Use of Tarot Cards to Call Forth Spirits in Absence of Astrological Cooperation

This article is a continuation of my previous work titled “On Agrippa’s ‘Of the calculating Art of such names by the tradition of the Cabalists’” and assumes the spirit-names are derived through the methods explained therein.

When calling spirits it is useful to create an environment from which they can emerge naturally – an energy structure that provides the correct triggers to construct a connection to the intended spirit. The most powerful of these, in my opinion, is when the Spirit’s corresponding planet is rising in its corresponding sign, followed by the corresponding day of the week while the correct sign is coming over the horizon. However, both of these methods assume that the mage has time to wait for the proper energy to come around again naturally which, in the case of the first method could take years, or in the second up to a week. Luckily, there are other tools we can use to pull these same triggers when the stars just do not align – or when they do and we want to give the spell an extra push. In this article, I will walk through using Tarot Cards for this effect.

The Major Arcana of the Tarot has been connected to the Hebrew alphabet since the mid 18th century and were solidified into the predominant Kabbalistic system by Eliphas Levi and Theosophy in the 19th. They have been designated as such. I do not agree with the astrological associations found on this chart

Selecting the Cards

Select the cards that correspond to the three letters selected for your spirit name from the Major Arcana. Arrange these in a triangle, first letter in the top, the next in the bottom right, then the third in the bottom left.

Next choose a card from the Minor Arcana that represents the specific situation that you need help in, if you are seeking a spirit to help you grow in a specific way, it may be useful to choose two cards – one representing your current situation and one representing where you wish to grow to; typically these two cards are in the same suit. The Suit of Air relates to positions of Authority and Influence. The Suit of Fire relates to areas of Knowledge and Learning. The Suit of Water relates to aspects of Relationships and Emotions. The Suit of Earth relates to problems with Possessions and Material Wealth. A tarot reading or similar act of divination is a useful way to determine what these cards may be. If you choose one – place it in the center of the triangle, if you chose two, place them on either side.

Energizing and Casting

Find the corresponding Elemental Invoking Pentagram for the element of the card(s) chosen from the Minor Arcana. Overlay it on your chosen cards, and trace it starting in the correct point and moving in the correct direction – note the order of the cards and write down the letters associated with each in that order. The center is associated with the two side points of the pentagram if only one card was chosen. This order is the seal and mantra you will use to charge the environment. An additional prayer may also be constructed out of the letters being used, if the Magus chooses, using certain acrostic Pslams.

First cleanse, sanctify, or prepare in whichever way your paradigm dictates. Then, starting in the direction corresponding to the element of the spirit visualize and cast the seal in each direction while intoning the mantra (both determined by the previous paragraph). From there, using the the cards as a focus on your altar, call the spirit in any way deemed fitting, according to which methods are most comfortable and useful for the Magus.

I hope this article has been useful and all readers were able to find something they could use!

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