the mutational alchemy tarot companion book

 

Note: This text is incomplete! It was put up to provide a starting point for those few who pre-ordered the deck who will have their decks shipped out this last week of August 2015. The Mutational Alchemy Tarot will be available to the rest of the public on October 22nd, 2015. There will also be a linked version of this book for easy access on tablets and phones, and a printable version. If there is demand I can also compile a Bespoke file for customers to use at MyPublisher . It is the opinion of m1thr0s and I that all of this information should be made available to the public. Parts may be reproduced for discussion on forums by private individuals, (not companies or insitutions) for non-profit use only.

  • Izi Ningishzidda

 

The Mutational Alchemy Tarot

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Companion Book

by m1thr0s and Izi Ningishzidda

A Mutational Alchemy Thesis

The Abrahadabra Institute 

Copyright 2015 by The Abrahadabra Institute LLC, Olympia, W.A.
Published by The Abrahadabra Institute Press, Olympia, W.A.
Illustrations are a collaboration between m1thr0s and Izi Ningishzidda

 Foreword 

Nothing in this deck is chosen arbitrarily with one exception, that of certain compositional choices and a few substitutes (ie a ladybug instead of another kind  of scarab) each element was chosen based on tradition or some chart or color scale, or what either of us saw as a gap in the globalist standard we had set for the final product. Both of the authors have always been fundamentally global syncreticists and unapologetically treat the occult as a universal field with no regard for national borders or purist and fundamentalist sensibilities.

Mutational Alchemy is at its heart a Tantric discipline, and The Abrahadabra Institute supports the path of Sinister Knowledge fully. It does not allow for any Consensus Gnostic (ie Golden Dawn or OTO popular opinion), Consensus Buddhism (ie Anti-Vajrayana), or Consensus Vedic (ie anti-Tantric) opinions to take priority over its Tantric roots.

 The Abrahadabra Institute will make no apologies or concessions for these sensibilities.

The traditional charts were analyzed at every step to make sure it agreed with the most current understanding in the occult.

Arrangements of the Hexagrams on the Tree of Life are precisely chosen according to a strict rational ordering for which the explanations can be found all over abrahadabra.com.

Traditional attributions have been used, and where those things have changed or some items have been omitted, the reader may see exactly what has changed. We did not change anything simply because we felt like it, or to be different, but rather where both of us felt it was important that new knowledge be accorded its proper place in the ongoing conversation of Tarot which necessarily takes place in the medium itself.

5-Line Structures are known as Pentagrams, which appear at the top of every card with the exception of the 16 Court Cards. Those with a partial understanding of line structures may think that an error has been made but there is no error. There are exacty 32 Pentagrammal Structures corresponding to the 32 Paths of Wisdom in the Tree of Life so it is very important to include them even though so little is known about them generally. A decision was made at the completion of the deck to name them. Although the naming may seem arbitrary and appropriately chosen, it is entirely based on the Israelite’s rational ordering of creation and the names given to each step of creation. It is important to note the order of creation is not considered the order of the tree, at leastin Western Magickal tradition, similarly how the order of the building of a structure is not the same as the order through which one progresses through the structure when it is complete. (IE a house or skyscraper) Also noteworthy is that despite being chosen only through the natural mathematical order of the Tetragrams and how they correspond to the ordering of creation, they are stunningly well paired with the Pentagrams and cards. For example, Fortune corresponds to the intelligence of creation called “Fulfiled Desire”! Or if the translated Hebrew does not seem to make sense, the line from Berashith is stunningly insightful, for example, the Star, when placed in its proper position according to the suggestion from the Book of the Law and the Pentagram being placed according to the Proximity Principal, the text just happens to be “God said let there be Luminaries”! This is a natural consequence of building a system on a very strong mathematical and geometric foundation and is the essence of Mutational Alchemy which differentiates it from every other occult or religious discipline on earth.

Following the convention of the Watch Towers, the system of hexagrams being used in this deck allows for 64 binary hexagrams repeated once: The first stemming from the Heaven Descending chronological arrangement with its double appearing via the Earth Ascending arrangement. This allows us to get a grand total of 128 hexagrams in all, or 32 x 4. No hexagram appears more or less than twice, but since they are adhering to different chronological alignments they will not always pair together in the same place. In cases like this we may refer to Reciprocal Inverses and sometimes Reciprocal Echoes. These terms allude to those hexagrams which appear in different places, sometimes in the same tree and sometimes in the opposite tree.

 Some Useful Charts ☲

Right is Yang, Left is Yin

The following charts defines the number and kinds of pairs throughout the Twin Trees systems. The first chart is the Primordials. The Primordials are the set that are found on this Tarot deck. So you’ve got Heaven Descending and Earth Ascending. These are the two chronologies. The Primordials chart the strict chronological ordering of Heaven Descending and Earth Ascending orders.

The Temporals in the second chart are not present in this deck but are included for reference. They apply the balanced hexagrams to the Sephiroth, and come out first.

Both are chronological, but in the Temporals the balanced pairs are extrapolated first and applied to the Sephiroth in chronological order.  (e.g 11-12 are the first balanced pairs and so, they are applied to the tree first in the Temporals arrangement)

The red highlighted hexagrams are paired against themselves. There are eight of these special pairs.

These are not to be confused with the “double” hexagram graced ATU, of which there are six. (The Magus, The Priestess, Strength, Justice, The Devil and The Aeon all have two pairs of duplicate hexagrammal structures in their elemental corners.) The corners come from both sides of the tree on each ATU, depending on where that ATU resides on the tree. For example, The Hierophant is between Chokmah and Tiphareth on path 6. So it gets two Hexagrams from the Yang or Right side of the Twin Trees off of path 6, and two Hexagrams from the Yin or left side of the Twin Trees. The Yin Hexagrams are applied to the Yin Elements, Earth and Water. The Yang Hexagrams are applied to the Yang Elements. The Mother has given up her sons to the Father and the Father has given up his daughters to the Mother.

The blue hexagrams pair onto to the same side of the tree, for example, 14-13 only shows up on the Yang or Right side of the tree, but twice. It is not present on the Yin side. There are 12 instances of this occurring, counting the duplications which swap sides. (ie, 32-31 will show up in the same tree as 31-32.) Again this is all mathematically arranged and not by some arbitrary preference on the part of the occultists.

Hexagrams noted with an asterisk are on a sephiroth.

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The PRIMORDIAL arrangement used in The Mutational Alchemy Tarot
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The Temporals arrangement provided for reference. NOT used in The Mutational Alchemy Deck.

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Major Arcana (Aat/Atu)

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Atu 0: The Fool
Letter: א Aleph (A)
Number: 1, 1000F
Proximity: Sephira #1 (Kether) to Sephira #2 (Chokmah)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #11 “Scintillating”: Air of (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Above/Below),
Fire of  (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Corner Hexagrams:
 Fire: Hex #37: (Chia Jên) The Family / Clan
Air: Hex #38: (K’uei) Opposition
Water: Hex #39: (Chien) Obstruction
Earth: Hex #40: (Hsieh) Deliverance

 

Keywords (Dignified): Adventurous, Beginnings, Fertility, Abundance, Charisma, Energy, Synchronicity, Divine Madness, Youthful, Innocence, Joyousness, Ecstasy, Optimistic, Lucky, Rapturous

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Impulsive, Naive, Unrealistic, Flighty, Maniacal, Impervious, Irresponsible, Oblivious, Disconnected, Dismissive, Indecisive, Apathetic, Hesitant

Interpretations


Historical:
The physical positioning of the Fool card in the Tree of Life has been a matter of much dispute, owing chiefly to the fact that the Fool was a *wild card* in the original gaming decks as they spread across Europe. Only when it began being used as a divination tool did the question of its placement become a question of some concern. Some decks place it at the beginning, others at the end, and still others at one or another places in-between. Following its natural chronological value in the real numbers system, it should always come at the beginning. This is the standard adopted by the Golden Dawn, carried on in The Book of Thoth and confirmed in the Mutational Alchemy Tarot Deck, where chronology is attended to with much greater precision than ever before.

Golden Dawn: Called The Foolish Man (The Spirit of Ether), the Fool card corresponds to elemental Air and places between Sephira #1 (Kether) and Sephira #2 (Chokmah) in the Golden Dawn system. The emphasis is that of a young man embarking on a journey, short on material resources but long on charisma, full of wonder and innocence. It is typically linked to Idea, Thought, Spirituality and Energetic Initiative.

Thoth: In Thoth we find a much more expansive definition of the Fool as a preeminent force of Nature itself. Here the Fool is seen as the vehicle of manifestation stemming from Crown in the Above and culminating in the Universe card Below. It is linked to the Spirit of Springtime where everything is fresh and new – seemingly appearing as if from nowhere and nothing at all – filling the great cauldron of Life with infinite possibilities. Its archetype shifts from innocent vagabond to that of Dionysius, Bacchus, the Green Man of Spring and similar archetypal forms.

Mutational Alchemy: Like Thoth, Mutational Alchemy is interested in the Fool as the great Alpha of physical manifestation. There are very clear qabbalistic similarities to the *Adam Kadmon* (the primordial *First Man*) stepping forward from the alchemical *Prima Materia*, or *First Matter*, from which all other divisions, layers, and dimensions unfold. In the Fool we find an embodied example of the possibilities of existence – a state of Mind and Matter above the fray and unencumbered by the shackles of Restriction. In the Fool life is a great adventure and existence is pure Joy and perfect Freedom.

The Proximity Principle validates the Fool’s positioning between Sephiroth One (Kether, Crown) and Two (Chokmah, Wisdom). Its elemental hexagrams tell an amazingly complex story of Love and Danger – of Struggle and Victory against all worldly odds. It is important to note that the Fool is alchemically linked to the Fortune card, which carries the same hexagrams in Reciprocal Inverse order. Distilling its four hexagrams down to their Bigrammal components reveals a preponderance of both Air and Earth elements, numbering 4 of each in total. In the Four Bigrams, Air and Earth correspond to Son and Daughter which positions them hierarchically in the relationship of Microcosm.

Microcosm’s overwhelming *aspiration* is to Macrocosm in the Above, so here we see a very unexpected circumstance where the Fool (which is already at Apex in the Above) is clothed in the inertia of profound Ascension.

It carries Pentagram #11 at helm, reading *Air of Li* in the Above/Below position and *Fire of K’an* in the Without/Within position. Li and K’an traditionally correspond to the elements of Fire and Water, respectively. It is perhaps most interesting in this case that K’an (the Abysmal, Water) is carried internally as this may tell us something about the nature of the Fool’s assorted struggles and conflicts, which would seem to have no other apparent source so much as K’an within. K’an also appears twice in the corner Hexagrams along the Yin (left-slant) diagonal axis.

We may assert with a degree of confidence that while the Fool is cloaked outwardly in an abundance of Fire and Air, it is nevertheless internally preoccupied with Earth and Water, and *troubled* waters in particular. Water typically links to Emotions, but is also the province of Saturn wherein we come ‘round to the notion of Universal Law and laws. The Fool, in that case, is in many respects a kind of standard of future Civilization itself. His *journey* is ultimately no different than the journey that Humankind is on.

The Scene: The Fool’s journey throughout the Tree of Life is no minor walk in the park. A primordial superman in his own right, he is like Enkidu (the heroic character from Sumerian mythology) not yet having achieved perfect understanding, but powerful to action and perfectly joined with Nature, the Queen of Infinite Space who is his secret protector, Lady Luck. The Fool is at the brink of a cliff overlooking the Tree, symbolic of the Great Division between the Supernals and Infernals within the Tree of Life itself. He is poised, about to take the plunge into *life beneath the waters*, as the Infernals are often called. Perfectly protected by his/her natural synergy.

The iconography of the feathered serpent in mythology represents the deity who has powers over heaven and the underworld – a marriage of the chthonic and sky gods in one. Such representations of a serpent combined with the heavenly powers of birds were not confined to Mesoamerican belief. The Sumerian deity Ningishzidda is also depicted in combination with winged djinn.

The jaguar here is like the fool’s lion or dog (sometimes a crocodile) depicted biting the ankle of the fool, traditional in older tarot and still present, but in the form of the jaguar. In the jaguar’s land of origin it was admired simply for what it was, a great hunter and fighter. Here it represents the yin principal whereas the feathered serpent represents the yang.

Kukulkan and Tezcatlipoca weave a colorful tapestry of creation, drama, magick and mystery in the Fool card. The two are brothers, co-creators and rivals in the Aztec pantheon. Kukulkan is typical of the horned and feathered serpent gods of the American continents, with his primary function being that of the fertile male deity, Lord of Light, benevolent. with a warmer character than his brother Tezcatlipoca (literally “smoking mirror”) who has grim stories and gruesome ritual iconography associated with him. Tezcatlipoca is identified with the jaguar, one of the denizens of the jungles of Central and South America. Tezcatlipoca is known as “the sacrificed one” and he is depicted more than once in our deck’s journey. The Egyptian star-goddess Nuit is also identified here as the purple miasma with star substrate and in the spots of the leopard’s coat. An atypical fool (but a fool nonetheless!), Kukulkan dives into creation with reckless abandon characteristic of a fertile creator, Tezcatlipoca stands in as the aspect of nature nipping at his heel (or in this case, tail) representing the love that creation itself bears the Fool through instinctual urges.

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Atu I: The Magus
Letter: ב Beth (B)
Number: 2
Proximity: Sephira #1 (Kether) to Sephira #3 (Binah)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #12 “Transparent”: Air of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Above/Below),
Air of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “And God saw that it was good”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #53: (Chien) Development (Gradual Progress)
Air: Hex #54: 歸妹 (Kuei Mei) The Marrying Maiden
Water: Hex #53: (Chien) Development (Gradual Progress)
Earth: Hex #54: 歸妹 (Kuei Mei) The Marrying Maiden

Keywords (Dignified): Adaptation, Attunement, Focused Intent, Lucidity, Distillation, Synthesis, Universalism, Empathic, Conceptual, Transformative, Masterful, Communicative, Responsible, Illuminating, Inspirational, Transmission, Messenger

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Punitive, Puritanical, Stern, Impassionate, Aloof, Narcissistic, Rash, Unrealistic, Flighty, Obstinate.

Interpretations

Historical: The Magus carries all of the traditional emblems of magickal power on older decks. The wand, the cup, the disk, the athame or sword. These are the symbols of the  elements. The infinity symbol is also present in crown since the most venerable decks were first printed. A scroll is sometimes placed in his upraised hand symbolizing the written word and teachings.

Golden Dawn: Called The Magician (The Magus of Power), the Magician card corresponds to the planetary Mercury and places between Sephira #1 (Kether) and Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system. This card usually depicts a mature man dressed in traditional western magickal garb surrounded with the implements of his craft: the wand (fire), the sword (air), the cup (water), the disk (earth) as well as some symbol representative of spirit, or aether (usually the lemniscate, or infinity symbol). About his waist he carries the Ouroboros serpent as a belt, symbolic of the alchemical Great Work attained. In a few decks we see him portrayed as *the juggler* but this portrayal has mostly vanished from popular decks of today. It generally alludes to his capacity to juggle Mind & Matter together in perfect equilibrium but derives from older playing decks associated to stage magic.

Thoth: The Book of Thoth focuses more on the alchemical association of Mercury and the ways in which this plays out in the inner workings of the Magus. Mercury is all about Energy as well as the idea of Focused Energy and therefore Will. Mercury is also a highly volatile, but transmutable element commonly associated to exceptional receptivity and adaptation to Change. It corresponds to the second letter in the Hebrew alphabet, called Beth, the meaning of which is House, thus alluding to the *house of god* or (more accurately) the Supernals within the Tree of Life taken together as one. It positions between Kether (Crown) and Binah (Understanding), leaning towards the Mother, where the Fool leans towards the Father.

Mutational Alchemy: The Magus path is one of only 6 Atu paths whose Reciprocal Inverse is itself, comprised of hexagrams 53 and 54 on both sides of the TwinTrees chronological arrangement. Only two other similar coordinates exist in the form of Sephiroth in the Tree of Life. Hexagrams 53 (Development) and 54 (Marrying Maiden) both address the principle of Marriage in the I Ching. While the I Ching confines itself to marriage within society, the larger conversation of the marriage of similars and opposites across all of Nature is taken up in the Magus. As with the old books, the Magus is the standard bearer for the assimilation and pragmatic application of esoteric principles of Unity leading to the Supreme Attainment of the marriage between Lesser and Higher Self in perfect balance with Universe, and Universal Nature. In the Magus we see a depiction of one who has not only achieved these aims for himself, but is tirelessly committed to making that same attainment possible for all Sentient Beings. The development and dissemination of one’s own magickal *Word* or *Law* is expressed here. People powerfully drawn to this card will tend to be seekers of truth, regardless whether this may manifest through art or science or some other material modality. The idea of physical and spiritual *Perfection* is embedded in the Magus, alongside the notion that everyone is ultimately capable of rising above their stations and achieving this exalted status.

The Scene: Khnum-Ra, called by the ancient Egyptians “Father of Fathers”, is the third aspect of Ra, his evening manifestation or  his “BA” – that part of a being that is entirely spiritual and winged in symbology. Although it may not be apparent why he was chosen by m1thr0s for this station, considering the baser depictions of the Magus in prior decks as the “Carnival” Magician or Juggler, there is an explanation. One of the things not readily apparent about the Magus, him being overshadowed by the Emperor and the various Kings is that he is like Khnum, the Father of Fathers, in reality. All masculine aspects, The Hermit, The Devil, The Emperor, The Kings and Princes, Sun and Hanged Man are part of the Magus’s immense being. As controller of the Nile, life itself to the ancient Egyptians, he controlled the flux and flow of life and death. So it is without a doubt that the great magician father god, Ra, in his aspect as the source of eternal renewal of life makes for the most appropriate Magus. His green skin, traditional in the iconography may be a nod to his other form as a crocodile-headed god or simply the verdant growth spawned by the Nile. Even the infinity symbol, or moebius, has been omitted, considering that it would be a redundant symbol of the fluid and giving waters of infinite life and creation that Khnum has absolute authority over.

His consort, Satis, is equated to the Eye of Ra like a few other important goddesses. It is through Satet and his daughter Anuket that the flood occurs each year, fertilizing the plain.

The Magus represents the power and authority of God. As the life giving source of the waters of the Nile, Khnum as well exemplifies the source of the Magus’s divine powers. The two royal cobras, or Wadjet, represent the perfect synthesis of male and female energy at the disposal of Khnum as well as his divine potency. the celebration of Wadjet  the sacred cobra goddess was held at December 25th of every year, when the Sun was at its farthest point. This pairs with the function of Khnum as the third aspect of Ra, that of the setting sun. It is in the nighttime that magick becomes most potent and sundown is the gateway to mystery.

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Atu II: The Priestess
Letter: ג Ghimel (G)
Number: 3
Proximity: Sephira #1 (Kether) to Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #13 “Unifying”: Air of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below),
Fire of (Chen) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “Let the Earth be vegetated”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #61: 中孚 (Chung Fu) Inner Truth
Air: Hex #61: 中孚 (Chung Fu) Inner Truth
Water: Hex #62: 小過 (Hsiao Kuo) Preponderance of the Small
Earth: Hex #62: 小過 (Hsiao Kuo) Preponderance of the Small

Keywords (Dignified): Intuitive, Empathic, Visionary, Devoted, Articulate, Coordinated, Mystical, Unconventional, Adaptive, Psychic, Inner-Truth, Higher-Self, Gnosis, Sophia, Contemplative, Artistic, Sensual, Spiritual

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Ignorance, Intolerance, Short-Sightedness, Lack of Understanding, Lackadaisical, Unfocused

Interpretations

Historical: The Priestess is a straightforward character. The first strictly feminine card in the tarot, she is important. Receptivity is her main power. She also has the power of casting the net across the entire universe which serves to collect all spirit back into crown.

Golden Dawn: Called The High Priestess (The Priestess of the Silver Star), the High Priestess card corresponds to the planetary Moon and places between Sephira #1 (Kether) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system. She is depicted as a young woman crowned and enthroned between two pillars, bathed in moonlight, reading a book said to contain the great timeless secrets of feminine power and magick. Sometimes called the Popess, other times depicted as Persephone, her power is generally defined as *lunar* and *chthonic*. She has been defined as a form of the Shekhinah (in Hebrew traditions) and the Sophia (in esoteric Christianity).

Thoth: The Book of Thoth emphasizes her Lunar characteristics, defining her as representing the Moon in its *highest aspects*. Attention is drawn to her positioning in the Tree of Life, which is especially dynamic, linking 6 (Tiphareth, Sol, Beauty) and 1 (Kether, Crown) along the Middle Pillar as well as forming the vertical half of the *Cave of the Ancients* along with the Empress whose horizontal path intersects hers at the base of the Supernals – anatomically associated to the *Third Eye* region of the body, also called the Pineal Eye or Pineal Body.

Mutational Alchemy: As with the Magus, The Priestess’ Reciprocal Inverse path is itself, making it especially *internal* and self-contained. Its linkage with I Ching is remarkably stunning, since it carries Hexagrams 61 (Inner Truth, or Chung/Kung Fu) and 62 (Preponderance of the Small), denoting its macrocosmic spirituality aimed devotedly at microcosm. We have adapted a more shamanic imagery also more resembling the Shakti principle in East Indian traditions. Her relationship to Sound and the Spiral energy of Crown (loosely called Mezla) remain the same as indeed all her usual aspects remain intact in the new. Instead of an enigmatic Book of Secrets, she carries a flaming TwinStar that extends to all regions of time and space facilitating her work and influence with greater vigor and force. Since she is taxed with the job of collecting all life below the Abyss and returning it to source, her energetic netting has been upgraded to make that job more doable. We have left off her more Eurocentric characteristics seeking instead to capture her more universal qualities.

The Scene: The Priestess is a dual character with two primary capacities – that of the totality of the Yin (Receptive, Kun) principal, just as the Magus represents the totality of Yang.  They are consorts. She is dangerous and receptive, splendid and horrific. She is second only to the Magician and The Fool and the first manifest feminine archetype in the deck. She has the potential of all the following feminine archetypes in the Major Arcana, including The Empress and World/Universe. The TwinStar is depicted in its unbridled form, with lines extending out into infinity. The animal forms in the fire are representative of lively elemental forms, bison for earth, serpent for water, tiger for fire, raven for air.

