Subject: TarotAfrican American Tarot
The African American Tarot is a Tarot deck focusing on the common origin of African American culture, history, art, and mythology.
Alchemy 1977 England Tarot
Anne Stokes Gothic Tarot
Secrets or mysteries. Arcana is the plural form of arcanum, although its usage may be singular or plural. A standard Tarot deck features two sections, the Major Arcana (usually 22 cards with images on them) and the Minor Arcana (usually 56 cards with 16 being “face” cards similar to a pack of playing cards and the remainder being either number or “pip” cards or fully illustrated).
Bach Flower Inspirational Cards
Oracle deck that also provides a way for people to use Bach Flower Essences for well-being or to aid in learning about the Essences.
Case, Paul Foster
Founder of the Builders of the Adytum (BOTA), an esoteric teaching center in Los Angeles also known for mail order teachings. He was a former member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, and the author of The Tarot, A Key to the Wisdom of the Ages, and a book of Tarot card meditations, The Book of Tokens. Both books were recommended by author Louis T. Culling.
A ten-card Tarot spread developed in the 1890s by a member or associate of the Golden Dawn. Taught to first-level initiates of the Golden Dawn and widely used after publication by Arthur E. Waite in his Pictorial Key to the Tarot.
Card 1. The main question on your mind Card 2. A challenge within the situation Card 3. The foundation of the question, subconscious issues Card 4. The recent past Card 5. Conscious goals, what you think you can achieve Card 6. The near future Card 6. What you are bringing to the situation Card 8. How others affect the situation Card 9. Your hopes and fears Card 10. The outcome
A cross (sometimes with equal arms, sometimes where the horizontal bar is shorter and above the center of the vertical bar) with a circle around the intersection of the horizontal and vertical bars.
A divination deck that combines Celtic astrology with the Ogham (or Celtic alphabet) and tree symbolism alongside Celtic festivals.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Zayin. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Chariot corresponds to the Hebrew letter Cheth and the astrological sign of Cancer.
Qabalistic Description. The 7th Key, the 18th Path. Child of the Powers of the Waters, Lord of the Triumph of Light. This Path connects Binah (Understanding) to Geburah (Severity), the descent of Spirit into the lower manifest universe. The Chariot, having conquered the lower planes, is the first path to cross the Abyss from the lower Sephiroth. Cheth means a fence or enclosure, which is the Chariot itself enabling its driver, the Higher Self, to rise above limitation through the balance of opposites.
Card Description. Here we have a symbol of the spirit of man controlling the lower principles, soul and body, and thus passing triumphantly through the astral plane, rising above the clouds of illusion and penetrating to the higher spheres.
The colors amber, silver-grey, blue-grey, and the deep blue violet of the night sky elucidate this symbol. It is the sublimation of the Psyche.
Interpretation. Triumph, victory, health. Success, although sometimes not stable and enduring.
Psychological Value This Arcanum may be used to master episodes of manic delusions, and uncontrollable fantasies. It helps you find a balanced, centered path, so that you may discover a personal expression for your spirituality. Thanks to this Arcanum, you can work on every aspect of your unconscious, and bring to light those elements that have been buried deep inside. It fosters gentleness and benevolence. This Arcanum is useful for assisting the Magus who wants to make spells, and it can also be used to resolve fantasies that get out of control. (According the Divine Tarot of Aurum Solis - Divinity: Poseidon; Greek Letter: Psi.)
The young charioteer is in command of his physical and emotional drives, symbolized by the two opposing forces that pull the Chariot.
The Page, Knight, Queen, and King of each suit of the Tarot. Some decks may use other names, such as Princes and Princesses, for certain court cards.
One of the four suits of the Tarot, corresponding to the modern Hearts and to the clergy of medieval society. In the system of the Golden Dawn, corresponds to the element of Water and the first Heh of Tetragrammaton.
Dark Angels Tarot
Tarot by Luca Russo with a dark or goth aesthetic. View the Dark Angels Tarot.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XIII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Mem and the heaven of Jupiter and Mars. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Death corresponds to the Hebrew letter Nun and the astrological sign of Scorpio.
“Death is ‘a touch of the Soul which is too strong for the body;’ it is a call from divinity that brooks no denial; it is the voice of the inner Spiritual Identity saying: Return to your centre, or source, for awhile and reflect upon the experiences undergone and the lessons learnt until the time comes when you return to earth for another cycle of learning, or progress and enrichment.”
Deterministic Tarot Spreads
Spreads that imply fixed outcomes that cannot be changed. Also spreads that are more definite and predictive than others.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XV. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Samekh and the heaven of Mercury. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Devil corresponds to the Hebrew letter Ayin and the astrological sign of Capricorn.
Elemental characteristics of tarot cards (i.e., associations with water, fire, earth, or air) that interact with one another to weaken or strengthen particular cards in a spread.
The Dragons Tarot is a Tarot deck designed by Manfredi Toraldo with art by Severino Baraldi.
Dream Enchantress Tarot
Surreal Tarot by Marco Nizzoli with booklet by Barbara Moore.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Eights represent infinity, because it resembles the lemniscate, the sideways symbol of infinity. There are also eight points on the wheel of the year. To Christians, eight is a symbol of baptism and spiritual rebirth; many baptisteries and baptismal fonts have eight sides. Eight also represents the eternal spiral of regeneration.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, eight is the number of Hod, the lowest sephirah on the left-hand pillar, the third from the top of that pillar. Hod, and therefore eight, is considered by some to be the most "unbalanced" of the Sephiroth. However, being unbalanced can be a good thing as you eventually have to move. Many consider that to be far better than being stuck in an undesired place in your life.
