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    have their own place on the Tree of Life The Seven of Wands carries the energy of all seven s that of introspection and the ability to deal with challenge However our seven is surrounded by even numbers so the power if this card is diminished Through the eyes of the Qabalah we see the number seven as representing the Sephiroth of Netzach and the sphere of Occult Intelligence The Seven of Wands in the Qabalistic world carries the association of valor which again I would see as being diminished because of the other cards surrounding it The Two of Wands carries the energy of all two s that of duality and the coming together of opposites This two is surrounded by odd numbers the Seven of Wands and the Three of Swords so its energy is diminished Qabalistically the two s represent the Sephiroth of Chokmah the sphere of Wisdom and the virtue of devotion The Two of Wands carries the Qabalistic association of dominion which is diminished because of the cards surrounding it The Three of Swords carries the energy of all three s that of completion and co operation The neighboring Two of Wands diminishes the energy of this card Qabalistically the three s represent the Sephiroth of Bina and the sphere of Understanding The Three of swords carries the Qabalistic association of sorrow which is diminished because of the neighboring Two of Wands In the second row we have the Four of Swords the Queen of Swords and the Hanged Man The Four of Swords carries the energy of all fours that of manifestation and reliability Qabalistically the four s represent the Sephiroth of Chesed and the sphere of Mercy The Qabalistic association of rest from strife applies to the Four of Swords in a diminished capacity The Queen of Swords carries the energy of all Queens that of the nurturing inner world the passive and the feminine Numerologically they carry the energy of number four that of manifestation There is no Qabalistic numerological association here as the court cards have their own place on the Tree of Life This Queen is neutralized by having the Four of Swords even number card on one side and the Hanged Man odd numbered card on the other side The Hanged Man carries the energy of the number three that of expansion completion and co operation The Hanged Man is diminished by the Queen of Swords odd numbered card next to him There is no Qabalistic numerological association as the major arcana form the paths between the spheres on the Tree of Life In the third row we have the Three of Cups and the Five of Cups The Three of Cups carries the energy of the three s that of completion The Qabalistic quality that the three s carry is that of the Sephiroth of Binah and sphere of Understanding Qabalistically the Three of Cups carries the energy of abundance The Three of Cups is strengthened by the

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    that I get no credit for but that I am more than happy to share 1 1 3 2 5 4 6 8 7 9 10 A little background on the Sephiroth Loosely translated Sephiroth means numbers In a very simplistic way of speaking they are They came to be from nothing from a vast expanse of universal nothingness no form nothing Through the Sephiroth universal energy flows from the Spiritual to the Physical world and from the Physical world to the Spiritual world The first Sephiroth is named Kether it constitutes the world of the four Aces It is the sphere of hidden intelligence The virtue associated with Kether is attainment The associations for the four Aces are Ace of Wands Root of the powers of Fire Ace of Cups Root of the powers of Water Ace of Swords Root of the powers of Air Ace of Pentacles Root of the powers of Earth The second Sephiroth is named Chokmah it constitutes the world of the four Twos It is the sphere of Wisdom The virtue associated with Chokmah is devotion The associations for the four Twos are Two of Wands Dominion Two of Cups Love Two of Swords Peace restored Two of Pentacles Harmonious change The third Sephiroth is named Binah it constitutes the world of the Threes It is the sphere of Understanding The virtue associated with Binah is Silence The associations for the four Threes are Three of Wands Established strength Three of Cups Abundance Three of Swords Sorrow Three of Pentacles Material works The fourth Sephiroth is named Chesed it constitutes the world of the Fours It is the sphere of Mercy The virtue associated with Chesed is obedience The associations for the four Fours are Four of Wands Perfected work Four of Cups Pleasure Four of Swords Rest from strife Four of Pentacles Earthly power The fifth Sephiroth is named Geburah it constitutes the world of the Five s It is the sphere of Strength Severity The virtue associated with Geburah is energy courage The associations for the Five s are Five of Wands Strife Five of Cups Loss in pleasure Five of Swords Defeat Five of Pentacles Earthly trouble The sixth Sephiroth is named Tipareth it constitutes the world of the Six s It is the sphere of Mediating Intelligence The virtue associated with Tipareth is devotion to the Great Work The associations for the Six s are Six of Wands Victory Six of Cups Joy Six of Swords Earned success Six of Pentacles Material Success The seventh Sephiroth is named Netzach it constitutes the world of the seven s It is the sphere of Occult Intelligence The virtue associated with Netzach is unselfishness The associations for the seven s are Seven of Wands Valor Seven of Cups Ilusory success Seven of Swords Unstable effort Seven of Pentacles Success unfulfilled The eighth Sephiroth is named Hod it constitutes the world of the eight s It is the sphere of Perfect Intelligence The virtue

