The Triads

Ethical Triad combines the spheres of Severity with Mercy, and Beauty is the result. This Triangle is the seat of the Higher Self or Lower Genius, which seeks ever to unite our conscious, waking self to that Greater Genius above the Abyss. The Astral or Mundane Triad is the realm of the waking personality, concerned only with worldly affairs. The balancing of the three spheres of this triad is the first step of the Hermetic student, for only when the Astral House is in order, can the higher...

How To Invoke The Ashim In Malkuth

Thou who openest the sources of the rivers and of the fountains Thou who commandest moisture which is the Blood of the Earth and the Sap of the Plants. I adore Thee and invoke Thee. O Vastness wherein all the rivers seek to lose themselves which renew themselves ever in Thee. O Thou Ocean of Infinite Perfection Speak to me in the murmur of the limpid Waters, and I shall desire Thy Love. (10) Feel and experience the element of Water in the Briatic World. Then...

Dream Work With The Tarot

As we have stated elsewhere in this book, the subconscious mind speaks to us in symbols and in colors. But it also speaks to us in our dreams, giving us information which the conscious mind either cannot comprehend, or refuses to accept. Oftentimes the spiritual self seeks to communicate through the dreams of the subconscious, 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,...

Sun in Gemini

Four hands (as in previous symbol) hold eight swords with points falling away from each other. Two hands hold two swords crossed in the center (as if their junction has disunited the others). No rose, flower or bud is shown. Above and below Sun and Gemini. (Almost a worse symbol than Nine of Swords.) Undisciplined warring force, complete disruption and failure. Ruin of all plans and projects. Disdain, insolence and impertinence, yet mirth and jolly therewith. A marplot, loving to overthrow the...

Relaxation Ritual

(1) Lay flat on your back with arms at the sides of the body in a room where you will not be disturbed by outside noise. A temple area or sacred space is preferred if you have it, otherwise the bedroom will do nicely. Remain as relaxed as possible with the eyes closed. (2) Starting with the top of the head, deliberately tense the muscles of the forehead for a moment as much as possible. Then let go of the tension. Relax the forehead totally. After a brief period of time, tense the muscles of...

The Root of the Powers of

A white radiating angelic hand, issuing from clouds, and grasping the hilt of a sword, which supports a white radiant celestial crown from which depend, on the right, the olive branch of Peace, and on the left, the palm branch of suffering. Six vavs fall from its point. It symbolizes invoked as contrasted with natural Force for it is the Invocation of the Sword. Raised upward, it invokes the Divine Crown of Spiritual Brightness. But reversed it is the invocation of demonic force, and becomes a...

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...

Divination

The art of divination is a spiritual process through which we try to uncover what specific forces are active in our lives. A divination properly done can determine which underlying energies are at work in our personal universe, but this information is to be used as a guidance, not as a script for a drama that we are forced by Fate to act out. Divination is like a map that we are given in order to chose what road we would like to take to arrive at a certain destination. We are not compelled to...

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...

Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land King of the Spirits of Earth

A dark winged warrior with winged and crowned helmet mounted on a light brown horse. Equipment as of the Knight of Wands. The winged head of a stag or antelope as a crest. Beneath the horse's feet is fertile land, with ripened corn. In one hand he bears a sceptre surmounted with a hexagram, in the other a pentacle like a Z.A.M.'s. Unless very well dignified, he is heavy, dull, and material. Laborious, clever and patient in material matters. If ill-dignified he is avaricious, grasping, dull,...

Bibliography

What thou seest write in a Book, and send it unto the Seven Abodes that are in Assiah. And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat upon the Throne a book sealed with Seven Seals. And I saw a strong Angel proclaiming with a loud voice, 'Who is worthy to open the Books and to loose the seals thereof ' For centuries the Tarot, an illustrated textbook of ageless, esoteric wisdom, has been used by occultists, mystics, and magicians for the purposes of divination and meditation. It has captivated the...

