If you're a collector or even just a fan of tarot decks and their interesting, mysterious imagery and symbolism you may be wondering, "what deck are these cards from?" To answer your question curious stranger, they are from The Builders of Adytum (BOTA) Tarot by Paul Foster Case and artist Jessie Burns Parke. It's based off of what I would consider to be the traditional standard tarot deck, known as the Rider-Waite deck. Created by Arthur Edward Waite and illustrator Pamela Colman Smith in 1910, the Rider-Waite deck was one of the first to have full illustrations for all 78 cards (both major and minor arcana), and certainly set the stage for exploration of esoteric and occult practices in the West. Prior to the Rider Waite deck, there were no other fully illustrated tarot decks aside from the Sola Busca tarot which was created in northern Italy in 1491 -- which heavily influenced Waite's deck.
There's so much more to read, so if you'd like to delve deeper into any of the subjects I've mentioned, you can find more details by following the links above and below.
The Builders of Adytum (wiki) | BOTA's Website
Maybe you're here reading this because you found one of these cleverly stashed somewhere. Lucky you! If you'd like a reading please post a picture of your card on Instagram or Facebook and use the hashtag #CardsOfFate or tag @Jaylilliane. Alternatively, you can message me a photo of your card via DM or FB Messenger. I'll get in touch with you ASAP about when and where to do your reading.
I'm not a very religious person and I wouldn't consider Tarot to be aligned with or a part of any religion. I don't really believe in magic, and I don't think that the Tarot are magical in themselves or subject to any kind of magical function to achieve divination. But, if you believe they are magical, or anything else for that matter please know my mind is wide open and you'll receive no judgement from me. My aim is to be the empty vessel, bringing nothing of my own personal feelings or philosophies into these readings. They're not about me, they're about you -- so I'm not seeking to convince anyone of anything, chip away at anyone's skepticism or reinforce their faith, I'm just here to bring you this experience and relate to you the message the cards tell me.
I'll leave you with a quote from Paul Foster Case's book, 'The Tarot, A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages', that explains Case's belief that Tarot are not simply a means of fortune telling:
"Finally, let me reiterate the thought that this is not to be used for vulgar fortune telling, or to amuse a party of friends. If you yield to the temptation so to abuse this information, you will pay for it in the loss of all power of true divination, and probably in the loss of ability to control the higher rates of psychic vibration."
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