Tarot Certifications? Are You For It Or Against It?

arcanemysteries:

constantine-spiritworker's Response inspired me to ask the Divination community here:
Tarot Certification or Any Certification for Metaphysical studies, do you think it is worth it, worth the time, the money, etc? What are your Pros? Cons? I’d like to know many different opinions not just “I think certifications are stupid” Let me know. Enlighten me. Let’s have a healthy debate about it. 

I’m of two minds on this; in theory, I like the idea of certifications, because it can give customers a baseline for expectations, as well as lend credibility and trust; on the other hand, however, the certification is only as good as the certifying body issuing them.

If we had some kind of structure for the organization, and continued reevaluation, of standards, and a way to fairly evaluate seekers of certification, AND a way for grievances to be quickly and fairly arbitrated… then maybe it could work.

abwatt:

graycloak mentioned that he was finding The Magician’s Reflection by Bill Whitcomb to be useful, and it occurred to me that one of the exercises in that book is both known to me, and useful to budding magicians. Write out the Pythagorean values of the letters of our alphabet: viz. A, J, S = 1. B, K, T = 2. C, L, U = 3. And so on up to I, R = 9. There’s a little chart in the upper left of the photo, but it may not be readable.
Anyway… Once you have the values of the letters, you can use those values to calculate the values of significant words, as I’ve done here in this example. HAPPY, for example, has a value of 30, which can be “reduced” to 3 (since 3+0= 3), suggesting that happy is a kind of Fire, numerically (since the number of elemental fire is 3). abwatt this blog, has a value of 13, reducing to 4— a number of solidity and order and symmetry and Earth. Graycloak’s blog name reduces from 39 through 12 (the Zodiac) to three (Fire, again). And so on.
Whenever you find words that have the same numerical value as your own name (whichever version of your name you use — and you should find three, at least, each time you do this exercise), write a couple of sentences explaining how that concept relates to you. Or draw a picture. The same goes for other words that you find are joined together numerically.
Is this a ridiculous (value 50, reducing to 5) exercise? Of course it is. English speakers didn’t choose how to spell words based on their arbitrary mathematical value 500 years ago using a Greek number system. It’s totally arbitrary.
But.
But it is a powerful way of drawing connections between completely arbitrary and weird concepts that aren’t necessarily connected. It’s another way of empowering sigils — using number as well as letter to encode them, and likewise energizing them with mathematic precision. And it’s also a technique for bridging mental gaps and re-wiring one’s mental map.
But the reflection process is essential. Don’t neglect the writing or drawing to join certain concepts together with your own name. It’s part of the genius of the exercise that you have to connect yourself to the number theory for it to be a useful technique, I think.

abwatt:

graycloak mentioned that he was finding The Magician’s Reflection by Bill Whitcomb to be useful, and it occurred to me that one of the exercises in that book is both known to me, and useful to budding magicians. Write out the Pythagorean values of the letters of our alphabet: viz. A, J, S = 1. B, K, T = 2. C, L, U = 3. And so on up to I, R = 9. There’s a little chart in the upper left of the photo, but it may not be readable.

Anyway… Once you have the values of the letters, you can use those values to calculate the values of significant words, as I’ve done here in this example. HAPPY, for example, has a value of 30, which can be “reduced” to 3 (since 3+0= 3), suggesting that happy is a kind of Fire, numerically (since the number of elemental fire is 3). abwatt this blog, has a value of 13, reducing to 4— a number of solidity and order and symmetry and Earth. Graycloak’s blog name reduces from 39 through 12 (the Zodiac) to three (Fire, again). And so on.

Whenever you find words that have the same numerical value as your own name (whichever version of your name you use — and you should find three, at least, each time you do this exercise), write a couple of sentences explaining how that concept relates to you. Or draw a picture. The same goes for other words that you find are joined together numerically.

Is this a ridiculous (value 50, reducing to 5) exercise? Of course it is. English speakers didn’t choose how to spell words based on their arbitrary mathematical value 500 years ago using a Greek number system. It’s totally arbitrary.

But.

But it is a powerful way of drawing connections between completely arbitrary and weird concepts that aren’t necessarily connected. It’s another way of empowering sigils — using number as well as letter to encode them, and likewise energizing them with mathematic precision. And it’s also a technique for bridging mental gaps and re-wiring one’s mental map.

But the reflection process is essential. Don’t neglect the writing or drawing to join certain concepts together with your own name. It’s part of the genius of the exercise that you have to connect yourself to the number theory for it to be a useful technique, I think.

TheLivingWiccan’s Defense Magic: To Control an Enemy

thelivingwiccan:

Needed:

  • paper
  • pen
  • gold thread
  • black ink

Step one: Take his name, and surround it as such (Remember you’re replacing NAME with the name of the enemy: follow the same pattern Ie: NATHAN, ATHANN, THANNA, HANNAT, ANNATH, NNATHA, NATHAN)

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Step two: Take the paper and roll it into a tube. As you do this, speak these words:

Te capto,

ego sum patronus, te capto

ego te capto, (name).

(For extra strength, roll the tube with a piece of the enemy inside)

Step three: Take the gold thread and dye it with black ink until no gold shines through. Tie the tube shut with the thread. 

Step four: Wedge the paper into the crack of a rock wall, where he may never find it. 

(optional) Step five: To reverse, undo the thread and light the tube on fire. Do this while chanting 3 times:

"(name), ot pacet oge,

ot pacet, sunort apmus oge,

ot pacet.”

That’s it!

Happy casting, folks. 

-TLW

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