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The basis for The Book of Thoth - The Tarot


Publication in Class B.



"All divination resembles an attempt by a man born blind to obtain sight by getting blind drunk."


{Illustration facing page 145 described:

This is a figure in the shape of an Ankh, with symbols about and upon the form. The loop is a series of four concentric bands like the Rose cross, about a central circle. The central circle is quartered by a vertical Greek cross. This cross has a dot in the center and is marked "Red on white." The ring just about this circle is divided by radial segments into three chambers, with one centered at top; clockwise from top, the chambers are marked: "Bright pale yellow", "Glowing orange scarlet", "Deep blue". The next ring outward is divided into seven chambers, one to bottom, and marked clockwise from 1 o'clock: "Violet", "Indigo", "Blue", "Emerald Green", "Yellow", "Orange", "Red". The next ring outward is divided into twelve chambers, division at top and bottom with six to either side; clockwise from 1 o'clock: "Crimson", "Violet", "Indigo", "Blue", "Green blue", "Emerald Green", "Green Yellowish", "Yellow Greenish", "Amber", "Orange", "Red Orange", "Scarlet". The outer ring is interrupted at the bottom by a segment to match the continuation of the sloping lower sides of the lower upright, the base of this segment is defined not by the ring but by the upper portion of two diagonals drawn from the inner angles of the cross. This five-sided semi-regular figure is further divided within by two crossed lines emanating from the upper corners and extending across the center to the midpoints of the lower sides. In the four chambers resulting are these color abbreviations, clockwise from top: "Blk" (for black), "Russ" (for russet), "Cit'n" (for citrine), "Olive". To either side of this section, on the band itself, is written "white merging into grey". In the top of this outermost ring are these letters in the "Theban Alphabet": u r h --- signifying the "Angel" or "God of Tarot", HRU.

The left arm of the Ankh has from left to right: the symbol of Scorpio (the "M" style, not the Eagle as noted in text), a cup, the words "Deep Blue; Symbols in yellow". The right arm of the Ankh has from left to right: "the words "Red; symbols in Green", a lotus wand, the symbol of Leo.

The basal upright of the Ankh has these in the lower half only, from bottom upward: the symbol of Aquarius, an upright sword in style of the Solomonic Key, the words "Yellow; symbols in Violet.

There are markings and symbols outside the shape of the Ankh: Upper left corner: "L-I-F-E-" above a large "T". Upper right corner: "V-I-T-A-" above a large "A". To left of base: large "O". To right of base: large "P". Below base: "B-I-O-S-" just above the caption "THE COMPLETE SYMBOL OF THE TAROT". The large letters spell "TARO" in Greek capitals ( GR:Tau-Alpha-Rho-Omicron). In the wedges defined by the lower sides of the cross-arms and the base upright sides: to left an upright pentagram with the dot-in-circle Sun symbol in its pentagonal center. To right the same, but with a crescent moon, horns to right.

There is a very small semi-italic note at the lower right, below all else: "["To face p." 145" }


is set over the operations of the Secret Wisdom

GR:Alpha chi-alpha-iota Omega

The First and the Last

"WHAT thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the Seven Abodes which be in Aushiah."

"And I saw in the Right Hand of Him that Sate upon the Throne a Book, sealed with Seven Seals."

"Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the Seals thereof?'

S.Y.M.B.O.L.A. Ankh


CONSISTS of a Crux Ansata, which is a form of the Rosy Cross. One arm is scarlet, with the symbols of Leo and the Wand in emerald green.

Another is blue with Eagle and Cup in orange.

A third is yellow, with Aquarius and Dagger in violet.

The last is in the four colours of Malkuth, with Pentacle and Taurus in black.<>

Ring is white, having at the top the Name of the Great Angel P Scorpio h {Theban}<> H U A; below cross-bar are Pentagrams, one enclosing Sol and the other enclosing Luna.

The whole space in the ring contains the Rose of 22 Petals bearing the Names of the 22 Keys<>. In the centre a white circle, and a red cross of four equal arms.

About the whole symbol are the words ---

L.I.F.E. B.I.O.S. V.I.T.A.,

and the letters ---

T. A. P. O., Tarot.


1. THE Ace of Wands is called the Root of the Powers of Fire.
2. The Ace of Cups is called the Root of the Powers of Water.
3. The Ace of Swords is called the Root of the Powers of Air.
4. The Ace of Pentacles is called the Root of the Powers of Earth.
5. The Knight of Wands is "The Lord of the Flame and Lighting: the King of the Spirits of Fire."
6. The Queen of Wands is "The Queen of the Thrones of Flame."
7. The King of Wands is "The Prince of the Chariot of Fire."
8. The Knave of Wands is "The Princess of the Shining Flame: the Rose of the Palace of Fire."
9. The Knight of Cups is "The Lord of the Waves and the Waters: the King of the Hosts of the Sea."
10. The Queen of Cups is "The Queen of the Thrones of the Waters."
11. The King of Cups is "The Prince of the Chariot of the Waters."
12. The Knave of Cups is "The Princess of the Waters: the Lotus of the Palace of the Floods."
13. The Knight of Swords is "The Lord of the Wind and the Breezes: the King of the Spirits of Air."
14. The Queen of Swords is "The Queen of the Thrones of Air."
15. The King of Swords is "The Prince of the Chariot of the Winds."
16. The Knave of Swords is "The Princess of the Rushing Winds: the Lotus of the Palace of Air."
17. The Knight of Pentacles is "The Lord of the Wide and Fertile Land: the King of the Spirits of Earth."
18. The Queen of Pentacles is "The Queen of the Thrones of Earth."
19. The King of Pentacles is "The Prince of the Chariot of Earth."
20. The Knave of Pentacles is "The Princess of the Echoing Hills: the Rose of the Palace of Earth."