Even though Shakti is pure, raw power, with Siva, the masculine principle acting as a kind of superintelligent conduit to route that power, The Priestess has traditionally been assigned the station of guardian of arcane mysteries and knowledge. Here too, she is exercising her force as Maya, who decides who will wake up, and when. This power ensures that those who are serious about the occult had better be sure to pay respect to the divine feminine and not just the divine masculine. He supports her fully in every way as The Priestess represents the purest most elevated form of goddess.

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Atu III: The Empress
Letter: ד Daleth (D)
Number: 4
Proximity: Sephira #2 (Chokmah) to Sephira #3 (Binah)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #14 “Luminous”: Air of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below),
Air of (Chen) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God saw that it was good”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #59: (Huan) Dispersion / Dissolution
Air: Hex #60: (Chieh) Limitation
Water: Hex #56: (Lü) The Wanderer
Earth: Hex #55: (Fêng) Abundance

Keywords (Dignified): Nurturing, Maternal, Educational, Domestic, Protective, Managerial, Economical, Defiant, Aristocratic, Patient, Determined, Abundant, Benevolent, Loyal, Sensuous, Militant, Fertile, Ecological, Loving

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Lethargic, Disengaged, Vacillating, Controlling, Punitive, Instigative, Venomous.

Interpretations

Historical: Usually associated to Venus, we find various references to Demeter and/or other goddesses of Abundance. Her importance seems to have been falsely deprecated by those failing to grasp the ground she walks on, which is the very foundation of the Supernals themselves within the Tree of Life. Thus she has been both maligned and poorly defined, historically.

Golden Dawn: Called the Empress (Daughter of the Mighty Ones), the Empress card corresponds to the planetary Venus and places between Sephira #2 (Chokmah) and Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system. She is often referred to as *sister* to the Priestess, dressed in fine apparel with very few adornments aside from those depicting her royal stature.

Thoth: Crowley persists with this passive-pigeon interpretation linking her to the alchemical element of Salt and extolling her as the *inactive principle in Nature* which only speaks to his habitual misogyny and relative ignorance with respect to the actual workings of Nature.

Mutational Alchemy: Fortunately, the hexagrams have more to say regarding the Empress. Indeed, we do get Hexagram #55 (Abundance) in the Earth corner but most telling of all is Hexagram #59 (Dissolution, Dispersion) in the position of Fire! Balancing this we get Hexagram #60 (Limitation) in Air…thus revealing a hidden Lawgiver/Warrior aspect of the Empress roughly anticipated in the East but stupidly denied her in the West. Upon her royal shield she carries the emblem of the Fire-Phoenix which bears the mathematical symmetry of the Tetractys TwinStar: begrudgingly acknowledged but never clearly apprehended in Western Mystery traditions until Mutational Alchemy. If we consider that her Reciprocal Inverse is the Hermit card, we may be able to better appreciate that her true strengths have been mysteriously *cloaked* until such time as these attributions might finally be revealed to the persistent.

Accordingly, we have dispensed with her *Queen Jane* façade and opted instead for an image of Tiamat herself as is more befitting her actual positioning in the Tree of Life in this immediate timeframe. In doing this we are retaining her *salt* principle intact, since Tiamat is representative of *bitter waters* (e.g., saltwater) in Sumerian cosmology. Stemming directly off of Binah, called *the Great Black Mother* in the East, we should prefer to be among the very last of all conceivable buffoons to miscategorize her as a *passive* anything! Where the helpless wailing, bovine Isis may have played some essential role in bygone eras, it is even more essential that we move on from that failed standard of corruptible and inept nobility approaching future. Where it is true that the Queen of Heaven nurtures all manifest sentiency, there is no sustainable justification for regarding this as some sort of inherent docility on her part. Our failure to apprehend the more proactive aspects of the Empress is equaled only by our failure to apprehend the more proactive aspects of the Emperor, the combination of which has left us with a broken standard of sovereignity both esoterically and exoterically.

The Scene: A bejeweled fusion of Tiamat, Venus and Parvati is depicted here in this allegorical piece. Eros nurses at her breast while the unnamed archetypal god of war and vengeance, practices crushing universes in his fist as a child of darkness. The triune serpent (symbol of the energized force of Ananta) glows above this child, indicating him as a Crown Prince of the highest order. A normal human girl child is clutched in the Empress’s tail, indicating the potential of macrocosmic nature to flow down to the lowest particle of matter. She carries the alchemical twin phoenix standard that the Emperor also carries as his shield crest. This is recognized in Mutational Alchemy as an organic representation of the TwinStar principle.  In some Tarot decks, the phoenix is treated as a messenger that acts as a communication line between the Empress and the Emperor, as they conduct the business of heaven and earth.

Mount Kailash, the abode of Maha Siva and Parvati (“Daughter of the Mountain”) is seen in the background. Crowley misidentifies her as the “Daughter of Zeus”, yet the Empress is as dissimilar to Zeus as the Titans would be. Turning to Sumerian mythology, we find that “chaos monsters” like Tiamat can be “killed” repeatedly, but they can never actually die.  They are primordial fountains of life, even if dangerous and unpredictable to the more murderous soldier/merchant classes who betray their own inherent royalty along with hers. Tiamat is nurturing and capable, fiercely protective and warlike, when the matter turns to the protection of her realm. As nurturant mother she is responsible for saving the gods (her children) from Abzu’s wrath in the creation mythos, but is also the instrument of their punishment when they plot to murder Abzu.

She also represents Bhuvaneshwari in east-Indian traditions, the fourth Mahavidya whose bija is “Hrim”. S he is the creator of good and the destroyer of evil. She is considered the mother of Lakshmi, Kali, Saraswati and Gayatri. She embodies the physical cosmos itself. The flowers at her feet carry a host of meanings. Flax, a very pretty blue flowering plant used to produce linen, representing the domestic sphere; the orchid, a symbol of many children, snapdragons, called “the gracious lady” also representing strength, moss, representing charity, and lungwort, from the Victorian era equivalent to saying (in the giving of it) “thou art my life”.

mini-004-IV-TheStarAtu IV: The Star
Letter: ה Hé (H, E)
Number: 5
Proximity: Sephira #2 (Chokmah) to Sephira #4 (Chesed)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #15 “Constituting”: Air of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Above/Below)
Fire of (Kun) The Receptive, Earth (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God said let there be luminaries”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #42: (I) Increase
Air: Hex #41: (Sun) Decrease
Water: Hex #31: (Hsien) Influence / Wooing
Earth: Hex #32: (Hêng) Duration

Keywords (Dignified): Illuminating, Beneficent, Inspirational, Beautiful, Charismatic, Enduring, Optimistic, Clarifying, Ennobling, Empowering, Uplifting, Transplendent, Nurturing, Aspiring, Harmonious, Conscious

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Misfortune, Despair, Disappointment, Pessimism, Fatalism, Broken Dreams.

 Interpretations

Historical: The Star card is one of several paths that have been positioned incorrectly according to the Proximity Principle of Mutational Alchemy.

In the Golden Dawn system it is usually placed between Sephira #7 (Netzach) and Sephira #9 (Yesod) and is assigned the Hebrew letter/number Tzaddi (90).

It gets moved several times. The Book of the Law, (Liber Al Vel Legis) stated in 1904,  “All these old letters of my Book are aright; but [Tzaddi] is not the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise.”

Crowley responded by switching the Hebrew letters, but he didn’t change the ATU numeration. He also switched its positioning on the tree with the Star but again, didn’t change the ATU numeration.

The Star with the correct letter, He, should logically correspond to the 5th Proximity Principal path between Sephira #2 (Chokmah) and Sephira #4 (Chesed). Since paths are often numbered 11–32, its positional placement is path #15, the same as its corresponding Pentagram. Inasmuch as Atu numerations should also adhere to the Proximity Principle, the Star card acquires the additional value of Atu IV, previously assigned to the Emperor card.

Golden Dawn: Called The Star (The Daughter of the Firmament), the Star card corresponds to the zodiacal Aquarius and places between Sephira #7 (Netzach) and Sephira #9 (Yesod) in the Golden Dawn system. This card is dominated by Venus symbolism and includes an image of a young woman pouring water from a vessel reminiscent of the zodiacal Aquarius sign as its default alchemical association. It is generally defined as an auspicious card bringing good fortune and also signifying of lofty aspirations in line with the Will of Heaven.

Thoth: Crowley builds upon this card’s traditional Aquarian association and incorporates various archetypes endemic to his own magickal philosophy. The essential imagery remains about the same with somewhat less emphasis placed on Venus. Based upon his interpretation of instructions found in the transmitted Liber Al vel Legis, Crowley swaps The Star and The Emperor positions, placing The Star between Sephira #2 (Chokmah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth), where it then acquires the Hebrew letter/number Hé (5). Since the original Emperor positioning was incorrect, the newly planted Star card is also incorrect. Liber Al vel Legis is silent with respect to path positions, addressing *Letters* only in their popular correspondence to Tarot images at the time. Our own positional corrections do not contradict it in any way, despite the fact that Crowley’s own astrological rationalizations find no particular validation in Mutational Alchemy principles. In general, if it isn’t *broken* with respect to Mutational Alchemy chronological organization, no attempt has been made to *fix* it. Archetypes vary from age to age and even alphabetical orders may do so as well. The Proximity Principle takes all of this into account and only applies itself to rational numerical alignments.

Curiously Crowley describes the Emperor card as if it were still in the upper part of the tree, receiving the light of Kether. He may have formed an emotional attachment to the work of Eliphas Levi, who he claimed to be one and the same, reincarnated.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: It doesn’t take much observation skill to recognize that virtually all traditional Tarot systems up to this point in time have been rooted in contemporary views of astrology, thus the Star immediately assumes the conversation of Heavenly stars as we know and experience them. Mutational Alchemy is not concerned with cataloging astrological ideas so much as it is interested in the anatomics of the Body of Light as outlined in Tantricism and alluded to time and time again through most of the great Mystery Traditions down through the ages. Mutational Alchemy is fundamentally a transformational alchemical enginery that looks to systems like the Tree of Life (among others) to tell us what *human stars* may be and may also tell us something useful as to how we might simulate this kind of physical Perfection for ourselves. Thus the only star that very much concerns us here is the star of Consciousness itself. That this type of Star may find certain parallels among Heavenly stars should come as no great surprise as the laws of physics that govern the Without are very often echoed seamlessly in the Within. Hermetic Alchemy has known this for a very long time and Mutational Alchemy is a specialized extension of Hermetic Alchemy seeking to capture a falsifiable physics of the *Star* that we (humans) ultimately are.

In application, most of the traditional meanings of this card as it surfaces in divination will be more or less the same as in former decks, but the emphasis here is more on the principle of *Higher Self* than it is on the estimated Will of Heaven. We would expect this card to be representative of extraordinary insight, of breakthroughs in understanding, of visionary expansion and abundant energetic infusion coming at us more from Within than Without. Its technical construction here is rooted in the idea of Wholeness and transmutational Completion. Its corresponding hexagrams speak of Ebb & Flow, of Constancy in the midst of Change and Order in the face of Chaos. Its Reciprocal Inverse is The Moon card, bearing the same hexagrams in opposite organization. But this Moon is not the astrological moon so much as it is the Lunar side of Consciousness itself. Every card in this deck is about Consciousness first and foremost, while astrology or other arcane disciplines are viewed as complimentary but not of paramount importance.

The Scene: Rooted in the premise that “every man and every woman is a star”, the Star image depicted here is built upon the balancing of both Manifest and Hidden paths within the Tree of Life. The 22 Manifest Paths are better understood by most students of qabbalah or modern western magickal disciplines and there are hundreds of books available by this point in time illuminating various aspects of their system. Lesser known are the 16 Hidden Paths. These are legitimate paths not included in the 22 Manifest Paths system that, otherwise, operate exactly the same way. Together, they form a coherent glyph in themselves, looking strikingly like some exotic Diamond. Thus it is typically referred to in Mutational Alchemy as the *Hidden Diamond*. The Star as depicted here is rooted in the premise that the alchemical marriage of these two great Pathworkings is preeminently the Key to Body of Light Wholeness, and thus to Higher Self and finally Completion. It is a visual mapping of these two great cosmological divisions coming together in undivided balance and equilibrium. This is the meaning of the Great Work as defined in Mutational Alchemy and is deemed the most viable road accessible to us leading out of the darkness and on to the stars for every human being.

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Atu V: The Hierophant
Letter: ו Vau (V, F, W)
Number: 6
Proximity: Sephira #2 (Chokmah) to Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #16  “Eternal” – Air of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Above, Below)
Air of (Kun) The Receptive, Earth (Without, Within)
Berashith: “God made two luminaries”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #20: (Kuan) Contemplation/View
Air: Hex #19: (Lin) Approach
Water: Hex #33: (Tun) Retreat
Earth: Hex #34: 大壯 (Ta Chuang) Power of the Great

Keywords (Dignified): Knowledge, Propriety, Wisdom, Strength, Marriage, Mastery, Equilibrium, Mystery, Power, Demonstrative, Judicial, Advisory, Spirituality, Morality, Instructional, Exemplary, Interpretive, Ancestral, Transitional

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Gullibility, Arrogance, Pomposity, Complacency, Dogmatism, Religious Extremism.

Interpretations


Historical:
 The Hierophant card is one of several paths that have been positioned incorrectly according to the Proximity Principle of Mutational Alchemy. In both the Golden Dawn and Thoth systems it is usually placed between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) and assigned the Hebrew letter/number Vau (6). Vau is the 6th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and should logically correspond to the 6th Proximity Principal path between Sephira #2 (Chokmah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth). Since paths are often numbered 11–32, its positional placement is path #16, the same as its corresponding Pentagram.

Golden Dawn: Called The Hierophant (Magus of the Eternal Gods), the Hierophant card corresponds to the zodiacal  Taurus and places between Sephira #2 (Taurus) and Sephira #4 (Chesed) in the Golden Dawn system. The Hierophant sits enthroned between two pillars adorned with an eclectic assortment of symbols from numerous arcane sources, lacking any certain continuity of purpose, making it one of the more obscure cards in the entire deck. It appears as a chaotic fusion of esoteric icons in general, somehow representing the union of macrocosm with microcosm with an underpinning emphasis on syncretism as the median of all other spiritual paths and disciplines.

Thoth: Crowley upgrades the symbolism of this card somewhat, apparently attempting to preserve its *priestly* characteristics but still retaining its bewildering incontinuity. In a fairly whimsical rewrite of its former properties, it is hailed as a Priest of Horus under the guise of the New Aeon as Crowley envisioned it. Much of the problem here is that there have been too many competing ideas over time as to what the Hierophant should be; some tending towards a papal character, others a learned priest, still others some sort of macrocosmic Holy Guardian Angel and so on down the line. Crowley changes the Hierophant’s clothing and allegiances but does very little to resolve these underpinning confusions.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Hierophants of old is where we should turn to sort out what the Hierophant of today should be. It is no wonder it seems impossible to stabilize this archetype in the awkward tatters of Eurocentric rags and symbols as it is coming down to us from a much older tradition than any of these things to begin with! To make matters even worse, the ancient Hierophants wrote nothing down! Their traditions were secretive and oracular. Despite the fact that they produced the Eleusinian Mysteries over an unbroken span of nearly 3000 years (by some accounts) we have almost nothing of their practices or philosophy left to us. Their most powerful records are embedded in the images they worshipped and this is where we will find them, in the form of Mithras (also Aion) itself.  Its quaternary hexagrams speak of Coming and Going, of Contemplation and of Power in the grandest sense of the term. That it continues the work of uniting Macrocosm and Microcosm is consistent with its imagery, but we are better off to consult that imagery as directly as possible and leave off the poor pretentious middle-men, uncomfortable in their clothing as much as in their skins.

The Hierophant is unique in that its Reciprocal Inverse is the planet Jupiter itself, so we have not lost our connection to Jupiter for having corrected its path from Sephiroth 2-4 to the more defensible Sephiroth 2-6. Along with this upgrade it is high time we update its imagery as well.

The Scene: The Hierophant here is AION, a mysterious lion headed figure associated with the Mithraic mystery school with roots going back into ancient Persia where he was known as Zervan. On his staff the word Abrahadabra is written, and the staff connects the tree and the diamond together, symbolizing his unifying effect on mind and matter. The brilliant diamond light of the mezla is his abode. The hierophant is holy beyond all petty grapplng with morality that is the foundation of many human-founded dogmas. The rules here are rooted only in universal law and necessity. Called the God of Infinite Time, or Zervan Akanara by the Neo-Persians, he can easily be equated to the Roman Saturn.

The Hierophant had to be retrieved out of the dirt in which he was left for centuries and this newly revised edition should always be viewed with an eye on whole universe and completely unbound from the context of a human centric world view. Whole universe and beyond is his charge to balance economically, and, nothing less than that.

 

mini-006-VI-TheLoversAtu VI: The Lovers
Letter: ז Zayn (Z)
Number: 7
Proximity: Sephira #3 (Binah) to Sephira #5 (Geburah)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #17 “Disposition”– Earth of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Above/Below)
Earth of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God placed them in the firmament”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #14: 大有 (Ta Yu) Possession in Great Measure
Air: Hex #13: 同人 (T’ung Jên) Fellowship with Men
Water: Hex #7: (Shih) The Army
Earth: Hex #8: (Pi) Holding Together / Union

Keywords (Dignified): Attraction, Passion, Union, Devotion, Sensuality, Love, Companionship, Romance, Intimacy, Sharing, Accommodation, Communication, Transformation, Mediation, Magnetism, Sacrifice, Discovery, Growth

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Separation, Frustration, Quarrelling, Infidelity, Betrayal, Discord, Communication Breakdown.

Interpretations

Historical: The Lovers card is one of several paths that have been positioned incorrectly according to the Proximity Principle of Mutational Alchemy. In both the Golden Dawn and Thoth systems it is usually placed between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) and assigned the Hebrew letter/number Zayn (7). Zayn is the 7th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and should logically correspond to the 7th Proximity Principal path between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #5 (Geburah). Since paths are often numbered 11 –32, its positional placement is path #17, coincidentally same as its corresponding Pentagram.

Golden Dawn: Called The Lovers (Children of the Voice Divine), the Lovers card corresponds to the zodiacal sign Gemini and places between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system. While some versions of this card depict it as a Garden of Eden scene, others opt for a more combative imagery in which the Lovers are engaged in a battle against the forces of Evil. These differences seem to hinge upon slightly varying kinds of action, some perceiving the Lovers as a regenerative force, others as a more defensive/preservative one. Yet another version of the Lovers card emphasizes a third Oracular character (called “The Oracle of the Mighty Gods”) depicting the Lovers as acting under the guidance of a prophetic figure steering them through the thickets of Duality according to some grand cosmic plan. In this version we seem to have a commentary on the principle of marriage and its role in separating the gross from the fine in human affairs.

Thoth: The Book of Thoth leans towards this latter (more obscure) interpretation and draws to powerful symbols such as the Orphic Egg and the Hermit and the alchemical Lion & Eagle (among others) to hyphenate the principle of *alchemical marriage* and tie it to the Lovers card in some obtuse fashion. Still we find the symbolism of Cain and Abel, Lillith and Eve tossed into the mix so that the entire scene is a curious admixture of Christian, pre-Christian and Pagan iconography lumped together in a chaotic milieu of uncertain import. In most cases it is viewed as a transitional scene thought to find resolution through other cards still in the ahead.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: Mutational Alchemy is more interested in the Lovers themselves and is not especially concerned with all the biblical surrealism bombarding them in other decks. As a Tarot practitioner of many years it has been my experience that the Lovers card has a very potent intuitive resonance with most people not requiring of all this convoluted back-story to make sense of things.  What the chronological ordering of Heaven Descending and Earth Ascending hexagrams bring to the table is exquisitely clear and magickal in itself and serves to validate that intuitive grasp of the card’s intended meaning. In the place of Fire we get hexagram #14 (Possession in Great Measure) which defines the heart of the matter, whereas the remaining hexagrams speak to Unity and Strength born of the bond of Love itself. This card is more about the magick of the heart than any cosmic consolidations: it is more about the strength of relationships to shape (or reshape) destiny than it is about the convergence of societal norms and protocols. The Lovers rise above all of that ruckus; they are actually perfectly oblivious to its roar and unheeding of its demands and expectations. They create perfected Universe from nothing and reduce it back to nothing at their whim. They are a law unto themselves, and in the end, all other laws are grossly inadequate by comparison. Certainly, the principle of marriage is defined here, but marriage as it occurs in Nature, not the overwhelming oppressiveness of society and dogma.

The Scene: This card takes on shades of Beast and Babalon from Crowley’s Thelemic mytho-theological structure.  The centaur motif is a distinctly masculine aspect. The manticore tail is a reflection based upon Ningishzidda’s tail in Mushussu (Sumerian chaos monster) form. The dragon is depicted with a scorpion tail in several artifacts from the ancient near east, from the steatite cup in the Louvre dating back to the height of Lagash in Sumer, to the Babylonian Ishtar gate. The Beast and Babalon motif is older than Crowley’s Babalon – it conjures images of Lilith, Tiamat, Cipactli and Ammit: the divine feminine who is all-powerful, terrifying and independent. The masculine beast is the yang aspect of nature itself, paired with a feminine archetype. This exudes a Saivite or Satanic sort of “deity” of primordial nature who will trump all other masculine archetypes and therefore manages to survive the terror of ferocious and triumphant feminine deities. It represents a marriage of female and male within ourselves – no human is fully one or the other, as man is of the third part of cosm: Jen, neither Yin nor Yang but an admixture of both and still submissive to the will of heaven that lives in our spirit and consciousness. In China the auspicious dragon is that which is below the earth, representing Heaven supporting Earth and uniting. Here the dragon is a centaur, but the meaning is all the same. The Lovers have a unique and unbeatable synergistic potential that leads neatly into the next ATU.

mini-007-VII-TheChariotAtu VII: The Chariot
Letter: ח Cheth (Ch)
Number: 8
Proximity: Sephira #3 (Binah) to Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #18 “Influence” – Earth of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Above/Below)
Water of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God saw that it was good”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #50: (Ting) The Caldron
Air: Hex #49: (Ko) Revolution / Molting
Water: Hex #4: (Mêng) Youthful Folly
Earth: Hex #3: (Chun) Difficulty at the Beginning

Keywords (Dignified): Mobility, Velocity, Energy, Purpose, Dedication, Determination, Will, Ascension, Self-Sovereignty, Balance, High-Technology, Conductivity, Defense, Advancement, Destiny. Entheogens

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Stagnant, Disruptive, Reckless, Retreating, Withdrawing, Self-Destructive.

