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THOTH TAROT DECK
Written by James Wasserman Edited and updated by Lynn Araujo Plus two essays written by Lady Frieda Harris Commentary by Stuart R. Kaplan
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The symbolism, traditional postures, attribution of the Cards, and the planetary, zodiacal, and elemental colours have been given to me by an expert who has studied the Tarot for forty years, and to whom my thanks are due for his courteous co-operation. Lady Frieda Harris July 1942
Copyright © 1978, 1983, 2006 by Stuart R. Kaplan and Donald Weiser. All rights reserved. No part of this booklet may reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher, except by a reviewer who wishes to quote brief passages in connection with a review written for inclusion in a magazine or newspaper. Booklet printed in U.S.A.
“The Tarot could be described as God’s Picture Book, or it could be likened to a celestial game of chess, the Trumps being the pieces to be moved according to the law of their own order over a checkered board of the four elements.” Lady Frieda Harris
ALEISTER CROWLEY’S THOTH TAROT DECK he Thoth Tarot deck was designed by Aleister Crowley and painted by Lady Frieda Harris. Their original intent was to correct and update the classic, medieval tarot, giving it a more esoteric aspect. The project, however, grew into a restructuring of the traditional pictorial symbolism of the ancient wisdom and was extended for five years between 1938 and 1943. Aleister Crowley is often described as the most advanced and influential occultist of the twentieth century. His life’s work was an attempt to synthesize the diverse teachings of the world’s religions by extracting the essential kernel of truth shared by them and developing a system of attaining Godrealization, which he called “Scientific Illuminism.” Crowley’s ideas on tarot incorporated the latest discoveries in science, mathematics, philosophy, and anthropology. His devotion to tarot began with his initiation into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, an English Rosicrucian society founded in 1888 that offered a systematic approach to the Western mystery tradition. The tarot played a prominent part in the Order’s course of ritual, meditation, and study. Other members’ published decks were based on the symbolism rooted in the Tarot of the Golden Dawn. Members were sworn to secrecy regarding the Order’s deck, which remained unpublished until 1978, when the deck, painted by Dr. Robert Wang under the guidance of Dr. Israel Regardie, was published by U.S. Games Systems, Inc. Crowley was born October 12, 1875, and he joined the Golden Dawn in 1898, rising rapidly through the grades of the Order. In April, 1904, in Cairo, Egypt, he received voice transmissions from the Hierarchical Forces, which heralded the Age of Aquarius. Transcribed as The Book of the Law, the communication formed the cornerstone of Crowley’s teaching. The book also profoundly influenced the imagery of
Crowley’s deck, particularly the kabbalistic attributions of the Major Arcana. To each of the twenty-two Major Trumps of the tarot is assigned, by tradition, a Hebrew letter and a path on the Tree of Life, as well as an astrological sign, element, or planet. The Book of the Law announced changes in some of the traditional correspondences. These may be studied in more detail in Crowley’s Book of Thoth. Aleister Crowley voluminous body of writing, most of which is available in published form, is now appreciated for its depth, scope, and clarity. His work, particularly his tarot deck, was a testament to his genius. Lady Frieda Harris (née Bloxam) was born in 1877 and died in 1962. She was married to Sir Percy Harris, a distinguished member of the British Parliament. Information on her life is scant, but it is clear that she had more to do with the actual design of the Thoth Tarot than has been commonly assumed. She worked from Crowley’s rough sketches and verbal descriptions, reading between the lines of the older decks and often repainting the same card multiple times. She considered herself driven by her Holy Guardian Angel to produce the finest possible deck. Crowley attributed his own deep involvement with the creation of a new deck to her tenacity and artistic genius. Because of her, each card is realized as an individual masterpiece. The deck remained unpublished in their lifetimes. Major Grady L. McMurtry of Crowley’s order, Ordo Templi Orientis, finally arranged for its photography and publication in 1969. In order to maintain the integrity of the deck, a border, which had been omitted in the original printing, has been copied from the paintings and is included in this new edition. Mr. William Breeze helped locate the two essays written by Lady Harris for the 1944 London gallery showings of the paintings. One is based on Crowley’s writings. The second was her own personal interpretation of the cards.
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Since card meanings may be affected by neighboring cards. One’s psychic perceptions are stimulated and will develop through patient effort. Before beginning any divination. The 15-card spread presented in this booklet offers a simpler layout than the more popular Celtic Cross spread. one may envision a radiant white light purifying and exalting consciousness. coupled with deeper meditative work and study.THE TAROT AND ITS APPLICATIONS he tarot is a series of seventy-eight pictorial images based on the teachings of the kabbalah. In using the tarot for divination. that thereby we may obtain true knowledge of hidden things to the glory of thine ineffable Name. IAO. those resultant meanings are identified here as “influenced. shuffle the cards thoroughly. which forms the outline of the kabbalah. Amen. the reader traditionally makes an invocation to the higher forces for greater understanding and higher consciousness through the cards. I invoke Thee. T – 5 – . summarizes all knowledge in its ten spheres and twenty-two interconnected paths of consciousness.” After the invocation. Then lay out fifteen cards in the sequence shown in the diagram on the following page. a meditative path to the higher planes of consciousness. the reader develops an essential familiarity with the symbols as well as an affinity with the aspects of consciousness that the cards represent. Alternatively. The Tree of Life. but does consider the relationships and influences between the cards. the great Angel that is set over the operations of this secret Wisdom. The Golden Dawn invocation used by Crowley is as follows. The Golden Dawn method of reading does not use reversed meaning. that thou wilt send HRU. to lay his hand invisibly on these consecrated cards of art.
the cards on the upper left are a development of the cards on the upper right.13 9 5 2 1 3 4 8 12 14 10 6 7 11 15 CARD 1 The querent and the nature of the problem and primary influences. A court card (knight. 9 and 5. 11 and 15 show forces operating beyond the querent’s control—destiny or karma—to which the querent can adapt. CARDS 2 and 3 in conjunction with CARD 1. the cards on the upper right may be considered the direction the querent’s life will naturally flow unless action is taken to change this course. CARDS 13. in which case. queen. according to the direction in which they face. If they are in conflict. Princesses may show – 6 – . They may compliment each other. They indicate the psychological basis and implications of the issue. or arrival or departure. princess) in this position sometimes refers to a dominant individual or influence in the querent’s situation. 8 and 12 in the upper left and right indicate two potentials for the future. Knights may mean the coming or going of a matter. The cards on the upper left would then be possibilities of alternative action. are the key cards describing the nature of the situation and the personality of the querent. CARDS 6. 10 and 14 assist the querent in making whatever decision may be necessary. Princes and queens most often indicate actual men and women connected with the matter. and 4. In this sense they constitute advice as well. prince. CARDS 7.
Graciousness. Craft. bringing change. cups. Elegance. great energy. Cards of opposite nature are weaker. reveals folly. Ambition. Elasticity. Strife. War. Swords are adverse to disks. which endeavor to transcend earth. In material matters. Exuberance should be tempered and careful balance maintained. Wands oppose cups. Good fortune. and strength. Stability. I THE MAGUS. Pleasure. The court cards in general represent psychological states. Cunning. fluctuation. Influenced: Dissipation. It represents a sudden. Conquest. In spiritual matters. aces. Beauty. A card falling between two contrary cards is affected by neither. Adroitness. love and emotions. unexpected impulse. Power. Sensuality. even mania. Swords are friendly to cups and wands. thoughts. Love. increase and decrease. Wisdom. Pure. exalted and gracious influence enters the matter. Business transactions. represents ideas and thoughts. A card’s meaning is strengthened by neighboring cards of the same suit. Court cards indicate social events.ideas. Energy. new beginnings. Gentleness. Wands indicate great energy. or opinions related to the subject. IV THE EMPEROR. eccentricity. swords relate to intellectual matters. Skill. Sometimes esoteric wisdom or power. alternation. Deceit. the first thing to look for is a grouping or majority of cards. Success. Government. Victory. – 7 – . Wands complement swords and disks. and disks. Happiness. Promiscuity. III THE EMPRESS. Originality. Theft. After laying out the cards. A majority of Trumps indicates higher forces at work. Idleness. MAJOR ARCANA CARD MEANINGS O THE FOOL. business affairs. Fruitfulness. Messages. Learning or intelligence interfering with the matter in hand. II THE PRIESTESS.
marriages. Hope. XIV ART. Beauty. Victory. XI LUST. Stubborn strength. Organization. Divine inspiration. XVI T HE TOWER . Attraction. Endurance. Instability. Success after elaborate maneuvers. generally good. Adjustment. Endurance. Unexpected help. Temptation. May refer to lawsuits. Wisdom. Spiritual insight. – 8 – . Influenced: Dreaminess. Irresistibly strong. Ambition. XIII DEATH. X FORTUNE. Blind impulse. Circumspection. Inspiration. Use of magical power. Change of fortune. Obsession. XII THE HANGED MAN. Realization. Goodness of heart. VII THE CHARIOT. Control of the life force. Megalomania. Health. Materialism.Influenced: Arrogance. Illusory death. Triumph. Superficiality. Destruction of plans. Strength. IX THE HERMIT. New perspectives. Action based on accurate calculation. Toil. XV T HE D EVIL . Ambition. Unscrupulous. Intuition. Disappointment. Indecision. contracts. Combination of forces. Quarrel. Intelligence. Courage. Change. Redemption through sacrifice. Obedience. Loss. Inspiration. voluntary or involuntary. Divine wisdom. Discontent. Balance. Teaching. Influenced: Self-contradiction. though sometimes not enduring. etc. Economy. VIII ADJUSTMENT. Ruin. Failure. Influenced: Abrupt departure from traditional ideas. Courage. Transformation. Love. perhaps sudden and unexpected. Great love affair. Illumination from within. Hard work. Hope. Persistence. Secret plan. Innocence. Help from superiors. Suspension of action pending decision. Escape from prison and all it implies. Energy. Success. Punishment. Escape. Peace. XVII THE STAR. trials. Sudden death. Defeat. VI T HE LOVERS . Retirement. Fate. Faithfulness. Danger. Justice. Combat. Suffering. Destiny. Infatuation. V THE HIEROPHANT. Release through destruction. Patience. Rashness. Clarity of vision. Management.
