Similarly, the images suggest Egyptian, Greek, and biblical mythic elements. This does not support an Egyptian, Greek, or Hebrew source for the tarot, but it allows the association of the Tarot with certain aspects of these powerful racial currents in the western esoteric tradition. As a consequence, the Tarot can be used to channel the spiritual and magical energies of these traditions. In its broadest sense, symbolism is not dependent for its meaning on its period and place of origin. It transcends time and place. Tarot symbolism is as potent today as it was when placed on the card six centries ago.

The effectiveness of the card as instruments of divination has been proven countless times over the past 200 years. Occultist who have studied them are in agreement that they perpetuate in their structure an esoteric model of the universe that has great utility in tying together many diverse threads of magic, myth, and philosophy. It is my own personal assertion based on three decades of experiment, that the Tarot is equally potent as an instrument of practical ritual magic. It origins, be they ancient or modern, sacred or mundane, cannot diminish the meaning of the cards or deprive them of their power.

Donald Tyson

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