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Another curious thing is that many people who don't like "the esoteric stuff that has been piled on" really believe that tarot was invented originally for fortune telling. Therefore the divinatory meanings which they use has always been an integral part of tarot, not something that was added later.

I believe in live and let live as regards how one uses a deck of cards, but the way people keep blasting away at the esoteric approach, methinks they protest too much. I.e., their excessive defensiveness may mean that they feel threatened. For example, they may feel deep inside that there is something in Qabalah that may be good to know, and it worries them, because they don't want to go to the effort of learning whatever it is. Hence dissing it is a defensive maneuver designed to remove the threat.
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