WANDS - AIR, SWORDS - FIRE

One of the things I frequently come across while reading is the widespread belief that the Elemental attributions of the Minor Arcana suits of Wands and Swords are those of Fire and Air respectively. Perhaps this is attributable to the popular Rider Waite deck which embraces these associations, which in turn seems to stem from Golden Dawn literature.

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ON THE WORD 'OCCULT'.

"Camouflage it as you will, Spiritualism, with its kindred superstitions, such as necromancy and occultism, is a recrudescence of the old, old practices cultivated in the days of long ago"

(Father Bernard Vaughan, quoted in Montague Summers' History Of Witchcraft and Demonology)

"There shall not be found among you anyone . . . who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord. And because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you."

(Deuteronomy 18: 10-12 ESV)

I wasn't sure what my first blog would include, partly due to the fact there are so many things to say or rant about when it comes to the worlds of Divination and Magic. The last thing I thought I'd be including was a passage from the Bible! But then I had a conversation with a friend who had heard from one of my clients - this client being a self-avowed Tarot reader herself - that this lady was "worried" about my involvement in the "Occult".

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