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Exercise Court Cards in Action

Knight of Swords - Position 5 King of Wands - Position 9 Queen of Cups - Position 6 King of Swords - Position 7 I can be successful if I follow the model of the King of Swords - research the facts so I know what I'm talking about. Queen of Pentacles - Position 1 This situation revolves around the talents of the Queen of Pentacles to give love and care to children. Page of Cups - Position 2 Queen of Wands - Position 4 Knight of Cups - Position 8 Knight of Pentacles - Position 10 Page of Swords - Position 3 Knight of Wands - Position 2 King of Pentacles - Position 9 Queen of Swords - Position 3 Page of Wands - Position 7

Application Of The Tarot To Games

When all the players axe seated, the Magian takes the Book of Thoth, i. e. the pack of Tarot cards, and shuffles them, carefully placing their heads alternate ways, but without looking at them, lets them be cut by some player on his left, and then deals the cards to his right, giving as many as he likes, up to seven, to each player and to himself

Fortunetelling By The Tarot

You should take the minor arcana and separate the suit of cards that refers to the kind of consultation you require. In a money matter, the Pentacles or Clubs. 4. Then take your major arcana (which should always be separated from the minor arcana), shuffle them, and let them be cut for you. 1. Shuffle all the minor arcana together and let them be cut for you. 3. Shuffle the major arcana, and let them be cut by the Inquirer, who will then choose The 12 minor arcana indicate the different phases through which the individual life will pass, or the evolution of the event during the four great periods Commencement, indicated by the major arcanum I., which displays its character Apogee (arc. II.) Decline or Obstacle (arc. III.) Fall (arc. IV.). Lastly, the 3 major arcana placed in the centre indicate the especial character of the horoscope in the Past (V.), in the Present (VI.), and in the Future (VII.). The future is indicated in the minor arcana by the cards placed from 7 to 12

Twentyfirst Card Of The Tarot

This twenty-first card of the Tarot therefore contains in itself a recapitulation of all our work, and proves to us the truth of our deductions. This symbol gives us an exact figure of the construction of the Tarot itself, if we notice that the figure in the centre represents a triangle (a head and two extended arms) The four corners therefore reproduce the four great symbols of the Tarot. The centre represents the action of these symbols between themselves, represented by the ten numbers of the minor arcana, and the twenty-two letters of the major arcana. Lastly, the centre reproduces the septenary law of the major arcana themselves. The following figure indicates the application of the twenty-first card to the Tarot itself. We shall also see that this card of the Tarot gives the key of all our applications of the pack to the Year, to Philosophy, to the Kabbalah, etc., etc. This symbol gives us an exact figure of the construction of the Tarot itself, if we notice that the figure in...

The Key To The Minor Arcana

THE Tarot is composed of 78 cards, divided as follows-- 56 cards called the minor arcana. 22 cards called the major arcana. The 56 minor arcana are formed of 4 series of 14 cards each. The 22 major arcana are formed of 21 numbered cards, and of one un-numbered. In order to study the Tarot with success, we must then arrange the following packets-- Starting from a fixed and immovable principle, the constitution of the sacred tetragrammaton, Yod-he-vau-he, the Tarot develops the most divers combinations, without one departure from its basis. We shall now unveil this wonderful construction, which confirms in its application the universal law of analogies. This packet, taken as a whole, corresponds to one of the colours of our pack of cards. The 4 packets respectively represent the wands or sceptres, corresponding to our clubs the cups or goblets, corresponding to our hearts the swords, corresponding to our spades and money or Pentacles, corresponding to our diamonds.

How Can We Hope To Define The Symbolism Of The Tarot

We have already and sufficiently explained that the Tarot represents the ancient or occult science in every possible development. If we then wish to find a solid basis for the study of the symbols represented in the 22 major arcana, we may put the Tarot on one side for an instant, and devote ourselves to this ancient science. It alone can enable us We shall thus commence work of quite a new character, whilst avoiding, so far as possible, falling into those errors which arise from the effort to explain the symbols of the Tarot by themselves, instead of seeking for their solution at their original source. The Hebrew alphabet, composed of 22 letters, seems preferable to us, on account of the concordance between the number of its letters and that of the Arcana in our Tarot. Guillaume Postel i reveals to us the connection between the Hebrew letters and the Tarot Van Helmont fils, 2 Claude de Saint-Martin, 3 Fabre d'Olivet, 4 all confirm our opinion lastly, Eliphas Levi 5 also throws the...

Different Versions of the Tarot

Most modern Tarots differ very little from those fifteenth century sets of cards. They still contain seventy-eight cards divided into the four suits, Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins or Pentacles, called collectively the 'Minor Arcana', and the twenty-two trumps, known as the 'Major Arcana' (the word 'arcanum' means 'secret knowledge'). True, some of the pictures have changed considerably, but each version usually keeps the same basic concept. For example, there are several widely varying versions of the Emperor, but they all represent some idea of an Emperor. In general, the changes have tended towards the more symbolic and the more mystical. This book uses as its primary source, the Tarot of Arthur Edward Waite, whose very popular Rider pack (named after its British publisher) appeared in 1910. Waite was criticized for changing some of the trump cards from their accepted version. For instance, the common picture of the Sun shows two children holding hands in a garden. Waite changed it...

Study Of Each Of The Major Arcana

WE shall now apply this general law of symbolism to each of the twenty-two major arcana. We must here beg for the reader's careful attention in spite of the length of the subject under consideration. We shall make every effort to be as clear as possible, and therefore we shall first explain the scheme which we have adopted in the study of each of the cards of the Tarot. (3rd) When we have once defined the ideas signified by the Hebrew letter, we shall search for the application of these ideas in the symbolic figure of the Tarot. (4th) Lastly, we shall determine the meaning which must be attributed to the card of the Tarot, according to its numerical and symbolical affinities with all the others, in applying to it the general law of symbolism. This portion of our work is strictly personal. We must warn the reader that the perusal of the recapitulations only will be of no use as a means of understanding the card of the Tarot, and that the best way will be to carefully follow the...

Correspondence Between The Cards Of The Tarot

To obtain the origin and derivation of any card in the Tarot, it suffices to take the third card before it, and the third card after it. The 5th arcanum (universal life) therefore unites the two opposites. 1 Since each card of the Tarot has three meanings, it is easy to philosophize by means of Another result of this rule is, that each card of the Tarot has a complementary in any card bearing a number which, added to its own, gives a total of 22. will be most useful to us presently. We can now return to the study of our major arcana.

The Divining Tarot In Seven Lessons

Introduction To our Lady Readers--Astronomy--and Astrology--Intuition--Fortune-telling by the Tarot in Seven Lessons. 1st Lesson Simplification of the Rules of Fortune-telling by the Tarot. 2nd Lesson Minor Arcana-Significations--A good Memory unnecessary for their retention Key to the Divining 3rd Lesson Major Arcana--Significations from a Divining Point of View. 5th Lesson Reading the Tarot--Rapid Process Elaborate Process. 6th Lesson Etteila's original and unpublished Method of reading the Tarot (from one of his rarest works) 1st deal--2nd deal--3rd deal--4th deal.

The French Tarot Packs

The Tarot of Etteila is of no symbolic value, it is a bad mutilation of the real Tarot. The Tarot of Watillaux, or pack of the princess Tarot, reproduces the minor arcana very correctly. It is worth consideration on this account. The Italian Tarot, that of Besan on and of Marseilles, i are unquestionably the best which we now possess, particularly the latter, which fairly reproduces the Primitive symbolical Tarot.

Key To The Divining Tarot

Thus the three words, Commencement, Opposition, Equilibrium, the synonyms of Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis, or of Brahma, Siva, Vishnu, etc., suffice for the explanation of all the minor arcana of the Tarot. We need only add the words love, hatred, enterprise or fortune to each of the series, and we can define the meaning of every card without wearying the memory. This we will now do.

Chapter Learning The Court Cards

As with our study of the Aces and the other cards of the Minor Arcana, it is essential that you approach the study of the Court Cards with a relaxed, open attitude, prepared to erase your everyday problems from your mind and concentrate fully on the cards and titeir messages to you. Make certain that your study periods occur at a time and place where you will not be distracted or interrupted the further you progress in your study of the Tarot, the more fully you will need to concentrate, to still the normal thinking pattern and allow your subconscious energies to flow freely and enlighten your sensitivities still further. Students sometimes become confused when beginning a study of the Court Cards this is probably because the Court Cards represent human beings primarily, and the first impression is a confused jumble of 16 different personalities. These personalities seem to merge together subtly and are hard to clarify if considered individually. So, let's try and simplify the...

