THE PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF A NEW TAROT - by R.L. Whitaker As is the case with all Great W

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THE PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF A NEW TAROT --- ------- --- -------- -- - --- ----- by R.L. Whitaker As is the case with all Great Works, this particular one -the redesign and development of an updated Tarot deck- began with a simple question, a nagging need for an answer and a specific Form within which to encase that answer as it made its way into consciousness. WHY is there a need, a necessity as it were, to create and design another Tarot deck? Hasn't the poor old Tarot been disrespected, mauled, AND cajoled into the boring playthings of the casual and shallow dilletante? Don't we have enough decks of various types to go around and vindicate every possible proposal of the Initiatory sort which MAY have a grain (or molecule) of Truth possibly, improbably and most certainly IMPROPERLY hidden somewhere within its specific confines? What possible reason could there be to create another deck, another text with which to accompany the deck? The reasons are not commercial, nor are they particularly mundane in which case a multitude of decks provides the arbitrary function of offering the so called "Tarot Reader" a choice of decks to choose from by which the reader -if he or she has the brains- will select the deck that they know the "querent" will be most easily influenced by. These considerations have no place within the function of the new Tarot deck which will entail the Greater Black Magical use of the Tarot. The creation of a new deck -the Setian Deck- is a return to the original inspiration that resulted in the final Great magickal Work of Aleister Crowley the THOTH Tarot. Ipsissimus Crowley realized that for any Tarot Deck to be a viable Initiatory tool that it must undergoe periodic revisions in accordance to the known Principles of the existing Aeonic current. Balance is the primary concern of any serious aspirant to Initiated wisdom and if the Tarot is to be used in any capacity to aid that Initiation it must be in synchronicity with that Initiatory current. Using the groundwork begun by Crowley, the purpose of this new Tarot is one in which the essential elements contained within the deck are updated. With this complete, the deck will contain those fundamental initiatory Principles that are the standards by which to judge the gestation and coming into being of personal events which pass within an Initiates personal environment. As many of you probably already realize, the use of the Tarot as a "fortune telling" device is a lower based activity by which the cards have unfortunately been used for. The utilitarian aspect of the Tarot in its much higher and more useful aspect (for Initiates) is its function as a vehicle for the mapping out, or structuring of an individuals subjective Universe AT A PARTICULAR MOMENT in time. Used in this manner the Tarot can become a very precise and articulate tool by which to classify and systematize those elements which are pertinent to each individuals personal conception of what the weak kneed, soapy minded, floundering flatulence of humanity consider the unapproachable, unknowable, uncanny knowledge of a divine being, of one's Holy guardian. All of this being a reference NOT to an exterior entity of any sort, but rather a reference to the Higher manifestation of the individuals own consciousness, their own persona...of personal Godhood! Here is something that for those of you who believe themselves Adept at such matters should take to heart. For the good or bad that it does to each individuals personal equilibrium, the ultimate goal and purpose of these studies is to create a God of yourself, a being of genuine control over his existence, his environment, and most importantly his Will. The method of accomplishment is the conscious and willed structuring (and re-structuring) of the components that comprise your individual Universe within yourself, and without. The actual utility of the Tarot is intimately involved with the above mentioned conditions. The cards, through a variety of mathematical, scientific, and classical symbologies, and through the use of archetypal imagery a mental image, or a concept is formed which is instantly realized as representing a timeless Principle which has eluded the fall into triviance, dogma, and finally...ultimate dissolution. Now back to an important point which must be understood. It is the responsibility of certain Initiates within each Aeon to update and make correct those aspects of the Tarot which have become more clearly defined by the new Aeonic current. This work clearly involves the removal of unintelligible and dogmatic elements, outdated and useless symbols and in some cases, complete conceptual re-design. This must be accomplished while retaining AND maintaining those conceptual elements of the deck which are timeless and eternal. This guarantees the integrity of the Tarot system itself. ********* This work was begun a number of years ago by Priest and Priestess Whitaker of the Temple of Set. The projected date for having the project finished is still several years away. The Whitakers may be reached through E-Mail on this BBS for those of you who would like to discuss this topic. END

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