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24 August 2006 @ 09:24 pm
Why Thoth? Appendix: Waite vs. Crowley  
Or, Formicida's bratty inner child takes on the occultists.

Waite (on Strength): "For reasons which satisfy myself, this card has been interchanged with that of Justice, which is usually numbered eight. As the variation carries nothing with it which will signify to the reader, there is no cause for explanation."

Translation: "Just play with the nice cards, little girl, and don't worry your pretty little head about any occult meaning behind them. Occult meaning--ha! They're just pretty pictures."

Me: "I WON'T play with them, and they're NOT pretty! So there!"

Crowley (on Art): "There is a particular interpretation of this card which is only to be understood by Initiates of the Ninth Degree of the O.T.O; for it contains a practical magical formula of such importance as to make it impossible to communicate it openly."

Translation: "Just put the cards away, little girl. You can't even begin to understand their genius, and it's not worth your while to try."

Me: "Oh yeah? I'll show you! I'll use the cards and understand them and make them work for me! So there!"

Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, 1993 U.S. Games edition, p. 100
Crowley, The Book of Thoth, 1995 U.S. Games edition, p. 103