21. 5 of Wands . . Strife . . . . Saturn Leo
22. 6 " " . . Victory . . . . Jupiter Leo
23. 7 " " . . Valour . . . . Mars Leo
24. 8 " Pentacles . Prudence . . . . Sun Virgo
25. 9 " " . . Material Gain . . . Venus Virgo
26. 10 " " . . Wealth . . . . Mercury Virgo
27. 2 " Swords . . Peace restored . . . Moon Libra
28. 3 " " . . Sorrow . . . . Saturn Libra
29. 4 " " . . Rest from Strife. . . Jupiter Libra
30. 5 " Cups . . Loss in Pleasure. . . Mars Scorpio

31. 6 " " . . Pleasure . . . . Sun Scorpio
32. 7 " " . . Illusionary Success . . Venus Scorpio
33. 8 " Wands . . Swiftness . . . . Mercury Sagittarius
34. 9 " " . . Great Strength . . . Moon Sagittarius
35. 10 " " . . Oppresion . . . . Saturn Sagittarius
36. 2 " Pentacles . Harmonious Change . . Jupiter Capricorn
37. 3 " " . . Material Works . . . Mars Capricorn
38. 4 " " . . Earthly Power . . . Sun Capricorn
39. 5 " Swords . . Defeat . . . . Venus Aquarius
40. 6 " " . . Earned Success . . . Mercury Aquarius
41. 7 " Swords . . Unstable Effort . . . Moon Aquarius
42. 8 " Cups . . Abandoned Success . . Saturn Pisces
43. 9 " Cups . . Material Happiness . . Jupiter Pisces
44. 10 " " . . Perfected Success . . Mars Pisces
45. 2 " Wands . . Dominion . . . . Mars Aries
46. 3 " " . . Established Strength . . Sun Aries
47. 4 " " . . Perfected Work . . . Venus Aries
48. 5 " Pentacles . Material Trouble. . . Mercury Taurus
49. 6 " " . . Material Success. . . Moon Taurus
50. 7 " " . . Success unfulfilled . . Saturn Taurus
51. 8 " Swords . . Shortened Force . . . Jupiter Gemini
52. 9 " " . . Despair and Cruelty . . Mars Gemini
53. 10 " " . . Ruin . . . . . Sun Gemini
54. 2 " Cups . . Love . . . . . Venus Cancer
55. 3 " " . . Abundance . . . . Mercury Cancer
56. 4 " " . . Blended Pleasure. . . Moon Cancer


57. 0. The Foolish Man The Spirit of GR:Alpha-iota-theta-eta-rho Aleph Air

58. 1. The Magician The Magus of Bet Mercury

59. 2. The High Priestess The Priestess of the Silver Star Gimel Moon

60. 3. The Empress The Daughter of the Mighty Ones Dalet Venus

61. 4. The Emperor Sun of the Morning, chief among the Mighty Heh Aries

62. 5. The Hierophant The Magus of the Eternal Vau Taurus

63. 6. The Lovers The Children of the Voice; the Oracles of the Mighty Gods Zain Gemini

64. 7. The Chariot The Child of the Powers of the Waters; the Lord of the Triumph of Light Chet Cancer

65. 11. Fortitude The Daughter of the Flaming Sword Tet Leo

66. 9. The Hermit The Magus of the Voice of Power, the Prophet of the Eternal Yod Virgo

67. 10. The Wheel of Fate The Lord of the Forces of Life Koph Jupiter

68. 8. Justice The Daughter of the Lords of Truth: the Ruler of the Balance Lamed Libra

69. 12. The Hanged Man The Spirit of the Mighty Waters Mem Water

70. 13. Death The Child of the Great Transformers: the Lord of the Gates of Death Nun Scorpio

71. 14. Temperance The Daughter of the Reconcilers: the Bringer-Forth of life Samekh Sagittarius

72. 15. The Devil The Lord of the Gates of Matter: the Child of the Forces of Time Ayin Capricorn

73. 16. The Blasted Tower The Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty Peh Mars

74. 17. The Star The Daughter of the Firmament, the dweller between the Waters Tzaddi Aquarius

75. 18. The Moon The Ruler of Flux and Reflux: the Child of the Sons of the Mighty Qof Pisces

76. 19. The Sun The Lord of the Fire of the World Resh Sun

77. 20. The Judgment The Spirit of the Primal Fire Shin Spirit and Fire

78. 21. The Universe The Great One of the Night of Time Taw Earth and Saturn

Such are the Titles of the
Abodes or Atouts of Thooth;
of the
Mansions of the House of

The Descriptions of the Seventy-eight Symbols of this Book {"T" in a circle, composed of two white bars}; together with their meanings.


FIRST in order and importance are the Four Aces, representing the Force of the Spirit, acting in, and binding together, the Four Scales of each Element: and answering to the Dominion of the Letters of the Name in the Kether of each. They represent the Radical Forces.

The Four Aces are said to be placed on the North Pole of the Universe wherein they revolve, governing its revolution; and ruling as the connecting link between Yetzirah and the Material Plane or Universe.


"Ace of Wands"

A WHITE Radiating Angelic Hand, issuing from clouds, and grasping a heavy club, which has three branches in the colours, and with the sigils, of the scales. The Right-and Left-hand branches end respectively in three Flames, and the Centre one in four Flames: thus yielding Ten: the Number of the Sephiroth. Two-and-twenty leaping Flames, or Yodh, surround it, answering to the Paths; of these, three fall below the Right branch for Aleph, Men, and Shin, seven above the Central branch for the double letters; and between it and that of the Right twelve: six above and six below about the Left-hand branch. The whole is a great and flaming Torch. It symbolizes Force --- strength, rush, vigour, energy, and it governs, according to its nature, various works and questions.

