The Double Letters Planets Localities Days Gateways Contrasts

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 point out seven localities; Above, Below, East, West, North, South, and the Palace of Holiness in the midst of them sustaining all things.

This describes the Hexagram, related to the central Sephiroth on the Tree of Life (Figure 16 on page 96).

These Seven Double Letters He designed, produced and combined and formed with them the Planets (stars) of the Universe, the Days of the Week, and the Gates of the soul (the orifices of perception) in Man.

At the onset it is important to appreciate that as the Planets are attributed to Paths (Figure 21), they are not the same as planets attributed to Sephiroth, which are, at one level, the bodily Chakras or Metals of the Alchemists. To the MAGICIAN, for example, Mercury is applied, but this differs from the Mercury which is the mundane chakra of the Sephira Hod. It is what Mathers called the "Philosophic Mercury."

The Paths involving Planets must be considered transitional, as are those Paths to which Elements are attributed: they always represent the action of one energy on another because they link together two Sephiroth. The same may be said for the Paths of the Zodiac, where the action of one Planet on another occurs through the intermediary of the Sign of the Zodiac. It would be pleasant to be able to suggest that this is not actually as difficult as it appears, but such is not the case. To understand these concepts may require a herculean effort on the part of one who approaches them purely intellectually. The corrective comes for those who project themselves astrally into the Tarot cards. The actual experience of these energies is the only way to make real sense from principles, of necessity, expressed coldly.

3 THE MAGICIAN is Mercury, Life-Death.

T THE EMPRESS is Venus, Peace-War.

A THE HIGH PRIESTESS is the Moon, Wisdom-Folly.

3 THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE is Jupiter, Riches-Poverty.

3 THE TOWER is Mars, Grace-Indignation.

I THE SUN is the Sun, Fertility-Barrenness n THE UNIVERSE is Saturn, Power-Servitude.

These are the primary attributions of the Planets to the Tarot cards, though, as is indicated in the illustrations, each Sign of the Zodiac is ruled by a

Planet. There are only three Paths on the Tree of Life without some Planetary reference; these are the Paths of the Maternals. A most important principle is imbedded in this fact, and in the specific placement of the maternals on the Tree of Life.

Tree Life Planets

Figure 21. Planetary attributions to the Tree of Life. The Planets attached to Sephiroth are indicated in heavy type. Also in heavy type are those planets directly attributed to Paths; associated Tarot Trumps are given beneath. The seven planetary Paths are the seven touble letters of the Sepher Yetzirah. Planets in light type are Paths attributed to signs of the Zodiac ruled by those planets. Note that the only Paths which do not in some way relate to planets are those of the Hebrew letters called Maternals: N (Air), a (Water) and B> (Fire).

Mercury

JUPITER

Wheel of Fortune

Figure 21. Planetary attributions to the Tree of Life. The Planets attached to Sephiroth are indicated in heavy type. Also in heavy type are those planets directly attributed to Paths; associated Tarot Trumps are given beneath. The seven planetary Paths are the seven touble letters of the Sepher Yetzirah. Planets in light type are Paths attributed to signs of the Zodiac ruled by those planets. Note that the only Paths which do not in some way relate to planets are those of the Hebrew letters called Maternals: N (Air), a (Water) and B> (Fire).

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  • MINNA NUMMELIN
    How tarots relate to planets?
    7 years ago
  • marianna
    What is a name of a planet with double letters in it?
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