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TABOO - The Sixth Sense(tm)
Tradewest

Important Notice

TABOO is not intended for children for under the age of 14 yrs. and then may only be used if parental guidance and advice is freely available at all times during the product use.

TABOO is offered for curiosity value only, no mystical or magical claims are guaranteed or inferred. All possible care has been taken to ensure that TABOO incorporates all of the ancient magical symbolic references and traditions associated with this type of product and follows the authentic technique to our own knowledge and experience of the method of divination of the Kings.

No responsibility is accepted in any form whatsoever relating to TABOO and any such effects influences or miracles incurred divulged resulting or directly connected with TABOO whatsoever. For entertainment only.

USE TABOO AT YOUR OWN RISK

TABOO SHOULD NOT BE PURCHASED BY MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 14 YEARS OF AGE

Controlling Your Destiny

Name Scroll

Start game by pressing any button.

You are prompted to enter your name, date of birth; Month, Day, Year, Gender. Use the control pad left/right/up/down to move the cursor over selected letter and by depressing either Button A or B you can write the letters onto the Taboo scrolls. If you make an error or select the letter simply move the cursor over the RUB symbol and depress either Button A or B to remove it or "Rub out" the required characters. Move the cursor to the END symbol after each correct complete entry.

Question Scroll

Once you have entered all of the "Personal Information", you will be presented with the Taboo Question Scroll. Here enter your personal question to link with Taboo, The Sixth Sense.

Once your question to the oracle has been entered, move the cursor to "END" and press either Button A or B.

Shuffling Cards

The cards will now begin to shuffly. Move the control pad in the required directions to influence the shuffling of the cards.

Taboo has begun.

When you have finished viewing each card press any button to continue on to the next situation.

Personalized Lucky Numbers

At the end of each TABOO reading you will be given the option to glimpse your very own exclusive lucky number as predicted by TABOO, THE SIXTH SENSE, using your own minute psychic vibration and stimulus.

Simply input the 2 letter postal code for any state's lucky number with the A and B buttons. Or you can select one or more lucky numbers, up to seven, with the "Select" button. You can also control the minimum and maximum number from which TABOO can choose by using the Control Pad. Left/right controls the minimum and up/down controls the maximum.

There is no such thing as luck, there is only chance, and what chance do you stand!

We all make our own chances and now it's your chance to make it.

Introduction

Peering back into the shady twilight of man's past, when the forces of nature and the elements were supreme, there existed three things, life, the present and the future. Man had no need for further complication in his uncluttered life and sought only truth, the first two he already held, life and the present, the future had always been just beyond his grasp, the third he sought, the truth of the future.

The future is woven into the very fabric of our lives and all things which happen shape the very future of our lives. Clinging onto the merest of truths in the hope that their knowledge would bear fruit. Man, during his early and uncluttered past developed the technique to divine the future.

This technique is TABOO.

Some events bring forth oceans of change, others merely raindrops. But everything will shape our future to a greater or lesser degree.

All things that are worldly and all things that are fantasy, the conscious, the sub-conscious, the hopes and fears and fates of all of mankind were collected and arranged by, so that order follows disorder, present follows past, future follows present and unknown follows known.

There is no mystery or magic in the order of the universe, all things are as they should be, night follows day, day follows night, in the never ending cycle called time.

What Is Taboo

TABOO is the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the occult and ancient tarot system of divination of future events. All that the tarot is and was has been incorporated into the depth of this cartridge. It's mysteries and untold riddles encoded in the minute electronic circuitry of today's high tech components. The meeting, if you like, of an ancient miracle together with the modern miracle of science and technology, to serve you, as a high priest would an emperor.

Your own personal link with the future, your glimpse into the unknown, into the future.

The Time Machine

The Order of the Universe

The order of the universe has been recorded within TABOO and it's collection may be used by those among us who can detach from the powers and pressures of the modern world, transcending the barrier of space to peer through that small fleeting window in time, that is TABOO and glimpse the future.

TABOO, the N.E.S. cartridge is not a game, but a technique based upon the ancient art of fortune telling or prediction as used by Nostradamus, possibly one of the greatest predictionists of all time.

The method of prediction by tarot is very simple and very old.

A tarot deck consists of some 78 cards which are almost certainly the predecessor of the modern European/American playing cards, as will be seen later, bears a striking resemblance to the enigmastic tarot cards of lore.

