This is the system of divination used by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. This method consists of five consecutive operations of laying out the cards. The first operation shows the opening of the matter as it stands. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th operations show the gradual development of the situation, and the 5th depicts the end result of the matter. This technique is very elaborate and time-consuming, therefore we would suggest that the beginning student concentrate on one of the simpler methods previously described. However, for the more advanced reader, the Opening of the Key can provide valuable insights into the many subtle energies of the Tarot.
Invoke the Divine before starting the divination. Then, one of the sixteen Court cards should be selected as the significator, the card that represents the querent. The physical characteristics of the person will determine which Royal card is best suited to be the significator.
WANDS: Generally very fair-haired and red-haired persons with fair complexions.
CUPS: Generally moderately fair persons.
SWORDS: Generally dark persons.
PENTACLES: Generally very dark persons.
KINGS: Generally men.
QUEENS: Generally women.
PRINCES: Generally young men.
PRINCESSES: Generally young women.
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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.