August 27, 2017

The Goat of Mendes: a Satanic Tarot spread

satanic tarot spread
A Satanic Tarot card spread based on the inverted pentagram and inspired by the Goat of Mendes.
This six-card arrangement is one of my own creation which I call the Goat of Mendes and its aesthetic configuration is taken from the inverted pentagram. Unlike the upright pentagram which shows an man standing with his feet upon the bottom points, hands spread to the horizontal points, and head in the ascendant point, the Goat of Mendes is the reverse: two horns in the upright points, ears hanging to the horizontal points, and a tangled beard dangling in the bottom point. This isn't a spiritual man ascending to Heaven, but a carnal beast rooted in the earth. This arrangement jumps straight into the heart of material affairs and challenges you to both recognize and reward those who help you, while accusing and opposing those who hurt you.

The Goat of Mendes uses the following positions:
  1. Face: Subject of the reading
  2. Beard: How the subject has helped or hurt itself.
  3. Left Ear: How friends help the subject.
  4. Left Horn: How the subject can reward its friends.
  5. Right Ear: How enemies hurt the subject.
  6. Left Ear: How the subject can punish its enemies.
In this arrangement, the subject of the performance is indicated by the Face and the subject’s present reality is indicated by the Beard. How the subject is helped by friends is indicated by the left ear, and how the subject can reward those friends is shown by the left horn. How the subject is harmed by enemies is shown by the right ear, and how the subject can punish those enemies is shown by the right horn. If you so choose, you may include the three additional cards I created for use with the Satanic Tarot deck—the black and white candles and the symbol of Baphomet—to enhance your ritual experience. 

Exemplars

Face (Jack of Hearts) + Right Ear (Discipline)

The sitter John is symbolized by the anchor card, the Jack of Hearts. The way John is helped by his friends is symbolized by the reference card sitting at the right ear, the synthetic trump Discipline. In this configuration, the Jack of Hearts expresses the 2 of Hearts in a fixed aspect and cooperates with Discipline. In this combination, John is helped to endure loss and transition by the support of friends who won't enable his worst habits and who serve as steady pillars of trustworthiness in his unsteady world.

Face (Jack of Hearts) + Left Ear (5 of Diamonds)

The sitter John is symbolized by the anchor card, the Jack of Hearts. The way John is harmed by his enemies is symbolized by the reference card sitting at the left ear, the fixed 5 of Diamonds. In this configuration, the Jack of Hearts expresses the 7 of Hearts in a fixed aspect which generously gives to the 5 of Diamonds. In this combination, we see that John is harmed by his enemies through their use of lesser magic to manipulate him into feeling outraged that they're not being given the love and attention they need in life. John is being drained by psychic vampires preying on his compassion and triggering his outrage into convincing him that he simply must give his own time and resources to give them what they want him to think they are owed.

A final word of caution to the wise fortune-teller: People who’ve wronged you deserve to be punished, but be careful that “eye for an eye” justice doesn’t leave you blind at the end. Self-deceit can be fun and stimulating, but remember it for the fantasy that it is.

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