Crowley and Quantum Physics
The Naples Arrangement is a flow of energy based on kabalistic ‘Tree of Life’. Aleister Crowley is credited for formulating this basic description of how energy evolves into matter. An examination of this process is pertinent to understanding tarot and timing as the future results are the material manifestations of the unrealized energy of the present.
Numbers 0 through 5 of the Naples Arrangement
0. The Void
All potential is present. This is echoed by the Eastern ‘Tao’.
1. The Point
A single entity that has no reference to any other. The idea without a place to rest.
2. The Line
Two points define distance and relative spacing. An energy concern can be studied based on it’s position to another reference.
A flat surface. The energy is defined in a place of completion and perfection, but there is no substance. It is a picture or blueprint
Geometry is completed in apparent solidness – but really only a hologram as it is fixed in place lacking the illusions of time and consciousness.
5. Motion / Time
Time is introduced to the completed geometry. Events occur and the energy obtains meaning. Pathways determined by observation and intent manifest.
How does this table reflect on time in the light of mysticism? Time becomes a vehicle to establishing an event – with the event defined as a solid with properties over a period of time. Geometry becomes physics when time is introduced. Events become predictable in classic physics as a known body with known properties exists and ‘moves’ over a period of time. Quantum physics has introduced new ideas on the behavior of objects over time, and the known behaviors have been reduced to probabilities influenced by the interaction of the observer.
Quantum physics introduced the understanding that the motion of solids is not fixed, and is instead probable. The workings of quantum physics cannot be 100% defined. When observed, an event can be fixed in either place or motion, but not both. An uncertainty is established. A solid has a probability to exist in a certain way from time increment to time increment, but there is no guarantee. Indeed, the solid may ‘change’ drastically, in ways that are unexpected, but not improbable. Manifesting the improbable into the actual is the goal of both the quantum physicist and the mystic. The physicist wants to produce elements that do not ‘normally’ exist, and the mystic wants to influence the world to produce ‘magical’ happenings. Neither practitioner is doing anything unnatural. Instead they are doing the naturally improbable.
How does a person influence the naturally improbable to make it probable? The answer is through a combination of observation and intent. Observation of an event will change the event at some level. The smaller the event – the more quantum and magical in nature – the more the presence of the observer will influence the event. Intent shapes the influence of the observer. Will they add energy, remove energy, magnify, decrease, harmonize or disharmonize the probabilities of the improbable and probable?
This sounds fantastic, but we do it everyday. It is widely understood that emotions will direct the flavor of the present moment. Saying “I will have an awful day” establishes an intent, and when the intent is followed through by observing the day as being awful, the improbable occurrence of an entire day being awful will occur. The same person could say “I will have a terrific day”, and the solids (dimension 4) in the day will respond in kind. The day will provide terrific energies from the same core, source material available for the day.
Let’s state some working assumptions before the topic of tarot is returned to:
1. Events are the result of the “stuff” of energetic solids interacting with time
2. All events are possible – with differing degrees of probability.
3. The observer and their intentions will always affect an event in some way – big or small.
4. As the event shrinks in ‘size’, the fixable nature of probabilities become more varied.
5. The more ‘fixed’ an event is in probability, the more intent/understanding/energy must be used to move it into an improbable state.
6. Merely observing an event, without the intent to shift it from the observer’s current state of consciousness/awareness, will more strongly ‘fix’ the probability of future events.
What does this reduce time to? Time is the catalyst for quantum physics, magic, and tarot reading. Time introduces the ability to see probable outcomes. Observation of the outcomes will change the outcomes, with the size of the change a function of the ‘original’ probability of the outcome and the intent and energies of the observer.
Quantum Physics and Tarot
Consider the statement: an observer can only know a quantum’s event’s characteristics or position, but not both at the same time. Let us also assume that a very specific event in the future becomes very non-fixed in its probabilities, and more quantum in nature. It leaves the realm of classic physics with its known characteristics and positions, and moves into the realm of metaphysical/quantum events.
With these statements in assumptions in mind, lets apply these considerations to sample tarot questions.
Question: Will I ever be married?
There is no desire to fix the question in a period of time, and the reader can, with accuracy, determine if marriage is probable for the person.
Question: Will I marry next year?
The observer is asked to focus the characteristics of the event (marriage) and a position (time) into a single year. An accurate answer is possible, but has become more difficult. The intent/mastery of the reader is drawn upon more.
Question: When will I get married?
This is the most difficult of the three questions. The exact determination of a marital status (characteristic) and the exact time of the marriage (position) is requested. It could be argued that marriage is a “big” event in a life, and is a target with decent probabilities. On average people marry several times, and the tarot feedback could be looking at any one of the future marriages. But, even with these advantages, the difficulty level for the reader is high for this question.
Quantum Physics to the Rescue
Does the model of quantum physics rule out using tarot for knowing the timing of an outcome? No. There is another wrinkle to this model. Einstein said that a measuring tool that had little or no affect on system that it was measuring could determine accurately the characteristics and position of the thing being measured. How can tarot be made such a measuring tool? We will look at this later.
The Single Point Theory – The Quantum Meets God
There is a theory about time that accommodates the accuracy of psychic readings as they look into the past, present and future. If the future is plastic and open ended, how can a psychic accurate predict past the innumerable branches of probability and chance? If each moment, indeed, each second, produces a new reality that is only the realized probability of the previous second, what are the odds that the far-flung seconds can be determined in the present moment. Theoretically is becomes impossible.
