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CHAOS RIDDLE TAROT DIVINATION ...
WHAT IS CHAOS RIDDLE TAROT DIVINATION?
Emotional and psychological symbols and tools you can use
To make you more aware
To make you more involved in your life
To bring forth possibilities, options, different paths
Uncertainties instead of certainties
Helpful guides instead of false and empty claims
Accepting chaos as the main function to life
Exploring, seeking, finding, learning, and growing within that chaotic framework
To not be afraid of chaos
To not demonize it
But to follow your true nature:
a free spirit.
WELCOME TO CHAOS RIDDLE TAROT DIVINATION.
Tarot readings/divinations are done IN PERSON ONLY. If you would like to have a reading done, I can be contacted at the Facebook page, the link for which is found on the Intro page for this site. While I do not necessarily charge for the readings, and my time is limited to doing them that often, I would ask for a donation to my work. There is a "Donation" Pay Pal button found on the Intro page to this site.
The layout for Chaos Riddle Tarot is circular. A specific hexagonal table (shown in the image above and the image at the bottom to this page) is used to place the cards on. First, the deck is placed in the middle of the hexagonal table. I take out the first 22 cards, called the Major Arcana, The Fool (0) to The Universe (21). I mix them up, hidden from me. After shuffling, I ask that you choose one. The chosen card has a music track that accompanies it. I have an album called Major Arcana, with each of the 22 tracks representing each of the 22 Major Arcana of Crowley's Thoth Tarot deck. I play the track associated with that card while I then re-shuffle the cards, now all 78 of them.
Link to the Major Arcana album on Bandcamp -
After re-shuffling them the deck is taken and in counter-clockwise fashion all 78 of the cards encircle the outer edge of the table. Once the cards are dispersed in this way, I pick one card at a time, choosing randomly from the circle of cards on the outer edge of the table a total of nine cards. After this I then take the remaining 69 cards, stack them together, and put them to the side, not to be used.
The nine chosen cards are then laid out, one card at a time. The first card is placed in the middle of the table. The second directly to the left of the middle card. Then the third in the lower left point of the hexagon table, the fourth card in the middle left point of the table, and the fifth in the upper left point. The sixth goes directly to the right of the middle card, the seventh the lower right point, the eighth middle right, and ninth upper right. We then have your Reading, your story at this particular point in your life and in your future. The three middle cards relate to your current situation and identity, much like how the Order of the Golden Dawn and O.T.O. would do theirs.
But the difference is in that after the middle card, one immediately is thrust into two possibilities. The cards directly to the left and right are the beginning of two separate paths, two choices the individual can make towards where their life is going. The one to the immediate left will continue it's path with the card on the lower left point, then onto the middle left and finally to the upper left. The right side goes the same direction to the right.
This way of Tarot reading focuses on POSSIBILITIES, ALTERNATIVES, OPTIONS. They are not meant to be viewed as the only two choices one has and no more. They simply represent two paths one can take and often incorporate multiple experiences within the one.
The divinator (myself) then proceeds to interpret the cards and explains their individual meaning and dynamic within it's relations to the other cards, resulting in two alternative story lines the person can choose. There also can be an element of the two paths highlighting and pointing out something in the other path. Openness is the key to understanding. Once these are all related to you (this part, the interpretation of the cards, is what takes the most time), it is then up to you to choose what path you want to take and understand the true meaning of each path.
Just as Chaos Riddle Prose had to be explained, so too does Chaos Riddle Tarot. One thing should be clear is that it is not associated with the various Chaos Tarot decks nor Chaos Magick nor any other chaos associated philosophy. Like Chaos Riddle Prose, Chaos Riddle Tarot Divination/Readings is a way of interpreting riddles, images, symbols, and the like. With Chaos Riddle Prose the subject matter was language and storytelling. Words are the symbols there. Here, the symbols or riddles are the Tarot cards. And yet again like Chaos Riddle Prose in how words relate to each other in sentences, Chaos Riddle Tarot Readings are about the interpretation of each card's relation to the others. One more connection they both have is there are stories being told in each.
The story that is told in Chaos Riddle Tarot Readings is of where the subject of the reading (the individual having their reading done) currently is, and then two possible paths for the future. The deck used is Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot cards. It will be explained later in what ways Chaos Riddle Tarot Readings stay true to Crowley's vision and also break away. To me the Crowley Thoth deck is the best deck out there, surpassing in complexity, insight, depth, and visual fascination the Marseilles deck, Rider-Waite-Smith deck, and others. At the same time I appreciate and enjoy the other decks as well.
