THE TAROT – BOARD OF STUDY
We suggest the O.T.O. Thoth Tarot and the Book of Thoth by Aleister Crowley. You can find it as well as the Book of Thoth which elaborates further upon the cards under the tarot section at wothanaz.com
The tarot cards or tarot Arcanum are the more fascinating representation of destiny
game and they have a high initiation value. They lead to interior god that it’s inside of
all Human being. You must study and work with tarot, during the present degree. It
gives help and knowledge, but it’s not a traditional way of initiation.
HISTORY OF THE TAROT
Several authors maintain that tarot origin in XXXV B.O. E.; but others says XVI
century. Between both opinions, all will be correct. About its origin place the theories
say: China, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Roma, even Atlantis, the famous lost continent. Italian
way is suggesting. Tarot cards arrive last 1300 in Ferrara and since there, they extended
in all Italy. Since 1400 to 1500, Ferrara, with the Estensi, lives a Renaissance and a great
plenty, the same that Italian tarot.
History dates are: 1442: It’s well-documented the purchase of ‘cards of triumphs for the
knights’. 1456: In De Multipliciti Ludo, the Ferrara jurist Ugo Trotti says that triumphs
are a pure game of talent. At the same time, an anonymous Ferrara engraver was
preparing a deck of 50 Arcanum that passed to history as tarot of Mantegna.
This game inherits the more medieval tradition of the Estensi tarot, Sforza tarot,
Visconti tarot, etc . 1521: From Italian courts, tarot cards arrive to France, and then
Marseille Tarot was born. This tarot is used by IO. The tarot extended in all Europe and it
was popular. 1660: Paris engravers Noblet and Vieville printed a new model of tarot
cards. In next century, this deck was famous with the name of Marseille Tarot.
The Bavarian Illuminati studied and worked with Marseille Tarot. The Illuminati of
Illuminati Order, respecting tradition, do the same in addition to the Thoth OTO Tarot.
1784: Etteila (pseudonym of J. F. Alliete) turned to design the tarot cards. 1856: Eliphas
Lévi secures that tarot cards can be modified with new contributions that include all
Oriental and Occidental metaphysic doctrines.
With Lévi, the whole mysterious Universe incorporates to tarot. Lévi united the tarot to
the cabala, an esotericism that we will know in next degrees. In posterior ten years, a
great number of occultism figures gave life to new tarot cards: William Westcott, SRIA
(Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia) member and Golden Dawn founder, an order where
cabala united to tarot magisterially; Papus, the founder of modern martinism; Aleister
Crowley; or A. E. Waite.
Today, in XXI century, we still don’t know tarot origin; we only know a few possible
origins and we know that word tarot means Book of Thoth (Hermes, Mercury…), and
this is not a few.
The tarot has 22 cards or major Arcanum:
1. The Magician
2. The High Priestess
3. The Empress
4. The Emperor
5. The Hierophant
6. The Lovers
7. The Chariot
8. The Justice
9. The Hermit
10. The Wheel of Fortne
11. The Strength
12. The Hanged Man
13. The Death
14. The Temperante
15. The Devil
16. The Toser
17. The Star
18. The Moon
19. The Sun
20. The Judgement
21. The World
22 or 0. The Fool
The tarot has 56 cards or minor Arcanum, and they are divided in four families or suits:
Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.
There’s a basic symbols in tarot: numbers, colors, body positions and Hebrew letters
in cards. Let’s know them.
Numerology: It appears in a Board of Study of Novice.
Colors: There’s a Board of Study in next degree (Illuminated Minerval).
Hebrew letters: you must read and study next Hebrew letters.
THE TAROT MAJOR ARCANUM
Now, we go to know the 22 cards of tarot, deeply.
You must to buy a Marseille Tarot in an especial bookstore.
The dress of the fool remember us the dress of buffoons. In his small
bundle, he has the properties of three planes: material, intellectual and spiritual. The
fool goes to the future without a concrete purpose, because all is undiscovered yet. The
fool is geniality, the creation and the genius of talent men. It’s the union to divine
principle which doesn’t know material limitations.
Numbers 0 or 22 of this card talk to us, first, of the union to cosmic egg, to no
manifested principle, and second, of the union to matter. When both numbers unite
themselves, it appears a suggesting game that unites Heaven and Earth. In positive
sense, the card shows freedom, personality, no conformity, independence.
symbolizes the infancy, the instinctive, and the unconsciousness. In negative sense, the
card shows the immature, the inconstancy and the absence of reality sense. It refers to a
loquacious person who doesn't meditate about his actions and the results.
SENTENCE: THE FOOL SYMBOLIZES THE GENIALITY.
