Kabbalah Tarot

The Path Of Ayin The Devil

Capricorn Devil

SIGN Capricorn Cardinal Earth ESOTERIC TITLE The Lord of the Gates of Matter the Child of the Forces of Time THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-sixth Path is called the Renovating Intelligence, because the Holy God renews by it all the changing things which are renewed by the creation of the world. The Path of Ayin, THE DEVIL, connects Tiphareth, the center of the Sun consciousness, with Hod, sphere of Mercury and of the intellect. The twenty-sixth Path is formative and, in terms of the...

13th Path Kabbalah

Which Tarot Card Means Study

SIGN Scorpio Fixed Water ESOTERIC TITLE The Child of the Great Transformers the Lord of the Gate of Death THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-fourth Path is the Imaginative Intelligence, and it is so called because it gives a likeness to all the similitudes which are created in like manner similar to its harmonious elegancies. The Path of Nun, DEATH, is one of the three Paths leading from the Personality to the Higher Self. As a preface to its study one may usefully consider comments by Case...

Hermetic Symbols

Mercury Hermetic Symbols

THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twelfth Path is the Intelligence of Transparency because it is that species of Magnificence called Chazchazit, which is named the place whence issues the vision of those seeing in apparitions That is the prophesies by seers in a vision . The Path of Beth is between Kether and Binah. It is the transition between the One Pure Source of All, energy undefined, and the Great Organizer, a relationship described by the meaning of the...

The Path Of Zain

ESOTERIC TITLE The Children of the Voice The Oracle of the Mighty Gods THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Seventeenth Path is the Disposing Intelligence, which provides Faith to the Righteous, and they are clothed with the Holy Spirit by it, and it is called the Foundation of Excellence in the state of higher things. The Path of Zain, THE LOVERS, between Binah and Tiphareth, connects the pure consciousness from which form emerged with the central point of all manifestation, a complexity which can...

What Mean Path Of

ESOTERIC TITLE The Magus of the Eternal. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Sixteenth Path is the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence, so called because it is the pleasure of the Glory, beyond which is no other Glory like to it, and it is called also the Paradise prepared for the Righteous. The Path of THE HIEROPHANT, Vau, leads from Chesed to Chokmah and is the uppermost Path on the Pillar of Mercy. It is described in the Golden Dawn documents as The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter, which...

The Tree Of Life

Holy Sephiroth

The Tree of Life Figure 1 is intended to symbolize the entire universe, a proposition so vast in its implications that some may doubt that such a symbol is even possible. It is a deceptively simple diagram composed of ten spheres called Sephiroth, and twenty-two connecting lines called Paths. Collectively, the Sephiroth and Paths are called the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom. Between Binah and the next Sephira is an invisible Sephira known as Daath, or Knowledge. It is not represented on the Tree,...

The Fourth Path In Kabbalah

SIGN Aries Cardinal Fire ESOTERIC TITLE Sun of the Morning, Chief Among the Mighty. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Fifteenth Path is the Constituting Intelligence, so called because it constitutes the substance of creation in pure darkness, and men have spoken of these contemplations it is that darkness spoken of in Scripture, Job xxxviii.9. and thick darkness a swaddling band for it. The higher we rise on the Tree of Life, the more obvious it becomes that the Tarot trumps only point the way...

Camino Real Kabbalah

Tarot Journal

ESOTERIC TITLE The Princess of the Silver Star. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Thirteenth Path is named the Uniting Intelligence, and is so called because it is itself the Essence of Glory. It is the Consumation of the Truth of individual spiritual things. Having just considered the Path of THE EMPRESS, one of warm enclosure a literal return to the cosmic womb and of maternal protection, the Path of THE HIGH PRIESTESS may be somewhat disconcerting. It is as if the Supreme Mother has removed...

The Double Letters Planets Localities Days Gateways Contrasts

Tree Life Planets

The initial commentary on the Double Letters states that they are so called because each letter represents a contrast or permutation. In fact, each of these seven letters has two pronunciations, one hard and one soft. The letters refer, in order, to Life and Death, Peace and War, Wisdom and Folly, Riches and Poverty, Grace and Indignation, Fertility and Solitude, Power and Servitude. These are the pairs of opposites which we can apply to the designated Tarot Trumps. These Seven Double Letters...

