Playing Card Divination and Fortune Telling: The Magi Method

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The first was Antoine Court de Gébelin, a French clergyman, who wrote that after seeing a group of women playing cards he had the idea that tarot was not merely a game of cards but was in fact of ancient Egyptian origin, of mystical Qabalistic import, and of deep divine significance. Some of you may have read about the Magi Method (Playing Card Divination and Fortune Telling) by Joseph Magi in February’s issue of the Parapath newsletter. Israel Regardie's later recreations of the deck were based on color photocopies of his personal deck for which the originals had been stolen.

While it is not clear to what extent the Hermetic Brotherhood used tarot cards in its practices, [77] it was to influence later occult societies such as Elbert Benjamine's Church of Light, which had tarot practices (and an accompanying deck) of its own. Jung wrote, "It also seems as if the set of pictures in the Tarot cards were distantly descended from the archetypes of transformation, a view that has been confirmed for me in a very enlightening lecture by Professor Bernoulli. Alternatively, some practitioners believe tarot cards may be utilized as a psychology tool based on their archetypal imagery, an idea often attributed to Carl Jung. The Magician is associated with the planet Mercury, and hence the signs of Gemini and Virgo in astrology.I have an old deck that was handed down to me from my Grandmother who received them when she was young from her aunt. A particularly important aspect of the card's visual symbolism in the Rider–Waite deck is the magician's hands, with one hand pointing towards the sky and the other towards the earth. The Magi method of playing card fortune-telling differs from other playing card methods in that we use two packs of ordinary playing cards.

No missing or damaged pages, no creases or tears, and no underlining/highlighting of text or writing in the margins. Waite's magician features the infinity symbol over his head, and an ouroboros belt, both symbolizing eternity. E. Waite's 1910 book Pictorial Key To The Tarot, the Magician card is associated with the divine motive in man. An entire false history and false interpretation of the Tarot pack was concocted by the occultists; and it is all but universally believed". However, it wasn't until the late 1880s that Lévi's vision of the occult tarot truly began to bear fruit, as his ideas on the occult began to be propounded by various French and English occultists.The democratization of digital publishing in the 2000s and 2010s led to a new explosion of tarot decks as artists became increasingly able to self-publish their own, with the contemporaneous empowerment of feminist, LGBTQ+ and other marginalized communities providing a ready market for such work. As early as the 3rd century they were considered to be kings, probably interpreted as the fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalms 72:11 (“May all kings fall down before him”). This second essay is "considerably more impressive" than de Gébelin's, albeit "as full of assertions with no basis in truth", [22] being noted to have been even more influential than Court de Gébelin's. Tarot historian Michael Dummett similarly critiqued occultist uses throughout his various works, remarking that "the history of the esoteric use of Tarot cards is an oscillation between the two poles of vulgar fortune telling and high magic; though the fence between them may have collapsed in places, the story cannot be understood if we fail to discern the difference between the regions it demarcates.

The curves of the magician's hat brim in the Marseilles image are similar to the esoteric deck's mathematical sign of infinity. The fact that the deck is not dealt out into the same pattern fifteen minutes later is rationalized by the occultists by claiming that in that short span of time, a person's fortune can change, too.Case promoted the deck in his 1947 book The Tarot: A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, which also marked one of the first references to the work of Carl Jung by a tarotist.

Michael Dummett noted that it is from Lévi's book Dogme et rituel that the "whole of the modern occultist movement stems. In about the 8th century the names of three Magi—Bithisarea, Melichior, and Gathaspa—appear in a chronicle known as the Excerpta latina barbari. Es macht Spaß mit diesem außergewöhnlichen Kartendeck zu arbeiten, denn sie antworten sehr präzise auf jegliche Art von Fragen. It flows through you like a flutist’s breath through a masterfully crafted instrument, creating a beautiful melody.

Lévi (whose actual name was Alphonse-Louis Constant) was educated in the seminary of Saint-Sulpice, was ordained as a deacon, but never became a priest.

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