A short episode where Laurel completes her commentary of Chapter 6 of Eliphas Levi’s The Doctrines & Rituals of High Magic featuring his words about The Lovers card.
Laurel talks about Chapter 6 of Doctrine & Ritual: A New Translation with a lot of commentary about Western occult practices in general based on Levi’s writings there. This is a 2-part podcast.
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I have fond memories of the countless hours I poured into content for this website during October-December of 2020. It was such an obsession and I was working hard towards the goal of being ready to teach online tarot classes. I had eight decks selected for the year to really focus on. Tarot Esoterica podcasts were going to happen every week. Esoteric Tarot Lessons were going to happen twice a month.
The really good news is that I haven’t lost my passion for esoteric tarot. I’m still spending quite a bit of time reading, writing, and listening to others about tarot-based topics every day. There has just been a couple of big changes.
For two months, I’ve been going to the gym/swimming pool on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. This is a 3 hour outing. Then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I’ve been going to the dermatology clinic downtown for UV light therapy in a big tank. This is a 2-3 hour outing. I’ve lost weight, I’ve shrunk a clothes size, I’m in better physical health.
I’ve also weathered through a complete depression side of my normal Bipolar 2 cycle in weeks vs. months this spring. I’ve dealt with some unexpected arthritic pain developing in my wrists, gotten a beautiful King Charles Cavalier spaniel named Sissy, and managed to keep up (mostly) with daily social media on Twitter (as the Loracular), Facebook (as Laurel to ~100 friends and family). There have been consistent posts from me at both Cult of Tarot and Tarot,Tea & Me – including a personal journal at CoT devoted to deep delving into Qabalistic Tarot by doing some critical analysis of specific authors and texts so far, but paving the way to start writing up something major of my own.
What I haven’t been doing is teaching tarot in lesson format to others. I’ve also really slowed down on getting Tarot Esoterica episodes written, recorded, and posted. Those morning hours now devoted to being out of the house are one of the biggest factors to that. Tarot Esoterica #14 script has been written for over a week but I just haven’t found a good window to record it, when I have the quiet, privacy, and spoons all at the same time to make it happen.
My current plan, however, is to make a huge push over the next 28 days to get a lot of Tarot Esoterica done and finish off the series specifically on Eliphas Levi’s Doctrine & Rituals of High Magic done dramatically fast, starting with some heavy lifting on it tomorrow.
And then, rather than tackling Wirth or Waite or Crowley, I’m going to instead jump to Dion Fortune and the Mystical Qabalah and then modern authors who’ve published books on Qabalistic tarot since the 1980s forward.
The Pride Tarot articles are going to end with the Major Arcana. Blog posts on more general tarot-flavored esoterica and psychoterica are going to become much more consistent come June.
At least that is the plan for now! I will take a look at things again around Samhain and make adjustments from there.
Laurel continues her commentary on Doctrine and Rituals of High Magic: A New Translation covering Chapter 5 which focuses on the quinary principle.
Laurel discusses Chapter 4 of the Doctrine & Ritual of High Magick A New Translation by Eliphas Levi. The focus is the quaternary principle and how it is expressed in concepts like the Tetragrammaton and the classical four elements.
Laurel talks about Chapter 3 of The Doctrine & Ritual of High Magic, which focuses on the Ternary (Triadic Modality) principle.
Laurel talks about Chapter 2 of The Doctrine & Ritual of High Magic by Eliphas Levi and his vision for The High Priestess tarot card.
Laurel goes through Chapter One of Éliphas Lévi’s Doctrine of High Magic, discussing his views of The Magician as a tarot card and occult practitioner.
Laurel gives some brief historical information about Éliphas Lévi and his most famous text Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie best known in English as Doctrine & Ritual of High Magic or Transcendental Magic. This sets the stage for going through this text chapter by chapter with a focus on a related Major Arcana card.
This episode introduces the most conventional Tree of Life glyph and touches base on each of the ten sefirot by astrology, numerology, and tarot pip cards.