 Interpretations


Historical:
The Chariot card is one of several paths that have been positioned incorrectly according to the Proximity Principle of Mutational Alchemy. In both the Golden Dawn and Thoth systems it is usually placed between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #5 (Geburah) and assigned the Hebrew letter/number Cheth (8). Cheth is the 8th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and should logically correspond to the 8th Proximity Principal path between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth). Since paths are often numbered 11–32, its positional placement is path #18, the same as its corresponding Pentagram.

Golden Dawn: Called The Chariot (Lord of the Trumph of Light), the Chariot card corresponds to the zodiacal Cancer and places between Sephira #3 (Binah) and Sephira #5 (Geburah) in the Golden Dawn system. Its symbolism is a fusion of Hermetic and Arthurian legend with smatterings of Kabbalah tossed in. Facing the viewer stands a golden chariot (pulled by two sphinxes) with 4 pillars and canopy carrying the charioteer in full armor. The charioteer carries a great shield said to represent the Holy Grail. He is accompanied by 10 stars called the stars of Assiah (the material world) and is purported to be the crowned and conquering Hermes. The emphasis is not so much on movement as it is meant to be a standard bearer of the Great Work giving us a physical glimpse of this attainment.

Thoth: Crowley changes very little with respect to the Chariot card. The two sphinxes become four, representative of the Four Cherubim, Fire (Lion), Eagle (Air), Bull (Earth) and Man (Water). Scrolled across the top of his canopy is inscribed the Word Abracadabra, curious inasmuch as Crowley made much of the New Aeon spelling (Abrahadabra) as the heir-apparent *Word of the Aeon* extending across the Aeon of Horus. In any case we still have an intended standard-bearer more defining of strength and balance than of energy and motion.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The Chariot is arguably the most important of the 22 Atu with respect to the alchemy of Perfection, set aside (as it is) specifically to clarify and exemplify that standard. Its reciprocal inverse is the Sun card at Atu XIX. Mutational Alchemy cannot reconcile obtuse Arthurian legend with the Royal Science of Alchemy as it stands today and evolves long into the future. It is well past time to turn this crusty old page and press on. Accordingly, the outmoded model of the Chariot card has been scuttled in lieu of a superior one. Since the underlying essence of the Charioteer is Hermes, the twin-headed Hermes Phoenix is especially well suited as his replacement and instead of a golden chariot we have introduced a stylized form of the Tetractys itself embedded in the historical Metatron’s Cube. The resulting construct is reminiscent of the Merkabah (Chariot of Soul) in qabbalistic doctrine. In place of the useless Holy Grail of bygone eras we have exalted the Heaven Descending arrangement of the binary hexagrams flanked by an infinite binary loop of black and white gems at outer edges, upholding the ternary Tridosha at center. All accounted we have an extremely potent standard of New Aeon alchemy defined here that will hold its ground and continue to instruct and inspire for centuries to come. It is complete nonsense to imagine that the Chariot does not exemplify both inexhaustible Energy as well as Balance in one as anyone with eyes can surely see! Much of the problem with previous models has been its inappropriate positioning, linking an obsolete vestige of War (that has not even been used in war since Alexander the Great!) to Mars instead of connecting the Supernals to Tiphareth via Binah (the Mother) as indicated in the Proximity Principle. The corrected positioning figures prominently in its newly energized character, upholding the alchemical principle of levity as it always should have. It is difficult to assess the amount of damage wrought by these erroneous adjustments where the Chariot seems to have had no useful purpose other than being a kind of dime store mannequin! It is important that we ultimately reject that entire premise as we have important work ahead and need its strengths where they can do us the most possible good. The Chariot we have unveiled in this deck is a proactive force of Completion lending its full force towards the immutable ascension of Tiphareth.

The Scene: The double-headed fire phoenix (aka the Hermes Phoenix) is an established standard of royalty throughout history – it is depicted on the shield of the Emperor and Empress in Thoth and appears on crests and flags all over the world. This mythical creature represents unquenchable magickal force and fire, speed and equilibrium, intelligence and insight in one. Its alliance provides us with a steady true progress along the road to liberation, enlightenment and wisdom. The mysteries embedded in its shield are worthy of the Age of Hrw (Horus) where the Royal Art of Alchemy will rise from its own ashes and reassume its proper place as the vindicated Lamp of Eternal Truth.

This double-headed fire phoenix represents the synthesis of female and male royal intelligences. The Chariot  is a vehicle of ascension created by the willpower of two individuals bent on their wills. These are sexually joined forces, like Siva and Sakti, but the sex is of not merely a physical nature, but intellectual, spiritual and social.

 

mini-008-VIII-Strength(Lust)Atu VIII: Strength
Letter: ט Teth (T)
Number: 9
Proximity: Sephira #4 (Chesed) to Sephira #5 (Geburah)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #19 “Secret of All Spiritual Activity” – Earth of (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Above/Below)
Earth of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God said, let the waters swarm”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #30: (Li) The Clinging
Air: Hex #30: (Li) The Clinging
Water: Hex #29: (K’an) The Abysmal
Earth: Hex #29: (K’an) The Abysmal

Keywords (Dignified): Courageous, Confident, Gregarious, Proud, Triumphant, Seductive, Bold, Innovative, Daring, Revolutionary, Progressive, Impenitent, Vigorous, Joyous, Ecstatic, Liberated, Uninhibited, Unrestrained

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Instability, Timidity, Illness, Weak, Vulnerable, Impulsive, Addiction, Helplessness

Interpretations

Historical: One of the things about the Strength card that is notable, is that it has not changed very much over the course of centuries. One major change was the swapping of Justice with Strength by the Golden Dawn, due to astrological assiignments. It is still popular to place Strength at 8 and Justice at 11. Aleister Crowley decided to go with the older standard and changed the name dramatically, but his imagery remained faithful to the old standard. It was originally called Fortitude. The key elements are the woman and the lion. The woman appears to have controlled the lion somehow, whether through gentleness or some other means, she is sometimes said to represent the soul where the lion is the anatomical body with its baser instincts. In older decks, the woman is also breaking a pillar. It has somewhat of a sexual undertone, so it’s understandable why Crowley wanted to name it something bolder.

Golden Dawn: Called Fortitude (Daughter of the Flaming Sword), the Fortitude card corresponds to the zodiacal Leo and places between Sephira #4 (Chesed) and Sephira #5 (Geburah) in the Golden Dawn system.

It was the Golden Dawn that originally popularized the placement of Fortitude at Leo and Justice at Libra.

Thoth: Crowley decided to name this card Lust, and augmented the maiden’s triumphant aspect. He swapped its traditional numeration of Strength/Fortitude VIII with Justice XI and named it Adjustment, but he did not change its position on the tree, which should be considered sloppy. The reasoning for the renumeration is not given, but for the change of the name itself he says “Technical analysis shows that the Path corresponding to the card is not the Strength of Geburah, but the influence from Chesed upon Geburah”. This is overly simplified and incorrect in our opinion and we did not keep his change.  The Lion was also transformed into the Beast of Revelations with its seven heads. The reptillian tail with a bulge at the end reminiscent of a scorpion’s stinger was a purely coincidental similarity between Lady Harris’s artwork and the Mushusshu who is well known for having the stinger of a scorpion at the end of its tail. This is one of many happy and auspicious coincidences shared between the MAT and the THOTH tarots, so that the MAT tarot probably has more in common with the artistic peculiarities of Lady Frieda Harris than the technical variations of Aleister Crowley.

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: The doubles hexagram phenomenon occurs eight times in the Tree of Life Teth means serpent, and Crowley regarded the beast on his card as a serpent-lion hybrid. There is no better precise creature to represent a serpent-lion hybrid than the composite animal of the god Ninazu and his son Ningishzidda, so that is the creature we chose to stand in for the lion. We didn’t want to see the Book of Revelations get anymore attention on our watch. Crowley talks alot about doves in his chapter on the card, and it seems he has a pigeon fetish of some kind, as he never seems to tire of talking about this subject. Flowers were included, in keeping with tradition. The flowers can be regarded as lusty and promiscuous creatures of nature certainly, but they also have a peculiar kind of strength in their innate abilities granted by evolution. Evolution is a grand kind of strength.

There was a discussion between us as to whether to keep the Golden Dawn placement of eight or to keep them in their older stations. It was finally decided that the decision made by the Golden Dawn was correct and progressive. So far as we could see, the ruling pentagram agreed with it, as did the hexagrams and the Sephira proximity.

The Scene: The girl in the card, Sumerian royalty, rides on a Mushushu, a particular type of dragon from Sumerian mythology who represents unbridled chaos. Worshipped as protectors and the semi-divine devils of the desert, the Mushussu has equations to Tiamat and Abzu, while also conjuring up images of the more recent Djinn imported from the Arabic Peninsula during the territorial wars. Repeated here is the theme of Crowley’s Babalon, and the three worlds are illustrated. The dragon icon of Ninazu and Ningishzidda was able to travel between Heaven, Earth and The Underworld, whereas most creatures, even gods, were confined to one realm or another lest they find themselves trapped or troubled. These natural messengers of the Underworld were feared and admired, for they possessed secrets of Death that were and are a Great Mystery.

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mini-009-IX-thehermitAtu IX: The Hermit
Letter: י Yod (I, Y)
Number: 10
Proximity: Sephira #4 (Chesed) to Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #20 “Will” – Earth of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Above/Below)
Water of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God created great whales”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #56: (Lü) The Wanderer
Air: Hex #55: (Fêng) Abundance
Water: Hex #59: (Huan) Dispersion/Dissolution
Earth: Hex #60: (Chieh) Limitation

 

Keywords (Dignified): Mysterious, Creative, Obscure, Hidden, Stealthy, Intense, Private, Brilliant, Visionary, Unorthodox, Alchemical, Wholistic, Ignitive, Inceptive, Innovative, Meticulous, Microcosmic, Intuitive, Analytical

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Seclusion, Loneliness, Melancholy, Nihilism, Depression, Alienation, Fear, Apathy, Reclusive, Shut-in, Coldness, Disgust, Sociopathy, Egomania, Evil Genius

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Hermit, Magus of the Voice of Light, the Hermit card corresponds to the zodiacal Virgo and places between Sephira #4 (Chesed) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The orphic egg is the symbol of transmutation, a universal representation of longevity and prosperity. The hermit himself oversees the endeavor, carrying with him the lamp representing eternal fire, and the staff representing masculine fertility, both very important aspects of the Hermit’s symbology. Behind him stands the forest primeval, representing the unknown, verdant growth and the universe. The egg contains the universe, or at least that part which is yet undergoing the transformation. The girl in the egg, a virgin, represents one universe in the forest primeval where hundreds more dwell in their youth, guarded with light against the dark intricacies of complex variables that would lead to their doom. Thus also represents the goddess in her child aspect that leads to renewal and new growth. She represents the virgin life of all the beings in the forest as well, with its infinite potential awaiting union with the masculine aspect of universe, Logos. Crowley likened the Hermit to the physical lifeform spermatazoa, and I do not dislike or disagree with this, but DNA is perhaps an even more accurate avatar of The Hermit, the discovery of which came after Crowley’s time.

The hermit is the shepherd, intuition and the subconscious of our minds that leads us through our own day to day jungles.

 

mini-010-X-FortuneAtu X: Fortune
Letter: כ Kaph (K), ך Kaph Final
Number: 20, 500F
Proximity: Sephira #4 (Chesed) to Sephira #7 (Netzach)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #21 “Fulfilled Desire”– Earth of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below)
Earth of  (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God saw that it was good”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #38: (K’uei) Opposition
Air: Hex #37: (Chia Jȇn) The Family / Clan
Water: Hex #40: (Hsieh) Deliverance
Earth: Hex #39: (Chien) Obstruction

 

Keywords (Dignified): Change, Luck, Fate, Karma, Dharma, Cycles, Seasons, Opportunity, Aspirations, Challenges, Conflict, Danger, Reciprocity, Cause-and-Effect, Industry, Mechanism, Negotiation, Balance, Attachments

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Stagnation, Misfortune, Gridlock, Blockades, Imbalance, Despair, Loss, Hopelessness, Horror

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called the Wheel of Fortune Lord of the Forces of Life, the the Wheel of Fortune card corresponds to the planetary Jupiter and places between Sephira #4 (Chesed) and Sephira #7 (Netzach) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Lo Shu square is used in Feng Shui geomantic occultism as the template for arranging Earth in coordination with Heaven to increase fortune. The arrangement of hexagrams in the “ba gua” style format is different from that which is usually used by Feng Shui masters. It is the essence or shorthand version of the P’an Ku movement, or descending heaven arrangement, which is also illustrated in more complex, yet essentially identical 64-hexagram format on the Hebrew Sephirothic Tree of Life.

The sphinx is present, the upper has a body of a cheetah, the lower the body of a lion. Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, demonstrating fortune as something that is relative to the situation.

mini-011-XI-JusticeAtu XI: Justice
Letter: ל Lammed (L)
Number: 30
Proximity: Sephira #5 (Geburah) to Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #22 “Faithful” – Earth of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below)
Water of  (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God blessed them, be fruitful and multiply”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #64: 未濟 (Wei Chi) Before Completion
Air: Hex #63: 既濟 (Chi Chi) After Completion
Water: Hex #64: 未濟 (Wei Chi) Before Completion
Earth: Hex #63: 既濟 (Chi Chi) After Completion

Keywords (Dignified): Balance, Consequence, Outcomes, Fulfillment, Sacrifice, Atonement, Reparations, Redemption, Litigations, Formalization, Karma, Dharma, Adjudication, Closure, Conclusion, Correction, Completion

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Inequality, Embezzlement, Corrupt Laws, Falsehood paraded as Truth, Dogma, Overburdened Law and Order system, Infanticide

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called Justice Daughter of the Lord of Truth, the Justice card corresponds to the zodiacal Libra and places between Sephira #5 (Geburah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system. Lesser associations are to the planetary Saturn and Venus.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Chinnamasta is one of the ten great mahavidyas, although a gruesome image to some, to the tantric adept it represents the immortality of the soul as well as the natural effortlessness with which the universe or goddess provides us with sustenance. Mahavidya means “Supreme Knowing” or “Great experience” in Sanskrit. In the Svatantra, Siva describes her. He says he ejaculates and at that moment she appears fierce and two saktis emerge from her and become her attendants. One day these attendants become hungry and ask devi for food. The goddess cuts off her head and feeds them and her self at the same time. She then places her head back on her body. When she returns home to Siva she is pale and he describes that he imagined she had been attacked by another which angers him and the aspect of Bhairav emerges, a terrible manifestation of Siva associated with annihilation with a wolf as his vehicle who is known for destroying empty conventions and perversion such as incest, dogma and empty-handed threats. Another version of the story describes Chinnamasta as an avenger that comes to the call of the gods asking for help to defeat an evil, like other popular stories of Durga or Kali.

The iconography of Chinnamasta describes the illusionary and complex state of matter and challenges conventional ideas of Divinity. She also embodies the entirety of the sacrificial process, being the object of devotion, the sacrifice, and the receiver of the boon of satisfying hunger.

She is described as *bright as a million suns*; hence the center of a large galaxy or the universe is shown in the background. Over her chest is a small blue gem, representing her traditional blue lotus. It represents the communicative action, where the blue color of the throat chakra, Visshuddi,  is overlaid on the solar plexus Manipura, the area from where thought becomes action. That we show our words instead of just give voice to them is important, particularly in matters of love.

mini-012-XII-HangedManAtu XII: The Hanged Man
Letter: מ Mem (M), ם Mem Final
Number: 40, 600F
Proximity: Sephira #5 (Geburah) to Sephira #8 (Hod)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #23 “Stable” – Earth of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Above/Below)
Earth of  (Kȇn) Keeping Still, Mountain (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God said, let the earth bring forth animals”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #21: 噬嗑 (Shi Ho) Biting Through
Air: Hex #22: (Pi) Grace
Water: Hex #47: (K’un) Oppression
Earth: Hex #48: (Ching) The Well

 

Keywords (Dignified): Surrender, Submission, Passive-Resistance, Conciliation, Sacrifice, Ego-Death, Humility, Courage, Innocence, Oppression, Redemption, Renunciation, Immolation, Resignation, Adversity, Retreat, Yielding, Pacifying

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):  Resistance, Emotion, Selfishness, Pride, Terror, Indulgence, Stubbornness, Inflammatory, Fighting

 

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Hanged Man Spirit of the Mighty Waters, the Hanged Man card corresponds to the planetary Neptune and places between Sephira #5 (Geburah) and Sephira #8 (Hod) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: As a couple and as occultists, we were displeased with the traditional imagery of the Hanged Man, steeped in Catholic funk and misguided intentions as it were. After years of discussion and months of watching films featuring “Hanged Man” characters, including King Arthur, Moses and so forth, we settled on the Mexican supreme deity Catlipoca, who is, in some regions in Mexico, still depicted as a black corpse on a cross, standing in for Jesus just as his proselytizers of antiquity packaged him to the reluctant Aztecs. He is known as “The Sacrificed One” and the reasons for this are never wholly clear, except that a victim, reminiscent of a Saturnalia King, was chosen each year and lived a life of luxury until his heart was removed at the temple. This sacrificial victim was the personification of Tezcatlipoca. Parallels can be drawn between the obsession with the setting and rising sun, the symbol of the patriarchal age. As the singular deity in Mexica civilization, he has many stories, but the one depicted in this card is actually the Aztec creation myth. The brothers Tezcatlipoca and Kukulkan (also known as Quetzelcoatl) inhabit a world which is comprised of only the waters, themselves, and the crocodile monster, Cipactli. Tezcatlipoca dangles his foot in the water and tempts Cipactli to him. She bites off his foot, and the brothers tear her apart, creating the world, thus, his sacrifice and resourcefulness causes an explosion of life. It is the moment of sacrifice that we have focused on here.

Mexicolore provides an insightful commentary on Tezcatlipoca:

“The symposium opened with a presentation by the ‘grandfather’ of Aztec research, Professor Henry B. Nicholson, setting the whole event in the broad context of our knowledge of Aztec culture (as he pointed out, ‘Aztecs’ is a very inadequate term for the style of the late post-Classic period: the Aztecs themselves called themselves the ‘Tenochca-Tlatelolca-Colhua-Mexica’, or just ‘Mexica’ for short!). Professor Nicholson reminded the audience of just some of the key features of Tezcatlipoca: omnipotent, virile, art sorcerer, darkness, jaguar, ‘were-animal’ par excellence, total power, Jupiter, blended with Ometeotl in the supreme heaven, ‘every creature was powerless before him…’”

Ian Mursell, Mexicolore <http://www.mexicolore.co.uk/index.php?one=azt&two=aaa&id=222> July 25th 2011

Where the hanged man is usually a victim, it is less apparent that in his victimhood he achieves supreme success: Tezcatlipoca is a sacrifice to Cipactli, but he is, as the Professor puts it: total power, a dangerous shapeshifter and the supreme deity. Comparisons with Jesus are easy to make, though Tezcatlipoca does the beat with extreme style and sexual panache, thus making him an ideal candidate for the “new” Hanged Man. If we were bolder we could very well have renamed it “The Sacrificed One”.

Images of Siva being subdued under Kali’s blood drunken demon-killing rampage were disposed of, on account of them being overdone and much too common for what we were trying to accomplish here, and not quite enough to redeem the Hanged Man from the garbage he had been drowning in for over a century.

This is an individual who follows a dangerous path. If one draws this card, they may already be inexorably tangled in the web of designs in which they are fated to follow or aid this person. Whatever power he is servant to is omnipotent, like traditional ideas of god, and also dark. Thus the person cannot be opposed, even if they appear to be in a position of weakness. Their powers will manifest in unexpected and strange ways, not always obviously connected to the person himself.

mini-013-XIII-DeathAtu XIII: Death
Letter: נ Nun (N), ן Nun Final
Number: 50, 700F
Proximity: Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) to Sephira #7 (Netzach)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #24 “Imaginative”– Earth of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Above/Below)
Water of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God made the beasts of the field”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #35: (Chin) Progress
Air: Hex #36: 明夷 (Ming I) Darkening of the Light
Water: Hex #6: (Sung) Conflict
Earth: Hex #5: (Hsü) Waiting

 

Keywords (Dignified): Transformation, Finality, Mortality, Exhaustion, Rebirth, Metamorphosis, Redirection, Chthonian, Underworld, Putrefaction, Decomposition, Dissolution, Dispersion, Termination, Suspension, Redistribution

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Stagnation, Pointlessness, Stasis, Entropy, Chaos, Hoarding, Obsession, Clinging to the Past

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called Death Child of the Great Transformers, the Death card corresponds to the zodiacal Scorpio and places between Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) and Sephira #7 (Netzach) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Maya, represented as the gatekeeper to the world above. She is black, representing the eternal night into which all existence must coalesce into. Life ends at her feet, colored red like the muladhara that leads to the bottomless pit where Ananta resides.

The mace represents the brutality of death’s influence on incarnated beings. She points up, indicating that she will slay all who stand before her on this floor. Raising consciousness was once the supreme goal of all kings and jivas (incarnated beings) and that reason is Maya herself who will reclaim all that belongs to her. The only refuge is to rise above the slaughter.

