By Paul F Case

WHEN the Zohar calls Heh the mother, and says creation took place therewith, it refers exclusively to the second letter of the name Yahveh. A Heh is also the final letter of that word but it indicates a group of ideas quite distinct from those assigned to the second letter. This conflict of meanings is reason for supposing that the two Hehs in the Tetragrammaton are merely arbitrary symbols, like the x that stands for an unknown quantity, or the n that is the sign for an indefinite number. A...

Paul F. Case Tarot

THE Phoenicians indicated the letter Teth by a circle inclosing a cross, a similar character for the ninth letter appears in other ancient alphabets, and it survives in a modified form to this day, as the Greek Theta. The object represented is a tally, hence the first idea the letter suggests is counting. Now, counting is the beginning of exact knowledge, and the measuring-rod is the true wand of miracles for numeration is the basis of arithmetic, arithmetic is the foundation of mathematics,...

The Secret Doctrine Of The Tarot By Paul F Case

ZAIN, the seventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet, corresponds to the Greek Zeta and the English Z. The Hebrew character is probably derived from the Egyptian hieratic letter corresponding to a hieroglyphic, which was a picture of a hissing goose. This bird is a very ancient symbol. It figures in the sacred allegories of India, in the myths of Greece, and in the stories of the Norse gods. To these high sources we may trace its meaning in folk-tales and proverbs. Thus the goose that lays the...

Lebateleur

His right hand, holding a wand, is raised heavenward. The extended forefinger of his left hand points to the earth. Over his head is the lemniscate symbol of Spirit. His tunic is white, girdled with a blue serpent biting its tail. The outer garment is red. He stands alone in a garden, in which roses and lilies are growing. 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....

The Secret Doctrine Of The Tarot

IN th pictorial alphabet of the early Semites, the sign for Kaph represented the palm of the hand. From this pictograph two sets of implicits may be derived. The first is a development of ideas connected with the fact that the palm is the active working part of the hand, and all the implicits of this group have their origin in the verb to grasp. The second chain of association begins with the universal belief that the palm is a map of life, which affords a skilled reader an accurate record of...