Tarot deck by Marco Turini designed to explore the universe through the four elements.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Numerologists consider eleven a master number. It amplifies the power of a single “one.”
Although the famous and perhaps first Kabalistic book, The Sefer Yetzirah, clearly says there are ten, not nine, not eleven Sephiroth, many modern Kabalists consider Da'ath to be the eleventh Sephirah. Even so, many consider Da'ath to be a "pseudo-Sephirah," "the invisible Sephirah," or even "the Sephirah that is not a Sephirah." Some picture this in line with the second and their Sephiroth, however it is more traditionally just below it, right on the Veil of the Abyss that demarcates the line between human (below) and more than human (above). Being able to move from one part of the Tree of Life to the other requires Knowledge, and that is the meaning of the Hebrew word Da'ath.
Eleven is considered a "master number" in Western numerology. It is composed of a mix of five (the pentagram, which is representative of the elements shown at its points) and six (the hexagram, which is representative of the planets shown at its points), combining practical and spiritual magick. Thus, eleven is the universal number of magick.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered IV. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Daleth. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Emperor corresponds to the Hebrew letter Heh and the astrological sign of Aries. According to Aleister Crowley, The Emperor corresponds to the Hebrew letter Tzaddi.
Image: Crowned and enthroned man
Hebrew letter: Heh
Divinatory meaning: power, authority, fatherhood
Qabalistic Description. The 4th Key, the 15th Path. The Son of Morning, Chief among the Mighty. This Path connects Chokmah (the Father) to Tiphareth (the Son); The Emperor takes the manifesting energy from the Empress and passes it down to the Higher Self of the individual. Together, the Emperor and Empress function almost as Animus and Anima. Heh is feminine energy balanced in masculine form.
Card Description. Here we have the great energizing forces as indicated by the varying shades of red. The red paths remain red in all planes, varying only in shade. Thus Aries, the Emperor, the Pioneer, the General, is blood and deep crimson, red, pure vermillion or flowing fiery red. He is Ho Nike, the Conqueror, hot, passionate, impetuous, the apotheosis of Mars, whether in love or in war. He is the positive masculine as the Empress is the positive feminine.
Interpretation. War, conquest, victory, strife, ambition.
Psychological Value. This card can break you free from limiting beliefs; especially those that you feel trap you. It is possible to use this Arcanum to call upon a higher part of your being, to ask it to reject that part of your nature that belongs to the “old self” that you are trying to change. You can use this great power to help you to break free of whatever causes your difficulties.
This Arcanum is paradoxical. At first you may see it as a symbol of destruction, but in fact, it symbolizes the moment when old beliefs are broken to allow the transformation of your personality and life. It allows you to conquer the invisible kingdoms, defend yourself from negative attacks, and can defend you from your own internal devils as well as from external and real adversaries. These powers are veiled by darkness and are only accessible to those who can accept the neutrality of the Mars force.
This Arcanum represents the power of language, the power of the Word. (According to the Divine Arcanum of the Aurum Solis - Divinity: Ares; Greek Letter: Omicron.)
The archetypical father, the authoritative Emperor brings order out of chaos so that civilization can prosper.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered III. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Gimel. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Empress corresponds to the Hebrew letter Daleth and the planet Venus.
Image: Crowned and enthroned woman, usually pregnant
Hebrew letter: Daleth
Divinatory meaning: fertility, productivity, fulfillment, motherhood
Qabalistic Description. The 3rd Key, the 14th Path. Daughter of the Mighty Ones, the Empress is the Universal Mother. The Path of the Empress connects Chokmah to Binah, Father to Mother. This is the Path of Unity, the union of Force and Form. The Empress is the root-essence of Emotion in its more pure form. Daleth is the Door of the inner mysteries.
Card Description. The Empress is an aspect of Isis, suggesting the creative and positive side of Nature. She expresses the Egyptian trilogy of Isis, Hathor, and Nephthys. In the Tarot, the High Priestess, Hathor, is symbolized by the crescent or full moon; the Empress, Isis, is represented by either the crescent moon or Venus; Justice, Nephthys, is represented by the gibbous moon.
Isis, and Venus, gives the aspect of Love. Hathor is the Mystic, the full moon, reflecting the Sun of Tiphareth while in Yesod, transmitting the rays of the Sun in her path Gimel. In interpreting a practical Tarot it is often admissible to regard the Empress as standing for Occultism. The High Priestess for religion, the Church as distinguished from the Hermetic Order.
Interpretation. Beauty, happiness, pleasure, success, also luxury and sometimes dissipation, but only if with very evil cards.
Psychological Value. You may use this Arcanum when you feel alienated from the rest of the world, cut off from your environment. It can help you correct a feeling of inner isolation that has become an obstacle to your communication with others. You may also use this Arcanum when want to disseminate your ideas in a convincing manner. It increases your capacity to adapt, as well as the reasoning power of your rational mind. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis - Divinity: Demeter; Greek Letter: Nu.)
The Archetypical mother, The Empress nurtures and protects all of nature, including humankind.
A Tarot deck in which each card in the Major Arcana corresponds to one of the 30 regions of the Magickal Universe (known as the Aethyrs). Each card of the Minor Arcana represents a deity or group of deities that inhabit regions known as the Four Great Watchtowers.
View the Favole Tarot.