The Four Suits Otherwise Lesser Arcana

The resources of interpretation have been lavished, if not exhausted, on the twenty-two Trumps Major, the symbolism of which is unquestionable. There remain the four suits, being Wands or Sceptres--ex hypothesi, in the archeology of the subject, the antecedents of Diamonds in modern cards Cups, corresponding to Hearts Swords, which answer to Clubs, as the weapon of chivalry is in relation to the peasant's quarter-staff or the Alsatian bludgeon and, finally, Pentacles--called also Deniers and Money--which are the prototypes of Spades, In the old as in the new suits, there are ten numbered cards, but in the Tarot there are four Court Cards allocated to each suit, or a Knight in addition to King, Queen and Knave. The Knave is a page, valet, or damoiseau most correctly, he is an esquire, presumably in the service of the Knight but there are certain rare sets in which the page becomes a maid of honour, thus pairing the sexes in the tetrad of the court cards. There are naturally distinctive...

Chapter Three The Minor Arcana

The Ace of Wands - The Two of Wands - The Three of Wands - The Four of Wands - The Five of Wands - The Six of Wands - The Seven of Wands - The Eight of Wands - The Nine of Wands - The Ten of Wands The Ace of Cups - The Two of Cups - The Three of Cups - The Four of Cups - The Five of Cups - The Six of Cups - The Seven of Cups - The Eight of Cups - The Nine of Cups - The Ten of Cups The Ace of Swords - The Two of Swords - The Three of Swords - The Four of Swords - The Five of Swords - The Six of Swords - The Seven of Swords - The Eight of Swords - The Nine of Swords - The Ten of Swords The Ace of Pentacles - The Two of Pentacles - The Three of Pentacles - The Four of Pentacles - The Five of Pentacles - The Six of Pentacles - The Seven of Pentacles - The Eight of Pentacles - The Nine of Pentacles - The Ten of Pentacles

Origin Of The Symbolism Of The Tarot

As we have already stated, each card of the Tarot represents a symbol, a number, and an idea. We hope that for this purpose you have procured the Tarot 1 of Marseilles, the most correct in its symbolism, or They at once prove that the Tarot of Marseilles is really the exact representation of the primitive Egyptian Tarot, slightly altered to the epoch denoted by the costumes. Only the gypsies possess the primitive pack intact. The studies of those learned men who have investigated the Tarot have confirmed this fact by the strongest evidence. And the works of Chatto, i Boiteau 2 and above all of Merlin, 3 show us that history corroborates our assertion. Merlin conducted his researches very scientifically, and succeeded in discovering the original of our Tarot of Marseilles in an Italian Tarot at Venice, the father of all the later packs. He believes also that he has discovered the origin of this Venetian Tarot in the philosophical pack of Mantegna. the one that Merlin believed to be the...

Concise Bibliography Of The Chief Works Dealing With The Tarot And Its Connexions

As in spite of its modest pretensions, this monograph is, so far as I am aware, the first attempt to provide in English a complete synoptic account of the Tarot, with its arch ological position defined, its available symbolism developed, and--as a matter of curiosity in occultism--with its divinatory meanings and modes of operation sufficiently exhibited, it is my wish, from the literate standpoint, to enumerate those text-books of the subject, and the most important incidental references thereto, which have come under my notice. The bibliographical particulars that follow lay no claim to completeness, as I have cited nothing that I have not seen with my own eyes but I can understand that most of my readers will be surprised at the extent of the literature--if I may so term it conventionally which has grown up in the course of the last 120 years. Those who desire to pursue their inquiries further will find ample materials herein, though it is not a course which I am seeking to commend...

Origin Of The Symbolism Of The First Card Of The Tarot

But attentive consideration of this first card of the Tarot will enlighten us still further. Symbolism of the First Card of the Tarot. THE JUGGLER. If you take the first card of the Tarot and examine it attentively, you will see that the form of the juggler depicted upon it corresponds in all points with that of the letter Aleph. If we now apply to the study of this card the principles of the elucidation of symbolism, Man with one hand seeks for God in heaven, with the other he plunges below, to call up the demon to himself, and thus unites the divine and the diabolic in humanity. In this way the Tarot shows us the r le of universal mediator accorded to the Adam-Kadmon. Yet the symbolism of this first card of the Tarot does not end here. The Juggler holds the wand of the Mage in the left hand, which he raises, and the four great symbols of the Tarot are placed before him. The Cup, the Sword, the Pentacles or Talisman, which, as we have already seen, exactly correspond with the letters...

Introduction To The Study Of Symbolism In The Tarot

OUR study of the Tarot and its numerical arrangement has given us the general key, which should be applied to all the further developments of which our subject may be susceptible. The symbols should therefore exactly follow the evolution of the numbers, and this we shall find them do. However, as we shall now study each of the cards of the Tarot in turn, and as the reader's attention may be a little diverted by all these details, we have determined to commence by a short introduction to the study of the symbolism of the Tarot, an introduction in which we shall say a few words upon the grouping of the symbols. the general law upon which the whole Tarot is constructed. This law is thus represented--

Exercise Writing a Tarot Question

You are going to write a question for your first tarot reading. Think about your life for a moment, and choose an area in which you are having some difficulty. (We all have one of these ) Avoid general concerns such as finding a life partner. Pick a specific everyday problem that is troubling you right now in your home or workplace. Choose something that involves you directly and that you care about personally. Follow the recommendations in lesson 7 for writing an effective question. Take notes as you go. We will be using these notes and your question in the next lesson.

Tarot Talisman Ritual

Invoking the Ten of Cups Perfected Success (6) Move the all the elemental implements except the Water Cup back to their respective quarters. Place the Cup at the eastern side of the Altar. Stand west, facing east, with the Tarot card in front of you. (9) Take the Cup and the card west of the temple. Place the card in front of the elemental tablet. Sprinkle water thrice in front of the card. With the Cup make a cross over the Tarot card and vibrate MAIM (mah-yim) (Hebrew name of Water). Draw

Extension Of The Three Great Principles Through The Tarot

But the first card of the Tarot, taken as a whole, represents the Creator or Yod, the second card taken as a whole will therefore represent the Receiver or He, and the third the Transformer or Vau. Each of them will also show the four aspects of Yod-he-vau-he in the idea which it expresses.

Exercise Tarot Improvisation

Shuffle and cut the cards in the usual way. Hold the deck face down in one hand. Turn over the first three cards, and lay them in a row. Now, create a story around the cards. Don't try to come up with a clever scenario. Just allow any tale to unfold. In The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino, the characters tell their tales to each other using only tarot card images.

Origin Of The Symbolism Of The Tenth Card Of The Tarot

The hieroglyphic meaning of the Yod is the finger of man the forefinger extended as a sign of command. This letter has therefore become the image of potential manifestation, of spiritual duration lastly of the eternity of time, with all the ideas relating to it. 1 TENTH CARD OF THE TAROT. The Wheel of Fortune. Two principal ideas are expressed by this symbol-- The tenth card of the Tarot commences the negative portion of the 2nd septenary, and expresses the notion of the septenary considered in its reflections.

General Key To The Applications Of The Tarot

WE have already stated that the twenty-first card gives the key to the construction of the Tarot. The utility of this arcanum does not end here we shall now see that it is the key to every application of the Tarot. The twenty-first card of the Tarot is a figure-principle of the same nature as the prism which we have just studied, and a few examples of the various methods in which it can be applied will fully enlighten us upon this point. The same rule applies to every application of the Tarot. Thus if we take astronomy, the four figures will be the four seasons, the crown is the zodiac, and the nude figure (Eve) the animating system of the zodiac, the planets thus-- influence of the providential cycle of the four ages of the human life. If we know that Providence (the outer circle) acts upon the Future, Fatality (the intermediate circle) upon the Past, and the Human Will (centre circle) upon the Present, we shall see the basis of the divining Tarot. We think that these examples are...