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    the psychic gifts that we all are born with and they can act as a manner of cleansing and protecting the environment around us The mandala can be set up before October 31st so that it can be meditated on but my personal preference is to set it up on All Hallows Eve October 31st and meditate on it during the midnight hours I would gather together an alter cloth a pretty cloth of any kind candles I would use white for protection and green to honor the abundant harvest perhaps a gourd or two to mark the season and a carved pumpkin What you choose as background for your mandala is up to you To place nothing but the cards on the alter cloth is perfectly acceptable This ritual is of you by you and for you I would set aside some time throughout the month of October to see what I wish to give thanks for what I wish to honor what I wish to bring into my life If this is a group project meditating together and discussing the group goals and intent would energize this mandala Go through the Tarot and pick one card each that represents spiritual physical the environment emotional and mental creative abundance On All Hallows Eve all should gather at the appointed time A short meditation will bring the mindset of the Seeker or group if this is a group activity into focus Set the intent in your minds to give thanks for the abundance in your lives If you are using candles light them at this time You may also wish to play soft background music to set the tone In the middle of the alter cloth set the Tarot card The Moon to represent the Crone image of the season You may choose to use another card but whichever card is used is meant to represent the Goddess in her Crone image To her right place the card that has been chosen to represent spiritual abundance in your life or the life of the group Underneath the Moon place the card that has been chosen to represent physical abundance the abundance that represents your environment To the left of the Moon place the card that represents emotional abundance the influence of your ancestors in your life Above the Moon place the card that represents mental abundance the abundance of creative pursuits in your life Look at the cards as a group Talk about what they mean to you journal this if you are doing the ritual alone and then do a meditation on them for as long as you feel is appropriate At the end of the meditation give a short prayer of thanks The alter may be left up for further meditation or it may be taken down This is one way of honoring the movement from autumn to winter through Tarot The second way that we can use Tarot to honor the change of seasons is through the

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  • Tarot Reviews
    world of myth the first card encountered would be Place Page this is literally a physical location so that we can see this energy as a concrete being rather than as an abstract thought The Knower Knight then gives us the feeling of actually experiencing this energy in our lives The Gift Queen speaks of leaving our world and entering the world of spirit please note this is my interpretation of this card Here we are able to recognize the gifts that we hold in our own lives The four Gifts appear together on the card of the Magician The Speaker King allows us to see images of acting from a place of power within ourselves I appreciate this view of the court card energy as it does not reflect the energy as actual people in the Seeker s life nor does it relate to them as personality types I love it when someone sees things the way that I do At the end of the book Rachel has written a chapter on reading the cards where she presents a series of spreads along with examples For me this is the best way of learning how a story can flow She also talks about doing Wisdom Soul readings which do not ask for personal information but which address specific issues She also discuses activating a Tarot card through working with meditation affirmations writing and other venues Rachel talks a bit about reversals and then she does something magickal she encourages the reader to form their own Shining Tribes to form Tarot study groups and do things like start their own psychic fairs What a wonderful gift to encourage the reader to recognize that they are part of the Shining Tribe and to walk their talk While it may take some getting used to I recommend this deck to all students at all levels of Tarot It can be