OOTK Stages

The OOTK or Opening of the Key tarot spread is part of the Golden Dawn teachings. The spread appears Under “The Behaviour of the Tarot” in the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley and untitle in  The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case.

The OOTK Stages

There are fives stages:

First Operation

The situation of the Querent

Second Operation

Development of the Question

Third Operation

Further development of the Question

Fourth Operation

Penultimate aspects of the question.

Fifth Operation

Final Result

Avoiding good luck revealed in tarot readings

Avoiding good luck revealed in tarot readings

Avoiding good luck at the start of a tarot reading Signs of avoiding good luck, or self-sabotage, are found before the tarot cards are laid out and interpreted. In these two real life examples, dropped cards and the client changing the layout of the cards before the...

OOTK example Annie Horniman Card Counting

OOTK example Annie Horniman Card Counting

Abbey Theatre Reading using the Opening of the Key Spread The counting technique creates a story when reading Tarot in a sequence using the Opening of the Key Spread. This video describes the method. The Counting Technique The method is to look at the tarot in groups...

OOTK Tarot Spread Stage 5 – Tree of Life

OOTK Tarot Spread Stage 5 – Tree of Life

 Fifth Operation: Conclusion of the Matter The Tree of Life Spread is the final stage of the Opening of the Key Tarot spread, and gives the Tarot reader the opportunity to analyse the depth of the situation, and point to potential solutions. The deck is shuffled but...

OOTK Tarot Spread Stage 1 – Four Elements

OOTK Tarot Spread Stage 1 – Four Elements

The first stage of this tarot spread involves cutting the deck into four piles as shown below. These four piles represent the four elements and the four Qabalistic Worlds, Atziluth, Briah, Yetsirah and Assiah. Apart from the use of Elemental Dignities, Counting and...

Opening of the Key Tarot Spread Introduction

Opening of the Key Tarot Spread Introduction

Introducing the Opening of The Key Spread The Opening of the Key Spread lies at the heart of the Golden Dawn system, and using Elemental Dignities really brings the whole system to life. This spread really is the greatest, the most powerful of all Tarot spreads. If...

Staying in the question

Staying in the question

Reading the Tarot is about giving answers, isn’t it? People come with questions, spoken or unsaid, and once the deck is shuffled, cut and spread, all the answers come tumbling out. Very few readers would argue with that view of the Tarot, but it is no longer a stance...

Tarot and strategy

Tarot and strategy

Tarot and strategy? Games of chance to decide the next move nevertheless require strategy to win. Remember playing Ludo as a child? Depending on the roll of a dice, which counter your move is critical to winning or losing. Monopoly is another classic example. I found...

Buddhism, Tarot & Opening the Key

Buddhism, Tarot & Opening the Key

Having spent some time with The Opening Of The Keys Spread as taught by Paul Hughes-Barlow, I believe that the true secrets to the Tarot have truly been opened. In my early work with Tarot, I had spent some time relating to the Tree of Life and then trying to remember...

Changing direction

Changing direction

Card counting is brilliant method of reading the tarot by telling a story about events in the life of the person