78 Days of Tarot

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The purpose of this site is to house my explorations of the occult sciences. In this day and age, I find it easiest to catalogue my thoughts in this hybrid medium, one that easily allows the insertion of text and hyperlinking for cross-referencing and further researching. The title of the blog come’s from the family crest on my mother’s side of the family, the Munro Clan of Scotland. I thought it a fitting title for the cataloguing of my own spiritual journey.

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In this early stage, the blog’s primary purpose is to house and catalogue my thoughts on a 78 day exploration of the tarot cards. I will primarily be using Aleister Crowley’s Thoth deck for this exercise. I chose Crowley’s deck for  a myriad of reasons, which in part is likely why it found its way into my hands to begin with, but I primarily chose this deck because of Crowley’s own weaving of tradition, knowledge, and personal explorations into it. I will also be referencing the Rider-Waite deck due to its popularity and commonality among tarot practitioners. References may be found under the Tarot section of the blog. I in no way claim to be an expert on this subject, so I will provide a basic overview of my current knowledge of the tarot and where my journey is beginning.

The Sefer Yetzirah, the earliest book on Jewish Esotericism, says that the “thirty-two wonderful Paths of Wisdom are the ten sephiroth or numbers and the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet” and the twenty two letters in the Hebrew alphabet, thought to represent the twenty-two acts of creation in Genesis (qtd. in Cavendish, p.95). Likewise, in Cabala (or Kabbalah) there are twenty-two paths connecting the ten sephira, though I profess only a basic understanding of the Cabala.

Finally, there are the 22 Major Arcana, or Trumps, in the tarot. If the Kabbalistic Tree can be seen as a visual symbol of the universe, then the tarot can be viewed as an interpretive device of the universe, for as the saying goes, “As above, so below” and vice versa. The path to God and to knowledge of the universe, then, appears to be cyclical, each aspect informing and dependent upon the other, wherein I am reminded of the symbol of ouroboros, the ancient symbol representing the never-ending cycle of the universe.

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I am particularly interested in ritual magick, and this blog will also be covering my investigations into these theories, methodologies, and practices. I would, however, like to state that while I find Crowley to be a substantial source of reference, I am neither advocating or condemning his methodologies. At this junction, I am attempting to remain neutral in my opinion of one author or another, or one path or another. I truly believe that all paths lead to God, and though my journey thus far has been fraught with the shedding of the traditional Christian archetypes inculcated in me, I am both hopeful and optimistic in my pursuit thus far. I write here in the hope that these explorations bring you knowledge, consolation, and delight in your own journey.

Veritas Vos Liberabit!

 

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