The Four Threes The Four Queens

The Organizer and Compensator The Dark Sterile Mother the Bright Fertile Mother Symbols The Yoni, the Triangle, the Cup, Heh Planet Saturn Color Black In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colours are hidden, wherein is mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There is the Supernal Triad completed. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and...

The Path Of Tau The Universe

MEANING Tau Cross, Equal Armed Cross DOUBLE LETTER Power-Servitude ESOTERIC TITLE The Great One of the Night of Time THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Thirty-Second Path is the Administrative Intelligence, and it is so called because it directs and associates in all their operations the seven planets, even all of them in their own due course. Study of the Paths begins not with the first card, THE FOOL, but with the last, THE UNIVERSE.97 This is because we ascend the Tree of Life, working from our...

The Path Of Tzaddi The Star

ESOTERIC TITLE The Daughter of the Firmament the Dweller between the Waters. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-eighth Path is called the Natural Intelligence, and it is so-called because through it is consummated and perfected the Nature of every existing thing beneath the Sun. The Path of Tzaddi, THE STAR, connects Netzach Victory with Yesod The Foundation . It is a very powerful Path which points out the way in which the Divine Energy inherent in each individual is properly approached....

The Four Fives

The Eliminator of the Useless Symbols The Pentagon, The Tudor Rose of Five Petals, the Sword, the Spear, The Scourge. Planet Mars In Binah is the Radix of Red, and therein is there a red colour, pure and scintillating and flashing with flame which is reflected into Geburah. The Sphere of its operation is called Madim or violent rushing Force and it bringeth fortitude, and war and strength and slaughter, as it were, the flaming Sword of an avenging God. And it ruleth the Sphere of Action of the...

Negative Limitless Light

Qabalistic teachers repeatedly stress that the Tree of Life represents our manifest universe. This emphasis is placed to express the idea that behind even the most exalted aspects of our universe lies an Unmanifest, which is the ultimate source of all, and which cannot be known to us. The Unmanifest is symbolized by the words Negative Limitless Light, or in Hebrew Ain Soph Aur. It is shown on the Tree of Life, above Kether, as three curves of radiating light. The outer curve is Ain, the middle...

Budda Taro Cards Meaning

Hermit Tarot Meaning

PATH COLOR Green-yellowish SIGN Virgo Mutable Earth ESOTERIC TITLE The Prophet of the Eternal, the Magus of the Voice of Power THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twentieth Path is the Intelligence of Will, and is so called because it is the means of preparation of all and each created being, and by this intelligence the existence of the Primordial Wisdom becomes known. The Path of Yod, connects Tiphareth the Christ-Buddha center and Chesed the Architect of Manifestaton . In brief, it represents...

The Princes

Tarot The Chariot

These Princes are seated in chariots, and thus borne forward. They represent the Vau Forces of the Name in each suit The Mighty Son of the King, and the Queen, who realizes the influences of both scales of Force A prince, the son of a King and Queen, yet a Prince of Princes, and a King of Kings. An Emperor, whose effect is at once rapid though not so swift as that of a King and enduring though not as steadfast as that of a Queen . It is therefore symbolized by a figure borne in a chariot, and...

Throne Of The Ace Of Cups Princess

The Empress Kabbalah

TEN OF CUPS, Lord of Perfected Success Mars in Pisces . Angels of the Decan Aasliah and Mihal . This is Malkuth in Briah, the influence of Malkuth in the unconscious Mental World. Here is a situation where the generally understood astrological meaning of an aspect does not apply. In an astrological reading, Mars in Pisces, a watery sign, would signify a dispersal of energy and a degree of frustration. But the meaning here is that the fire of Mars causes the waters of the final sign of the...

The Four Aces

All that Is the Breath of That which Is Not The Source of Energy from the Infinite Unmanifest The First Motion That from Which we come, and to Which we shall return In Kether is the Divine White Brilliance, the scintillation and corruscation of the Divine Glory that light which lighteth the universe that light which surpasseth the glory of the Sun and beside which the light of mortals is but darkness, and concerning which it is not fitting that we should speak more fully. And the sphere of its...