A deck that takes the myth of fire in all its forms and interprets it through Tarot-related scenes.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Fives represent a halfway point in the profession from one to ten. In the Tarot, the five cards often symbolize a crisis: they’re the midway point, when events can either take a turn for the better or go horribly awry. Fives also symbolize the five senses, the five points on a star, and the five vowels in the English alphabet. Some metaphysicians suggest that five is important because it symbolizes a fifth element—Spirit.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, five is the number of Geburah, the central sephirah on the left-hand pillar, the fifth in order from the top of the Tree. Geburah means "severity," and indeed, some people relate the number five to the concept of karma. To some people this means punishment for past actions. However true karma doesn't punish or reward, it educates. Sometimes that education seems severe. It's symbol is the pentagram.
Five also represents humans in their most physical form:
1) Five extensions from the torso (2 legs, 2 arms, the head)
2) Five fingers on each hand
3) Five toes on each foot
4) Five common senses
5) Each hand has 15 joints or five to it's spiritually highest level
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered 0. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it is placed between XX Judgment and XXI The World and corresponds to the Hebrew letter Shin. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Fool corresponds to the Hebrew letter Aleph and the element of Air.
The instigating character in the English mummer’s play tradition.
Number: Generally numbered "O" or "22" of the Major Arcana
Image: Variously a Court Jester and a dog about to step off a cliff, naked child with a dog, a pilgrim in a strange land or an enthused rider with his dog jumping his horse across the chasm between the worlds
Hebrew letter: Aleph
Divinatory meaning: foolhardy courage, determination, act of faith
Sometimes called "The Foolish Man," the Fool is perhaps the most interesting card in the Tarot for it is he who makes the journey through life, from Start "0" to Finish "22." It is the Fool who is transformed by his journey, just as each of us must be to become a Whole Person.
Qabalistic Description. The Zero Key, the 11th Path. The Magickal Title of this card is the Spirit of Ether. The Path of the Fool connects Kether to Chokmah and is known as Fiery Intelligence. It is the first current of physical vibration. The Hebrew letter Aleph is attributed to this card, and means absolute unity, hence the number is 0.
Card Description. This card usually shows a man in a jester’s costume striding along, heedless of a dog tearing at his garments and possibly threatening to attack him. In the GD pack, an effort is made to reveal the deeper meaning. A naked child giving the Sign of Silence sits beneath a rose-tree bearing yellow roses; while reaching up to the Roses, the child also holds in leash a grey wolf—worldly wisdom held in check by perfect innocence. The colors are pale yellow, pale blue, greenish yellow—suggestive of the early dawn of a spring day.
Interpretation. Idea, thought, spirituality, that which seeks to rise above the material (that is, if the subject of enquiry is spiritual.) However, if the Divination regards a material event of ordinary life, this card is not positive, and may indicate folly, stupidity, eccentricity, and even mania, unless balanced with very good cards. It is too ideal and unstable to be generally positive in material things.
Psychological Value. This card can be used whenever you are seeking to awaken, stir and use the energetic forces of the universe. By reconnecting with these natural forces, it can enhance your creative energy and the vital principle which is inside you. By fostering an open and quick mind, it helps you prepare for changes, challenges and trips. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Ouranos; Greek Letter: Rho.)
Technically, The Fool is the Major Arcana’s only unnumbered card. A wanderer, most Tarot experts agree that The Fool represents each of us—naïve travelers through life, off on a grand adventure, out to learn whatever experience and the Tarot can teach us.
The procession of the Fool through the cards of the Major Arcana is often said to be an allegorical description of our journey through life, starting with the Fool and culminating with The World card.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Lamed. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Hanged Man corresponds to the Hebrew letter Mem and the element of Water.
Image: Man hanging by one foot with the other crossed behind
Hebrew letter: Mem
Divinatory meaning: suspension, delay, reversal, personal sacrifice
Qabalistic Description. The 12th Key, the 23rd Path. The Spirit of the Mighty Waters. This Path runs between Hod and Geburah, the execution of judgment. It is also the self-sacrifice that leads to resurrection, the shamanic trance that leads to renewal, death that leads to rebirth. Mem means water, life consciousness.
Card Description. An elusive and profoundly significant symbol. It is sacrifice—the submergence of the higher in the lower in order to sublimate the lower. It is the descent of the Spirit into Matter, the incarnation of God in man, the submission to the bonds of matter that the material may be transcended and transmuted. The colors are deep blue, white and black intermingled but not merged, olive, green and greenish fawn.
Interpretation. Enforced sacrifice. Punishment, Loss. Fatal and not voluntary. Suffering generally.
Psychological Value. This Arcanum can be used when you seek Divine Guidance and inspiration for some aspect of your life. It can sustain you in your efforts, especially during periods when you feel abandoned and lonely. It gives you a feeling of balance, and opens you up to higher aspirations, by increasing your receptivity to the Divine. Artemis helps you to develop seriousness and purposefulness, as well as increased inner joy. Artemis helps you to understand philosophical and religious issues. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Artemis; Greek Letter: Tau.)
Hanged Man Card
He sacrifices his comfort and passions for a time, like the Norse god Odin, knowing that better things will occur as a result.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered IX. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Teth. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Hermit corresponds to the Hebrew letter Yod and the astrological sign of Virgo.
Image: an old man in a hooded robe with staff and lantern, accompanied by a serpent and standing in a circle
Hebrew letter: Yod
Divinatory meaning: Wisdom, Secret Knowledge, Solitary Practice
Qabalistic Description. The 9th Key, the 20th Path. The Magus of the Voices of Light, the Prophet of the Gods. This Path leads from Tiphareth to Chesed, and represents communication between the Higher Self and the Spiritual Self. Yod means the hand reaching down to show the way to Hidden Knowledge. It is also the word of power that links the Lower Self to the Higher through vibration.