Pride and arrogance. violent. ACE OF WANDS: The Root of the Powers of Fire. Triumph. Shamelessness. XXI THE UNIVERSE. generosity. Turbulence. QUEEN OF WANDS. Pleasure. Perfection. Glory. shallow. Gain. cruel. Riches. Perseverance. TWO OF WANDS: Dominion. Sexual vigor. and prejudiced. individualistic. noble and generous with a sense of humor. Cruelty. persistent energy. Synthesis. Resolution. Established strength. Definitive action. A woman of adaptability. Settlement. Obstinacy. Strength. Manifestation. Proud. Courage. cowardly. enthusiastic. Essential questions. theatrical. Force of energy. Conceit. generous but intolerant. Cleverness. The fiery part of fire. Subtlety. faithless. Delay. The airy part of fire. An energetic young woman. A young man. Obstinacy. Natural Force. Boldness. Voluntary change. Success after struggle. Patience. Closure. cruel. Fierceness. Vanity. Truth. Inertia. calm authority. Fire in its highest form. Deception. Influenced: Hysteria. impulsive. Superficial. A man of activity. Completion. dominance. – 9 – . Arrogance. FOUR OF WANDS: Completion. bigotry. Bewilderment. Restlessness. Unreliable outcomes from overzealous action. Madness. Energy. unreliable. PRINCESS OF WANDS. XX THE AEON. Illusion. PRINCE OF WANDS. MINOR ARCANA CARD MEANINGS ~ WANDS ~ KNIGHT OF WANDS. Crystallized thinking. expressive in love or anger. brilliant and daring. Falsehood. petulance. Opposition. intolerant. Influence. just. Recovery. pride and swiftness. The earthy part of fire. Rest. Realization of hope. Harmony of power and justice. THREE OF WANDS: Virtue. Knowledge brings conclusions. XIX THE SUN. swift and strong. powers of attraction. revenge. The watery part of fire.XVIII T HE M OON .
dreamy. Cruelty. Approaching goals. Influenced: Self-sacrifice and generosity. Victory in small things. Freedom. Impressionable to other card influences. Ill will. Beauty. Gain and success. romantic and dreamy. imaginative. – 10 – . kind yet passive. EIGHT OF WANDS: Swiftness. Attracted to excitement. untruthful. SEVEN OF WANDS: Honor. An observer. gentle. infinitely gracious. selfish and luxurious woman. Change brings stability. sweet. Tremendous force. kind. PRINCE OF CUPS. Lying. Desire. Competition. voluptuous. tranquil. Cruelty and malice. The airy part of water. Fire in its most destructive aspect. A young man of subtlety. Recovery. Power. Speech. Ambitious and obtuse. Light. Small victories. Health. Repression. Quarreling. An artist whose calm surface masks intense passion. Electricity.FIVE OF WANDS: Strife. prone to depression and drug abuse. Productivity. ACE OF CUPS: The Root of the Powers of Water. poetic. Triumph after strife. Ruthless in his aims. Unsustainable enthusiasm. Indolent. Success after conflict. Generosity or excess spending. Fighting. Victory follows fear. Balanced energy. Amiable but passive. A man with commitment issues. Slander. Courage to meet obstacles. SIX OF WANDS: Victory. PRINCESS OF CUPS. secret violence. A young woman. Activity. Violence. ~ CUPS ~ KNIGHT OF CUPS. Too much force applied too suddenly. Force detached from spiritual sources. Influenced: Insolence and pride. The watery part of water. QUEEN OF CUPS. Lust. The fiery part of water. Fertility. Love. Sensitive but shallow. TEN OF WANDS: Oppression. Influenced: Sensual and idle. Selfishness. Energy of high velocity. Pleasure and happiness. craft. Letter. Boldness. Struggles. Message. The earthy part of water. NINE OF WANDS: Strength. Quarreling.
Kindness. Effortless harmony. Spiritual fertility. Success. Peacemaking. Injustice. Drug addiction. Generosity. Dissipation. Illusory success. a keen observer. Abandoned success. Lying. Physical well-being. Hospitality. Unkindness from friends. Misery. Satisfaction. Heartache. Bounty. TEN OF CUPS: Contentment. Deceit. FOUR OF CUPS: Luxury. ~ SWORDS ~ KNIGHT OF SWORDS. Sadness. Vain. The seeds of decay in the fruits of pleasure. The fiery part of air. Unexpected disturbance. EIGHT OF CUPS: Indolence. an intense individualist. T HREE OF C UPS : Abundance. Stagnation. Plenty. Passive success. deceitful and over-bearing. An active man. Pleasure. Misfortune. Resentment. skillful and clever. conceit and overindulgence. QUEEN OF SWORDS. Love. Fulfillment of sexual will. Pity. N INE OF C UPS : Happiness. Declining interest. A graceful woman. Harmony of male and female sensibilities. Confident and gracious. Weakness. – 11 – . SEVEN OF CUPS: Delusion. Dissipation. intensely perceptive. Ecstasy. Promises unfulfilled. Pleasure. Well-being. Betrayal. Warm friendship. Carelessness. Fierce and courageous. SIX OF CUPS: Pleasure. Intoxication. Desired outcome. Waste. Waste. Overindulgence. Temporary success. Vanity. Happiness. A man incapable of decision. Pleasure mixed with anxiety. The watery part of air. Ease. Pleasure. but often unreflective. Transient pleasure. Transience which may lead away from material success. Complete success. Pursuit of pleasure. FIVE OF CUPS: Disappointment. Radiant joy. Beginnings of improvements. Presumptuous. Guilt. Regret. sly. Also: Cruel. Lust.TWO OF CUPS: Love. Intimacy. Dissipation of love and friendship. Success. Thankless. subtle interpreter. Abandonment to desire. Sensuality. Instability.
Work. EIGHT OF SWORDS: Interference. Influenced: Self-centeredness. The airy part of air. Failure. Despair. SIX OF SWORDS: Science. Passage from difficulty. plotting. Recovery. Peace after war. Neglect of important matters. Pleasure after pain. THREE OF SWORDS: Sorrow. Dual nature. Unstable effort. full of ideas and designs. TWO OF SWORDS: Peace. with destructive logic. Loss. Conquest. Tears. Great care in some areas. and manipulative. FOUR OF SWORDS: Truce. Ambivalence. Absence. Success after challenge. Unforeseen bad luck. Striving in vain. Influenced: Cunning. Just punishment.deceitful and unreliable woman. ACE OF SWORDS: The Root of the Powers of Air. Influenced: Harsh. PRINCESS OF SWORDS. – 12 – . Truth and untruth. Separation. Malice. Invoked force. Convention. Melancholy. disorder in others. Strength through trouble. skilled in practical affairs. Labor. Change after struggle. Relief from anxiety. Journey by land. frivolous. Faith. Honesty. Deceit. intensely clever but unstable. Rest from sorrow. Activity. Lack of persistence. Weakness. Anxiety. Ties. Delay. Spite. A young woman. Journey by water. stern and revengeful. Untrustworthy person. firm and aggressive. FIVE OF SWORDS: Defeat. Vacillation. Impressionable. domineering. S EVEN OF S WORDS : Futility. unreliable. A young intellectual man. The earthy part of air. Misdirected energy. Conflict leading to peace. Interference. Superficially attractive. Dishonor. Slander. Disruption. Directed intelligence. Power for good or evil. fanatic. Poverty. Indecision. Grief. Trouble. PRINCE OF SWORDS. malicious. Elusive. Incomplete success due to exhaustion. Discord. Mental anguish. Restriction. Unhappiness. Gossip. Intellectual authority. Intellectual conceit. Sacrifice and trouble giving birth to strength. N INE OF S WORDS : Cruelty.
jealous. petty. diligent. perhaps dull. quiet and domesticated. An energetic young man. surly. Influenced: Dull. Wealth. A capable manager and steadfast worker. Pleasant change. Suffering. She is generous. THREE OF DISKS: Work endeavors. Alternating gain and loss. Business. Influenced: Selfish. Burden. yet unreliable. practical. Influenced: Obedience. Death. The fiery part of earth. Industrious. Shame. Growth. elation and melancholy. Faulty reasoning. The watery part of earth. Visit to friends. A farmer. Spiritually. Worry. timid. Oppression. weakness and strength. Labor. unrealistic. patient. Constructive. Gain of money and – 13 – .Hopelessness. Disruption. and benevolent. Loss. QUEEN OF DISKS. Harmony. kind. Illness. A young woman. PRINCE OF DISKS. Lying. PRINCESS OF DISKS. Capricious. The earthy part of earth. yet affectionate and kind. beautiful and strong. Clever. charming. may herald the end of delusion. The airy part of earth. pregnant with life. Faithfulness. Power. Influenced: Avaricious. Varying occupation. FOUR OF DISKS: Power. slow to anger but implacable if aroused. Increase of material things. ~ DISKS ~ KNIGHT OF DISKS. Commercial transaction. Eloquent but impertinent person. Servile. Failure. competent. narrow. Materialism. Contentment. Wandering. Foolish. TWO OF DISKS: Change. Unselfishness. ACE OF DISKS: The Root of the Powers of Earth. Law and order. somewhat skeptical of spirituality. greedy. A ambitious woman. Commencement of projects. Somewhat dull and preoccupied with material things. Malice. Moody. laborious and clever. Material gain. TEN OF SWORDS: Ruin. Patience. Influenced: Wasteful and at war with her essential dignity.
