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Hebrew for Tarot Readers: Assigning the Seven Planets


A tutorial series by guest poster, Mick Frankel

Part Four: Assigning the Seven Planets

At the end of lesson two, the Double Letters, I said:

“But, the way that the planets are assigned to the Tarot Trumps is a source of such confusion that I intend to leave a detailed description of the Double Letters for the moment.”

Basically, in the Golden Dawn system, there are 7 planets and they correspond to 7 Trumps: Continue reading Hebrew for Tarot Readers: Assigning the Seven Planets

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Pisces Music


Guest post by Mick Frankel

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Tarot Elements is pleased to welcome back one of its most beloved contributors, Mick Frankel. Mick has contributed many articles to Tarot Elements. This article is a continuation of his music series. You can read his others here: Scorpio Music and Gemini Music.

Mick Frankel is a Tarot reader, astrologer, I Ching consultant and dream interpreter based in the North-West of England. Mick gives talks and workshops around Manchester and runs an on-line study course “Astrology for Tarot Readers.” He’s also well known on the local music scene as Bluesman, Mickey Van Gelder. You can email him at fankelmick@hotmail.com or visit his website.
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Hebrew for Tarot Readers – the Simple Letters


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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

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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.


 

Hebrew for Tarot Readers, the Double Letters


A tutorial series by guest poster, Mick Frankel

Part Two — the Double Letters

We’ve looked at the three Hebrew letters that Sefer Yetziroh calls “Mother Letters” or “Primary Letters”. These are א, מ and שׁ.

Next, Sefer Yetziroh mentions a group of seven letters that are called “Double Letters”.

There are four letters that change their sound according to whether they have a dot in the middle or not. The version with the dot has a harder sound. Continue reading Hebrew for Tarot Readers, the Double Letters

Hebrew for Tarot Readers, the Mother Letters


A tutorial series by guest poster, Mick Frankel

Part One: the Mother Letters

There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet:

Alphabet Horizontal

“Ch” is pronounced like a full-on Scots version of “Loch”. Along with “tz” it’s the characteristic sound of Hebrew as in the word, “chutzpah”. Continue reading Hebrew for Tarot Readers, the Mother Letters