The Gristian Tarot

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THIS IS NOT AN ALBUM. THIS IS A SOOTHSAYING TOOL.
THIS IS NOT AN ALBUM. THIS IS AN ORACLE.
THIS IS NOT AN ALBUM. THIS IS A TAROT DECK IN SOUND.

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1) The Listener Downloads the Gristian Tarot.
(This bandcamp release contains two sound-pieces for each card in a Tarot deck, one piece representing the card up the right way, one piece reversed to represent that same card upside-down. The release must be downloaded in its entirety for the deck to be complete.)

Step 2) The Listener places all the files into a media player.

Step 3) The Listener sets the media player to "shuffle"/"random".

Step 4) The Listener asks a Question.

Step 5) The Listener presses Play.

Step 6) As per the Celtic Cross Method of reading the Tarot, the first 10 tracks that play (and ONLY the first 10 tracks that play) is the Reading. More specifically:

-The FIRST track played represents the Listener and the influences affecting the Listener in the context of the Question.

-The SECOND track played represents the obstacles that stand in the Way of the Listener.

-The THIRD track played represents the Listener's aim or ideal result in the context of the Listener's Question, or the best that can be achieved under the circumstances, but which has not Happened Yet.

-The FOURTH track played represents the foundation or basis of the matter, that which has Already Happened.

-The FIFTH track played represents that which Is Happening, or has very recently Happened, in the context of the Listener's query.

-The SIXTH track played represents the Future, in the context of the Listener's query.

These first six tracks represent the Celtic Cross formation of the Tarot Oracle. The next four tracks represent the sidebar:

-The SEVENTH track played represents the Position or Attitude of the Listener.

-The EIGHTH track played represents the Environment and Influences of the Listener.

-The NINTH track played represents the Hopes and Fears of the Listener.

-The TENTH (and FINAL) track played represents the Final Result, the Culmination brought about by the influences wrought by the other tracks.

Step 7) Interpretation. There are many websites and/or Actual Books which can be consulted for the specific meanings of each card/track. One example is www.tarotlore.com/tarot-cards/.

Because the Gristian Tarot is in an unusual format (the world's first Functional Occult Soundscape), there are situations which can be encountered with the Gristian Tarot which cannot be encountered with any other Tarot: namely, the appearance in the one Reading of both a card and its reversed (upside-down/inverted) iteration. This can be dealt with in two ways:

-Whichever version of the card occurs second can be discounted, and the track skipped until a Unique card/track is discovered, so that the Full Reading only includes Ten unique cards/tracks, as is normal with the card-based Tarot deck. Or:

-The Listener can simply choose to have both cards, non-inverted and inverted, in their reading, and interpret this as The Oracle's Way. For who is the Listener (or the Gristian himself) to argue with The Oracle?

Step 8) The Reading can then be burnt to Disc or recorded to Cassette or concretised in a Playlist or mixed into a Youtube upload, and experienced several times, to enhance the Properties of the Reading - or it can be wiped immediately, and the process can be begun again, for different potential Results.

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GRIST - no instruments, no composition
dedicated mono occult immersions
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The track order displayed here was decided by shuffling a Physical Tarot Deck and turning the entire deck over one by one until all cards were revealed. The remaining virtual cards were then arranged in the direct reverse order for a cosmically-pleasing Palindromic Effect. But, as mentioned earlier, the order in which the tracks are presented here is irrelevant, as, like a Physical Tarot Deck, this release should only EVER be experienced properly "shuffled".
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Each track has corresponding artwork, a minimally-altered version of "The Book of Thoth" Tarot Deck painted by Lady Frieda Harris according to instructions from Aleister Crowley. The artworks attached to each track are for additional interest only - the True Purpose of this release is the divinatory soundscape itself, not the accompanying visuals. Maximum results will not be gained by focusing on the visual, but in Experiencing the Metaphysical.
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NOTE: All of GRIST's previous releases have been pay-what-you-want, which will continue for all regular releases: however, as The Gristian Tarot is a one-off Special Living Project, it will only be shared for the Symbolic Crossing of Silver, an offering, a sacred contract made Real.
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ADDITIONAL NOTE: All pieces created between 2014 and 2016, except for "The Hermit", which was created in 2009 for "The Tarot Serie" (sic), a collection of Twenty Two 3" CDs of the Major Arcana by various artists, released by Marco Grosso of Invisible Eye Productions.
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released October 12, 2016

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