Paul Foster Case’s Mystery School Spread

365 Tarot Spreads: Revealing the Magic in Each Day - Sasha Graham 2014

Paul Foster Case’s Mystery School Spread

On This Day

Greek and Roman Mysteries were recognized public institutions in the ancient world. The two most important Western mystery schools were Dionysian, the worship of food and wine, and Eleusinian, celebrating Demeter and her daughter Persephone.

Paul Foster Case, occultist and author, was born on this day in 1884. Case created a modern mystery school, Builders of the Adytum (B.O.T.A.), which is still in existence to this day, offering mail-order tarot correspondence courses.

Summation of Spread

All ancient mysteries were presided over by a hierophant, an ancient Greek priest, thus connecting it to this tarot card. The Hierophant is the interpreter of sacred mysteries and arcane principles as well as the expounder of rites of worship and sacrifice.

Are you ready for transformation? Mystery schools exist to provide knowledge of the nonmaterial realms. Knowledge is gained through grades, initiations, and rituals. Their symbolic structure codifies principles as well as communicates them. The lessons must be experienced in order to be understood. Mystery schools bring initiates into hidden worlds that, like dreams, can only be experienced.

Cast Your Cards

The Mystery School Spread’s cards are cast in a circle, symbol of wholeness, unity, and infinity:

1. How can I transform my consciousness?

2. What specific action can I take to awaken energy in my body?

3. What dormant ability lies within me?

4. What experience do I need to have?

5. What knowledge waits for me?

6. How does my experience of life change as a result?