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  1. Oh, yes. Do you read something particular into this?
  2. The fall or banishment is in Genesis 3. Check it out: So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[e] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Source: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+3&version=NIV The fall seems to me to be a wonderful description of the emergence of agrarian surpluses and city states, the subsequent thrust toward empire, plus the eventual replacement of Goddesses with Gods and the death of egalitarian societies. Not that I think it's the only thing the fall represents! Are you maybe thinking of the fall of Satan, which is not biblical? Otherwise, I have a lot of sympathy for your ideas on journeying back home/discovering our true nature. Thumbs-up.
  3. Well, Crowley's another example isn't he? Anyway, I think it was just the style of the time.... forget IMHO.... say it like you mean it and everyone else's an idiot! As for the autism thing.... yes, ditto with my family.... but that's another topic for another forum....
  4. Cool. I really like those 'things embedded in things embedded in things' ideas. And a look at the natural world does seem to back it up. The Adam thing is interesting too. But wouldn't all the human characters presented in the trumps be on the wrong side of the locked gate and the flaming sword? Hmmmm, dammit, yes. But, like you said, this is the amazing thing about tarot: It can absorb all sorts of systems and ideas and give you something useful back. Magical. And all those theories and systems kinda work and yet don't quite work. Like life, I suppose, it's not neat, it's not tidy.
  5. Here we go: http://binarypatterns.blogspot.com/ In my non-tarot readings, I recently came across this passage: There is a unity of structure extending from the gene to the planet. The genius of nature lies in its ability to fuse the opposites of autonomy and interdependence to create a whole. This got me thinking, could we not view the Magician (in his role as huckster and con-man) as representative of the human being at its most isolated and atomistic? This makes a kind of sense as the con-man is not integrated usefully into society, but feeds off it, instead. It also fits with the Magician as falling lowest in the ordering of societal roles pictured in the early trumps. So, then we could say, if the Magician represents isolation and separation, then the World, as its opposite, represents interconnectedness and integration. I think this also kinda fits with @Marigold's take on the tarot as representing a path of ego dissolution. (Not that I'm much of an ego dissolver, myself.)
  6. Wasn't intellectual/religious snobbery and pomposity pretty much de rigueur at the top-end of old school occultism? There are many ways of being in the world.
  7. Speaking of showmanship, I was watching some card flourishing on TV last night, and, I tell ya, I wouldn't mind being able to add a little 'flourish' to my readings. Then again, I can't even bring myself to riffle my little darlings....
  8. "You don't want to become so open-minded that the wind whistles between your ears." - Terence McKenna.
  9. Yes, they sometimes make the cast of Ancient Aliens look rigorously fact based.
  10. @Ruby Jewel Thanks for another interesting reply. For the sake of head-space (yours and mine) I will try and keep this brief. My problem is that replying to criticisms of traditional artistic values by proclaiming 'art for the sake of art' is letting the opposition set the terms of engagement and buying into their assumptions. So, if someone said to me, "Forget beauty, goodness, truth ... art should be of use," my reply would be simple: "F**k off, it already is of use." Point being that beauty, goodness, and truth are, at heart, practical values. To claim that art should exist for its own sake and need not be useful is buying into the assumption that traditional artistic values are not innately useful and practical. Does that make sense? As for endless loops of pedantic argument: I get this. Still, despite appearances, I'm actually arguing with myself (maybe this is selfish). It's a process of trying to figure out why thing A is of lasting value and thing B is not. Of exactly how beauty, goodness and truth are so valuable. This, maybe owing to my limitations, inevitably degenerates into a log-jam of wordy thickets. However, experience has taught me that this period of complication and inarticulate struggle eventually leads to a sudden dawning of realisation in which one emerges from the thicket and catches a glimpse of something on the horizon, something simple and useful. For the sake of respect to the rules of this forum, I'm going to leave your political points hanging..... and just say that I too am something of a social democrat by temperament and disposition. Good luck with the book and I hope you're planning on exhibiting soon! Devin.
  11. Hey Mark, Interesting thread, thanks. Just to point out that there is no universal agreement among tarot readers on the 'no bad cards' issue. Cheers, Devin. P.S. My answer's up-thread.
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