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About Occult Tarot

Occult Tarot provides free tarot reading using 5 old occult and otherwise ancient tarot decks.

Tarot is a mystical game that allows the player tap into higher consciousness using cards which symbolize various aspects of what mankind has come to understand about his place in the world. Tarot cards can help a person uncover hidden aspects of his or her life so that problem areas may be addressed consciously.

Rider and Thoth are the main historically recognized occult decks on this site. The distinct differences between the structure of these decks makes for big differences in the methods of reading the cards.

Since the Book of Thoth was not intended to be used with reversals, that option has not been made available here for this deck here. In Thoth tarot reading, the cards’ elemental dignities depend upon adjacent cards. Cards of the same energy strengthen their neighbors. Cards of opposite energies such as cups and wands cause ill-dignification. Suits that are not directly the same or opposite do not effect elemental dignity.

This method of reading takes a little getting used to, comparable to learning to drive a vehicle with manual transmission. Reading with the Book of Thoth is considered by some to be better for more advanced readers and for deeper or more spiritual questions. Cards that are not opposite are considered friendly. Cards of the same suit strengthen their neighbors. The Golden Dawn method is the spread that relies most strongly on dignification.

Since the Rider-Waite-Smith does use reversals, dignification is essentially automatic with this deck. The RWS not only made the use of reversals commonplace among modern tarot readers, but also replaced traditional pip cards with depictions of scenarios. Reading with the RWS is much more blunt than decks such as Thoth, making them much easier for beginners to interpret.

Of course the general rule with tarot is to just do it your own way. Seek, and you will find. Always follow your intuition, and learn at your own pace. Read your tarot free any time here.