taken for readings anywhere public private party etc and is a gentle guide and mentor The accompanying book is a marvelous gift on its own full of both information and inspiration Rachel many thanks for the work that you have gifted us with here The Mystical Qabalah review by Bonnie Cehovet TM author Dion Fortune Weiser Books Red Wheel Weiser 1998 revision ISBN 1 57863 150 5 The Qabalah sets a wonderful foundation for Tarot even if one views it as a esoteric system that was overlaid on the cards It is also a system that can be difficult to grasp leaving it to be in general one of the last things that a Tarot student turns to in their studies In The Mystical Qabalah Dion Fortune presents the Qabala from the viewpoint of Western Mysticism It was written to be used as an introduction to the Tree of Life for students of the Society of the Inner Light a society founded by the author The background for The Mystical Qabalah lies in work done by MacGregor MAtthews specifically in the tables of correspondence that he presented in Kabbalah Unveiled The style employed in The Mystical Qabalah is one of the first things that struck me with each paragraph being numbered Perhaps this is simply a reflection of the times that Dion Fortune was writing in and of the fact that the book was written as a study guide for students of her society Some of the information presented in this book not only reflect the times that they were written in but come across as highly judgmental For example from the chapter entitled Yoga of the West 2 The adepts of those races whose evolutionary destiny is to conquer the physical plane have evolved a Yoga technique of their own which is adapted to their special problems and peculiar needs This technique is based upon the well known but little understood Qabalah the wisdom of Israel 18 In consequence of this deplorable limitation on the part of our theology many Western aspirants take up Eastern methods For those who are able to live in Eastern conditions and work under the immediate supervision of a guru this may prove satisfactory but it seldom gives good results when the various systems are pursued with no other guide than a book and under unmodified Western conditions 19 It is for this reason that I would recommend to the white races the traditional Western system which is admirably adapted to their psychic constitution It gives immediate results and if done under proper supervision not only does it not disturb the mental or physical equipose as happens with regrettable frequency when unsuitable systems are used but it produces a unique vitality It is this pecular vitality of the adepts which led to the tradition of the elixir of life I have known a number of people in my time who might justly be considered adepts and I have always been struck by that peculiar ageless vitality they all possessed The Qabalah itself is covered well if at a beginners level and in a somewhat repetitious manner Fortune goes into the choice of the Path manner of spiritual study and growth the method of Qabalah and the Tree of Life with its esoteric symbolism negative existence the four worlds and the three Supernals the ten Sephiroth the Gods upon the Tree the Tree of Life and practical work done upon the Tree It was of interest to me to see the reference that Fortune made to MacGregor Matthews essay on what he termed the four types of Qabalah the practical Qabala which deals with Talismanic and ceremonial magic the Dogmatic Qabalah which refers to Qabalistic literature the Literal Qabalah referring to the use of numbers and Hebrew letters and the Unwritten Qabalah which concern itself with the correct manner in which the symbols systems are arranged on the Tree of Life Separate chapters are devoted to each of the Sephiroth including the following information title magical image situation on the Tree Yetziratic text God name Archangel order

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    influencing their own environment 4 This card is the key to the answer This is the way the Seeker can best overcome their problem or work their way around it Ziegler notes that negative cards in this position indicate the possible end of a negative condition or attitude Once we have the theme of what is going on we can better assist the Seeker to form a specific question that will allow them to see their situation in a new light Possible areas of interest for questioning might include Changing Jobs 1 What in the current job environment indicates a need for change 2 Are the issues involved with the field in general with the company they work for or with their co workers 3 Are they considering changing career fields If so why 4 Are they looking outside of their present company for work or do they want to apply internally for another position Career related relationship problems 1 Is the problem largely focused on co workers 2 Is the problem largely focused on their immediate supervisor or management in general 3 Is the problem related to a lack of self confidence Choosing between more than one job offer 1 What are the pros and cons