The Opening of the Question

1) The enquirer shuffles the deck of 78 cards, thinking of the matter at hand. 2) The enquirer cuts the pack as close to half as possible to the right. He or she then cuts each pile in half, to its right. This gives a total of four piles which correspond to the Name Yod Heh Vav Heh and to the elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth. The far right pile is that which refers to Yod-Fire, while the far left pile is that of Heh Final-Earth. 3) The reader turns the four piles thus formed face up and...

The Tree Of Life And The Tarot

Blank Tree Life Jewish Tree

One cannot make an in-depth study of the Tarot without mentioning that body of ancient knowledge known as the Qabalah. This mystical tradition is the foundation upon which the modern Hermetic Tarot rests. Indeed, the cards of the Tarot can be used as windows through which one can explore and better understand the Qabalah, the complexity of which might frustrate many students. Whether or not the original creators of the Tarot intended to create a pictorial system that would explain the basic...

Perfected Success Mars in Pisces

Hand holding bunch of lotuses or water lilies whose flowers pour a pure white water into all the cups, which all run over. The top cup is held sideways by a hand and pours water into top left cup. A single lotus flower surmounts top cup and is the source of all the water that fills it. Above and below Mars and Pisces. Permanent and lasting success, happiness because inspired from above. Not sensual as the Nine of Cups, 'The Lord of Material Happiness,' yet almost more truly happy. Pleasure,...

The Tarot Rose Cross Ritual

Before the ritual, remove and study the following trump cards Keys 0,1, 2,4,5,11,12,13, 20, and 21. (1) Perform the Relaxation Ritual. (3) Light a stick of incense to serve as your ritual tool. Go to the southeast (SE) corner of the room and face outward. Trace a large cross and circle there with the stick of incense. As you draw the cross, visualize it in a golden light. The circle should be imagined as flaming red, and when tracing it, vibrate the name, YEHESHUAH (yeh-hay-shoe-ah). On the...

Dominion Mars in Aries lo

Flames issue from the point of junction. On two small wands, above and below with flames issuing from them, are Mars and Aries. Strength, dominion, harmony of rule and justice. Boldness, courage, fierceness, shamelessness, revenge, resolution, generous, proud, sensitive, ambitious, refined, restless, turbulent, sagacious withal, yet unforgiving and obstinate, according to dignity. Chokmah of Yod. (Influence over others. Authority, power, dominion.) Rule therein...

Prince of the Chariots of the Winds

A winged king with a winged crown, seated in a chariot drawn by Arch Fays, archons, or Arch Faires, represented as winged youths very slightly draped, with butterfly wings, heads encircled with a fillet with pentagrams thereon, and holding wands surmounted by pentagram-shaped stars. The same butterfly wings are on their feet and fillet. General equipment is that of the Prince of Wands, but he bears as a crest, a winged angelic head, with a pentagram on the brow. Beneath the chariot are gray...

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...

The Sixteenth Key the th Path

Before you upon the Altar is the 16th Key of Tarot, which symbolically resumes these ideas. It represents a tower struck by a lightning flash proceeding from a rayed circle and terminating in a triangle. It is the Tower of Babel struck by the Fire from Heaven. It is to be noted that the triangle at the end of the flash, issuing from the circle, forms exactly the astronomical symbol of Mars. It is the Power of the Triad rushing down and destroying the columns of Darkness. Three holes are rent in...

The Princess of the Shining Flame The Rose of the Palace of Fire

A very strong and beautiful woman, with flowing red-golden hair, attired like an Amazon. Her shoulders, arms, bosoms and knees are bare. She wears a short kilt, reaching to the knees. Round her waist is a broad belt of scale mail, narrow at the side, broad in the front and back, and having a winged tiger's head in front. She wears a Corinthian shaped helmet, and crown, with a long plume. It also is surmounted by a tiger's head, and the same symbol forms the buckle of her scale-mail buskins. A...

Earthly Power Sun in Capricorn

A hand holding a branch of a rose tree, but without flowers or buds, save that in the center is one fully blown white rose. Four pentacles thus, with Sun and Capricorn above and below Assured material gain, success, rank, dominion, earthly power completed, but leading to nothing beyond. Prejudiced, covetous, suspicious, careful and orderly, but discontented. Little enterprise or originality. Altered by dignity as usual. Chesed of Heh Final. Gain of money or influence. A present. Therein rule...