A BRIEF COMMENTARY FROM THE PUBLISHER he remarkable series of surrealistic tarot paintings. Influenced: Insolence. T EN OF D ISKS : Wealth. loss. Influenced: Labor. Material gain. prepared by Lady Frieda Harris under the guidance of Aleister Crowley. Philanthropy. EIGHT OF DISKS: Prudence. Old age. Business acumen. Professional setbacks. Influenced: Laziness. One card is Crowley’s personal magical seal. Building. Success. The other is the statement of the Ordo Templi Orientis. Influence. FIVE OF DISKS: Worry. NINE OF DISKS: Gain. Failure to see the big picture. Honorable undertakings. Indifference. Transitory situation. Unfinished work. Envy. Inheritance. S IX OF D ISKS : Success. Intelligence in material affairs. Intense strain. There are two additional cards included with the Thoth Tarot deck. Influenced: Prejudice. Real estate. Meanness. Agriculture. Prosperity.influence. SEVEN OF DISKS: Failure. Rank. Conceit with wealth. Financial loss. Monetary anxiety. Skill. Influenced: Delayed growth. Cunning. and her work has an intricate. Little gain from much effort. Influenced: “Penny wise and pound foolish. Dominion. Creativity. Dullness of mind. The diverse shapes in her art form a fluid picture – 14 – T .” Avarice. Good fortune. Disappointment. rhythmical structure. known as the Unicursal Hexagram. Industriousness. Physical skill. or Hexagram of the Beast. Suspicion. Excessive spending. Influenced: Envy. Unprofitable speculation. Unmet goals. Power. She successfully integrated tarot symbols into her stylized paintings. Poverty. Hopes deceived. Inactivity. Lack of originality. waste. attests both to Lady Harris’s unique art talent and to her patience and ability to work with a demanding mentor. Improved wealth.
appears to have been written entirely by Lady Harris. Games Systems. Further information on the history and symbolism of Tarot can be found in The Encyclopedia of Tarot published by U. except for obvious typographical errors.that becomes a catalyst to the viewer’s imagination. or keys. It is generally admitted that the cards were a classification or map of the universe. And the other numbers involved in this classification are derived directly from it. —Stuart R. The material universe has always been divided in the first instance into four. The first essay. four stations of the sun. written for an “Exhibition of Playing Cards. Her essays are reproduced verbatim here without corrections.” was probably edited by Lady Harris from Crowley’s writings. The second essay. or Houses. The number of the Trumps (22) is accordingly that of the Atus. four seasons and so on. Inc. but in all probability it T was introduced into the Mediterranean Basin not later that the end of the 14th century.S. the Egyptian – 15 – . four quarters. The artist describes in her own words the symbols she sought to portray in the Thoth deck. The subject of the cards and book (the Tarot is called the book of Thoth or Tahuti. written for an exhibition at Berkeley Galleries. The following two essays provide unique insight into Lady Harris’ perspectives on the Thoth Tarot. There are four suits corresponding to the four elements. Kaplan ————— Exhibition of Playing Cards The Tarot (Book of Thoth) 78 Paintings According to the Initiated Tradition and Modern Scientific Thought with other Occult and Alchemical Designs he origin of the Tarot is unknown. and the number Four is the basis of the pack.
This is manifest especially in the titles of such Atus as the Fool. There is certain evidence of Graeco-Roman influence. Cups. but there is also manifold expression of the influence of Indian religions. and his best method of manipulating their forces. such as it was. the Devil. The Hebrew Qabalah claims to be based on the Egtotuab Qabalah. It appears from the classification that the system of the Tarot is that of the Hebrew Qabalah. Death. What is certain is that the pack. which is now lost. the Empress. The Pope. the Indian God Ardhanari is represented with the four weapons of the four suits: Wands.. the great magician of the Hebrews. It seems. the Emperor.e. the Hermit. The general symbolism of the Atus is based on the ideas of Church and State current in those times. was skillfully moulded by Initiates as a means of preserving and trans– 16 – . the Moon. and we have the astronomical triad of the Sun. probable that Egyptian and Indian adepts were responsible for the pack in its primitive form. a tradition received by means of initiation. Justice. while perhaps the Blasted Tower may be taken as a symbol of Agni. the Hanged Man. What is undeniable is. of no great significance. had been initiated by the hierophants of that country. Qabalah means “received.Mercury) is the influence of the 10 numbers and the twentytwo letters on man. however. Swords. for in the old packs the Emperor was sometimes called Jupiter. These mingled origins are. In particular. It was supposed that Moses. that it must have been put together in its medieval form by Hebrew Qabalists.” i. and Disks. therefore. the Last Judgment. Fire or Lightning. and the Star. the Magician (Conjuror or Juggler). This theory is confirmed by strongly marked traces of Egyptian figures and ideas in the traditional designs themselves. the Female Pope. and possibly Assyrian or Chaldean. the Blasted [Tower].
The lotus typifies the feminine or passive power. THE MAGICIAN OR JUGGLER. It is for this reason she is clothed in the luminous veil of light. the sword of air. THE PRIESTESS. He is also Zeus Arrhenothelus. This posture represents salt. Mercury. THE FOOL is Air or Vacuum or Puissant Innocence. by whom the world is created. The Egyptian counterpart. and again she is Artemis. Bacchus Diphues and Baphomet. but as the veil. But these are degradations of their true use in noble contemplation of the Secret Energies of Nature. symbolises the fluidic basis of all transmission of activity. the eternal virgin. and the disc of earth. Hanuman. 2 I. Hundreds of books have been written about them. 3 II. He holds the male element of fire. It is hoped that an important book on these subjects will appear shortly in conjunction with the reproduction of these pictures in the traditional form of a pack of cards. Daluah and Parsifal. the female element of water. light being viewed not as the manifestation. He is the Green Man of Spring. of the spirit 4 III. who is Wisdom. Dionysus Zagreus. and in a mutilated form are used for playing various games of cards in all Latin countries in both hemispheres. is also always followed by the Cynocephalus Ape. She is Isis. The cards have been very famous for centuries.mitting the tradition of the initiated wisdom. They were used by the “Bohemians” or Gypsies for telling fortunes. Thoth. the great Fool of the Celts. safeguards against the betrayal of the secrets were introduced. She is seated in traditional posture. THE EMPRESS. THE TWENTY-TWO TRUMPS 1 0. Behind him and through him is the Ape. especially with regard to the attributions of the Atus or Trumps. The Bees on the – 17 – . which is a Hindu conception. Will and Word. the inactive principle of nature.
This specifically alchemical card is a symbol of procreation. in fact. and the Lamb. THE EMPEROR. The woman before the hierophant represents Venus. These are the Ram. which takes the place of the Old Aeon that has governed us for 2. This card means Government by means of two contrasting symbols. 6 V. It was by means of the shedding of blood and of external religions that Cain was able to have contact with his fellow men.000 years. the swords drawing attention to he process of division which actually takes place. The Hierophant moves only at intervals of 2. and the White Tincture. The Wand with its interlaced rings shows the three Aeons of Isis. Osiris and Horus. THE LOVERS.robe may be compared with the Fleur de Lys. which is docile and cowardly. This seems to be the symbolisation of external religion. 5 IV. of the nature of silver. now armed and militant. The Pelican may be identified with the Great Mother and her offspring. suggesting the French origin of the symbol. which is of the nature of gold. synthesis. since the murder symbolizes analysis and the subsequent contact. The Red Eagle represents the Red Tincture of the Alchemists. and is. The pentagram with its dancing male child symbolizes the New Aeon of the child Horus. 7 VI. culminating in the Grand Mystery of the uniting of microcosm and macrocosm. The posture typifies the Alchemical Sulphur. – 18 – . the fiery element of the universe. THE HIEROPHANT.000 years. which. The Elephant. The reference in this card is to Taurus the Bull and its Indian equivalent. the Ram tamed by authority. Cain and Abel represent the refusal of God to hear the children of Eve until blood is shed. when wild. It represents the continuity of life and inheritance of blood uniting all forms of nature. the belt is the Zodiac. In that sense the meaning of the card is the giving of science to mankind. is solitary and courageous. The White Eagle typifies Alchemical Salt. The four masks are the guardians of every mystery.
The appearance of celestial phenomena emphasizes this. here seen growing out of the Abyss. 10 IX. In this card are traces of the legend of Persephone. it is made to represent the Universe in its aspect of continual change. THE CHARIOT. is the letter Yod. FORTUNE. which is the life of the Universe. These scales represent the two “witnesses. The Egg. while the snake signifies the fluidic essence of light. the – 19 – . for nature is not Justice — she is rather through her process of equilibrium “la Justesse. to which this card is attributed.” Finally. The function of the Charioteer is to bear the Holy Grail. Alpha. the last.8 VII. The letter. typifies the Universe. surrounded by the coils of a snake. For that reason the card is called the Hermit. this Woman is the original Harlequin. This card represents the Woman satisfied. symbolising the presence of Light in Darkness. the foundation of all the other letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. is the Wand of Mercury. the first. the one fulfilling the other by a process of contradiction. in which she weighs the universe. are the Bull. in the centre of which is radiant blood. the guide of the soul through the lower regions.” and the hand is the centre of the design. 11 X. THE HERMIT. The four Sphinxes on this card. In the same order of ideas the Hermit holds the lamp whose centre is the Sun. ADJUSTMENT or traditionally JUSTICE.” Each “witness” is an authentic manifestation of Maya. drawing the chariot. This condition is symbolized by the scales. The letter Yod means “a hand. the Lion. By the attribution of this card to the plant Jupiter. 9 VIII. the whole representing the sixteen sub-elements. The serpent Wand. In the middle is the ten-spoked wheel. and the Man. The symbolism is that of the Creator of Life and his representative is the Spermatozoon. the Eagle. exactly balances against Omega. for the wild blend of colour and of movement resolves itself into an equilibrium of all possibilities of sensation.