for each job offer they are considering 2 What do they expect to get from each job offer 3 What are they bringing to each job offer Once we have the area for questioning in focus we can do one or more spreads that address the individual concerns Note I often do smaller spreads that address each of my client s concerns separately At the end of the reading we go over what we have discussed and tie it all together Here are some of the spreads that I use They are my personal spreads you are welcome to use them as is or use them as springboards for coming up with spreads that work for you and your clients Career choices 1 What drew me to the career I am in 2 Is this the best career for me at this time 3 What are my current obstacles 4 What brings me joy in this career path 5 What steps can I take to advance my career Note As many cards as thereader feels should be drawn here can be drawn I find that one or two steps clarified for a client gives them a start int he right direction I lay this spread in a linear fashion from left to right 1 2 3 4 5 1 Is the career I am currently in the right one for me 2 Will I find security financial and personal within this career 3 What steps can I take to better align myself with my career in order to 1 progress and 2 find joy in my work again I lay this spread out in a linear fashion from left to right Position number three can have as many cards laid on it as

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  • Tarot Reviews
    place of power within ourselves I appreciate this view of the court card energy as it does not reflect the energy as actual people in the Seeker s life nor does it relate to them as personality types I love it when someone sees things the way that I do At the end of the book Rachel has written a chapter on reading the cards where she presents a series of spreads along with examples For me this is the best way of learning how a story can flow She also talks about doing Wisdom Soul readings which do not ask for personal information but which address specific issues She also discuses activating a Tarot card through working with meditation affirmations writing and other venues Rachel talks a bit about reversals and then she does something magickal she encourages the reader to form their own Shining Tribes to form Tarot study groups and do things like start their own psychic fairs What a wonderful gift to encourage the reader to recognize that they are part of the Shining Tribe and to walk their talk While it may take some getting used to I recommend this deck to all students at all levels of Tarot It can be taken for readings anywhere public private party etc and is a gentle guide and mentor The accompanying book is a marvelous gift on its own full of both information and inspiration Rachel many thanks for the work that you have gifted us with here c June 2003 The Dragon Tarot reviewed by Bonnie Cehovet TM text by Terry Donaldson illustrated by Peter Pracownik U S Games Systems Inc 1996 ISBN 0 88079 181 0 Suits Wands Cups Swords Coins Court cards King Queen Knight Page The Dragon Tarot by nature is a specialty deck It will appeal to those of us who find dragons and dragon lore appealing You won t find traditional visual symbolism here but you will experience a deck that is artistically well thought out and well presented and eminently usable Donaldson introduces dragons as ancient symbols of knowledge and power in virtually every culture of the world The very word dragon comes from the Greek word Drakoni which means the seeing one In The Dragon Tarot Donaldson calls on dragon legends from around the world to present a saga of myth and magic There is a very interesting section called Dragonland A Traveler s Report in which the reader is allowed to experience the adventure and magic associated with dragon energy In Your Journey Donaldson presents techniques that allow the reader to access their imaginations In Mastering The Tarot he shows the reader how the cards come together to tell their story Dragon myths run the gamut of experience from those encompassing greed lust and the dark side of our personalities to primarily from the Middle East to those symbolizing wealth power and supremacy primarily from China Some of my best growing up memories are of watching the Dragon

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    Inner Teacher and Mode of Expression in the World They are direct correspondences with the Tarot court cards for your Sun sign Personal Potential Moon SIgn Inner Teacher and Rising Sign Mode of Expression In The World 1 Court Card Correspondences 2 Aries Queen of Wands Taurus King of Pentacles Gemini Knight of Swords Cancer Queen of Cups Leo King of Wands Virgo Knight of Pentacles Libra Queen of Swords Scorpio King of Cups Sagittarius Knight of Wands Capricorn Queen of Pentacles Aquarius King of Swords Pisces Knight of Cups The Personal Year card shows the opportunities and challenges for the year ahead It is determined by adding the day and month of birth to the current year Continue to add the numbers until you reach a number of 