The standard tarot deck and the one upon which taboo is based consists of 78 cards arranged in two distinct groups.

The Major Arcana

The Major Arcana or Trump cards, consist of twenty-two picture cards numbered from one to twenty-one, plus one un-numbered card (The Fool).

The Minor Arcana

The Minor Arcana consists of fifty-six cards arranged in four suits (a la conventional playing deck) numbered from one (or ace) to ten with the addition of four court cards, Page, Knight, Queen and King. The Page and Knight being combined in the modern conventional deck to become one card the Jack or Knave.

The suits upon the tarot deck are as follows:

WANDS
CUPS
SWORDS
COINS

Each of the TABOO screen images represents the symbolic or original representation of the sacred designs of the tarot cards including the descriptive title printed at the bottom of the image.

Brief History of Taboo

The Major Arcana

Prior to the eighteenth century all tarot cards were printed in Italian with later decks being printed with French text. The word Tarot is French and derived from the Italian word TAROCCHI. There is no direct translation of the word and it's meaning has been lost for hundreds of years.

TABOO is the future we wish to glimpse.

The titles of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards are listed below in their usual order, with Roman numerals and their conventional names.

0 THE FOOL
1 THE MAGICIAN I
2 THE HIGH PRIESTESS II
3 THE EMPRESS III
4 THE EMPEROR IV
5 THE HIERPHANT V
6 THE LOVERS VI
7 THE CHARIOT VII
8 JUSTICE VIII
9 THE HERMIT IX
10 THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE X
11 STRENGTH XI
12 THE HANGED MAN XII
13 DEATH XIII
14 TEMPERANCE XIV
15 THE DEVIL XV
16 THE FALLING TOWER XVI
17 THE STAR XVII
18 THE MOON XVIII
19 THE SUN XIX
20 JUDGMENT XX
21 THE WORLD XXI

The Minor Arcana

The cards are listed below in their usual order

King of Swords .. of Staffs .. of Cups .. of Coins
Queen of Swords
Knight of Swords
Page of Swords
10 of Swords
9 of Swords
8 of Swords
7 of Swords
6 of Swords
5 of Swords
4 of Swords
3 of Swords
2 of Swords
Ace of Swords

The earliest surviving tarot cards in existance and dated in the 14th century, are Italian in origin.

The more recent Italian decks to have survived near complete were hand painted during the 15th century, these are known as the Charles VI pack and the Visconti Sforza pack, but their sheer existance and beautifully designed and crafted nature do little to shed any light upon the dim beginning of the cards.

These rarely seen and seldom forgotten images known as the Major Arcana have survived in their present form for hundreds of years. Many attempts have been made to reduce them to a mere deck of cards including the removal of the lower half of the design and the replacement with a reversed top half (as per the modern court cards, e.g. King, Queen, etc.) losing much of the significance of the design to improve the cards for card games.

Taboo is Not a Game!

But, exactly who created the magical, mystical images for the Major Arcana cards and why, is still a mystery. The sheer fact that the cards have survived the centuries in their original form is some testimony to the latent power that is stored within the startling and often disturbing images of the Tarot.

SWORDS

The suit of Swords corresponds to the ancient element of Air, which because of it's invisibility was believed to be the breath of God.

CUPS

The suit of Cups corresponds to the ancient element of Water from which all life emerged.

WANDS

The suit of Wands corresponds to the ancient element of Fire, which it is said spray forth from nothing and could alter or transform anything and everything it touched without it's self being changed.

COINS

The suit of Coins corresponds to the ancient element of Earth, the entrusted base clay from which we all are formed and to which we will ultimately return.

What Taboo Can or Cannot Do

TABOO cannot predict a fixed and fated future, it can predict a series of events that may come to pass, if all the events and situations within the reading continue on their path undisturbed and unhindered.

It will predict the answer to your question at the moment of the asking, if you strive to overt the fated future, then the future as told may not come to pass. TABOO does not so much try to predict but rather tries to assess the quality of the feeling at the moment of the asking and predict the probable outcome.

Each moment has particular qualities attached to it and each moment has a past, a present and a future. The past has lead up to this point, the future will follow this point and will be based upon what has previously happened. Our future is dictated by the past conditions and with the experience gained from the past we select our futures.

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