saint. The legs are crossed so that the right leg forms a right angle with the left leg. THE HANGED MAN or DYING GOD. as representing the passion which unites them. In her left hand she holds the reins. satyr. typifying intelligence and balance (Sativas). which represents the descent of the light into darkness in order to redeem it. At the top sits the Sphinx. Mercury. 12 XI. The central figure is the woman. that of an angel. Thus we have. sluggishness. The posture of the drowned or hanged man is of the greatest significance. not only strength. LUST. and the arms are stretched out at an angle of sixty degrees. This gives the symbol of the triangle surmounted by a cross. The restlessness of brilliant. Hermanubis. unstable reason (Rajas). The seven heads of the lion are respectively. The three figures attached to the wheel symbolize the three forms of energy. and ignorance. almost falling from the wheel. who has surrendered herself to all the forces of creation and who rides astride of the Beast. the Scorpion. In the background are the bloodless figures of the saints on whom this mirage travails. for their whole life has been absorbed into the Holy Grail. 14 XIII. and the element of water to which the card is attributed is the element of illusion. and in her right she holds aloft the Cup aflame with love and death. 13 XII. The whole idea of sacrifice is a misconception of nature. the symbol of destruction. and lion-serpent. is the reptile-headed Typhon (Tamas). and Salt. however. The alchemical attributes of the Gunas are Sulphur. This card was formally called Strength. in the semblance of an ape. In this Cup are mingled the elements of the sacrament of the Aeon. poet. It implies. DEATH. so as to form an equilateral triangle. adulteress. representing primitive energy always ready to com– 20 – . in this card. but joy in strength exercised. expressed in the Hindu System by the term Guna. and at the bottom. warrior. The alchemical sense of Death is not so much destruction as change.accepted symbol of Fortune.
symbolizing new lives. the transmuting of objects. formerly called TEMPERANCE. – 21 – . the black and white personages which were the Lovers in Card VI.’’ The counsel to visit the interior of the earth is a recapitulation (on a higher plane) of the first formula of the Work. The highest achievement of alchemy was the affecting of change. Putrefaction itself is shown by the raven perched on a skill on the cauldron. The consummation of the whole art of Alchemy is proclaimed in the glory with its inscription ‘VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE RECTIFICANDO INVENIES OCCULTEM LAPIDEM. colour and so on. The influence of Saturn is expressed in the negative aspect of Death as representing those essential forms which are not destroyed by the ordinary changes of nature. which represents exaltation above solid matter. This is the consummation of the Royal Marriage. which calls into being bubbles. The highest aspect of the card is the Eagle. 15 XIV. and on his head he wears the crown of Osiris. the white eagle has become red. have been objects of worship in cults which taught the doctrines of resurrection or re-incarnation. becomes ignited and accepts the embrace of the hydroxyl radicle. The important word is RECTIFICANDO. but prepared to undergo any transformation which will permit its continued existence in a different form. here represented. The fish and serpent. thrown upon water. In the main figure. it implies the right leading of the new living substance in the path of the True Will. the positive and creative side is seen in the sweep of the scythe.mit suicide (according to the legend) when heavily beset. into their opposites. Thus in this card the red lion has become white. qualities. The central figure is executing the Dance of Death (skeleton and scythe are both Saturnian figures). are now interchanged and fused into an androgyne figure. ART. The rainbow symbolizes another stage in the alchemical process by the aura of many-colored lights rising out of putrefaction. Thus potassium.
The spiral shape of the horns is an allusion to the highest and most remote things.16 XV. this is in anticipation of the present Aeon. The ring at the top is one of the rings of Saturn or Set. The cult of the Goat represents the impulse to reckless creation without any regard for result. The other interpretation is drawn from the cult of Shiva. flames. THE MOON. The card. always associated with the fiery material energy of creation. which admits of two interpretations in one. Zoroaster defines God as “having a spiral force. the perfection of annihilation by emancipation from the prison of organised life. that of Horus. At the top of the card appears the Eye of Shiva.” Osiris. THE DEVIL is here represented in the traditional form of the Goat. hidden darkness which must be passed – 22 – . and engines of war. Behind the Goat stands the Tree of Life. 10 XVIII. Every form of energy in the card is spiral. which pierces the Heavens in a medley of fantastic forms. This card is attributed to the Hebrew letter Pe . In the transparent roots the sap is seen. The dove and the serpent represent the feminine and masculine impulses. the Ass-headed god of the Egyptians. recalling the markings on the planet Mars. According to this. THE STAR. successor to the “dying god. The departing Aeon is shown in the rectilinear forms of energy issuing from the lower cup. the card represents perfection. the crowned and conquering Child. of pure destruction. This card represents the state of impure horror. is a manifestation in its rudest form. In the language of Schopenhauer. or THE HOUSE OF G OD. THE TOWER OF THE BLASTED TOWER. The figure of the goddess may be taken as a manifestation of the surrounding space of Heaven.” 17 XVI. “The Will to Live and the Will to Die.” 18 XVII. which means a mouth. seething and leaping in every direction. These forms stand for the now abandoned Euclidean geometry. the destruction of the old-established Aeon by lightning.
bearing the Sun through the darkness of night. who is the incarnation of the New Aeon. as yet. At the bottom of the card appears the Hebrew letter. The three Yods are occupied by three human figures arising to partake of the Essence of the New Aeon. Thus all reality is comprised in the series of which these two cards are the beginning and the end. 21 XX. The card is girt about with the body of Nuit. the star goddess. On the threshold stands the jackal-headed god. On the hills are dark sinister towers. Together with the first card. too young to form its successor. the stage of complete freedom from the restrictions imposed by such ideas as sin and death. that is attributed to this card. because they typify the new stage in human history. The twin children are represented as dancing outside the wall. standing for eternal energy. Anubis. reminds us that the God has destroyed the old Universe. She surrounds the globe of fire. her mate. and the complete emancipation of the human race.through before light can be reborn. THE UNIVERSE. This card is attributed to the letter Tau. at his feet are the jackals waiting to devour those who have fallen by the way. applicable to – 23 – . The green mound represents the fertile earth. THE AEON. but is. or THE ANGEL. The letter Tau symbolizes a fourfold extension. or path of Serum. representing unlimited possibility. in double form. The Moon is therefore. tinged with blood. This card represents the Lord of the new Aeon. or THE LAST JUDGMENT. also a solar deity. meaning Essence. 22 XXI. Liberty and Love. THE SUN. A stream. The left hand. Life. the word Ath is spelled. In the middle sits their child. 20 XIX. Hadit. the Lord of Light. but the presence of a wall shows that the new Aeon does not mean the absence of control. Horus. partaking at once of the highest and the lowest. extended and empty. the Fool. Shin. At the bottom of the card moves the Sacred Beetle. flows between two barren mountains. Above is the evil landscape of the Moon. the most universal of the planets.
Venus in Aries. The Wands take the form of the Lotus. Here are two dorjes crossed. But destruction may be regarded as the first step in the creative process. The glyph on the card. the god of fertility. and – 24 – . Sullivan’s wellknown map of the chemical elements. 24 TWO OF WANDS = Dominion. She is represented as dancing with the Great spiral-forming Serpent or Sun. ~ WANDS ~ 23 ACE OF WANDS represents the essence of the elements of fire in its inception. 25 THREE OF WANDS = Virtue. Mars in Aries. Binah in the suit of Fire. Saturn is the old god. She is surrounded by ten symbols. The presence of the letter Tau upon the Tree of Life indicates a state of equilibrium between change and stability. the doves of Venus. At the corners of the card are the four Kerubim. 26 FOUR OF WANDS = Completion. showing the established Universe.the transcendence of space and time by a continually selfcompensating change. the final letter of Tetragrammaton. The Wands are headed by the Ram sacred to Aries. therefore symbolizes the completion of the Great Work. The image of the Universe is a maiden. initiating the form of the Tree of Life. Sun in Aries. The flames are Yods. The original Will of the Two has been transmitted through the Three. Chesed in the suit of Fire.W. Chokmah in the suit of Fire. which is visible only to those of pure heart. arranged in the form of the Tree of Life. About her is an ellipse composed of seventy-two circles for the quinaries of the Zodiac.N. The dorje is the Tibetan symbol of destruction. at the other end. The letter is further attributed to Saturn. and on that account associated with the element of Earth. On the lower part of the card is the late J. and represent the establishment of primeval energy. and. In the centre is the Wheel of Life. the slowest of the planets. It is primordial Energy manifesting in Matter.
and one Master arrow which has the Moon for its point. In front are two dorjes lengthened to bars. law. This is purely active force. 30 EIGHT OF WANDS = Swiftness. Saturn and Leo. and its reception and reflection by the Feminine. This shows degeneration of initial Energy. The card shows a Queen with a crown of the winged – 25 – . This card represents a warrior in complete armour on black horse. Three Wands of the three Adepts in arranged order. 29 SEVEN OF WANDS = Valour. Mars in Leo. Mercury in Sagittarius. its fluidity and colour. Nine flames burn as lamps. This card shows the Force detached from its spiritual sources. 31 NINE OF WANDS = Strength. 27 FIVE OF WANDS = Strife. Above this restored Universe is the Rainbow. Hod in the suit of Fire. The Adept’s Wands are relegated to the background. second Adept. Yesod in the suit of Fire.is now built into a solid system of order. These Wands are of the Chief Adept or Caduceus. in front is a crude. Tiphareth in the suit of Fire.The Wands have become arrows. 34 QUEEN OF WANDS = watery part of Fire. are typified. showing the powers of completed energies of Fire. The Wands are crossed. or Lotus. and government. uneven club. eight in number. the flames are dispersed. Netzach in the suit of Fire. Malkuth in the suit of Fire. third Adept. 32 TEN OF WANDS = Oppression. Moon and Sagittarius. Five double flames show balanced energy. or Phoenix. This card gives the fullest development of the Force in its relation to the Forces above it. but they have lost their patents of nobility. and the Sun for the driving force above it. Geburah in the suit of Fire. 28 SIX OF WANDS = Victory. and departure from equilibrium. It also shows the energy of high velocity. representing interplay and correlation. This card represents the Light-Wands turned into electrical rays constituting matter by their energy. 33 KNIGHT OF FIRE [Wands] = fiery part of Fire. Jupiter and Leo. Energy.
