love, marriage, or pleasure; if in the HB:H pack, to money, goods, and such purely material matters. 5. Tell the Querent what he has come for: if wrong, abandon the divination. 6. If right, spread out the pack containing the Significator, face upwards. Count the cards from him, in the direction in which he faces. The counting should include the card from which you count. For Knights, Queens and Princes, count 4. For Princesses, count 7. For Aces, count 11. For small cards, count according to the number. For trumps, count 3 for the elemental trumps; 9 for the planetary trumps; 12 for the Zodiacal trumps. Make a "story" of these cards. This story is that of the beginning of the affair. 7. Pair the cards on either side of the Significator, then those outside them, and so on. Make another "story," which should fill in the details omitted in the first. 8. If this story is not quite accurate, do not be discouraged. Perhaps the Querent himself does not know everything. But the main lines ought to be laid down firmly, with correctness, or the divination should be abandoned. "Second Operation"

Development of the Question

1. Shuffle, invoke suitably, and let Querent cut as before. 2. Deal cards into twelve stacks, for the twelve astrological houses of heaven. 3. Make up your mind in which stack you ought to find the Significator, "e.g." in the seventh house if the question concerns marriage, and so on. 4. Examine this chosen stack. If the Significator is not there, try some cognate house. On a second failure, abandon the divination. 5. Read the stack counting and pairing as before. "Third Operation"

Further Development of the Question

1. Shuffle, etc., as before. 2. Deal cards into twelve stacks for the twelve signs of the Zodiac. 3. Divine the proper stack and proceed as before. "Fourth Operation"

Penultimate Aspects of the Question

1. Shuffle, etc., as before. 2. Find the Significator: set him upon the table; let the thirty-six cards following form a ring round him. 3. Count and pair as before. [Note that the nature of each Decan is shewn by the small card attributed to it, and by the symbols given in Liber DCCLXXVII, cols. 149-151.] "Fifth Operation"

Final Result

1. Shuffle, etc., as before. 2. Deal into ten packs in the form of the Tree of Life. 3. Make up your mind where the Significator should be, as before; but failure does not here necessarily imply that the divination has gone astray. 4. Count and pair as before. [Note that one cannot tell at what part of the divination the present time occurs. Usually Op. 1 seems to indicate the past history of the question; but not always so. Experience will teach. Sometimes a new current of high help may show the moment of consultation. I may add that in material matters this method is extremely valuable. I have been able to work out the most complex problems in minute detail. O.M.]

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