An Obscure Picture Of The Universe – Thru The Looking Glass Of The Tarot, And The Higher Self?
Etteilla was the first to issue a tarot deck specifically designed for occult purposes around 1789. In keeping with the unsubstantiated belief that such cards were derived from the Book of Thoth – these tarot cards contained themes relating to ancient Egypt.
Ten numbered cards and four court cards – The court cards are the King, Queen, Knight and Page/Jack, in each of the four tarot suits. The traditional Italian tarot suits are swords, batons, coins and cups; in modern occult tarot decks, however, the batons suit is often called wands, rods or staves, while the coins suit is often called pentacles or disks.
The terms “Major Arcana” and “Minor Arcana” – were first used by Jean-Baptiste Pitois (also known as Paul Christian) and are never used in relation to tarot card games. Some decks exist primarily as artwork, and such art decks sometimes contain only the 22 major arcana.
The three most common decks used in esoteric tarot are the Tarot of Marseilles, the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, and the Thoth tarot deck.
Tarot decks in the occult are often used for divination practices – commonly as a medium to communicate with the higher self, the universe, a deity (often of the Ancient Roman/Greek, Norse, Celtic or Egyptian Pantheon), magical beings, etcetera. Using tarot in this way is a method of foreseeing of the future, answering a question, or receiving advice.
Aleister Crowley – who devised the Thoth deck along with Lady Frieda Harris, stated of the Tarot: “The origin of this pack of cards is very obscure. Some authorities – seek to put it back as far as the ancient Egyptian Mysteries; others try to bring it forward as late as the fifteenth or even the sixteenth century … – The only theory of ultimate interest about the Tarot is that it is – an admirable symbolic picture of the Universe,
Based on the data of the Holy Qabalah!?