What Path On The Tree Of Life Is The Justice Card

Tree Life Kabbalah Tarot Pathways

ESOTERIC TITLE The Daughter of the Lords of Truth the Ruler of the Balance. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called because by it spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow. The Path of Lamed, JUSTICE is between Tiphareth and Geburah. Lamed means ox-goad, the spear-like prod which keeps the ox moving down the road. This attribution points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph ox on...

The Path Of Resh The

Path The Kabbalah

DOUBLE LETTER Fertility-Barrenness ESOTERIC TITLE The Lord of the Fire of the World THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Thirtieth Path is the Collecting Intelligence and is so-called because Astrologers deduce from it the judgment of the Stars, and of the celestial signs, and the perfections of their science, according to the rules of their resolutions. The Path of Resh connects Hod Splendor with Yesod the Foundation , and is the first of the Paths of the Personality triad to be encountered in...

Sets Of Paths

Middle Pillar Exercise

Another way to consider the Keys is in terms of equilibrium and opposites Figure 25 . Here THE FOOL is viewed as the opposite of THE MAGICIAN, or THE CHARIOT the opposite of THE HIEROPHANT on the basis of their position on the Tree of Life. It is important to note that position is the consideration here, since some authorities establish card opposites in other ways. Beyond Gematria as a means for examining the Tree's internal workings, one begins to look for Paths that are related in special...

The Path Of Samekh Temperance

Goddess Kabbalah Binah

SIGN Sagittarius Mutable Fire ESOTERIC TITLE The Daughter of the Reconcilers, the Bringer Forth of Life THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-fifth Path is the Intelligence of Probation, or is Tentative, and is so called because it is the primary temptation, by which the Creator trieth all righteous persons. The Path of Samekh, TEMPERANCE, leads from Yesod to Tiphareth, from the Moon to the Sun, from the Personality to the Higher Self. It is among the most important and difficult Paths of the...

The Initiatory Scheme Of The Tarot

Tarot Scheme

As we have seen, the Tree of Life is based on one very simple principle, that of a positive and a negative which, between them, produce a third and balanced energy. These are the Yod, Heh and Vau of the Divine Name. A variety of terms describe this pattern, such as Male, Female, Neuter, or Father, Mother, Son. Figure 28 labels the Sephiroth centers of Force and Form, whereas Figure 28. Patterns of Form and Force on the Tree of Life. The Activating Paths are the gt the Formative Paths are the 1...

Modern Tarot Studies A Nineteenth Century Legacy

This is a book of philosophy, of metaphysics, describing a profound system of self-exploration imbedded in seventy-eight simple pictures known as the Tarot. And while these cards have long been publicly associated with odd cults and gypsy fortune tellers, they are increasingly capturing the attention of serious students, who view the cards as a repository of a very complex system for the development of inner knowledge. Perhaps the inventors of the Tarot cards intended that they should be...

The Four Worlds

Sephiroth Four Worlds

The Qabalah describes the universe as divided into four separate Worlds, Figure 9 , each of which is represented by one letter of the Divine Name, or Tetragrammaton mil' . The first is Atziluth, the Archetypal World, the world of Pure Spirit which activates all of the other worlds which evolve from it. Here are attributed the Gods of the Sephiroth, and the letter Yod, Primal Fire. The second world is Briah, the Creative World, the level of pure intellect, of the Archangels and of Heh, Primal...

The Minor Cards

Tarot Kabbalah

The Aces relate to the Primordial Elements found in Kether, and the very root of the inn . As Crowley stated, The point to remember is that, both in their appearance and in their meaning, the Aces are not the elements themselves but the seeds of those elements. When the Tree of Life is projected into a solid sphere, they are placed at the North Pole, above the Princesses, which are called the Thrones of the Aces. The Golden Dawn taught that the Aces govern the revolution of the Universe, and...