Prince of the Chariot of Earth

A winged kingly figure seated in a chariot drawn by a bull. He bears as a crest the symbol of the head of a winged bull. Beneath the chariot is land with many flowers. In one hand he bears an orb of gold held downwards, and in the other a sceptre surmounted by an orb and cross. Increase of matter, increase of good and evil, solidifies, practically applies things, steady, reliable. If ill-dignified, animal, material, stupid. In either slow to anger, but furious if roused. Rules from 20 degrees...

Personal Tarot Formula

This method can be used in conjunction with the Tarot cards and pertinent astrological information such as the Sun sign and the rising sign. The purpose of this formula is to discover the main obstacle in a person's life which hinges upon the zodiacal aspects at the time of his her birth. Many of the problems in a person's life have a mental cause which is due to a lack of development in some particular area of consciousness. When this area is discovered, the formula given here can be used to...

The Lord of the Flame and the Lightning King of the Spirits of Fire

A winged warrior riding upon a black horse with flaming mane and tail. The horse itself is not winged. The rider wears a winged helmet like an old Scandinavian and Gaulish helmet with a royal crown. A corselet of scale-mail and buskins of the same, and a flowing scarlet mantle. Above his helmet, upon his cuirass, and on his shoulder pieces and buskins he bears, as a crest, a winged black horse's head. He grasps a club with flaming ends, somewhat similar to that in the symbol of the Ace of...

The Fifth Operation

1 The enquirer shuffles the cards while concentrating on the matter at hand. The cards are not cut. 2 The reader deals all of the cards into the pattern of the Tree of Life. The 11th card is placed on top of the first, etc 3 The reader determines which Sephirah contains the significator. This is a general indication of the matter. Interpret the pile that has the significator by using the following Qabalistic knowledge. b Chokmah Wisdom Archetypal Father c Binah Understanding Archetypal Mother e...

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...

The Eighteenth Key the th Path

Before you upon the Altar is the 18th Key of Tarot which symbolically resumes these Ideas. It represents the Moon with four Hebrew Yods like drops of dew falling, two dogs, two towers, a winding path leading to the Horizon, and in the foreground, water with a crayfish crawling through it to the land. The Moon is in its increase on the side of Mercy, Gedulah, and from it proceed sixteen principal and sixteen secondary rays, which make 32, the number of the Paths of Yetzirah. She is the Moon at...

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. The final part of the Soul is called the G'UPH. Located in Malkuth, this lowest part of the soul is closely tied to the physical body. It is a low level of the subconscious which communicates with the brain about the current condition of the human body. This...

Queen of the Thrones of the Waters

A very beautiful fair woman like a crowned queen, seated upon a throne, beneath which is flowing water, wherein lotuses are seen. Her general dress is similar to that of the Queen of Wands, but upon her crown, cuirass and buskins is seen an ibis with opened wings, and beside her is the same bird, whereon her hand rests. She holds a cup, wherefrom a crayfish issues. Her face is dreamy. She holds a lotus in the hand upon the ibis. She is imaginative, poetic, kind, yet not willing to take much...

Material Works Mars in Capricorn

A white rayed angelic hand as before, holding a branch of a rose tree, of which two white rosebuds touch and surmount the topmost pentacle. The latter are arranged in a triangle thus Above and below are symbols of Mars and Capricorn. Working and constructive force, building up, erection, creation, realization, and increase of material things, gain in commercial transactions, rank, increase of substance, influence, cleverness in business, selfishness, commencement of matter to be established...

Material Gain Venus in Virgo

A white radiating angel hand as before holding a rose branch with nine white roses, each of which touches a pentacle arranged thus and then are more buds arranged on the branches as well as flowers. Venus and Virgo above and below. Complete realization of material gain, inheritance, covetous-ness, treasuring of goods and sometimes theft, and knavery. All according to dignity. Yesod of Heh. Inheritance, much increase of goods. Herein rule the mighty angels Hazayel and Aldiah. The Nine of...