The layout of Chaos Riddle Tarot readings is unlike any other, with the strongest influence coming from the Order of the Golden Dawn and O.T.O. The way these two institutions, which Crowley was strongly associated with, did their divinations was to lay the deck out in five sets of three cards, three in the middle, three in the upper right, three in the upper left, three in the lower left, and three in the lower right. The three cards in the middle relate where the individual currently is in life, their current identity and situation. The two sets of three on the upper right and upper left relate to the person's future. If the cards' suits are in opposition, then they present two alternatives, and if not in conflict, then they follow the same time-line, starting with the three on the right and continuing to the ones on the left. The lower left and lower right sets relate to psychological tools and warnings, and awareness of certain aspects to the individual which are "fixed," destiny cards so to speak, cards which cannot be altered according to this way of divination.
What most people are familiar with is the Celtic Cross layout of ten cards and not the above mentioned 15 card layout. In his book (he called it an essay), The Thoth Tarot Book, Crowley gives numerous ways of layout divination, making it clear that the layout of the cards is important but that there is not any one strict way of doing it the "correct" way. The important thing is that the individual giving the reading needs to understand the layout which they are operating in. I've studied Crowley's Tarot deck and the Marseille deck and others. I learned how to do Tarot readings from my father, who had learned it, yes believe it or not, from a girlfriend of his decades ago who so happened to be of gypsy descent (for those who don't know, gypsies were for centuries associated with Tarot card readings).
The way I was taught by my father and the way I continue to learn about and practice is to view the Tarot cards with utmost respect and gratitude, perhaps even, as Crowley and others believe, to see each card as an actual living spiritual being, but at the same time most importantly see the cards as psychological tools. How can these symbols and their relations to each other and how they result in an over-all storyline help me in my life? That is the question of upmost importance in Tarot Divination.
Crowley's interpretation of the Tarot is one of the more interesting and radical interpretations, in that he breaks from the traditional Medieval mentality that so imbued the Tarot decks for so long (and to the present day really). Crowley broke from this interpretation and not only pointed to the future, to the new aeon of Horus (the current Aeon we are in), but found justification from this deviation by showing the Medieval Tarot was itself a deviation from the original Tarot, which evidence showed went further back in history to the Egyptians and other ancient cultures, well before the birth of Christ.
Without going into the nature of the conflict between Crowley and the Medieval Tarot, suffice it to say that the main concept to be understood is that Crowley represents both the past and the future, but his past goes back beyond Christianity and is openly opposed to it. Crowley's past is heavily influenced by Qabalistic teachings for example, for one good reason: the various secret orders to which he belonged in his life and learned from all have their roots in Qabalistic teachings (which in turn was used by previous philosophies found in Egypt and most likely further back in time before the Egyptians ... but that is another thing altogether).
As time moves on Crowley's predictions for the future continue to win out and the older Medieval interpretation of not only Tarot cards but life itself, continues to wane. The one element to the Thoth/Qabalistic interpretation I have a slight problem with, to my admittedly not altogether expert mind in these matters, is, like the Marseille deck and others following the Medieval path, the Thoth/Qabalistic take on the Tarot looks to past systems of thought too strongly. It is vitally important, to me, that the interpretation of the Tarot, and of life itself, both respect and remain true to the past, and at the same time look forward in new ways. Crowley himself has done this in many ways with his Thoth deck. My humble and less schooled take on the Tarot would be to perhaps emphasize the future more than the past.
Crowley states that the Tarot is essentially the story of The Tree of Life told in 78 cards. He comes up with some solid evidence that this is true, and yet even admits that there is also an element to the creators of not only the Tarot but also the the Qabalah, were like everyone else: they had an opinion (philosophy or belief system) which they wanted to impose onto existence. While initiated into the deep mysteries of the universe, these original creators of the Tarot and the Qabalah, according to Crowley, were not full initiates into the Ancient Egyptian Mystery Schools or Secret Orders. They gained a knowledge and insight from the Egyptians and made it their own, but apparently may have actually missed some concepts and insights and experiences because of the fact they were only partial initiates. The Egyptians themselves quite possibly derived their own knowledge from a previous civilization, and therefore they too were not fully "in on" the secrets, but discussing this issue is getting into murky waters. The main point is that the creators of the Qabalah and the Tarot, like what all cultures and belief systems do, borrowed and were influenced by and transformed what came before them.