Card Description. This represents the mastery of the lower by the higher. It is the soul which holds in check the passions, although her feet are still planted on earth, and the dark veil still floats about her head and clings around her. The colors, pale greenish yellow, black, yellowish grey and reddish amber, suggest the steadfast endurance and fortitude required, but the deep red rose which is the flashing color to the greenish yellow, gives the motive power.
Interpretation. Wisdom sought for and obtained from above. Divine Inspiration (but active as opposed to that of the Lovers). In the mystical titles, this with the Hierophant and the Magician are the three Magi.
Psychological Value. You may use this Arcanum whenever you feel the need to re-establish contact with the inner- and uppermost parts of your being. It can help you complete something you have been hoping to accomplish; it does this by re-igniting the blazing force of inspiration, energy and desire that led you to start it in the first place. It is basically an awakening and expanding force that supports the realization of your desires. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Eros; Greek Letter: Pi.)
Far removed from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, The Hermit reflects on spiritual concerns. He carries his light of wisdom as a beacon for others to follow.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered V. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Heh. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Hierophant corresponds to the Hebrew letter Vav and the astrological sign of Taurus.
An officer of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. When the temple is set up for Neophytes, the Hierophant (Greek for “initiating priest”) sits in the East, represents the dawning Light, and is the main ritual officer. When a woman holds this office she is called the Hierophatria or Hieropantissa.
Image: Pope or other major religious leader
Hebrew letter: Vav
Divinatory meaning: Authority, Wisdom, Spirituality
Qabalistic Description. The 5th Key, the 16th Path. Magus of the Eternal Gods. This Path connects Chesed (Mercy) with Chokmah (Wisdom). The primary function of the Hierophant is to tie together the Great Above to that which is Below. The Hierophant is also the Great Teacher of the Mysteries, bringing understanding as the link between sensory experience and inner illumination. Vav means the nail, binding things together.
Card Description. The Hierophant as High Priest is the counterpart of the High Priestess. As Aries is the house of Mars and the exaltation of the Sun, so Taurus is the house of Venus and the exaltation of the Moon. He is the reflective or mystical aspect of the masculine. He is the thinker as the Emperor is the doer.
His colors unlike those of the Emperor vary considerably. Red, orange, maroon, deep brown, and chestnut brown, suggest veiled thought, interior power, endurance, contemplation and reconciliation. This card frequently indicates the hidden guardianship of the Masters.
Interpretation. Divine wisdom, occult wisdom, manifestation, explanation, teaching. The Hierophant differs from, though resembling in some respects, the meaning of The Magician, The Prophet, and The Lovers.
Psychological Value. You may use this Arcanum when you are eager to act, but have not yet figured out what your true heart’s desire is, or when you are wasting your efforts on things you don’t need, instead of focusing on your truest desires. It helps you develop generosity, sincerity, justice, tact, courtesy and refinement, as well as your sense of order and organization. It can help you to understand how to best present yourself socially. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Zeus; Greek Letter: Upsilon.)
A symbol of traditional authority and influence, the hierophant is a spiritual link to humanity’s higher powers.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered II. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Beth. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The High Priestess corresponds to the Hebrew letter Gimel and the Moon.
A female Witch who, often with a High Priest, is the leader of a coven. In traditional covens, to achieve this level requires extensive training and experience. In covens that have a three-degree system, a High Priestess will have been initiated into the third degree. It is often abbreviated as HPS.
Image: a high priestess seated in front of a veil, crescent moon at her feet with the horns upward
Hebrew letter: Gimel
Divinatory meaning: Intuition, Revealed Wisdom, Ebb and Flow
Qabalistic Description. The 2nd Key, the 13th Path. The Priestess of the Silver Star. The Path of the High Priestess connects Kether to Tiphareth along the Middle Pillar, and functions as the purest root-essence of consciousness. It is the direct connection from the highest consciousness, across the Abyss, to the middle consciousness. The letter Gimel means camel whose ability to store water enables the traveler to cross the Great Divide.
Card Description. The High Priestess rules the long path uniting Kether to Tiphareth, crossing the reciprocal Paths of Venus and Leo. She is the great feminine force controlling the very source of life, gathering into herself all the energizing forces and holding them in solution until the time of release. Her colors, pale blue, deepening into sky blue, silvery white, and silver, relieved by touches of orange and flame, carry out these ideas.
Interpretation. Change, alteration, increase & decrease. Fluctuation (whether for good or evil is shown by cards connected with it.) Compare with Death and the Moon.
Psychological Value. This Arcanum may be used when you are having difficulties in discerning the hidden elements of a problem or situation, or when you need to let go of certain emotions, entanglements, or situations you have been stuck in. It is especially useful when you are prone to periods of tension, anxiety and selfishness. You can invoke this Arcanum when you are experiencing difficulties in achieving inner peace, are seeking serenity, or when you are trying to become most like your truest inner self. It can also be used when you need to receive inspiration, or develop and improve your skills of mediumship and psychometry. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Pontos; Greek Letter: Delta.)
High Priestess Card
Secretive and guarded, The High Priestess knows the secrets life holds, but shares them only with the wise.
I Ching: Dead Moon
A stunning oracle deck, based on the Chinese I Ching, by famed artist Luis Royo.
View the I Ching: Dead Moon Deck.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XX. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Resh. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Judgment corresponds to the Hebrew letter Shin and the element of Fire.
