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May 20, 1989 e.v. key entry by Author:
Bill Heidrick, I.T.G. of O.T.O. --- needs further proof reading
Copyright (c) 1976 and 1989 by Bill Heidrick
Hebrew Translit. Value of Tarot Meaning of Path
Letter: letter: Letter: Trump: Letter Name: Number
Aleph A 1 The Fool. Ox 11
Bet B 2 The Magician. House 12
Gimel G 3 The High Priestess. Camel 13
Dalet D 4 The Empress. Door 14
Heh H 5 The Emperor.* Window 15
Vau V 6 The Hierophant. Nail 16
Zain Z 7 The Lovers. Sword 17
Chet Ch 8 The Chariot. Fence 18
Tet T 9 Strength. Serpent 19
Yod Y 10 The Hermit. Hand 20
Koph K 20 The Wheel of Fortune. Closed Hand 21
Lamed L 30 Justice. Ox Goad 22
Mem M 40 The Hanged Man. Water 23
Nun N 50 Death. Fish 24
Samekh S 60 Temperance. Prop 25
Ayin a'a 70 The Devil. Eye 26
Peh P 80 The Tower. Mouth 27
Tzaddi Tz 90 The Star.** Fish Hook 28
Qof Q 100 The Moon. Back of Head 29
Resh R 200 The Sun. Head 30
Shin Sh 300 Judgment. Tooth 31
Taw Th 400 The World. Cross or Mark 32
* Crowley sometimes used the Star in this place in the Thoth Deck
** Crowley sometimes used the Emperor in this place in the Thoth Deck
Tarot Hebrew Traditional "Direction"
Trump Letter Tarot Trump from the
Number: Name: Title: "Sepher Yetzirah"
0. Aleph The Fool. Above to Below.
I. Bet. The Magician. Above.
II. Gimel. The High Priestess. Below.
III. Dalet. The Empress. East.
IV. Heh. The Emperor (var: Star) Northeast.
V. Vau. The Hierophant. Southeast.
VI. Zain. The Lovers. East-above.
VII. Chet. The Chariot. East-below.
VIII. (XI) Tet. Strength. North-above.
IX. Yod. The Hermit. North-below.
X. Kaph. The Wheel of Fortune. West.
XI. (VIII) Lamed. Justice. Northwest.
XII. Mem. The Hanged Man. East to West.
XIII. Nun. Death. Southwest.
XIV. Samekh. Temperance. West-above.
XV. Ayin. The Devil. West-below.
XVI. Peh. The Tower. North.
XVII. Tzaddi. The Star (var: Emperor) South-above.
XVIII. Qof. The Moon. South-below.
XIX. Resh. The Sun. South.
XX. Shin. Judgment. North to South.
XI. Taw. The World. Central point.
Hebrew Yetziratic Intelligence Musical Note
Letter: (Golden Dawn Version): (Paul Case Version):
Aleph Fiery Intelligence E Natural
Bet Intelligence of Transparency E Natural
Gimel Uniting Intelligence G Sharp
Dalet Luminous Intelligence F Sharp
Heh Constituting Intelligence C Natural
Vau Triumphant and Eternal Intelligence C Sharp
Zain Disposing Intelligence D Natural
Chet Intelligence of the House of Influence D Sharp
Tet Intelligence of the Secret of all E Natural
Yod Intelligence of Will F Natural
Koph Rewarding Intelligence A Sharp
Lamed Faithful Intelligence G Sharp
Mem Stable Intelligence G Sharp
Nun Imaginative Intelligence G Natural
Samekh Intelligence of Probation G Sharp
Ayin Renewing Intelligence A Natural
Peh Exciting Intelligence C Natural
Tzaddi Natural Intelligence A Sharp
Qof Corporeal Intelligence B Natural
Resh Collecting Intelligence D Natural
Shin Perpetual Intelligence C Natural
Taw Administrative Intelligence A Natural
The musical correspondences developed by Case associate the Hebrew letters
with the black and white keys of the piano in the same order as the King Scale
Hebrew Astrological Attributes from the "Sepher" Traditional Tarot
Letter: Symbol: "Yetzirah" (Golden Dawn version): Trump Title:
Aleph Air, Uranus Breath of life, Spirit. Fool
Bet Mercury Attention, Life and Death. Magician
Gimel Moon Memory, Peace and Strife. High Priestess
Dalet Venus Imagination, Wisdom and Folly. Empress
Heh Aries Reason, Sight. Emperor (or Star)
Vau Taurus Intuition, Hearing. Hierophant
Zain Gemini Discrimination, Smell. Lovers
Chet Cancer Receptive Will, Speech. Chariot
Tet Leo Suggestion, Digestion. Strength
Yod Virgo Response and Union of Hermit
Koph Jupiter Rotation, Wealth and Poverty. Wheel of Fortune
Lamed Libra Equilibrium, Action-work. Justice
Mem Water, Neptune Reversal, Suspended Mind. Hanged Man
Nun Scorpio Transformation, Motion. Death
Samekh Sagittarius Verification, Wrath. Temperance
Ayin Capricorn Bondage, Mirth. Devil
Peh Mars Awakening, Grace and Sin. Tower
Tzaddi Aquarius Revelation, Meditation. Star (or Emperor)
Qof Pisces Organization, Sleep. Moon
Resh Sun Regeneration, Fertility and Sun
Shin Fire, Pluto Realization, Decision. Judgment
Taw Earth, Saturn Universal Consciousness, World
Dominion and Slavery.
