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Philosophy Of Occultism In Pictures And Numbers

No study of occult philosophy is possible without an acquaintance with symbolism, for if the words occultism and symbolism are correctly used, they mean almost one and the same thing. Symbolism cannot be learned as one learns to build bridges or speak a foreign language, and for the interpretation of symbols a special cast of mind is necessary in addition to knowledge, special faculties, the power of creative thought and a developed imagination are required. One who understands the use of symbolism in the arts, knows, in a general way, what is meant by occult symbolism. But even then a special training of the mind is necessary, in order to comprehend the 'language of the Initiates', and to express in this language the intuitions as they arise. 1 The Magician. energy, will, initiative and the subjective side of consciousness and the red (cups and pentacles) express passivity, inertia and the objective side of consciousness. Then the first two suits (sceptres and cups) signify 'good'...

The Language of the Tarot Images in Pattern and Sequence

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This free approach is demonstrated in the account by the Golden Dawn initiate Brodie Innes of his meeting with an Epping Forest gypsy. (This appeared as an article in The Occult Review Vol. xxix, No. 2, February 1919, reprinted in The Sorcerer and his Apprentice, edited by R. A. Gilbert, Aquarian Press, 1983). Mrs Lee told him, in confidence, the principles she used for interpreting the cards in divination. Brodie Innes respected this confidence but stated that '. . . it was a thoroughly logical and complete system, the four suits representing the four elements, and the four temperaments, and being judged according to their position. The Wands representing fire and the sanguine temperament, a wand card occurring in a bad position would indicate danger from rash and hasty action, anger or quarrelling the same card in a good position would show noble and generous action, courage, energy and the like.' He goes on to say, 'Curiously enough the numbers of the pips were interpreted on a...

The Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Hexagram

Hexagram Elements Banishing

Different authors have given variations on the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram. The main difference between these versions is the order in which the primary parts of the ritual are given. The reader may come across a rendition of the BRH in which the Analysis of the Keyword is performed at the beginning and the Qabalistic Cross left until the very end. Some versions recommend performing the Keyword Analysis at the beginning and at the end. These various ways of executing the ritual are not incorrect, nor do they distort the energy in any way, however, the version we have chosen to reproduce here is the traditional one given in Regardie's The Golden Dawn. The beginning part of the Advanced Tarot Consecration Ritual is a separate ritual in itself known as the Opening by Watchtower. Its basic format is taken from the Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram (SIRP), a powerful ritual developed by the Golden Dawn to invoke all of the elemental forces. The Opening by Watchtower is...

Aleister Crowleys Thoth Tarot

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. Undoubtedly, Lady Harris, who had insisted that only the English printer of government postage stamps would be allowed to produce the deck, would have been very disappointed (if not sickened) by these editions. In despair of arriving at any lucidity I will tell you how it happened that I painted these cards. I was interested in the Tarot after reading Ouspensky's book, The Model of the Universe. I could find very little information or research about it until I met A.C. He had studied the cards seriously for 40 years. . . I asked him to help me and with great patience and courtesy he did so and we tottered along for 5 years wrestling with the accumulated mass of tradition emanating...

The Magician and the High Priestess

On setting out, the Fool immediately encounters the Magician (1) and the High Priestess (2) - the great balancing forces that make up the perceived world. It is a feature of the material universe that as soon as we name some aspect of experience, we automatically evoke its opposite. The Magician is the positive side. He represents the active, masculine power of creative impulse. He is also our conscious awareness. The Magician is the force that allows us to impact the world through a concentration of individual will and power. The High Priestess is the negative side. She is the mysterious unconscious. She provides the fertile ground in which creative events occur. The High Priestess is our unrealized potential waiting for an active principle to bring it to expression. The terms positive and negative do not imply good and bad. These are human distinctions that do not apply in the tarot. The Magician and the High Priestess are absolutely equal in value and importance. Each is necessary...

The Magician

The eyes in the upper part represent the eyes of the Father, signifying internally the infinite, the Holy Eight, the Caduceus of Mercury, the eight Kabirs who direct the planet. The Magician is shown in right-side pro file, meaning that for the manifested, the right side is all. The Serpent protrudes from his brow, indicating that he is arisen, that he is a Self- Realised Master. The Staff of Power, which symbolises the spinal column is in the left hand which points toward the infinite, whilst the right points toward the earth, indicating that he dominates it with science, that one must ascend from below, that one cannot ascend without first descending. One needs to descend to the Ninth Sphere, which has two representations. The first is sex, the Cubical Stone the second is the nine circles, the Atomic Infernos into which the Initiate has to descend meaning to descend in order to ascend. Arcanum number 1 is the Magician, that which initiates, which begins the 1. It is Unity, the...

Unpredictable Elements

Mages live in a state of constant unpredictability. Allow the cards to create unpredictable effects for them. They might suggest ways a Paradox backlash manifests, or what a Paradox spirit might look like or want. The cards may be used as templates for constructing episodes of Quiet, or as a means of escaping from Paradox Realms or overcoming Quiet.

History of the Tarot

Although a few students of esoteric lore still used the Tarot as a mnemonic device for preserving ancient truths, it was not until the mid-19th century that the resurgence of interest in theosophical studies led to a rediscovery of the cards and an attempt to restore them to their original purpose. Eliphas Levi, Israel Regardie, Helena P. Blavatsky, William Butler Yeats and Aleister Crowley all made vital contributions to the modern Tarot. But they were only the first wave.

Coincidental Effects

This advanced option is best left to highly experienced troupes. The cards might be used either by the Storyteller or the players to create opportunities for coincidental magic Effects. Using a card drawn by the Storyteller or handed to the player at the beginning of the session, the character could take the card's meaning or imagery and utilize that element as a template for a more coincidental casting. Literally, it would be as though the mage cast about, fishing for ideas on how to make magic less obvious by setting up a scenario in which magic appears coincidental because it fits in with the image on the card. This option is a little harder to 2. Cross The Mage The mage might be his own worst enemy, or someone else may be preventing his spiritual progress. This obstacle must be overcome. 3. Base Eight of Pattern The reason for the mage's quest. He may feel inadequate or incapable of progress, and is fighting against that. 4. Immediate future Nine of Questing The mage must be alert...

The Suits

While they're analogous to the normal Tarot suits of Wands, Swords, Cups and Pentacles, the suits of the Mage Tarot correspond to the various sorts of Essences that color mystic Avatars. Each Essence is in turn associated with one of the four factions of mage society. The suits thus have the following correspondences

The Text

Decks, the paragraph does not describe the card and give a possible interpretation instead, it creates a mood or paints a picture reflective of the World of Darkness. Some feature characters from various Mage The Ascension books. Those resources might provide more references for the user, but they're not essential for understanding the cards.

Ace of Questing

Reversed False start, Setback Association Beginnings Ahl-i-Batin All things spring forth from the fires of the imagination. To the oft-forgotten mages of the lost Tradition, the union of the Spheres, the oneness of creation and the perpetual dance of opposing forces are matters of doctrine, not supposition. The burning bush, the ever-renewing phoenix and the celestial explosion that signaled the beginning of the solar system are but echoes reverberating from the flames of the Questing spirit.

Rites of Passage

The Tarot is essentially a learning tool whereby we discover things about ourselves. Whenever a mage wishes to raise her Arete score, she must undergo some sort of ordeal. The cards should prove very handy for providing ideas for ordeals, rites of passage, Seekings, learning experiences and other journeys of self-discovery. Full spreads are recommended when using cards for this purpose.