It implies Natural, as opposed to Invoked, Force.


"Ace of Cups or Chalices"

A WHITE Radiant Angelic Hand, issuing from clouds, and supporting on the palm thereof a cup, resembling that of the Stolistes.

From it rises a fountain of clear and glistening water: and sprays falling on all sides into clear calm water below, in which grow Lotuses and Water- lilies. The great Letter of the Supernal Mother is traced in the spray of the Fountain.

It symbolizes Fertility --- productiveness, beauty, pleasure, happiness, etc.


"Ace of Swords"

A WHITE Radiating Angelic Hand, issuing from clouds, and grasping the hilt of a sword, which supports a White Radiant Celestial Crown; from which depend, on the right, the olive branch of Peace; and on the left, the palm branch of suffering.

Six Vaus fall from its point. It symbolizes "Invoked," as contrasted with Natural Force: for it is the Invocation of the Sword. Raised upward, it invokes the Divine crown of Spiritual Brightness, but reversed it is the Invocation of Demonic Force; and becomes a fearfully evil symbol. It represents, therefore, very great power for good or evil, but invoked; and it also represents whirling Force, and strength through trouble. It is the affirmation of Justice upholding Divine Authority; and it may become the Sword of Wrath, Punishment, and Affliction.


"Ace of Pentacles"

A WHITE Radiant Angelic Hand, holding a branch of a Rose Tree, whereon is a large Pentacle, formed of Five concentric circles. The Innermost Circle is white, charged with a red Greek Cross. From this White Centre, Twelve Rays, also white, issue: these terminate at the circumference, making the whole something like an Astrological figure of the Heavens.

It is surmounted by a small circle, above which is a large white Maltese Cross, and with two white wings.

Four Crosses and two buds are shewn. The Hand issueth from the Clouds as in the other three cases.

It represents materiality in all senses, good and evil: and is, therefore, in a sense, illusionary: it shows material gain, labour, power, wealth, etc.


"The Four Kings"

THE Four Kings, or "Figures mounted on steeds," represent the Yodh forces of the Name in each Suit: the Radix, Father and commencement of Material Forces, a force in which all the others are implied, and of which they form the development and completion. A force swift and violent in its action, but whose effect soon passes away, and therefore symbolized by a Figure on a Steed riding swiftly, and clothed in complete Armour.

Therefore is the knowledge of the scale of the King so necessary for the commencement of all magical working.

"The Four Queens" are seated upon Thrones; representing the Forces of the He of the Name in each suit; the Mother and bringer-forth of Material Forces: a force which develops and realizes that of the King: a force steady and unshaken, but not rapid, though enduring. It is therefore symbolized by a Figure seated upon a Throne: but also clothed in Armour.

"The Four Princes"

These Princes are Figures seated in Chariots, and thus borne forward. They represent the Vau Forces of the Name in each suit: the Mighty Son of the King and Queen, who realizes the influence of both scales of Force. A Prince, the son of a King and Queen, yet a Prince of Princes, and a King of Kings: an Emperor whose effect is at once rapid (though not so swift as that of the Queen) and enduring. It is, therefore, symbolized by a Figure borne in a Chariot, and clothed in Armour. Yet is his power vain and illusionary, unless set in Motion by his Father and Mother. "The Four Princesses" are the Knaves of the Tarot Pack; The Four Princesses or figures of Amazons, standing firmly of themselves: neither riding upon Horses, nor seated upon Thrones, nor borne in Chariots. They represent the forces of the He final of the Name in each suit, completing the Influences of the other scales: The mighty and potent daughter of a King and Queen: a Princess powerful and terrible: a Queen of Queens --- an Empress --- whose effect combines those of the King, Queen, and Prince, at once violent and permanent; therefore symbolized by a Figure standing firmly by itself, only partially draped, and having but little Armour; yet her power existeth not, save by reason of the others: and then indeed it is mighty and terrible materially, and is the Throne of the Forces of the Spirit.

Woe unto whomsoever shall make war upon her, when thus established!


THE Princesses rule the Four Parts of the Celestial Heavens which lie around the north Pole, and above the respective Cherubic Signs of the Zodiac, and they form the Thrones of the Powers of the Four Aces.

The twelve cards, the Four Kings, Queens and Princes rule the dominion of the Celestial Heavens, between the realm of the Four Princesses and the Zodiac, as is hereafter shewn. And they, as it were, link together the signs.


"Knight of Wands"

A WINGED Warrior riding upon a black horse with flaming mane and tail: the horse itself is not winged. The rider wears a winged helmet (like the old Scandinavian and Gaulish helmet) with a Rayed Crown, a corslet of scale-mail and buskins of the same, and a flowing scarlet mantle. Above his helmet, upon his curass, and on the shoulder-pieces and buskins, he wears as a crest a winged black horse's head. He grasps a club with flaming ends, somewhat similar to that in the symbol of the Ace of Wands, but not so heavy, and also the sigil of his scale is shown; beneath the rushing feet of his steed are waving flames and fire. He is active --- generous --- fierce --- sudden --- impetuous.

If ill dignified, he is evil-minded --- cruel --- bigoted --- brutal. He rules the celestial heavens from above the Twentieth Degree of Scorpio to the First Two Decans of Sagittarius: and this includes a part of the Constellation Hercules. (Hercules is always represented with a Club.)

Fire of Fire
King of the Salamanders.