Image: resurrection day with an angel blowing a trumpet as the dead arise from their graves
Hebrew letter: Shin
Divinatory meaning: renewal, rebirth, the final outcome
Qabalistic Description. The 20th Key, the 31 Path. The Spirit of Primal Fire. This path connects Hod and Malkuth, and is the first path undertaken for conscious growth and psychic development. Shin means tooth, providing the physical energy needed for conscious development. It is judgment that enables conscious and willed action.
Card Description. The three trumps attributed to the Elemental Paths are perhaps the most difficult to understand. They represent the action of forces exterior to the experience of humanity, not the influence of environment but the impact of the Supernals (Kether, Chokmah, and Binah) upon the sublunary (below Yesod).
In the Air we have pure spirit holding in leash the lust of the flesh. In water, the sublimating power of sacrifice. Here in Fire, we are shown the cosmic forces concentrating on the pilgrim from all sides. Judgment is pronounced upon him. He is not the judge nor does decision rest in his hands. Lazarus cannot emerge from the Sepulcher until the voice cries out, "Come forth!" Nor can he cast aside the conflicting grave-clothes until the command, "Loose him!" is given. Man of himself is helpless. The impulse to ascend must come from above, but by its power he may transcend the sepulcher of environment and cast aside the trammels of desire. Here once more, the fiery energy of red burns through the planes. Fiery scarlet, glowing crimson, burning red are emphasized by the passive greens.
Interpretation. Final decision. Judgment. Sentence. Determination of a matter without appeal on its plane.
Psychological Value: This Arcanum allows you to contact an upper reality located above the limitations of your reasoning mind. It helps you to develop your intuitive faculties during relaxation and sleep. You may also use this Arcanum if you want to enhance your ability to listen to others, as well as achieving a form of receptivity that is open onto every dimension of reality. It also allows you to develop your decisiveness and will power. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Aphrodite (2nd Aspect); Greek Letter: Zeta.)
All is revealed, as the Judgment card reminds us to forgive and be forgiven.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VIII or XI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Cheth. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Justice corresponds to the Hebrew letter Lamed and the astrological sign of Libra.
Image: a woman with a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other
Hebrew letter: Lamed
Divinatory meaning: legal matters, balance
Qabalistic Description. The 8th Key, the 19th Path. Daughter of the Flaming Sword, Leader of the Lion. This Path connects Geburah to Chesed, Mercy tempering Severity. Just below the Abyss, it is a major path connecting the two great opposing forces of the Higher Self. Teth means a snake, or the serpent power guided by Will, that activates the body’s energy centers.
Card Description. This card represents the mastery of the lower by the higher. It is the soul that holds in check the passions, although her feet are still planted on earth, and the dark veil still floats about her head and clings around her. The colors, pale greenish yellow, black, yellowish grey and reddish amber, suggest the steadfast endurance and fortitude required, but the deep red rose that is the flashing color to the greenish yellow, gives the motive power.
Interpretation. Eternal justice and balance; strength and force, but arrested as in the act of Judgment. Compare with 11—Fortitude. Also, in combination with other cards, legal proceedings, a court of law, a trial at law, etc.
Psychological Value. This Arcanum may be used to eliminate psychic blockages that you hold onto from your past experiences, and allow you to get rid of outmoded personality patterns. It can also be used to help you complete old projects that have failed to produce fruit. It can help increase your will power and fighting spirit, and strengthen your capacity to work hard for long periods. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Aries (2nd Aspect); Greek Letter: Sigma.)
When blindfolded, the goddess of Justice is blind to superficial concerns. With her eyes unveiled, Justice sees all. In most renditions of the card, she holds a two-edged sword, a reminder tha fairness cuts both ways.
In the standard Tarot deck, the Kings are one of the four “Court” cards found in each suit of the Minor Arcana. In a reading it indicates a swift but possibly unenduring force of the suit that is associated with the meaning of the suit. Thus, the King of Wands, related to the element of Fire, indicates a decisive and passionate approach while the King of Cups, associated with the element of Water, is associated with the fine arts or legal profession. It may or may not be related to a person.
Law of Attraction Tarot
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered VI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Vav. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Lovers corresponds to the Hebrew letter Zayin and the astrological sign of Gemini.
Image: a young couple (with a serpent present) blessed by an angel, or the chained maiden rescued by the hero
Hebrew letter: Zayin
Divinatory meaning: release, inspiration, new start
Qabalistic Description. The 6th Key, the 17th Path. Children of the Voice Divine, Oracles of he Mighty Gods. This Path connects Tiphareth (the Solar Center of the Higher Self) to Binah (the Great Sea of Superconsciousness). This is the uniting of the Sun (male) and the Moon (female) energies within the initiate. Zayin means sword, the weapon of the Will
Card Description. The impact of inspiration on intuition, resulting in illumination and liberation—the sword striking off the fetters of habit and materialism, Perseus (acting as the Higher Self) rescues Andromeda (the Personality) from the Dragon of fear and the waters of stagnation. (Incidentally note that this is the design of the Order [of the Golden Dawn] card. Andromeda is shown manacled to a rock, the dragon rising from the waters at her feet. Perseus is depicted flying through the air to her assistance, with unsheathed sword. The design is wholly different from that of the Waite pack.—Israel Regardie)
The colors are orange, violet, purplish grey and pearl grey. The flashing color of orange gives deep vivid blue while the flashing color for violet is golden yellow. The flashing colors may always be introduced if they bring out the essential color meaning more clearly. In practice this card usually signifies sympathetic understanding.