In life, there are many who will stand gawking at death, for fear or stupidity, not knowing that they grow closer to annihilation with their inability to act in the right way. The shamanic death, as it is called, is not like this. It is not a death at all but an active meditation akin to a serpent shedding its skin. People are not serpents, but they can master the art of the transmutative activity. Most perform this action at death anyways, but it is more useful to be able to achieve it on a regular healthy basis in life.

mini-014-XIV-ArtAtu XIV: Art
Letter: ס Samekh (S, X)
Number: 60
Proximity: Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) to Sephira #8 (Hod)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #25 “Trial” – Water of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven (Above/Below)
Earth of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God saw that it was good”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #26: 大畜 (Ta Ch’u) Taming Power of the Great
Air: Hex #25: 無妄 (Wu Wang) Innocence
Water: Hex #46: (Shêng) Pushing Upward
Earth: Hex #45: (Ts’ui) Gathering Together / Massing

Keywords (Dignified): Alchemy, Creativity, Synthesis, Projection, Distillation, Perspective, Assimilation, Invocation, Imagination, Attunement, Invention, Intuition, Communication, Simulation, Refinery, Skill, Mastery

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Inefficiency, Waste, Ignorance, Difficulty, Dullness, Disinterest, Disturbance

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called Temperance Daughter of the Reconcilers, the Temperance card corresponds to the zodiacal Sagittarius, primarily and Capricon and Scorpio secondarily. The planetaries Saturn and Mars are considered integral to the card’s trans-mutative process as well as ruling Capricorn and Scorpio. Art places between Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) and Sephira #9 (Yesod) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Circe, with influences of Ra’ath, the daughter of Ra (like Anubis, Ra’ath is an Anglicized word, the original form is Raet). There is little written of Ra’ath that is not simply attributed to Mrs. Hathor, who is also a cow headed goddess. While Hathor is Mother, Daughter and Wife to Ra, Ra’ath is specifically the wife and daughter aspect and so close to Ra as to be virtually indistinguishable from his Will and Power. In the language of the Vedas, Ra’ath would be the Shakti of Ra.  Just as the goddess takes different forms so too does her husband – more specifically she is married to Mentu or Montu, the fierce and deadly Lord of War and Vengeance who introduced himself to Crowley vis a vis the Book of the Law, in the proof called the Stellae of Revealing. This depicts Montu, not merely Ra and the distinction is of immense importance. It is not the false “Horus” of Isis the deciever (A curse be upon her) nor is it simply the father god Ra. Cobras were of great importance to Ra’ath as they flank the walkway to the temple at Medamud. Her connection to Ma’at is secured in her vulture headdress.  Ra and Ra’ath are the Mother/Father deities of Stars, of course. Ra is specifically attributed to the largest and closest star by the Egyptians – they were ignorant of the true nature of more distant stars, but in light of modern science we can extend his boundaries much further, especially as the radioactive and warlike Ra Hoor Khut, whose sacred book speaks from a place of stars which mankind has as of yet failed to attain. Circe tames men and turns them into beasts according to their nature, this alchemy of revealing the true form by artifice is the heart of the Art card. Art also has a way of subduing through beauty. “Musick has charm to subdue a savage Breast” wrote William Congreve in The Mourning Bride (1697) and, “Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn’d”

It’s important not to limit the boundaries of Art within traditional media such as music and visual Art, or only within a certain style. (For example, the white chauvinist stating blandly that “Rap music is just obnoxious talking”) Art rides over preference, and at the heart of it lies Mystery.

mini-015-XV-TheDevilAtu XV: The Devil
Letter: ע Ayin (AA, O)
Number: 70
Proximity: Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) to Sephira #9 (Yesod)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #26 “Renewing”– Water of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind (Above/Below)
Water of (Tui) Joyous, Lake (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God said, let us make man”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #18: (Ku) Correcting / Decay
Air: Hex #17: (Sui) Following
Water: Hex #18: (Ku) Correcting / Decay
Earth: Hex #17: (Sui) Following

 

Keywords (Dignified): Sexuality, Creativity, Hedonism, Carnality, Ecstasy, Abundance, Pleasure, Seduction, Naturalism, Dissent, Rebellion, Intemperance, Exploratory, Unconventional, Uninhibited, Daring, Taboo, Reckless

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Repression, Obsession, Restriction, Fear, Entropy, Pain, Repulsion, Scarcity

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Devil, The Lord of the Gates of Matter, the Devil card corresponds to the zodiacal Capricorn the planetary Saturn and Mars, and places between Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) and Sephira #8 (Hod) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Devil has long been dreaded and hairy in the Tarot, and we wanted to go with a more beautiful, Indian devil. Krsna’s brother, Lord Balarama, the original Vishnu. This very significant form of god is primordial, dark and perfectly suited to be our handsome devil for The Mutational Alchemy Tarot. Balarama’s form is Ananta Sesa, the primordial serpent who supports the entire universe on just one of his scales. He is absolute truth and infinite illusion. In this scene, we are seeing him pull the river goddess Yamuna to him with his plow, and is about to scatter her into hundreds of streams for her disobedience. Yamuna realizes her mistake, and beseeches him “My dear Balarama, You are the most powerful personality, and You are pleasing to everyone. Unfortunately, I forgot Your glorious, exalted position, but now I have come to my senses, and I remember that You hold all the planetary systems on Your head merely by Your partial expansion of Sesa. You are the sustainer of the whole universe. My dear Supreme Personality of Godhead, You are full of six opulences. Because I forgot Your omnipotence, I have mistakenly disobeyed Your order, and thus I have become a great offender. But, my dear Lord, please know that I am a surrendered soul unto You. You are very much affectionate to Your devotees. Therefore please excuse my impudence and mistakes and, by Your causeless mercy, may You now release me.”

Now, the Devil should be scary, but Balarama is a far more terrifying figure of omnipotent and sinister energy than a mere Satyr sitting in some kind of rape dungeon. It is the position of The Abrahadabra Institute that Pan himself, who should in no way be equated to these silly looking goat men on most Tarot cards, is in every way equivalent to Krsna, and in some ways the figure was not retarded in its development in Bharat by iconoclastic disruption and destruction of cultural heritage as it was in Greece.

mini-016-XVI-BlastedTowerAtu XVI: The Blasted Tower
Letter: פ Pé (P), ף Pé Final
Number: 80, 800F
Proximity: Sephira #7 (Netzach) to Sephira #8 (Hod)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #27 “Exciting”– Water of (Li) The Clinging, Fire (Above/Below)
Earth of (K’an) Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God created man”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #22: (Pi) Grace
Air: Hex #21: 噬嗑 (Shi Ho) Biting Through
Water: Hex #48: (Ching) The Well
Earth: Hex #47: (K’un) Oppression

 

Keywords (Dignified): Perilous, Collapse, Upheaval, Danger, Catastrophe, Deluge, Disaster, House-of-Cards, Frantic Shuffle, Shattered, Crashed, Sudden, Alarming, Unexpected, Titanic, Volcanic, Rupture, Breach, Calamitous, Chaotic, Abrupt

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Misdirection, Calm Before the Storm, Averted Disaster, Shortsightedness, Blindness, Recklessness, Evil, Theft, Armageddon

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Blasted Tower Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty, the Blasted Tower card corresponds to the planetary Mars and places between Sephira #7 (Netzach) and Sephira #8 (Hod) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: This card began as a dream of a tall black tower in the middle of the ocean. When I encountered m1thr0s and the Abrahadabra formula, as a Bhakti practitioner I had been coming to what one would presume was the very first stages of Bhakti, that of being in tune with nature everywhere one went – without having to actually enter wilderness. A before unimaginable peace permeated my existence. Then the thought dawned on me to destroy whatever was disrupting this world. There was a man at the top of the tower that was not my proper ruler. I received a vision of the earth and came to the conclusion that whoever ruled this world was driving it towards ruin, and I needed it gone.

In my dream, at the top of my tower there was a light, and I swam towards it – I was a black serpent – Shakti. I crept up the side of this slick black tower of rock in the middle of a vast stormy ocean, and I found the man at the top – I knew he needed to go. And I decided then he was going to go, I knew it was my world and my time to rule as I pleased. I crushed the tower beneath my coils and the man fell into the ocean, screaming, and the rock slipped away to reveal a lovely, white, gleaming radiance. I gazed on the remains of the top of the tower and found my love there, The Emperor. Years later, I spoke with m1thr0s about the Emperor and we both agreed that the proper place of the archetype in the Tarot was properly 17 and the Star, 4. Tzaddi is not the star.

mini-017-XVII-TheEmperorAtu XVII: The Emperor
Letter: צ Tzaddi (Tz), ץ Tzaddi Final
Number: 90, 900F
Proximity: Sephira #7 (Netzach) to Sephira #9 (Yesod)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #28 “Natural”– Water of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain (Above/Below)
Water of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Without/Within)
Berashith: “In the form of God he created him”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #52: (Kên) Keeping Still / Mountain
Air: Hex #51: (Chên) The Arousing / Thunder
Water: Hex #57: (Sun) The Penetrating / Wind
Earth: Hex #58: (Tui) The Joyous / Lake

Keywords (Dignified): Imperious, Regal, Paternal, Disciplinary, Strong, Protective, Worldly, Assertive, Resolute, Intent, Focused, Penetrating, Principled, Realistic, Practical, Unstoppable, Authoritative, Indisputable, Foundational

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Danger, Tyranny, Evil, Domination, Oppression, Bad, Anger, Harshness, Petulance, Weak-willed

Interpretations

Historical: 

The Emperor card is one of several paths that have been positioned incorrectly according to the Proximity Principle of Mutational Alchemy, and The Book of the Law.

In the Golden Dawn system it is usually placed between Sephira #7 (Netzach) and Sephira #9 (Yesod) and is assigned the Hebrew letter/number Tzaddi (90).

It gets moved several times. The Book of the Law, (Liber Al Vel Legis) stated in 1904,  “All these old letters of my Book are aright; but [Tzaddi] is not the Star. This also is secret: my prophet shall reveal it to the wise.”

Crowley responded by switching the Hebrew letter of the Star with the Emperor, but he didn’t change the ATU numeration. He also switched its positioning on the tree with the Star but again, didn’t change the ATU numeration.

The Emperor with the correct letter, Tzaddi, should logically correspond to the 28th Proximity Principal path between Sephira #7 (Netzach) and Sephira #9 (Yesod). The Emperor card acquires the additional value of Atu XVII, previously assigned to the Star card.

Golden Dawn: Called The Emperor, The Son of the Morning, The Emperor card corresponds to the zodiacal Aries and places between Sephira #3 (Chokmah) and Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Emperor was one of our favorite cards. We both agreed that we were sick to death of the pompous fancy-pants decked out in tragically materialistic trappings, all too caught up in his silk panties and booties and not at all very good at ruling so much as sitting in his highchair. We fought especially hard with the Thoth imagery, where we felt it should be more indicative of an active ruler at least, and not a disinterested buffoon.

The lightning worlds, the sun worlds and the moon worlds are from Hermetic Kabbalah tradition, relating to the tree of life. The triangle of the lightning world is centered in Da’ath, the uppermost triangle, and corners are in Binah, Chokmah and Tiphareth. The only way to express the top triangle cosmologically, according to Hermetic Kabbalah is with lightning. The sun worlds are anchored in Geburah, Chesed and Yesod. the Lunar worlds anchored in Hod, Netzach and Malkuth..

Here we have the aftermath of the Devil who is also the hidden Emperor and his work: The Tower – the power issue has been resolved and the true ruler descends through the three worlds to claim what is his by omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence.

There is a paradigm shift in his numeration. New tarot users will not be aware of it, but for experienced occultists the change may be exhilarating or horrifying, depending on one’s point of view. An educated decision is best.

The Book of the Law through “Hadit” tells us “All these old letters of my Book are aright; but tzaddi is not the Star”. Crowley took the advice to heart and switched the Hebrew letters Tzaddi which was associated to The Star, and He associated with The Emperor, with each other, but not did not switch the Star and the Emperor’s ordering in the ATU. m1thr0s has issued this correction and I feel very pleased with due to the secrets it reveals. Appropriately the Emperor and Empress are no longer side by side. Even more wonderfully, the Emperor’s path now runs between Netzach and Yesod, and in the ATU he is now before the Moon. The ordering of the ATU reflects his physical position on the tree. It is appropriate that the Emperor be “down in the fray” as it were, commanding his kingdom – even though his authority derives from his association with the supreme feminine, the Empress, and from Kether itself. His physical manifestation is the “hand of god”. Thus in the card, he is given the form of Apsu or alternately, Kolowisi, the all-father water serpent from Sumerian and Zuni mythology. Apsu is called “Lord of the Sweet Waters” and is the consort of Tiamat, “Lady of the Bitter Waters”.  He is a  black bashumu, or horned serpent, also a  symbol of the Indian idea of primordial universe, the sea-serpent Shesha Ananta, a black endless serpent outside time and universe, often depicted supporting one of the supreme triumvirate, Vishnu, who is like his child or emanation.

Shesha Ananta only incarnates a small part of himself ever as Balarama, always the older brother of Lord Vishnu’s avatar. He has pure white skin and a commanding disposition of the Lord engaged in Lila appropriate to the Emperor’s path connecting Netzach and Yesod, or Venus and Luna.

Students of Mutational Alchemy will note the appearance of his horns reflect the anatomy of the TwinStar and this was intentional from the start.

mini-018-XVIII-TheMoonAtu XVIII: The Moon
Letter: ק Qoph (Q)
Number: 100
Proximity: Sephira #7 (Netzach) to Sephira #10 (Malkuth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #29 “Corporealizing” – Water of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake (Above/Below)
Earth of  (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God blessed them”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #41: (Sun) Decrease
Air: Hex #42: (I) Increase
Water: Hex #32: (Hêng) Duration
Earth: Hex #31: (Hsien) Influence/Wooing

 

Keywords (Dignified): Lunar, Miasmic, Murky, Eerie, Dreamy, Hypnagogic, Astral, Sensual, Mystical, Foreboding, Shadowy, Transmutable, Reflective, Reverberative, Illusory, Secretive, Ominous, Visionary, Disorienting, Psychological, Drugs, esp. Hallucinogens

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Cold Reality, Terror, Misery, Psychopathy, Lunacy, Self-destruction, Danger, Poison, Entrapment, Insanity

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Moon, Ruler of Flux and Reflux, The Moon card corresponds to the zodiacal Pisces and places between Sephira #7 (Netzach) and Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Rather than confine the deck to earth, the literal terran moon is absent. The texture on the crescent is from a photograph taken by Nasa of the surface of Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars. This speaks for the eerier side of the moon card symbology where fear surrounds the subconscious and manifests as paranoia and irrational fears (phobias). Gravity exerts a vast degree of control on the internal workings of lifeforms, weather and other matter here on our planet, which lends the moon potency in the religions of man across the ages. One cannot deny one’s own internal nature just as the dog cannot wholly escape its genetic heritage derived from wolves, as the card is displayed on most other versions of tarot. Instinct is ultimately king, whether or not we admit it to ourselves, choices may barely be ours, instead based on irrational fears and primal instinct.

The Hexagrams themselves have a dreamy quality, combined with the hexagrams for Increasing and Decreasing, the lunar symbology is clear.

Mushrooms under the feet of the composite beasts are a nod to the hallucinogenic herbs that formed the backbone of human civilization’s forays into science, occult insight even into the modern age and beyond, simply for as long as the human brain responds positively to hallucinogenic substances.

Purple and green, artistically the colors of poison, absinthe and nightshade were chosen for the card, as well as the gold and blue-black of the composite chimeric creatures, representing mystery. This is the traditional symbol of the god Ningishzidda, adapted from an ancient Sumerian beaker created under the rule of King Gudea of Lagash by an unknown artist. The patron god was Ningishzidda in the ancient city of Lagash, a location renowned for its stunning visual artifacts produced by very advanced artisans.

On the original beaker the chimeric creatures are mushussu, chaos monsters, here they are leopards. In the various Sumerian studies I had performed in order to accurately interpret the beaker’s symbology I came across some opinion that they were griffins or cats, which isn’t actually true, although the leopard lends itself well to the symbol. Ningishzidda is referred to as “impetuous leopard” in one translation of a Sumerian balbale dedicated to him.

mini-019-XIX-TheSunAtu XIX: The Sun
Letter: ר Resh (R)
Number: 200
Proximity: Sephira #8 (Hod) to Sephira #9 (Yesod)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #30 “Universal” – Water of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water (Above/Below)
Water of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God said be fruitful and multiply”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #4: (Mêng) Youthful Folly
Air: Hex #3: (Chun) Difficulty at the Beginning
Water: Hex #50: (Ting) The Caldron
Earth: Hex #49: (Ko) Revolution/Molting

 

Keywords (Dignified): Solar, Radiant, Clarifying, Penetrating, Illumination, Nourishment, Agitation, Restlessness, Inspiration, Power, Drive, Motivation, Enthusiasm, Vitality, Strength, Beauty, Illumination, Banishing, Triumph, Awakening

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Irrationality, Pessimism, Ingratitude, Delay, Arrogance, Loneliness, Solitude, Worries

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Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Sun, Lord of the Fires of the World, The Sun card corresponds to the planetary Sol and places between Sephira #8 (Hod) and Sephira #9 (Yesod) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The sun is the symbol of the brightest natural object in the human world. The splendor of universal form is expressed here.

The sun bears down at a noon position, over the black abyss, filling the receptive with life and light. The scarab is an ancient symbol of the sun, bearing it across the sky in Egyptian mythology. A particular kind of scarab, the dung beetle, of which there are several species, rolls a ball of dung across the ground for food storage or for a brooding ball. To this day the scarab is one of the most helpful creatures in agriculture. This act of rolling a ball across the desert is repeated in Egyptian art, with the ball representing the sun. The hieroglyphic image of the scarab is also important in Egyptian culture. It has various meanings, generally interpreted as “transformation” although this is not the full extent of the word’s meaning. The scarab was also represented as the head of Kheper.

During the creation of the painting I accidently invoked Kheper while researching scarabs on Wikipedia.. The energy was very good, ancient and fiery. It primarily centered on the left side of my cranium which indicated a masculine energy typical of the sun. Easy, vivid and accurate invocations stumbled upon by happy accident are hallmarks of the star language we are pioneering here. The spontaneity of the encounter can be totally natural yet as delightful as encountering a wolf in the forest on a hike or a butterfly landing on one’s hand.

mini-020-XX-AeonAtu XX: The Aeon
Letter: ש Shin (Sh)
Number: 300
Proximity: Sephira #8 (Hod) to Sephira #10 (Malkuth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #31 “Perpetual” – Water of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder (Above/Below)
Earth of  (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God said behold I have given you”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #27: (I) Corners of the Mouth / Providing Nourishment
Air: Hex #27: (I) Corners of the Mouth / Providing Nourishment
Water: Hex #28: 大過 (Ta Kuo) Preponderance of the Great
Earth: Hex #28: 大過 (Ta Kuo) Preponderance of the Great

Keywords (Dignified): Era, Time, Epoch, Age, Procession, Continuity, Mechanism, Adjudication, Adjustment, Judgment, Recurrence, Revolution, Reincarnation, Scrutiny, Accountability, Current, Tenor, Spirit, Collective Consciousness

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Outdatedness, Ignorance, Karmic Issues, Reparations, Consequences

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Last Judgement, The Spirit of the Primal Fire, The Last Judgement card corresponds to the planetary Saturn and the zodiacals Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio and places between Sephira #9 (Yesod) and Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Aeon is thought of in terms of a set amount of years, anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 as with the astrological ages. This concept may be incorrect taken at face value. While stronger currents of one aeon or another may indeed exist, time at the level of the tree of life may be more of a Euclidean concept. While we may be living in say the year 1997 with another human, we are actually “looking back at them” in time from the Aeon of Ra Hoor Khut into the Aeon of some other ruler. We see hints of this all the time in stories and cultural phenomenon. Avalon was one such example, said to be a place of timelessness dedicated to the mother goddess of what is now Western Europe, destroyed by the shadow of Christianity – a manifestation of the Aeon of Pisces or Osiris as Crowley refers to it.

As an individual can learn to navigate the tree, so too can one participate in future or prior aeons. The idea that the aeon is a genetic timeline is also feasible – where one unlocks certain doors only with the right genetic markers in place. Everything that makes us who we are is affected by DNA structure so it is not difficult to imagine this also being affected by the Aeonic trends.

In many cultures, the idea of the divine “culling” certain humans while leaving others behind to live (or die, alternately) is a religious theme, complete with its own art, rituals, dogma and stories.

The journey of the shamanic involves casting off old shells as frequently as needed – failure to let go of attachments can lead to distorted and stunted growth. Movement through the aeons may be indicated by a child not being able to comply with its parent’s wishes. The parents may see it as defiance, the child may see it as rejection, when it is only really an example of aeonic divergance.

mini-021-XXI-TheUniverseAtu XXI: The Universe
Letter: ת Tau (Th)
Number: 400
Proximity: Sephira #9 (Yesod) to Sephira #10 (Malkuth)
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #32 “Serving” – Water of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Above/Below)
Water of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth (Without/Within)
Berashith: “God saw all the He had made”
Corner Hexagrams:
Fire: Hex #23: (Po) Splitting Apart
Air: Hex #24: (Fu) Return / The Turning Point
Water: Hex #44: (Kou) Coming to Meet
Earth: Hex #43: (Kuai) Resoluteness / Breakthrough

Keywords (Dignified): Culmination, Completion, Destination, Closure, Kingdom, Finalization, Accomplishments, Recognition, Coordination, Synergy, Wholism, Solidification, Materialization, Unification, Perfection, Liberation, Kundalini

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Antisocialism, Shortsightedness, Shallowness, Vanity, Ungrounded, Lost, Petty

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Universe, The Great One of the Night of Time, The Universe card corresponds to the planetary Saturn and the zodiacals Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio and places between Sephira #9 (Yesod) and Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Universe is depicted seated in the Tree of Life surrounded by the Oroboros. Like Devi, who is said to manifest in and as young girls (one of the foundational precepts of the Shakti cult) the Universe is depicted as a young prepubescent girl. This attribution is not only Vedic – the Coast Salish peoples with whom the artist and author has relations with also regard young pure girls as sacred and use their hair to decorate their most sacred magickal instruments. Similar rites are certainly to be found elsewhere on the planet. Shakti is a serpent, but here the masculine force is both the tree and the serpent as the Oroboros. The species is modelled after the Woma, an Australian species equated to the Rainbow Serpent. Serpents have a long history in religious iconography, such as in Judaism, where they were venerated for a very long time as the Nachash,  or in Hinduism where the Lord of the Ego, Ananta, supports entire universe, to Zuni beliefs where the Serpent is the fertile father protector of the people and the waters. The Oroboros symbolizes the constant renewal and self sustaining nature of Universe. The Universe is sufficient first cause unto itself, requiring no other creator. This form of the creation is similar to the model in Kabbalah, where an infinite, never beginning and never ending light, Ain Soph Aur, self creates the vast pocket of space that contains the physical universe in its entirety. It is here that the light develops into the Supreme Personality of Godhead, called Elohim by the Jews, Krsna by the Indians and so on and so forth. This masculine god has a counterpart in the emptiness created through this action, the container herself. Devi is said to be most accurately portrayed as a “jar”, as a young girl, or as clay especially a clay idol. It is the jar, or alembic form that summarizes the nature of The Universe in the context of totality – that is what is outside Universe as well as within – Ain Soph Aur, the Boundless Light and the Boundless.

The card is highly auspicious but like all of the cards, it carries with it the hint of boundaries. Knowing the boundaries of a space or situation allows one to break out of and into different worlds and universes.

