Friday, September 18, 2015

Page 28: Key to the Tarot Reading

This wraps up the “Tarot reading” posts that I started on Monday, September 14. Below is the key to Niels Belanger’s Tarot reading. While Bree offers a fairly orthodox interpretation, I selected these cards with more specific and unusual interpretations in mind. If you don’t want spoilers, don’t jump to the page numbers that I provide. Or to be extra careful, you can stop reading here.

The Key to Niels Belanger's Tarot Reading
The Fool: This is straightforward: it represents Niels Belanger. He has no clue—yet—what is going on or what is about to happen.
The Tower: Three interpretations.

1) The literal setting of the prologue (although that wasn’t really my intention.) I was mostly getting at the next two:

2) Referring metaphorically to Belanger. See Martens’s penultimate words to her colleague on p. 34, Chapter 2, and Belanger’s monologue in Chapter 21 esp. p. 150.

3) Literally, see p. 87 (Chapter 11).
Fortune: Compare Bree’s summation of this card on p. 26 to what happens on p. 112 (the last page of Chapter 14).
The Magus: We get a #MonkeyReference with the Ape of Thoth, and this refers to the events on p. 226 (end of chapter 32).
The Devil: This gives us a #DevilReference, and goes with the revelation on p. 231 (chapter 33).
Ace of Disks: This is describing what happens on p. 235–6 (chapter 33).
Death: While it could refer to chapter 33—or, really, any number of other incidents throughout the book—it’s really about p. 251 (chapter 34).

The Thoth Tarot by Aleister Crowley and Frieda Lady Harris is © Ordo Templi Orientis, all rights reserved.

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