"Queen of Wands"

A CROWNED queen with long red-golden hair, seated upon a Throne, with steady flames beneath. She wears a corslet and buskins of scale-mail, which latter her robe discloses. Her arms are almost bare. On cuirass and buskins are leopard's heads winged, and the same symbol surmounteth her crown. At her side is a couchant leopard on which her hands rest. She bears a long wand with a very heavy conical head. The face is beautiful and resolute.

Adaptability, steady force applied to an object, steady rule, great attractive power, power of command, yet liked notwithstanding. Kind and generous when not opposed.

If ill dignified, obstinate, revengeful, domineering, tyrannical, and apt to turn against another without a cause.

She rules the heavens from above the last Decan of Pisces to above the 20 Degree of Aries: including thus a part of Andromeda.

Water of Fire
Queen of the Salamanders.


"King of Wands"

A KINGLY Figure with a golden, winged crown, seated on a chariot. He has large white wings. One wheel of his chariot is shewn. He wears corslet and buskins of scale armour decorated with a winged lion's head, which symbol also surmounts his crown. His chariot is drawn by a lion. His arms are bare, save for the shoulder-pieces of the corslet, and he bears a torch or fire-wand, somewhat similar to that of the Zelator Adeptus Minor. Beneath the chariot are flames, some waved, some salient.

Swift, strong, hasty; rather violent, yet just and generous; noble and scorning meanness.

If ill dignified --- cruel, intolerant, prejudiced and ill natured. He rules the heavens from above the last Decan of Cancer to the second Decan of Leo; hence he includes most of Leo Minor.

Air of Fire
Prince and Emperor of Salamanders.


"Knave of Wands"

A VERY strong and beautiful woman with flowing red-gold hair, attired like an Amazon. Her shoulders, arms, bosom and knees are bare. She wears a short kilt reaching to the knee. Round her waist is a broad belt of scale-mail; narrow at the sides; broader in front and back; and having a winged tiger's head in front. She wears a Corinthian-shaped helmet and crown with a long plume. It also is surmounted by a tiger's head, and the same symbol forms the buckle of her scale-mail buskins. A mantle lined with tiger's skin falls back from her shoulders. Her right hand rests on a small golden or brazen altar ornamented with ram's heads and with Flames of Fire leaping from it. Her left hand leans on a long and heavy club, swelling at the lower end, where the sigil is placed; and it has flames of fire leaping from it the whole way down; but the flames are ascending. This club or torch is much longer than that carried by the King or Queen. Beneath her firmly placed feet are leaping Flames of Fire.

Brilliance, courage, beauty, force, sudden in anger or love, desire of power, enthusiasm, revenge.

If ill dignified, she is superficial, theatrical, cruel, unstable, domineering.

She rules the heavens over one quadrant of the portion around the North Pole.

Earth of Fire
Princess and Empress of the Salamanders.
Throne of the Ace of Wands.


"Knight of Cups"

A BEAUTIFUL, winged, youthful Warrior with flying hair, riding upon a white horse, which latter is not winged. His general equipment is similar to that of the Knight of Wands, but upon his helmet, cuirass and buskins is a peacock with opened wings. He holds a cup in his hand, bearing the sigil of the scale. Beneath his horse's feet is the sea. From the cup issues a crab. Graceful, poetic, Venusian, indolent, but enthusiastic if roused.

Ill dignified, he is sensual, idle and untruthful.

He rules the heavens from above 20 Degree of Aquarius to 20 Degree of Pisces, thus including the greater part of Pegasus.

Fire of Water
King of Undines and Nymphs.


"Queen of Cups"

A VERY beautiful fair woman like a crowned Queen, seated upon a throne, beneath which is flowing water wherein Lotuses are seen. Her general dress is similar to that of the Queen of Wands, but upon her crown, cuirass and buskins is seen an Ibis with opened wings, and beside her is the same bird, whereon her hand rests. She holds a cup, wherefrom a crayfish issues. Her face is dreamy. She holds a lotus in the hand upon the Ibis.

She is imaginative, poetic, kind, yet not willing to take much trouble for another. Coquettish, good-natured and underneath a dreamy appearance. Imagination stronger than feeling. Very much affected by other influences, and therefore more dependent upon dignity than most symbols. She rules from 20 Degree Gemini to 20 Degree Cancer.

Water of Water
Queen of Nymphs or Undines.


"King of Cups"

A WINGED Kingly Figure with winged crown seated in a chariot drawn by an eagle. On the wheel is the symbol of a scorpion. The eagle is borne as a crest on his crown, cuirass and buskins. General attire like King of Wands. Beneath his chariot is the calm and stagnant water of a lake. His armour resembles feathers more than scales. He holds in one hand a lotus, and in the other a cup, charged with the sigil of his scale. A serpent issues from the cup, and has its head tending down to the waters of the lake. He is subtle, violent, crafty and artistic; a fierce nature with calm exterior. Powerful for good or evil but more attracted by the evil if allied with apparent Power or Wisdom.

If ill dignified, he is intensely evil and merciless.

He rules from 20 Degree Libra to 20 Degree Scorpio.

Air of Water
Prince and Emperor of Nymphs or Undines.


"Knave of Cups"

A BEAUTIFUL Amazon-like figure, softer in nature than the Princess of Wands. Her attire is similar. She stands on a sea with foaming spray. Away to her right a Dolphin. She wears as a crest a swan with opening wings. She bears in one hand a lotus, and in the other an open cup from which a turtle issues. Her mantle is lined with swansdown, and is of thin floating material.

Sweetness, poetry, gentleness and kindness. Imaginative, dreamy, at times indolent, yet courageous if roused.

When ill dignified she is selfish and luxurious.

She rules a quadrant of the heavens around Kether.

Earth of Water
Princess and Empress of the Nymphs or Undines
Throne of the Ace of Cups.