Hebrew King Scale Queen Scale Emperor Scale Empress Scale
Letter: Color: Color: Color: Color:
Aleph Yellow. Sky Blue. Blue Emerald Emerald flecked
Bet Yellow. Purple. Gray. Indigo rayed
Gimel Blue. Silver Cold Pale Blue. Silver rayed
Dalet Emerald Sky Blue. Early Spring Bright Rose
Green. Green. rayed Pale Green.
Heh Scarlet. Red. Brilliant Flame. Glowing Red.
Vau Red-Orange. Deep Indigo Deep Warm Olive. Rich Brown.
Zain Orange. Pale Mauve. New Yellow Redish Gray
Leather. inclined to Mauve.
Chet Orange- Maroon. Rich Bright Dark Greenish
Yellow. Russet. Brown.
Tet Yellow. Deep Purple. Gray. Reddish Amber.
Yod Yellow- Slate Gray. Green-Gray. Plum.
Koph Violet. Blue. Rich Purple. Blue rayed Yellow.
Lamed Emerald Blue. Deep Blue-Green. Pale Green.
Mem Blue. Sea Green. Deep Olive Green. White flecked
Nun Green-Blue. Dull Brown. Very Dark Brown. Livid Indigo
Samekh Blue. Yellow. Green. Dark vivid Blue.
Ayin Blue-Violet. Black. Blue Black. Cold Dark Gray.
Peh Scarlet. Red. Venetian Red. Bright Red rayed
Tzaddi Violet. Sky Blue. Bluish Mauve. White tinged
Qof Red-Violet. Buff flecked Light translucent Stone Color.
Silver-White. Pinkish Brown.
Resh Orange. Gold Yellow. Rich Amber. Amber rayed Red.
Shin Red. Vermilion. Scarlet flecked Vermilion flecked
Gold. Crimson & Emerald.
Taw Indigo. Black. Blue Black. Black rayed Blue.
Some of the more unusual color names derive from the tube labels on Winsor
& Newton Designer Gouche opaque water colors. That was the brand used by the
Order of the Golden Dawn, still available.
Variant Titles of the Tarot Trumps:
Tarot Traditional Thoth Atu
Trump Tarot Trump Title
Number: Title: Crowley Deck:
0. The Fool. The Fool.
I. The Magician. The Magus.
II. The High Priestess. The Priestess.
III. The Empress. The Empress.
IV. The Emperor The Emperor (var: Star).
V. The Hierophant. The Hierophant.
VI. The Lovers. The Lovers.
VII. The Chariot. The Chariot.
VIII. (XI) Strength. Lust (XI).
IX. The Hermit. The Hermit.
X. The Wheel of Fortune. Fortune.
XI. (VIII) Justice. Adjustment (VIII).
XII. The Hanged Man. The Hanged Man.
XIII. Death. Death.
XIV. Temperance. Art.
XV. The Devil. The Devil.
XVI. The Tower. The Tower.
XVII. The Star. The Star (var: Emperor).
XVIII. The Moon. The Moon.
XIX. The Sun. The Sun.
XX. Judgment. Aeon.
XI. The World. Universe.
Thoth (Crowley) Deck titles for the Minor Atus
1. --- Root of the Powers of Fire.
2. --- Dominion. 3. --- Virtue. 4. --- Completion.
5. --- Strife. 6. --- Victory. 7. --- Valour.
8. --- Swiftness. 9. --- Strength. 10. --- Oppression.
1. --- Root of the Powers of Water.
2. --- Love. 3. --- Abundance. 4. --- Luxury.
5. --- Disappointment. 6. --- Pleasure. 7. --- Debauch.
8. --- Indolence. 9. --- Happiness. 10. --- Satiety.
