The Animal Kingdom

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185:1 This letter is derived from its vocal ' (Yod), become a consonant; and it adds to its original meaning the respective significations of the letters m (Zain) and 0 (Samech).--FABRE D'OLIVET.

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"Sorrow lessens in work, in fulfilling a task, Woe to the sluggard who sleeps on his way; Like a dog at his heels pain clings to him fast, If he leave for to-morrow the work of to-day." THE WORLD 22

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22nd Hebrew letter (Tau). ORIGIN OF THE SYMBOLISM OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CARD OF THE TAROT.

The Tau has the same hieroglyphic meaning as the Daleth (fourth card), the womb; but it is chiefly the sign of reciprocity, the image of all that is mutual and reciprocal. It is the sign of signs, for to the abundance of the letter Daleth 1 (fourth card), and by dint of the resistance and protection of the letter Teth, k (ninth card), it adds the idea of PERFECTION, of which it is the symbol.

In the primitive Hebrew alphabet the Teth was represented by a cross (+). This letter is double, and in astronomy it represents the Sun.

A nude female figure, holding a wand in each hand, is placed in the centre of an ellipsis, her legs crossed (like those of the Hanged Man in the twelfth card). At the four angles of the card we find the four animals of the Apocalypse, and the four forms of the Sphinx: the Man, the Lion, the Bull, and the Eagle.

This symbol represents Macrocosm and Microcosm, that is to say, God and the Creation, or the Law of the Absolute. The four figures placed at the four corners represent the four letters of the sacred name, or the four great symbols of the Tarot.

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