"Knight of Swords"

A WINGED Warrior with crowned Winged Helmet, mounted upon a brown steed. His general equipment is as that of the Knight of Wands, but he wears as a crest a winged six-pointed star, similar to those represented on the heads of Castor and Pollux the Dioscuri, the twins Gemini (a part of which constellation is included in his rule). He holds a drawn sword with the sigil of his scale upon its pommel. Beneath his horse's feet are dark-driving stratus clouds.

He is active, clever, subtle, fierce, delicate, courageous, skilful, but inclined to domineer. Also to overvalue small things, unless well dignified.

If ill dignified, deceitful, tyrannical and crafty.

Rules from 20 Degree Taurus to 20 Degree Gemini.

Fire of Air
King of the Sylphs and Sylphides.


"Queen of Swords"

A GRACEFUL woman with wavy, curling hair, like a Queen seated upon a Throne and crowned. Beneath the Throne are grey cumulus clouds. Her general attire is as that of the Queen of Wands, but she wears as a crest a winged child's head. A drawn sword in one hand, and in the other a large, bearded, newly severed head of a man.

Intensely perceptive, keen observation, subtle, quick and confident: often persevering, accurate in superficial things, graceful, fond of dancing and balancing.

If ill dignified, cruel, sly, deceitful, unreliable, though with a good exterior.

Rules from 20 Degree Virgo to 20 Degree Libra.

Water of Air
Queen of the Sylphs and Sylphides.


"King of Swords"

A WINGED King with Winged Crown, seated in a chariot drawn by Arch Fays, represented as winged youths very slightly dressed, with butterfly wings: heads encircled by a fillet with a pentagram thereon: and holding wands surmounted by pentagrams, the same butterfly wings on their feet and fillets. General equipment as the King of Wands: but he bears as a crest a winged angelic head with a pentagram on the brows. Beneath the chariot are grey nimbus clouds. His hair long and waving in serpentine whirls, and whorl figures compose the scales of his armour. A drawn sword in one hand; a sickle in the other. With the sword he rules, with the sickle he slays. Full of ideas and thoughts and designs, distrustful, suspicious, firm in friendship and enmity; careful, observant, slow, over-cautious, symbolizes GR:Alpha and GR:Omega; he slays as fast as he creates.

If ill dignified: harsh, malicious, plotting; obstinate, yet hesitating; unreliable.

Rules from 20 Degree Capricorn to 20 Degree Aquarius.

Air of Air
Prince and Emperor of the Sylphs and Sylphides.


"Knave of Swords"

AN AMAZON figure with waving hair, slighter than the Rose of the Palace of Fire. Her attire is similar. The Feet seem springy, giving the idea of swiftness. Weight changing from one foot to another and body swinging around. She is a mixture of Minerva and Diana: her mantle resembles the AEgis of Minerva. She wears as a crest the head of the Medusa with serpent hair. She holds a sword in one hand; and the other rests upon a small silver altar with grey smoke (no fire) ascending from it. Beneath her feet are white clouds.

Wisdom, strength, acuteness; subtlety in material things: grace and dexterity.

If ill dignified, she is frivolous and cunning.

She rules a quadrant of the heavens around Kether.

Earth of Air
Princess and Empress of the Sylphs and Sylphides.
Throne of the Ace of Wands.


"Knight of Pentacles"

A DARK Winged Warrior with winged and crowned helmet: mounted on a light brown horse. Equipment as the Knight of Wands.

The winged head of a stag or antelope as a crest. Beneath the horse's feet is fertile land with ripened corn. In one hand he bears a sceptre surmounted by a hexagram: in the other a Pentacle like that of the Zelator Adeptus Minor.

Unless very well dignified he is heavy, dull, and material. Laborious, clever, and patient in material matters.

If ill dignified, he is avaricious, grasping, dull, jealous; not very courageous, unless assisted by other symbols.

Rules from above 20 Degree of Leo to 20 Degree of Virgo.

Fire of Earth
King of Gnomes.


"Queen of Pentacles"

A WOMAN of beautiful face with dark hair; seated upon a throne, beneath which is dark sandy earth. One side of her face is light, the other dark; and her symbolism is best represented in profile. Her attire is similar to that of the Queen of Wands: but she bears a winged goat's head as a crest. A goat is by her side. In one hand she bears a sceptre surmounted by a cube, and in the other an orb of gold.

She is impetuous, kind; timid, rather charming; great-hearted; intelligent, melancholy; truthful, yet of many moods.

If ill dignified she is undecided, capricious, changeable, foolish.

She rules from 20 Degree Sagittarius to 20 Degree Capricorn.

Water of Earth
The Queen of Gnomes.


"King of Pentacles"

A WINGED Kingly Figure seated in a chariot drawn by a bull. He bears as a crest the symbol of the head of the winged bull. Beneath the chariot is land, with many flowers. In the one hand he bears an orb of gold held downwards, and in the other a sceptre surmounted by an orb and cross.

Increase of matter. Increases good or evil, solidifies; practically applies things. Steady; reliable.

If ill dignified he is selfish, animal and material: stupid. In either case slow to anger, but furious if roused.

Rules from 20 Degree Aries to 20 Degree Taurus.

Air of Earth
Prince and Emperor of the Gnomes.


"Knave of Pentacles"

A STRONG and beautiful Amazon figure with rich brown hair, standing on grass or flowers. A grove of trees near her. Her form suggests Hebe, Ceres, and Proserpine. She bears a winged ram's head as a crest: and wears a mantle of sheepskin. In one hand she carries a sceptre with a circular disk: in the other a Pentacle similar to that of the Ace of Pentacles.