Sun in Scorpio. no longer stable but ruffled. and holds a Wand crowned by the Sun. bountifully overflowing in a calm sea. with its faculty of expanding and volatilizing. Moon in Cancer. They are arranged in an inverted pentagram. He is seated in a Chariot of Flame and holds the Phoenix Wand of Power and Energy. This is a primordial card in the form of the Holy Grail. The Lotus stems are grouped in an elaborate – 26 – . Mars in Scorpio. 42 SIX OF CUPS = Pleasure. The four Cups stand upon the sea. 40 FOUR OF CUPS = Luxury. has lost the original purity of the conception. Mercury in Cancer. 36 PRINCESS OF WANDS = the earthy part of Fire. The Cups are pomegranates. Chesed in the suit of Water. It is the feminine compliment of the Ace of Wands. The Energy of the element. twined with two dolphins. 39 THREE OF CUPS = Abundance. Tiphareth in the suit of Water. 35 PRINCE OF WANDS = airy part of Fire. Chokmah in the suit of Water. She has the plumes of Justice steaming from her brow. ~ CUPS ~ 37 ACE OF CUPS = the element of Water in its secret and original form. They symbolize the triumph of matter over spirit. These are filled from a Lotus. although ordered. She is seated on a throne of flame. 41 FIVE OF CUPS = Disappointment. floating on the sea.globe. ordered into geometrical light by her material power. Geburah in the suit of Water. Binah in the suit of Water. 38 TWO OF CUPS = Love. showing the harmony of the male and female interpreted in the highest and broadest sense. suggestive of the mysteries of Bacchus. Venus in Cancer. or the irresistible chemical attraction of the combustible substance. typifying the fulfillment of the Will to Love. She carries a Wand topped with a fir cone. The Lotus has a multiple stem. The Cups are empty. The card represents two cups overflowing on a calm sea.
43 SEVEN OF CUPS = Debauch. Venus in Scorpio. or water’s power of solution. Mars in Pisces. attacks every supposed perfection. on a white horse. She is enthroned on still water. 48 QUEEN OF CUPS = watery part of Water. He carries a Lotus and a Cup from which issues a spiral serpent. In his hand he carries the Cup from which issues a Crab. In this card he is seated in a chariot.movement. His fierce but balanced power operates on a type of putrefaction which is the basis of fertility. and the energy of steam. 44 EIGHT OF CUPS = Indolence. The upper row is empty. with a lower cup much larger than the rest. 47 KNIGHT OF CUPS = fiery part of Water. The Lotuses droop. The card represents him as a warrior in black armor. but they are unstable and spill the water from the great Lotus that hangs over them. green slime issues from them. Water gushes into them. with white wings. 49 PRINCE OF CUPS = airy part of Water. or its power of reflection and reception. they are full but not overflowing. This shows the influence of the Sun on Water. They are arranged in two descending triangles. The peacock symbolizes the brilliance of water. This is the most beneficent aspect of water. Saturn in Pisces. This typifies the disruptive and violet force which. The nine Cups are perfectly arranged in a square. In her other hand she holds the Lotus of Isis. Malkuth in the suit of water. sign of water in aggression. and carries a shell-like Cup containing a crayfish. Hod in the suit of Water. Netzach in the suit of Water. and are arranged in three rows. 45 NINE OF CUPS = Happiness. The Lotuses have become poisonous. surrounded by clouds and drawn by an eagle. or its elasticity and volatility. They are filled and overflowing with water. the Cups are shallow and old. The Cups are arranged as in the Tree of Life. 46 TEN OF CUPS = Satiety. inevitable. – 27 – . Jupiter in Pisces. Yesod in the suit of Water. This shows external splendor and internal corruption.
She is represented as a dancing figure. which emits white rays producing a geometrical pattern which suggests energy beyond the onslaught of the disruption of the intellect. The dolphin symbolizes the power of creation. 55 FIVE OF SWORDS = Defeat. ~ SWORDS ~ 51 ACE OF SWORDS. The hilts of the swords form an inverted pentagram and are diverse. point uppermost. Chokmah in the suit of Air. typifying intellect enfeebled by sentiment. In this card are two crossed swords united by a blue rose with five petals. Andrew’s Cross. 53 THREE OF SWORDS = Sorrow. Saturn in Libra. or its faculty of crystallization. also its power to give substance to idea. The ornamental hilts of the Swords form a hexagon in the card. and to form a basis of chemical combination. 56 SIX OF SWORDS = Science. Jupiter in Libra. Mercury in Aquarius. Their points touch the outer – 28 – . In the centre is a sword implying kingship. Binah in the suit of Air. and has a crest of a swan with open wings. The card represents the Great Sword of the Magician. The background shows crystallization and storm. to support Life. cutting the junction of the two short swords. The four swords in this card are at the corner of a St. Chesed in the suit of Air.50 PRINCESS OF CUPS = earthy part of Water. Geburah in the suit of Air. Their points are sheathed in a rose of fortynine petals. Tiphareth in the suit of Air. the blades broken and crooked. She carries a Cup with a tortoise. 52 TWO OF SWORDS = Peace. Venus in Aquarius. which pierces a crown with twelve points for the twelve signs of the Zodiac. and is the result of the Union of Water and Air. This card represents the first of the mixed elements. This is the darkness of the Great Sea. 54 FOUR OF SWORDS = Truce. Moon in Libra. This represents the establishment of dogma and convention in the realm of intellect.
The card suggests lack of persistence in intellectual matters and accidental interference. The nine of Swords are of different lengths. the violent power of motion applied to a manageable element. in the other a head of a man. Mars in Gemini. hardly won and impossible to hold. the Liberator of mind. 62 THE QUEEN OF SWORDS represents the water part of Air. The background is studded with tears and crystal forms. 57 SEVEN OF SWORDS = Futility. 60 TEN OF WORDS = Ruin. and mounted on a maddened steed. 59 NINE OF SWORDS = Cruelty. but the points one to five. 61 KNIGHT OF SWORDS Represents the fiery part of air. Sun in Gemini. In one hand a sword. while six smaller ones suggesting Eastern weapons cross them. and seven to nine. She is throned on the clouds. Hod in the suit of Air. The Swords are arranged on the Tree of Life. This card shows reason run mad and a riot of soulless mechanism. He carries a Sword and a Poniard. 58 EIGHT OF SWORDS = Interference. Jupiter in Gemini. Yesod in the suit of Air. The perfect balance of mental and moral faculties. Malkuth in the suit of Air. The centre of the card contains two long Swords pointing down. poison blood drips from their jagged points.petals of the red rose upon a Golden Cross of six squares. interprets the idea of Science. The background is a flame with explosive destruction. In this card intellect is replaced by heartless passion. He is represented as a warrior with a helmet bearing a revolving wing. Here vacillation and compromise are depicted. shatter the central Sword which represents the Sun. pointing downwards. – 29 – . and her helmet carries a child’s head. Netzach in the suit of Air. Moon in Aquarius. three on each side. She represents the clear perception of an idea. The card shows six Swords with their hilts in crescent formation. Their points impinge on a much larger upthrusting Sword. the Heart. that is its elasticity and transmissive power. wind and storm.
66 TWO OF DISKS = Change. Chokmah in the element of Earth. – 30 – . This card represents a pyramid viewed from above. Jupiter in Capricornus. Mercury in Taurus. Sattva. 64 THE PRINCESS OF SWORDS = the earthy part of Air. The Prince is seated in a chariot drawn by child-like fays. ~ DISKS ~ 65 THE ACE OF DISKS represents the last of the feminine symbols. and its bride. The general effect is one of strain. and has a helmet of Medusa on her head. and are the Chinese symbols Yang and Yin. one above the other. Rajas. She appears in this card in front of a barren altar. or the materialization of the idea. About them is a green Serpent. Its natural meaning is intelligence applied to labor. and Mem. and Tamas. the Disk is the whirling symbol of Space.” Card symbolizes Law and Order. Per contra. This card symbolizes the doctrine: Change is the support of stability. and suggest a fortress. This represents the five Disks in an inverted pentagram. The card represents the two pentacles. the fixation of the volatile. Sun in Capricornus. Aleph. he forms the figure 8. 67 THREE OF DISKS = Work. This Card title actually reads. Sulphur and Salt.63 THE PRINCE OF SWORDS = the airy part of Air. This means the material establishment of the idea of the universe. The base is formed of three wheels which typify Mercury. Mars in Capricornus. 68 FOUR OF DISKS = Power. maintained by constant vigilance. Geburah in the suit of Earth. but matter. This card typifies the Intellect. The Disks are very large and solid. yet the symbol is long-continued inaction. it is the twin sister of Air. “Works. The Disk is winged to indicate its spiritual origin. Binah in the element of Earth. 69 FIVE OF DISKS = Worry. Shin. Chesed in the suit of Earth. It is not only Earth.