The Four Sevens

Mayan Symbol For Venus

Symbols The Girdle, The Rose, the Lamp. Planet Venus Color Green The beams of Chesed and Geburah meet in Netzach and thence in Netzach arises a green, pure, brilliant, liquid and gleaming like an emerald. And the Sphere of its operations is that of Nogah or External Splendour, producing zeal, love, harmony, and it ruleth the Sphere of Action of the Planet Venus and the nature of the Vegetable World. And Jehovah Tzabaoth is a God of Hosts and of Armies, of Triumph and of Victory, ruling the...

The Four Twos The Four Kings

Dynamic Outpouring Energy, Unorganized and Uncompensa ted Symbols The Phallus, the Line, Yod. Astrological Reference The Sphere of the Zodiac Color Grey In Chokmah is a cloud-like grey which containeth various colours and is mixed with them, like a transparent pearl-hued mist, yet radiating withal, as if behind it there was a brilliant glory. And the Sphere of its influence is in Masloth, the Starry Heaven, wherein it disposeth the forms of things. And Yah is the Divine Ideal Wisdom, and its...

The Four Eights

Tarot Journal

Contact point of the Masters Symbols Names and Versicles, Apron. The beams of Geburah and Tiphareth meet in Hod and thence arises in Hod a brilliant pure and flashing orange tawny. And the Sphere of its Operation is that of Kokab, the stellar light, bestowing elegance, swiftness, scientific knowledge and art, and constancy of speech, and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Mercury. And Elohim Tzabaoth is also a God of Hosts and of Armies, of Mercy and Agreement, of Praise and...

The Four Sixes The Four Princes

Tree Life Planets

Consciousness of the Higher Self and of the Greater Masters The Vision of the Harmony of Things Symbols The Calvary Cross, the Rose Cross, the Truncated Pyramid, the Cube, Vau. Planet The Sun Color Yellow In Kether is the Radix of a Golden Glory and thence is there a pure, primitive and sparkling, gleaming golden yellow which is reflected into Tiphareth. This is the first reflected Triad completed. And the sphere of its operation is that of Shemesh, the Solar Light, and bestoweth Life, Light...

The Twelfth

ESOTERIC TITLE The Spirit of the Mighty Waters THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-third Path is called the Stable of Intelligence, and it is so called because it has the virtue of consistency among all numerations. THE HANGED MAN, the Path of Mem, connects Hod and Geburah on the Pillar of Severity. It is also a connecting channel between the Personality and the Higher Self, although its initiatory implications are very different from those three Paths leading directly into Tiphareth. This...

Cycle Wheel Kballah

Wheel Ezekiel Tarot

DOUBLE LETTER Riches-Poverty ESOTERIC TITLE The Lord of the Forces of Life THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Twenty-first Path is the Intelligence of Conciliation, and is so called because it receives the divine influence which flows into it from its benediction upon all and each existence. The Path of Caph, the WHEEL OF FORTUNE, runs from Chesed to Netzach. It is the connecting Path between the Personality and the Higher Self on the Pillar of Mercy under Chokmah. The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom...

Outline Of Divinatory Meanings

As taught by the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn THE FOOL. Idea, thought, spirituality, that which endeavors to rise above the material That is, if the subject which is enquired about be spiritual . If the Divination be regarding a material event of ordinary life, this card is not good, and shows folly, stupidity, eccentricity and even mania, unless with very good cards indeed. It is too ideal and unstable to be generally good in material things. THE MAGICIAN. Skill, wisdom, adaptation....

The Search For Truth

The chances are good that most readers of this book are disillusioned with both organized religion and science. Neither seems to provide the insight into our human condition demanded by an increased and world-wide sophistication. We have learned so much through the wonders of technology and modern communications, that the explanations of our fathers appear more placebo than panacea. Many of those so disillusioned turn to occultism and mysticism in the hope of finding broader meaning and truth....

Chesed Mercy The Four Fours

The Framework of Manifestation The Loving Father who is King The Receptacle of All Powers Symbols The Pyramid, The Square, the Orb and Equal-armed Cross, the Crook, the Sceptre. Planet Jupiter Color Blue In Chokmah is the Radix of blue and thence is there a blue color pure and primitive, and glistening with a spiritual Light which is reflected into Chesed. And the Sphere of its Operation is called Tzedek or Justice and it fashioneth the images of material things, bestowing peace and mercy and...

