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One: Number Symbolism in Tarot: One is the first number, so it symbolizes leadership. It’s an obvious symbol of unity and singularity. The number one can even be thought of as a thesis—an original statement of thought, belief, and perception, still unchallenged by other competing ideas. One also represents the source of all existence. In the Tarot, every numbered card in a Minor Arcana suit is said to originate within the ace of that suit. As such, the number one symbolized fertility, and the potential and possibility of every new beginning. That symbolism is reinforced by the graphic nature of both the Arabic numeral 1 of the Roman numeral I. Both shapes resemble phallic symbols. Even as a geometric figure, the number one is illustrated as a single point—a dot, which could represent either an egg or a sperm.
source: Tarot for Writers, by Corrine Kenner

One: One is considered a lucky number as it is indivisible, and when multiplied by itself remains the same. One is associated with God, the intellect, purity, and the sun. Children born on the 1st of the month are believed to be enterprising, independent and lucky.
source: The Encyclopedia of Superstitions, by Richard Webster


On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, one is the number of Kether, or Crown, the topmost sephirah. This is the first manifestation of the Divine that can be known. Above it is the lowest of the Three Veils of Negative Existence, the unknowable or transcendent Divine.

Uniting opposites and bringing them to unity, one, plays an important role in several forms of spirituality and magick. For example, basic sex magick can be described as 1+1=1 (one positive form of sexual energy, typically a "male" combined with one negative form of energy, typically a "female," produces one magickal result). 


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The concept of a guardian angel is extremely old. In Zoroastrianism, guardian angels were called fravashis. Before Christianity, the Romans had protective guardians. Men had a genius and women a juno. Jesus Christ confirmed the existence of guardian ...
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What is Divination?
Prophesy and information by "occult" methodologies.  By reading naturally produced signs ranging from the shape of clouds to the positions of planets (astrology). By reading artificially produced signs ranging from tea leaves to the throwing ...
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General Hypnosis Technique
All hypnosis does is capture your natural going to sleep scenario, while keeping you awake, so you can give your subconscious mind beneficial suggestions. How does hypnosis do this? Since the conscious mind, or beta, does not do a very efficient ...
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Review of Gypsy Oracle Cards
Summary: Evoking another time and place, this reproduction of a nineteenth-century deck creates the atmosphere of a bygone era, while offering old-fashioned guidance and wisdom. In-Depth Review: Every day people use different tools to predict the ...
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The Realms
According to ancient Celtic beliefs, three main realms co-exist: an Underworld associated with the past, an earthly realm of the middle world associated with manifested reality, and an Upperworld associated with potential reality and all possible ...
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Review of Dame Fortune\'s Wheel Tarot
Summary: Dame Fortune’s Wheel Tarot is an elegant marriage of historical research and practicality. It celebrates the Tarot’s introduction as a divinatory tool, stripping it of modern esoteric burdens. The result is a deck that is eminently easy to ...
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Seeing and Believing
As Claude M. Bristol puts it in his famous book The Magic of Believing, "The person with a clear goal, a clear picture of his desire, or an ideal always before him, causes it, through repetition, to be buried deeply in his subconscious mind and is ...
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Review of the Law of Attraction Tarot
Summary The Law of Attraction Tarot is a complete system designed to help you better understand the principles of the LOA, to identify and analyze your goals, and to effectively achieve those goals. The full color book in the kit version ...
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Review of Fire Tarot
Summary The Fire Tarot is a fascinating study of a single element through seventy-eight different lenses. How does fire express itself in myth, in our spiritual lives and sacred moments, in our emotions, and in the world around us? This ...
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Review of the Witches Tarot
Summary: This deck is for every witch who wants a deck rich with magickal symbolism. In the magickal world as in tarot, associations and correspondences are of major importance. Ellen Dugan combines tarot and witchcraft together to create something ...
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Review of the Tarot of Marseille Grand Trumps
Summary: This large-sized edition of the Marseille Grand Trumps is a perfect for insightful Majors-only readings, professional readers, and collectors.  In-depth Review: The family of decks from the Marseille tradition pre-date the more ...
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