Trumps Major Otherwise Greater Arcana

The Magus, Magician, or juggler, the caster of the dice and mountebank, in the world of vulgar trickery. This is the colportage interpretation, and it has the same correspondence with the real symbolical meaning that the use of the Tarot in fortune-telling has with its mystic construction according to the secret science of symbolism. I should add that many independent students of the subject, following their own lights, have produced individual sequences of meaning in respect of the Trumps Major, and their lights are sometimes suggestive, but they are not the true lights. For example, Eliphas Levi says that the Magus signifies that unity which is the mother of numbers others say that it is the Divine Unity and one of the latest French commentators considers that in its general sense it is the will. 9. The Hermit, as he is termed in common parlance, stands next on the list he is also the Capuchin, and in more philosophical language the Sage. He is said to be in search of that Truth...

Introductory And General

THE pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them. Moreover, the pathology, if it existed, would probably be an empiricism rather than a diagnosis, and would offer no criterion. Now, occultism is not like mystic faculty, and it very seldom works in harmony either with business aptitude in the things of ordinary life or with a knowledge of the canons of evidence in its own sphere. I know that for the high art of ribaldry there are few things more dull than the criticism which maintains that a thesis is untrue, and cannot understand that it is decorative. I know also...

The Secret Doctrine Of The Tarot By Paul F Case

WHAT object was represented by the ancient sign for Yod Occultists give different answers to this question. Some say the letter was a picture of the forefinger, extended as a sign of command. Others hold that it was a phallic symbol. A third notion is that the character was not intended to represent any object at all, because it was the sign of Spirit, which transcends all forms. Those who believe this tell us also that the other letters of the Hebrew alphabet are all produced by different combinations of Yod. In The Tarot of the Bohemians, Papus develops this theory with characteristic ingenuity. With the implicits of the word hand, therefore, I shall begin my interpretation of the letter. By making this my starting-point I seek to avoid the danger of reading into the symbol meanings which have no true connection with its original significance. I hope to be able to show that this restriction entails no loss of genuine doctrine. My task, then, is to trace the occult meanings of Yod...

Introduction To The Study Of The Tarot

Approaching End of Materialism--Synthesis--The Occult Science The Secret Societies--The Cultus--The People, Organ of the Transmission of Esoterism--The Gypsies--The Sacred Word of Freemasonry--Our Work. Amongst the ancients, knowledge was only transmitted to men whose worth had been proved by a series of tests. This transmittal took place in the temples, under the name of mysteries, and the adept assumed the title of priest or Initiate. 1 This science was therefore secret or occult, and thus originated the name of occult science, given by our contemporaries to the ancient synthesis.

Origin Of The Symbolism Of The Second Card Of The Tarot

The Beth hieroglyphically expresses the mouth of man as the organ of speech. Speech is the production of man's inner self. Therefore Beth expresses that inner self, central as a dwelling, to which one can retire without fear of disturbance. From this ideas arise of a Sanctuary, an inviolate abode for man and for God. But the Beth also expresses every production that emanates from this mysterious retreat, every internal activity, and from it issue ideas of Instruction, of the higher Knowledge, of Law, of Erudition, of occult Science or Kabbalah.

General Key To The Applications Of The Tarot

Thus the figure has never changed only the words applied to its different parts have varied. The basis of all occult science and of the analogical method resembles this example one fixed and invariable figure, which is always the same (Ex. the figure), to which various orders of phenomena can be successively applied.

The Eleventh Key the nd Path

The Magickal Title of this card is the Daughter of the Lord of Truth, the Holder of the Balances. The path of Justice runs between Tiphareth and Geburah. It is The Severity of Beauty and Sovereignty, Mars acting through Libra upon Sol. This path assures the balance of the whole Tree by equilibrating between the pivotal core of the Tree and the sphere of its harshest action. The function of this path is to constantly compensate for imbalance. Justice acts like a carpenter's level, showing which side of the project needs adjustment. If a person is imbalanced on the side of Mercy, the Sword of Justice swings to the side of Severity, and vice versa. The unbalanced aspects are severed by the Sword of Geburah in a necessary, martial fashion. This is a double edged sword that can swing both ways, either in the act of destroying or consecrating. Its action is like that of a pendulum, which only comes to rest in the center, after the gravitational pull of both polarities has quieted.

The Meanings Of The Major Arcana

Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, etc., always depending on its dignity. Sometimes occult wisdom. 5. THE HIEROPHANT. Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching. Differing from, though resembling in some aspects, the meaning of the Magician, the Hermit, and the Lovers. Occult Wisdom. 6. THE LOVERS. Inspiration (passive and in some cases mediumistic, thus differing from that of the Hierophant, Magician 9. THE HERMIT. Wisdom sought for and obtained from above. Divine Inspiration (but active as opposed to that of the Lovers). In the mystical titles, this with the Hierophant and the Magician are the three Magi.

Ancients especially with the secret lore imputed to the ancient Egyptians as was then fashionable

As the clue to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics had not 'yet been provided by the Rosetta stone, many portentous secrets were said to lie in the writings of the Egyptians. This was not a new theory, however. From the time of the Islamic empire, roughly A.D. 900-1100, Egypt had been singled out in many wizards' minds as the place where the most potent magical secrets had originated. The word alchemy itself derives from the Arabic, meaning the art of Khem, or Egypt. And the occultists of the eighteenth century were right in their assumptions, as we shall see but only up to a certain point. Most Western magical symbolism, including that of the tarot images, had indeed emanated from the Near East, but the Near East of the post-Christian era, of Alexandria and Byzantium, as opposed to that of .the ancient pharaohs. De Gebelin and his fellow Rosicrucians were right in place but wrong in time. Succeeding Rosicrucian generations have speculated further and added accumulations of lore to the...

The Initiation Of Tiphereth

His teachings are also rejected by the priests, the people of all religions, of all pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occult organisations. Those persons who consider themselves to be very serious always say What this man says is madness he is evil. This is how the Son of Man is rejected in this world.

The Eighth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of the card is Daughter of the Flaming Sword, Leader of the Lion. The course of Strength (or Fortitude) is the reciprocal path which straddles the Tree from Geburah to Chesed. It is Mercy tempering Severity. The Glory of Strength. Jupiter acting through Leo upon Mars. Just below the Abyss, it is a major path which connects the two great opposing forces of the Higher Self. This corresponds on the human body to the channel of energy that connects the right and left arms. (True strength is achieved when both arms work in harmony.)

Hermeticism And Christian Qabalah

This freedom to doubt and explore some of the most basic principles of Christianity reached its high point at the Medici Academy in Florence. In fact, virtually all modern occultism can be traced back to the developments of scholars in that time and place. Thus Pico della Mirandola and Johannes Reuchlin became the founders of the philosophical aspects of Christian Qabalism. The first practical work of their school was produced by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, whose De Occult Philosophia of 1531 was widely read.43 It is, however, Agrippa who is responsible for the very negative association of Qabalah with witchcraft and sorcery, a belief held by many even today. There was widespread interest in Hebrew mysticism by the end of the century, and advocates of the Christian Qabalah included important Catholic prelates and theologians who viewed the Qabalah as a vehicle for the intellectual renewal of the faith. Thus the Christian Qabalah, merged with elements of Hermeticism, came to be the...

The Ninth Key the Oth Path

The Tenth Key The Tarot

The Magickal Title of this card is the Magus of the Voice of Light, the Prophet of the Gods. The path of the Hermit leads from Tiphareth to Chesed. It is The Mercy of Beauty, the Magnificence of Sovereignty, Jupiter acting through Virgo upon Sol. He represents communication between the Higher Self of the Ethical Triad and the Spiritual Self of the Supernal Triad. The Hermit is symbolized by the Kerux in Golden Dawn ritual, who is Anubis (ultimately a lower form of Hermes-Thoth, messenger to the Gods.) The Kerux is the Lightbearer, the shower of the way to the Hidden Knowledge. The Hermit is attributed to Virgo and thus contains the concept of sexual love in its unmanifested or virginal state. This is reinforced by the fact The hand (Yod) of the Hermit is that which reaches down to help the initiate. The Hermit is the Master Magician very old and very wise. He is the Supreme Will, concealed in robes of Darkness and Mystery. We may only know him by striving ever towards the Summit...