Fifteenth Card Of The Tarot

But a little attentive consideration of the symbol will show us that it contains several of the details which we have already seen in other figures of the Tarot, but under a different aspect. The fifteenth card of the Tarot derives its signification from its own symbolism--

The Second Card Of The Tarot

God himself, or God the Father, reflects himself, and gives birth to God the Man, or God the Son, the negative relatively to his creator. As we have seen, man is the divine receiver, therefore this second card of the Tarot will express all the ideas of the first conceived negatively. In God it is the reflex of Osiris, the reflex of God the Father, Isis, or God the Son. In Man it is the reflex of Adam of the absolute man Eve, the woman, life (min). In the Universe it is the reflex of natura naturans it is natura naturata. 1

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. In the zodiac, this letter corresponds to Virgo. As this sign is the nocturnal house of Mercury, it may be said to represent the negative aspect of the principle symbolized in the major trumps by the Magician, as contrasted with the positive aspect, which the Tarot illustrates by the Lovers, who correspond to Gemini, the diurnal throne of the same planet. In many respects the Hermit is the...

Origin Of The Symbolism Of The Eighth Card Of The Tarot

Continued effort results in the establishment of an equilibrium, between the destruction of the works of man accomplished by nature, when left to herself, and the preservation of this work. Hence the idea of balancing power, and consequently of Justice attributed to this letter. 1

The Language of the Tarot Images in Pattern and Sequence

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A conceptual structure that will serve as a starting point for us to appreciate the magical dynamics of the Tarot can be found in the design of the Marseilles Trump of the World. That is, a dancing figure within a wreath, with one of the four kerubic emblems at each corner of the card. This in itself is an evocative meditation symbol, for from it the rest of the powers represented by the Tarot can unfold. One method of unfolding these powers visually is to lay the cards out after the fashion of the mysterious table of Tarot images that is described in Charles Williams' novel The Greater Trumps. This circular table, kept in a curtained room behind locked doors, had upon it twenty-two sculpted figures of the Tarot Trumps that danced of their own volition. In the centre was the Fool, about which the other Trump figures moved, generating a humming sound and a golden light. The lesser cards were Tarot and Magic PENTACLES PENTACLES It will save space and also help to create greater realism...

Vertigo Tarot Card Dream

Kabbalah Lightning Bolt Tarot

TEMPERANCE-DELIRIUM, from SANDMAN Delirium is another of Morpheus's siblings. However, where Dream, Destiny, and Death all stand outside their actions (that is, Death does not die, Destiny does not cause anything to happen) Delirium acts on herself, becoming more wild and frenzied than anyone she might affect. Delirium as Temperance once again subverts the traditional Tarot symbolism and assumptions. And not just because Delirium is so intemperate. Temperance in the Tarot is a figure of great power, who remains always in command of himself. Delirium's power derives from her willingness to become a victim of her own archetypal gifts. She imagines herself as weak. Paradoxically, that very fantasy gives her strength. She floods the world around with her with deep emotion, swinging from intense joy to tears. In her weakness she allows herself to ignore all the restraints most of us think of as normal. Coming after Death, and as the culmination of the second group of seven, Temperance...

The Evolution of the Tarot

Oswald Wirth Tarot

The Tarot is a structured system of magical images. The date and place of its origin is not precisely known but the historical evidence points to some little time before a.d. 1450. Some have claimed a greater antiquity for it, with roots in ancient Egypt, but although, as archetypcal images, many of the figures may well have correspondences in remote antiquity, the particular characteristics of the Tarot system indicate that it is an artefact of the Renaissance period, grafted on to the newly popular games of playing cards. Although the Tarot has come down to us as part of a card game it does not pre-date the ordinary playing card pack. Playing cards were introduced to Europe soon after 1375. The first references appear in 1377 and they are widespread all over Europe by 1400. In 1392 Charles VI of France commissioned the design of a pack of cards but there is no evidence that they were Tarot cards - although they were for some time confused with the mid-fifteenth century Gringonneur...

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).

Chapter Learning The Minor Arcana

The Tarot deck is really two decks combined. These two decks are called the MAJOR ARCANA and the MINOR ARCANA. 22 cards Major, or Greater Arcana 56 cards Minor, or Lesser Arcana 78 cards Total Tarot deck You will notice that in the Rider Waite Deck, the Major Arcana are numbered I through XXI with roman numerals. The Fool, whose card is unnumbered (0), makes up the 22nd card. Now separate the cards of the Major Arcana from the rest of your deck and lay them aside. We will study them in Chapter 4. The Minor Arcana are divided into four suits, just like a regular deck of playing cards, only instead of spades, clubs, hearts and diamonds, the four suits of the Tarot decks are WANDS CUPS SWORDS PENTACLES 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...

Throne Of The Ace Of Cups Princess

The Empress Kabbalah

TEN OF CUPS, Lord of Perfected Success (Mars in Pisces). Angels of the Decan Aasliah and Mihal . plane. As all of the card images suggest, the happiness is inspired from above. On the other hand, it should be remembered that the Tarot, when used for divination, is best applied to mundane matters, and the meaning of this aspect may be considered different if applied to a more spiritual plane. In ordinary divination, the meaning is matters definitely arranged and settled as wished, permanent and lasting success. TEN OF SWORDS, Lord of Ruin (Sun in Gemini). Angels of the Decan Dambayah (n m*T) and Menqal This is Malkuth in Yetzirah, the influence of Malkuth in the Astral World. From the standpoint of material things, this is the most destructive card in the deck, and no one likes to see it appear in a spread. But those who use the Tarot as an instrument of spiritual development learn not to take life's experiences at face value. And insofar as the Tarot is used to predict future events,...

The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot

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 New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot deck by Sandra Tabatha Cicero. Interior card illustrations are from The New Golden Dawn Ritual Tarot deck. The new Golden Dawn ritual tarot keys to the rituals, symbolism, magic and divination Chic Cicero, Sandra Tabatha Cicero. p. cm. (Llewellyn's new age tarot series) ISBN 0-87542-139-3 1. Tarot. I. Cicero, Sandra Tabatha, 1959- . II. Title. HI. Series.

Exercise Court Cards are People

The more you understand your fellow humans, the more you will understand the court cards. Over the next few weeks, observe your relatives, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. Consider celebrities, historical figures, and characters from books, TV and films. Ask yourself Create a cast of characters using the personalities of the court cards in four families - the Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles. Each family has a father (King), mother (Queen), teenager (Knight) and young child (Page) of either sex. family share an approach to life (suit), but have separate positions within the family (rank). What vacation would the Pentacles family take Would the Knight of Wands drive a Buick or a red Mustang Here are some props you can use to flesh out your characters

Aleister Crowleys Thoth Tarot

More than two years after negotiations began between Weiser's and the Courtauld, that the expertly produced Thoth Tarot finally appeared. 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 from sources such as Freemasons, Alchemists, Rosi-crucians, Kabalists, Magicians, Geometricians, Gematricians, Mathematicians, Symbolists, Diviners, Numerologists, Druids, Spiritualists, Psychologists, Philologists, Budhists sic , Togas, Psychoanalysts, Astrologers, even Heraldry, all of whom have left traces on the symbols employed. From these multitudes, we endeavoured to...

Chapter Learning The Major Arcana

As we learned earlier, the Major Arcana form a separate pack from the Minor Arcana. Twenty-two pictorial cards makeup the Major Arcana, each highly symbolic of different states and conditions of man's spiritual life. Just as the Minor Arcana refer to man's body and his mundane experiences, so the Major Arcana deal with his immortal soul and its journey through eternity. Extract the 22 Major Arcana cards from your Tarot pack and place them in numerical order from 0 (TheFool) through 21 (The World). They should be in the following order Our goal is not to try to learn all the individual symbology contained in the Major Arcana, for each Tarot Master and the artist working with him endeavors to include all that he considers significant in interpreting each card, but we will strive to understand the symbology before us in the Rider Waite Deck, which I have found to be the dearest and most profound to work with. The Major Arcana contain the mysteries erf the soul and its purpose here on...

What Path On The Tree Of Life Is The Justice Card

Tree Life Kabbalah Tarot Pathways

It is called the Faithful Intelligence because its spiritual values are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow. This should not be interpreted to mean the Intelligence of faith. Rather it is the Intelligence which is faithful to that symbolized by THE FOOL. Without Lamed, Aleph could not function as it does. Moreover, the entire Tree of Life is related to the Twenty-Second Path, the number of which is the totality of all the Paths. JUSTICE is not one solitary figure or force, it is an amalgam of all the Paths which are self-focused. The alignment of forces has been described as being within the essential life force symbolized by THE FOOL. The relationship between Aleph and Lamed conceals the greatest secret of the Tarot, one which is, as Crowley said beyond all planetary and zodiacal considerations, meaning Kether In his Book of the Law, N is the key to the entire Universe, revealing a mystery of unspeakable profundity. On the Tree of Life, is also the God...

