Thoth Tarot

Posted: June 6, 2010 in graffiti living
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Against my better judgment and pending deadlines, I’m participating in NaBloPomo. One of the blessings and curses of attempting to post something every day for a month, is that it forces you to lower your standards, at the same time as you lower your guard. As a result, you’re more likely to post things unedited or ad-hoc, and people are more likely to get a glimpse of things that they wouldn’t normally see. So, in the spirit of a child who takes a dump on the floor and then says, “Look what I just did!”, here are some more notes from my notebook.

Thoth is the God of writing. One of the prettiest and most interesting tarot decks is Aleister Crowley’s Thoth tarot. It’s so popular that you can even get a tarot reading using the Thoth Deck Online. As a writing experiment I decided to do a reading and wrote down the results interspersed with Crowley’s own notes on the subject. Focused on writing, I asked the Question: “What does life hold in store for me?” This is the reading I got as an answer.

Subject:

The significator is in the “Heh Final” Pack,
which suggests:

Money, Goods, and Material Matters

Card 1: “The Priestess”

Position:
1st: The significator. This cards represents you, the querant, either specifically or metaphorically. It can represent many aspects of your personality, including the emotional, the physical, and the spiritual.

Card:
The High Priestess: Change, alteration, increase and decrease. Fluctuation for good or for evil.

Crowley: “Purity is to live only to the Highest: and the Highest is All; be thou as Artemis to Pan. Read thou in the Book of the Law, and break through the veil of the Virgin.”

Pure exalted and gracious influence enters the matter. Hence, change, alternation, increase and decrease, fluctuation. There is however a liability to be led away by enthusiasm; one may become moon-struck unless careful balance is maintained.

Card 2: “The Seven of Wands”

Position:
2nd: The current environment. Here you will find an indicator of the most crucial aspect of your current situation. If this card refers to a person, that person could be either one closely concerned with the reading or an aspect of yourself.

Card:
The Seven of Wands: Valour. Opposition, sometimes courage therewith. Possible victory, depending on the energy and courage exercised; obstacles, difficulties, yet courage to meet them, quarrelling, ignorance, pretence, wrangling and threatening, also victory in small and unimportant things, and influence over a subordinate.

Crowley: The sevens are not capable of bringing any comfort; each one represents the degeneration of the element. Its utmost weakness is exposed in every case.

The seven of wands is called Valour. Energy feels itself at its last gasp, it struggles desperately, and may be overcome, patriotism, so to speak, is not enough (suggested divinatory elucidation: although there is a certain will to enforce one’s intentions, obstacles ahead increase and draw off too much energy, so it is even hard and strenuous to withstand).

Card 3: “The Ten of Wands”

Position:
3rd: The obstacle. This card shows what is standing in your way. Most often the card is obvious, however, sometimes the card refers to something you may think is desirable. At that point you must reassess your desires and determine if the quest is worthy or if the goal is something better left unattained.

Card:
The Ten of Wands: Oppression. Overbearing strength. Revenge. Injustice. Cruel and overbearing force and energy, but applied only to selfish and material ends. Sometimes shows failure in a matter, and the opposition too strong to be controlled arising from the person’s too great selfishness at the beginning. Ill-will, levity, lying, malice, slander, envy, obstinacy, swiftness in evil. If well-dignified: generosity, self-sacrifice, and disinterestedness.

Crowley:
The Tens are a warning. See wither it leads – to take the first wrong step!

The ten of wands id called Oppression. This is what happens when one uses force, force, and nothing but force all the time. The Wand has conquered, it has done its work, it has done its work too well, it did not know when to stop, Government has become Tyranny (suggested divinatory elucidation: there is no more development possible in this direction; it is an enforced halt, and anyway a premonition to change direction)

Card 4: “The Seven of Cups”

Position:
4th: The goal. This card shows what you desire. If the card is confusing then you must discover the aspect of your goal to which the card refers. This card also may suggest that a reappraisal of your goals is in order.

Card:
The Seven of Cups: Debauch. Lying, deceit, illusion, deception. Error, slight success, but not enough energy to retain it. Possible victory, but neutralised by the supineness of the person. Illusionary success. Deception in the moment of apparent victory. Lying, error, promises unfulfilled. Drunkenness, wrath, vanity, lust, fornication, violence against women. Selfish dissipation. Deception in love and friendship. Often success gained, but not followed up.

Crowley: The sevens are not capable of bringing any comfort; each one represents the degeneration of the element. Its utmost weakness is exposed in every case.

The seven of cups is called Debauch. It represents sinking into the mire of false pleasure. It is particularly bad because there is nothing whatever to balance it (suggested divinatory elucidation: because of delusions or illusions, one tends to overestimate a moment of fugitive joy)

Card 5: “The Nine of Swords”

5th: The foundation of the current environment. This card is crucial in determining the nature of the current situation. It shows that upon which the current environment is built. It is the base of the pillar of the present.

Card:
The Nine of Swords: Cruelty. Illness. Suffering. Malice. Pain. Despair. Pitilessness. Suffering. Want. Loss. Misery. Lying.
Position:

Crowley:

The nines give the full impact of the elemental force, but its most material sense; that is, of the idea of the force for the formative world.