Church In Philadelphia Tree Of Life Kabbalah

The second Church, of Smyrna, the prostatic (uterine in the woman) or Swadhisthana chakra is located at the level of the prostate. The magicians of old, the Persians, the Egyptians, placed great importance upon the prostate. The letter which makes it vibrate is the M. It is vocalised with the lips closed, the tone being raised and lowered, and is of singular power, being used by magicians.

Hermetic Qabalah And The Golden Dawn

What is most important, however, is that we are able to uncover so many of the Order's historical tracks. Thus, its leaders are understood to have built carefully on a known traditional framework. The Hermetic Qabalah today bears the marks of Westcott and Mathers. Even the spelling of the Hebrew word Qabalah (as opposed to Kabbalah, or Cabala ), was chosen by Mathers as being more consistent with the original language ( i np ). And the Qabalistic correspondences found in Aleister Crowley's 777 appear to be based largely on Mathers' work. It is with the Order of the Golden Dawn that the modern system of Path colors on the Tree of Life (see following section) and other attributions first appear. The Order developed an elaborate system of teaching based on ritual, although the extent to which the well-known Banishing Rituals may be theirs is uncertain. At least such rituals are not found in Agrippa, Barrett or other magical treatises prior to the Golden Dawn. Here again, the ways in...

The Twelfth Key the rd Path

The Magickal Title of this card is the Spirit of the Mighty Waters. The path of the Hanged Man runs between the spheres of Hod and Geburah. It is The Severity of Splendor, and the execution of judgement. Mars acting through Water upon Mercury. This is a path of self-sacrifice, loss, and the concept of the Divine Death associated with all of the dying-god myths. It represents the crucifixion of Christ and the slaying of Osiris. Yet just as in all of these myths, the god dies and is resurrected into something greater. His death is a period of withdrawal that is absolutely necessary for the rebirth of all life.

Exercise Permanent Pairs in the Major Arcana

Below are two scrambled lists of major arcana cards. Match each card in list 1 with the card in list 2 that you feel is its permanent opposing pair. Give a short meaning for each card that shows the balancing relationship. Try this exercise before looking at the card pages. You can check my suggestions, if you wish. For example Magician (Action) -High Priestess (Nonaction).

The Sixth Key the th Path

Tarot Journal

The Magickal Title of this card is Children of the Voice Divine, the Oracles of the Mighty Gods. The path of the Lovers connects Tiphareth, the Solar Center of the Higher Self, to Binah, the Great Sea of the Super Conscious. It is The Understanding of Beauty as well as the Production of Beauty and Sovereignty. Saturn acting through Gemini upon Sol. The affection between the Lovers is not sexual in nature rather it is the Divine Love of the twins of Gemini for each other. This is the uniting of the Sun (male) and Moon (female) energies or polarities within the Initiate. They are the conscious and the subconscious mirror images which join together and are absorbed back into the mirror the great Sea of Binah. This card is a picture of the reconstruction of the Garden of Eden. It is the joining of the two great contending Forces in the spiritual body of the Initiate for the purpose of Divine Union.

Beyond Milky Way Kaballah

There are various pseudo-esoteric and pseudo-occultist authors who make the mistake of confusing the ego with the Astral Body. Modern metaphysical literature speaks a lot about projections of the Astral Body we must however, have the valour to recognise that the enthusiasts of occultism usually project within the ego in order to travel in the sub-lunar regions of nature through time and space. The vowel E makes the thyroid gland vibrate and confers upon man the power of occult hearing. The G awakens the chakra of the liver, and when this chakra has reached its full development, a man may then enter and leave the body whenever he wishes.

Chapter Learning The Minor Arcana

Note thatPentacles are sometimes referred to as COINS, because the pen-tacle is usually shown inside a round, coin-like shape. But the importance of this suit lies not in the coin, but in the pentacle, which is a potent occult symbol, very beneficent in the upright position. Note also that there is a distant correspondence between the Tarot suits and those of a modern deck of playing cards, evidence that the latter has descended in an abbreviated and bastardized form from the original Tarot deck. WANDS CLUBS CUPS HEARTS SWORDS SPADES PENTACLES DIAMONDS

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 Fourth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of the this card is Son of the Morning, Chief among the Mighty. The Path of the Emperor connects Tiphareth (the Son) to Chokmah (the Father). It is The Wisdom of Sovereignty and Beauty, and the originator of them the sphere of the Zodiac acting through Aries upon the Sun, and initiating Spring. It is a very masculine path from all outside appearances. But in fact the male Aries energy is guided by Binah (which is red in Atziluth). The Emperor takes the manifesting energy from the Empress and passes it down to the Higher Self of the individual. The Emperor and the

The Double Letters Planets Localities Days Gateways Contrasts

Tree Life Planets

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. 3 THE MAGICIAN is Mercury, Life-Death.

The Third Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of this card is Daughter of the Mighty Ones. The path of the Empress is the mediator between the Father and the Mother (Chokmah and Binah). It is The Wisdom of Understanding, the Union of the powers of Origination and Production the Sphere of the Zodiac acting through Venus upon Saturn. This is also the path of Unity the Union of the powers of Force and Form (resulting in the title, Daughter of the Mighty Ones.) The Empress is the Universal Mother-figure, whose womb we must be borne out of to reach a higher level on the Tree. She is all-fertile, all-Light and, in her Venus aspect, she is all-loving. She contains the root-essence of emotion in its most pure form, not that of the full spectrum of emotions that manifest in Netzach.

Tarot Ritual and Divination

Tarot Journal

Magician - Justice - Devil (male officer) The Magician The principle of creating forms from the building blocks of the created elements, to give true forms for the indwelling of spiritual beings. Justice The principle of perfect balance, perfect justice, and perfect equilibrium, and the banishment of all that is unbalanced or evil. The Devil The principle of taking on responsibility for and abreacting all that is not balanced and true, so that only the true and the good shall be expressed. The expression of the true will of the spirit, the resistance to the abuse of free will. For example, when the first cosmic officer stood in the East beneath the upraised sword, he was visualized in the form of the Magician, and a brief pictorial description was given by the officiating officer to co-ordinate this. Then when he arrived at the West he was visualized in the form of a figure of Justice, the balance holder. And then in the station of the South, proceeding to the final earthing of the...

The Universe The Keys The Eighth

The lion symbolism always implies a brute force which may be used constructively or destructively. This is the very Path on which the Sword of Geburah is formed, indicating that the possibility of the philosopher being overwhelmed by the power which he invokes is always present. Such danger is stressed, for example, in the story of Daniel in the Lion's Den, one closely related to the symbolism of this card. Daniel is, like Moses, a Magician (Thaumaturge) holding back the destructive power of the lions through sheer force of will. In the symbolism of Alchemy, the lion takes three separate forms. First, there is the Green Lion, the energy of nature before it is purified and subjected to the will. Next is the Red Lion, represented on the card of STRENGTH. This is the force of nature under perfect control, what the Alchemists would describe as the Sulphur (Solar Energy) combined with Mercury (Will). Waite underscores this meaning by showing the infinity sign of THE MAGICIAN above the...

The Fifth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of this card is Magus of the Eternal Gods. The path of the Hierophant runs between Chesed (Mercy) and Chokmah Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching. Differing from, though resembling in some aspects, the meaning of the Magician, the Hermit, and the Lovers. Occult Wisdom.

Daath Tantric Knowledge

In Oriental Tibet the monks are extreme, for which reason H.P.Blavatsky thought that they were Black Magicians. We have all repeated that mistake, and we see the need to correct it. I am not saying that the Dugpas are saints, gentle lambs they are Black Magicians because they teach black Tantrism. The Bons however, al though they wear the red cap, are not black as Blavatsky mistakenly supposed. It is clear that if one of the Bons does not want Self-Realisation, but rather to free himself for a time to later return, for example, in the Sixth Root Race, or even never desires to Self-Realise, but only to free himself without Self-Realisation, then he will attain it. Thus it is that the Bons are extreme, either they go for the Being or they do not. They work in the interests of Self-Realisation or they decide to remain without Self-Realisation they must define themselves one way or the other. There, everything is violent, for which reason H.P.Blavatsky judged them to be Black Magicians....

