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Join Date: 10 Jun 2011
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I Must Hate Myself

Last night I dusted off my "self-flagellation" whip and started reading The Pictorial Key to the Tarot again. I still think his prose is turgid and supercilious in tone, but his insights are generally sound (unless you happen to be Aleister Crowley). The first nugget of wisdom I came across was "The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs." That will be enough to keep me going for a while.

ETA: I'm about half-way through it and getting a bit more value out of it this tiime, after he settles down and stops with the stuffy, ornate Victorian obscurantisms. It's a little (well, more than a little, to be honest) too smug and self-important in many places. I can appreciate where he's honoring his vows, but I get tired of seeing "I have my own reasons for saying this but YOU don't need to know them." Why write a book if you're going to constantly poke your thumb in the collective eye of your readers? What does strike me is how little philosophical and metaphysical depth there is in many of the Major Arcana discussions. I know he's "speaking in code" for those who can understand, and I don't have much difficulty navigating that since I've spent decades with Crowley, Regardie and many other GD progeny. But I'm reminded of the old Wendy's commercial: "Where's the beef?" It's like the antithesis of the Book of Thoth, which is more like a Big Mac: Crowley's "special sauce" oozes out all over the place
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