Material Success Moon in Taurus

Hand holding a rose branch with white roses and buds, each of which touch a pentacle, arranged thus Above and below Luna and Taurus represent the Decanate. Success and gain in material undertakings, power, influence, rank, nobility, rule over the people. Fortunate, successful, just and liberal. If ill-dignified, may be purse-proud, insolent from success, or prodigal. Tiphareth of Heh Final. Success in material things. Prosperity in business. Herein rule Nemamiah and Yeyelel. The Six of...

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...

Princess of the Waters Lotus of the Palace of the Floods

A beautiful Amazon-like figure, softer in nature than the Princess of Wands. Her attire is similar. She stands on a sea with foaming spray. Away to her right is a dolphin. She wears as a crest on her helmet, belt and buskins, a swan with opening wings. She bears in one hand a lotus, and in the other an open cup from which a turtle issues. Her mantle is lined with swan's down, and is of thin Sweetness, poetry, gentleness, and kindness. Imagination, dreamy, at times indolent, yet courageous if...

Princess of the Echoing Hills Rose of the Palace of Earth

A strong and beautiful Amazon figure with red- brown hair, standing on grass and flowers. A grove of trees near her. Her form suggests Here, Ceres, and Proserpine. She bears a winged ram's head as a crest, and wears a mantle of sheep's skin. In one hand she carries a sceptre with a circular disc, in the other a pentacle similar to that of the Ace of Pentacles. She is generous, kind, diligent, benevolent, careful, courageous, preserving, pitiful. If ill-dignified, she is wasteful and prodigal....

Princess of the Rushing Winds Lotus of the Palace of

An Amazon figure with waving hair, slighter than the Rose of the Palace of Fire Princess of Wands . Her attire is similar. The feet seem springy, giving the idea of swiftness. Weight changing from one foot to another, and body swinging round. She resembles a mixture of Minerva and Diana, her mantle resembles the Aegis of Minerva. She wears as a crest the head of Medusa with serpent hair. She holds a sword in one hand and the other rests upon a small silver altar with gray smoke no fire...

The Root of the Powers of Fire

A white radiating angelic hand issuing from clouds and grasping a heavy club which has three branches in the colors and with the Sigils of the Scales. The right and left hand branches end respectively in three flames and the center one in four flames, thus yielding ten, the number of the Sephiroth. Two and twenty leaping flames or Yods surround it, answering to the Paths of these. Three fall below the right branch for Aleph, Mem and Shin. Seven above the central branch for the double letters....

Illusionary Success Venus in Scorpio

The Seven of Cups are thus arranged A hand as usual holds the lotus stems which arise from the central lower cup. The hand is above this cup and below the middle one. With the exception of the central lower cup, each is overhung by a lotus flower, but no water falls from them into cups which are quite empty. Above and below are the symbols of the decanate, Venus and Scorpio. Possibly victory, but neutralized by the supineness of the person. Illusionary success. Deception in the moment of...

Wealth Mercury in Virgo

An angelic hand holding a branch by the lower extremity, whose roses touch all the pentacles. No buds however are shown. The symbols of Mercury and Virgo are above and below pentacles thus Completion of material gain and fortune, but nothing beyond. As it were, at the very pinnacle of success. Old age, slothfulness, great wealth, yet sometimes loss in part, and later heaviness, dullness of mind, yet clever and prosperous in money transactions. Malkuth of Heh. Riches and wealth. Herein rule the...

Harmonious Change Jupiter in Capricorn

Two wheels, disks or pentacles similar to that of the Ace. They are united by a green and gold serpent, bound about them like a figure of eight. It holds its tail in its mouth. A white radiant angelic hand grasps the center or holds the whole. No roses enter into this card. Above and below are the symbols Jupiter and Capricorn. It is a revolving symbol. The harmony of change. Alternation of gain and loss, weakness and strength, ever varying occupation, wandering, discontented with any fixed...

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 seventy-nine such talismans. All of them can...

Venus in Aquarius

Two rayed hands each holding two swords nearly upright, but falling apart from each other, right and left of the card. A third hand holds a sword upright in the center as if it had disunited them. The petals of the rose which in the Four of Swords had been re-instated in the center are torn asunder and falling. Above and below the symbols of Venus and Aquarius. Contest finished, and decided against the person, failure, defeat, anxiety, trouble, poverty, avarice. Grieving after gain, laborious,...