Great Strength Moon in Sagittarius

The Nine of Wands is Yesod in the scale of Atziluth. It is the Moon, a Firm Foundation in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. Yesod is the realm of the Astral Light, a magnetic current of energy which underlies all forms on the material plane. All physical forms are created on the Astral before they manifest in the material world. Yesod is the sphere in which the Magician operates to effect changes in the physical plane. It is the Sephirah of meditation and Magick. The Moon with its distinct cycles of light and dark is the planet assigned to Yesod. Likewise, the Astral Plane, divided into two parts, Upper and Lower, retains the records of all images, both beautiful and hideous, created from the collective mind of humanity. Yesod also has attributed to it the sexual organs of Microprosopus, thus the sexual serpent energy is said to reside there. This procreative aspect of Yesod is another reason for its title of, Foundation. All of the nines therefore indicate very great

The Parting Of The Ways

In this picture we again see the 'magician'. This time he does not wear the hat representing his infinite spirit. Therefore what happens to him here does not concern his spirit. His fair hair falls loosely, its flaxen colour reveals his high intelligence. His tunic is red and green. The colours are reversed on the short skirt, green on his right and red on his left. The colours on his legs correspond to those on his chest. The sleeves are yellow. This clothing signifies that his whole being and his every step are guided by spirituality, charity and humanity. Inwardly, too, he is imbued with these principles. His activity, represented by his arms, is guided by his reason. He always considers carefully the rights and wrongs of what he is about to do. His hands are crossed on his breast as if he were shielding himself against an external influence. His eyes are downcast. He avoids suggestive glances which seek to penetrate him. Above his head is a twelve-pointed star and inside it a...

Chapter How To Read The Cards

Esoteric Circles

The Lemniscate is a very ancient and powerful symbol in mathematics it is the symbol for Infinity and resembles a figure eight lying on its side OO. Ln occult teaching it symbolizes both Eternity and Infinity and is often used to depict Cosmic Consciousness. It can be clearly observed, for instance, over the heads of the figures in THE MAGICIAN and STRENGTH.

The Eighth Card Of The Tarot

Occult science (2), at first theoretical, has become practical (5), and has been taught verbally. Now it appears in all the pitilessness of consequences, terrible for the false Magi (the Sword), but just toward the true Initiates (Balance). The signification of this arcanum is central between the 5th (R He) and the 11th (h Kaph) arcana.

Dedicated To The Members Of Wheels

The key to its construction and application has not yet been revealed, so far as I know. I therefore wished to fill up this deficiency by supplying Initiates, i. e. those who are acquainted with the elements of occult science, with an accurate guide, which would assist them in the pursuit of their studies.

The Second Key the th Path

Thehighpriestess Tarot Card

The Magickal Title of this card is the Priestess of the Silver Star. The Path of the High Priestess is the first to reach Kether from the lower realms of the Tree in Tiphareth. It is The Crown of Beauty, the beginning of Sovereignty and Beauty, the Primum Mobile, acting through the Moon on the Sun. This is the longest path on the Tree, stretching from God the Crown (the Source of All) to God the Son (the Slain and Resurrected One). Gimel, the Hebrew letter attributed to this path means camel, the only animal that is capable of carrying us across the Abyss, due to its ability to store water. This path is the ultimate source of water and thus represents the purest root-essence of consciousness. Upon her head she wears the lunar crescent, and she holds the water cup of the Stolistes at her breast. The High Priestess is the counterpart of the Magician she is the vessel which receives the creative force, and initiates form. She purifies us with the lustral waters. Thus the background of...

The Major Arcana and Personal Growth

While they set the principles for the whole deck, the Magician and the High Priestess apply very specifically to the first line. The movement between opposites is the basic rhythm of the material world. Nothing exists absolutely in nature. In the words of Ursula Le Guin, 'Light is the left hand of darkness and darkness the right hand of light'. When we move from the two principles to the Empress we are seeing the opposites mingle together in nature to produce the reality of the physical universe. might have begun when a lightning bolt struck the primordial sea. Thus again, from the lightning of the Magician striking the waters of the High Priestess, comes the natural world. In the mythology of Buddhism we find that the gods manipulated Prince Siddhartha's father into providing his son, Gantama, with every sensual satisfaction. The father believed that pleasure would prevent his son from renouncing the world and becoming a Buddha. The scheme backfired, because only after he had...

The Nineteenth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of this card is the Lord of the Fire of the World. The path of the Sun runs between Hod and Yesod. It is The Splendor of a Firm Basis. Mercury acting through the Sun upon the Moon. It is the first path of the Astral Triangle (the Personality) that the aspiring student confronts when scaling the Tree. The Yetziratic

Working Tarot Talismans

A talisman is usually described as an object which has been charged with the Force it is intended to represent. Besides having an auto-suggestive effect upon the user, a talisman is made or consecrated to serve a specific end or achieve a named goal. The consecrated ritual object attracts the energies which the skilled Magician has charged into it. A Tarot deck, charged in one of the methods mentioned in this book, contains seventy-eight (in this case Mercury Intelligence, communication, science, writing, teaching, analysis, travel, magick, skill, craftiness. Tarot talisman The Magician. There is also the possibility of invoking two or more Tarot cards that are related. A person wishing to develop better intellectual skills, could employ the cards of the Magician (Mercury) along with the Ace of Swords. If disappointment in love is a recurring difficulty, the Lovers, the Empress and the Two of Cups would prove to be a powerful trio of cards. All the sephirotic energies as well can be...

Scrying And Astral Projection

One very important magickal use of the Tarot is as a tool for scrying and astral projection. Scrying is a form of autohypnosis which induces psychically perceived visual images. Astral projection takes scrying one step further. This is a practice which involves the use of altered states of consciousness to turn inward, and travel through the paths of the mind, eventually coming ever closer to Spirit which lies beyond the more accessible levels of the Intellect. The spiritual forces manifest in the mind of the Magician, and operate through his her mental archetypes. In working with the Higher Forces, the Magician tends to activate the Higher Archetypes, resulting in visions of gods and goddesses. The cards of the Tarot are the perfect vehicles for taking a mental or astral journey of this sort, providing a prepared image into which the reader may scry and travel. (6) With the Lotus Wand in hand say, I, (magickal name), in the Divine name IAO, invoke Thee, thou Great Angel HRU who art...

The Divisions Of The Soul

The NEPHESCH is the dark side of our subconscious also known as the lower self which resides in Yesod. The proper use of Nephesch energy is important in some aspects of Magick but it must always remain under the firm control of the Ruach. This completes our short outline of the Tree of Life so that we may move on to the subject of Tarot. However the serious student would be well advised to dig deeper into the bountiful well of ancient wisdom known as the Qabalah, which Dion Fortune described as the Yoga of the West since it is the foundation of the Magick and Mysticism of our culture. A couple of excellent books on the subject include Ms. Fortune's The Mystical Qabalah and The Kabbalah Unveiled translated by S.L. MacGregor Mathers. Further study on this system will serve to enhance the reader's understanding of the wealth of Spiritual knowledge to be found in the origins of Western Mystical thought, as well as his her understanding of the Tarot. The Tarot is an illustrated textbook of...