The nine of swords is called cruelty. Here the original disruption inherent in the swords is raised to its highest power. It is agony of mind. Thought has gone through every possible stage, and the conclusion is despair. Activity is inherent in the mind, yet there is always the instinctive consciousness that nothing can lead anywhere (suggested divinatory elucidation: there is a mood like “no hope left” and a certain temptation to burst out for a violent clash establishing new and concrete facts)

Card 6: “The Nine of Wands”

Position:
6th: The past. Here you will see the accomplishments and the battles of the past. The card could also represent something which is still haunting your or unfinished business which still requires your attention.

Card:
The Nine of Wands: Strength. Power. Health. Recovery from sickness. Tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken. Herculean strength, yet sometimes scientifically applied. Great success, but with strife and energy. Victory preceded by apprehension and fear. Generous, questioning and curious, fond of external appearances, intractable and obstinate.

Crowley:
The nines give the full impact of the elemental force, but its most material sense; that is, of the idea of the force for the formative world.

The nine of wands is called Strength. This card is a sort of elementary parable to illustrate the meaning of the aphorism: “Change is Stability”. Defence, to be effective, must be mobile. (Suggested divinatory elucidation: continuous activity without hardly a moment for rest, a steady transformation of energy, maybe even exhausting)

Card 7: “The Six of Wands”

Position:
7th: The immediate future. This card shows what is about to happen to you immediately upon conclusion of the reading. If the card refers to a person then you may confront that person soon. It could represent an aspect of that person, which will be a key to your interaction.

Card:
The Six of Wands: Victory. Gain. Victory after strife, success through energy and industry, love, pleasure gained by labor, carefulness, sociability and avoidance of strife, yet victory therein. Yet can mean insolence pride of riches and success.

Crowley:
The Six represents consciousness in its most harmonised and balanced form; definitely in form, not only in idea. The four sixes are thus representative of their respective elements at their practical best.

The Six of Wands is called Victory. The outburst of energy in the five of wands, which was so sudden and violent that it even gave the idea of strife, has now completely won success (suggested divinatory elucidation: this success is a certain “break through” in pursuing one’s intentions, but solely depending on how it will be made use of; so, for the moment it is useful to secure the achieved)

Card 8: “The Ace of Wands”

Position:
8th: The future environment. Since the Tarot shows the complexity of your future, the eighth card is crucial in analysing your choice of action. This card shows aspects of the future environment which will either help or hinder your quest.

Card:
The Ace of Wands: Force, strength, rush, vigour, energy. It governs according to its nature various works and questions. It implies natural as opposed to invoked force.

Crowley: The aces represent the roots of the four elements. In these cards there is no real manifestation of the element in its material form.

The ace of wands represents the essence of the element of fire in its inception. It is a solar-phallic outburst of flame, the primordial energy of the Divine manifesting in Matter, at so early a state that it is not yet definitely formulated as will. (suggested divinatory elucidation: the beginning of action, activities, the “do” in its pure form)

Card 9: “The Magus”

Position:
9th: The influence of society. This cards shows how your friends and family will affect you in the future environment. If the card is a person then you must determine which person. The card may also suggest an aspect of a person who concerns your quest. If the quest concerns a specific person then this card could represent either that person or someone else who will stand in the way.

Card:
The Magician: Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, and sometimes occult wisdom.

Crowley:
The True Self is the meaning of the True Will: know Thyself through Thy Way. Calculate well the formula of Thy Way. Create freely, absorb joyously, divide intently, consolidate completely. Work thou omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, in and for Eternity.

Skill, wisdom, adroitness, elasticity, craft, cunning, deceit, theft. Sometimes occult wisdom or power, sometimes a quick impulse, a “brain wave”. It may imply messages, business transactions, the interference of learning or intelligence with the matter in hand.

Card 10: “The Empress”

Position:
10th: The challenge. Here, you will find the nature of what confronts you. The card may suggest a key to how you will defeat your enemy and attain your goal. It may also point to a weakness within yourself which you must overcome.

Card:
The Empress: Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, also luxury and sometimes dissipation.

Crowley:

This is the Harmony of the Universe, and Love unites the Will to create with the Understanding of that Creation: understand thou thine own Will. Love and let love. Rejoice in every shape of love, and get thy rapture and thy nourishment thereof. Love, beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, completion, good fortune, graciousness, elegance, luxury, idleness, dissipation, debauchery, friendship, gentleness, delight.

Card 11: “The Hermit”

Position:
11th: The outcome. The future is a blank page waiting for you to write its story and follow its path. Predestination is an illusion based on tendency, predilection and predisposition. This card shows a possible future outcome, based on those factors. If it is undesirable you must find a way to avoid it. If it is desirable you must simply follow the course show by the cards. This card is the crown of the pillar of the future.

Card:
The Hermit. Wisdom sought for and obtained from above. Divine Inspiration.

Crowley:

Wander alone, bearing the Light and Thy Staff. And be the Light so bright that no one seeth thee. Be not moved by aught without or within: keep Silence in all ways. Illumination from within, secret impulse from within, practical plans derived accordingly. Retirement from participation in current events.

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