Ace of Pentacles reversed

The ground keeps shifting under me. Knight of Cups - reversed One day I'm up, the next day I'm down. These mood swings are difficult. I pretend I don't have strong feelings, but I do. Six of Swords - reversed I'm dropping out of school. I don't see my religion the same way anymore. Three of Pentacles - reversed The team's reversed direction.

Tarot Ritual and Divination

Tarot Journal

By way of illustration of ritual principles we propose to describe a ritual that was devised, using Tarot images, and performed at a weekend workshop. The intention was to involve as many people as possible and give them some experience of taking part in such work, but over-riding this training aim was the intention that it be an effective piece of magical work. One could conceivably have a Tarot ritual comprised of seventy-eight officers, each taking on the role of an individual card. However this would prove impracticably large in most circumstances and we were intent to produce a piece of work that could be contained in a hall of rectangular shape, holding about thirty to forty people sat round in an oval. Therefore, after some deliberation, it was decided to opt for twelve ritual officers altogether. The first of these would be the magus or hierophant of the working, who would take the Tarot role of the Fool, and control things from the centre. Therefore a small central altar...

The General Meanings Of The Court Cards

The Four Princesses are the knaves of the Tarot pack. The four Princesses or figures of Amazons standing firmly by themselves, neither riding upon horses, nor seated upon thrones, nor borne on chariots. They represent the Force of Heh Final of the Name in each In a divination the Court cards almost always represent persons connected with the matter in question (Kings-men, Queens-women, Princes-young men, Princesses-young women). The Kings represent Potential Power, Queens are Brooding Power, Princes symbolize Power in Action, and Princesses represent Reception and Transmission. TAROT SPREADS After the reader has become familiar with the fundamentals of the Tarot, he or she may begin performing divinations with the cards. Once again we must stress that a perfect reading is not apt to occur the very first time that one picks up the deck. However in time, with practice, anyone can learn the art. The first thing the student should do is decide what Tarot spread (method of placing the...

Tarot Cards The Faithful

The Fool Tarot Card

THE FOOL demands multi-faceted and fluid interpretation. It is certainly the most difficult and profound card of the entire Tarot deck. Emanating from Kether, it borders on the source of the Cosmos, the Ain Soph, the Limitless Light which is not. Thus, we recognize that whatever can be said about Kether can be said about the subjective effect of its principles on the eleventh Path. To Aleph, the first of the maternal letters, is attributed Air which, in this sense means the Life-Breath. And while most people believe that the East places more importance on the function of breath than does the West, that is only true of exoteric religion. In Western esoteric techniques, as in the East, breath is everything, both practically and philosophically. In terms of the Tree of Life and Tarot, this may be expressed in another way. We described THE MAGICIAN as relating to words, meaning vibratory patterns underlying manifestation. It is the power of breath, however, which expels the sound. THE...

Cinnabar Tarot Course

CINNABAR TAROT COURSE In the last two lessons, we have focused strongly on the symbolic content of the images depicted on the Trumps and court cards, and on the symbolism of their astrological and Elemental attributions. The reasoning behind this lies in the fact that these images are abstract. The meaning of (for example) IV The Emperor goes beyond being merely the idea of power and control that the picture of a crowned, enthroned man conveys. Through the symbols that have been designed into the image, it is made into a greater and more profound thing than a representation of a human monarch it becomes instead the depiction of a supreme and fundamental force that no actual emperor, however strong, could control. By the same method, the image of II The High Priestess, the sacred guardian and transmitter of ancient lore, is transformed into a figure representing the subtle, indirect nature of spiritual knowledge. the symbols nor interpret the images. This is what we're referring to...

The Art Of Tarot Divination

We come now to the final and practical part of this division of our subject, being the way to consult and obtain oracles by means of Tarot cards. The modes of operation are rather numerous, and some of them are exceedingly involved. I set aside those last mentioned, because persons who are versed in such questions believe that the way of simplicity is the way of truth. I set aside also the operations which have been republished recently in that section of The Tarot of the Bohemians which is entitled The Divining Tarot it may be recommended at its proper value to readers who wish to go further than the limits of this handbook. I offer in the first place a short process which has been used privately for many years past in England, Scotland and Ireland. I do not think that it has been published-certainly not in connexion with Tarot cards I believe that it will serve all purposes, but I will add by way of variation-in the second place what used to be known in France as the Oracles of...

The Golden Dawn Tarot

There is only one known, published, reference to the origin of the Golden Dawn Tarot. This appears in the 1945 autobiography of Irish artist and poet, Ella Young. In the book, Flowering Dusk she describes a visit to the home of the Mathers, having been brought there by Maud Gonne, a member of the Order. Maud Gonne had herself been brought into the group by William Butler Yeats, who courted her unsuccessfully for many years. He can do things like that. One time he made up his mind that the society should have Tarot cards. At headquarters he took a packet of white cards, asked a member to mark them, went into an inner room for a little while, and came out with those marked cards. The Tarot signs were painted on them. The cards used by the society are It appears that a finished deck was painted by Mrs. Mathers, a very accomplished artist. Her deck was subsequently lent to members of the Inner Order who were required to copy it by hand. This was the procedure followed by the late Golden...

The Initiatory Scheme Of The Tarot

Tarot Scheme

As we have seen, the Tree of Life is based on one very simple principle, that of a positive and a negative which, between them, produce a third and balanced energy. These are the Yod, Heh and Vau of the Divine Name. A variety of terms describe this pattern, such as Male, Female, Neuter, or Father, Mother, Son. Figure 28 labels the Sephiroth centers of Force and Form, whereas Figure 28. Patterns of Form and Force on the Tree of Life. The Activating Paths are the the Formative Paths are the 1 the crossing Paths and those of the Middle Pillar are the 1 . Note that the word formative is used here rather than passive, chosen by some authorities. There is no inertia on the Tree of Life it is in a state of constant activity, the formative process being a response to the activation. This is not neutral in the sense that the word passive would imply. Here one might usefully consider the fact that THE EMPEROR is a Formative Path, rather than an activating one, and the fact that Binah (like the...

Essay Upon The Astronomical Tarot By Oswald Wirth

According to Christian the twenty-two major arcana of the Tarot represent the hieroglyphic paintings which are found in the spaces between the columns of a gallery, which the neophyte was obliged to cross in the Egyptian initiations. There were twelve columns to the North and the same number to the South, that is, eleven symbolical pictures on each side. These pictures were explained to the candidate for initiation in regular order, and they contained the rules and principles for the Initiate. It should be noticed that the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th arcana represent a quaternary, to which a last group corresponds, formed of the 16th, 15th, 14th, and 13 th arcana. We therefore have sixteen pentacles divided into four quaternaries, which give a definite general meaning. Six other pentacles are placed in pairs at the commencement, the centre, and the end of the double series of the arcana of the Tarot. These six arcana appear to frame the others, and this fact gives them great importance....

Applications Of The Tarot

XV. --GENERAL KEY TO THE APPLICATIONS OF THE TAROT The Principle and the Forms--The 21st Card of the Tarot is a Figure--Principle--The Tarot--The Year--The Month--The Day--The Human Life XVI.--THE ASTRONOMIC TAROT Egyptian Astronomy--The Four Seasons--The Twelve Months--The Thirty-six Decans--The Planets--Absolute Analogy with the Tarot-Figure containing the Application of the Tarot to Astronomy--Key to the Astrological Works of Christian--Oswald Wirth's Astronomical Tarot XVII.--THE INITIATIVE TAROT Ch. Barlet's Essay on this Subject-Involution and Evolution The Hours of Apollonius of Tyana--The Phases of Initiation represented by the Tarot Barlet's Work upon the COSMOGONIC TAROT 253 XVIII.--THE KABBALISTIC TAROT Deductions by Etteila upon the Book of Thoth--Example of the Application of the Tarot to the Kabbalah, the Hierogram of Adam by Stanislas de Gualta XIX.--THE AUTHORS WHO HAVE INTERESTED THEMSELVES IN THE TAROT Raymond Lulle--Cardan Postel--The Rosicrucians--Court de G...

