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Portable Magic: Tarot Is the Only Tool You Need

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Say goodbye to ceremonial robes, incense, candles, and oils. Donald Tyson presents a new, easy way to perform ritual magic with only one tool: tarot. From manipulating elemental forces of nature to making potent charms, all ceremonial rituals can be performed with a standard 78-card deck. Tyson's efficient system of tarot magic is based on the Golden Dawn tradition, which ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published October 8th 2006 by Llewellyn Publications (first published October 1st 2006)
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Gaze Santos
Full of practical information. This is NOT a book about Tarot Divination, but rather using the Tarot deck, and deck only to do magical rituals and spells. This is a brass tacks, no nonsense kind of book on the subject. The system is largely based off the Golden Dawn system of symbols and attributions. Mr. Tyson also includes his own personal system of symbols and attributions as an appendix to the book, and I must say that it makes a lot of magickal sense. (Actually this appendix was my original ...more
H. Roberts
A very interesting book on using tarot cards for magic and ritual. While it has a strong focus on ceremonial magic, astrological signs and the Kabbalah, the book does provide a great stepping stone towards creating your own rituals using the tarot deck. The concept that the laid out cards exist on both a material and astral level was enlightening, as was the suggested visualization of that space and the choosing of a significator to represent yourself there. It just required a slight reworking t ...more
Who says tarot cards are only for fortune telling or that you need lengthy preparation, a complete altar and set of ritual tools to perform magic? With this book, Donald Tyson (creator of the rune dice and author of three novels, including Necronomicon and Alhazred) shows us how we make changes in our lives using nothing more than a standard 78-count tarot deck. After all the tarot is a miniature model of the universe full of archetypes of the human psyche.

Starting out with descriptions and chap
The topic is practical magic, with Tarot as its only tool.

“Portable Magic” describes the use of Tarot cards as instruments of ritual magic. In this system, the cards can stand in for any thing…physical or metaphysical… that can be found in a temple or a circle.

The author tells how to remove conceptual barriers to direct contact with the forces associated with each card.

The book includes a concise history of the evolution of the Tarot and its structure. The system it describes has its roots in
I personally didn't like it, although it's not a bad book per se. It's aimed at beginners, both at tarot and at magic. So, if you are a practicing magician (especially if you're not into ritual magic), then your established and preferred methods might disagree with the highly dogmatic "this is how to do magic" approach of the author.

(what was also a bit strange was how he does away with many myths and misconceptions about the origins of the tarot, and then goes on to reinforce myths and misconc
Jeanette (jema)
I quite liked the system as such, of working in a mini-format, with the cards on the table-top and in the astral at the same time. I am sure it will take some practice to get the hang of it though. I had a few minor objections to his views but nothing I can't work around. The last chapter on how to evoke an elemental was interesting, as was the chapter on creating temporary tarot charms.
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Donald Tyson is a Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Early in life he was drawn to science by an intense fascination with astronomy, building a telescope by hand when he was eight. He began university seeking a science degree, but became disillusioned with the aridity and futility of a mechanistic view of the universe and shifted his major to English. After graduating with honors he has pursued a ...more
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