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What do you think about Tarot, Kabbalah or Alchemy Interpretations and Practices?

Anything to do with the media or it only the medium? ..or is it just a pile of malarchy, unevolved superstitions or out-dated ritualistic beliefs which people cling onto out of fear of unforeseen truths?
I am curious about your thoughts. Mine are subject to change, but I remain open.

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  1. Yes, it’s “a pile of malarchy, unevolved superstitions or out-dated ritualistic beliefs which people cling onto out of fear of unforeseen truths” as you so aptly put it.
    But then again, so are all other religions.

  2. There is scientific proof that some people are able to “see” into another’s future. I think it matters not what form they use to do so. If the gift is theirs…it will show.

  3. Well, we know very well the origins of tarot cards. They were created in the mid 15th century for the Milanese court by adding a fifth suit of picture cards to the existing pack of Latin suited playing cards. These extra cards took as their theme a Christian triumph procession, hence their original name trionfi, meaning triumphs and from which we get our word trump – it was the invention of tarot that gave us trumps in card games. For 350 years the cards were only used for card games (contrary to popular myth, they were not opposed by the Church), games which spread throughout continental Europe, where they continue to be played today!
    It was not until the end of the 18th century that a Parisian occultist, Antoine Court de Gebelin, picked up the cards and, ignorant of their true origin, created a myth about them coming from Ancient Egypt and offered a method for their use in fortune telling. For about 100 years, these ideas were limited to just France but at the end of the 19th century, some British occultists introduced them to the English speaking world where they found an eager audience.
    There is no connection between tarot and Kabbalah or Alchemy, it was 19th century French occultists who first suggested them as being a part of the tarot but they provided no evidence and on closer analysis, a poor correlation between them.
    Without an occult origin, fortune telling with tarot cards is no different in kind from using tea leaves, dominoes or knuckle bones – and about as credible to me. The possibility of having knowledge of the future has itself come under attack from both philosophy and science, largely because it is subject to many of the same logical objections and paradoxes that face time-travel!
    The Kabbalah was originally part of Jewish mysticism but has been appropriated and radically changed by numerous occultists. What most of us will read of as Kabbalism is far from the original. I have yet to find any reason to believe that there is any great spiritual or cosmic truth in it.
    Alchemy may have been a forerunner to Chemistry but as such it is long obsolete. Occultists have re-interpreted it as something more mystical but when considered as something spiritual I am still left wondering why I should accept any of it.

  4. the important factor is the person using the tools, not the tools themselves. if you believe that everything in the universe is connected, and are talented at reading its signals, then you could use road kill for divination.
    i use the tarot, and i find it highly insightful. the images in the cards resonate with my spiritual orientation. i know some who won’t use it because its accuracy frightens them. other people use runes, scrying, astrology, numerology, or any number of tools to read the alignments of the universe. in each case, it’s the reader, not the technique, that matters.

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