1. --- Root of the Powers of Air.
2. --- Peace. 3. --- Sorrow. 4. --- Truce.
5. --- Defeat. 6. --- Science. 7. --- Futility.
8. --- Interference. 9. --- Cruelty. 10. --- Ruin.
1. --- Root of the Powers of Earth.
2. --- Change. 3. --- Work. 4. --- Power.
5. --- Worry. 6. --- Success. 7. --- Failure.
8. --- Prudence. 9. --- Gain. 10. --- Wealth.
COLORS ASSIGNED TO THE MINOR TRUMPS
These colors were given to the number cards by the Order of the Golden Daw
n. In the Thoth (Crowley) Deck, they can often be seen to dominate the backgro
und of the corresponding card.
These ten colors are derived from ancient Qabalistic speculation. In "Sep
her Zohar" they are mainly composed of mixtures of red and white to suggest dif
fering proportions of severity and mercy. Touches of blue and yellow are added
from astral study to increase the variety. The allocation of blue to the deuce
also comes from "Sepher Zohar".
ACE ----------- Brilliance TWO ------------- Pale soft blue
THREE --------- Crimson FOUR ------------ Deep violet
FIVE ---------- Orange SIX ------------- Clear pink rose
SEVEN --------- Amber EIGHT ----------- Violet Purple
NINE ---------- Indigo TEN ------------- Yellow
These ten colors and groups of colors are obtained from the Qabalah and th
e theory of color pigment mixing. They also reflect the traditional planetary
and Alchemical correspondences to the Tree of Life. These are: 3 - Saturn - Le
ad - Black; 4 - Jupiter - Tin - Blue; 5 - Mars - Iron - Red; 6 - Sun - Gold
- Yellow; 7 - Venus - Copper - Green; 8 - Mercury - Orange; 9 - Moon - Silve
r - Violet. Most of the colors come from common ores or compounds of the corre
sponding metals, e.g. Mercuric Chloride is reddish orange and Silver Chloride i
The three shades:
ACE --------- White Brillance
TWO -------- Gray THREE ------- Black
The three primaries:
FOUR -------- Blue (Cyan) FIVE -------- Red (Magenta)
SIX ------------ Yellow
The three secondaries:
SEVEN ------- Green (Blue+Yellow) EIGHT ------- Orange (Red+Yellow)
NINE ----------- Violet (Red+Blue)
The tertiaries or earth colors:
TEN --------- Citrine, Olive, Russet and Black
Citrine = Orange+Green
Russet = Orange+Violet
Black = all three primaries mixed
or all three secondaries mixed
These ten colors are obtained by mixing the two colors of the same number
in Wands and Cups. This is in accord with Qabalistic method: Fire and Water mi
x to form Air, the Y and the first H of YHVH combine to produce V, the next let
ACE ------ White Brilliance TWO ------ Blue Gray
THREE ---- Dark Brown FOUR ----- Deep Purple
FIVE ----- Bright Scarlet SIX ------ Rich Salmon
SEVEN ---- Bright Yellow-Green EIGHT ---- Red Russet
NINE ----- Very Dark Purple TEN ------ Citrine, Olife, Russet
and Black, all flecked
These ten colors are often derived from the colors for the same number in
Wand and Cups, especially the latter. They add a flecked color which may repre
sent a secondary correspondence to one of the colors in Cups or Wands not other
wise suggested by the dominant color. The colors for Coins are vaguely linked
to a variety of theories about the meaning of the earthly aspect of each number
. They are also often the result of astral visions of auras encountered in kno
wn situations or seen about the astral bodies of people of know character.
ACE ------ White flecked Gold TWO ------ White flecked Red,
Blue and Yellow
THREE ---- Grey flecked Pink FOUR ----- Deep Azure flecked Yellow
FIVE ----- Red flecked Black SIX ------ Gold Amber (no flecking)
SEVEN ---- Olive flecked Gold EIGHT ---- Yellowish Brown flecked
NINE ----- Citrine flecked Azure TEN ------ Black rayed with Yellow.
THE MINOR TRUMPS AND ASTROLOGY
The Order of the Golden Dawn allocated Aces to the four elements and the r
est of the Minor Trumps to decans of the zodiac. A decan is a ten degree divis
ion of a zodiacal sign. Thus each sign has three decans or 30 Degree. All twe
lve signs total 36 decans. In assigning ruling planets to the decans, the Gold
en Dawn used the method of Ptolemy. Modern astrology frequently uses a much le
ss elaborate method. Both are given here. In the Thoth (Crowley) Deck, this i
nformation is marked on the cards themselves for Two through Ten. In the Rider
or Celtic (Waite) Deck, these factors are sometimes translated into correspond
ing Major Trumps and used as a basis for the design; e.g. the Two of Wands has
Aries ruled by Mars. This is the Emperor (Aries) and the Tower (Mars), so the
card shows an Emperor standing on a Tower. The Key Expression used by the Orde
r of the Golden Dawn usually derives from this Astrological correspondence.