The Four Tens The Four Princesses

Symbols The Altar of the Double Cube, The Equal Armed Cross, The Mystic Circle, The Triangle of Art, Heh Final. Colors Citrine, Olive, Russet, Black And from the rays of this Triad Netzach, Hod, Yesod there appear three colours in Malkuth together with a fourth which is their synthesis. Thus from the orange tawny of Hod and the green nature of Netzach there goeth forth a certain greenish citrine colour, yet pure and translucent withal. From the orange tawny of Hod mingled with the puce of Yesod...

The Seventh

SIGN Cancer Cardinal Water ESOTERIC TITLE The Child of the Powers of the Waters the Lord of The Triumph of Light THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Eighteenth Path is called the House of Influence by the greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased , and from the midst of the investigation the arcana and hidden senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it, from the cause of all causes. The Path of THE CHARIOT runs between Geburah...

The Third

DOUBLE LETTER Wisdom-Folly ESOTERIC TITLE The Daughter of the Mighty Ones. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Fourteenth Path is the Illuminating Intelligence, and is so called because it is that Brilliant One which is the founder of the concealed and fundamental ideas of holiness and of their stages of preparation. The Path of THE EMPRESS connects Binah and Chokmah. As such, it is the mediating Path of the Supreme Spiritual Self. It is the Path of unity of the Father and Mother, the Path on which...

Tarot Cards The Faithful

The Fool Tarot Card

PATH COLOR Bright Pale Yellow ESOTERIC TITLE The Spirit of Aether. THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Eleventh Path is the Scintillating Intelligence, because it is the essence of that curtain which is placed close to the order of the disposition, and this is a special dignity given to it that it may be able to stand before the Face of the Cause of Causes. The Path of THE FOOL connects Kether, the Source of All, with Chokmah, the first activity toward manifestation. Aleph is assigned to this Path,...

The Sephiroth And Their Symbols

Kabbalah Symbols

In the Tarot, the Sephiroth are represented by the ten numbered cards of each suit Figure 11 and by the Court Cards which are placed on the Sephiroth according to the principle of the mn gt . Any Ace pertains to Kether, any two to Chokmah, any three to Binah, etc. The Court cards, as we have indicated, are placed with the KingsOin Chokmah, the QueensCiOin Binah, the Knights l in Tiphareth and the Princesses rOin Malkuth. Actually, however, the Court Cards relate to the entire Tree, and not just...

The Four Nines

The Perfume And Sandals Qabalah

The Cyclic Energies underlying Matter The beams of Chesed and Geburah meet in Yesod, and thence ariseth in Yesod a brilliant deep violet-purple or puce, and thus is the third Triad completed. And the sphere of its operation is that of Levanah, the Lunar beam, bestowing change, increase and decrease upon created things and it ruleth the Sphere of Action of the Moon and the nature of mankind. And Shaddai is a God who sheddeth benefits, Omnipotent and Satisfying, and A1 Chai is the God of Life,...

The Cube Of Space

Cardinal Fixed Mutable Symbols

A slight feeling of despair may be a common reaction to one's first encounter with this diagram Figure 24 , which may appear to add the last straw to what is an already unbearably heavy weight of symbolism. But in actuality, anyone who can follow a subway map of New York City will have no problem with the Cube of Space. It is a sort of internal map of the Universe, given in the Sepher Yetzirah, where a direction is assigned to each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Many of the symbols discussed in...

The Golden Dawn Tarot

There is only one known, published, reference to the origin of the Golden Dawn Tarot. This appears in the 1945 autobiography of Irish artist and poet, Ella Young. In the book, Flowering Dusk she describes a visit to the home of the Mathers, having been brought there by Maud Gonne, a member of the Order. Maud Gonne had herself been brought into the group by William Butler Yeats, who courted her unsuccessfully for many years. Ella Young describes having been attracted to some large illustrations...