Court Cards

 

mini-022-king-stavesKing of Staves

Planetary: Uranus (Above) / Mars (Below)
 Diamond Path: Chokmah, Wisdom (Above) / Gevurah, Severity (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Via
 Tetragram: Fire (Above) / Fire (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords (Dignified): Pathfinder, Inspiring, Warmth, Boldness, Newness, Masculinity, Adventuresome, Forceful, Warlord, Charismatic, Motivational, Leader, Strong Sexuality

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Tyrannical, Demanding, Destructive, Impatience, Violent, Controlling, Raging, Rapist

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Knight of Wands Lord of Flame and Lightning, the Knight of Wands card corresponds to the zodiacals Scorpio and Sagittarius and the constellation Hercules. It places at Chokmah in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Fire of Fire, in the elemental assignments of the royal or court cardsRavana, (literally “Risen Sun”) King of the Rakshasas, (demons in control of one half of Samsaric universe)  is widely regarded as the enemy of Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu. The importance of Vishnu in Indian religious beliefs cannot be overstated – he represents one third of the entire universe, as The Preserver in the balance between The Destroyer and The Creator, or Siva and Brahma respectively. Those Vaishnavites who follow Krsna or Vishnu know that it in his meditation, Siva is concentrating on Vishnu. The story of Ravana and Rama, when analyzed correctly and intelligently, reveals the way in which preservation takes place. Ravana is an incarnation of one of the two gatekeepers to Vaikuntha, the realm of Vishnu. When the gatekeepers Jaya and Vijaya arrogantly refuse to allow two very great sages into the realm, because of their humble appearance as children, a result of their very highly developed consciousness, the sages cursed them both in anger. Vishnu attends to the drama, allowing the sages in himself, but is unable to remove the curse, only redirect it. He gives the gatekeepers the choice of being reborn as his greatest devotees one hundred times, or as his greatest enemy only three times. They choose the latter, probably to serve a shorter sentence – the trick in this being that in one of his lives he becomes immortal, and is born as long-lived and powerful half-man half-Rakshasa.

In his second life, born into ignorance of all of this as Ravana, he begins austerity dedicated to The Creator, Brahma, and after achieving a boon he asks to become invincible to celestial beings, rakshasas, nagas and so forth, but chooses to leave out mortal men whom he regards as too pathetic to be a threat. Vishnu incarnate as a human – Rama. After Ravana conquers Lanka, he governs it intelligently and wisely. There is no poverty or hunger in the city. In the process of his war campaigns, he attains the achievement of being Siva’s greatest devotee by accidentally angering and subsequently attaining the admiration of The Destroyer. In the story he tries to get access to Siva’s abode on the holy Mt. Kailash. Nandi, Siva’s gatekeeper won’t let him pass. To try to impress or annoy Nandi he lifts up Mt. Kailash and disturbs Siva and Parvati. Siva crushes him under the mountain using his little toe. Ravana is trapped under the mountain for years. He composes the famous Siva Tandav Stotram which is a devotional song to Siva and his wife Parvati. Siva is pleased with his severe penance (tapyasa) and awards him with the holy blade Chandrahas “Laughter of the Moon”, warning him that if it is used injustly, it will bring about his doom. Ravana goes on to conquer both human and immortals – both asura and rakshasa over the course of hundreds of years. He commands the rising and setting of the sun and is lord over the three worlds at the time Rama and Sita are born into the world.

 

The curse of the sages begins to be fulfilled when Ravana attempts to seduce Vedavati, a beautiful ascetic he finds in a forest performing bhakti yoga to Vishnu in an attempt to win him as a husband. She refuses his advances, and he pulls her hair. She sets herself on fire, promising to return to destroy him as she dies. An important part of this tale is that she does not recognize Ravana as an aspect of Vishnu. She is reborn as Sita and marries Rama, attaining her goal. However, Sita is kidnapped by Ravana, as the darker aspect of consciousness is not willing to let go of its unfulfilled desires. Rama, as the avatar of Vishnu must reclaim her. He kills Ravana,  and Jaya’s second incarnation as an enemy of Vishnu is done. The curse has not yet run its course, however. Sita in turn, is refused by Rama, just as she refused Ravana. She is cast out by Rama into the forest, pregnant and alone, abandoned due public opinion against her that she had been raped by Ravana or the Rakshasa guards and was unworthy of being a queen. Later, filled with regret, he welcomes her back to the palace, after learning she has given birth to two boys and has survived the trial. Instead of just recognizing the error of his ways, and leaving her be, he forces her to undergo trial by fire to test her purity. She does so, and Rama opens his arms to embrace her, but she does not go to him, Instead the earth mother cracks open the floor of the palace and takes Sita back into the earth telling Rama he does not deserve her. Neither Ravana nor Rama have the ability to win what they desire.

Ravana represents the reckless darkness in us all, and the danger such volatile subconscious powers can pose to our lives. The subconscious is a source of great power and knowledge, but it is also capable of destroying us if wielded carelessly. Rama represents justice and karmic repercussions – both for Ravana and for Vedavati/Sita. In the Ramayana, Ravana and Rama are the same consciousness, split by internal contradictions. Neither are allowed to reside in Vaikuntha, the realm of Vishnu, The Preserver, which signifies the lesson this ancient tale is attempting to convey about the nature of metaphysical preservation and how the flaws in the characters do not belong in the heavenly abode, although liberation is promised to all eventually. It warns us not to make the same mistakes the divine characters are making, but it shows us also the path to achieving happiness at the same time. Ravana and Rama represent two parts of kingdom divided in the self.

Ravana is a most appropriate character to fulfill the station of Fire of Fire. Like the Rakshasas, the King of Staves is a workaholic, and creates prosperity and security for his people. However this is not what drives the military minded King, he is driven by the force of the element of Fire itself. The King of Staves can be represented by any All-Father deity such as Zeus, Pan’Ku, 

Geomantic: Called Via (Latin for *the Way*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Masculine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term Explorator Viae (*Pathfinder*) replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Guardian Class / ESTJ (Supervisor) Type
Supervisor types are responsible and orderly; capable of ruling their world according to the “law of the land” however that may be defined or accepted by them. They are adept at moving an organization forward using concrete facts and logic to make decisions that facilitate a smooth and efficient operation.

mini-036-king-bladesKing of Blades

Planetary: Uranus (Above) / Mercury (Below)
 Diamond Path: Chokmah, Wisdom (Above) / Hod, Splendor (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Cauda Draconis
 Tetragram: Fire (Above) / Air (Below)

 

 

 

 

Keywords (Dignified): Debonaire, Eloquent, Intelligence, Language, Graceful, Cunning, Meticulous, Seductive, Genius, Secretive, Dangerous

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Arrogant, Slanderous, Obsessive, Liar, Sharp, Bureaucratic, Cruel, Evil Genius, Reclusive, Deceptive, Bitter

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Knight of Swords Lord of the Winds and Breezes, The Knight of Swords card corresponds to the zodiacals Taurus and Gemini and the Sephira #2 (Chokmah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Ningishzidda (sum: dnin-giš-zid-da) is a Mesopotamian deity, a member of the group referred to as the transtigridian snake gods. These deities are defined by their attachment to people of the ancient world near the Tigris river, and their subsequent migration into Iranian territory, as well as by their ophidian attributes. He is also classified as a death god by the canonical god list An-Anum. The prince of Lagash, Gudea, refers to his deity by the name dingir-numun-zi-zi-da which translates as “god of much good progeny” a reference to his strong fertility connotations; and he is called Gišbanda “Young Tree” in Nippur.

The Ningishzidda symbol is one of the earliest known representations of the caduceus. We know Ningishzidda from a scarce handful of artifacts. Two of them have a caduceus present. One of the caduceus type symbols was unearthed at the Chogha Mish dig site in Iran, near the Elamite city of Susa, and is dated to approximately 2500 B.C. It has no identifiable cuneiform writing to link it to Ningishzidda. Chogha Mish was the epicenter for the invention of cuneiform, the earliest form of writing.

The other caduceus symbol does have cuneiform telling us about Ningishzidda: it is a steatite carving designed to hold liquid, now housed in the Louvre and unearthed at the Lagash dig site. The grail is engraved with crowned and winged Bašmu, dangerous mystical serpents who are messengers of Irkalla, the land of the dead who is ruled by Ningishzidda’s grandmother Ereskigal. They hold up staves with a loop of leather or rope on the end – a peculiar and mysterious symbol unique to Sumerian holy iconography. Between the two chimerical creatures is the caduceus itself – a double-headed snake twining about the sphere-capped pole. The inscription reads “Dedicated by Gudea, ruler of Lagash, to his god Ningishzidda, for the prolongation of his life.”

Its decoration is wholly symbolic, two snakes, twined round a pole, rise up to the lip of the vase, as if to drink the liquid poured from it, while two winged dragons stand guard behind them, holding in their front paws a staff with a loop at the top. These monsters must have inspired the most salutary awe, for they combine several dangerous animals in one; the eagle contributes its wings and talons, the snake its head, the panther its body, and the scorpion its poison-charged tail. This composite beast has the divine prerogatives: witness its horned crown. There can be no room for doubt: this is the animal attribute of the god Ningizzida, and as such protects Gudea, while ensuring the fertility of his dominions through the twining snake accompanying it. Here we have the origin of the caduceus, which through the ages has retained its virtue as a beneficent emblem.

Andre Parrot, Sumer: The Dawn of Art 1961

His name in Sumerian is usually translated as “lord of the good tree”. Thorkild Jacobsen agrees with this and interprets the meaning as “the power of the tree to draw substance through its roots”. Three economic groups are identified in the region spanning from Uruk to Ur. First, there are the marshland people who worshipped deities descending from Enki in the cities of Eridu, Ku’ar and Nina. Second the herdsmen who worshipped Nanna and his descendents in Ur and northward. Lastly a group of people who held sacred the chthonic deities descending from Ninazu, associated with trees and vegetation. He correlates the name “Lord of the Good Tree” as significant to the orchard tenders who observed the power of the rising sap, and of the roots which resemble divine serpents creeping up from the ground, emanating from the source of fruit and life. Jacobsen suggests they saw the serpentine roots as “embodiments of living supernatural power”.

In the balbale to Ningishzidda, he is referred to by some powerful and unruly titles. He is called “murderous howling Muš-huš” as well as: Lord with Holy Dignity, Falcon Preying on the Gods, Impetuous Leopard, Lofty-headed Prince, Serpent with a Great Tongue, Lion of the Distant Mountains, and many others.

Ningishzidda is the son of Ninazu and Ningirida. His consort is Ngeshtin-ana (“heavenly grape vine”), who is a daughter of Enki and Ninhursag, as well as sister of Tammuz and Azimua (“productive branch’) another daughter of Enki and Ninhursag born under unusual circumstances.

Early scholars at the beginning of the 20th century, following an inscription found at Lagash, determined he was the son of Heaven (Anu) and Earth (Uras).

According to Franz Wiggermann it is Istaran, another ophidian member of the Ninazu clan, and Elamite god of the land called Der bordering Sumer who is the son of Anu and Uras. Since this relationship is also attributed to Ningishzidda by Price, it is unclear whether an error was made in translation or if the two gods were merged. Ningishzidda is said to reside in high mountains, even though he has the authority to command in the underworld, apparently considered to have no equal and able to control anyone who has a personal god.

“Foremost one, leader of the assembly, glory of ……, king endowed with awesomeness, sun of the masses, advancing in front of them! Who can rival you in the highest heaven? What can equal you?” Hero who, after surveying the battle, goes up to the high mountains! Ninĝišzida, who, after surveying the battle, goes up to the high mountains! King, you who carry out commands in the great underworld, you who carry out the underworld’s business! Any youth who has a personal god is at your disposal, there where your commands are issued. O king, honeyed mouth of the gods! Praise be to Enki. Ninĝišzida, son of Ninazu!

– A balbale of Ninĝišzida, Sumer

Istaran had an alcove at the temple of Ningishzidda, so this could be an example of the common practice of merging two gods with similar characteristics. Istaran has clear ophidian characteristics, as his son Nirah is depicted as a serpent. However, Istaran is also a sky god, his name An-Gal means literally “Great Sky”, and he is married to Manzat, the rainbow. Ningishzidda’s vizier is called Ip-pu in the An-Anum.

The Muš-huš, (Literally “Dragon”) also called mušhuššu in Akkadian, is a particular type of creature from Mesopotamian mythology. It identifying markers are a long neck, an elongated horse-like torso covered in scales, a long tail ending in a scorpion stinger, two pronged horns (often mistaken for one horn in 2D reliefs) and clawed feet. In Babylon these clawed feet were depicted in the rear as bird-like, while in earlier depictions from Sumer they were leonine. The dragon on the Ishtar gate at Babylon is a Muš-huš and retains the ophidian qualities of the transtigridian snake gods. In prayers to Ningishzidda, the god is referred to as a “murderous, howling Muš-huš”. Bašmu and Ušumgal are other magickal snakes. Ušumgal translates as “Great venomous snake”. Incantations have been recorded invoking the name of Ningishzidda’s father, Ninazu to control the Ušumgal. The Ušumgal is a chaos monster like the Muš-huš in a serpent form. They bring illness and poison and are very dangerous. The name Bašmu refers to the horned serpents rising from Ningishzidda’s shoulders in his human shape. Mušmahhu is the last beast associated to Ningishzidda and it refers to the seven-headed dragon that rarely appears in surviving Mesopotamian artifacts. In Ninurta’s return to Nibru, the storm god describes one of his weapons as “the seven-mouthed Mušmahhu serpent”. Astrologically Ningishzidda was associated with the constellation we know as Hydra in Western astronomy.

Much of the ritual practices from the ancient near east are lost; however we do have a few pieces of information about the day to day religious activity of these ancient people.

Each god was provided with what was called an “En” a male or female priest, depending on the sex of the divinity, who acted as a mortal spouse. Ningishzidda’s temple is said to have been on the outskirts, that is, rural, and not within the city limits itself.

The Ninazu clans were all serpentine and they were very chthonic. Chthonic deities fill the role of intercessors to the dead. Ancestral worship was important to ancient Sumerians, and the role of Ninazu and his son Ningishzidda was vital to ensuring favorable relationships between the land of the living and the land of Queen Ereskigal, Ningishzidda’s grandmother. Libation pipes would be inserted into the ground above a dead person and liquid would be poured into the tube to feed the ancestral spirit.

Remnants of festival plans record the supplies needed to satisfy the temple of Ningishzidda, it says “32 gur and 76 liters of barley for the festival of Ningishzidda” An Ur tablet calls for cheese, butter and dates to be provided to Ningishzidda, as well as a grain fed sheep.

Descriptions of the items found at the temple of Ningishzidda in Girsu include references to the cup now housed in the Louvre, also clay boxes and covers decorated with serpent reliefs including one with four drinking from a bowl. An inscribed mace head along with three statues of Gudea were also found.

It was Gudea who is responsible for many of the surviving artifacts and documents we have involving Ningishzidda. Gudea was a political figure in Lagash, much like a prince – he referred to the city patron, Ninazu, “the great physician”, as his king. His personal patron deity was Ninazu’s son, Ningishzidda, to whom he lavished devotion through artistic and economic generosity.

Gudea was not the only worshipper – although he was archaeologically and artistically vocal – King Urnammu of Ur also made rich offerings to Ningishzidda and calls him “valiant Ningishzidda” in a prayer.

300 years after Gudea, Ningishzidda’s religion was still on the books. Receipts for herbs, dates, cheese, goats and milk are recorded upon the delivery of goods to the temple. Records have been found in Lagash, Ur and Babylon documenting delivery to the temple.

Ninazu and his family, including Ningishzidda, lost their significance during the first half of the second millennium. Beyond this the connection to Babylon is murky at best: Ninazu is replaced by a very similar deity called Tispak in Esnunna, and it is through Tispak that Babylon partly assimilates the chthonic current. Far to the east, the Elamite city of Sus, after which the Susiana plain is named, is where the caduceus of Choga Mish was unearthed. Wiggermann’s paper titled Transtigridian Snake Gods proposes that the Ninazu family: that is, gods that share ophidian and chthonic characteristics in Sumer were imported from the east of Sumer and were not native to the area. He describes the loss of interest in the snake gods over time – and the decline of their importance in city affairs as well as the loss of ritual tradition. By the time Babylon had assimilated Tispak’s iconography, very little of the traditional deity of Ninazu was left. Though he also states there is very little difference between Tispak and Ninazu, so it probably means a statewide decline in the chthonic and ophidian aspects of religion. Babylon’s religious sensibilities made the priests there incorporate many outlying regional gods and goddesses into the state religion which focused on their city god, Marduk. A better known example of this can be found in Biblical text where Babylonian forces ransack the temple at Jerusalem and seek to take the idol of the god from the Israelites. Babylon housed a temple to Ningishzidda according to A.R. George, and artists adopted and depicted the Mušhuššu to serve as a mount and guardian for Marduk. These Mušhuššu we find on the so-called Ishtar gate from the walls of ancient Babylon.

Note: In Mutational Alchemy the spelling Ningishzidda using an extra D rather than the encyclopedic Ningishzida or nin-g̃iš-zid-da is used because of its special numerical relation ship to Abrahadabra. In Hebrew Gematria, both Abrahadabra and Ningishzidda add to 418, the number of manifestation. Both of them also have 11 letters each. When referring to the deity within the context of Mutational Alchemy studies where he has immense importance as a standard, is both appropriate and proper to use this extra d so as not to confuse the two subjects of Ancient Near East studies and Mutational Alchemy.

 


Geomantic:
Called Cauda Draconis (Latin for *the Tail of the Dragon*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Masculine/Analytical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Yetzirah (Formation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Artisans Class / ESTP (Promoter) Type
The ESTP is a master of social subterfuge and influence, exuding majesty and harnessing an impressive grasp of social maneuvering supported by their accurate assessment of individuals and groups. The ESTP understands how to control people, by understanding their wants and needs.

 

 

mini-050-king-pentaclesKing of Pentacles

Planetary: Uranus (Above) / Luna (Below)
 Diamond Path: Chokmah, Wisdom (Above) / Yesod, Foundation (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Puer
 Tetragram: Fire (Above) / Earth (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords (Dignified): Powerful, Industry, Wealth, Reliable, Stable, Enduring, Effective, Foundational, Prudent, Steady, Fertile, Luck, Tradition, Appreciation, Family

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Stubborn, Tired, Closeminded, Stupid, Miserly, Uncaring, Insufficient, Pollution,

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Knight of Pentacles Lord of the Wild and Fertile Land, The Knight of Pentacles card corresponds to the zodiacals Leo and Virgo and places at Sephira #2 (Chokmah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Fire of Earth, King and God of the forge, is represented on this card. Known to the Romans as the fiery Vulcan,  this Ancient Greek God of fire and artifice was born to a tragic tale of betrayal, misfortune, and disappointment. Born to Hera, she rejected him because he was born malformed. After throwing him into the ocean from Mt. Olympus he was found by the water nymph Thetys and her daughter Eurynome. He grew up to be the finest smith in cosmos, and fashioned his revenge in the form of a golden throne that trapped whoever sat in it inside. This he sent to his mother, causing panic on Mt. Olympus. Through circumstance, Aphrodite, an arranged and faithless marriage. Later he married Aglaea (“splendor”) one of Eurynome’s daughters, after a divorce from Aphrodite. Dionysus is his only friend and ally in his struggle to reclaim his birthright as an Olympian, and Greek pottery often depicted him being lead home by Dionysus and an entourage of Satyrs.

In the Greek mythos, Hephaestus is weak and fragile, like a flame that has just kindled. He represents the power of fire, and the fire of intellect to harness the earth and create beautiful and useful things with it. As a god of craftsmen and smiths, he was often depicted with a hammer and tongs, the tools of the forge. Modern industry, including high tech industry is also his domain, anywhere artifice is at play, from cybernetics to rockets.

Elements of the “maimed king”, run strong throughout Hephaestus’s myth, in the British story, this character is known as the Fisher King – he is supposed to be healed by a divinely chosen knight so that he can restore the land with his powers of fertility. In the story of Hephaestus we are presented with an archetype of creative drive that overwhelms the odds the physical world throws at us. There is a great amount of heaviness and sadness that surrounds the brooding Hephaestus. He is tormented by his mother’s abandonment and his first wife Aphrodites’s fickle spirit, finding solace only in the sea, by his adopted two mothers, Thetys and Eurynome, the ocean nymphs. The tale evokes the archetype of the artist, often tragic and drawing on the potent and dangerous waters of the subconscious to extract that primal fire. In many cultural myths all life begins with the sea, and the divine begins with fire. Hephaestus can therefore be seen as an archetype of the primeval, with similarities to Apsu, who mingles his masculine waters with the waters of the mother Tiamat, or YHVH, who breaths on the face of the waters to create everything. It is also worth mentioning Tezcatlipoca, or Hurakan, who is also depicted as a lame God, (with a foot made of volcanic glass, no less!) although Tezcatlipoca’s fairly lofty orgins are connected directly to creation of the World. Tezcatlipoca features on the Hanged Man ATU but can equally be identified with the King of Staves. The leopard symbology of Tezcatlipoca is shared with Hephaestus’s ally, Dionysus.

 

Geomantic: Called Puer (Latin for *the Boy*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Masculine/Physical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Assiah (Action) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Guardians Class / ESFJ (Provider) Type
The ESFJ loves to provide and nurture society and people. They value rules and established traditions, and are adept at reading people, providing support and love where it is needed. They derive a great satisfaction from being well loved and appreciated. Happy relationships are more important to them than science or knowledge unless it affects their social balance directly.

 

 

mini-064-King-of-AlembicsKing of Alembics

Planetary: Uranus (Above) / Earth (Below)
 Diamond Path: Chokmah, Wisdom (Above) / Malkuth, Kingdom (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Fortuna Minor
 Tetragram: Fire (Above) / Water (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Wisdom, Caution, Balance, Lifeforms, Understanding, Detachment, Change, Warmth, Rhythm, Serenity, Healing, Nurturing

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Weak, Fading, Corrosive, Decaying, Depression, Reckless, Emotional

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Knight of Cups Lord of the Waves and Waters, The Knight of Cups card corresponds to the zodiacals Aquarius and Pisces and places at Sephira #2 (Chokmah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Fire of Water, Kauhuhu, the powerful and fearsome shark god of the island of Molokai, and one of his consorts Lanilani beside an underwater volcanic vent denoting the essence of life on earth. Kauhuhu commands all of the sharks in the ocean and the weather, his underwater abode is guarded by two sea serpents or dragons. He is pictured with Lanilani a former mortal who was turned into an immortal shark and taken as a wife by Kauhuhu as a payment for demolishing an entire village with his hurricane. Lanilani is the daughter of a kahuna (priest) with a tragic story. All three of his sons are executed by the village chief for the frivolous yet innocenty childlike act of playing on the chief’s sacred drums covered in tiger shark skin. He goes to all of the gods and asks them for revenge, but they are all afraid of the chieftain, Kupa. He finally resorts to the shrine of the shark god, Kauhuhu, and asks either for death or revenge. The gatekeepers of the realm take pity on him, promising him an audience with Kauhuhu, who nearly devours him on sight when he returns to his home, but for a hasty prayer to him by the kahuna.