Interpretation. Inspiration (passive and in some cases mediumistic, thus differing from that of the Hierophant and Magician and Prophet.) Motive, power, and action, arising from Inspiration and Impulse.
Psychological Value. This Arcanum should be used when you feel the need to do some tidying up in your mind, to sort what is best among all the ideas you have stored there. It can help you make balanced choices that promote harmony. It also helps in developing acute intelligence and quick thinking. (According to the Divine Arcana of the Aurum Solis—Divinity: Apollo; Greek Letter: Kappa.)
While an appearance by this couple could encourage any hopeless romantic, The Lovers also signify a choice to be made between two equally strong desires.
Ludy Lescot Tarot
Gothic emo tarot designed by a woman in New Orleans and drawn by Patrizio Evangelisti.
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One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered I. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Aleph. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Magician corresponds to the Hebrew letter Beth and the planet Mercury.
The Magician represents an individual in control of life’s tools and techniques, like those on the table in front of him. Typically, they include a cup, a sword, a pentacle and a wand—the four symbols of the Minor Arcana.
The twenty-two trump cards of the Tarot; those cards not included in any of the four suits. The cards numbered 0 (the Fool) through 21 (the World).
The 22 picture cards of the Tarot that are considered to be of vital importance by occultists. They relate to the Paths on the Tree of Life and are used in Kabalistic Pathworking.
A Tarot using Michelangelo's works of art while following the Rider-Waite-Smith model.
A Tarot deck from Lo Scarabeo that provides readers with a copy of the historical Minchiate Tarot.
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The Ace through King cards of the four suits of the Tarot (i.e., court cards plus pips).
The 56 cards of the Tarot comparing to the modern-day deck of playing cards, but having an extra court card for each of the four suits. Traditionally numerical rather than pictorial, they relate to the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XVIII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Tzaddi. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Moon corresponds to the Hebrew letter Qoph and the astrological sign of Pisces.
Deeply rooted in the unconscious, the dreamlike moon symbolizes secrets and mysteries that may not be understood—or even recognized.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Because there are nine months of pregnancy, nine symbolizes selfishness, compassion, universality, humanitarianism, and spirituality.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, nine is the number of Yesod, the third sephirah from the top on the central pillar. Astrologically, it is associated with the Moon. The Moon is the companion of Earth, so nine also represents the astral plane, the companion of the physical plane. It is the astral that is the underpinning of the physical senses.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: One is the first number, so it symbolizes leadership. It’s an obvious symbol of unity and singularity. The number one can even be thought of as a thesis—an original statement of thought, belief, and perception, still unchallenged by other competing ideas. One also represents the source of all existence. In the Tarot, every numbered card in a Minor Arcana suit is said to originate within the ace of that suit. As such, the number one symbolized fertility, and the potential and possibility of every new beginning. That symbolism is reinforced by the graphic nature of both the Arabic numeral 1 of the Roman numeral I. Both shapes resemble phallic symbols. Even as a geometric figure, the number one is illustrated as a single point—a dot, which could represent either an egg or a sperm.
One is considered a lucky number as it is indivisible, and when multiplied by itself remains the same. One is associated with God, the intellect, purity, and the sun. Children born on the 1st of the month are believed to be enterprising, independent and lucky.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, one is the number of Kether, or Crown, the topmost sephirah. This is the first manifestation of the Divine that can be known. Above it is the lowest of the Three Veils of Negative Existence, the unknowable or transcendent Divine.
Uniting opposites and bringing them to unity, one, plays an important role in several forms of spirituality and magick. For example, basic sex magick can be described as 1+1=1 (one positive form of sexual energy, typically a "male" combined with one negative form of energy, typically a "female," produces one magickal result).
In the standard Tarot deck, the Pages are one of the four “Court” cards found in each suit of the Minor Arcana. Although A.E. Waite, one of the designers of what has become the standard model, used a deck which was gender balanced in the Court cards (Kings, Queens, Princes, Princesses), Waite changed this to a more masculine orientation (Kings, Queens, Knight, Page). In a reading it indicates a young and growing force of the suit that is associated with the meaning of the suit. Thus, the Page of Wands, related to the element of Fire, indicates a new or growing change in energy, such as a career change, a letter with important information, etc. The Page of Cups, associated with the element of Water, is associated with the messages of new or changing emotions. It may or may not be related to a person.
Pamela Coleman Smith
(1878-1951) British artist best known as the woman who created that Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot. “Pixie” Smith was a member of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. It was that that she probably met A.E. Waite, who eventually commissioned her to draw a Tarot deck. It is likely that he gave her written instructions, and perhaps the meanings of the cards. However he was not an artist and was her original designs, drawn in pen and ink and colored with water color, created in a brief six month period, that became one of the world’s most popular Tarot decks. Over the years the deck became referred to as the “Rider-Waite” deck, ignoring Coleman’s value and input to the deck. Although some people still use that description, Tarot authorities are now leaning toward the more accurate “Rider-Waite-Smith” name, giving her the co-equal credit many believe she deserves.
One of the four suits of the Tarot, corresponding to the modern Diamonds and to the merchant class of medieval society. In the system of the Golden Dawn, corresponds to the element of Earth and the final Heh of Tetragrammaton.
The Ace through Ten cards of the four suits of the tarot.
Photorealistic and computer-generated art in a deck blending traditional Tarot with modern science.