72 EIGHT OF DISKS = Prudence. The Disks are arranged as an equilateral triangle of three. The Disks are in a hexagram. The planets are arranged in their usual attribution. 71 SEVEN OF DISKS = Failure. and the activity of Earth as a producer of Life. 75 KNIGHT OF DISKS = the fiery part of Earth. Six larger Disks form a hexagon. and his helmet is crested with a stag. He is seated in a chariot drawn by a bull. This card represents enfeeblement and blight. in the centre the Sun as Rose and Cross. Mountains. She typifies ambition of matter to take part in the work of creation. Hod in the suit of Earth. and is mounted on a shire horse. Venus in Virgo. Mercury in Virgo. 77 PRINCE OF DISKS = airy part of Earth or the florescence and fructification of that element. Her scepter is surmounted by a cube. also gravitation. The image indicates the futility of material gain.70 SIX OF DISKS = Success. and are arranged on the Tree of Life. and represent the fruit of a great tree. This signifies the multiplication of the original Word. Tiphareth in the suit of Earth. and he holds a Disk – 31 – . The Disks are arranged as the geomantic figure Populus. the mingling of good luck and good management. earthquakes. This typifies the harmonious establishment of the energy of the Element. surrounded by a ring. It signifies intelligence applied to material matters. 73 NINE OF DISKS = Gain.The Disks are arranged as in the geomantic figure Rubeus. The Disks have become coins. She is throned amid vegetation and crowned with the spiral horns of the Markhor. 74 TEN OF DISKS = Wealth. Mercury in Virgo. Moon in Taurus. apex upwards. Makuth in the suit of Earth. Yesod in the suit of Earth. His helmet is crowned by a bull. Netzach in the suit of Earth. 76 QUEEN OF DISKS = watery part of Earth or fertility. carries an exceptionally solid Disk. the tenth Disk being larger. Saturn in Taurus. He is armed with a flail. and holds her proper Disk — a sphere of circles and loops. He is clothed as a warrior.
1942 THE TAROT he History of the Tarot has been obscured by writers who have not distinguished between the Tarot in its higher aspect.resembling a globe and marked with mathematical symbols. her crest is the head of the ram. as the record in symbols of what man has discovered about his relation to the Universe. She carries a Disk in whose centre is the Chinese ideogram denoting the twin spiral force of Creation in perfect equilibrium. It is therefore to be expected that the Tarot should con– 32 – T . 78 PRINCESS OF DISKS = earthy part of Earth. and an altar resembling a wheatsheaf. her scepter descends into the earth where its head becomes a diamond. and the Tarot in its lower aspect. or the element on the brink of Transfiguration. ————— Berkeley Galleries 20 Davies Street. The card symbolizes the function of bringing forth from the Earth the vegetation which is the substance of the Spirit itself. The essence of a symbol is that it should convey to each as much meaning as study and native intelligence enable him to grasp. the lower aspect in the remaining fifty-six court and pip cards of the four suits. but it should not be concluded that there is any incompatibility between these two aspects. In his other hand he carries a scepter surmounted by a cross. She is standing.I Exhibition of 78 Paintings of the Tarot Cards by Frieda Harris Wednesday. Behind are a grove of trees. as a pack of cards used for divination and card-play. W. July 1st. The higher aspect is chiefly shown in the twenty-two Trump cards.
The Tarot is a record of the spiritual journey of Man and the rituals by which at each stage those capable of understanding the sign-posts are admitted to initiation.tain. has followed the same broad outlines among all peoples. man’s conception of his relation to God. the French “Bohémien” comes from the old French word “Boem” meaning “sorcerer. allowing for variations due to climactic and other local causes.” The Gypsies so generally used the Tarots for divination that the cards become known as the Tarot of the – 33 – . The Tarot represents in symbolical form. to assign a date to the creation of the Tarot and to attribute its invention to particular persons and races is beside the point and fated to be inconclusive. It is the knowledge which man has inherited concerning the world in which he lives and the forces at work in it. The history of comparative religions shows that. an inheritance which is universal. the Life-Force. who in 1782 completed the publication of Le Monde Primitif. who had reached Europe in the early 15th century and were believed to have come from Egypt. The general tendency to derive the Tarot exclusively from ancient Egypt was begun by Count de Gebelin. however. or whatever term we may safely employ. All that can be described with assurance is the way in which the Tarot has been used at different times by different people. The ready acceptance of this theory was in part due to the fact that the Tarot was long-known to have been in the hands of the Gypsies. the lesser cards adapted to the same uses as the modern playing cards which derive from the Tarot. The various attempts. It is possible to trace with some certainty the origin in Europe of certain packs of Tarots and the historical periods at which these have been in general use. From this false supposition the English word “gypsy” derives. It is not therefore to be ascribed to any particular nation or epoch. in addition to the cards which have a special significance for initiates.
who died in 1419. and hence the “way” propounded by the prophet. An Eastern origin is suggested by deriving the words used in Italy. The invention of Tarrochino. is of interest as it emphasizes the numerical properties of the cards. More profitable than following the history of the Gypsies is to trace the introduction of the cards into Southern Europe. “Naibi. according to Rabelais. The word appears to have taken no root in the English language. unless it may be associated with “Jackanapes. Hitherto familiarity with the Tarot had been virtually confined to Court circles and to the Gypsies. it is from the discovery of printing in Europe in the middle of the 15th century that we may date the wider and more popular dissemination of the cards. By the time of the Renaissance they are generally known: “Le Tarau” is one of the games which. but there are remnants of a Tarot of Venice. This date corresponds to that at which Jacquemmin Gringonneun painted his famous pack for the entertainment of Charles VI of France during the time of his madness.Bohémians and also the Book of Thoth. corresponding to Mercury. is attributed to a Prince of Pisa. the god in the Egyptian pantheon.” meaning a prophet or interpreter. Spain and Portugal. even if apocryphal. This story. the date 1319 is given as marking the importation of this game into Italy by the Saracens.” which begins to be current in the 15th century in the sense of “knave” or “varlet.” from the Arabic word “Nabi. Michel Angelo is said to have invented a game in Sienna played with the Tarot for the purpose of teaching arithmetic. all but one are Trumps. Of the few remaining cards from this pack.” In an 18th century History of Viterbo. each of the twenty-two Trumps is ascribed to a letter of – 34 – . which is believed to be contemporaneous. the card game for which the Tarot was first used in Italy. was played by Gargantua. comprising court cards of the recognized suits.
Moreover a symbol which is appropriate to one historical period becomes in another a mere curiosity or archaism. In western Europe the suits came to be named in accordance with the French piquet pack which remains in common use. and Deniers or Disks to Diamonds. as has been stated. or “bon a tout. the name Princess has been used as it gives a greater emphasis and describes the balance of the male and female principles. the symbols through which they are made known are corrupted in the course of time and misrepresented by those who understood them imperfectly. Cups or Chalices correspond to Hearts. although basic verities do not alter. bells. For example the Trump called the Priestess in modern Tarots was – 35 – . Water (Cups). and Earth (Disks) and this number is repeated in the court cards. At this time the names of the traditional suits were well established. The usual designations are Knight or King. In the Tarot. the Tarot preserves an ancient tradition. The Tarot suits are attributed to the four elements Fire (Wands). although variants were common in packs. acorns and leaves appear.the Hebrew alphabet. Swords to Spades. The French counterpart “Atout” probably designates a card superior to others. a variant probably based on a mistranslation of Spanish Espada. it may be asked why the present pack shows certain changes both in design and nomenclature. mostly those of German make in which hearts. of which there are only three in the modern pack of playing cards.” Wands or Batons to Clubs. If. Prince and Princess or Valet. Air (Swords). establishes this derivation. The answer must be that. in which the use of the word “triumph” for the modern work “trump” in connection with a game of cards. in which each letter has a numerical equivalent. In the pack now exhibited. In England there is a sermon by Latimer. Queen.” Neither the English or the French derivation of the word throws light upon the relation between the Tarot Trumps and the lesser cards of the four suits.
signs of the Zodiac or the elements. Similarly. Two other cards. for example the dorje of Tibet which figures in the 2 of Wands. and the Grail of the Arthurian legend.formerly called the Female Pope. in design the new Tarot. and the balanced mental condition in which artistic unity is created. they are intended for the purpose for which the cards were first designed. while preserving the important features of Egyptian symbolism. the twelve signs of the Zodiac and the four Elements. which figures in the Ace of Cups. have been largely discarded. The Universe is ruled by the planet. 0 and the last card No. to stimulate reflection and meditation. recalling the mediaeval tales of Pope Joan. contain ethical ideas foreign to the material world of the modern scientist. Saturn and the element earth. which are exhibited here. Each Trump has one of the twenty-two Letters of the Hebrew alphabet allotted to it and is colored according to the four traditional colour attributed to the planets. which have by no means the same associations today as they had for the people of that time. – 36 – . XXI. The Fool is No. Justice and Temperance. these cards have been re-named Adjustment and Art. are original in the sense of variations on an old folk tune. in essence. This Tarot is. the same as that with which Tarocco was played in Renaissance Italy. and is still played today in parts of Southern and Central Europe. The Renaissance costumes which fortuitously became associated with some cards. The pictures of these cards. which respectively suggest the state of equilibrium produced by forces nicely opposed. ~ THE TRUMPS ~ The twenty-two Trump cards are governed by the seven Planets. introduces significant elements from the mysticism of other races. They are numbered in Roman type.