The hat of the magician, with an 8 form, symbolizes the infinite. On
his table there are utensils united to four elements (Fire, Earth, Air and Water): the
poniard (Air), the coins (Earth), the stick (Fire) and the goblet (Water).
Metaphorically, it is inscribed inside the four power verbs: Know (Water), Want (Air),
Dare (Fire) and Shut up (Earth); all necessaries for interior evolution. The Magician
uses his magical stick with great knowledge. He collects the divine knowledge to
operate in material level.
The number of the card talks to us of origin of life, of the beginning, of the creator
This card symbolize to person who has power to control things, persons, situations. It
refers to domination of oneself.
In positive sense, it shows intelligence, will, capacity of reaction, answers.
In negative sense, a too much manipulating, dominant and deceptive person appears.
Besides an implacable and without sense intelligence appears.
The Magician is the boyfriend, the husband, the lover, the person of vital and young
spirit, the initiate in magic.
THE SENTENCE: THE MAGICIAN COLLECTS DIVINE
KNOWLEDGE TO OPERATE ON MATTER.
Then the seven lower Sephiroth are in the following order: Chesed, Jupiter. The divine self, Atman. Primitive hieroglyphic; One breast. The fourth card of the Tarot:
GEBURAH: The rigor. The fifth letter from the man. The Pope or Hierophant Tarot: Mars, the warrior of Aries.
TIPHERETH: Venus in Taurus, beauty, love of the Holy Spirit, the Buddha body of man. The sixth card of the Tarot. The Lover.
HOD: Mercury, Gemini. The car of the Tarot. The seventh letter and all eternity.
Netzach: Justice Arcana. The eighth letter of the Tarot, Saturn: The Victoria.
Yesod: The Sun in Leo. The ninth Tarot card. The Hermit. The absolute.
Malchuth: The whole universe, Mary or Virgo, Nature.
These ten Sephiroth live within us and are our solar system. The Tarot is closely linked to astrology and
Arcanum X (10) is the first hour of Apollonius, landmark study of the occult.
Arcanum XI (11) is the second hour of Apollonius. Force. The depths of the fire.
Astral virtues form a circle through the dragons and fire (study of the occult forces)
Arcanum XII (12) Third Hour of Apollonius. Snakes, dogs, and fire.Sexual alchemy. (Work with Kundalini)
Arcanum XIII (13) Death. Fourth hour of Apollonius. The neophyte will wander at night among the tombs,
you will experience the horror of visions, will be delivered to the magic and the Goetia.(This means that the
student will be attacked by millions of black magicians in the astral plane, these dark magicians try to remove the pupil
from the light path)
Arcanum XIV (14) The two polls divine and human magnetism. The 39 upper waters of the sky. During this time the student learns to be pure and chaste, that understands the value of his seminal fluid.
Arcanum XV (15) (Hurricane Electric) Typhoon. Sixth hour of Apollonius. This is necessary to be quiet, still,
because of fear (This means the terrible test of the Guardian of the Threshold, at which it takes great courage to
Arcanum XVI (16) The tower struck down. Seventh hour of Apollonius. Fire comforts of living beings, and if
a priest, a man sufficiently purified, steals it and then projected, and if he mixes it with holy oil and then enshrined
achieved cure all diseases only apply to the affected part. (The Initiate see here his material fortune threatened and their
Arcanum XVII (17) The Star of the Magi. Eighth hour of Apollonius.Astral virtues of the elements of the seed
of all kinds. (Study on the lesser mysteries, by the nine arches which the student has to go up)
Arcanum XIX (19) The glowing light. Tenth hour of Apollonius. The gates of heaven are opened and the
man goes out of its lethargy.This is the tenth of the second great initiation of Major Mysteries started that allows travel in the etheric body. This is the wisdom of John the Baptist.
Arcanum XX (20) The awakening of the dead. Eleventh hour of Apollonius. The angels, cherubim and
seraphim wings rumors fly.There is rejoicing in heaven, wake up the earth and the sun emerges from Adam.
This process belongs to the great Initiations of Major Mysteries, where only a reign of terror of the law.
Arcanum XXI (21) The crown of the magi. Twelfth hour of Apollonius. The fire towers are concerned. This is
the triumphal entry into the limitless bliss of Nirvana, where the Master is of the shiny suit Dharmasaya, or waiver of the
bliss of nirvana for the sake of humanity, and becomes a Bodhisattva of compassion, in asavior of the poor suffering
humanity, in a wedge over the guardian wall built with the blood of martyrs. Samyak Sambuddho, Master of perfection
renounced nirvana for the sake of humanity. The perfect Buddhas dressed in the glory of Dharmasaya can no longer help the man or mankind, because nirvana is forget the world and of men forever. Bodhisattvas: KuanñShiyin, Tashisni, Buddha, and Christ radiate their light on suffering humanity.
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