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i ching and tarot 2

To: alt.tarot,alt.magick
From: key@netcom.com (peter li'ir key)
Subject: i ching and tarot 2
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 1996 08:11:33 GMT

philemon vanderbeck writes:
>I view with skepticism any attempt to link the symbology of the 
>Tarot with any other divinatory system (in this case, I Ching).  
>Tarot is of "western" origins, I Ching is an "eastern" system.  
>Tarot has 78 symbols; I Ching - 64.  There are similarities between 
>symbols, but trying to fine an one-to-one correlation is a fruitless 
>exercise.

why you view it with skepticism escapes me.  it's an interesting exercise.

i don't see why you can't mix east and west.  crowley did it in
quite a few places.

tarot has 22 major, 16 court, 40 minor, 4 suits, and 10 cards
per suit.  and for all that it's mapped to the tree of life
which has three veils, 10 sephiroth, 22 paths, 4 worlds, 10 qlpt,
3 triangles, and/or a kajillion other attributes.

i ching and it's context (chinese mysticism/cosmology) has 64 hexagrams, 
8 trigrams, 2 symbols for duality, the bagua, the tao, the 10 stems,
the 12 branchs, five elements, the three children of yin and yang,
the eight immortals, 10,000 creatures, 2 changing lines, and 2
unchanging lines.

there are a few ways to look at what is being attempted here.
1a)  mapping i ching to tarot
 b)  mapping tarot to i ching
2a)  mapping chinese symbolism to tarot
 b)  mapping tarot to chinese symbolism

i'm sure that if one applied oneself one could acheive on of the
above mappings.  i don't see 1a as being meaningful outside the
context of 2.


peter li'ir key
key@netcom.com

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