Like many esoteric and spiritual schools of thought, the Qabalah is full of deep, real, solid, profound truths. It is also highly systematic, almost to a slightly fanatical and dogmatic degree, with it's intense focus on numbers, numerology, systems, sets of this, of that, of whatever, so carefully orchestrated to such a high degree ... that, as Crowley admits, it appears as if they (the founders) were trying to prove something to themselves and to the rest of the world.
Now again, this is not to say that Chaos Riddle Tarot Readings are an improvement on past forms of Tarot Divination. Not at all. Finding something that came before to not work exactly in harmony with oneself is not to say "I am better." It is simply, like what humans have always done, to find in the past what works and what doesn't work for themselves. The highly organized, systematic, and mathematical philosophy of the Qabalah is something that was worked on and developed and refined for thousands and thousands of years. I am like the Village Idiot in comparison to their intense intellectual accomplishments. I, and everyone else, has much to learn from the Qabalah and it's teachings. This is another reason why I prefer the Crowley Thoth deck because it, to me, corresponds to the Qabalah and the Tree of Life more accurately than any other deck.
The reason for the "break" from not only this philosophy of the past but others is that we humans are of the current age, not of the past. We are all the results of the past, but we are not the past itself. Whether one wants to say we are evolving or degrading is up to each person, but what one cannot deny is that we have changed. Drastically in most cases. Yes, we are somewhat the same as we were 2,000 or 4,000 years ago, but the differences are heavier than the similarities. And so must our interpretation of the Tarot be altered to function properly in our current times.
I (Derek Hunter the Chaos Riddler) am not the qualified individual nor is there the time and space to discuss this in further detail as to how we have changed and what are the changes. But let us get to the root of the issue in order to move forward. We live now and have lived for a little over 100 years, in tumultuous and rapidly changing times. Belief systems of all walks of life come and go. There is a sense that our cultural equilibrium is out of balance. We are disjointed, fractured, and uncertain of ourselves and the world we live in. To some, this is a sign of the "End of Days," the end of the world, Armageddon, Judgement Day, etc. We are spiraling out of control to our doom.
Or, to others like myself, we are simply in a new stage of human development, that this current aeon we are in is 1), a child itself (Horus was the son of Osiris and Isis, Osiris representing the aeon before our current one, and Isis the one before that) and so it's very nature is childlike and immature (both good and bad). 2) We are still in the early stages of this aeon. Each aeon lasts 2,000 years according to Crowley and others, and so just being 100 years into our current one means we human beings right now are in the infant stage of the Horus aeon. Like all infants, our times for the next couple hundred years, will be dominated by both the good and the bad aspects of the innocence and immaturity of children.
What the defining mark of this age we are in is what I would call, chaos. Chaos is also what I believe to be behind existence during any age but that is another thing to discuss somewhere else. Let's just say that the times in which we live now are defined by chaos, by randomness, disorder, unpredictability. Now most people view chaos as a negative and even evil thing. Chaos is seen by most people as destructive and violent.
Or one can view chaos as that state of being in which the universe operates. We cannot control existence, we cannot control life. We can impose our will, ourselves on the world, but we cannot ultimately control the infinite number of different factors that make up what the universe is. This does not mean we are helpless and there is no point in doing anything at all in life. It means that now we humans have come to see how much chaos plays a part in our lives and in the universe, we must come to learn how to live and survive and get the most out of life within this chaotic framework.
Chaos Riddle Tarot Divination is one form of how to do this. It takes an ancient art, the Tarot, and rather than either throwing it away altogether, nor in adhering too strictly to past belief systems which are out of joint with our current times, Chaos Riddle Tarot Divination in humble respect uses the Tarot and the powers of interpretation latent in the cards to assist and guide individuals in modern times. It takes the wisdom of the past, specifically Tarot divination, and applies it to the modern day for our modern mentality.
And if one were to look at all versions of Tarot decks of the past, centuries and centuries of decks from numerous different cultures with numerous different belief systems, you would find that was exactly what people from the past were doing themselves.