She is generous, kind, diligent, benevolent, careful, courageous, persevering, pitiful.

If ill dignified she is wasteful and prodigal. She rules over one quadrant of the heavens around the North Pole of the Ecliptic.

Earth of Earth
Princess and Empress of the Gnomes. Throne of the Ace of Pentacles.


SUITS :  CARDS :   CRESTS   :             SYMBOLS             :  HAIR     : EYES
  W   :King    :Winged black:Black horse, waving flames,     :Red-gold :Grey
  A   :        :horse's      :club, scarlet cloak             :           :or
  N   :        :head         :                                :           :hazel
  D   :Queen   :Leopard's   :Leopard, steady flames, wand   :Red-gold  :Blue
  S   :        :head,        :with heavy head or end          :           :or
      :        :winged       :                                :           :brown
      :Prince  :Lion's head,:Waved and salient flames, fire :Yellow    :Blue-
      :        :winged       :wand of Zelator Adept           :           :grey
      :Princess:Tiger's head:Tiger, leaping flames, gold     :Red-gold  :Blue
      :        :             :altar, long club, largest at   :          :
      :        :             :bottom                          :           :
  C   :King    :Peacock with:White horse, crab issuing from :Fair      :Blue
  U   :        :opened fan  :cup, sea                        :           :
  P   :Queen   :Ibis         :Ibis, crayfish issuing from     :Gold-brown:Blue
  S   :        :             :cup, river                      :           :
      :Prince  :Eagle        :Scorpion, eagle; serpent        :Brown     :Grey
      :        :             :issuing from cup, lake          :           :or
      :        :             :                                :           :brown
      :Princess:Swan         :Dolphin lotus, sea with spray, :Brown      :Blue
      :        :             :turtle from cup                 :           :or
      :        :             :                                :           :brown
  S   :King    :Winged      :Winged brown horse, driving    :Dark-brown:Dark
  W   :        :hexagram     :clouds, drawn sword             :           :
  O   :Queen   :Winged      :Head of man severed, cumulus   :Light-    :Grey
  R   :        :child's head:clouds, drawn sword            :brown      :
  D   :Prince  :Winged      :Arch fairies winged, whirling  :Dark      :Dark
  S   :        :Angel's head:hair, nimbi, drawn sword and   :           :
      :        :             :sickle                          :           :
      :Princess:Medusa's    :Silver altar, smoke, clouds,   :Light-    :Blue
      :        :head         :drawn sword                     :brown      :
  P   :King    :Winged       :Light-brown horse, ripe         :Dark      :Dark
  E   :        :stag's head :cornland, sceptre with         :           :
  N   :        :             :hexagram, pentacle as Zelator  :          :
  T   :        :             :Adept                           :           :
  A   :Queen   :Winged      :Barren land, fan, light one    :Dark      :Dark
  C   :        :goat's head :side only, sceptre with cube,  :          :
  L   :        :             :orb of gold                     :           :
  E   :Prince  :Winged      :Flowery land, bull, sceptre    :Dark-brown:Dark
  S   :        :bull's head :with orb and cross, orb held   :          :
      :        :             :downwards                       :           :
      :Princess:Winged ram's:Grass, flowers, grove of trees,:Rich brown:Dark
      :        :head         :sceptre with disk, pentacle     :          :
      :        :             :like that in ace                :           :


HERE follow the descriptions of the smaller cards of the four suits, thirty-six in number, answering unto the thirty-six Decans of the Zodiac.

Commencing from the sign Aries, the "Central" Decans of each sign follow the order of the Days of the Week. Thus ---

CARD CENTRAL MEANING DAY DECAN OF 3 of Wands Aries Established Strength Sun 6 " P. Taurus Material Success Moon 9 " S. Gemini Despair and Cruelty Mars 3 " C. Cancer Abundance Mercury 6 " W. Leo Victory Jupiter 9 " P. Virgo Material Gain Venus 3 " S. Libra Sorrow Saturn 6 " C. Scorpio Pleasure Sun 9 " W. Sagittarius Great Strength Moon 3 " P. Capricorn Material Works Mars 6 " S. Aquarius Earned Success Mercury 9 " C. Pisces Material Happiness Jupiter Being thus the Four Threes, Sixes, and Nines.

The first and third Decans follow the same order: Sunday beginning the First Decan of Virgo and in the Third Decans of Gemini and Capricorn.

The planets govern respectively Decans with the following Titles ---

Saturn 1. Leo Strife 5 of Wands. 2. Libra Sorrow 3 " Swords. 3. Sagittarius Oppression 10 " Wands. 4. Pisces Abundant Success 8 " Cups. 5. Taurus Success Unfulfilled 7 " Pentacles. Or in Taurus Leo Libra Sagittarius Pisces two wands: 1 each of the other suits.

