The art of divination is a spiritual process through which we try to uncover what specific forces are active in our lives. A divination properly done can determine which underlying energies are at work in our personal universe, but this information is to be used as a guidance, not as a script for a drama that we are forced by Fate to act out. Divination is like a map that we are given in order to chose what road we would like to take to arrive at a certain destination. We are not compelled to take any road over another, but certain routes are better than others. We are the ones with our hands on the steering wheel.
There are many forms of divination. One form depends entirely upon psychic information, using a mirror, crystal, or bowl of water to aid vision. Other forms use a pendulum or the figures of geomancy. However, the Tarot is far and away the best method of divination because it is comprehensive; using all the practitioner's Qabalistic knowledge together with his/her psychic abilities and creative powers. In addition, the shuffling of the deck insures that the powers of chance also play a part in the divination.
It takes more than book knowledge alone to perform a proper Tarot reading. It is pointless to coerce a divination. The symbolism of the Tarot is gradually built up in a related system of ideas in the mind of the reader. However, all the symbolism in the universe will not avail one who is under strain or too tired to activate his/her psychic powers. If a reading is forced, it will probably be more untruth than truth.
By studying this book and others like it, the first step in learning to read the cards has already been taken; that includes familiarizing oneself with the principles of the Qabalah and the symbolism of all the Tarot cards. This information is progressively absorbed and regularly contemplated until there is a gradual alignment between the operation of the Higher Consciousness and the normal consciousness. The powers of perception regarding inner truths become more acute.
The next step is to study the relationships that can occur between certain cards in an actual reading. Finally one specific card reading method or Tarot spread should be chosen for regular and consistent use in divination.
A card is strong or weak, well-dignified or ill-dignified, according to the cards which are next to it on either side. Cards of the same suit on either side strengthen it greatly either for good or ill, according to their nature. Cards of the suits answering to its contrary element, on either side on the card in question, weaken it greatly for good or ill. Air and Earth are contraries, as are Fire and Water. Air is friendly with Water and Fire, and Fire is friendly with Air and Earth.
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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.