The Major Arcana and Personal Growth

He first line of the Major Arcana takes us through the process of maturity. It shows the stages of a person's growth from a child, to whom mother is all loving and father all powerful, through, education, to the point where the child becomes an independent personality. At the same time these cards deal with a much wider development, of which the individual development is a microcosm. They depict the creation of human society, out of both the archetypes of existence and the chaotic energy of nature. The middle three cards of the line are a set. They show us a triad of nature, society, and the Church. They also signify mother, father, and education. In ancient Egypt the godhead was often viewed as a trinity. The persons changed from place to place and through the years, but they were usually a female and two males, with the female viewed as supreme. In the Tarot, nature, symbolized by the Empress, is the underlying reality, while her consorts, symbolized by the Emperor and the...

Tarot Vertigo Five Wands

The Four World Kabbalah

FIVE OF WANDS The hand returns, but now the fingers have all become torches, with their flames moving through darkness. The hand rises up from that dense matter, but the torches, the Wands, travel through the dark, bringing in the firelight of creativity. If the Wands form paintbrushes, then we see a kind of merging of the whole self with creath The Fives in the Tarot all represent loss, or difficulty, of some kind, depending on the quality of the suit. Traditionally, the Five of Wands often symbolizes conflict, or strife, as the Order of the Golden Dawn called it. In the Rider Tarot, the card shows boys banging sticks together. The conflict, however, is not destructive, but rather joyous, an outpouring of energy. We can see a slight suggestion of conflict here in the way some of the fingers cross each other. But again, it is really the breakdown of whatever is static and boring. SIX OF WANDS The Six of Wands traditionally means confidence and optimism, as well as the positive results...

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 The wealth of symbolism embraced by the Tarot gives a student a wide selection to choose from in working a Tarot talisman ritual. He or she may wish to invoke a zodiacal energy to balance out unfavorable aspects in the birth chart. Planetary and elemental Forces can also be addressed through a ceremony using specific Tarot cards. For instance, if the student feels surrounded by hostile, martial force, the energy of Venus could be invoked to counteract it. If lack of imagination and creative powers is a problem, the productive element of...

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 evoke the mental qualities corresponding to the underdeveloped section of the mind. This technique uses the numbers corresponding to the Tarot Keys (Trumps) in a mathematical formula to find certain cards that shed light on the problem and its solution.

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 principles of the Qabalah is unimportant. It is irrefutably evident that the two systems fit together so completely that one explains the other, and both point to the same Divine Truths. What will be given in this chapter is a brief look at Qabalah basics and how they correspond to the make-up of the Tarot and to specific cards. Total absorption of the material given on the following pages of this chapter will reward the reader many times over in his her quest for Tarot knowledge as well as...

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. The illustrations of the Tarot cards make them perfect tools for magickal work while in the dream-state. In a way, this is not unlike the technique of scrying except for the fact that while scrying, the conscious mind is manipulating the vision in dreamwork the subconscious mind is the controller. The following method describes how to ritually invoke a dream about a particular Tarot card, gaining knowledge about the card through the...

Exercise Studying the Major Arcana cards

Now, choose a major arcana card from the deck and go to its information page. Notice how the keywords reinforce each other to create a certain kind of energy or focus. Note also how the actions flesh out the keywords. Read the description, but just glance at the opposing and reinforcing sections for now. You will learn more about these in lesson 15. You can repeat this exercise for as many major arcana cards as you like.

Exercise Arcana Cards in the Celtic Cross

Layout Two The only major arcana card is in the Past (Position 4). The circumstances of the moment are the result of some major event from the past, or what was once of major significance is now fading. Layout Three Position 8 - the environment - is the only major arcana card. This situation may be part of a larger undertaking, or the outside influence may be especially strong. Layout Four Since Position 3 is the only major arcana card, the hidden, underlying energy here is strong. Things may be minor on the surface, but the force sustaining them is powerful. Layout Five Two major arcana cards are at the center of the reading (Positions 1 and 2). Two powerful forces are coming together for better or worse. The minor factors circling around are an offshoot of this core dynamic.

The Tarot And Secret Tradition

THE Tarot embodies symbolical presentations of universal ideas, behind which lie all the implicits of the human mind, and it is in this sense that they contain secret doctrine, which is the realization by the few of truths imbedded in the consciousness of all, though they have not passed into express recognition by ordinary men. The theory is that this doctrine has always existed--that is to say, has been excogitated in the consciousness of an elect minority that it has been perpetuated in secrecy from one to another and has been recorded in secret literatures, like those of Alchemy and Kabalism that it is contained also in those Instituted Mysteries of which Rosicrucianism offers an example near to our hand in the past, and Craft Masonry a living summary, or general memorial, for those who can interpret its real meaning. Behind the Secret Doctrine it is held that there is an experience or practice by which the Doctrine is justified. It is obvious that in a handbook like the present I...

Modern Tarot Studies A Nineteenth Century Legacy

This is a book of philosophy, of metaphysics, describing a profound system of self-exploration imbedded in seventy-eight simple pictures known as the Tarot. And while these cards have long been publicly associated with odd cults and gypsy fortune tellers, they are increasingly capturing the attention of serious students, who view the cards as a repository of a very complex system for the development of inner knowledge. 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...

Introduction to the Tarot

Years ago, when I told my brother I was studying the tarot, his first comment was, How can a deck of cards possibly tell you anything about anything I laughed because I thought his reply summed up pretty well the common sense view of the cards. I, too, had my doubts about the tarot, but I found out that the cards can make a real difference in the way you perceive and deal with the challenges in your life. In this introduction, I'll try to explain why. The origin of the tarot is a mystery. We do know for sure that the cards were used in Italy in the fifteenth century as a popular card game. Wealthy patrons commissioned beautiful decks, some of which have survived. The Visconti-Sforza, created in 1450 or shortly thereafter, is one of the earliest and most complete. 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...

Major and Minor Arcana Cards

Certain cards in the tarot naturally form into groups. These cards have unique meanings, but they also have a common identity with the other cards in their group. The two largest subgroups are the major and minor arcanas. The terms major and minor reflect the relative weights of these two groups. A major arcana card represents an energy that is deep, strong, decisive or long-term. When a major arcana card appears in a reading, you have tapped into a powerful energy in some area of your life. The minor arcana cards do not carry the same weight, but they are still important. They chart the ups and downs of daily life and register changes in Compare the interpretation of two cards with similar meanings, but different weights -the Hermit (major) and the Eight of Cups (minor). The Hermit is the archetypal symbol of one who seeks truth and deeper meaning. He stands for the impulse to renounce superficial pleasures to seek understanding within. In a reading, the Hermit could hint that you...

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

We see from our preceding work that if we know the exact meaning of the first card of the Tarot we can, from that, discover the signification of all the others. The work which we have already accomplished will, however, enable us to decipher the meaning of the symbolism of the first card of the Tarot almost mathematically, but the We must discover three sufficiently general principles to be applied to every order of human knowledge for this should be the object of the Tarot. In less remote ages Guillaume Postel 1 gives the key of the Tarot without explaining it, and the basis of this key is formed by this mysterious entity-- Lastly, Claude de Saint-Martin has written a book entirely based upon the keys of the Tarot, and it is entitled Tableau Naturel des rapports qui unissent DIEU, L'HOMME, ET L'UNIVERS. God, Man, and the Universe, these are the most general principles that we can attain, and they constitute the three meanings of the first card of the Tarot. It remains for us to...

The Tarot Of Oswald Wirth

It became necessary to have a Tarot pack in which the symbolism was definitely established. This work, suggested by Eliphas Levi, who defined the principles on which it was to be based, has been accomplished by Mr. 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. Owing to the kindness of M. Poirel, who assisted the work by printing these designs, we now possess a marvellous symbolic document in the Tarot of Oswald Wirth. It is therefore wise, as we have already said, for those who wish to study the Tarot very thoroughly, to procure the Tarot de Marseilles, and that of Oswald Wirth. But before passing to the study of these symbols, card by card, we must see if there are no means of positively defining the symbolism of the Tarot.