Jupiter 1. Leo Victory 6 of Wands.2. Libra Rest from Strife 4 " Swords. 3. Capricorn Harmonious Change 2 " Pentacles.4. Pisces Material Happiness 9 " Cups. 5. Gemini Shortened Force 8 " Swords. Or in Gemini Leo Libra Capricorn Pisces two swords: 1 each of others.
1. Leo Valour 7 of Wands. 2. Scorpio Loss in Pleasure 5 " Cups. 3. Capricorn Material Works 3 " Pentacles. 4. Pisces Perfected Success 10 " Cups. 5. Aries Dominion 2 " Wands. 6. Gemini Despair and Cruelty 9 " Swords. Or in Aries Gemini Leo Scorpio Capricorn Pisces 2 W. 2 C.: 1 each of others. One more Decan than the others. Sun 1. Virgo Prudence 8 of Pentacles. 2. Scorpio Pleasure 6 " Cups. 3. Capricorn Earthly Power 4 of Pentacles. 4. Aries Established Strength 3 " Wands. 5. Gemini Ruin 10 " Swords. Or in Aries Gemini Virgo Scorpio Capricorn 2 pentacles: 1 each of others.
1. Virgo Material Gain 9 of Pentacles. 2. Scorpio Illusionary Success 7 " Cups. 3. Aquarius Defeat 5 " Swords. 4. Aries Perfected Work 4 " Wands. 5. Cancer Love 2 " Cups. Or in Aries Cancer Virgo Scorpio Aquarius 2 Cups: 1 each of others.
1. Virgo Wealth 10 of Pentacles. 2. Sagittarius Swiftness 8 " Wands. 3. Aquarius Earned Success 6 " Swords. 4. Taurus Material Trouble 5 " Pentacles. 5. Cancer Abundance 3 " Cups. Or in Taurus Cancer Virgo Sagittarius Aquarius two Pentacles: 1 of each of the others.
Moon 1. Libra Peace Restored 2 of Swords. 2. Sagittarius Great Strength 9 " Wands. 3. Aquarius Unstable Effort 7 " Swords. 4. Taurus Material Success 6 " Pentacles. 5. Cancer Blended Pleasure 4 " Cups. Or in Taurus Cancer Libra Sagittarius Aquarius two Swords: 1 of each of the others.

There being thirty-six Decans and seven Planets, it follows that one of the latter must rule over one more Decan than the others. This is the Planet Mars, to which are allotted the last Decan of Pisces, and the first of Aries, because the long cold of the winter requires a great energy to overcome it, and initiate spring.

And the beginning of the Decanates is from the royal Star of Leo, the great Star Cor Leonis: and therefore is the first Decan that of Saturn in Leo.

Here follow the general meanings of the small cards of the suits, as classified under the nine Sephiroth below Kether.

HB:ChKMH The Four Twos symbolize the Powers of the King and Queen just uniting and initiating the Force; but before the Prince and Princess are thoroughly brought into action. Therefore do they generally imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.

HB:BYNH Realization of action owing to the Prince being produced. The central symbol on each card. Action definitely commenced for good or evil.

HB:ChSD Perfection, realization, completion: making a matter settled and fixed.

HB:GBVRH Opposition, strife and struggle: war; obstacle to the thing in hand. Ultimate success or failure is otherwise shewn.

HB:ThPARTh Definite accomplishment. Thing carried out.

HB:NTzCh Generally shew a force transcending the Material Plane: and is like unto a Crown; which, indeed, is powerful, but requireth one capable of wearing it. The Sevens then shew a possible result: which is dependent on the action then taken. They depend much on the symbols that accompany them.

HB:HVD Solitary success: "i.e." success in the matter for the time being: but not leading to much result apart from the thing itself.

HB:YSVD Very great fundamental force. Executive power, because they restore a firm basis. Powerful for good or evil.

HB:MLKVTh Fixed, culminated, complete Force, whether good or evil. The matter thoroughly and definitely determined. Ultimating Force.

Follow the particular descriptions of each of the thirty-six cards: with full meanings.

Decan-cards are always modified by the other symbols with which they are in contact.


"Five of Wands"

TWO White Radiant Angelic Hands issuant per nubes dexter and sinister. They are clasped together in the grip of the First Order, "i.e." the four fingers of each right hand crooked into each other, the thumbs meeting above; and they hold, at the same time, by their centres, five wands or torches which are similar unto the wands of a Zelator Adeptus Minor. One wand is upright in the middle; the others cross each other. Flames leap from the point of junction. Above the middle wand is the sign Saturn, and below is that of Leo: thus representing the Decante. Violent strife and boldness, rashness, cruelty, violence, lust, desire, prodigality and generosity; depending on whether the card is well or ill dignified.

Geburah of HB:Y (Quarrelling and fighting).

This Decan hath its beginning from the Royal Star of Leo: and unto it are allotted the two great Angels of the Schemhamphorash HB:VHVYH and HB:YLYAL.

[The proper meaning of the small cards is to be found by making thorough meditation and harmony between these four symbols of each card. It will be seen that this is how the meanings have been done; but the advanced student can go beyond this rude working.]


"Six of Wands"

TWO hands in grip as the last, holding six wands crossed three and three. Flames issue from the point of junction. Above and below are short wands with flames issuing, surmounted respectively by the symbols of Jupiter and Leo, representing the Decan.

Victory after strife: Love: pleasure gained by labour: carefulness, sociability and avoiding of strife, yet victory therein: also insolence, and pride of riches and success, etc. The whole dependent on the dignity.

Tiphareth of HB:Y (Gain).

Hereunto are allotted the great Angels HB:SYTAL and HB:a'aLMYH of the Schemhamphorash.


"Seven of Wands"

TWO hands holding by grip six wands, three crossed. A third hand issuing from a cloud at the lower part of the card, holding an upright wand which passes between the others. Flames leap from the point of junction. Above and below the central wand are the symbols of Mars and Leo, representing the Decan.

Possible victory, depending on the energy and courage exercised; valour; opposition, obstacles and difficulties, yet courage to meet them; quarrelling, ignorance, pretence, and wrangling, and threatening; also victory in small and unimportant things: and influence upon subordinates.

Netzach of HB:Y (Opposition, yet courage).

Therein rule the two great Angels HB:MHShYH and HB:LLHAL of the Schemhamphorash.


"Eight of Pentacles"

A WHITE Radiating Angelic Hand, issuing from a cloud, and grasping a branch of a rose tree, with four white roses thereon, which touch only the four lowermost Pentacles. No rosebuds even, but only leaves, touch the four uppermost disks. All the Pentacles are similar to that of the Ace, but without the Maltese cross and wings. They are arranged like the geomantic figure Populus. Above and below them are the symbols Sun and Virgo for the Decan.

