The Tarot And The Elements

The Ancients conceived of Fire Water and Air as pure elements. They were connected with the three qualities of Being, Knowledge and Bliss, previously mentioned. They also correspond with what the Hindus called the Three Gunas-Sattvas, Rajas and Tamas, which may be translated roughly as Calm, Activity, and Slothful Darkness. The alchemists had three similar principles of energy, of which all existing phenomena are composed Sulphur, Mercury and Salt. This Sulphur is Activity, Energy, Desire...

Theories Of The Ancients

In old times, it was supposed that the Earth was the centre of the Universe. The Heavens being above the Earth-they did not realise them as being equally below it-they were accounted as of the Divine Nature. And as they recognised imperfections and irregularity in mundane affairs, they thought that the movements of the Heavenly Bodies, which they observed to be regular, must be perfect. They then started some & pYiori thinking. Their mathematicians had the idea that a Circle was a perfec...

The Hierophant

This card is referred to the letter Vau, which means a Nail of this instrument nine appear at the top of the card they serve to fix the oriel behind the main figure of the picture. The card is referred to Taurus therefore the Throne of the Hierophant is surrounded by elephants, which are of the nature of Taurus and he is actually seated upon a bull. Around him are the four beasts or Kerubs, one in each corner of the card for these are the guardians of every shrine. But the main reference is to...

Diagram 9 The Essential Dignities Of The Planets

This diagram shows the true symmetrical completion of the Sidereal- Solar System. The astronomical discoveries of Herschel (Uranus), Neptune, and Pluto have completed the tenfold scheme of the Sephiroth, and enabled the Master Therion to establish Astrology in its relation with Ceremonial Magick on a perfectly balanced basis. It is a notable witness to the triumph of Magick that all militant nations have adopted, worthily or not, magical symbols and gestures. Great Britain and the U.S.A.,...

Lust

This Trump was formerly called Strength. But it implies far more than strength in the ordinary sense of the word. Technical analysis shows that the Path corresponding to the card is not the Strength of Geburah, but the influence from Chesed upon Geburah, the Path balanced both vertically and horizontally on the Tree of Life (see diagram). For this reason it has been thought better to 1These are the four elements, summed in a fifth, Spirit, to form the Pentagram and the Magical Virtue...

The Tarot And The Tree Of Life

The Tarot, while based on these theoretical attributions, was designed as a practical instrument for Qabalistic calculations and for divination. In it is little place for abstract ideas. The subject of the book-the Tarot is called The Book of Thoth or Tahuti-is the influence of the Ten Numbers and the Twenty-two Letters on man, and his best methods of manipulating their forces. There is there fore no mention of the Three Veils of the Negative, which was dis cussed in the description of the Tree...

The Tarot And Magick

Magick is the scince and art of causing change to occur in conformity with the Will. In other words, it is Science, Pure and Applied. This thesis has been worked out at great length by Dr. Sir J. G. Frazer. But in common parlance the word Magic has been used to niean the kind of science which ordinary people do not understand. It is in this restricted sense, for the most part, that the word will be used ill this essay. The business of Science is to explore Nature. It's first questions are, What...

The Formula Of Tetragrammaton

It is explained in this essay see 16, 34, et al. that the whole of the Tarot is based upon the Tree of Life, and that the Tree of Life is always cognate with Tetragrammaton. One may sum up the whole doctrine very briefly as follows The Union of the Father and the Mother produces Twins, the son going forward to the daughter, the daughter returning the energy to the father by this cycle of change the stability and eternity of the Universe are assured. It is necessary, in order to understand the...