Sharks have evolved to be very powerful and efficient animals, yet they rely on the ocean for their strength. Water is often associated to emotions but sharks show us none of that externally, save for lust, hunger and impatience. The story of Kauhuhu shows the god as being moved by the tragedy of the kahuna’s plight because it is a just cause. We might quickly assume Kauhuhu in his ferocity and dangerous aspects is a threatening and isolated character, but this is not true. From a human perspective this may be true, yet Kauhuhu has far more responsibilities than taking care of humans – there is the ocean and the balance of life to watch over. He is the king of all of the sharks and keeps many wives. Kauhuhu is moved by a human, only by the unjust murder of the kahuna’s three healthy young boys. He is the enemy against all oppressors and tyrants, the unpredictable wildness and supreme authority and justice of the natural world. This connection between survival and justice recognizes the supreme economical mastery nature exhibits, in not wasting resources. Yet all of this efficiency evokes beauty and terrible splendor, unlike the often ugly business “efficiency” of humans, which often also destroys the natural world upon which all humans are a part of and come from. Kauhuhu remarks to us by way of example to value life, not empty rituals and objects, and not to shed blood needlessly.

 

Symbolism:

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic: Called Fortuna Minor (Latin for *the Lesser Fortune*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Masculine/Emotional character corresponding to the qabbalistic Briah (Creation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
 Artisans Class / ESFP (Performer) Type
The Performer enjoys crowds and values people. Optimistic and nurturing in a crisis by being warm and peacemaking, the Performer takes a hands-on approach to solving problems. Adaptive and socially intuitive, the Performer is a master of leading people through charisma and spontaneous action. This type is generally very likeable by others, since a huge amount of its energy is expended pleasing as many people at once as it can.

 

mini-023-prince-stavesPrince of Staves

Planetary: Neptune (Above) / Jupiter (Below)
 Diamond Path: Kether, Crown (Above) / Chesed, Benevolence (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Puella
 Tetragram: Air (Above) / Fire (Below)

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Hot-tempered, Passion, War, Bravery, Aggressive, Assertive, Bold, Masculine, Macho, Quickness, Rising, Protection, Military Technology, Uncontrollable, Individualist

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Peril, Hostility, Tyranny, Torture, Rage, Injust Rule

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The King of Wands, Prince of the Chariot of Fire, The King of Wands card corresponds to the zodiacals Cancer and Leo and places at Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Air of Fire, a raging inferno. This is a depiction of the Sumerian Ninurta slaying the Imdugud. The Imdugud (or Anzu in Akkadian) is a mythical lion-headed bird that steals the tablets of destiny from Enki (later Enlil in the Babylonian version). Ninurta is a benevolent god of war, adopted by the Akkadians as well as Sumerians, and was associated with the planet Saturn. He carries a mace called Sharur, that carries the power of speech and can transform into a winged lion. This is also said to be the origin of the masculine faced winged creatures known as Lamassu.  In the later Babylonian period, thousands of years after he originally appeared in the earliest records of humankind, he was fused with Nergal, the terrifying lord of the underworld, pestilence and the deadly noonday sun who was also ascribed parentage to Enlil and Ninlil, although the two were fused later on. Ninurta, unlike Nergal, was a farmer’s god and a healer as well as an exorcist. As the son of Enlil, the god inherited his mother Ninlil’s place as ruler of the South wind. He is the brother of Ninazu, and thus is Ningishzidda’s uncle. Ninurta was mentored by Enki, Enlil’s brother, who entrusted him with some important mes, or divine edicts, such as the one for the flood. The tablets of destiny encompassed the entirety of the mes, whoever held them could control the entire universe, thus they were of great importance.  The Imdugud are fearsome creatures the size of rocs in various depictions over doorways, holding an deer in each claw. They were regarded as excellent mothers, violently protective of their offspring. The sigil of Mars is chosen as the crown of his staff, and the solar power upholds his royal station.

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Puella (Latin for *the Girl*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Masculine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Rationals Class / ENTJ (Field Marshal) Type
Efficient at prioritizing and mobilizing resources towards fulfillment of their goals, the ENTJ is a creative planner, using their analytical abilities to bring order to the world. Excelling in business and war, the ENTJ is not attached to emotion, but they do value people for their innovations and ideas, even though they are often awkward in social situations due to their intense drive and ambition which can come across as abrasive.

abrahadabra-abraxas

Prince of Blades

Planetary: Neptune (Above) / Mars (Below)
 Diamond Path: Kether, Crown (Above) / Gevurah, Severity (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Amissio
 Tetragram: Air (Above) / Air (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: LOGOS, Ideas, Sinister Knowledge, Intensity, Sentience, Warrior, Precision, Control. Divine Inspiration, Symbology, Scrying, Military Success, Strategy esp. War

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Sadistic, Obstinancy, Harsh, Devilish, Poison, esp. as a weapon of Murder

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The King of Swords Prince of the Chariots of the Winds, the King of Swords card corresponds to the zodiacals Capricorn and Aquarius and places at Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

Scene: ΑΒΡΑΣΑΞ (Abrasax, Abraxas) is a very important occult symbol and archetype, who dates back to Ancient Greece and Ancient Israel in his most commonly recognized form, and to Sumer in his proto form as the minor deities Istaran and Nirah one or the other (father and son) who take the same form as a man with serpent’s legs who were subsumed into the Ninazu-Ningishzidda cult, lending more credence to his legitimacy as a the presiding deity of the Hebrew people, even though the origin point is often given as being much later than Abraham, in Alexandria. The cock’s head, man’s body and two serpents connected to his body which holds a whip and a shield represents the concept of true monotheism where opposites are joined into one Godhead, with Devil unopposed to God like it is in Judaism, the only true monotheism in the world today.

He is known as a god of war and a All Father-Progenitor. The Cock’s head is derived from the Hebrew word for “Experienced Warrior” Gibor, which also means Man and Cock in the Hebrew language. The numerical value of the Greek word is 365, (1+2+100+1+200+1+60=365) making him a Solar or Stellar God connected to the Sol rotation of Terra.

Occasionally the God is equated to the lion headed AEON, who is present on our Hierophant card and also often ends in a serpent.

I didn’t know about any of this when I received my first major initiation experience but there were serpent, lion, scorpion and phoenix all presented by the vision so it does seem like the way it likes to manifest. I don’t rely on the accounts of others when dealing with such important issues, however the ancients do have the most experience when it comes to identifying certain currents. That Budge presumed that Abrasax was the Adam Kadmon itself is not insignificant. It would be appropriate to call him the King of the Stars and He Who Orders the Stars in their Place.

It appears to me that the Abrasax symbology is perfectly synchronized with the Ra Hoor Khut phenomenon, who is obviously an Experienced Warrior par excellence.

Abrasax is connected with LOGOS and manifestation and dissemination of information is his calling card, in everything from the Muses to libraries, radio, television, internet and so forth. The information itself is not as peculiar to him as the media of communication and its backbone, that is code, language and written word.

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Amissio (Latin for *Loss*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Masculine/Analytical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Yetzirah (Formation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
 Rationals Class / ENTP (Inventor) Type
Clever and witty, the ENTP is a master of improvisation and innovation in creatively attacking problems. They are not as interested in solving a problem so much as the process of solving it. They are adept at debate, thinking and speaking quickly. They are motivated by the desire to change the world for the better. Their ideas tend to focus on harnessing resources to an end goal.

 

 

mini-051-Prince-of-PentaclesPrince of Pentacles

Planetary: Neptune (Above) / Venus (Below)
 Diamond Path: Kether, Crown (Above) / Netzach, Victory (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Carcer
 Tetragram: Air (Above) / Earth (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Planning Ahead, Methodical, Driven, Variance, Wealthy Personage, Good Business Practices, Captain of Industry, CEO, Increase

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Stubborn, Boorishness, Stuck in a Rut, Overwhelmed by Material Obsession, Corruption, Animalistic, Avarice

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The King of Pentacles, Prince of the Chariot of Earth, The King of Pentacles card corresponds to the zodiacals Aries and Taurus and places at Sephira #6 (Tiphareth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Air of Earth, The ultimate captain of industry, the Prince of Pentacles is an unstoppable force. Crowley damned him to the pedantic and unsexy attributions of being plodding, dull and methodical. With Ouranos in the above and Luna in the below I find it very difficult to agree with this assessment. Considering the effect that living and breathing figures aligned with the Prince of Pentacles energy have on the world, (People like Bill Gates,  J.D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, Cornelius Vanderbilt), his opinion was shortsighted at the very least.

The drawing this god is copied from is by the master artist William Bouguereau, of Mars. The bulls of course, belong to Nergal, Lord of the Necropolis at Cutha. They represent Gugalanna, the great Bull of Heaven and his unnameable consort, who were absorbed into the Akkadian/Assyrian war god Nergal’s attributes in later history. War and Industry are matched very well. Everything technological in a modernizing society is brought in through the actions of such captains of industry as the Prince of Pentacles.

He is at times cruel and ruthless, but also ingenious and industrious. Unusual and technologically advanced creativity is the sign of the station, and that, Nergal most assuredly is. He is not, however, stupid, nor intentionally sadistic. He has a plan and that plan is to be effected, by hell or heaven. Slow and steady wins the race, through sheer might and force of Earth. The Prince is at the helm of an unstoppable juggernaut of might, power and effectiveness – with staying power I will add – that through discipline, hard work and countering any unstable emotions, can bring one through to victory.

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:


Geomantic:
Called Carcer (Latin for *the Prison*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Masculine/Physical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Assiah (Action) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Idealists Class / ENFJ (Teacher) Type
Excelling in all manner of conversation and social situations, the ENFJ is adept at fine tuning relationships, they excel and diplomacy. They care about people, and depend on the wellbeing of all of the people around them to find satisfaction.

 

mini-065-Prince-of-AlembicsPrince of Alembics

Planetary: Neptune (Above) / Mercury (Below)
 Diamond Path: Kether, Crown (Above) / Hod, Splendor (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Laetitia
 Tetragram: Air (Above) / Water (Below)

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Introspection, Subtlety, Violent, Artistic, Sly, Scientific, Power, Weaponry

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Merciless, Depression, Deranged, Sketchy or Shady Person, Untrustworthiness

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The King of Cups, Prince of the Chariot of the Waters, the The King of Cups card corresponds to the zodiacals Libra and Scorpio and places at Sephira #6 (Tiphareth)  in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Air of Water, moody, brooding, but also uplifting to the soul, the Poet Prince is the descending force of the masculine. The gravitational pull of the gaseous planet below is acting on the technological and alien ingenuity of the Prince, as inferred by Ouranos over Luna. This is a perfectly natural arrangement and the Prince is happy to take the fall, so to speak. However, it does reflect a certain tendency to repeatedly enter downward spirals, and this can be his doom. Prince of Alembics is the classical tormented artist or eccentric writer. He can certainly be equated to Lucifer or any other masculine deity which descends to earth from the holier place, as one fancies, whether by choice or through some occult hand. Werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, romantic thieves like Aladdin and mysterious assassins are also connected to him. The latter due to his association with all kinds of poisons – from wine to literal poison.  In his descent there is a sort of madness and joy of union with the terrestrial, that mirrors humanity’s fascination with the alien. His serpents, poisonous of course, are a traditional attribution of the Prince of Alembics, and represent his hidden and secretive wisdom and cunning. The alembic he holds is a test tube filled with radioluminescence, a nod to Marie Curie.

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Laetitia (Latin for *Joy*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Masculine/Emotional character corresponding to the qabbalistic Briah (Creation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Idealists Class / ENFP (Champion) Type
ENFP types are enthusiastic and optimistic, full of creativity, fun and adept at charging forward into new territory and sparking change in others. They are extraordinarily spontaneous, reckless and charismatic, all of which lend to their ability to be great visionary leaders.

 

mini-024-Princess-of-StavesPrincess of Staves

Planetary: Jupiter (Above) / Luna (Below)
 Diamond Path: Chesed, Benevolence (Above) / Yesod, Foundation (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Caput Draconis
 Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Fire (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Devotion, Zealous Loyalist,

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Wands Princess of the Shining Flame, The Princess of Wands card corresponds to one fourth of the North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Earth of Fire, the human form of Ammit kneels before the sacred flame. Ammit is called by the ancient Kemetic people who properly identified her as Greatness of Death, Bone Eater, and Devourer of Millions or Eater of Eternity, a title which she shares with the hunting-dog headed male god Am-heh. It was Ammit who guarded the ancient and mystical lake of fire, within which Am-heh resided. Ammit did take human form and due to the shared epithet, it is possible Am-heh and Ammit are siblings. Because they were so feared there is much less written of them. It is known that Ammit shared characteristics of both Sekhmet and Tawaret, which are an important part of her nature. The crocodile’s head may be a nod to Sobek, essentially the God of War, or Kemetic Ares for all intents and purposes.  In India she would be equated to the dark aspect of Karma which acts against the offender. However, India applies no special personality of Godhead to Karma, where the Kemetic people (not to be confused with the immigrant Egyptians of today) assigned a whole divine chamber to the process, located in Duat, the underworld, which included as its ruling council, the Goddess Ma’at, Djehuti, Anpu (Anubis), Renenutet, Meshkenet, Shay, Hu, Sia, Khnum, Hathor,  Nut, Geb, Tefnut, Shu, Atum, and Ra-Horakhty. and Hapi. The transition from life through death was an important cosmic affair.  Ammit was supposedly feared amongst the ancients, but to what extent may have been greatly exaggerated. The reasons for her existence is simple – to cause people to try to be better through psychology. Saturn above Jupiter matches Ammit’s attributes as the female personification of death and justice. With her volatile and passionate brother, the Prince of Staves, she is the only Court personality to cross Da’ath, the Seat of Knowledge. The combination of Earth and Fire in her chart signifies sacred fire of the below, and so Ammit’s relationship to the Lake of Fire makes her the most apt and correct personality for this station.

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Caput Draconis  (Latin for *the Head of the Dragon*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Guardians Class / ISTJ (Inspector) Type
ESTP types are dutiful and conservative. They lean towards a reliance on practicality, and focus intently on following through on personal endeavors, while maintaining loyalty to established traditions. Although they do not readily embrace abstract theory, they can be persuaded to accept it if the practicality can be demonstrated.


mini-038-princess-of-bladesPrincess of Blades

Planetary: Jupiter (Above) / Earth (Below)
 Diamond Path: Chesed, Benevolence (Above) / Malkuth, Kingdom (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Conjunctio
 Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Air (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Judicious, Seriousness, Courage, Spitefulness, Egotism, Aggressiveness, Vengeance, Change

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): 

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Swords, Princess of the Rushing Winds, The Princess of Swords card corresponds to the North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Earth of Air, the Princess of Blades stands supported by the dark masculine aspect Mahakala. Mahakala is called by Tibetan scholars “He who saves even the most horrible”. Mahakala is a very dark savior. He is depicted in paintings by the Tibetans as a fierce and awesome spectacle, and even this is said to be only a shadow or pale imitation of his true form as the lord of the void. Depictions of sacred objects dedicated to Mahakala invoke the gruesome aspects of the psyche which we are all connected to – even if some deny it. The bat is a symbol of his, probably due to their connection with good fortune and the night as well as being the color of Mahakala. They match the Air in Earth aspect of the Princess. The Princess of Blades has come to terms with her psyche and is a bit of a brat because of it. She may be rude or abrasive but is usually truthful, unless she is decieving in order to attain her goals which are not always kind if she is ill-dignified. In this image the princess herself represents Angwusnasomtaqwa, “Crow Mother” from Hopi mythology, who can be considered synonymous with the archetype of Maha Kali. Crow medicine is appropriate symbology for Mahakala and the Princess of Blades/Swords traditional attributions. Crows medicine is death energy, associated with rebirth of the soul through the burning of karmic debt. As a carrion bird they are linked to the 64 dakinis who are the consort of the supreme personality of Godhead. It is worth noting that the keyword Judicious was chosen over the more common “Impulsive” because while the Princess may seem impulsive, this impulsiveness is merely her quick wit, intellect and tongue acting invisibly to those unable to follow her. She is a problem solver and a master escapist. When crows show up in your life it means that you or someone in your physical vicinity has called down the wrath or protection of the dharma guardians. The Japanese can be credited with identifying the proper nature of the crow spirit as essentially the spirit of the martial arts in the Tengu, so it is the Princess of Blades takes a martial pose with her blade readied to cut down criminals out of cruel necessity to maintain the balance of whole universe.

 

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Conjunctio (Latin for *the Conjunction*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Analytical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Yetzirah (Formation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Artisans Class / ISTP (Crafter) Type
They are highly analytical, capable of understanding how a system operates, from a large machine to high volume traffic. Engineering is one of the roles the logical ISTP is well suited to. They store knowledge and utilize it adroitly and daringly. They do not have very much regard for rules, as they consider them unnecessary hindrances to their work.

 

 

mini-052-Princess-of-PentaclesPrincess of Pentacles

Planetary: Mars (Above) / Luna (Below)
 Diamond Path: Gevurah, Severity (Above) / Yesod, Foundation (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Acquisito
 Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Earth (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: 

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Pentacles Princess of the Echoing Hills, The Princess of Pentacles card corresponds to the terrestrial North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Earth of Earth, the Princess of Spring, she stands in a barren landscape, symbolizing her power over the most infertile fields. She relies upon her brothers heavily for this.  The Gorgon is the sacred fierce feminine protector of the Titans, the second generation of gods who were usurped by the Olympians. As a protector of the primordials she carries with her a great power and influence. This is why she graced the doorways of temples and the shields of soldiers in the ancient world. The minor gorgon Medusa, a mortal maid under the influence of an spell gets much attention but she does not constitute the core or the birth of this archetype. The Manticore is thought now to originate from the ancient world’s perception of the tiger. It represents the fierce and untamed natural world which this princess has complete dominion over. Earth of Earth, the land is scorched and dry but holds limitless potential for life. Her blue cloak symbolizes this alignment with freedom, as she must be leftto her own devices and choices for anything to occur in the right way. She is perfectly attuned to the alchemy of the seasons and ebb and flow of life. In the mundane sense this means also someone in tune with their body and knowing of the old saying “Health is one’s greatest wealth.”

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Acquisito (Latin for *Gain*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Physical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Assiah (Action) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
Guardians Class / ISFJ (Protector) Type
The ISFJ focuses their effort on maintaining balance in their sphere, by honoring the needs of the beings and environment around them, to which they are keenly aware of. They are softspoken, meticulous and dedicated. Sympathetic and kind, they derive satisfaction from serving others.

 

mini-066-princess-alembicsPrincess of Alembics

Planetary: Mars (Above) / Earth (Below)
 Diamond Path: Gevurah, Severity (Above) / Malkuth, Kingdom (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Rubeus
 Tetragram: Earth (Above) / Water (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Princess of Cups, Princess of the Palace of the Floods, The Princess of Cups card corresponds to the terrestrial North Pole and places at Sephira #10 (Malkuth) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Earth of Water, The Water Faerie Melusine is a lady who embodies the primal feminine nature of water in a mortal, the goddess made flesh, It is an appropriate image for the union of earth and water, in this case, The Princess of Alembics. Sometimes she is depicted winged, a nod to the very ancient Greek titan Tethys. Dreamy, mysterious and capable of manifesting her dreams fully into reality, she is a powerful, but often overlooked royal personage. She is not one to stand out from the crowd deliberately and half of the time, she may not be able to convince others of her potential. It’s her loss, and theirs, but she makes friends easily, with lucky others who would give her a chance. Her ability to manifest dreams from the world of ideas into the world of manifestation and physical matter is drawn from her perfect alignment with the laws of Karma on earth. Break a universal law, and you’ll be sure to drive her away. This is exactly what happened in the story of Melusine from Medieval France.
The story dates back to at least the 1300’s. Melusine was a Faerie Queen of a forest in france called Colombiers in the Poitou region. There was a sacred fountain she and her companions guarded. A young man approached the fountain one day and found Melusine there. They fell in love and agreed to marry on the condition that she must never be observed on a Saturday. She brought him luck and incredible power and strength – bringing prosperity to the kingdom and building magnificient architectural marvels such as the fortress of Lusignan. Her husband broke her rule of course, and did not mention to her when he caught her bathing on a Saturday – displaying her serpentine form. When their son attacked a monastery he accused her of cursing the family line with her serpent blood. She left immediately after learning of the broken promise and only returned to visit her children.
The tale is significiant in that the archetype was merged with Christian symbology of the time. The Jewish belief in the doctrine of the Serpent Seed is possibly at play here, though the tale is shrouded in the mists of time and not much more is known of its origins. As mentioned before she does share a striking resemblance to Tethys, who is both a serpent and depicted with wings, generally a benevolent major goddess.

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Rubeus (Latin for *Red*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Youthful) Feminine/Emotional character corresponding to the qabbalistic Briah (Creation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
 Artisans Class / ISFP (Composer) Type
The ISFJ focuses their effort on maintaining balance in their sphere, by honoring the needs of the beings and environment around them, to which they are keenly aware of. They are softspoken, meticulous and dedicated. Sympathetic and kind, they derive satisfaction from serving others.