In the standard Tarot deck, the Queens are one of the four “Court” cards found in each suit of the Minor Arcana. In a reading it indicates a steady, enduring force of the suit that is associated with the meaning of the suit. Thus, the Queen of Wands, related to the element of Fire, indicates your basic driving instinct while the Queen of Cups, associated with the element of Water, is associated with the sources of emotions. It may or may not be related to a person.
A person who consults a tarot reader or astrologer.
A tarot reading generally integrates three things: the question asked, the meaning of the spread positions, and the meaning of the cards occupying the positions.
An upside-down tarot card, often read differently than a right-side-up card.
Name for a popular Tarot deck. Superceded by the more accurate title, Rider-Waite-Smith. See Rider-Waite-Smith.
Name for a popular deck of Tarot cards. It was designed by A. E. Waite, drawn by Pamela Coleman Smith, and originally published (in 1909) by Rider. It was based on the Tarot of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn as well as some earlier decks, but is unique in that the Minor Arcana cards, for the first time, were given full symbolic imagery. This fully graphic design, combined with a book by Waite (in 1910) specifically for this deck (as opposed to Tarot decks in general) combined to make this a wildly popular deck.
The basic design has become a de facto modern standard. Many decks today copy this standard and only offer different artistic styles. Other decks are sometimes qualified by how much or how little they vary from this “standard.” For some time this deck was referred to as the “Rider-Waite” deck, ignoring the value and input of the artist. Although some people still use that description, Tarot authorities are now leaning toward the more accurate “Rider-Waite-Smith” name.
Royo Dark Tarot
A powerful, dark Tarot deck by Luis Royo, one of the most popular fantasy artists of our time. Loosely based on the Rider-Waite-Smith tradition, Royo’s sensual and empowering deck urges you to confront your darkest fears, embrace your primal passions, and unleash the beast within.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Seven is a mystical, magical number. Classically, there were seven days of creation. There are seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear. There are seven deadly sins: envy, sloth, gluttony, wrath, pride, lust, and greed. There are seven virtues: faith, hope, charity, fortitude, justice, temperance, and prudence. (You can see most of them in the [Tarot’s] Major Arcana.) Alchemists had seven metals: gold, silver, iron, mercury, tin, copper, and lead. There are seven visible planets: the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn. There are seven days of the week, seven notes in a musical scale, seven colors of the rainbow, and seven chakras (or energy points) of the body. Because the seventh day is a day of rest, seven is the number of self-reflection and philosophy. To fully randomize your Tarot deck before a reading, shuffle it seven times.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, seven is the number of Netzach, the lowest sephirah on the right-hand pillar, the third from the top of that pillar. It is the number of music, passion, and pride, < href="http://www.llewellyn.com/encyclopedia/term/astrology">astrologically associated with Venus.
Some have associated this number with Lucifer (Venus, the Morning Star, is a form of Lucifer) and thus equate this with Satan. But Satan is not traditionally the same as Lucifer; this was a later attribution. Lucifer is a bringer of Light, not an evil entity.
A card that represents the querent in a tarot reading.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Sixes historically symbolize the human being, because man was said to be created on the sixth day. Six also symbolizes the sixth sensth—psychic ability—as well as the six directions of space: left, right, forward, backward, up, and down.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, six is the number of Tipheret, the second from the top sephirah on the middle pillar, the sixth in order from the top of the Tree. It is the heart or center of the Tree. Its symbol is the hexagram and it corresponds mystically to the Sun and to all resurrection deities.
A standard method of laying out the cards in a tarot reading. See Celtic Cross.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XVII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Peh and the heaven of the soul. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Star corresponds to the Hebrew letter Tzaddi and the astrological sign of Aquarius. According to Aleister Crowley, The Star corresponds to the Hebrew letter Heh.
The card of faith and hope, The Star is a shining light in the darkness.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XI or VIII. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Kaph. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Strength corresponds to the Hebrew letter Teth and the astrological sign of Leo.
A woman gently holds the jaws of a powerful lion, patiently controlling a force that could otherwise eat her alive.
The four suits of the Tarot are Wands, Cups, Swords, and Pentacles. The French terms are Batons, Coupes, Epees, and Deniers, respectively.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XIX. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Qoph. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Sun corresponds to the Hebrew letter Resh and the Sun.
Nothing can hide in the bright light of day, and even the dourest individuals come out to celebrate.
One of the four suits of the Tarot, corresponding to the modern Spades and to the warrior class or nobility of medieval society. In the system of the Golden Dawn, corresponds to the element of Air and the Vav of Tetragrammaton.
Originally a term created by psychologist Carl Jung meaning that the mind creates a relationship between two events when none exists. What the mind created to link the two unrelated events was considered psychologically interesting. For some researchers, magick is this same sort of acausal connecting principle because a ritual or magickal act seems to have no direct causal effect on the outcome of the ritual, and yet the desired outcome occurs after the magickal work. Some people use the term as the actual unknown cause (“What causes magick to work? Synchronicity.”) of magick working rather than simply noting that the relationship between magick and the effect of magick appears to be acausal and unrelated.
A word sometimes used as a title for a person who reads Tarot cards.
A mystical set of cards having an uncertain origin. Although these cards, covered with images, are most commonly used for divination, they have much more spiritual purposes. The Tarot is composed of two main sections, the 22 picture cards of the Major Arcana and the 56 numbered cards of the Minor Arcana.
Tarot of Marseille Grand Trumps
Tarot of Pagan Cats
A deck designed to explore the archetypes of the Tarot through the eyes and experiences of cats and to include touches of magick.
Tarot of the Celtic Fairies
Tarot of the Mystic Spiral
Unique Tarot by Giovanni Pelosini with art by Giuseppe Palumbo.