Over-careful in small things at the expense of great: "Penny wise and pound foolish": gain of ready money in small sums; mean; avaricious; industrious; cultivation of land; hoarding, lacking in enterprise.

Hod of HB:H (Skill: prudence: cunning).

Therein rule those mighty Angels HB:AKAYH and HB:KHThAL.


"Nine of Pentacles"

A WHITE Radiating Angelic Hand, holding a rose branch with nine white roses, each of which touches a Pentacle. The Pentacles are arranged thus * * * * * * * * * : and there are rosebuds on the branches as well as flowers. Venus and Virgo above and below.

Complete realization of material gain, good, riches; inheritance; covetous; treasuring of goods; and sometimes theft and knavery. The whole according to dignity. Yesod of HB:H (Inheritance, much increase of goods).

Herein those mighty Angels HB:HZYAL and HB:ALDYH have rule and dominion.


"Ten of Pentacles"

AN Angelic Hand, holding by the lower extremity a branch whose roses touch all the Pentacles. No buds, however, are shewn. The symbols of Mercury and Virgo<> are above and below.

The Pentacles are thus arranged * * * * * * * * * *. Completion of material gain and fortune; but nothing beyond: as it were, at the very pinnacle of success. Old age, slothfulness; great wealth, yet sometimes loss in part; heaviness; dullness of mind, yet clever and prosperous in money transactions.

Malkuth of HB:H (Riches and wealth).

Herein are HB:LAVYH and HB:HHa'aYH set over this Decan as Angel Rulers.


"Two of Swords or Pikes"

Two crossed swords, like the air dagger of a Z.A.M., each held by a White Radiant Angelic Hand. Upon the point where the two cross is a rose of five petals, emitting white rays. At the top and bottom of the card are two small daggers, supporting respectively the symbol {Crescent moon with horns upward} thus, and Libra representing the Decanate.

Contradictory characters in the same nature, strength through suffering; pleasure after pain. Sacrifice and trouble, yet strength arising therefrom, symbolized by the position of the rose, as though the pain itself had brought forth beauty. Arrangement, peace restored; truce; truth and untruth; sorrow and sympathy. Aid to the weak; arrangement; justice, unselfishness; also a tendency to repetition of affronts on being pardoned; injury when meaning well; given to petitions; also a want of tact, and asking question of little moment; talkative.

Chokmah of Vau. Quarrel made up, yet still some tension in relations: actions sometimes selfish, sometimes unselfish.

Herein rule the Great Angels HB:YZLAL and HB:MNHAL.


"Three of Swords or Spears"

THREE White Radiating Angelic Hands, issuing from clouds, and holding three swords upright (as though the central sword had struck apart the two others, which were crossed in the preceding symbol): the central sword cuts asunder the rose of five petals, which in the previous symbol grew at the junction of the swords; its petals are falling, and no white rays issue from it.

Above and below the central sword are the symbols of Saturn and Libra.

Disruption, interruption, separation, quarrelling; sowing of discord and strife, mischief-making, sorrow and tears; yet mirth in Platonic pleasures; singing, faithfulness in promises, honesty in money transactions, selfish and dissipated, yet sometimes generous: deceitful in words and repetitions; the whole according to dignity.

Binah of HB:V (Unhappiness, sorrow, and tears).

Herein rule the Great Angels HB:HRYAL and HB:HQMYH as Lords of the Decan.


"Four of Swords"

TWO White Radiating Angelic Hands, each holding two swords; which four cross in the centre. The rose of five petals with white radiations is reinstated on the point of their intersection. Above and below, on the points of two small daggers, are Jupiter<> and Libra, representing the Decanate.

Rest from sorrow; yet after and through it. Peace from and after war. Relaxation of anxiety. Quietness, rest, ease and plenty, yet after struggle. Goods of this life; abundance; modified by dignity as is usual.

Chesed of HB:V (Convalescence, recovery from sickness; change for the better).

Herein do HB:LAVYH and HB:KLYAL bear rule.


"Five of Cups or Chalices"

A WHITE Radiating Angelic Hand, holding lotuses or water-lilies, of which the flowers are falling right and left. Leaves only, and no buds, surmount them. These lotus stems ascend between the cups in the manner of a fountain, but no water flows therefrom; neither is there water in any of the cups, which are somewhat of the shape of the magical instrument of the Zelator Adeptus Minor.

Above and below are the symbols of Mars and Scorpio for the Decan.

Death, or end of pleasure: disappointment, sorrow and loss in those things from which pleasure is expected. Sadness, treachery, deceit; ill-will, detraction; charity and kindness ill requited; all kinds of anxieties and troubles from unsuspected and unexpected sources.

Geburah of HB:H (Disappointment in love, marriage broken off, unkindness of a friend; loss of friendship).

Herein rule HB:LVVYH and HB:PHLYH.


"Six of Chalices"

AN Angelic Hand, as before, holds a group of stems of water-lilies or lotuses, from which six flowers bend, one over each cup. From these flowers a white glistening water flows into the cups as from a fountain, but they are not yet full. Above and below are Sun and Scorpio referring to the Decan.

Commencement of steady increase, gain and pleasure; but commencement only. Also affront, detection, knowledge, and in some instances contention and strife arising from unwarranted self-assertion and vanity. Sometimes thankless and presumptuous; sometimes amiable and patient. According to dignity as usual.

Tiphareth of HB:H (Beginning of wish, happiness, success, or enjoyment).

Therein rule HB:NLKAL and HB:YYYAL.


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