21 or less Example December 29 current year 2003 12 29 2003 nbsp 2044 2 0 4 4 10 The Personal Year card is number 10 the Wheel of Fortune Studying this archetype will provide insight into the opportunities and challenges for the coming year For someone born December 29th 1948 their Tarot profile would look like this Personality card Hermit Soul card Hermit Personal Potential Queen of Pentacles Inner Teacher Queen of Pentacles Mode of Expression In The World Queen of Cups Personal Year Wheel of Fortune For this person their Personality and Soul cards are the same In cases where the Soul and Personality cards are the same the purpose of the lifetime is a very focused one The Seeker here will express their inner and outer lives in much the same way The archetype of the Hermit indicates intense inner reflection In some manner in this persons life there will always be a search for truth and the attempt to live their truth in their lives There is a constant search by the Seeker for their inner center that point of balance for the spirit As the number nine is indicative of completion of ending one cycle and getting ready to begin another this lifetime can very well be one of healing on all levels for the Seeker As the Soul Card or lesson for this lifetime the Hermit gifts the Seeker with the journey that ends with the understanding that the answers they seek lie within themselves They are to be the light for themselves and the light for others as they are to share their knowledge and wisdom The Seeker s Card of Personal Potential here is the Queen of Pentacles What potential does this Queen hold She is Water of Earth she is a practical Queen with a love of the earth and her environment The Seeker s potential will be best brought out in fulfilling this role in their own lives through nurturing and protecting the physical environment around them and through a strong connection to the earth and showing a respect for earth natured things The Seeker s Inner Teacher is also the Queen of Pentacles Journeying with this Queen will help the

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  • Spirituality in Daily Life
    the body Our body and our mind are separate entities While the mind is immaterial the body is material composed of atoms What is the relationship between the brain and the mind The brain is a physical organ and is atomic in nature The mind is formless and is characterized by clarity and awareness While we re alive our brain and mind influence each other The brain provides the physical support for our sense consciousnesses and gross mental consciousness If the brain and central nervous system are damaged the functioning of the mind is affected Similarly our mental state be it peaceful or agitated affects our physical health and our nervous system There are subtler levels of mind that according to Buddhism do not rely on the physical body as a support The subtlest mind which continues on to the next life is an example Thus skilled practitioners can meditate with their subtlest consciousness even after they are brain dead Kyabje Ling Rinpoche His Holiness the Dalai Lama s senior tutor did this for thirteen days after his breath ceased Scientists are very interested in studying this and His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given his approval for them to measure great practitioners brain functions at death and afterward The problem is that scheduling this is difficult because the scientists must be ready with their equipment in India when a great practitioner dies What is rebirth Rebirth refers to a person s mind taking one body after another under the power of ignorance and contaminated actions While we are alive our body and mind are linked but at death they separate Each has its own continuum The body becomes a corpse and the mind continues on to take another body This process of rebirth under the control of ignorance and contaminated actions is cyclic existence the cycle of constantly recurring problems that we experience In cyclic existence sentient beings take rebirth in any of six types of life forms Some of these life forms hellish ones hungry ghosts and animals experience more suffering than happiness Other life forms humans demi gods and gods are considered relatively happy births Beings repeatedly take rebirth in all of these life forms until they free themselves from ignorance and attain liberation How did our mind begin Who or what created it Each moment of mind is a continuation of the previous moment Who we are and what we think and feel depends on who we were yesterday Our present mind is a continuation of yesterday s mind That is why we can remember what happened to us in the past One moment of our mind was caused by the previous moment of mind This continuity can be traced back to childhood and to being a fetus in our mother s womb Even before the time of conception our mindstream existed Its previous moments were linked to another body Our mind has no beginning and its continuity is infinite This may be difficult to grasp

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