Beth. 5. 3. He holds the Wand of Fire. She is a spiritual Isis and a virgin Artemis. Venus. he wears the fool’s cap.The four suits Wands. THE MAGICIAN OR JUGGLER. Swords. and juggles with the four symbols of the elements. the Egyptian symbol of adolescent Fertility. the pen or Will. his attendant and shadow is the Cynocephalus Ape. THE FOOL. material and rotating. she is weaving the crystals and fruits of the Earth. 10 and the Knight. ~ CATALOGUE ~ 1 0. also Potential Purity. the messenger of God. Queen. Gimel. With her veil of light. 7. This is the moment of divine consciousness. Mercury. the Cup of Water. alternating with a transient stability derived from the planet. 6. Daleth. he is the Green Man of the Celts. Disks. 4 III. Cups. Emptiness. 9. water. the wand or Wisdom. He represents the creative force in action. and the papyrus or Word. the horns of Bacchus. 2. passive. that is generative. Aleph. The four court cards are forms of the elements. consist of fourteen cards. – 37 – . She carries the huntress’ bow and the musical sistrum. THE PRIESTESS. Prince and Princess. The Moon. he stands on Harpocrates. earth. in different aspects. THE EMPRESS. The Ace represents the Force in its purity and all the other cards show its degradation through multiplicity. Ace. he is unconscious of the tiger tearing at his side. fire. Air. air. and the bag of planetary Disks. The Fool is Air. 8. sign and number governing it. Daluah and Parsival. He is Mercury. the Sword of Air. The Hebrew names allotted to the small cards are the stations on the Cabalistic Tree of Life. Round him is the rainbow issuing from and returning to his heart. 3 II. As Thoth in Egyptian tradition. 2 1. 4.
the elephants are the Indian form of the same. holding the lotus. man. Cain and Abel. Vau. surrounded by her Venus birds. THE HIEROPHANT. eagle. showing his acceptance of a governing cosmic law. The lamb is. creative dominating force. The Hierophant is seated on his governing sign Taurus. THE LOVERS. This is woman in her all-embracing receptivity. His legs form a right angle. Zain. Gemini. The bees on his costume may have originated from French tradition. THE EMPEROR. stands with her sword pointing downwards signifying. a reminiscence of the Knights Templar. but more probably they typify the bees of the Secret Doctrines in the Indian Upanishads. in the reversed pentagram the meaning seems to suggest he has dominion through will. the Egg of wisdom and the winged wand – 38 – . possibly. 5 IV. typifying rule through unyielding law and order. Aries. The heraldic red eagle is the fiery sulphur of Alchemy. The figure of the Creator blesses this deliberate synthesis. incarnate womanhood. The goats behind him show he is governed by Aries. Again he is seated according to tradition. The pentagram with a point upwards and the dancing child shows that he has the heart of a child. perhaps. The four masks are the Cherubim. that woman in the future will draw fresh wisdom by the use of her subconscious. This is an alchemical card illustrating the marriage or union of two opposites. Lilith and Eve. 6 V. 7 VI. the pelican of self-surrender and the heraldic white eagle of salt. Taurus. His votary the woman. wearing the belt of the Zodiac.The Empress is seated in the traditional posture symbolizing alchemical Salt. thus we have the prince and princess holding the wand and the cup. lion and bull. The swords at the back suggest the intellectual process in the uniting of two elements. the final pentagram again points upwards. Tzaddi. The alchemical white eagle of salt and the red eagle of sulphur.
Cancer. Jupiter. 10 IX. On the left is Hermanubis the Ape who is unstable brilliant reason (Hindoo=Rajas). Kaph. Libra. Held by the charioteer is the Cup of Indian. Virgo. Egyptian and Arthurian tradition and it contains the blood of voluntary sacrifice. FORTUNE. The wheat is in the masonic tradition. Yod. The Hermit is looking at the Egg (Universe) which is surrounded by the snake. who represent the sixteen subelements of the emotions. illusions typifying the transitory quality of human justice. The diamond patterning foreshadows the balancing Harlequin of the Commedia del l’Arte. ADJUSTMENT. At the bottom of the wheel is Typhon who expresses ignorance and sluggishness (Hindoo=Tamas). Cheth. the new name is a literal translation of the French “Justesse. THE CHARIOT. in the hand of the Hermit. Teth. Here we have. – 39 – . The eclipse of stars at the top of the card generates in forked lines the circle of the wheel. The hounds of hell endeavor to snatch the sacred light and the little Homunculus. the Lamp or Sacred Wisdom. Here we have the implication to be found on all these cards of possible regeneration in all circumstances. 11 X. She is balancing from the headdress of Isis the scales in which are the bubbles of Maya. 9 VIII.” that is Equilibrium. The whole picture represents balance by opposites. Traditionally called Justice. 8 VII. for Typhon holds the Ankh of salvation with one hand and in the other the hook with which he snatches the soul. It contains the Sun which is hidden beneath the surrounding darkness to fructify the earth. a symbol of life. The charioteer (spirit) is seated in the chariot of the body and is drawn by sphinxes.of Osiris are at the bottom of the card. THE HERMIT. On the Wheel of Fortune at the top is the Sphinx meaning intelligence and balance (Hindoo=Sattvas).
a satyr and a lion-serpent. in which the Lovers are united in an androgyne figure. His foot is bound to the Ankh of Immortality by the serpent of life. Behind him is the eagle. He is drowned in the waters of affliction. is raising from his scythe the reincarnating bubbles of life. ART. Scorpio. This figure is Osiris or Christ and shows redemption through suffering. crowned with the headdress of Osiris. The lion has seven heads. the seed in the ground decays. Teth. This card was called Strength. Leo. an angel. The inscription on the rainbow is the alchemical mandate “Visita interiora terrae rectificando invenies occultem lapidem. the attitude is traditional and involves a right angle and a triangle.12 XI. a bacchante. The reins which are held by the woman are the passion which unites her to the Beast. The horns surrounding it represent the male element. symbol of immortality. Capricornus. Death. She holds the Cup or impregnated womb. 14 XIII. THE HANGED MAN or DYING GOD. The woman has given herself to the forces of life. the red lion white. This is the second alchemical card.” 16 XV. It means joy in desire. and below him are the embryonic amoeba. The complete symbol is a triangle and a cross. LUST. a poet. There is a crucible engraved with a raven standing on a skull which holds the seething elements whose iridescent bubbles are reflected by the rainbow overhead. Sagittarius. Ain. a saint. Samech. we have the tradi– 40 – . Mem. As this card is governed by Capricornus. 15 XIV. a warrior. Water. All these typify the destruction of two elements at the birth of a third. Temperance. the white eagle red and the cup is lighting the torch. THE DEVIL. but rises again to new life. 13 XII. DEATH. The figures under the feet of the lion are the martyrs to whom this path towards Union is an empty dream. the Prince becoming white and the Princess black. This card means redemption through putrefaction. Nun.
the north and south poles of magnetic attraction. Koph. 20 XIX. The design on the card is planned on the movement of the tide whose ebb and flow is governed by the Moon. THE MOON. The Goat is supported on the Caduceus. This card shows the simple human approach to the mysteries. Aquarius. lightning. On each side of the picture are dark fortresses. Above her a new star is rising. This is built up as a design on a spiral to show the rising force of a new age. The woman holds two cups. Resh. his curved horns represent the spiral force in nature. The children – 41 – . Mars. flames. 19 XVIII. Beneath him are his votaries in two dividing cells. The Sun is the lord of life. 17 XVI. The card is designed on the form of a carbon crystal. light and love. the Anubis the gods of death are ready to seize the soul of the aspirant and jackals wait to devour those who have fallen by the way. Daleth. On his forehead is the Eye of God. the dove on the left is passive resignation to death. 18 XVIII. the serpent on the right is the symbol of the active will to live. the eye is the Eye of Shiva. Sun. liberty. stressing the doctrine that all sin is division. Here is purification through fire. war. At the top of the Tree of Life at the back of the card is the ring of Saturn. Pisces. THE SUN. THE TOWER or BLASTED TOWER or THE HOUSE OF G OD. Peh. and his abandonment is emphasized by the bachanalian bunch of grapes. Through sorcery and witchcraft it is possible to get an understanding of the universe. but the path is dangerous. The open mouth at the base of the card alludes to the Hebrew attribution Peh meaning a mouth.tional goat. that is wanton creation. beneath her are the crystallizing dogmas of a former Age. The Sun is held by the Scarabeus Sacer under the water. The background is designed from the marking on the planet Mars. This is the most sinister card. THE STAR. the figures falling from the tower are made of carbon.
– 42 – . THE AEON or ANGEL or LAST JUDGMENT. 26 FOUR OF WANDS = Completion. the bull. and beneath him is the winged point Hadit. meaning destruction as a beginning of creation. Binah. Around her are all the stars of the Zodiac. Earth. THE UNIVERSE. who is the incarnation of the New Age. She holds the Moon in her hand and the Sun is merged in the Eye of God. These two planets typify the positive and negative forces. This is the primal condition of the element of Fire. Two dorjes crossed. Beneath her is Sullivan’s map of chemical elements. and are arranged on the Tree of Life. signifying that the old universe has been destroyed and he is too young to formulate a new one. the curved seventy-two lines stand for the quinaries and are also an attempt to convey movement and to give the fourth dimension of time. Shin. Three lotus wands representing creation. showing the different houses through which the Sun passes. 24 TWO OF WANDS = Dominion. The flames are the Hebrew letter Yod. THE SUITS ~ WANDS ~ 23 ACE OF WANDS. the eagle and the man. the lion. 25 THREE OF WANDS = Virtue.are dancing with butterfly wings. Tau. Saturn. The wands are headed by rams and at the other end doves. Chesed. In the centre of the card is the child Horus. Sun in Aries. 21 XX. At the Four corners are the Cherubim or Winds of Heaven. The number four conveys the introduction of order into creation. They are surrounded by the signs of the Zodiac. The universe is represented as a maiden dancing with a great spiral serpent. the Star goddess. Fire. Mars in Aries. Behind her is a geometrical solid by Moebius. His left hand is open. 22 XXI. Chokmah. Venus in Aries. He is surrounded by the figure of Nuit.