Outline Of Divinatory Meanings

Skill, wisdom, adaptation. Craft, cunning, etc., always depending on neighboring cards. Sometimes occult wisdom. THE HIEROPHANT. Divine Wisdom. Manifestation. Explanation. Teaching. Differing from, though resembling in some respects, the meanings of THE MAGICIAN, THE HERMIT and THE LOVERS. Occult wisdom. THE LOVERS. Inspiration (passive and in some cases mediumistic, thus differing from that of THE HIEROPHANT, THE MAGICIAN and THE HERMIT. Wisdom sought for and obtained from above. Divine Inspiration (but active, as opposed to that of THE LOVERS. In the mystical titles, this with THE HIEROPHANT and THE MAGICIAN are the three Magi. MAGICIAN

The Eighteenth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of this card is the Ruler of Hux and Reflux, the Child of the Sons of the Mighty. The path of the Moon runs between Malkuth and Netzach. It is the Victory of the Material. Venus acting through Pisces upon the Cosmic Elements, deceptive effect of the apparent power of Material Forces. The Hebrew letter attributed to this path is Qoph, which means the back of the head just as Resh (the Sun) is the head. Thus the Moon card symbolizes that which is behind the head the Subconscious. On this path, the Initiate must face all the phantoms that he has repressed and pushed into the back of his head. Known as the Corporeal Intelligence which forms every body, it is also a very sexual path, full of animal lusts and fantasies. This path is a glyph of the Lower Astral, overflowing with illusions and ghosts where Darkness rules by night, just as the Sun has ruled by day. On this path, the Initiate learns not to fear the dark, but to examine it carefully, and wait for its natural...

The Seventh Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of this card is Child of the Powers of the Waters, Lord of the Triumph of Light. The path of the Chariot runs from Geburah to Binah. It is Understanding acting upon Severity. Saturn acting through Cancer upon Mars. This watery path is an intense one owing to the fact that by following the route of the Serpent on the Tree, the Chariot is the first path to cross the Abyss from the lower Sephiroth. In essence, the path represents a conquering on all the planes of existence. The Chariot has the ability to move through the planes with ease. It alludes to the descent of the Spirit into the lower, manifest universe.

The Sixteenth Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of this card is The Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty. The path of the Tower is the first reciprocal path encountered by the initiate aspiring upwards on the Tree. It equilibrates between Hod (intellect) and Netzach (emotions), thus it straddles all three Pillars on the Tree. It is The Victory over Splendor. Venus acting through Mars upon Mercury. Avenging force. This is one of the most difficult paths to undertake on the Tree, because it involves sudden and complete destruction of old realities. To one undertaking this path, it can be quite an ordeal. Yet the total destruction of the Tower is followed by a rebuilding and restructuring which reveals a portion of the Higher Self and balances the dualities inherent in all humans the conflict between mind (Hod) and emotions (Netzach). The balancing of intellect and desire is the crucial task that the student must complete on the 27th path.

The Zero Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of the card is the Spirit of Ether. The Path of the Fool is that important first connection between Kether (the Crown the Ultimate Source of everything) and Chokmah (Wisdom). It is the Path known as the fiery intelligence the first current of potential vibration. It is the precursor of the First Thought. This being the case, the card's meaning is one of the hardest to grasp due to its close proximity to the Unmanifest. Aleph, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet (as well as the best loved letter of God) is attributed to this card. In the Zohar, one of the ancient Qabalistic texts, Aleph is described as absolute unity, therefore it cannot be given a number, since numbers are set apart from one another. To this Key, a zero is assigned, since zero represents the circle of unity. The Path of the Fool is the possibility, or first glimmer of a thought. From out of the Limitless Light, the life-breath of the Ruach (spirit) begins to form the thought of manifestation. It...

The Tree Of Life And The Tarot

Blank Tree Life Jewish Tree

The Qabalah is a whole system of mystical knowledge which has influenced to some extent the religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. At one point in its history, the Qabalah was condemned by Orthodox Judaism as being heretical, but its teachings were never lost. It regained popularity in the 19th century when Europe experienced an occult revival. In England, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn used the Qabalah as the heart and cornerstone of the Order's magickal foundation. The Qabalah as it exists today is a living and active philosophy of the entire Universe, the mind of God, and the spirituality of humankind. It is a precise system that defines Cosmic Laws and shows us how to apply mystic principles to mundane life. This is a universal Qabalah, which can be studied by anyone of any faith to gain access to magickal techniques and spiritual knowledge through meditation. THE PRACTICAL QABALAH deals with the construction of talismans in Ceremonial Magick.

The Tenth Key the st Path

The Magickal Title of this card is the Lord of the Forces of Life. The path of the Wheel of Fortune runs between the spheres of Netzach and Chesed. It is The Mercy and Magnificence of Sovereignty, Jupiter acting through Jupiter direct on Venus. This path is the conduit of energy between the Personality (Lower Self) and the Higher Self on the Pillar of Mildness. It is known as the Intelligence of Conciliation, meaning that the Wheel is the mediator between two opposites. The Wheel is also a symbol of Karma and of Time, continually fluctuating, bringing past deeds (good or ill) back to the present and on to the future. The double-letter Caph, which is assigned to this path, refers to the concepts of Riches and Poverty, thus Jupiter is rightly attributed here. This is the Wheel of Life, Death, and Rebirth. It is a Wheel of extremes, light and darkness and all the interactions between the two which cause the Wheel to turn. It is a perpetual motion machine, rotating and cycling human...

Ritual Work And Divination

Once the student understands the basic Qabalistic principles behind the Tarot and has studied the symbolism of each card, he or she is ready to begin using the cards in the techniques of meditation, divination, and ritual magick. Although many people think of divination as the primary use of Tarot cards, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn considers it the least important of Tarot applications. The Tarot's greatest use is as a magickal implement which can bring spiritual attainment to one who studies it. This is because each Tarot card is an astral mirror of the human mind. Meditating on specific cards helps tune the student in to different aspects of his her own mind establishing a communication link between the conscious and the subconscious. In this manner, imbalances in the personality, which may have gone unnoticed but have caused problems, can be brought to the individual's attention by studying a certain card. These problems can be consciously addressed and spiritual progress...

Dream Work With The Tarot

Letting one know in symbols and archetypes, things which the ego or waking personality is unaware of, or tries to deny. For example, if a person is abusing his her body, a dream about sickness and death might be a warning from the unconscious. Dreams can also be the source of great inspiration and creativity from the Divine Self. When one studies complex and detailed mystical systems like the Qabalah and the Tarot, the mind is opened up to many avenues of spiritual and magickal advancement which are abundant sources of dream symbols and archetypes. Many people are passive recipients of dreams, forgetting them as they go about their daily affairs. Others remember their dreams for the odd things that happen in them. Some people try to analyze their dreams or have someone else do it for them. However, relatively few people try to actively engage their dreams by working to direct the dream's contents. This is the work of the magician, who invokes specific symbolic and mystical knowledge...

The Tarot And Secret Tradition

See the Occult Review, vol. viii, 1908 . They belong respectively to the end of the seventeenth and sixteenth centuries. As I am not drawing here on the font of imagination to refresh that of fact and experience, I do not suggest that the Tarot set the example of expressing Secret Doctrine in pictures and that it was followed by Hermetic writers but it is noticeable that it is perhaps the earliest example of this art. It is also the most catholic, because it is not, by attribution or otherwise, a derivative of any one school or literature of occultism it is not of Alchemy or Kabalism or Astrology or Ceremonial Magic but, That combination may, ex hypothesi, reside in the numbered sequence of its series or in their fortuitous assemblage by shuffling, cutting and dealing, as in ordinary games of chance played with cards. Two writers have adopted the first view without prejudice to the second, and I shall do well, perhaps, to dispose at once of what they have said. Mr. MacGregor...