Oppression Saturn in Sagittarius

Four hands upholding 8 wands crossed as before. A fifth hand at foot of card holding two crossed wands upright which traverse the junction of the others. Above and below the symbols Saturn and Sagittarius. Flames issue therefrom. Cruel and overbearing force and energy, but applied only to selfish and material ends. Sometimes shows failure in a matter, and the opposition too strong to be controlled arising from the person's too great selfishness at the beginning. Ill-will, levity, lying, malice,...

The Tree Of Life

The Three Triangles The Tree Life

The Sephiroth may be described as centers of energy or god-consciousness, while the paths connecting them are conduits or energy channels. KETHER is the First Sephirah which the Divine brought forth from the three negative veils that lie beyond human comprehension. Its name means Crown and its Divine Hebrew name is Eheieh, I am. Kether is the Sphere of pure spiritual being of union with God. Some of Kether's other titles are Ancient of Days, The Most High, the Concealed of the...

The Nineteenth Key the th Path

Before you upon the Altar is the Nineteenth Key of Tarot which symbolically resumes these ideas. The Sun has twelve principal rays which represent the twelve signs of the zodiac. They are alternately waved and salient as symbolizing the alternation of the masculine and feminine natures. These again are subdivided into the 36 Decanates or sets of ten degrees in the Zodiac, and these again are subdivided into 72, typifying the 72 Quinances or sets of five, and the 72-fold Name Schemhamphoresch....

Rest from Strife Jupiter in Libra

Two white angelic radiating hands, each holding two swords, which four cross in the center. The rose of five petals with white radiations is reinstated on the point of intersections. Above and below, on the points of two small daggers are the symbols of Jupiter and Libra representing the Decan. Rest from sorrow, yet after and through it. Peace from and after war. Relaxation of anxiety. Quietness, rest, ease and plenty, yet after struggle. Goods of this life, abundance. Modified by the dignity...

Perfected Work Venus in Aries

Two hands as before, issuing from clouds on each side of the card, and clasped in center with First Order grip, holding four wands crossed. Flames issue at point of junction. Above and below on two small flaming wands are Venus and Aries, representing the Decan. Perfection, a completion of a thing built up with trouble and labour. Rest after labour. Subtlety, cleverness, beauty, mirth, success in completion. Reasoning faculty, conclusions drawn from previous knowledge. Unreadiness, unreliable,...

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...

The Fourteenth Key the th Path

Temperance Symbol

This drawing represents the more ancient form of the 14th Key of Tarot, for which the later and more usual form of Temperance was soon substituted, as better representing the natural symbolism of the Path Sagittarius. The earlier figure was considered not so much a representation of this Path alone, as the synthesis of that and the others conjoined. The later figure, therefore is better adapted to the more restricted meaning. The more ancient one of water and one of liquid fire. The mixing of...

Earned Success Mercury in Aquarius

Two hands as before, each holding three swords which cross in the center. Rose re-established hereon. Mercury and Aquarius above and below, supported on the points of two short daggers or swords. Success after anxiety and trouble. Selfishness, beauty, conceit, but sometimes modesty therein, dominion, patience, labor, etc., according to dignity. Tiphareth of Vav. Labor, work, journey by water. Herein rule Rehaayal and Yeyeziel. The Six of Swords is Tiphareth in the scale of Yetzirah. It is Solar...

Peace Restored Moon in Libra

Two crossed swords, like the air dagger of a Z. A.M., each held by a white radiating angelic hand. Upon the point where the two cross is a rose of five petals, emitting white rays, and top and bottom of card are two small daggers, supporting respectively the symbols of Luna in horizontal position and Libra, representing the Decan. Contradictory characteristics in the same nature. Strength through suffering. Pleasure after pain. Sacrifice and trouble yet strength arising therefrom symbolized by...