Tarot G.'. D.'. Decan or Element Alternate:
Card: Key Expression: and Ruler (G.'. D.'.):
Wands Ace Root of Fire Fire Sun by day
Jupiter by night
Wands Two Dominion 0 Degree-10 Degree Aries, Mars Mars
Wands Three Established 10 Degree-20 Degree Aries, Sun Venus
Wands Four Perfected Work 20 Degree-30 Degree Aries, Venus Mercury
Wands Five Strife 0 Degree-10 Degree Leo, Saturn Mars
Wands Six Victory 0 Degree-20 Degree Leo, Jupiter Venus
Wands Seven Valor 20 Degree-30 Degree Leo, Mars Mercury
Wands Eight Swiftness 0 Degree-10 Degree Sagittarius, Mercury Mars
Wands Nine Great Strength 10 Degree-20 Degree Sagittarius, Moon Venus
Wands Ten Oppression 20 Degree-30 Degree Sagittarius, Saturn Mercury
Cups Ace Root of Water Water Mars+Venus by day
Mars+Moon by night
Cups Two Love 0 Degree-10 Degree Cancer, Venus Saturn
Cups Three Abundance 10 Degree-20 Degree Cancer, Mercury Saturn,
Cups Four Blended 20 Degree-30 Degree Cancer, Moon Jupiter,
Cups Five Loss in 0 Degree-10 Degree Scorpio, Mars Saturn
Cups Six Pleasure 10 Degree-20 Degree Scorpio, Sun Saturn,
Cups Seven Illusionary 20 Degree-30 Degree Scorpio, Venus Jupiter,
Cups Eight Abandoned 0 Degree-10 Degree Pisces, Saturn Saturn
Cups Nine Material 10 Degree-20 Degree Pisces, Jupiter Saturn,
Cups Ten Perpetual 20 Degree-30 Degree Pisces, Mars Jupiter,
Swords Ace Root of Air Air Saturn by day
Mercury by night
Swords Two Peace Restored 0 Degree-10 Degree Libra, Moon Venus
Swords Three Sorrow 10 Degree-20 Degree Libra, Saturn Mars,
Swords Four Rest from 20 Degree-30 Degree Libra, Jupiter Jupiter
Swords Five Defeat 0 Degree-10 Degree Aquarius, Venus Venus
Swords Six Earned Success 10 Degree-20 Degree Aquarius, Mercury Mars,
Swords Seven Unstable Effort 20 Degree-30 Degree Aquarius, Moon Jupiter
Swords Eight Shortened Force 0 Degree-10 Degree Gemini, Jupiter Venus
Swords Nine Despair and 10 Degree-20 Degree Gemini, Mars Mars,
Swords Ten Ruin 20 Degree-30 Degree Gemini, Sun Jupiter
Coins Ace Root of Earth Earth Venus by day
Moon by night
Coins Two Harmonious 0 Degree-10 Degree Capricorn, Jupiter Moon
Coins Three Material Works 10 Degree-20 Degree Capricorn, Mars Sun
Coins Four Earthly Power 20 Degree-30 Degree Capricorn, Sun Mercury
Coins Five Material 0 Degree-10 Degree Taurus, Mercury Moon
Coins Six Material 10 Degree-20 Degree Taurus, Moon Sun
Coins Seven Success 20 Degree-30 Degree Taurus, Saturn Mercury
Coins Eight Prudence 0 Degree-10 Degree Virgo, Sun Moon
Coins Nine Material Gain 10 Degree-20 Degree Virgo, Venus Sun
Coins Ten Wealth 20 Degree-30 Degree Virgo, Mercury Mercury
thod of Ptolemy. Modern astrology frequently uses a much less elaborate method
. Both are given here. In the Thoth (Crowley) Deck, this information is marke
d on the cards themselves for Two through Ten. In the Rider or Celtic (Waite)
Deck, these factors are sometimes translated into corresponding Major Trumps an
d used as a basis for the design; e.g. the Two of Wands has Aries ruled by Mars
. This is the Emperor (Aries) and the Tower (Mars), so the card shows an Emper
or standing on a Tower. The Key Expression used by the Order of the Golden Daw