The Riderwaite Deck

In 1910 Arthur Edward Waite and the artist Pamela Colman Smith produced what has become the most popular Tarot deck in history, generally called the Rider Deck after his publisher, William Rider amp Son. The production of this deck is discussed by Waite in his autobiography, Shadows of Life and Thought The Secret Tradition in Goetia was my first considerable work bearing the Rider imprint, but it was preceded in 1910 by a delightful experiment with the so-called Tarot Divinatory Cards,...

The Universe The Keys The Eighth

RELATED SOUND E Natural SIGN Leo Fixed Fire MEANING Snake SIMPLE LETTER Taste ESOTERIC TITLE The Daughter of the Flaming Sword THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM The Nineteenth Path is the Intelligence of all the activities and spiritual beings, and is so called because of the affluence diffused by it from the most high blessing and most exalted sublime glory. In our upward progress on the Tree of Life the Path of STRENGTH leads to the edge of the Abyss, as did THE HERMIT. And as we come closer and...

Secret Paths

Tree Life Path

The idea of Paths which are secret, or hidden seems to have been introduced or at least popularized by Paul Case.60 There is no evidence of the Golden Dawn having schematized any Paths other than the traditional thirty-two. Actually, the Secret Paths are nothing more than the connection of every Sephira with every other Sephira Figure 8 , suggesting that it is possible to move directly from any form of consciousness to any other. This theory is a mitigation of the idea implied in the usual Tree...

The Qabalah

As understood today, the word Qabalah means a tradition or that which is received. It also means a very specific system of metaphysics. But in the ancient world Qabalah had a more general meaning, that of The Law. It could mean an oral law or it could be the law of Moses in the first five books of the Bible, The Torah called the Pentateuch in Greek . It was not until the twelfth century that the term assumed today's precise meaning.20 There are two separate schools of Qabalah, that of Judaism...

Medieval Qabalism

The Sepher Yetzirah set the stage for much later Jewish mysticism by amalgamating various mystical currents into a Jewish context. Called the earliest extant Hebrew text of systematic, speculative thought,29 its ideas were built upon by later scholars. For example, where the very word Sephiroth was originally used to mean simply numbers or numerical stages in creation, in the middle ages that word came to mean a specific system of Divine emanation.30 One of the most important ideas to be added...

Hermeticqabalistic Deceptions

The question of purposeful deception about the origins of many esoteric manuscripts is a serious and difficult one, usually judiciously avoided by writers on the occult who wish to cast their beliefs in the most positive light. But the tally of literature for which antiquity is falsely claimed is so great that the very consistency of such claims becomes intriguing The Hermetica, written by a Greek and widely dated third century to the Renaissance by scholars, but believed to be the original...

Hermeticism And Christian Qabalah

The key to the modern Hermetic Qabalah is the Renaissance mind which blended Jewish Qabalah and Hermetic mysteries. During this period of intense intellectual activity, philosophers encountered previously hidden currents of Jewish mysticism, and attempted to adapt these ideas to a Christian framework. It was even asserted that through the Qabalah one could most effectively prove the divinity of Christ. The Renaissance was a time when man considered himself the jewel in a universal crown. He was...

Hermetic Qabalah And The Golden Dawn

In view of the evidence that Rosicrucianism, though high spiritual allegory, was a seventeenth century myth, the Golden Dawn history lesson incorporated into its Adeptus Minor ritual of initiation is interesting. It begins Know, then, O Aspirant, that the Mysteries of the Rose and the Cross have existed from time immemorial, and that the Rites were practiced, and the Wisdom taught, in Egypt, Eleusis, Samothrace, Persia, Chaldea and India, and in far more ancient lands.55 The ceremony continues...

Aleister Crowleys Thoth Tarot

The Crowley deck has had a long and complex history. Not only did it take Lady Frieda Harris five years to paint the cards, but the completed work remained unpublished for twenty-five years. The first and little known printing was done privately by Carr Collins and his Texas based Sangreal Foundation. This was a very poor printing, in one color. It was not until 1969 that an American publisher of occult books arranged for the first color edition, the actual printing being done in Hong Kong....