Otherwise the Four Suits of Tarot Cards

King of Wands Queen of Wands Knight of Wands Page of Wands Ten of Wands Nine of Wands Eight of Wands Seven of Wands Six of Wands Five of Wands Four of Wands Three of Wands Two of Wands Ace of Wands King of Cups Queen of Cups Knight of Cups Page of Cups Ten of Cups Nine of Cups Eight of Cups Seven of Cups Six of Cups Five of Cups Four of Cups Three of Cups Two of Cups Ace of Cups King of Swords Queen of Swords Knight of Swords Page of Swords Ten of Swords Nine of Swords Eight of Swords Seven of Swords Six of Swords Five of Swords Four of Swords Three of Swords Two of Swords Ace of Swords King of Pentacles Queen of Pentacles Knight of Pentacles Page of Pentacles Ten of Pentacles Nine of Pentacles Eight of Pentacles Seven of Pentacles Six of Pentacles Five of Pentacles Four of Pentacles Three of Pentacles Two of Pentacles Ace of Pentacles Such are the intimations of the Lesser Arcana in respect of divinatory art, the veridic nature of which seems to depend on an alternative that it may...

Connection Between The Major And Minor Arcana

THE Pentacles on one side, the Ternary of transition on the other, establish the connection between the major and minor arcana. General figure giving the Key to the Tarot. The 4th arcanum especially governs the negative terms of the seriesArcanum The King of He Cups 4 (-) The King of the 2nd He + Pentacles (-). Ace of He (-) Pentacles 4 of Pentacles (-). Queen of Swords, (-) Queen of Cups, (+) Queen of Pentacles, (-) Two of Swords, (-) Two of Cups, (+) Two of Pentacles, (-) Five of Swords, (-) Five of Cups, (+) Five of Pentacles, (-) Knight of Swords, (-) Knight of Cups, (+) Knight of Pentacles, (-) Three of Swords, (-) Three of Cups, (+) Three of Pentacles, (-) Six of Swords, (-) Six of Cups, (+) Six of Pentacles, (-) Knave of Pentacles, (-) 1 governs two minor arcana the King of Sceptres and the King of Swords. The King of Sceptres is positive. The King of Swords is negative. 2nd King of Swords. King of Swords + -The same rule applies to the other terms in combining the sign which...

The Astronomical Tarot

IN order to demonstrate the accuracy of the principles upon which the construction of the Tarot is based, we will take the constitution of the Universe itself, as shown by Astronomy, for our example of the first application of its system. We must therefore find in our Tarot-- The four figures of the Tarot correspond absolutely with the four seasons of the year. If we then look at the twenty-first card of the Tarot, the origin, as we have seen, of all its applications, we shall see that the four figures in the corners represent the four colours of the Tarot, and in this case the four seasons of the year. Epagomene. 1 (Consult, for further details, the first part of our study upon the Tarot.) Knave Transition Epagomene King of Cups Cancer Knave Transition Epagomene King of Swords The Balance Knave Transition Epagomene King of Pentacles Capricornus PENTACLES Queen Aquarius WINTER We need only recall the analogy existing between the figures and the numbers in the minor arcana, to...

Jills First Tarot Reading

Page Pentacles Three of Swords Eight of Swords Knight Pentacles Five of Cups When these cards were laid down, both of us were immediately drawn to the Three of Swords - the root cause of the situation. This card perfectly symbolizes the heartbreak and loneliness Jill must have felt as a baby being abruptly separated from her birth parents and foster family. Note the three swords - Jill and her two parents - piercing their communal heart. The many court cards suggest a need for balance. First, there is the central Cups Pentacles pair (Cards 1 and 2). They symbolize the conflict between Jill's wish to fantasize about the future (Cups) and her need to be realistic (Pentacles). This theme will turn out to be a primary focus for Jill in the months to come. The Page of Pentacles shows Jill's need to focus on practical matters in order to win her legal case and learn about her origins. The Knight of Cups shows her countertendency to dream unrealistically about what finding her birth mother...

Comprehensive Glance Over Tire Minor Arcana

The sequence of the figures is reproduced in the three worlds by the numbers the same thing takes place in the sequence of colours Sceptre, Cup, Sword, Pentacles are reproduced in the figures. The Sceptre is the Yod of the 4 Kings. The Cup is the He of the 4 Queens. The Sword is the Vau of the 4 Knights. The Pentacles is the He of the 4 Knaves. The material body of the minor arcana GENERAL FIGURE OF THE MINOR ARCANA.--Disposition of Series. The vital body of the minor arcana PENTACLES PENTACLES It is the same law by which the cells that form the human being group themselves to constitute organs, the organs group themselves to form members, and the grouping of the latter produces the individual. 1 We have drawn the following conclusion from all that we have already stated--The Pentacles, responding to the second He, indicates a transition. Between what Between the minor and major arcana. Footnotes 41 1 We wished to make this application of the Tarot in order to show Initiates what...

Seventh Card Of The Tarot

This symbol represents the sacred septenary in all its manifestations. The word Yod-he-vau-he is portrayed upon the front of the chariot by the winged globe, to indicate that the septenary gives the key to the whole Tarot. The two sphinxes correspond to the two principles, active and passive. The Conqueror corresponds especially with the Sword and the Vau of the sacred name. The 7th card of the Tarot shows the influence of the creation in the preservation of the Divine in the Human. It represents the Yod or the God of the 2nd septenary.

The Fourfold Rite Of The Tarot

(4) Place the Aces on the Altar (or in front of you on the floor if you wish to sit). The Aces should be in a straight vertical line with the Ace of Wands being closest to the east. Then comes the Ace of Cups followed by that of Swords. The Ace of Pentacles should be closest to the west. See the cards in front of you as representations of the Four Fours of the Qabalah Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiah. Contemplate on the cards for a few moments, observing their symbolism and coloring. (6) Continue the four-fold breath and begin to add the following visualizations. On the inhale, see the Ace of Wands in your imagination. On the full hold, picture the Ace of Cups. When you exhale, imagine the Ace of Swords. On the empty hold, visualize the Ace of Pentacles. Keep breathing and visualizing for some time, embellishing upon the images of the cards in each rhythmic cycle. Feel the energy of each elemental image until they become living and moving scenes within your mind. See how the...

Distinction between the Greater and Lesser Arcana

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...

Divining Tarot

This card also represents a barrister, judge, or ecclesiastic. It symbolizes a Bachelor. QUEEN OF CUPS. A fair woman, a friend. The woman loved. The Mistress. KNIGHT OF CUPS. A young fair man, a friend. The young man loved. The Lover. KNAVE OF CUPS. A fair child. A messenger. Birth. ACE OF CUPS. Commencement of a love affair. KING OF SWORDS. A dark, bad man. He is a soldier, a powerful enemy, who must be distrusted. QUEEN OF SWORDS. A dark wicked woman. The card also indicates her actions, gossip and calumnies. ACE OF SWORDS. Commencement of enmity. PENTACLES. Development. Money. Trade. KING OF PENTACLES. A fair man, inimical or indifferent. QUEEN OF PENTACLES. A fair woman, indifferent, or inimical. KNIGHT. A young, fair man. A stranger. An arrival. KNAVE. A fair child. A messenger. A letter. The figures of the Pentacles are inverse to those of the Sceptres and Cups, and indicate all that comes from outside, from the country or abroad. ACE OF...

The Court Cards

KING OF WANDS Active, generous, fierce (evil-minded, cruel, bigoted, brutal) QUEEN OF WANDS Adaptability, steadiness, command, kind, generous (obstinate, revengeful, domineering, apt to turn) KING OF CUPS Graceful, poetic (sensual, idle, liar) QUEEN OF CUPS Imaginative, poetic, kind, flirt (affected by others) KING OF SWORDS Active, clever, subtle, fierce (deceitful, crafty, tyrannical) QUEEN OF SWORDS Perceptive, subtle, quick, confident (cruel, sly, deceitful, unreliable) KING OF PENTACLES Heavy, material, domestic, grounded (avaricious, grasping, dull) QUEEN OF PENTACLES Impetuous, kind, timid, truthful, moody (undecided, capricious, foolish) PRINCE OF PENTACLES Practically applies things, steady, reliable (animal, material, stupid) PRINCESS OF PENTACLES Kind, generous, benevolent, careful (wasteful, wandering) A Majority of Wands Energy, quarreling, opposition A Majority of Cups Pleasure and merriment A Majority of Swords Trouble and sadness, sickness A Majority of Pentacles...

