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When Death Means Death


The Cosmic Tarot Death Card
The Cosmic Tarot Death Card
Don’t we talk in spiritual terms in this community? We talk of death as if it is a beautiful experience. Some also play down the Tower while it’s been nothing short of devastating in my life.

We tend to do this with the Death card too – “Death doesn’t mean death, it means transition, or the end of something.” And so it goes on. But sometimes Death does mean death and more importantly, it is a part of life we cannot escape from. Like the Tower, when it comes crashing down around your ears. If you’re not already on your Chariot ready to drive through the devastation like a phoenix rising from the ashes, you will find yourself in the rubble, scratching your head and wondering what on earth just happened and where do I go from here?
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Meditation on Death


Tarot Roots of Asia - Death
Tarot Roots of Asia – Death
Buddhism encourages new followers to go slowly and adopt the practices gradually. This is sound advice. Buddhism isn’t just another religion or philosophy to learn about, it’s also culturally different from anything we’re familiar with in the West, and is presented in many Eastern languages. Gradual suits me just fine.

On the Buddhist path, compassion is pretty much a prerequisite and one I very much agree with. Only it can be really, really hard to feel any sense of compassion when we hear and read such disturbing news across the media. It can be really difficult to feel compassion for our fellow man when they can be so annoying, egotistical, spiteful, hurtful, inconsiderate…
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Soul Journey Tarot Spread


Soul Journey Tarot Spread

The Soul Journey Tarot Reading, from the legendary Rachel Pollack, seeks to help you understand, through the Major Arcana, what journey your soul has been undertaking during your dreams, and other trance-like states. It’s a little different to regular dream interpretation as it doesn’t seek to find what your dreams are about, rather it seeks to find out where your soul travels to and what it’s doing while there. As Rachel explains:
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Hebrew for Tarot Readers – the Simple Letters


tarot de madenie zodiac trumps

A tutorial series by guest poster, Mick Frankel

Part Three: the Simple Letters

So far then we’ve seen that Sefer Yetziroh defines three of the Hebrew Letters as:

אִמוֹת

which means mothers.

The three Mother Letters are:

hebrew-mother-letters

Sefer Yetziroh then goes on to define seven of the letters as:

כְּפוּלוֹת

which means doubles.

The seven Double Letters are:
hebrew-double-letters

Ten of the 22 Hebrew letters have now been classified which leaves 12 letters.

These remaining 12 letters are defined in Sefer Yetziroh as:

פְּשׁוּטוֹת

which comes from the word meaning simple. The 12 Simple Letters are:

hebrew-simple-letters

Sefer Yetziroh says that the 12 Simple Letters correspond to the 12 signs of the Zodiac as follows:

hebrew-simple-zodiac

Guest post by Mick Frankel

Sefer Yetziroh also gives correspondences between the 12 Simple Letters and the 12 months of the Hebrew calendar. The signs of the Zodiac are said to be in “the world” whereas the months are in “the year”.

Like many other cultures, the Hebrew calendar uses lunar months. Each month starts at the New Moon. This means that the year is made up of 12 lunar months each of 29 or 30 days.

This gives a lunar year of less than 360 days which means that, left to itself, the lunar year of 12 months moves out of step with the seasons of the solar year.

Some lunar calendars accept this. The Islamic calendar works like this which means that, for example, Ramadan falls in different seasons over the years.

The Hebrew calendar adjusts the lunar year by having an additional lunar month seven times in every 19 years.

This leap month ensures that, for example, Passover always falls in the Spring. The Chinese calendar makes an identical adjustment which ensures that the Chinese New Year always falls around February time.

As with the Double Letters, Eliphas Lévi’s approach to the Simple Letters is straightforward. Since ה is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, Lévi assigns ה to Tarot Trump V The Hierophant.

Similarly, Lévi assigns the sixth letter ו to Tarot Tump VI The Lovers and so on up to ק which, as the nineteenth letter, Lévi assigns to Trump XIX The Sun.

The Golden Dawn took a different approach using, amongst other things, the Zodiacal correspondences defined in Sefer Yetsiroh.

The Golden Dawn correspondences give these 12 zodiacal trumps:

hebrew-simple-zodiac-tarot

So, we now have the Sefer Yetziroh correspondences between the signs of the Zodiac and the 12 simple letters and we also have the Golden Dawn correspondences between the signs of the Zodiac and 12 of the Tarot Trumps.

Putting the two sets of correspondences together gives this relationship between the Zodiacal Tarot Trumps and the simple Hebrew letters:

hebrew-simple-final

What do you think? These correspondences seem to make sense to me.

 
Mick Frankel
 

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Hebrew for Tarot Readers is a free course run by Mick. If you would like to join, you can apply directly to Mick, or via the Yahoo Group page for the course. The benefits of joining are of course the interaction with Mick, other members and course materials, including sound files to help you with pronunciation of the Hebrew Letters.

Be sure to visit Mick’s excellent website for Tarot, I-Ching, Astrology and Dream Interpretation services and articles.

Featured tarot deck the Tarot de Marseille – Tarot de Madenie by Mary Packard, published by Quarto Knows. See my review of the deck with full colour images.


 

Journey Through The Major Arcana – Part 2


The 3 X 7 Theory: Part 2

In my Part One of Journey Through the Major Arcana, I talked about Rachel Pollack’s presentation ( in Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom) of the Major Arcana Trumps as a sequence, or progression, of an individual’s journey to individuation and enlightenment. The Trumps (minus the Fool, who represents the individual taking the journey) are divided into three lines:  cards I-VII are seen as consciousness (the outer concerns of life in society), cards VIII-XIV are seen as subconscious (our inward search to find who we really are), and cards XV-XXI are seen as superconscious (development of a spiritual awareness and a release of archetypal energy). Continue reading Journey Through The Major Arcana – Part 2