Rosicrucianism

Rosicrucianism, developed in Bohemia in the early seventeenth century, appears to be the direct result of John Dee's travels through Germany in 1589.48 There are three key works of Rosicrucian philosophy. The first of these works is the Fama Fraternitas written in German, and originally published though circulating in manuscript for perhaps four years earlier in 1614. The Fama Fraternitas or A Discovery of the Fraternity of the Most Noble Order of the Rose Cross, tells the story of a mysterious...

Magus To The Queen

The next important figure we encounter is Dr. John Dee 1527-1608 , the great Elizabethan philosopher who, with Edward Kelly, developed the system of Enochian Magic later expanded by MacGregor Mathers. Dee shared the ideas of men such as Pico della Mirandola and Agrippa, and could be considered their English counterpart. Moreover, like the Italian metaphysicians, he enjoyed the protection of the royal court, being an advisor and confident to Queen Elizabeth.47 Dee produced two works of major...

Illustrations

Plate I, The Tarot Symbols on the Tree of Life Color Plate II, The Tree of Life in a Solid Sphere Fig. 1 The Ten Holy Sephiroth on the Tree of Life 30 Fig. 2 Development of the Tree of Life diagram 31 Fig. 3 The Path of the Flaming Sword 32 Fig. 4 The Triangles of the Tree of Life 32 Fig. 5 The Pillars on the Tree of Life 33 Fig. 6 The Divisions of the Soul Fig. 7 Attribution of Elements to the Pentagram 37 Fig. 8 The Secret Paths on the Tree of Life 38 Fig. 9 The Four Worlds Fig. 10 The...

Daath Knowledge

Daath is called the Invisible Sephira in that it does not appear in any representation of the Tree of Life. And, in terms of pure Qabalistic doctrine, it is not actually a Sephira at all. As the Sepher Yetzirah states Ten is the number of the ineffable Sephiroth, ten and not nine, ten and not eleven.11 But an experience of what is called Daath is required to cross the Abyss, the great gulf between the Supernal Triangle and all beneath. This is the area of demarcation between Macroprosopus and...

The Golden Dawn

It is no coincidence that the three most important Tarot decks of the modern era, those of Waite, Crowley and the Golden Dawn, were produced by members of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. That fraternity, the intellectual heir of the Renaissance Qabalists and Baroque Rosicrucians, placed greater emphasis on the Tarot than any other group whose activities have yet been made public. Their attitude that the Tarot synthesizes the principles of the Hermetic Qabalah has been pivotal to modern...

The Sepher Yetzirah Book Of Formation

This book of six very brief chapters, dating from some time between the third and the sixth centuries A.D., is the cornerstone of Qabalistic literature, and the document in which the word Sephiroth first appears. It is a work which describes the creation of the universe in terms of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and in terms of symbolic number undoubtedly related to neo-Pythagoreanism. The Sepher Yetzirah is apparently a summation of earlier ideas in Jewish mysticism, similar in form to...

Applications Of The Sepher Yetzirah

As has been indicated, the Tarot is usually related to the Sepher Yetzirah or Book of Formation. This brief, but major, document of esoteric cosmology purports to demonstrate the rational framework and course of creation of our Universe. Yet, as with all truly enlightened works, it is not intended to be read it must, rather, be used as a stimulus to meditation. The Sepher Yetzirah uses the symbolism of highly abstract words to describe those energies which the Tarot describes in pictures, the...

The Simple Letters Signs Of The Zodiac

The twelve simple letters. . . are the foundation of these twelve properties Sight, Hearing, Smell, Speech, Taste, Sexual Love, Work, Movement, Anger, Mirth, Imagination and Sleep. . . . These Twelve Simple Letters he designated, and combined, and formed with them the Twelve celestial constellations of the Zodiac. Figure 22 shows the Signs of the Zodiac on the Tree with the corresponding Tarot Keys. This should be studied with Figure 23, which considers the attribution of Elements to the same...

Qabalistic Symbolism

A symbol is of value in that it suggests something which cannot be adequately expressed in language although language is itself a form of symbolism . More important, however, is that while on our plane of existence symbols are abstractions, they are realities on other planes. In the astral realms a symbol can be a powerful device for attracting or for repelling spiritual entities. It can be a call or a protection, in that it affirms the power of a deity governing a particular form and level of...