History of the Tarot

Although Tarot decks first made their appearance in the 14th century, the ideas and symbols they embody stretch much further back in history, embracing the knowledge and philosophies of ancient Egypt, Greece, China, the early Roman church and the teachings of Talmu-dic scholars. The striking visual imagery of the Tarot served as a means of communication despite barriers of language and culture, so that seekers after hidden truths could share their discoveries through an understanding that transcended cultural barriers. Tarot cards have gone through many permutations through the centuries. Used as vehicles for telling fortunes by Gypsies throughout Europe in the late Middle Ages, the attractive and compelling cards soon became popular items in noble households. The French transformed the Tarot into playing cards, discarding the Major Arcana and changing the suits from Wands, Cups, Swords and Pentacles to the more familiar spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs of the modern 52-card deck....

The Tarot In History

Let it be understood at the beginning of this point that there are several sets or sequences of ancient cards which are only in part of our concern. The Tarot of the Bohemians, by Papus, which I have recently carried through the press, revising the imperfect rendering, has some useful information in this connexion, and, except for the omission of dates and other evidences of the archaeological sense, it will serve the purpose of the general reader. I do not propose to extend it in the present place in any manner that can be called considerable, but certain additions are desirable and so also is a distinct mode of presentation. Among ancient cards which are mentioned in connexion with the Tarot, there are firstly those of Baldini, which are the celebrated set attributed by tradition to Andrea Mantegna, though this view is now generally rejected. Their date is supposed to be about 1470, and it is thought that there are not more than four collections extant in Europe. A copy or...

The Major Arcana

The twenty-two cards of the Major Arcana are also called the Trumps, Tarot Keys or Atus of Tahuti. They refer to the twenty-two Paths which run between the ten Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, as well as to the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet. They represent the energies of the planets, the signs of the zodiac and the elements of the Ancients. These Paths, numbered 11 through 32 are dynamic, subjective conduits of karmic energy. They are Forces in transit. The Trumps symbolize the Powers of Consciousness in illustrated form. Their placement on the Tree of Life is symbolized by the winding path of the Serpent of Wisdom.


The Pentacles are the suit of practicality, security and material concerns. They are associated with the element Earth and the concrete requirements of working with matter. In Pentacles, we celebrate the beauty of nature, our interactions with plants and animals and our physical experiences in the body. Pentacles also represent prosperity and wealth of all kinds. Sometimes this suit is called the Coins, an obvious symbol of the exchange of goods and services in the physical world. Each minor arcana suit has a distinct quality all its own. Our everyday experiences are a blend of these four approaches. Your tarot readings will show you how the different suit energies are impacting your life at any given moment. (See the lists of suit qualities.) The suits are structured much as our everyday playing cards with ten numbered cards (Ace - Ten) and four court cards (King, Queen, Knight and Page). Each card has a role to play in showing how its energy expresses in the world.

Court Cards

The tarot has its own system of personalities represented by the 16 court cards - the King, Queen, Knight and Page of each suit. In lesson 3, you learned about the four suits and court card ranks. These are the keys to understanding the court cards because the personality of each one is a combination of its suit and rank. The King of Wands is creative, inspiring, forceful, charismatic and bold. These are typical positive traits of the Wands suit. They are prime examples of its dynamic fire energy, but they also reflect the character of a King. Kings are active and outgoing. They want to impact the world through the force of their personality. The Queen of Wands is attractive, wholehearted, energetic, cheerful and self-Assured. For example, the Knight of Pentacles has an excess of caution - a trait typical of the steady, conservative Pentacles nature. This Knight prefers to check and double-check everything. He always proceeds slowly before committing himself - the kind of person you...

Pentacles Eight

PENTACLES Seven A young man, leaning on his staff, looks intently at seven pentacles attached to a clump of greenery on his right one would say that these were his treasures and that his heart was there. Divinatory Meanings These are exceedingly contradictory in the main, it is a card of money, business, barter but one reading gives altercation, quarrels--and another innocence, ingenuity, purgation. Reversed Cause for anxiety regarding money which it may be proposed to lend.

Ace Of Swords

An Ace-Ace pair shows that a new spirit is entering your life. It draws on the energy of the Ace of Swords --- Ace of Wands creativity, excitement, adventure, courage, personal power --- Ace of Cups deep feelings, intimacy, attunement, compassion, love Ace of Pentacles prosperity, abundance, trust, security, groundedness The Ace of Swords is a symbol of possibility in the area of intelligence, reason, justice, truth, clarity and fortitude. In readings, it shows that a seed of clear understanding has been planted in your life although you may not yet recognize it. When the seed sprouts, it could take almost any form. It might be a compelling idea, desire for the truth, call to justice, or a need to be honest. On the outside, it could be an offer, gift, opportunity, encounter or synchronistic event. Sometimes this Ace stands for a challenge that will test you in some way. Life never goes smoothly for long. Sooner or later a hurdle shows up, and the Ace of Swords can tell you when one is...

The Divining Tarot

To our Lady Readers--Astronomy and Astrology-Intuition--Fortune-telling by the Tarot in Seven Lessons. THE first part of our study of the Tarot, full of numbers, of Hebrew letters, and abstract deductions, is not calculated to attract the attention of ladies. But if women enjoy mystery and idealism, prefer and excuse the flights of a vivid imagination, men exact precision and method in studies of this kind, and I have therefore built this arsenal of technical arguments for them, confining imagination in the narrow limits of deduction so that, if she has sometimes escaped and scattered the brilliant gems of illusion over the course of my work, the escape was only made with great trouble, and in spite of my efforts to retain her. It is, however, traditional that the future can be read through the Tarot, and our feminine readers will never forgive me if I ignore their natural curiosity on this point. I have therefore decided to approach this delicate question, and I hope that the...

Tarot Swords

PENTACLES Multiple Court Cards Whenever three Court Cards of the same title (three Kings, three Pages, etc.) appear in a spread, the following special meanings may apply EXERCISE 7 COURT CARDS ON THE THOUGHT TRACK 9. After a short rest period, repeat Steps 1-7 with each of the remaining Court Cards. With frequent practice, this exercise should give you a deep and wonderful familiarity with all the Court Cards and the depths of character they represent. The Court Cards in Divination It is important to remember that the Court Cards can represent TWO channels of information in a spread PEOPLE and SITUATIONS involving people. Your sensitivity and awareness during a divination will indicate the choice. Your client's original question and the nature of the guidance from the spread in general will determine the purpose of each Court Card. An abundance of Court Cards in a spread will indicate that many people are involved in the given situation. answer or solution he is seeking rests with...

Tarot Pathworking

Tree Life Kabbalah Tarot

Practical work with the archetypes of the Tarot is essentially a matter of using the imagination. It may well be that first efforts are barren or subjective, or appear to be. Persistent use will sooner or later demonstrate that through the use of the imagination, a new sense of perception is being developed, that opens upon an objective world or worlds other than the physical. The historical development in the Western Tradition from this Golden Dawn technique is commonly known as 'Path working', so called because in its original form it was usually concerned with treading in visualization one of the Paths of the Tree of Life. This indeed remains an excellent formal training method. Generally speaking one builds up a starting point, a 'composition of place' in one Sephirah, usually in the form of some kind of temple, and proceeds to walk into a picture of the appropriate Tarot Trump. Halfway down the Path one will expect to meet the appropriate Hebrew letter and any personal symbolism...

Origins of the Tarot

Creation, the four basic elements of medieval science, four stages of existence, four methods of interpreting the Bible, and so on. There are four court cards in each of Bembo s four suits. Finally, the Qabalah works with the number ten - the Ten Commandments and ten sephiroth (stages of emanation) on each of the four Trees of Life And the four suits contain cards numbered from one to ten. Do we wonder then that Tarot commentators have claimed that the deck originated as a pictorial version of the Qabalah, meaningless to the masses, but highly potent to the few And yet, in all the thousands of pages of Qabalistic literature, not one word appears about 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...

The Tree Of Life

Holy Sephiroth

The Tree of Life (Figure 1) is intended to symbolize the entire universe, a proposition so vast in its implications that some may doubt that such a symbol is even possible. It is a deceptively simple diagram composed of ten spheres called Sephiroth, and twenty-two connecting lines called Paths. Collectively, the Sephiroth and Paths are called the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom. Figure 1. The Ten Holy Sephiroth on the Tree of life Figure 1. The Ten Holy Sephiroth on the Tree of life The Tree of Life, used by modern Hermetic-Qabalists, was first published in Kircher's Oedipus Aegypticus in 1652 (Figure 2A). And while this Tree must have undergone a lengthy development, its historical roots appear buried in the secret past of Mystery religions. Moreover, a general developmental sequence is difficult to establish as Jewish Qabalists espoused different forms of the Tree. Figure 2. Development of the Tree of Life diagram. A) Form of the Tree in Kircher's Oedipus Aegypticus, 1652. B) Adapated...