The small wands are the arrows of Diana. following the coordination of spirit. 32 TEN OF WANDS = Oppression. Saturn in Sagittarius. Valour implies fear as well as courage. The material aspect of fire is suggested. The wands are covered by a club. Phoenix and Lotus wands are in arranged order. such as creeping flames liable to burst into a violent conflagration. Eight plain wand sticks. 28 SIX OF WANDS = Victory. This is the heart of the element of water and love. Mercury in Sagittarius. 33 KNIGHT OF WANDS. Here is shown the airy quality of fire. smoke and expansion. the master wand has the moon for its point and the sun for its base. Geburah. dominated by two dorjes lengthened into bars. 36 PRINCESS OF WANDS. 30 EIGHT OF WANDS = Swiftness. Here we have the acme of restless force. ~ CUPS ~ 37 ACE OF CUPS. This represents the receptivity of fire. 31 NINE OF WANDS = Strength. Moon in Sagittarius. Caduceus. Mars in Leo. – 43 – . The wands have turned into electric energy. The wands are the Caduceus. Jupiter in Leo.27 FIVE OF WANDS = Strife. its movement and colour. Malkuth. Yesod. Tiphareth. Netzach. Saturn in Leo. above is a rainbow. disunion has begun. It is the Holy Grail receiving divine inspiration. 29 SEVEN OF WANDS = Valour. the warring and the peaceful opposites are balanced. 34 QUEEN OF WANDS. show the slow smoldering of an exhausted force. 35 PRINCE OF WANDS. Hod. Their disproportionate size indicates that. This is the purely male creative force in fire or spirit. the Phoenix and the Lotus. This shows the combined swiftness and heat of fire.
41 FIVE OF CUPS = Disappointment.38 TWO OF CUPS = Love. The power is now spent. Tiphareth. Here the effort to increase pleasure has ended in corruption. Venus in Scorpio. Mars in Scorpio. Malkuth. Two overflowing cups filled from a lotus and twined with the dolphins of Venus. Netzach. the cups are broken. Moon in Cancer. 47 KNIGHT OF CUPS. Chokmah. This is the passive and receptive quality of water. Mercury in Cancer. She is almost invisible as she is enveloped by shad– 44 – . 43 SEVEN OF CUPS = Debauch. the flowers droop. 44 EIGHT OF CUPS = Indolence. 48 QUEEN OF CUPS. The cups are arranged on the Tree of Life and a great lotus overshadows them. the crab for the aggression of the flood. 45 NINE OF CUPS = Happiness. 40 FOUR OF CUPS = Luxury. The cups are full but do not overflow. Hod. Venus in Cancer. Jupiter in Pisces. The pomegranate cups are filled by wreathed lotuses to show the happy fruition of love. the ocean. Mars in Pisces. He is the strength and energy of water. Geburah. they overflow but this is an ordered possessive aspect of love partaking of a ritual. Sun in Scorpio. Chesed. 42 SIX OF CUPS = Pleasure. Binah. The cups are arranged on the stalks of the lotus in an inverted pentagram. the water is turned to slime. Exhaustion. The peacock in the waves stands for brilliance. The lotuses have become poisonous and the cups are chipped. The nine cups are perfectly arranged. which comes from expended energy. is expressed. The roughened surface of the sea on which the cups and the lotuses are balanced explains that an element of excess has entered into love. 39 THREE OF CUPS = Abundance. Love has lost its first glamour. 46 TEN OF CUPS = Satiety. The harmonious union of male and female. here is love for personal gratification. Saturn in Pisces.
beside her is a dolphin of Venus. 52 TWO OF SWORDS = Peace. This card shows elasticity or steam of water. ~ SWORDS ~ 51 ACE OF SWORDS. 50 PRINCESS OF CUPS. 55 FIVE OF SWORDS = Defeat. Chokmah. the expanse of sky behind it suggests the other meaning of the suit. Round the princess’s dress are water crystals. He is seated in a Chariot surrounded by vapor and drawn by an eagle to suggest a volatile aeriated element. contain the hidden names of their guardian angels worked out in numbers on squared paper. the cross. The condition shown is intellect weakened by sentiment. This ace is a picture of the intellect in its best and most controlled aspect. On the hilt of the sword is written Thelema or Will. Saturn in Libra. 1. Chesed. A magician’s sword and two short ones are tearing the rose to pieces. the tortoise is an emblem of earth to show the solidification of water in mud.1 Jupiter in Libra. The surrounding crystals. Venus in Aquarius. They are crooked and broken and the roses are falling. It was thought that air was formed of crystals according to Pythagoras. the intellect restrained by love. as in all these sword cards. There are two moons and three suns on the handle. The formality of the design of the swords. 54 FOUR OF SWORDS = Truth. the element of air. 49 PRINCE OF CUPS. Geburah.owy reflections. The two swords piercing a rose or lotus shows. Moon in Libra. Here is snow. in the symbol. This suggests the confusion and darkness of the intellect which is emancipated without a guiding principle. 53 THREE OF SWORDS = Sorrow. Binah. Card title is actually “Truce. The swords form an inverted pentagram. ice and snow.” – 45 – . and the rose denote intellect bound by rigid convention.
64 PRINCESS OF SWORDS. Mars in Gemini. Sun in Gemini. 59 NINE OF SWORDS = Cruelty. This is air in the earth. 61 KNIGHT OF SWORDS. the centre one is the heart or Sun which is broken in fragments. The hilts of the swords form a crescent. The card suggests by its symmetrical design a perfect balance of intellect and principle. These jagged swords are dropping blood and tears. and represent mind dominated by insatiable desires. Hod. 57 SEVEN OF SWORDS = Futility. one simply hail. Dashing through the air this knight embodies all the winds of heaven. They are lying on a fencer’s diagram (14th century) which was worked out scientifically to show the positions in which a fencer can stand and be invulnerable. Moon in Aquarius. Netzach. – 46 – . Tiphareth. The points of the swords centre in a rose ad cross. The mind has let go all control and whirls in tormented madness. Mercury in Aquarius. Again the design is the Tree of Life on which the swords are arranged. Yesod. Jupiter in Gemini. 63 PRINCE OF SWORDS. the oxygen which promotes the growth of plants and the warlike rush of the figure of the princess is the incarnation of dynamic irruption. 62 QUEEN OF SWORDS. 60 TEN OF SWORDS = Ruin. The prince conveys two ideas.56 SIX OF SWORDS = Science. but the card is a tenuous design to show that the mind is confused and undecided. 58 EIGHT OF SWORDS = Interference. The arrangement of these Indian swords covered by two long ones tells of outside obstruction and consequent inability to concentrate the mind. the other the restriction of the scientific outlook. The placing of the cruel queen on columns of clouds is intended to suggest rain and the consequent darkening of the skies. which uses but limits the imagination which is shown in the harnessed fays.
a fundamental analysis of the components of earth according to the alchemists. both as a whirling planet and a substance. Tiphareth. Natzach. Five disks in an inverted pentagram. 68 FOUR OF DISKS = Power.~ DISKS ~ 65 THE ACE OF DISKS. 70 SIX OF DISKS = Success. The crowned serpent surrounds them as they revolve.” – 47 – . The disks are in the geomantic figure Rubeus. This is primitive earth. sulphur and salt. Geburah. Chokmah. The card suggests that the universe is sustained in space by its rotating action. Saturn in Taurus. They now represent only the one planet Earth and are engraved with the signs of 2. Mercury in Taurus. The picture shows suppressed action and the binding of celestial forces to mechanical purposes. A three-dimensional pyramid is looked at from above. 67 THREE OF DISKS = Work. the Chinese Yang and Yin. The movement of the planet is suggested by the wings. The Greek inscription is “To the mark of the Beast” and implies the earthy element. Card title is actually “Works. They are surrounded by other disks which are bent and torn by strain. The disks form a hexagram and represent the seven planets with the sun in the centre as a rose and cross. 66 TWO OF DISKS = Change. 2 Mars in Capricornus. 69 FIVE OF DISKS = Worry. These indicate the harmonious movement of the spheres. Four square disks engraved with the signs of the elements form the towers of a fortress surrounded by a moat. Moon in Taurus. The design is intended to show the perfect government of the universe by law and order. Chesed. Jupiter in Capricornus. Here are two pentacles. It is placed on three wheels on which are the signs for mercury. Sun in Capricornus. 71 SEVEN OF DISKS = Failure. Binah.
The knight is being drawn into the soil. Card title is “Prudence. 78 PRINCESS OF DISKS. Venus in Virgo. 76 QUEEN OF DISKS. These with their beams of light show a condition in which chance and management give an increasing good fortune. The conception suggest the binding conditions of earthly life. in reality.” ~ Finis ~ . they are.Aries and Saturn. 73 NINE OF DISKS = Gain. This mercurial signature is intended to show that though they appear solid. He represents the generative property of earth. Mercury in Virgo. Astrological symbolism on Eight of Disks actually reads. Hod. The geomantic figure Populus forms the position of the disks which appear as flowers on a great tree protected by the leaves. Every symbol in this picture suggests the fertility and warmth of earth. 77 PRINCE OF DISKS. Six disks stamped with the pictures of the deities of the planets form two equilateral triangles and the remaining three are interlaced in the middle. drives an impetuous bull. fugitive. eternally pregnant and containing in its fertility the unwritten cypher of cosmic lore. Malkuh. he is a symbol of the fruits and seeds of earth. 75 KNIGHT OF DISKS. 72 EIGHT OF DISKS = Mercury 3 in Virgo. 3. Sun in Virgo. The possession of the fruits of the earth brings its own responsibility. Yesod. The disks have now definitely become coins and are arranged on the Tree of Life. The prince in a chariot. Here we have an attempt to translate into a picture the spiritual quality of earth. They are stamped with different renderings of the signs of Mercury. 74 TEN OF DISKS = Wealth.