The metaphysical answer is that the past, present, and future all occur at the same time. That is, the passing of time is an illusion, and actual time stands outside of our perception. What we do in the present is shaping the ‘future’, but as that future is now, it already exists now, we can tap into it and see what the future holds. This thought is expressed in the philosophical question:
How many moments are there in your life?
It is traditionally thought that an answer from the tarot cards is only good for the probable future based on the factors present at the moment of the question. The same question will, and should, have a different answer later because the energies surrounding the question may have changed. To receive a tarot reading on a question can change the outcome to another. This is not normally the case, but it is very probable. The point is that an answer from the tarot is accurate for the moment that it is asked in. It is not guaranteed to be accurate a day later, a week later, or a year next.
The actions in the present simultaneously change the past and future at that point where true time exists. Is this different from the concepts presented in our quantum physics discussion? No, they are not radically different. It instead introduces the sixth dimension in the Naples Arrangement.
Number 6 of the Naples Arrangement
Sixth Dimension: Self-Consciousness
The point is now in communication with the other dimensions. Awareness is perfect here, and the perception of the energy states from potential (1) through motion (5) are accurately observed.
Connection to the sixth dimension requires the going beyond the five senses available to mankind. The sixth sense - be it called intuition, psychic ability, insight – is tapped. The flow of ever-changing energies is more accurately seen as the sixth sense delves into this sixth dimension. The walls of time become seen as clear, and the ever shifting faces of the future times become clear and discernable.
The quantum meets God in the sixth dimension. Divine consciousness meets the probabilities of energetic manifestation. Predetermination and free-will coexist in a place where Truths are not seen directly, and instead of surmised by indirect observations. In this place God becomes the only truly quantum unknown, and we continue to have gems of uncertainty because we are reflections and extensions of the Divine. The more divine our lives, the more improbable and magical the lives will be. Is this the root of the commonly held beliefs that Masters - those closest to God – cannot be read? Perhaps they have stepped outside of the simultaneous moment of time, and exist in a state that cannot be reached from the sixth dimension.
Tarot and the Sixth Sense
The tarot is a tool for tapping into the sixth dimension – the sixth sense. There are several ways that the common reader can move into this realm. This paper will discussion generalities and a more specific look will be done in another paper.
General Theory - Tarot and Timing
The first requirement of finding a method to reading timing is both simple and difficult. The issue is this: ask three people what their timing associations are, and you will probably receive three answers. Each method establishes an intent of how the cards will be read. It is very important to realize that one has to believe in reading timing in the tarot to do so. The tarot will go as far as the limits of your beliefs, no further, no less. If the tarot is used for psychological insight instead of divination, a quick attempt to read timing one day will only lead to muddled results. If you instead believe that that the tarot can give you clear timing information, with some training, you will get very lucid and accurate timelines.
There are many methods for reading time, and only a sampling will be given in this paper. The best way to approach them is to experiment until one ‘clicks’. Try each system with a test question, such as “how long before my next birthday.” This will give you answers you know, and you will see how the cards respond.
Having a "tool chest" of reading methods is of little use unless one does two things. The first is to choose a set of methods and to read by the majority of the time. This provides focus for readings, and thus provides a foundation for the tarot’s magic. With a list of rules established, one can read with confidence. The second thing one must do is more important. Use intuition. Know when to bend, break, or even throw the rules out the window. Those who are very intuitive seem to never adopt a set of rules. If they did, they would only end up discarding them. Those of us less talented benefit from the structure of established patterns. However, one should have a goal of reading with maximum intuition, and feeling free to disregard any pre-established methods. The Spirit, be it Goddess, Angels, Guides, or personal divinity, is fully capable of divination in a spontaneous, trusting mode. To draw an analogy, true magic does not require ritual or dogma. It only requires perfect trust and abandonment to the higher powers within/outside ourselves.
Overview of General Timing Methods
Questions are often structured in the tarot through a spread, or layout. This is a symbolic pattern of positions, each with a given meaning. A card-symbol is selected for each of these positions and interpreted in relation to the assigned meaning of the position. Individual spreads lend themselves to different questions. A spread is like a map. It is a preplanned structure that the seemingly random, but synchronous events, can fall. The maps can be very defined or very rough. The more defined the spread, the more specific the answer will be. The drawback of a very specific spread is that the universe does not like to be pigeonholed. The right question and the right spread is important.
The best way to obtain a general time frame is to use a spread that contains a built-in timing device. Many traditional spreads have a timing factor built into them through a near future position in the layout. In the Celtic Cross, the sixth and tenth positions tell of the future and outcome. The reader can decide before the reading what period of time each will cover.
Pull cards until you reach an ace. Having determined in advance the period represented by each card you can tell how many days, weeks and months it will be by counting the number of cards you turned over before you reached the ace.
The Minor Arcana and Seasons
A classic approach is to key the individual cards to the seasons and weeks of the year. This can be done with the court cards and pips (minor arcana). Each suite represents a season, and the cards in that suite represent a week of the seasons, with the King showing the transition of one season to another.
The Major Arcana as a Timing Device
Remove the Fool from the deck. The probable timing will run from 1-22 days, weeks, or months. Disregard the meanings of the cards and only look at the numbers.
Zodiac Interpretation of Court Cards, Minor Arcana, and Major Arcana
Many of the cards have a zodiac association, and this association can focus the question onto a particular month or even day.
Tarot and timing have ancient philosophical roots and modern scientific roots. The path to using the tarot in timing requires belief, the training on a method, and then use. Understanding through doing is the key to mastery and the key to making the magical happen and the improbable possible.