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 corresponding links being the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. Thus, any comment on a Hebrew letter may also be taken to be a comment on the Tarot card to which that particular letter is attributed.

To approach the Tarot from the standpoint of the Sepher Yetzirah adds an important dimension to the study of the cards. Moreover, the ancient document is so short that this is not a difficult task.

Let us begin by applying selected passages of this work to the Tarot Trumps as they are traditionally placed on the Tree of Life (Figures 18 and 19).

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