The card that contrasts the most between the two decks is the death card. In the Rider-Waite deck, the death card depicts death as an armored knight on a horse, carrying a banner, whereas in the BOTA deck, the death card depicts death as a bare skeleton with a scythe, with a red sky in the background, being based upon the death card of the Marseille tarot deck. In the Rider-Waite deck, the sun card depicts a nude child on a horse, carrying a dull-red banner, whereas in the BOTA deck, the sun card depicts two nude children standing in a field, being based upon the sun card of the Marseille tarot deck. Also made public was the tarot tableau, a pattern for laying out all of the tarot cards which reveals certain relationships and dissimilarities among them.
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A talented musician, he embarked on a successful career as a violinist, and orchestra conductor. He had an honorary doctorate in music awarded to him. While still a child he reported experiences that today are called lucid dreaming. He corresponded about these experiences with Rudyard Kipling who encouraged him as to the validity of his paranormal pursuits.
Bragdon asked Case what he thought the origin of playing cards was. Between and aged 20—24 , Case began practicing yoga , and in particular pranayama , from what published sources were available. His early experiences appear to have caused him some mental and emotional difficulties and left him with a lifelong concern that so called "occult" practice be done with proper guidance and training.
Atkinson aka Ramacharaka which led him to correspond with the then popular new thought author. A "Dr. Fludd," a prominent Chicago physician approached the young Case and greeting him by name, claimed to have a message from a "master of wisdom"  who, the doctor said, "is my teacher as well as yours.
He could continue with his successful musical career and live comfortably, or he could dedicate himself to "serve humanity" and thereby play a role in the coming age. The articles attracted wide notice in the occult community for organizing and clarifying what had previously been confusing and scattered occult doctrines about the meaning of the tarot cards.
MacGregor Mathers , after the demise of the Golden Dawn in Case joined, and quickly moved up initiations in the Rosicrucian grades True and Invisible Rosicrucian Order. Also during that year he finished a set of articles on the Mystical Rosicrucian Origins of Faust and published by Whitty. The following year, he began to correspond with Dr. John William Brodie-Innes Fr. Sub Spe.
Between and , Case and Michael Whitty collaborated in the development of the text which would later be published as The Book of Tokens. This book was written as a received text, whether through meditation, automatic writing, or some other means. It later surfaced that Master R. Perhaps because of his quick advancement through the grades of the order, Case sparked some jealousy among the other adepts.
Moreover, others may have thought some of his teachings inappropriate. On July 18, , Mathers wrote Case regarding complaints she had received regarding some of his teachings. Since no knowledge lectures exist on the subject, whether sex practices were ever taught in the Golden Dawn has been a long-standing question.
In her correspondence with Case, Moina wrote, "I have seen the results of this superficial sex teaching in several occult societies as well as in individual cases. I have never met with one happy result.
In his Book of Tokens, a collection of inspired meditations on the 22 Tarot Keys of the Major Arcana, Case comments on the sex function, "You must wholly alter your conception of sex in order to comprehend the Ancient Wisdom.
It is the interior nervous organism, not the external organs, that is always meant in phallic symbolism, and the force that works through these interior centers is the Great Magical Agent, the divine serpent fire.
Some members also complained about a personal relationship between Case and a soror, Lilli Geise. My conscience acquits me Our relation to each other we submit to no other Judge than that Lord of Love and Justice whom we all adore.
In her July 18 letter, she tells Case, "You evidently have reached a point in your mystical Way where there would appear to exist certain cross-roads. The artist in you, which I recognize, and with whom I deeply sympathize, would probably choose to learn the Truth through the joy and beauty of physical life.
But Etain had to choose between bodily existence in the land of mortals and everlasting life. She continued still, "The artist in us may have lingered in that land for a moment. But you and I who would be teachers and pioneers in this Purgatorial World must be prepared before all the Gods to be the servants of the greatest of them all The relief is great.
Builders of the Adytum[ edit ] After Case left Alpha et Omega, he vigorously pursued the organization of his own mystery school. In the summer of , Case put his first efforts together preparing a comprehensive correspondence course. In one year it covered what the B. Some of these materials have recently been published. Still in existence today, B. Over the next three decades, Case organized the curriculum of correspondence lessons covering what is called the Western Mystery Tradition : occult tarot , Qabalah , and hermetic alchemy.
MacGregor Mathers , who was responsible for the inclusion of the ceremonials based on the skrying of Sir Edward Kelly. Paul Clark, in his book on Case, mentions his own examination of the original Cipher manuscripts on which Mathers founded the first order Golden Dawn rituals.
It was natural for him, perhaps mistakenly, to assume these were the ones referenced in the Cipher manuscripts. Unfortunately, this was not necessarily the case.
Biography[ edit ] Dr. His Life and Works. Appendix II purports to be communications from Master R. She walked into one of his classes with her sister Rosalie. When Matthew left the movement, he left a valid apostolic succession in the hands of men prepared to teach the Ageless Wisdom and mystical Christianity , and to offer valid Catholic sacraments to all and sundry, but especially to religious non-conformists.
Case was ordained a priest by Bishop Charles Hampton in the Liberal Catholic Church in Ojai, California, in , and served parishes throughout the southern California area. Initiated: March 22,
Paul Foster Case
A talented musician, he embarked on a successful career as a violinist, and orchestra conductor. He had an honorary doctorate in music awarded to him. While still a child he reported experiences that today are called lucid dreaming. He corresponded about these experiences with Rudyard Kipling who encouraged him as to the validity of his paranormal pursuits. Bragdon asked Case what he thought the origin of playing cards was. Between and aged 20—24 , Case began practicing yoga , and in particular pranayama , from what published sources were available.
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