Modern Tarot Studies A Nineteenth Century Legacy

Perhaps the inventors of the Tarot cards intended that they should be understood as a graphic summation of the principles of the Qabalah, or perhaps not. At least there is no written evidence to suggest this, and the great Jewish scholar of the Qabalah, Gershom Scholem, is probably correct in his assertion (however deprecatory) that the connection was made by late nineteenth century English and French occultists. One way or the other, the interlock of Tarot and Qabalah is so precise that the systems are mutually explanatory. And actually, the likelihood that the two systems developed independently gives far greater authority to the ideas of both because it points toward their mutual roots in universal Truth. Yet, a great deal of nonsense has been written about both the Tarot and the Qabalah, the sale of a large percentage of occult literature being a tribute to the public's gullibility. Thus, we should be grateful for the scholarly works of the past few decades. Scholem pioneered...

Introduction to the Tarot

Later in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the cards were discovered by a number of influential scholars of the occult. These gentleman were fascinated by the tarot and recognized that the images on the cards were more powerful than a simple game would suggest. They revealed (or created ) the true history of the tarot by connecting the cards to Egyptian mysteries, Hermetic philosophy, the Kabbalah, alchemy, and other mystical systems. These pursuits continued into the early part of the twentieth century when the tarot was incorporated into the practices of several secret societies, including the Order of the Golden Dawn. Although the roots of the tarot are in the occult tradition, interest in the cards has expanded in the last few decades to include many different perspectives. New decks have been created that reflect these interests. There are Native American, herbal, dragon and Japanese decks, among others.

The First Card Of The Tarot Origin Of The Signification Of All The Others

Occult science itself proclaims its identity with these principles by the mouth of all its disciples. Hermes Trismegistus, the Holy Kabbalah, Neo-Platonicism, and the Alchemists 100 1 See l'Occultisme Contemporain (M. Carr ). 103 2 La Philosophie Occulte (La Haye). 103 3 dipus gyptiacus. 104 1 See Le Roman Alchimique.

The Tarot Of Oswald Wirth

This clever occultist, aided by the advice of Stanislas de Guaita, has designed the series of the twenty-two major arcana. These drawings reproduce the Tarot of Marseilles, with the symbolical modifications suggested by the researches of Eliphas Levi upon this important question.

Swiftness Mercury in Sagittarius

The Eight of Wands is Hod in the scale of Atziluth. It is Mercurial Splendor in the Archetypal World of Pure Spirit. The eighth Sephirah, Hod, is the sphere of the intellect or individual mind of the Personality. All intellectual endeavors are attributed to Hod, to which is assigned the Egyptian god Thoth (Hermes), the god of communication, magick, writing and science. This sphere is the perfect compliment to the emotional orb of Netzach. In fact the two must function together in the Personality of the Individual in order to maintain a healthy state of balance. Hod is the idea-maker, while Netzach puts the idea into action.

Jills First Tarot Reading

On the other hand, the Six of Wands as Card 5 and the Magician as Card 10 could not be more positive. The Six of Wands shows the strength of Jill's conscious belief in her ability to overcome her legal obstacles and emerge triumphant. She knows she can achieve the victory predicted by the Magician. As the only major arcana card in the reading, the Magician shows the extra dimension of power waiting for Jill when she realizes her goal. If she can consolidate her inner strengths and accept her losses consciously, she will meet with great success.

The First Key the th Path

The Magickal Title of the card is the Magus of Power. The path of the Magician runs between Kether (the Source) and Binah (the organizer of Form.) It is The Crown of Understanding, the beginning of material production, the Primum Mobile acting through the Philosophic Mercury on Saturn. Beth, the Hebrew letter given to the Magician, means house, thus the Magician is the house in which the Divine Spirit dwells. In fact, he is the architect and carpenter of that House. The Magician is an extension of the Fool he is the Fool in the act of experience. He is the director of channeled energy as well as the energy that is being channeled. The Magician is a form of the Egyptian god, Thoth, who is analogous to the Greek god, Hermes god of wisdom, magick, and communication. Since he is a god of language and the written word, he represents a definite step towards manifestation, from the silent, pre-thought stage of the Fool. He is the creative Force who's energy is collected and organized into...


The Magician The Magician THE MAGICIAN A youthful figure in the robe of a magician, having the countenance of divine Apollo, with smile of confidence and shining eyes. Above his head is the mysterious sign of the Holy Spirit, the sign of life, like an endless cord, forming the figure 8 in a horizontal position infinity symbol . About his waist is a serpent-cincture, the serpent appearing to devour its own tail. This is familiar to most as a conventional symbol of eternity, but here it indicates more especially the eternity of attainment in the spirit. In the Magician's right hand is a wand raised towards heaven, while the left hand is pointing to the earth. This dual sign is known in very high grades of the Instituted Mysteries it shews the descent of grace, virtue and light, drawn from things above and derived to things below. The suggestion throughout is therefore the possession and communication of the Powers and Gifts of the Spirit. On the table in front of the Magician are the...

The High Priestess

He believes that the phenomena he perceives do not arise from his own unconscious but from outside. Thus he begins to concern himself with the phenomena of occultism. He attends spiritualist meetings where, as he believes, the 'spirits' of the departed manifest their presence and transmit messages from the hereafter. He also goes to other circles and societies which pursue all kinds of' sciences of the occult'. Thus he becomes a 'seeker'.

The Stars

To her right we again see the flower which has appeared in these pictures first in that of the magician, where it wras still a closed bud, then with the queen of heaven, where it was half- he is already connected to the 'infinite', the horizontal eight, and is linked with die o - 80 is divisible by 8 numbers - and that he has an inner relationship with a great many people. Thus he is isolated only in the person - like the number 17 -yet he has an inner, spiritual relationship to human beings, numerical value 80. The mouths of the two urns placed together result in the symbol of infinity, the horizontal 8, thus 00. This we have already seen on the magician's head on tarot card 1 and on the head of 'Love' on tarot card 11, and on tarot card 8 as the two scales.

The Tarot In History

Our immediate next concern is to speak of the cards in their history, so that the speculations and reveries which have been perpetuated and multiplied in the schools of occult research may be disposed of once and for all, as intimated in the preface hereto. Europe to serve as a point of departure, whether backward or forward. Now it is well known that in the year 1393 the painter Charles Gringonneur--who for no reason that I can trace has been termed an occultist and kabalist by one indifferent English writer--designed and illuminated some kind of cards for the diversion of Charles VI of France when he was in mental ill-health, and the question arises whether anything can be ascertained of their nature. The only available answer is that at Paris, in the Biblioth que du Roi, there are seventeen cards drawn and illuminated on paper. They are very beautiful, antique and priceless the figures have a background of gold, and are framed in a silver border but they are accompanied by no...


IN respect of their usual presentation, the bridge between the Greater and Lesser Arcana is supplied by the court cards--King, Queen, Knight and Squire or Page but their utter distinction from the Trumps Major is shewn by their conventional character. Let the reader compare them with symbols like the Fool, the High Priestess, the Hierophant, or--almost without exception--with any in the previous sequence, and he will discern my meaning. There is no especial idea connected on the surface with the ordinary court cards they are a bridge of conventions, which form a transition to the simple pretexts of the counters and denaries of the numbers following. We seem to have passed away utterly from the region of higher meanings illustrated by living pictures. There in was a period, however, when the numbered cards were also pictures, but such devices were sporadic inventions of particular artists and were either conventional designs of the typical or allegorical kind, distinct from what is...


Michael Dummett has little sympathy for occult interpreters of the Tarot, and not without reason. He is all the more to be respected for his patience in analysing much that must have been hardly congenial to an Oxford Professor of Logic, and I for one am grateful for the benefit of such devoted application of academic discipline in establishing the historical facts of a subject close to my heart.


Tile Tarot appeared to us as the Egyptian translation of the book of initiation, starting as the now missing key to Freemasonry and the whole occult science. The gigantic labours of Dupuis were fruitless, because he did not understand that the solar Myth was only a representation of the general law of evolution, and not that of the especial evolution of the sun. The method of occult science is neither induction nor deduction, but analogy, an unknown method at the present date which the Tarot reveals to us in all its splendour. Such as it is, our work still contains some imperfections which we would willingly efface. We are under no illusions on this point, and time alone can remedy it. But we would draw attention to the aim which is visible throughout its pages the application of the most exact methods possible to occult science. Through the modern exact sciences we have reached the study of occultism, and starting ourselves from materialism, of which we were one of the most ardent...


