Lucifer 5: What Can the Tarot Do for You?

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Make neither the mistake of becoming a worshiper to the Tarot God, nor the mistake of pretending that your deck of cards is anything more than ink and paper. Even in its most labyrinthine applications, Tarot is only a tool to serve the magician. 

If you spend any amount of time reviewing the books, blogs, podcasts, and journals of popular fortune-tellers, you'll find more than a few self-appointed priests and priestesses of the Tarot God, piously extolling the virtues of the right-hand path. In the hands of these clergymen and women, Tarot exists not as a tool for personal psychodrama, but a voice to ancestor spirits, ascended masters, mystical guides, demons, angels, gods, and all manner of imaginary friends. 

In addition to the idiotic worship of these figments of their imagination, you'll find a large number of fortune-tellers who believe that their Tarot deck is a living entity. Such occultists will follow elaborate and convoluted rules to establish a personal relationship with their deck, but of course they’ll fail to see how this resembles born-again Christians who seek a personal relationship with Jesus. All of this nonsense only lowers the fortune-teller's real ego against the imagined ego of the tool. Why can't fortune-tellers just take pride in their mastery of lesser magic? Why must they give all the credit—or as the born-again Christian would say, "all the glory"—to the Tarot cards?

It's perfectly acceptable to enhance your deception with fairy fables about spirit connections and living Tarot decks, but it's stupidity of the highest order for you yourself to believe this kind of nonsense. Don't ever mistake veneration of a mechanical tool for achievement of your desires. Perhaps you have a favorite Tarot deck, or maybe you're proud of a rare acquisition? There's no harm in treating favored possessions pridefully, but there's a big difference between care for a treasured possession and worship of a sacred relic.