Magical uses of the Tarot

Tarot does not have a great record of use in magic. Most books on magic suggest doing a tarot reading to check the outcome before performing magical rituals. The problem is that the Kabbalistic structure of the Tree of Life kills the magical powers of the Tarot. When the Tarot is divorced from the Tree it has tremendous potency, but few tarot practitioners and magicians have developed the Tarot in this way.

On Supertarot the Tree of Life rarely appears, for good reason, and some of the arguments were developed in my book The Tarot and the Magus, which records the spontaneous appearance of the Goetic Spirits (who are actually the Jinn) as a result of working on the Opening of the Key Spread.

Recently, I found out I was under magical attack by people using the Tarot. I was impressed that anyone had got their act together to do such a thing, so full marks to them. The attack was not that strong, and it took a few seconds to figure out what happened, and to do deal with it. So how was it done? I reckon the perpetrators have been studying this website and my book, but with a twist.

My colleague saw the Knight of Wands very clearly in relation to my 'problem', so if in the course of your healing work, or magical work to deal with a spiritual or magical problem, you get an image of one or more of the Tarot cards unbidden, it could be that Tarot Magic is at work.

Why use the Knight of Wands?

The old meaning of the Knight of Wands is departure, resulting in a separation, so we can speculate that the perpetrators wanted me to leave or separate from something. One separation is death, but it is more likely they wanted me to leave the Tarot, Supertarot, or some other aspect, perhaps being a Punditt. Either way, it did not work.

The Magic Tarot System

Being a generous soul, I would like to help to make sure people can do Magic Tarot properly. Once you realise that Magic Tarot does not use the Kabbalistic System, you have to find another way, and the clue is in my description of the Knight of Wands above - using old meanings of the cards that are probably not familiar to modern tarot readers. For the Minor cards in particular, this means using the decanate system going back to Picatrix. My researches suggest that the system used against me did not use traditional magical techniques, so full marks to the perps!

Below I list suggested magical uses of the Tarot. Some will be fairly obvious, particularly with the Major Arcana, but otherwise they are derived from traditional sources, not Liber 777. Paul Huson's Mystical Origins of the Tarot was useful in compiling this list.

Major Arcana

Fool

Hesitation, instability, madness, nullility.

Magus

Deception, swindles.

High Priestess

False knowledge or revelations, deception.

Empress

Abuse of feminine energies

Emperor

Abuse of political power. Authoritarian or totalitarian abuse.

Hierophant

Destructive relationships, divorce. Inability to be decisive.

Chariot

Defeat, failure. Inability to travel.

Lovers

Indecision, problems in relationships.

Justice

Terror, destruction, bad laws. Injustice, corruption.

Hermit

Delays, obstacles, concealment. Hidden enemies.

Wheel of Fortune

Bad luck. Devious 'friends'. Blocks, obstacles. False dawns.

Strength

Violence, abuse of power. Weakness, discord.

Hanged Man

Traitor, treachery, restraint. Seclusion.

Death

Death. Cancellation of a project.

Temperance

Poor timing. Missing an important event by being early or late. Inability to cope with situations.

Devil

Anger. Evil.

The Tower

Prison. Destruction. Destructive rivalries.

Star

Theft. Abandonment. Failure of hope.

Moon

Delusion. Hidden enemies. Deception and fear.

Sun

Happiness, contentment, joy.

Judgment

Delay, postponement. Damaging legal ruling.

World

A bad situation that does not change. Depression.

Disks

Ace

Obsession with security. Paranoia. Fear of change

Two

Wandering work. Itinerancy. Alternate gain and loss. Weakness and necessity.

Three

Forever seeking what cannot be known or attained. Failure, mediocrity.

Four

Covetousness, suspicion. Obsession with minor details. Discontent.

Five

Plowing, sowing, building and earthly wisdom. (Note that this is at odds with the evil associated with Geburah).

Six

Power, nobility, rule over people. A great card for influence over others.

Seven

Misery, slavery, necessity, madness, baseness.

Eight

Sowing, planting, herbs, colonisation. Storing money and food.

Nine

Gain, covetousness, taking goods. Stockpiling.

Ten

Old age, slothfulness, loss. Depopulation.

Page

Contradiction. Prodigality, carelessness.

Knight

Unemployment.

Queen

Faithless woman. Venality.

King

Spoils of war. Financial loss. Greed, corruption.

Cups or Chalices

Ace

Sorrow, depression, emotional loss and disappointment. Inconstancy.

Two

Rule, science, love, joy. Heart ruling the head. Obsession with bad omens.

Three

Pleasure, joy, abundance, plenty.

Four

Hunting, pursuing. Collecting war booty, fighting.

Five

Strife, sadness, treachery, deceit, destruction, ill-will.

Six

Affronts, detection, strife, mischiefmaking, looking for trouble.

Seven

War, drunkenness, fornication, wealth, pride. Violence against women.

Eight

Many thoughts leading to anxiety and worry. Misery, wandering around in search of money and food.

Nine

Self-praise. High mind, seeking after noble aims and knowledge.

Ten

Pleasure, sex. Quietness, peacemaking.

Page

Seduction either by ideas or through sexuality. A Mata Hari

Knight

Collecting debts. Deception, fraud.

Queen

Untrustworthy woman, fickleness, sensuality.

King

A friendly, cultured, confidence trickster.

Swords

Ace

Violence, excessive force. Triumph, authority.

Two

Justice, truth, aid, helping the poor.

Three

Quietness, ease, plenty, good life, dancing.

Four

Evil actions. Alternate singing and joy with sexual excess, evil and depravity.

Five

Poverty, anxiety, grief. Inability to come to terms past loss and failure. Mourning

Six

Beauty, dominance, conceit. Pleasant manners, modesty.

Seven

Abundance and compliments. Detection, affronts.

Eight

Writing, calculations, giving and receiving. Learning from financial errors.

Nine

Burdens, pressure, hard work, subtlety, dishonesty.

Ten

Disdain, mirth, jollity, unprofitable words.

Page

Espionage - finding hidden knowledge and information. Eternal vigilance.

Knight

Soldier, military man. Hastiness in action.

Queen

A difficult woman. Malice, bad luck, sorrow.

King

Legal problems.

Wands

Ace

Annoyances, violence, intimidation.

Two

Boldness, fierceness, resolution. Shamelessness.

Three

Pride, nobility, wealth, rulership.

Four

Subtlety, beauty, new things and ideas.

Five

Boldness, liberality, victory, cruelty, violence.

Six

Quarrels, ignorance. False knowledge. Victory over all.

Seven

Love, pleasure, society, avoiding quarrels and problems. Care with money.

Eight

Boldness, freedom, welfare, liberality. Care of the land.

Nine

Fear, lamentation, grief, anxiety, worry.

Ten

Ill-will, envy, obstinacy. Swiftness in evil. Treachery, disloyalty.

Page

Bad, but important news.

Knight

Exit, departure, resulting in separation.

Queen

Prostitution.

King

A gentleman. A bachelor. Single man.

Part of the success of this system is deception - even if you spot the use of a particular tarot card, you may still be fooled because you are not necessarily seeing the same meaning as the magician. I am purposely not presenting the actual techniques, partly because the people I uncovered using this system may learn and do the job better, but also because if you have the knowledge you will be able to work it out for yourself.

One of the biggest mistakes in performing magic against someone else is to be caught. It will be interesting to see if this system develops into something more useful.

More Uses

The magical system can be used to develop desirable characteristics within yourself. The Opening of the Key Spread is invaluable in understanding how magic works, and how you can use the system for yourself. Have fun.