A quick note on the Tarot – The way I see it, the Major Arcana is not, and was never intended as, a means of divination. Cartomancy arose in the 14th century using the ten standard deck of playing cards. The divination aspect then, appears to me to be a populist and I dare say the 'commercialised' use of cards. Bear in mind that almost anything can be utilised as a means of divination – from mirrors, bowls of water and crystal balls, to the innards of a chicken, and no doubt the faeces of this animal or that. The point here is the 'means' is largely superficial, it's the process that's at play here, the means is somewhere between showmanship and the engagement (or distraction) the 'foremind' to coin an amateur term, to allow the unconscious a greater play. Rather, the Tarot is a condensed symbology of a system of knowledge (in its broadest sense) within a given epistemology, traditionally regarded as Hermetical. Aleister Crowley devised his own deck (with Lady Frieda Harris), said: "The origin of this pack of cards is very obscure. Some authorities seek to put it back as far as the ancient Egyptian Mysteries; others try to bring it forward as late as the fifteenth or even the sixteenth century ... [but] The only theory of ultimate interest about the Tarot is that it is an admirable symbolic picture of the Universe, based on the data of the Holy Qabalah." I'd rather say the genius of the major arcana is its universality. Having been introduced to the Tarot in 'New Age' pseudo-Hermetic circles, my dip-in reference these days is the Meditations on the Tarot, A Journey into Christian Hermeticism. A quite weighty tome, nearly 700 pages, and not one mention of fortune-telling.