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Tarotic Symbolism

To: alt.magick.tyagi,alt.magick,alt.tarot,alt.divination
From: nagasiva 
Subject: Tarotic Symbolism (was Tarot and Qabalah ...)
Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 06:24:48 GMT

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"Sue"  wrote in message
>> If we were to make a deck..., then we would be responsible for
>> choosing the symbolism inherent in the deck and, therefore, we 
>> would know what we intend our symbolism to represent before 
>> including it in each card.

"Cosmic Busboy" :
> Is that actually true?  Don't symbols sometimes escape their 
> authors?  

not only that, some authors put in symbolism they don't completely
understand. it is possible to fashion a deck without any comprehension
of its symbolic content. one might do this and then study its symbols
and their meaning in terms of conventional associations, perhaps even
precursing this with a reflection on what it means to the artist and

> And don't symbols sometimes accrue meanings?

indeed they do, especially as they escape the tight control of the
creator of the symbol and get used in a variety of contexts.


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