OOTK – Opening of the Key

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 untitled in  The Oracle of the Tarot by Paul Foster Case.

Stages of the OOTK

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

Divination techniques

The divination techniques are:

  • Elemental Dignities
  • Card Counting
  • Pairing
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