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Before even beginning, let me give you a list of some of the technical tarot terms that you will encounter in the following chapters. Most of them are explained as a matter of course. However, in -order not to have to keep referring back, this glossary should supply a quick guide to them in time of need.

Arcana—Major and Minor; the two broad divisions of the tarot pack. The Major Arcana consists of twenty-two allegorical trumps; the Minor of fifty-six suit cards. Cabala—(1) Body of Judaic lore stemming from early Chaldean and Mesopotamian traditions, later incorporated in certain rabbinical texts such as the Zohar. (2) Practical occult processes deriving from these. Cartomancy—Prophecy or fortune-telling by means of cards, tarot or the regular playing cards. Divination—Any type of fortune-telling or prophecy which makes use of a ritual, such as cartomancy. Glyph—Occult symbol.

Layout—Same as spread. Pattern of cards dealt out in carto« mancy.

Nota—Occult symbol associated with the spirit or demon. His

"signature" or sigil. Numerology—Occult science of numbers whereby each number is assigned a special symbolic meaning and mystical power.

Querent—Person who is consulting the cards.

Rosicrucian—Belonging to a body of occult lore originally derived from pagan sources but rewoven into a Christian doctrine during the Renaissance.

Significator—Card choscn in a fortune-telling spread to symbolize the querent himself.

Spread—See Layout.

Tarot—Fortune-telling pack of seventy-eight cards.

Trump—Generally a card of the iMajor Arcana (q.v.). There are, however, several types of trumps:

The Star

Five Greater Trumps:

Five Lesser Trumps

The Moon The Sun The Judgment The World

The Juggler The Female Pope The Empress The Emperor The Pope

Seven Tarot Trumps:

The Fool The Juggler The World The King of Rods The King of Swords The King of Cups The King of Coins

(The four kings are only referred to as "trumps" when employed in the game of trumps or triumphs.)


The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The Illustrated Key To The Tarot

The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.

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