Loss in Pleasure Mars in Scorpio

A white radiating angelic hand as before holding lotuses or water lilies of which the flowers are falling right and left. Leaves only and no buds surmount them. These lotus stems ascend between the cups in the manner of a fountain, but no water flows therefrom, neither is there water in any of the cups, which are somewhat in the shape of the magical implement of the ZA-M. Above and below are the symbols of Mars and Scorpio, representing the decan. Death or end of pleasures. Disappointment....

Abandoned Success Saturn in Pisces

A hand holding a group of stems of lotuses or water lilies. There are only two flowers shown which bend over the two center cups pouring into them a white water. The cups are not yet filled. The three upper cups are empty. At top and bottom Saturn and Pisces. Temporary success, but without further result. Things thrown aside as soon as gained. No lasting even in the matter in hand. Indolence in success. Journeying from place to place. Misery and repining without cause. Seeking after riches....

Prince of the Chariot of the Waters

A winged kingly figure with a winged crown, seated in a chariot drawn by an eagle. On the wheel is the symbol of a scorpion. The eagle is borne as a crest upon his crown, cuirass and buskins. General attire like King Prince of Wands. Beneath his chariot is the calm and stagnant water of a lake. His scale armour resembles feathers more than scales. He holds in one hand a lotus, and the other a cup, charged with the sigil of his scale. A serpent issues from the cup, and has its head tending down...

Venus in Cancer

Hand at lower part from cloud holds lotuses. A lotus flower rises above water, which occupies the lowest part of the card, and rises above the hand holding the lotus. From this lotus flower a stem rises, terminating nearly at the top of the card in another lotus or water lily flower, from which a white water gushes like a fountain. Crossed on the stem just beneath are two dolphins, gold and silver on to which the water falls and from which it pours in full streams, like jets of gold and silver,...

Pleasure Sun in Scorpio

An angelic hand as before, holds a group of stems of lotuses or water lilies from which six flowers bend, one over each cup. From these flowers a white glistening water flows into the cup as from a fountain, but they are not yet full. Above and below are the symbols of Sun and Scorpio, representing the Decanate. Commencement of steady increase, gain and pleasure, but commencement only. Also affront, defective knowledge and, in some instances, contention and strife arising from unwarranted...

Despair and Cruelty Mars in Gemini

Four hands somewhat as in preceding symbol hold eight swords upright but with the points falling away from each other. A fifth hand holds a ninth sword upright in the center, as if it had disunited them, and struck them asunder. No rose at all is shown as if it were not merely cut in pieces but completely and definitely destroyed . Above and below Mars and Gemini. Despair, cruelty, pitilessness, malice, suffering, want, loss, misery. Burden, oppression, labor, subtlety and craft, lying,...

Strife Saturn in

Two white radiant angelic hands issuing from clouds right and left of the center of the card. They are clasped together as in the Grip of the First Order, and they hold at the same time by their centers five wands, or torches, which are similar to the wand of a Z.A.M. Four wands cross each other, but the fifth is upright in the center. Flames leap from the point of junction. Above the central wand is the symbol Saturn and below it that of Leo representing the Decanate. Violent strife and...

Great Strength Moon in Sagittarius

Four hands as in the previous symbol holding eight wands crossed four and four, but a fifth hand at the foot of the card holds another wand upright, which traverses the point of junction with the others. Flames leap therefrom. Above and below the symbols Luna and Sagittarius. Tremendous and steady force that cannot be shaken. Herculean strength, yet sometimes scientifically applied. Great success, but with strife and energy. Victory preceded by apprehension and fear. Health good and recovery,...

The Decanates Of The Zodiac

And all Sword cards are of the Prince Scale. Pentacles, under the presidency of the World of Assiah, belong to the Princess Scale. To summarize KING SCALE Wands, Fire, Atziluth, masculine force. QUEEN SCALE Cups, Water, Briah, feminine power. PRINCE SCALE Swords, Air, Yetzirah, masculine force. PRINCESS SCALE Pentacles, Earth, Assiah, feminine power. One final note on the Color Scales The Tree of Life, as it is usually depicted, is described as the Minutum Mundum. the Small Universe . 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 Wisdom . It is The Wisdom and Fountain of Mercy, the sphere of the Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter. This is a very masculine path the uppermost path on the Pillar of Mercy. The Hierophant is an important link between the Higher Self the Ethical Triangle and the Spiritual Self the Supernal Triad . It is a primary function of the Hierophant to tie together the...

