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To: alt.magick
From: (Paul Hume)
Subject: Re: Quotes
Date: 25 Mar 2002 13:48:23 -0800

> > >> I am constructing a list of some of the more potent quotes from
>  characters such as Spare and Crowley.  Anyone have a quote to share?
> > >
> > >" Divination should be discarded from the onset."
> > >
> > >Crowley
> > >
> > >Short, potent, and psychologically concise.
> >
> > But of what worth, given that he consulted the Yi almost every day. Do you
> know the origin of this quote, some surrounding context might help.
> I believe the Book of Thoth near the end, where the spreads are explained.
> It's been years since I owned the book myself, the quote just stuck. 

Apparently it only half stuck. Does this look familiar?


Choose a card to represent the Querent, using your knowledge or
judgment of his character rather than dwelling on his physical

Take the cards in your left hand. In the right hand hold the wand over
them, and say: I invoke thee, I A O, that thou wilt send H R U, the
great Angel that is set over the operations of this Secret Wisdom, to
lay his hand invisibly upon these consecrated cards of art, that
thereby we may obtain true knowledge of hidden things, to the glory of
thine ineffable Name. Amen.

Hand the cards to Querent, and bid him think of the question
attentively, and cut.

Take the cards as cut and hold as for dealing.

First Operation
This shows the situation of the Querent at the time when he consults

The pack being in front of you, cut, and place the top half to the

Cut each pack again to the left.

These four stacks represent I H V H, from right to left.

Find the Significator. If it be in the Yod pack, the question refers
to work, business, etc.; if in the Heh pack, to love, marriage, or
pleasure;, if in the Vau pack, to trouble, loss, scandal, quarrelling,
etc.; if in the He' final pack, to money, goods, and such purely
material matters.

Tell the Querent what he has come for: if wrong, abandon the

If right, spread out the pack containing the Significator, face

Count the cards from him, in the direction in which he faces.

The counting should include the card from which you count.

For Knights, Queens and Princes, count 4.

For Princesses, count 7.

For Aces, count 11

For small cards, count according to the number.

For trumps, count 3 for the elemental trumps; 9 for the planetary
trumps; 12 for the Zodiacal trumps.

Make a "story" of these cards. This story is that of the beginning of
the affair.

Pair the cards on either side of the Significator, then those outside
them, and so on. Make another "story", which should fill in the
details omitted in the first.

If this story is not quite accurate, do not be discouraged. Perhaps
the Querent himself does not know everything. But the main lines ought
to be laid down firmly, with correctness, or the divination should be

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