Back to the Tarot…

I have been lamenting over the past couple weeks about divination.  The Liber KKK states that I should use a simple method of divination, such as the runes, because a method like the Tarot may be too complex for later usage.  I have been using the runes for the past couple of days, and I just can’t seem to get into a good groove with them.  Yes, they are far easier to interpret than the Tarot, but on the more in-depth issues, the answers seem very vague.  I feel that this would lead me towards interpretations that have been tainted with my own desires or perceptions, versus the far less cryptic answers I receive from my cards.

I guess that’s the one thing that has always kept me drawn to the Tarot over all of these years.  The answers it gives me aren’t always what I want, but they are correct.  Just as things are with life, it doesn’t really matter whether you like something or not, it is what it is.  That, of course, is one of the things that draws us to magic, we desire some control over our reality, so something being  “the way it is “ isn’t necessarily the only possible outcome.

It will take a while before I get to Conjuration Seven  – Shamanic Divination, so I plan on trying a few experiments before that step arrives.  First, I plan on doing a series of readings using my traditional method of interpretation, then a few weeks later (when I have forgotten the reading), I will try to interpret the same cards quickly, one at a time.  I think this will be a decent test of how well my basic instinct guides me in my readings versus the broad view interpretations that I currently use.  I also want to try to see if I can get to a point in my meditation where I can speak while I do it.  If I can achieve this, it will allow me to describe what I see for interpretation later.  Although, if you read yesterday’s post, there seems to be no problem remembering a profound experience while meditating.  I’m still having a hard time not accepting that as a memory of my physical body.  All of my senses were engaged so heavily that I can still remember every moment as vividly as if I were still there.

I’m currently working on the portion of Conjuration Two which has me divine short-term phenomena to help me determine a reliable idea about the accuracy of my readings.  Things aren’t quick when you’re learning, but they do keep on moving.

The search for divination…

I’m currently preparing myself to follow the second step in the Liber KKK. Conjuration Two  – Sorcery Divination will be an interesting test. As I have stated in a previous post, I’ve been a student of the tarot for a couple of years, and I am fairly comfortable with using it for divination. The Liber KKK recommends a simple method of divination so it isn’t too complex for Conjuration Seven  – Shamanic Divination. At first I wondered if my knowledge of the tarot would allow me to continue using it through these two steps, but I can see now that it would be a recipe for disaster. While I am confident in my ability to interpret the tarot with surprising accuracy, it’s the speed of my method that concerns me. I like to lay out all the cards in whatever spread suits my needs, and then I look at them as a whole, not just their individual positions. This helps me spot trends and themes that run through a reading, which has been where some of the best information has come from. I’m afraid that if I have a successful  “vision quest “, which is the goal of conjuration seven, that the imagery might come too fast for me to properly interpret, or it may be so subtile that I miss, or forget, it entirely.

So, my new search is to get comfortable with something much more simple, that can give me answers that can be readily interpreted in a matter of moments. I think this should give me a better tool to work with as I advance towards Conjuration Seven. I might just go with the suggestion of the book and use my set of runes. I’m not terribly familiar with them at this point, but with a bit of practice I’m sure I will get in a good rhythm with them. I now understand why the Liber says that people shouldn’t spend less than one year complete the training. As I am being honest with myself in this process, I’m finding out how much more there is to learn. Learning takes time, but it is always a solid investment of time. That’s why I went to college, that’s why I constantly refine my skills at work, and that’s why I try to learn as much about different beliefs as possible.