The High Priestess is the feminine principle that balances the masculine force of the Magician. The feminine archetype in the tarot is split between the High Priestess and the Empress. The High Priestess is the mysterious unknown that women often represent, especially in cultures that focus on the tangible and known. The Empress represents woman's role as the crucible of life.

Secret Paths

Tree Life Path

The concept of Secret Paths definitely expands the possibilities of the Tree. It also allows us to see certain relationships which would not be obvious otherwise, such as the derivation of the Unicursal Hexagram from the Tree itself. This figure was first published by Aleister Crowley, who undoubtedly derived it in this way. In a Tree of Life drawn by Crowley, and published in the 1955 Neptune Press edition of 777, we discover that Crowley has shown all of the additional lines between Sephiroth required to make that figure.

Tarot Pathworking

Tree Life Kabbalah Tarot

This apparent confusion does not give occultism a good name in the view of the logically minded outsider, or the beginner, used to the more or less stable structures of the physical plane. However, what may appear as unsupportable intellectual deliquescence to the worldly wise man is a free flowing ocean of delights for those who have developed the capacity to swim therein. And the inner planes, like the sea, have their laws just as inexorable as those of the physical world - but they are different. Not least of all they have a disconcerting fluidity. The method of systematic visualization of images was part and parcel of St Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises, and it should be emphasized that these were spiritual exercises, not mere astral exercises. For St Ignatius they were a preliminary to divine contemplation or spiritual colloquy. A similar higher intention should be the object of the esoteric student. This is not necessarily, as with St Ignatius, a preliminary to affective...

Origins of the Tarot

Occultists have claimed secret sources for the cards, such as a grand conference of Qabalists and other Masters in Morocco in 1300, but no one has ever produced any historical evidence for such claims. Even more damning, Tarot commentators themselves do not mention the Qabalah until the nineteenth century. And of course, the names and numbers sequence, so vital to their interpretations, came after the original images. For years Tarocchi was seen primarily as a game for gambling, and to a much lesser extent as a device for fortune-telling. Then, in the eighteenth century, an occultist named Antoine Court de Gebelin declared the Tarot (as the French called the game) to be the remnant of the Book of Thoth, created by the Egyptian god of magic to convey all knowledge to his disciples. Court de Gebelin s idea appears far more fanciful than factual, but in the nineteenth century another Frenchman, Alphonse Louis Constant, known as Eliphas L6vi, linked the cards to the Qabalah, and since...

The Kliphoth

Everyone has heard of spiritualism, of the sabbaths of the sorcerers and witches. There are those who see this as something strange, others as stories which cause one to smile. The crude reality however, is that the medieval witches' sabbaths and the famous witches of midnight are more real than we might think. Those hags (calchonas as they are called in strictly academic Hispanic language) obviously belong to the world of the Kliphoth. Their governess was precisely Maria of the Antilles, so well-known in the ancient medieval convents. Those witches of the ancient witches' sabbaths called her Santa Maria . I investigated that strange creature in the world of the Kliphoth how she was able to spend her life with so many Black Magicians, how she was able to be present at so many witches' sabbaths. I never saw in her however, that which one could call perversity. The tenebrous of the left hand the sub-lunar creatures rendered cult to her, and considered that magician not as someone...

The Four Sevens

Mayan Symbol For Venus

Tattva exercises, a sort of controlled day dream intended to bring the individual into direct contact with the subtle Elemental realms immediately underlying the material sphere of sensation. This method was considered preparatory to the more advanced techniques of skrying with the Tarot cards, and to the most advanced and dangerous techniques of skrying with the squares of the Enochian Tablets. Suffice it to say here that the astral realm, begun with Netzach, is the realm of illusion (maya).

The Path Of Zain

What is shown here is the Royal Marriage, of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure who is at once the Hermit and the personification of Mercury. Above are the figures of Eve and Lilith, with Cupid aiming an arrow symbolizing the Will. The marriage takes place between the Black King and the White Queen. He wears a gold crown, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion. His black child, interchanged with the White Queen's child, holds the base of the King's lance in one hand and a club in the other. She is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, who carries flowers in one hand and supports the base of the Grail in the other. In the lower section of the card is the Winged Orphic Egg, the very essence of life itself, which is the product of this union. So the process is one which is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again. First one brother dies and is absorbed into the other. Then there is a return to a balance of opposites after which the second brother is...

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 importance in the history of occultism. The first was his Hieroglyphic Monad, an obtuse treatise of spiritual alchemy and mathematics. The second was his True and Faithful Relation in which he records his work with Edward Kelly as they are given the Enochian system by spirits. This is a surprisingly fresh and interesting book despite its ponderous seventeenth ceiitury style, and includes such gems as the decision of the two researchers to exchange wives. Both works were important to the...

List Of Exercises

Behind the intriguing disguise of the Tarot deck is the entrance to an astonishing dimension of occult wisdom. Throughout the ages, simple uncluttered souls have been able to enjoy the benefits of hidden wisdom naturally and easily, perhaps because they could readily accept God's laws and had respect for the eternal soul of man. Children can often let go and wander at will in the higher realms. Perhaps many of us today are too bogged down with a prove it kind of attitude, thus making us totally unprepared to receive the guidance of our Higher Self. Intuition, an absolutely natural sense, is slowly becoming extinct from lack of use. Until we learn again to trust our own inner feelings, we will be forced to live in the limitations of practical thought, which does not allow us to expand our consciousness beyond everyday affairs.

The Priestess

In the Waters of Life the two columns of the Temple of Isis are shown the white, Jakin and the black, Boaz. Each one has four levels indicating the Four Bodies of Sin Physical, Vital, Astral and Mental. Above, a female Master appears seated between two larger columns. She is within a temple and is facing us for this reason the columns are reversed. The fact that she is seated indicates to us her passive aspect. In Arcanum number 1 the Magician is standing the active aspect. She is showing her left profile, her negative aspect. Arcanum number 2 is the Priestess, Occult Science. In the region of the Spirit, the One is the Father who is in Secret, the Two is the Divine Mother who is the Unfoldment of the Father. You must have valour and raise the veil of Isis, our Gnostic motto is Thelema (willpower). Arcaflum number 2 is the Priestess, in occultism said to be the Dual Manifestation of Oneness. The Unity unfolds giving origin to receptive and productive femininity in all of nature....

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.

The Hierarch

Meaning Pentacle Solomon

In the upper angle of the Pentagram we find the eyes of the Spirit and the sign of Jupiter, Sacred Father of the Gods. Upon the arms isthe sign of Mars, the symbol of force. Upon the feet, the sign of Saturn, the symbol of Magic. In the centre is the symbol of occult philosophy, the Caduceus of Mercury, and the sign of Venus. The Caduceus of Mercury represents the Vertebral Colunm, and the two wings, the ascent of the Sacred Fire along the vertebral column, thus opening the 7 Churches of the Apocalypse of Saint John (the 7 Chakras) by means of scientific chastity. The chalice, symbol of the feminine Yoni, also represents the crystallised mind, containing the wine of light which semenises the brain. The sword is the masculine phallus. We also find the key and the pentacle of Solomon.

The Fool

Rosenwald Tarot Fool

However, those who have some experience of the magical power of the Tarot archetypes, and the reality of the Platonic ideas of the magical universe behind the physical world, may be willing to concede that the Fool has willed his own re-invention or rediscovery. He in particular, of all the Trumps, is too important to be ignored. The Magician The Visconti-Sforza Magician is well dressed, in scarlet trimmed with ermine, including an ornate hat. He thus has the air of a merchant rather than a trickster or thimble rigger. He sits on what appears to be a chest and has various artefacts before him on a table, and a rod in his left hand. The objects are a knife, a cylindrical cup, two small round objects, and what appears to be a white soft hat as might be used by a conjuror for concealing things. The D'Este Magician stands in a more active pose before a young audience. He is also richly dressed and with a plume in his hat. He holds a cup aloft, another larger cup is upon the table,...


