Contents

PREFACE, xv

INTRODUCTION,

Modern Tarot Studies: A Nineteenth Century Legacy 1

The Search For "Truth" 5

The Golden Dawn 10

The Golden Dawn Tarot 12

The Rider- Waite Deck 13

Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot 14

THE QABALAH

Origins of the Qabalah 20

The Sepher Yetzirah (Book of Formation) 21

Medieval Qabalism 21

The Renaissance: Hermeticism and Christian Qabalah 23

Magus to the Queen 25

Rosicrucianism 25

Later "Rosicrucians" 26

Hermetic-Qabalistic Deceptions 27

Hermetic-Qabalah and The Golden Dawn 28

The Tree of Life 29

Concepts 32

"Secret" Paths 37

Negative Limitless Light 39

The Four Worlds 39

Qabalistic Symbolism 43

The Sephiroth and Their Symbols 44

The Minor Cards 47

The Court Cards 50

PATTERNS OF THE SEPHIROTH

Kether, The Crown 53

The Aces 56

Chokmah, Wisdom 60

The Twos 63

The Kings 66

Binah, Understanding 69

The Threes 71

The Queens 74

Daath, Knowledge 77

Chesed, Mercy 78

The Fours 80

Geburah, Strength 83

The Fives 85

Tiphareth, Beauty 88

The Sixes 92

The Princes 94

Netzach, Victory 98

The Sevens 101

Hod, Splendor 103

The Eights 106

Yesod, Foundation 108

The Nines Ill

Malkuth, Kingdom 114

The Tens 117

The Princesses 120

THE MAJOR ARCANA ON THE TREE OF LIFE

Applications of the Sepher Yetzirah 125

The Maternals: Air, Water, Fire 125

The Double Letters: Planets, Localities, Days, Gateways,

Contrasts 128

The Simple Letters: Signs of the Zodiac 131

The Cube of Space 131

Numerology 135

Sets of Paths 137

The Initiatory Scheme of the Tarot 140

THE UNIVERSE, Tau 145

JUDGMENT, Shin 149

THE SUN, Resh 154

THE MOON, Qoph 158

THE STAR, Tzaddi 162

THE TOWER, Peh 166

THE DEVIL, Ayin 172

TEMPERANCE, Samekh 176

DEATH, Nun 181

THE HANGED MAN, Mem 186

JUSTICE, Lamed 190

WHEEL OF FORTUNE, Caph 195

THE HERMIT, Yod 201

STRENGTH, Teth 205

THE CHARIOT, Cheth 210

THE LOVERS, Zain 215

THE HIEROPHANT, Vau 220

THE EMPEROR, Heh 225

THE EMPRESS, Daleth 230

THE HIGH PRIESTESS, Gimel 234

THE MAGICIAN, Beth 239

THE FOOL, Aleph 245

PRACTICAL WORK

Skrying 251

Divination 252

REFERENCE

Colors on the Tree of Life 263

Colors and Sounds on the Tree of Life 264

Angels of the Decans 265

Divine Names of the Sephiroth 265

Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom 266

NOTES, 267

INDEX, 279

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