TarotTarot is a magickal tool used in divination, in the form of a deck of 78 cards, broken up into the Lower Arcana, made up of 56 cards and designed just like a regular playing card deck, and the Major Arcana, the 22 cards that often represent the journey of life. And it's an incredibly versatile tool, at that. Even people who argue the existence of psychic abilities can't touch the Tarot, because you don't have to even know about magick to use them. You can use them without having any connection to the psychic world, though it's believed that intuition is in itself psychic, so there's that.The actual Tarot started out, most likely, as a series of card games known collectively as Triomfi in most places. The earliest mention of it was somewhere between 1332 and 1450 AD, in Italy. The actual mentioning was found in a letter from a duke to his treasurer, asking him to find a Tarot deck, and a normal deck of playing cards if a Tarot deck couldn't be found. In the 15th century, the Tarot was
Theology SemanticsIt never ceases to amaze me that, even in the year 2011, people are still tragically uninformed about many of the nontraditional religions, by which I mean Paganism
even though Paganism has some of the most traditional religions there are. It's even sadder, because there are plenty of resources that the people holding these beliefs have at their disposal, and choose not to use. While this is no longer true for as many people as it once was, bigotry still pervades today, and beliefs that all Wiccans are witches, and all witches are devil worshippers is surprisingly prominent even into today. So that's what I'm going to talk about here.Okay, so let's start with the basics of the topic. Wicca is an earth-based Goddess Neopagan religion that developed in the early half of the 20th century and was popularized by Gerald Brousseau Gardner in the 1950s and 60s. Being a witch means you practice witchcraft, the ancient, timeless skill of manipulating the world around
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