Tarot of the Silicon Dawn
Surreal deck that extends the concept of Tarot in new directions.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XIV. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Nun and the heaven of the Sun. In the system of the Golden Dawn, Temperance corresponds to the Hebrew letter Samekh and the astrological sign of Sagittarius.
With dexterity and grace, Temperance demonstrates how balance can serve as a bridge to wholeness.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: The number ten has primal, deep-seated significance for all of us. When babies are born, parents immediately do a quick count of fingers and toes. When we learn to count as children, we use our ten fingers as tools. Ten is the number of culmination, completion, and perfection. There are also ten spheres on the Kabalistic Tree of Life, and ten numbered cards in each suit of the [Tarot’s] Minor Arcana.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, ten is the number of Malkuth, the lowest sephirah on the central pillar. Therefore, ten represents the material plane, the physical location of the four elements, and mundane consciousness. One, or Kether, is the cause, and ten is the effect. The numbers two through nine are the means.
The Book of Shadows Tarot Kit
A unique, Pagan-oriented Tarot book and deck that set can be used by itself or in tandem with a second deck to be issued in 2013.
The Labyrinth Tarot
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The Tarot of Princesses
A fascinating Tarot that views the deck through the lens of the history of princesses.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: There are thirteen lunar months, or thirteen full moons, in every calendar year. Thirteen is sometimes thought to be an unlucky number, because there were thirteen diners at Jesus’ last supper. In the Tarot, the Death card is number thirteen.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Three symbolizes creation—the result of two separate forces combining to create a third entity. A mother and a father produce a child together. A thesis and an antithesis combine to produce a synthesis. The number three can also represent body, mind, and spirit, or past, present and future. Many religions believe in a holy trinity, such as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, or Maiden, Mother, and Crone, or the triple goddess of the New, Full, and Old Moon.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, three is the number of Binah, the topmost sephirah on the left-hand pillar, the third in order from the top of the Tree. It represents the first Heh of Tetragrammaton, and thus is the universal mother.
In magickal groups, this is associated with the degree known as Magister Templi, master of the temple, implying that such a person has true mystical understanding of the mysteries.
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XVI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Ayin and the heaven of the Moon. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Tower corresponds to the Hebrew letter Peh and the planet Mars.
Should we build ourselves up too high, The Tower card warns that a bolt from the blue could shake us to our very foundations.
The twenty-two cards of the major arcana of the Tarot; those cards not included in any of the four suits. The cards numbered 0 (the Fool) through 21 (the World).
Number Symbolism in Tarot: The number twelve is a reminder of other significant twelves—such as the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve apostles, the twelve months in a year, and the twelve signs of the zodiac.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Twenty-two is another master number, which amplifies the power of two. Humans have twenty-two pairs of chromosomes. There are twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet, twenty-two paths on the Kabalistic Tree of Life, and twenty-two cards in the [Tarot’s] Major Arcana.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Two represents duality and choices. The number two suggests pairs and combinations, as well as relationships, partnerships, and the attraction between two people. Twos also represent conversation and debate—the point and counterpoint of two opposing ideas, or the antithesis that rises up in response to almost every thesis. The nature of the number two also signifies a wide range of concepts that come in pairs: heaven and earth, male and female, active and passive, conscious and unconscious, and day and night. Written as a Roman numberal II, the number suggests a gateway or a doorway as well as female genitalia.
On the Kabalistic Tree of Life, two is the number of Chochma, the topmost sephirah on the right-hand pillar, the second in order from the top of the Tree. Thus, two represents the universal father and the body of the Yod, the first letter of the Tetragrammaton (its upper tip is in Kether, the first Sephirah).
Universal Transparent Tarot
Unique clear deck that features Lo Scarabeo's famed Universal Tarot in various areas so the cards can be overlaid to create new potentials for giving interpretive readings.
One of the four suits of the Tarot, corresponding to the modern Clubs and the medieval peasant class. In the system of the Golden Dawn, corresponds to the element of Fire and the Yod of Tetragrammaton.
Wheel of Fortune
One of the trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered X. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Yod. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The Wheel of Fortune corresponds to the Hebrew letter Kaph and the planet Jupiter.
Wheel of Fortune Card
Because nothing is certain but change itself, the Wheel of Fortune reminds us all that what goes up must also come down.
Wheel of the Year Tarot
Lo Scarabeo's Wiccan Cards is a Deck designed to be both an Wiccans and a short introduction to Wicca for beginners.
The Witchy Tarot is a deck created to explore the Tarot from a trumps of the Major Arcana of the tarot. Numbered XXI. In the system of Eliphas Levi, it corresponds to the Hebrew letter Tau. In the system of the Golden Dawn, The World corresponds to the Hebrew letter Tau and the planet Saturn.
A card of completion and success, The World is the last stop on the Fool’s journey.
Number Symbolism in Tarot: Most of us think of zero as a starting point, from which we count our way up—or down, into negative numbers. Because zero seems to precede all of the other numbers, it symbolizes the period before existence—the great void that existed before the world was created, before the Big Bang when the universe burst into existence. The circular shape of the number 0 is also a reminder of the cosmic egg, the legendary source of the universe. It suggests the outward growth of the universe from a single point in space. It also symbolizes the shape of the world, the orb of planetary motion, the wheel of the year, and the cycle of life. It’s even a reminder of the womb, the birth canal, and the cells that make up our substance.
The Zodiac Tarot is a Tarot deck created by Lee Bursten with art by Luca Raimondo.