The General Meanings Of The Court Cards

These are the meanings in the most general sens . The Four Kings or figures mounted on steeds represent the Yod forces of the Name in each suit, the radix, Father, and commencement of Material Forces. A force in which all the others are implied and of which they form the development and completion. A force swift and violent in action, but whose effect soon passes away, and therefore symbolized by a figure on a steed riding swiftly, and clothed in complete armour. Therefore is the knowledge of...

Valor Mars in

Two hands holding by grip, as before, 6 wands, three crossed by three, a third hand issuing from a cloud at the lower part of the card holding an upright wand, which passes between the others. Rames leap from the point of junction. Above and below the central wand are the symbols Mars and Leo, representing the Decan. Possible victory, depending upon the energy and courage exercised valor, opposition, obstacles, difficulties, yet courage to meet them, quarrelling, ignorance, pretence, wrangling...

Shortened Force Jupiter in Gemini

Four hands as usual, each holding two swords, points upwards, touching near top of card, two hands lower on left, two on right of card. The rose of other sword symbols re-established in center. Above and below Jupiter and Gemini. Too much force applied to small things, too much attention to details, at expense of principle and more important points. Ill-dignified, these qualities produce malice, pettiness, and domineering qualities. Patience in detail of study, great ease in some things,...

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...

The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot

Keys to the Rituals, Symbolism, Magic and Llewellyn Publications St. Paul, Minnesota, 55164-0383, U.S.A. The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot copyright 1991,1994 by Chic and Sandra Tabatha Cicero. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission from Llewellyn Publications except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews. Cover painting Judgement card from...

The Invoking Dream Rite

1 During the day, take the Tarot card of the Star out the deck and put the rest of the cards away. Leave this card on a dresser or table next to your bed with two white candles on either side of it. Periodically during the day, contemplate the card with all its meanings and symbols. Permit your hermetic knowledge, experience and imagination to come together and bring the card to life in your day-dreams. Calmly tell yourself that tonight you will dream an intuitive vision about the Star card...

The Thirteenth Key the th Path

The 13th Key of Tarot represents a figure of a skeleton, upon which some portions of flesh still remain. In a field he is reaping off with the Scythe of Death the fresh vegetation which springs from the corrupting bodies buried therein fragments of which, such as hands, heads and feet appear above the soil. One of the heads wears a kingly crown another is apparently that of a person of little note, showing that Death is the equalizer of all conditions. The five extremities, the head, hands and...

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...

The Sixth Key the th Path

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 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...

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...

Sorrow Saturn in Libra

Three white radiating angelic hands issuing from clouds and holding three swords upright as if the central sword had struck apart from the two others which were crossed in the preceding symbol . The central sword cuts asunder the rose of five petals which in the preceding symbol grew at the junction of the swords , its petals are falling, and no white rays issue from it. Above and below the central sword are the symbols of Saturn and Libra, referring to the Decanate. Disruption, interruption,...

The Lesser Banishing Ritual Of The Hexagram

Hexagram Elements Banishing

1 Perform the Relaxation Ritual or take Ritual Bath. 3 Stand in the east and perforrruthe Qabalistic Cross. 4 Still facing the east in your temple space, spread arms out in the shape of a Tau Cross. You may use your right index finger or a favorite ritual wand held in the right hand to trace the prescribed figures. 5 Trace the banishing hexagram of Fire. Imagine it drawn in a flaming golden light. In the center of the figure, thrust forward with the wand or index finger as described in the...

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...

Unstable Effort Moon in Aquarius

Two hands as before, each holding swords. A third hand holds a single sword in the center. The points of all the swords do just touch one another, the central sword not altogether dividing them. The rose of the previous symbols of this suit is held by the hand which holds the central sword, as if the victory were in its disposal. Above and below Luna and Aquarius. Partial success, yielding when victory is within grasp, as if the last reserves of strength were used up. Inclination to lose when...