Arcanum number 8 is a woman with a sword in her hand before the Balance of Cosmic Justice. Really only she can present the Sword to the Magician. Without woman no Magician is able to receive the Sword. There is Eve-Venus the instinctive woman, Venus-Eve the woman of the home. There is Venus-Urania, the woman initiated in the When the Lunar and Solar atoms make contact with the triveni near the coccyx, the Igneous Serpent of our Magical Powers awakens. The Serpent is unquestionably the esoteric symbol of wisdom and occult knowledge. The Serpent has been related with the God of Wisdom since ancient times. Upanishads contain a trea tise on the Science of Serpents, or, that which is the same, the Science of occult knowledge. The Nagas (Serpents) of esoteric Buddhism are Real Men, perfect, Self-Realised, by virtue of their occult knowledge and protectorship of the law of Buddha by means of which they correctly interpret his metaphysi cal doctrine. The Sacred Serpent or Saviour Logos sleeps...


Westcott's fine explanation of Gematria is reprinted by Aleister Crowley in his Equinox.95 We repeat here one of his examples which uses the God Name tPnil (Ruach Elohim), meaning the Spirit of Elohim. The numer-cial value of this phrase is easily derived, as is shown below. Having found the letters to have a total value of 300, we discover a parallel in that the letter Shin also has a value of 300. Shin is the maternal letter of spiritual Fire.


THE MAGICIAN.--Skill, diplomacy, address, subtlety sickness, pain, loss, disaster, snares of enemies self-confidence, will the Querent, if male. Reversed Physician, Magus, mental disease, disgrace, disquiet. 18. THE MOON.--Hidden enemies, danger, calumny, darkness, terror, deception, occult forces, error. Reversed Instability, inconstancy, silence, lesser degrees of deception and error.

The Queen

The magic wand of the magician has in her hand become a long sceptre crowned with the symbol of the earth, an imperial orb. This symbol consists of a ball surmounted by a cross. It signifies that here on earth the law of matter prevails and that the spirit must bow to this law. The sceptre shows the immense and overwhelming power of Nature over the three worlds heaven, earth and hell. The laws of Nature are immutable. The queen holds the sceptre in her left hand thus indicating that she rules with the irresistible power of the eternal-feminine and of the mother. She holds a shield bearing the great symbol of the alchemists, the white eagle on a red background. The white eagle symbolises die purity and chastity of the queen of heaven, the transformed sexual energy which she herself uses in its spiritual form only, as creative power. The eagle turns his head to the left, which again suggests the negative-feminine power of the queen. The red background

The Moon

Mortal body, they are seized by the fear that they could now actually physically experience death and die. . . . They withdraw in fright and fall back into this side of life, into the material-worldly state of consciousness. That is why in the ancient initiation rites the candidate was tested for his courage in the face of mortal danger. But our 'magician', who has already passed through all the previous states of consciousness, no longer needs this test. He does not let the keepers of the threshold deter him. He knows that there is no death, only eternal life, and he wishes to enter it at all costs. The wolf still barks at the man of courage but does not bite him. He lets him pass through. Only the white dog, symbol of his animal-psychic bonds, remains to be conquered. When the 'magician' has reached the stage where he consciously wishes to cross the thieshold and immerse in the ocean of the divine - at this overwhelming moment the image of a loved one, perhaps of his child, springs...


The wand in his right hand is what Eliphas Levi calls the Verendum of the magus. It is a material agency that enables the adept to concentrate the cosmic energy. It is not a natural product, but something modified by art. The magician has made it himself, and it bears witness to his knowledge and skill. Occult students who understand the science and art, and employing a physical instrument represented by the wand, power may be concentrated, or drawn down into the limited field of personal consciousness from the exhaustless, alUpervading Source of all energy. This invisible Source, in every part of the world, is represented by the sky, toward which the Magician raises his wand. It will not escape the attentive reader that here is also some intimation of the spiritualization of a material agency, in that the wand is raised from earth toward heaven. The left hand, pointing downward, communicates the power drawn from above to the earth, which represents the visible, material plane. The...


In the middle section, a magician with the Staff of the Patriarchs in one hand and the Ansate or Tao Cross in the other hand. He is found standing upon a crocodile which waits with open jaws to devour him. The crocodile is Set, Satan, the psychological I , the myself, always lying in wait to devour the one who allows himself to fall. The magician valiantly grasps the Tao Cross (the Arcanum A.Z.F.) to defend himself. The magician is covered with a tiger skin. Indubitably, the dog and the tiger have an esoteric association in the same work of the mystic Death. The dog is the Sexual Fire, the erotic instinct which is found at the very root of our seminal system. The tiger is different. This is known by the Tiger Knights , those jaguars who fight against the ego, those true felines of revolutionary psychology who have pitted themselves against themselves, against their own psychological de fects.

Te Opening Trumps

Imagine yourself entering a strange landscape. A world of magicians, of people hanging upside down, and of dancers in the bright air. You can enter through a leap from a height, Over his shoulder the Fool carries a stick, like a tramp. But this stick is actually a wand, symbol of power. The Magician and the Chariot driver also carry wands, but self-consciously, with a powerful grip. The Fool and the World Dancer hold their wands so casually we hardly notice them. What could be more foolish than to take a magic wand and use it to carry your bags We can imagine a fairy tale in which the foolish younger brother finds a stick by the side of the road and carries it, not recognizing it as the lost wand of a wizard, and therefore not being destroyed like his two older brothers who tried to wield it for their own profit. The Magician The Magician emerges very directly from the Fool in the image of the trickster-wizard. As mentioned above, Merlin fulfils both these roles (as well as that of...

The Chariot

We see, therefore, in the Chariot's symbolism all the previous cards of the first line. The wand and symbols indicate the Magician, the water, sphinxes, and veil symbolize the High Priestess, the square and green earth symbolize the Empress, the city symbolizes the Emperor, the shoulder plates symbolize the Hierophant, and the lingam and yoni symbolize the Lovers. All these forces contribute to the outer personality. Like the Magician the Charioteer carries a magic wand. Unlike the Magician he does not raise it above his head to heaven. His power is subordinate to his will. His hands hold no reins. His strong character alone controls the opposing forces in life.

Adam Protoplastos

When the Igneous Serpent or Kundalini ascends via the spinal column the advance is slow it is realised very slowly, vertebra by vertebra. Each vertebra represents determined Virtues corresponding to an esoteric grade. One never achieves the ascent in a particular vertebra without having first fulfilled the conditions of sanctity required for that vertebra. The 33 vertebrae s correspond to the 33 Grades of Occult Magic, the 33 Grades of the Master Mason, to the 33 years of Jesus. To each vertebra corresponds tests, the Ascension being realised in accordance with the merits of the heart . They who believe that the Kundalini, once awak ened, rises instantaneously to the head so that we remain totally illuminated, really are ignorant people.


Evil is present not only within the world but within each one of us. One does not have to fear raising the Devil by 'dabbling in the occult' or by any other means. His presence is as close as God's - closer than breathing, nearer than hands and feet. But often we give ear and credence to the promptings of evil rather than good. However, the choice remains ours. It is not really sufficient for all that fall to cling to the excuse that they were pushed One of the great lessons of more advanced occultism, and one that is more difficult to learn than almost any other, is that the world about us reflects back to us, in the circumstances of our lives, our own state of soul. Yet we often recoil from the hideous face in the mirror of our environment, seeking to blame anybody but ourselves. This is the confrontation with the Dweller on the Threshold who is, like the Devil and his victims, an image of ourselves.

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