 

 

mini-025-queen-stavesQueen of Staves

Planetary: Saturn (Above) / Jupiter (Below)
 Diamond Path: Binah, Understanding (Above) / Chesed, Benevolence (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Fortuna Major
 Tetragram: Water (Above) / Fire (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

 

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Queen of Wands, Queen of the Thrones of Flame, The Queen of Wands card corresponds to the zodiacals Pisces and Aries along with the constellation Andromeda and places at Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Water of Fire, Anahita is a major figure in the ancient Achaemenidean (Persian) state religion.  This comprised modern day Iraq, Iran, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the Balkans, Pakistan and Afghanistan. She serves a very similar in function to that of Ishtar, a Sumerian and Semitic war goddess of the fertile crescent. Anahita is depicted as bringing together two lions, just like Ishtar/Inanna. Zoroaster, the founder of Zoroastrianism, had a vision of Anahita rising from the waters, flanked by two red lions with blazing blue eyes. As the standard setter by which royalty and empire was built, Anahita’s importance to kings and generals, especially in the might Persian empire, could not be overstated. Like the Morrigan she decides the fate of armies, but she was also equated with Aesclepius, and was a healer. Her consort was Mithra, the god of contracts, who was also self created from her. She is considered to be a virgin goddess, second to Ahura Mazda and first before Mithra. Israel also adopted her worship as Anath, and the Sumerian Nanna, goddess of fresh waters could also be equated with her iconography. She influenced the iconography of the Virgin Mary of the Romans and one of her epithets is “Anahita, the Immaculate Virgin Mother of the Lord Mithras”. Mithraism, of the Roman Empire, certainly was consumed by the Catholic Church, ritual and all, with an untidy attempt to cover up this cannibalism.

The parallels to Crowley’s Thelemic Goddess, Babalon, are accidental on the part of the artist, but they are still parallel. Even the geomantic figure modernized in its form by m1thr0s resembles the Graal. Her pale vampiric skin blushed with purple and the blood red elements of the incense, lion, carpet and rippled texture of the columns of the ruins of the great Anahita temple, resembling the vaginal canal with its full moon egg are all in perfect harmony with virgin-whore Babalon’s attributions.

In Nippon, purple and red have been identified as the most sacred and auspicious set of colors to attire females in and in the traditional Budo schools such as the Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu tradition the female ninja is supposed to attire herself in a purple gi with a red belt.

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Fortuna Major (Latin for *the Greater Fortune*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Feminine/Creative character corresponding to the qabbalistic Atziluth (Emanation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:  
Rationals Class / INTJ (Mastermind) Type
Efficiency and independent thought are qualities the INTJ strongly value. They prefer the company of intelligent people who share their views of theoretical models. They are calm and reserved, but care deeply about their close relationships and have a need for a harmonious environment.  They are adept at creatively formulating complex theory and analyzing data, and have a need to share this ability and their discoveries with the world.

 

 

mini-039-queen-of-bladesQueen of Blades

Planetary: Saturn (Above) / Venus (Below)
 Diamond Path: Binah, Understanding (Above) / Netzach, Victory (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Albus
 Tetragram: Water (Above) / Air (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Terror, Battle, Gracefulness, Strife, Trickery, Undoing, Protection, Land Wealth, Military Leaders, Poison, Fate, Attack, Hostility, Fear, Confusion, Death Omen, Suicide, Rivers, Lakes and Fresh Water,  Battle Magick, Necromancy

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Cruel, Flaky, Bearing False Witness, Narrow-minded, Terrorism, Sadism, Torture

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Queen of Swords, Queen of the Thrones of Air, the Queen of Swords card corresponds to the zodiacals Virgo and Libra and places at  Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Water of Air, mistress of weather, The Irish Morrigan, like Venus, rules Victory in War. It would be appropriate to call her the King Maker and the King Slayer. She wields tremendous authority over the fates of battles and like the Dakinis of Asia, appears as a carrion bird. The root of her name essentially means “The Terror Queen” “The Phantom Queen” or “The Nightmare Queen”. She is a triune goddess represented by three parts, Badb, the War Crow, Macha the Queen of Horses and Plains, and Anand or Nemain, Vengeance.   The raven-headed hippogryph in the background symbolizes this trio, while she herself is shown descending swiftly to deliver death from above, an homage to her path from Binah to Malkuth. The position on the Hidden Diamond paths is important, as she never descends into Yesod, Foundation nor Malkuth, as with the other queens. Her power lies in the machinations of men, intellect, cunning, inspiration and military strategy are her special abilities that gives her the power to fortify or overthrow dynasties. The powers of terror and confusion are ones which she wields with a master’s touch. Having her on your side ensures victory against the unworthy.

In the mythology she would hover over the battlefield, deciding who the Victor would be. She could summon the dead back to life and was granted the honor after the battle of gathering the heads of the fallen as her “acorn crop”. In the form of a washer woman, she would appear at a river, ominously washing clothes of the soldiers who were about to go to battle and die, thus predicting or deciding their fate. Morrigan offers one god, Cuchulainn,  her love, and he refuses, ignorant that she is in fact offering him what he wants. She becomes his doom in his effort to secure victory. The moral of this tale is that the King and the Land are one, and the Morrigan represents the land itself. In refusing her he was refusing to be King.. She is closely tied to rivers, like the washerwomen who she disguises herself as. The Airy Water of the Queen of Blades is best represented by river rapids, which can be treacherous and deceptive, just like the Morrigan.

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Albus (Latin for *White*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Feminine/Analytical character corresponding to the qabbalistic Yetzirah (Formation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:
 Rationals Class / INTP (Architect) Type
Freedom to pursue knowledge is of great importance to the INTP, and they do not place limitations on themselves. They are loners by nature, frowning upon social hierarchy and do not like to be lead or ordered around. They dislike those who hold strictly to traditions for the sake of social norms. Masters of theory and systems analysis, they refrain from letting emotion interfere with their theories. Even though this makes them seem reserved, they are quite capable of wit and humor, given that their analytical minds have a firm grasp of knowledge.

 

 

mini-053-queen-pentaclesQueen of Pentacles (Disks)

Planetary: Uranus (Above) / Earth (Below)
 Diamond Path: Saturn, Understanding (Above) / Luna, Foundation (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Tristitia 
 Tetragram: Water (Above) / Earth (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Pregnancy, Nurturing, Motherhood, Independence, Prosperity, Nesting, Abstract Creativity

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Queen of Pentacles, Queen of the Thrones of Earth, The Queen of Pentacles card corresponds to the zodiacals Sagittarius and Capricorn and places at  Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:  Water of Earth, The Queen of  underground aquifiers and Sina and the Eel is a folktale from the Samoan people. The original tale is more elaborate, with the eel being none other than a shapeshifting King Tui Fiti, who has come to seduce the most beautiful maiden in the islands, Sina. Sina finds the eel in the lagoon and takes it home as a pet. She takes excellent care of it and it outgrows every container she puts it in until finally she has to put it in the community bathing pool where it hides under a ledge. By this time it has become quite large and she is afraid of it so avoids the pool, instead seeking out pools further from home in hopes of avoiding the eel she raised, but at every new pool she goes to the eel magickally appears again. Eventually the King runs out of magickal power from all of this apparent teleportation, and loses his ability to shapeshift back into a man. He catches up with Sina, and admitting to his love for her, tells her he’s about to die. He instructs her to bury his head in the ground and this creates the first coconut tree, which gives the lifegiving coconut which has a face that looks like an eel. It’s not told what Sina’s reaction is to all of this. My interpretation would be that there would be regret and I merged the story with that of Halia of Greece, another serpent lover from an ancient tale. Thoth users may recognize the black scaled serpent as none other than an incarnation of the Thoth Queen’s mount. I didn’t notice this until after I had already completed this card. I chose the story and the image after randomly rolling the dice to determine which world culture would contribute its image to the card, as I did with many of the others in the deck. It’s not the first synchronicity with the Thoth that had occurred, although it is always

This tale is suitable for the Queen of Pentacles because although she is a caring and nurturing archetype, and has a way with animals and children, there is also an element of bittersweet sorrow and deception underscoring her, with Saturn in the above and Luna in the below. Binah is sometimes called the Sorrowful Mother. This Queen, like Sina has a tendency to isolate herself and give in to irrational fears, particularily ones involving incoming relationships. This is due to the influence of her path from Binah to Yesod. Although sometimes thought of as an “earthy” queen, she never actually touches ground to Malkuth, and instead remains planted in Luna, which makes her more enchanting and helpful, actually. It helps her to remain stable and sane in a world like Earth that is insane and violent most of the time.

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Tristitia (Latin for *Sorrow*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Feminine/Physical corresponding to the qabbalistic Assiah (Action) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:  
Idealists Class / INFJ (Counselor) Type
The rich tapestry of the INFJ mind is veiled by secrecy. They are highly intuitive and sensitive with highly abstract creativity. Living in a world of rich symbolism, they use their interpretation of these patterns to lead and help people.

 

 

mini-067-queen-alembicsQueen of Alembics (Cups)

Planetary: Saturn (Above) / Earth (Below)
 Diamond Path: Binah, Understanding (Above) / Malkuth, Kingdom (Below)
 Geomantic Figure: Populus
 Tetragram: Water (Above) / Water (Below)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Love in Action, Deep Introspection, Higher Standards, Dangerous, Creativity, Memory, Stillness, Calm Before the Storm, Floods, Culling, Evolution, Lady of the Lake, Eco-warrior, Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

 

 Interpretations

Traditional Interpretation: The Queen of Alembics is a very dangerous monarch, and gets underestimated in nearly every accounting that is done on her. Some accountings are practically insulting, pigeonholing her as an emotionally fragile simpleton.

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Queen of Cups, Queen of the Thrones of the Waters, The Queen of Cups card corresponds to the zodiacals Gemini and Cancer and places at Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Thalassa or Tethys is the personification of the lonely ocean, called The Fish Mother daughter of Air and Daytime.  Not very much remains of the old Titan’s lore. We know that she was identified at least part of the time in history as the mother of the nine Telchines, excellent metallurgists who carried snow, hail and rain and eventually became hateful towards humans and poisoned their water supply. Along with the ocean, she governed over all major rivers. Her consort was Pontus, father of the Old Man of the Sea, Nereus. Pontus is therefore a kind of grandfather, and Tethys a grandmother. Pontus is born of Gaia without a father, meeting the definition of a self created deity and thus very lofty, like the self created god-serpent, Atum of Egypt

“She [Gaia] bore also the fruitless deep with his raging swell, Pontus, without sweet union of love.”

— Hesiod, Theogony (130)

 

With Pontus she gave birth to not only the Telchines, but Halia, mother of a hybrid race of serpents and all of the living creatures in the sea. Tethys is literally the sea, wild and unpredictable, with the pervading lifegiving bounty that supported the Greek people for millennia. She was an associate of the Poseidon later on, as the temples of Poseidon included statues of her, but her origins are Pre-Olympian. She was a nurse to Hera, and it is through this story we learn that Tethys has the power to rearrange the stars in the sky per her command, as Hera asks her “nurse” to do this for her.

She sometimes is depicted in mosaics as accompanied by a great sea serpent. She and her husband’s horns, like crab’s arms, indicate their divine prerogative and echo the ram’s horns of Khepri, counterpart to Atum, who is represented as a ram-headed scarab. In some depictions only her husband has horns, and she has two grey bird’s wings like that of Hermes on her forehead.

The power of Yin can best define this character, and as the Queen of Alembics moves from Binah to Malkuth, she coming from a very high place, the residence of Tiamat, the Sumerian oceanic creatrix. (Tiamat herself is depicted on the Major Arcana, The Empress but more than encompasses all of the traits of the Queen of Alembics as well) Binah, the Mother, is also referred to as the Sea of Binah. Some of the negative attributions that are given to her as an ill-dignified interpretation properly belong to her dignified orientation. Her cool and indifferent personality are a part of herself naturally, contrary to the warm and loving prattle that is automatically applied to her in nearly every remashed Tarot book. Saturn in the above and Earth in the below clearly illustrate this dangerous but down to earth contradiction. like Tethys, or the ocean, she is faithful only to the Great Sea itself, and the sea serpent that accompanies her represents the Great Beast, the All-Father to whom Yin and Water cleaves alone. The sunken ship in the distance underscores her treacherous nature to mere mortals. To impress her you need to hold to universal law – she demands it, and does so herself. Contrary to being emotional, she is about action based on emotions. She loves her consort, and will do anything for him based on that alone, no matter the cost. This makes her treacherous and dangerous but ultimately predictable, as he is the Lord of Life. Anything that threatens her Lord or  Life overall will be an affront to her personally, repaid with both vengeance and healing. Evolution, with its horrible dramas of Life and Death are ultimately a machination that serves to preserve Life overall. She is not a nice person in the traditional sense of the word, she is the great Mother of all Life, not just humans. A strong modern interpretation for this card is caring for ecosystems, but also the turbulent and violent energy of wild nature.

 

Significant Revisions/Additions:
Geomantic:
Called Populus (Latin for *the People*) in its medieval interpretation, the correct Elemental association should define it as a (Mature) Feminine/Emotional character corresponding to the qabbalistic Briah (Creation) in the Four Celestial (or Elemental) Worlds. Since the geomantic figure should more properly denote an elemental character, the term ******** replaces it here.

Jungian Parallels:
Personality Type:  
Idealists Class / INFP (Healer) Type
Quiet yet sociable and pleasant, The INFP are passionate about their ethics and are excellent diplomats when it comes to building bridges with others in order to share and sway others to their view. They are helpful and artistic, caring primarily about the wellbeing of people and the quality of their creative projects.

☵ Minor Arcana (Small Cards) ☲

mini-026-ace-stavesAce of Staves
Historical Title: Root of the Powers of Fire
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #1 – Fire of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #1 ( qián), The Creative
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Neptune (Kether, Crown)
Tantric Root/Aspiration: Yang Descending / Deiseil

 

 

Keywords: Primordial Fire, Creative Inspiration, Spiritual Cognition, Material Ignition New ideas, Birth, Creativity, Virility, Power, Masculinity, Heat, Passion

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Aborted, Repression, Stillness, Danger, Drudgery, Menace, Indignation, Horror, Ending, Torture, Lack of Energy

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Ace of Wands Lord of the Root of the Power of Fire, the Ace of Wands card corresponds to Sephira #1 (Kether) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Life is the dominion of Fire, and often though its destructive characteristics, its burning characteristics seem prominent, it is through life that Fire reveals its purest and most intimate nature. So it is that the auspicious Aces reveal a depiction of fire as the progenitor of life and the owner of the domain of the lightning worlds, the highest heavens. Hardy and predatory species were chosen to outline Fire’s special influence in life. The red and black beetle is a symbol of Kephri the Morning Sun and the scorpion is the feminine counterbalance, the goddess Ishhara. The great Hidden Diamond is the underlying order of entire universe, its mysterious and sharp angles support the Da’ath coordinate, to which many strange and unexplainable attributes have been pointed out by countless mages over hundreds of years. It is most especially tuned to fire, as it is the generating element of the entire physical universe including all three of the remaining elements of Water, Air, and Earth. Therefore the serpent is assigned to the Ace of Pentacles as there is traditionally always a serpent in the tree of life, who represents the supreme ultimate godhead that permeates all universes and realities.

mini-040-ace-bladesAce of Blades
Historical Title: Root of the Powers of Air
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #1 – Fire of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #1 ( qián), The Creative
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Neptune (Kether, Crown)
Tantric Root/Aspiration: Yang Ascending / Deiseil

 

 

Keywords: New beginnings, Mental Acuity, Justice, Perseverance, Truth, Understanding, Strength, Intelligence

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Gossip, Stupidity, Fear, Escapism, Nervousness, Anger, Insanity, Ineloquence

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Ace of Swords Lord of the Root of the Powers of Air, The Ace of Swords card corresponds to Sephira #1 (Kether) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Hidden Diamond sits amongst the newly forming universe, where Air is coming into being through the union of Fire and Water. Here the element is represented by the delicate black butterfly which symbolizes the frolicking and clever nature of mind and thought which defines Air’s special qualities. Levity is that special quality of Air that makes it especially important to alchemy. The two interplaying mercurial elements of Air and Earth sport the colors of Alchemy, green and gold, in this tarot. The planet represents ideas and the formulation of Earth, its sister element, showing the special relationship they have. In the above a white light is the hint of Fire, the  Father from which the Son, Air, emerges, while below the clouds represent the Mother or Water.

mini-054-ace-pentaclesAce of Pentacles
Historical Title: Root of the Powers of Earth
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #1 – Fire of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #2 ( kūn), The Receptive
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Water (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Neptune (Kether, Crown)
Tantric Root/Aspiration: Yin Ascending / Widdershins

 

 

Keywords: Stability, Abundance, Prosperity, Practicality, Trust, Reliability, Safety, Health, Wealth, Longevity, Consolidation

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Frustration, Stagnation, Overwhelming Situation, Stubbornness, Disaster, Enviromental danger

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Ace of Pentacles, Lord of the Root of the Powers of Earth, The Ace of Pentacles card corresponds to Sephira #1 (Kether) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Winds, her brother Air, blow over the sands, the element of Earth. The sea of sand also echoes the elements origins in Water, the Mother. A mysterious obelisk hints at the nature of Earth as the place where everything that is important in the manifest universe happens and is made special. Earth is the ultimate goal that necessitates all the other elements. Earth is all about hidden potential and what can be revealed, through the sands of time, through literal material sand, and through the shifting of ideas and perspectives. Always hard work and perseverance is necessary to attain any of the promises Earth holds, but they are great rewards. The stars above represent the distant Fire that created all.

 

mini-068-ace-alembicsAce of Alembics
Historical Title: Root of the Powers of Water
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #1 – Fire of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #2 ( kūn), The Receptive
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Water (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Neptune (Kether, Crown)
Tantric Root/Aspiration: Yin Descending / Widdershins

 

 

 

Keywords: Love, The Abyss, Fertility, Change, Intimacy, Emotion, Creativity, Peace, Calm, Receptivity

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Loss, Sorrow, Despair, Hopelessness, Death, Entropy, Fixation, Trapped

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Ace of Cups, Lord of the Root of the Powers of Water, The Ace of Cups card corresponds to Sephira #1 (Kether) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The element of Water holds and protects everything within it, like the Great Mother. It also represents Memory and preserves the good while purifying the bad. The cleansing nature of water is well known amongst Indian sages, as the water of the Ganges, even though it is the most polluted river in the world, is considered sacred and able to purify evil. The Ace of Alembics can do this, and more. It carries the power of infinite possibility and brings out the best in all of the other elements. The ammonite and the goldfish represent Air and Earth, the two children of Water and Fire, represented by the Dragon on the grail. This symbolism reminds us that Water, the Mother is reborn through Earth, the Daughter. As Nuit said, “I am divided for Love’s sake for the chance of Union.”

 

mini-027-two-stavesTwo of Staves: Dominion
Historical Title: Lord of Dominion
Ruling Pentagram:

Pent #2 – Fire of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #44 ( gòu), Coming to Meet
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Uranus (Chokmah, Wisdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Aries

 

 

Keywords: Achievement, Commitment, Potency, Endeavors, Confidence, Vision, Personal Power, Initiative

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Impotence, Blockades, Suppression, Newbie, Uncoordinated

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called Two of Wands Lord of Dominion, the Two of Wands card corresponds to the angels Vehooel and Denyal, the zodiacal Aries and the planetary Aries and places at Sephira #2 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The fierce warrior lord of Thebes is Khensu, the son of Amun Ra. this god was chosen to be the face of the supreme ultimate reality or Godhead in this scene, with the unbound force, fire and will that goes along with that personality. Shown with his traditional iconography, the added wands represent male and female, the first primeval forces, feminine serpents and masculine frogs. Ra is the primeval will and force of Fire made manifest in a personality. The disc centered in the crescent moon is the universal pagan symbol of the masculine aspect of god, sometimes called the Horned God. Here it represents the moon god in his aspect as the apex of lunar and solar power. The moon was considered to be the night time sun by the ancient Kemetic people and symbolized the immense power of the eternal solar god, Amun Ra. In this god’s name there are clues to be found that correlate with the Book of the Law, in that Khensu also means “To move in various directions”. The line “Come unto me” is a foolish word: for it is I that go” by “Hadit”. The time of the middle of the lunar month was called by the Kemetic people the “The uniting of the two bulls” and the dual nature of the lunar/solar masculine god of light is certainly reflected in both The Winged Serpent of Light, consort of the star goddess, and Ra Hoor Khut, the vengeful and warrior god who is also known as Montu and here, Khensu. As a dual god he is more powerful and complete and represents the full mass of his strength. The crocodiles he has complete and perfect control over, and who uphold his rule represent the greatness of death and also the great primeval mother. Tiamat in the Sumerian cosmology, Ammit in the Kemetic.

 

mini-041-two-bladesTwo of Blades: Peace
Historical: Lord of Peace Restored
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #2 – Fire of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #43 ( guài), Break-through (Resoluteness)
Tiered Bigrams: Earth (Above), Fire (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Uranus (Chokmah, Wisdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Moon in Libra

 

 

 

Keywords: Truce, Caution, Analysis, Pause, Hesitation, Calm, Rationality, Peril

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Indifference, Cowardice, Stagnation, Overwhelmed, Insufficiency

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Two of Swords Lord of Peace Restored, the Two of Swords card corresponds to the planetary Luna and the zodiacal Libra, as well as the angels Yezalel and Mebahel and places at Sephira #2 (Chokmah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The King of Heaven and the Queen of Infinite Space are are found here in the sanctuary of bliss and love which can be found when the Two of Blades vibrates Logos. There is a perfect balance of feminine and masculine energy at play, symbolized by the king and queen but also by the peacocks who are enjoying themselves and displaying their natural plumage. These are a reflection of the double phoenix, or lord of the horizon found in all of the “two” small cards.

Neither of them rest easy in the certainty that peace is unshakeable. Harmony requires work and diligence to maintain the balance of energy. Any misstep could lead down the long but deceptively easy path to complete ruin, the tenth aspect of Blades.