Tarot Trump Imagery

In the survey of Tarot Trump design that follows we have made a number of assumptions in the interest of clarity. 1. We have used the Marseilles Tarot sequence, because this has become the generally accepted standard. There are other orders possible which we discuss in the next chapter. 2. We have chosen as headings the Trump titles which are most widely accepted or at least understood by students of the esoteric Tarot. Marseilles Tarot

What Is Tarot

These ancient prehistoric representations from which the complete picture of the most diverse kinds of people can be assembled and made accessible to our recognition are the tarot cards. This concept can be referred to as tarot. The tarot comprises seventy-eight tarot cards. Of these, fifty-six cards are known as the Lesser Arcana and twenty-two cards as the Greater Arcana. In order to understand the Lesser Arcana, we must remember that all the spiritual elements constituting a person spring from a single primal source in which everything still rests in unity. From this source all manifestations proceed step by step to the complete unfolding. We may compare this to the growth of a plant from a seed, through various stages of development, from the cotyledon, bud and flower, to its supreme achievement, the fruit. The initiates have depicted these stages in the growth of man in fourteen related pictures. The first card carries the number one from which all further manifestations arise....

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, and upon mathematics the whole structure of science is reared. To use the language of Freemasonry All the works of the Almighty are made in number, weight, and measure therefore to understand them rightly, we ought to understand arithmetical calculations and the greater advance we make in mathematical sciences the more capable we shall be of considering such things as are the ordinary objects of our conceptions, and be thereby led to a more comprehensive knowledge of our great Creator and the...

Consulting The Tarot

Separate the 22 major Arcana from the minor. 5. Shuffle the 22 major Arcana with the cards face downwards, take out a major Arcanum and place it aside without looking at it. 6. Shuffle the 56 minor Arcana and take out a card shuffle again and take out another minor Arcanum 3 cards in total. 7. Add the major Arcanum to the result of the sum of the two digits of each one of the minor ones. If the result is greater than 22, add the digits once again the final result is the card of prediction, the result. This is further clarified with the prediction of the 2 minor Arcana.

Pentacles Four

A crowned figure, having a pentacle over his crown, clasps another with hands and arms two pentacles are under his feet. He holds to that which he has. Divinatory Meanings The surety of possessions, cleaving to that which one has, gift, legacy, inheritance. Reversed Suspense, delay, opposition. A sculptor at his work in a monastery. Compare the design which illustrates the Eight of Pentacles. The apprentice or amateur therein has received his reward and is now at work in earnest. Divinatory Meanings M tier, trade, skilled labour usually, however, regarded as a card of nobility, aristocracy, renown, glory. Reversed Mediocrity, in work and otherwise, puerility, pettiness, weakness. PENTACLES Two

Interpretation I should stop trying to handle everything myself

I wonder why my love life has been stalled for so long. Three of Wands - reversed My friend wants me to join her protest against the new landfill. Ace of Swords - reversed My cousin wants me to invest in his new company, but I'm hesitating. Knight of Swords - reversed I don't want to see my boyfriend any more. I'm not sure why. Four of Cups - reversed My daughter is divorcing and wants to live with me for a while. Six of Pentacles - reversed I love my new baby, but I'm so worn out from lack of sleep. Page of Cups - reversed

What is the History of this Course

I had been studying the tarot for some years, and I found that I was developing some ideas about the cards and how they could be used as a tool for inner guidance. In October 1998, Learning the Tarot was published as a paperback. My experience with the cards is in doing readings for myself, friends, relatives and acquaintances probably the kind of tarot you are interested in. The tarot cards are not difficult to learn, but there is always more to them that can be learned. They are deceptively simple, but surprisingly rich.

How Does This Course Work

My main purpose in this course is to show you how to use the cards for yourself. The tarot can help you understand yourself better and teach you how to tap your inner resources more confidently. You do not have to have psychic powers to use the tarot successfully. All you need is the willingness to honor and develop your natural intuition. Learning the Tarot is a self-paced series of 19 lessons that begin with the basics and then move gradually into more detailed aspects of the tarot. These lessons are geared toward beginners, but experienced tarot users will find some useful ideas and techniques as well. For each lesson there are some exercises that reinforce the ideas presented. The Cards section contains information about each of the tarot cards. You can refer to this section as you go through the lessons and later as you continue your practice. These are the main features of the course, but there are many other pages to explore here as well.

StepByStep Procedure

Here are the steps for a tarot reading you do for yourself that is not based on a question. (See lesson 10.) your tarot cards You're seated in front of your first tarot reading. You've shuffled, cut and laid out ten cards for the Celtic Cross. Your first thought is probably, Now what do I do When I first began learning the tarot, I sought the answer to this question everywhere - in classes, conversations, books, and practice. I was looking for the one, true way to interpret the cards. Of course, I never found such a system because it doesn't exist. Reading the tarot is an art, not a science. There can be no set rules that apply all the time because every person is unique. How could a system of formulas ever provide guidance that honors that uniqueness In the next eight lessons, I share some of the principles of interpretation that I have discovered. I offer these ideas as guidelines to help you develop a feel for readings and what they can tell you. Take from them what works for you...

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...

Chapter Five Ritual Work And Divination

The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram - A Relaxation Ritual -The Ritual Bath - Tarot Consecration Ritual - The Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Hexagram - The Advanced Tarot Consecration Ritual -The Rite of Consecration - Supreme Invoking Ritual of the Pentagram - A Simple Tarot Meditation - The Four-fold Rite of the Tarot - The Tarot Rose Cross Ritual - Finding the Birth Card -Personal Tarot Formula - Working Tarot Talismans - A Tarot Talisman Ritual - Scrying and Astral Projection - The Ritual of Scrying the Tarot - Dream Work with the Tarot - The Invoking Dream Rite - Divination - Card Relationships and Interpretations -The Meanings of the Major Arcana - Summary Meanings of the Minor Arcana - The Court Cards - General Meanings of Several Similar Cards - The General Meanings of the Court Cards - Tarot Spreads - The Ten Card Spread - The Fifteen Card Spread - The Opening of the Key - A Few Final Notes on the Thirty-two Paths of Wisdom


These meditations on the Major Arcana of the Tarot are Letters addressed to the Unknown Friend. The addressee in this instance is anyone who will read all of them and who thereby acquires definite knowledge, through the experience of meditative reading, about Christian Hermeticism. He will know also that the authot of these Letters has said more about himself in these Letters than he would have been able to in any other way. No matter what other source he might have, he will know the author better through the Letters themselves. These Letters are written in French because in France since the eighteenth century until the present time, i.e. the second half of the twentieth century-there exists a litetature on the Tarot, a phenomenon which is found nowhere else. On the other hand, there existed in France and it still persists a continuous tradition of Hermeticism, in which is united a spirit of free research with one of respect for the tradition. The purpose of these Letters therefore...

Deductions By Etteila Upon The Book Of Thoth

WE will now recapitulate some of the conclusions which Etteila attained in the course of his work upon the Book of Thoth (the Tarot). Thus the 22 major arcana form 3 volumes, and the 56 minor arcana form the last. The number 1 (a book) represents the Unity, the Divinity lastly, the number 26, which divides the Tarot into three parts, is exactly that of Jehovah (TilR).

General Study Of The Four First Cards

The four first cards of the major arcana form, symbolically as well as numerically, a complete sequence, which corresponds with the sacred word Yod-he-vau-he. The symbolic series of the Tarot is therefore completely represented by the four first cards, exactly as the numerical sequence is represented by the four first numbers. This fact produces a very important consideration, namely, that all the symbols of the Tarot are but transformations of the three first, and that the latter will supply us with the general law of symbolism, a law which will enable us to determine mathematically the sense of each card that follows. Since the second card is the reflex of the first, and is formed by the first considered negatively, and since the third card results from the two others, it suffices to be perfectly acquainted with the first card of the Tarot to determine mathematically the sense of all the others. We need only refer to the study of the Tarot by...

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