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The B.O.T.A. Tarot by Paul Foster Case

June 14, 2009

The B.O.T.A. Tarot was created by Paul Foster Case, founder of B.O.T.A. and artist Jessie Burns Parke. Though the B.O.T.A. Tarot for the most part closely resembles the Rider-Waite deck, Paul Foster Case corrected what he felt were mistakes or “blinds” in the Rider-Waite edition.

B.O.T.A. repeatedly emphasizes that Tarot is primarily a tool for meditation, not fortune-telling. After explaining the B.O.T.A. method for Tarot divination in his book “The Tarot, A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages,” Case specifically explains the differences between divination and fortune-telling and closes with a warning, “Finally, let me reiterate the thought that this is not to be used for vulgar fortune telling, or to amuse a party of friends. If you yield to the temptation so to abuse this information, you will pay for it in the loss of all power of true divination, and probably in the loss of ability to control the higher rates of psychic vibration.”

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