The Court Cards

MacGregor Mathers described the Court Cards as being not on the Sephiroth, but beside them. Here he apparently intended to suggest that these cards are not purely integral to the Sephiroth, but are extensions of their qualities. The Court Cards represent the Elemental powers of the Tetra-grammaton, mrp , in the Four Worlds. They personify the attributes of the Specific Elements (refer again to Figure 10) and, as such, generally represent real people when they appear in a divination. Where this is not the case, they mean an event or situation having a certain personality. It may also be said that the Court Cards represent decision, on our own part or on the part of others. It is the decision of individuals (or the result of situations brought about by individual decision) which bring into effect the blind forces represented by the cards of the Tarot numbered two through ten. So that when a Court Card comes up in a divination, it suggests a human controlling factor. The Trumps usually represent karmic forces also manipulative of the numbered minor cards. To reiterate: In divination the Court Cards are the choices of men, the Trumps are the choices of the Gods (although at a more complex level, these are our own choices, too) and the small cards are the forces brought into play. Of course any card of the deck may be a clear reference to an individual.

Like the Minor Cards, the Court Cards may also be referred to the Zodiac. The Kings, Queens and Princes stand behind the Decans, while the Princesses are said to "link together the Signs." The Aces through Tens and the Court Cards may be placed on a composite diagram (Figure 15), but this scheme is a simplistic attempt to show relationships which are actually three-dimensional, and refer to the Earth and its two magnetic poles. The complete system of attribution of the Tarot to the Tree of Life in a Solid Sphere is to be found in Regardie's Golden Dawn.

Minor Tarot Cards Decans

Figure 15. Attribution of the Minor Cards and the Court Cards to the Zodiac. Innermost circle: the Signs and Houses of the Zodiac; Second ring: small cards of the Tarot; Third ring: days of the year attributed to the Decans; Fourth ring: Kings, Queens and Princes on the Zodiac; Fifth ring: technically, in three dimensions above the Kings, Queens and Princes; Outer ring: the Aces. These are, when this scheme is considered in a three-dimensional sphere, at the North Pole of the earth above the Princesses.

Figure 15. Attribution of the Minor Cards and the Court Cards to the Zodiac. Innermost circle: the Signs and Houses of the Zodiac; Second ring: small cards of the Tarot; Third ring: days of the year attributed to the Decans; Fourth ring: Kings, Queens and Princes on the Zodiac; Fifth ring: technically, in three dimensions above the Kings, Queens and Princes; Outer ring: the Aces. These are, when this scheme is considered in a three-dimensional sphere, at the North Pole of the earth above the Princesses.

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