Say goodbye to ceremonial robes, incense, candles, and oils. Donald Tyson presents a new, easy way to perform ritual magic with only one tool: tarot. From manipulating elemental forces of nature to making potent charms, all ceremonial rituals can be performed with a standard 78-card deck.
Tyson's efficient system of tarot magic is based on the Golden Dawn tradition, which corresponds with tarot imagery. He teaches how to work magic on the astral level by projecting one's awareness into the ritual tarot layout. Learn how to set up an astral temple, build an altar, cast a magic circle, and create a triangle through which to actualize your purpose. This innovative guide to tarot magic also includes rituals related to unions, business, banishing, and evoking elementals.
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When I read the first half of this book I wasn't initially impressed. Tyson did a good job of covering the history of tarot and laying out the basics, but I wanted to know when the reader would get to the meat of the book, i.e. the portable magic system he was talking about. It wasn't until I reached the second half of the book that I got what I was looking for in this book, an innovative and original approach to utilizing tarot cards in magical practice.
In the second half of the book Tyson, using the Golden Dawn as his paradigm, explains how Tarot can be used in practical and metamorphic magic. He does an excellent job of laying out how his system works, and even explains how the magician can use the astrological correspondences in tandem with the rest of his system. What I really appreciated were the examples of workings he provided and his notes on how he personalized his own approach to Tarot magic, by changing some of the correspondences in the traditional Golden Dawn...
Going off of the Golden Dawn system of Tarot, "Portable Magic" by Donald Tyson presents a system of ritual magic where the only tool needed and used is a standard deck of tarot cards. Aside from visualization and a clean surface to lay the cards on, that's it. No other materials are needed. The book has an apt title, as it can be done anywhere or anytime so long as you have a tarot deck.
I admit that, although I've been looking for a book like this for years, I didn't pick this one up at first. I've come across other sources who talk about forms of magic using the tarot, but wound up disappointed each time. Few were about the tarot as a stand-alone tool, and those that were only gave a sampler of spells but didn't give the individual a technical foundation to go off of for the workings of the system. Still others only mentioned the use of individual tarot cards as charms and talismans. So, I figured this would be another like those. Once I finally picked up this...
Excellent book! Donald Tyson's "Portable Magic" gives you what it claims: a system to perform magick virtually anywhere. It does so by presenting bridges between Tarot deck history and modern construction, parts of Qabala, the Hebrew alphabet, and magickal practice itself.
I am new to magick. Therefore, I am also new to any kind of magickal association. I also have a life not conducive to adopting full-fledged altar maintenance, all-out rituals, and circle casting; my close relations and friends would think I went crazy. So, "Portable Magic" seemed the best fit for my needs.
So I purchased it.
An excellent choice.
The author assumes a basic familiarity with magickal concepts. As I had less than basic when I began, I did have to use other works in tandem reading; not a huge hurdle--Tyson does a great job expressing his Craft.
I found I could do magick, serious ritual magick, using the information, understanding, and formats...
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