Chokmah’s influence in th Air element is clearly present, with the masculine force, Yin, or Heaven, enthroned amongst fluffy clouds rising out of the Great Ocean, The Great Mother, Binah, pooled at his feet.

mini-055-two-pentaclesTwo of Pentacles: Change
Historical: Lord of Harmonious Change
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #2 – Fire of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #24 ( fù), Return (The Turning Point)
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Water (Middle), Earth (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Uranus (Chokmah, Wisdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Jupiter in Capricorn

 

 

 

Keywords: Splendour, Beauty, The Chaos Principle, Variety, Fluidity, Motion, Balance

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):  Illusion, Decay, Entropy, Rigidity, Fixation, Inflexibility, Stodginess, Compression

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Two of Pentacles, Lord of Harmonious Change, the Two of Pentacles card corresponds to the planetary Jupiter, the zodiacal Capricorn, the angels Lekabel and Veshiriah  and places at  Sephira #2 (Chokmah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The twin phoenix appears again, this time in the mists of the current scene, Ace of Pentacles. This small card has long been an omen of good fortune and fundamental wealth. The goldfish, charmed creatures bred for ornamental reasons alone, are chosen for their connection to aesthetic value, the  height of wealth. This hints at the shadow of fragility in wealth and its products, that it must be protected or it cannot survive on its own. The orchid, in the meantime, is quite self sufficient without being plain. The visual feast reveals the true nature of Earth, as concrete and real as it may seem, it is only the master of illusion at play. There is balance in all of the aces, but here the balance is described by a pair of perfect pentacles, conjoined, symbolizing eternal rebirth. Gold, the color of luxury and wealth, is chosen as the color, a color of alchemy.

mini-069-two-alembicsTwo of Alembics: Love
Historical: Lord of Love
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #2 – Fire of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #23 ( bō), Splitting Apart
Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Water (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Uranus (Chokmah, Wisdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Venus in Cancer

 

 

 

Keywords: Generosity, Charity, Surrender, Sharing, Harmony, Play, Affection

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Danger, Confusion, Misfortune, Trials, Emotional Infidelity

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Two of Cups, The Lord of Love, the Two of Cups card corresponds to the planetary Venus and the zodiacal Cancer as well as the angels Ayoel and Chabooyah and places at Sephira #2 Chokmah in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Dolphins, the symbol of Aphrodite and her son Eros, own the correct symbology to match the planetary correlations in this card. The double-wanded one, pictured in the previous three Aces as anthropomorphic, takes shape as the Lord of the Two Horizons, as the setting sun. The gilded ornamentation on the two dolphins symbolizes love and its gilded grace, that embraces Lovers in the harmony of civilization and beauty. Civilization was founded upon the idea of marriage, as illustrated in countless mythologies, from the tales of Aphrodite to Fu Hsi and Nu Kua of Chung Kuo. (China)

mini-028-three-stavesThree of Staves: Virtue
Historical: Lord of Established Strength
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #3 – Fire of (Li) The Clinging, Fire
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #13 (同人 tóng rén), Fellowship with Men
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Earth (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Saturn (Binah, Understanding)
Planet/Sun Sign: Sol in Aries

 

 

 

Keywords: Stability, Mastery, Perseverance, Determination, Methodology, Honor, Tradition, Patience, Kindliness

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Difficulty, Pressure, Hindrance, Waiting, Foolishness, Sloth

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Three of Wands, Lord of Established Strength, the Three of Wands card corresponds to the planetary Sol and the zodiacal Aries as wel as the angels Hechashiah and Aamamiah and places at Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

A Durga Yantra is set on the wall in a cavern housing a mother tigeress and her two cubs. The tiger is the mount of Durga, and here the goddess is portrayed in a more mundane sense. She is the penultimate goddess-protectress, similar in nature to the Gorgon of the Ancient Roman Empire or Athena of Ancient Greece. Durga is created through the power of the triumvirate: Siva, Brahma and Vishnu combine their potency and bring her forth to defeat a previously invincible demon army. With Sol in Aries it is certainly most appropriate that this family belongs to a species that is a carnivore and well known for its dominance in the jungle. Furthermore the tigers are virtuous without folowing any proscribed human rules. They kill and eat flesh, and don’t follow any religious laws, but they still retain purity and virtue. This is often grossly misunderstood by humans, who proscribe attributes to the divine outside of Nature itself which is inappropriate and heretical as far as The Abrahadabra Institute is concerned.

Durga’s name means “invincible” and she is given other epithets outlining her characteristics of protecting and removing the suffering of devotees.

mini-042-three-bladesThree of Blades: Sorrow
Historical: Lord of Sorrow
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #3 – Fire of (Li) The Clinging, Fire
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #14 (大有 dà yǒu), Possession in Great Measure
Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Fire (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Saturn (Binah, Understanding)
Planet/Sun Sign: Saturn in Libra

 

 

 

Keywords: Strength, Stoicity, Clarity, Culture, Grace, Control, Good, Sincerity, Dignity, Sacrifice, The Balance

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Evil, Arrogance, Waste, Pettiness, Envy, Insolence

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called the Three of Swords Lord of Sorrow, the Three of Swords card corresponds to the planetary Saturn and the zodiacal Libra as well as the angels Harayel and Hoqmiah and places at Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Lilith, a latter day Hebrew term for the two part sister goddess Ereskigala-Inanna of the ancient Sumerians, is known well by both her power, majesty and terrible force as much as by her penchance for vengeance. She is depicted here as she is on the so-called Burney relief, an artifact at rest in the British Museum, also known as the Lady of the Night. Some may call her treacherous, others ingenious. What is true about this card is that it is primarily concerned with balance and justice. The realm of sorrow is of the mother, Binah, and this sorrow is born of emotional attachment, a necessary input for life to survive. While any goddess could stand in for Binah, Lilith was most appropriate due to her connection with all kinds of misery and torment, as well as the tendency of other religions to malign her as the Father Sky God ideal rose in humanity’s consciousness. However, she was always closely associated to the Underworld Father figures, Ereshkigal starts by marrying Nergal, etcetera. Then Lilith into modern times has for at least a century been known as the wife of Satan. In the Tarot, the Father god is both Emperor and Devil, as can be revealed in the progression of the ATU, where the terrifying work of The Tower is at the behest of the Emperor in his hidden underworld form, The Devil (in this Tarot depicted as Lord Balarama, the original Krsna).

Either Victory or Defeat can be signified by this card, but as Saturn in Libra it is most certainly a card of Justice. The ruling Hexagram signifies the close association with Fire, the Father, obviously.

mini-056-three-pentaclesThree of Pentacles: Works
Historical: Lord of Material Works
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #3 – Fire of (Li) The Clinging, Fire
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #7 ( shī), The Army
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Water (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Saturn (Binah, Understanding)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Capricorn

 

 

 

 

Keywords: Perseverance, Command, Generosity, Fairness, Order, Control

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Disorder, Bureaucracy, Instability, Inexperience

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called the Three of Pentacles Lord of Material Works, the Three of Pentacles card corresponds to the planetary Mars and zodiacal Capricorn and places between Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Oroboros is the symbol of life’s self renewing process. The serpent sheds and eats its skin, symbolizing many aspects of alchemy, this renewal is like the Phoenix who builds a pyre to destroy itself and in doing so is born again. It is also symbolic of the serpent which surrounds and supports the entire universe, akin to the Orphic Egg or Ananta Adishesha, the great serpent of Vishnu who is Balarama, “Original Krsna” as Sri Prabhupad put it.

Particles of information, thought and feeling are symbolized as the fragmented remains of the dragon’s tail. An orchid in the center represents the fragility of life within the many petals of the Goddess Nuit, or Flower of Life. The TwinStar is perfectly aligned to the Flower…one of its more remarkable properties. The marriage of Flower and Star, or The Tetractys is a complete map of whole universe, the orchid and serpent symbology amongst stars are only here as visual aids.

mini-070-three-alembicsThree of Alembics: Abundance
Historical: Lord of Abundance
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #3 – Fire of (Li) The Clinging, Fire
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #8 ( bǐ), Holding Together (Union)
Tiered Bigrams: Earth (Above), Water (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Saturn (Binah, Understanding)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mercury in Cancer

 

 

 

Keywords: Timeliness, Auspiciousness, Conservation, Purity, Subliminity, Constancy, Perseverence, Fullness

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Hesitation, Tardiness, Irresponsibility, Uncertainty, Shyness, Decline

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called the Three of Cups Lord of Abundance, the Three of Cups card corresponds to the planetary Mercury and the zodiacal Cancer As well as the angels Rahael and Yebomayah and places between Sephira #3 (Binah) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Mother-Father water serpents, Abzu lord of the sweet waters, underground, and Tiamat, lady of the bitter waters, the sea, join together to bask in their creation. Filled with promise of a shining and wondrous future, no shadow of forthcoming darkness is visible here, nor should it be. This is a highly auspicious station and no shadow covers it. Water is in Binah, The Ocean of the Great Mother, and perfect harmony abides. The brilliance of Mercury in Cancer is well suited to creativity and invention of the best kind.

Male, Female, Quintessential One, is the formula of this station, and has a special relationship to any ATU that signifies unity, such as The Lovers or Lust, but the pair also make an appearance specially on the Two of Cups.

Tiamat is often associated with sea dragons or serpents, in modern times, but there is no hard archaeological evidence for this in Sumer. It can be inferred from her association with Thalassa of the Greeks, who were quite fond of syncreticism that she may indeed have had serpentine features, as there are many ancient Greek depictions of her as a serpentine lady.

Abzu is also obscured in the sands of time, but we do know that he embodied the underground waters, the Abzu was also a place, which he ruled. This was not the underworld, for there was another name for that – Irkalla. We know that Ningishzidda, The Magician and The Excorcist named in Sumerian religious texts, grows up in the Abzu, but is also guardian of Irkalla.

mini-029-four-stavesFour of Staves: Completion
Historical: Lord of Perfected Work
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #4 – Fire of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #33 ( dùn), Retreat
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Fire (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Jupiter (Chesed, Benevolence)
Planet/Sun Sign: Venus in Aries

 

 

 

Keywords: Retiring, Withdrawal, Utopia, Firmness, Detachment, Clarity

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Peril, Risk, Deadline, Blockades

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called the Four of Staves Lord of Perfected Works, the Four of Staves card corresponds to the planetary Venus and the zodiacal Aries. The angelic associations are Nanael and Nithal and places at Sephira #4 (Chesed) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The Age of Ra Hoor Khut, the  Sun god, will pass and so the Age of Hrumachis will begin. Often assumed to be the goddess Ma’at, his sister.

mini-043-four-bladesFour of Blades: Truce
Historical: Lord of Rest from Strife
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #4 – Fire of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #34 (大壯 dà zhuàng), The Power of the Great
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Fire (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Jupiter (Chesed, Benevolence)
Planet/Sun Sign: Jupiter in Libra

 

 

 

Keywords: Temporary Respite, Solutions, Engineering, Natural Forces,  Good Intentions, Calm

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Turbulence, Illusion, Treachery, Secrecy, Gossip, Backstabbin

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Four of Swords, Lord of Rest from Strife, the Four of Swords card corresponds to the planetary Jupiter and the  zodiacal Libra and places at Sephira #4 (Chesed) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:   The Mabinogion is a sophisticated medieval Welsh manuscript recorded in Medieval times.  It is at its core a collection of religious Celtic stories. The Truce card, or Four of Blades, represents an uneasy peace, especially as it relates to lover relations. The scene depicted is of Blodeuwedd, the maiden made of Oak, Meadowsweet and Broom, through the influence of the magicians Math and Gwydion as a wife for the cursed Lleu Llaw Gyffes, their nephew born by the embittered Arianrhod.  The mother of Leu Llaw Gyffes curses him to not only have no name but to never have a human wife. Math and Gwydion solve the problem by creating a pseudo woman, like a dryad, out of special plants. She later betrays him and becomes the lover of his enemy who plots to destroy him. The tale is a warning never to trust things just because they seem small, pretty and harmless.

Leu take the form of an eagle in the mythology, as he is also a magician like his uncles. Blodeuwedd is a wild creature of nature, her fickleness is as inevitable as Fortune’s favor, signified by Jupiter in Libra. The Power of the Great is a good hexagram to represent this card, as it warns us that fate is dictated by universal economics and is hardly something which can be overriden by mere trickery. Blodeuwedd acts out the karmic potential of Arianrhod’s curse.

The implications are that we can escape karmic debt for a little why, but never forever. That is why it is important to think carefully when trying to achieve any kind of uneasy truce.

mini-057-Four-of-PentaclesFour of Pentacles: Power
Historical: Lord of Earthly Power
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #4 – Fire of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #19 ( lín), Approach
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Water (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Jupiter (Chesed, Benevolence)
Planet/Sun Sign: Sol in Capricorn

 

 

 

Keywords: Inexhaustible, Protection, Fortune, Wealth, Investment, Resources, Consolidation, Stability, Focus

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Evil, Miserliness, Pollution, Obsession, Greed

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The Four of Pentacles Lord of Earthly Power, the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-071-four-alembicsFour of Alembics: Luxury
Historical: Lord of Blended Pleasure
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #4 – Fire of (Kên) Keeping Still, Mountain
Element/Planet: Water of Jupiter (Chesed, Benevolence)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Water (Middle), Water (Below)
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #20 ( guān) Contemplation (View)
Planet/Sun Sign: Luna in Cancer

 

 

 

Keywords: Teaching, Pleasure, Relaxation, Society, Culture, Instruction, Contemplation, Influence

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Reclusiveness, Ignorance, Paranoia, Gaudiness, Tackiness, Waste

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: 

mini-030-five-stavesFive of Staves: Strife
Historical: Lord of Strife
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #5 – Fire of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake
Element/Planet: Fire of Mars (Gevurah, Severity)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Fire (Below)
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #10 ( lǚ) Treading (Conduct)
Planet/Sun Sign: Saturn in Leo

 

 

 

Keywords: Protection, Wrath, Ferocity, Discrimination, War, Offense, Unassailability, Sageness

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Waiting, Arrogance, Incompetance, Foolishness, Rage

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: The unbridled ferocity of Sekhmet destroying humankind fills this card, called Strife. Connected with Geburah, Severity, Fire makes for an unstoppable and uncontrollable force when set to destruction.

mini-044-five-bladesFive of Blades: Defeat
Historical: Lord of Defeat
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #5 – Fire of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #9 (小畜 xiǎo chù), Taming Power of the Small
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Mars (Gevurah, Severity)
Planet/Sun Sign: Venus in Aquarius

 

 

 

Keywords: Refreshment, Trickery, Perspective, Sincerity, Returning, Loyalty, Progress, Transmutation

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Bloodshed, Decay, Loss, Compromise, Misery

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-058-five-pentaclesFive of Pentacles: Worry
Historical: Lord of Material Trouble
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #5 – Fire of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #15 ( qiān), Modesty
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Mars (Gevurah, Severity)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mercury in Taurus

 

 

 

Keywords: Economy, Balancing, Rationing, Moderation, Humility, Austerity, Agape, Charity, Obedience, Abstinence

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Shortsightedness, Dullness, Despair, Stress, Sycophantic, Crankiness, Ignorance

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-072-five-alembicsFive of Alembics: Disappointment
Historical: Lord of Loss in Pleasure
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #5 – Fire of (Tui) The Joyous, Lake
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #16 ( yù), Enthusiasm
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Mars (Gevurah, Severity)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Scorpio

 

 

 

Keywords: Evolution, Experimentation, Putrefaction, Growth, Sexuality, Adolescence, Trials

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Codependency, Clinging, Abuse, Narcissism

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-031-six-stavesSix of Staves: Victory
Historical: Lord of Victory
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #6 – Fire of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #6 ( sòng), Conflict
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Sol (Tiphareth, Beauty)
Planet/Sun Sign: Jupiter in Leo

 

 

 

Keywords: Great Success, Breakthrough,  Cooperation, Good News, Reward, Recognition

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Infamy, Cost, Unease, disloyalty

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-045-six-bladesSix of Blades: Science
Historical: Lord of Earned Success
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #6 – Fire of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #5 ( xū), Waiting (Nourishment)
Tiered Bigrams: Earth (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Sol (Tiphareth, Beauty)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mercury in Aquarius

 

 

 

Keywords: Messenger, Declaring One’s Will, Smoothness, Thermonuclear, Warrior, Expediency, Elegance

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Harshness, Recovery, Complications, Arrogance

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-059-six-pentaclesSix of Pentacles: Success
Historical: Lord of Material Success
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #6 – Fire of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #36 (明夷 míng yí), Darkening of the Light
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Earth (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Sol (Tiphareth, Beauty)
Planet/Sun Sign: Moon in Taurus

 

 

 

Keywords: Generosity, Wealth, Status, Fairness, Equality, Justice, Authenticity, Truth

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Begging, Insecurity, Conditions, Measuring, Miserliness 

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-073-six-alembicsSix of Alembics: Pleasure
Historical: Lord of Pleasure
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #6 – Fire of (K’an) The Abysmal, Water
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #35 ( jìn), Progress
Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Sol (Tiphareth, Beauty)
Planet/Sun Sign: Sol in Scorpio

 

 

 

Keywords: Delight, Childhood, Innocence, Love, Eroticism, Sensation, Relaxation

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Drowning, Sinking, Laziness, Trapped, Repression

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-032-seven-stavesSeven of Staves: Valor
Historical: Lord of Valour
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #7 – Fire of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #25 (無妄 wú wàng), Innocence (The Unexpected)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Earth (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Venus (Netzach, Victory)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Leo

 

 

 

Keywords: Overcoming, Bracing, Movement, Courage, Passion, Brilliance, Dedication, Enthusiasm, Innocence, Virtue, Harmony, Perseverence

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Naivety, Harmlessness, Loss, Theft, Ineptitude

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-046-Seven-of-BladesSeven of Blades: Futility
Historical: Lord of Unstable Effort
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #7 – Fire of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #26 (大畜 dà chù), The Taming Power of the Great
Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Venus (Netzach, Victory)
Planet/Sun Sign: Luna in Aquarius

 

 

 

Keywords: Inaction, Desisting, Travelling, Public Office, Accumulating, Scrutiny

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Blindness, Rashness, Bad Timing, Irresponsibility, Forgetfulness, Lack of Foresight

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-060seven-pentaclesSeven of Pentacles: Failure
Historical: Lord of Success Unfulfilled
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #7 – Fire of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #46 ( shēng), Pushing Upward
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Venus (Netzach, Victory)
Planet/Sun Sign: Saturn in Taurus

 

 

 

Keywords: Smallness, Humility, Sincerity, Repentance, Loyalty, Dedication

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Sadness, Submission, Loneliness, Yearning, Longing

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:  The Dragon wins. The Dragon always wins because he or she knows how to play the Long Game versus the short game. The Knight in Shining Armor winning the battle is and always was a myth, born of the shortsighted fear of mortals. There are many dead men on the floor of the cavern, victims to their own pride and prejudice. The maiden represents the Venusian ideal, the righteousness of Man on earth is and always will be focused on the Goddess, and so she plays a central part in this card, a warning to those who would make Life something which it is not. Life is both the powerful and vengeful Dragon and the gentle and completely beautiful maiden, they are the same being here. If this is forgotten then all is lost in our lives. The failure to comprehend Life for what it is,

Seven of Alembics: Debauch
Historical: Lord of Illusionary Success
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #7 – Fire of (Chên) The Arousing, Thunder
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #45 ( cuì), Gathering Together (Massing)
Tiered Bigrams: Earth (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Venus (Netzach, Victory)
Planet/Sun Sign: Venus in Scorpio

 

 

 

Keywords: Trickery, Subterfuge, Underworld, Manipulation, Temptation, War, Femininity, Choices

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Submission, Trapped, Suffocating, Languishing

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-033-eight-stavesEight of Staves: Swiftness
Historical: Lord of Swiftness
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #8 – Fire of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #12 ( pǐ), Standstill (Stagnation)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Mercury (Hod, Splendor)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mercury in Sagittarius

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-047-eight-bladesEight of Blades: Interference
Historical: Lord of Shortened Force
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #8 – Fire of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #11 ( tài), Peace (Harmony)
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Mercury (Hod, Splendor)
Planet/Sun Sign: Jupiter in Gemini

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-061-eight-pentaclesEight of Pentacles: Prudence
Historical: Lord of Prudence
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #8 – Fire of (K’un) The Receptive, Earth
Element/Planet: Earth of Mercury, (Hod, Splendor)
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #11 ( tài) Peace (Harmony)
Planet/Sun Sign: Sol in Virgo

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-075-eight-alembicsEight of Alembics: Indolence
Historical: Lord of Abandoned Success
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #8 – Fire of (K’un), The Receptive, Earth
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #12 ( pǐ), Standstill
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Mercury (Hod, Splendor)
Planet/Sun Sign: Saturn in Pisces

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-034-nine-stavesNine of Staves: Strength
Historical: Lord of Great Strength
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #9 – Air of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #9 (小畜 xiǎo chù), The Taming Power of the Small
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Earth (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Luna (Yesod, Foundation)
Planet/Sun Sign: Luna in Sagittarius

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:


mini-0048-nine-bladesNine of Blades: Cruelty
Historical: Lord of Despair & Cruelty
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #9 – Air of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #10 ( lǚ), Treading (Conduct)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Air (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Luna (Yesod, Foundation)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Gemini

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-062-nine-pentaclesNine of Pentacles: Gain
Historical: Lord of Material Gain
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #9 – Air of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #16 ( yù), Enthusiasm
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Air (Middle), Water (Earth)
Element/Planet: Earth of Luna (Yesod, Foundation)
Planet/Sun Sign: Venus in Virgo

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:

mini-076-nine-of-alembicsNine of Alembics: Happiness
Historical: Lord of Material Happiness
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #9 – Air of (Ch’ien) The Creative, Heaven
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #15 ( qiān), Modesty
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Earth (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Luna (Yesod, Foundation)
Planet/Sun Sign: Jupiter in Pisces

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: 

mini-035-ten-stavesTen of Staves: Oppression
Historical: Lord of Oppression
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #10 – Air of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram Hex #57 ( xùn), The Gentle (The Penetrating Wind)
Tiered Bigrams: Fire (Above), Earth (Middle), Air (Below)
Element/Planet: Fire of Earth (Malkuth, Kingdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Saturn in Sagittarius

 

 

 

Keywords:

Keywords (Ill-Dignified):

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene:  Siva and Kali are consorts, two sides of one universe. The supreme goddess is the forbidden one, she who slays and who is considered a dangerous protective creatrix who is also called the goddess of change, the black alchemist and. Siva is the partaker of the forbidden, the omniscient one, patron of yoga and the arts. Both of them are complex and mysterious and can often be attributed opposing traits at once. The summation of all of this is that the universe is infinitely complex and difficult, but not impossible to understand in its changes.

Oppression here is not the goddess. Instead she is the great liberator. When the soul is bound by consternation, regret, anxiety and despair, the goddess Kali is considered to be the greatest ally to the practitioner. However, she also brings terrible dread to the wicked. She is the enveloping darkness of the end of time, the onset of the absolute night in which she and Siva will sleep at the end of the world in perfect bliss.

Ten of Staves is a heavy card, representing the kind of desperate situation only the energy of the dark mother can unbind. This is the moment where Siva himself is dead, killed accidently in Kali’s blind fury after finishing off all of the demons. She is both the only one who can slay him and the only one who can revive him. In this great mystery lies the answer to whole universe.

mini-049-ten-bladesTen of Blades: Ruin
Historical: Lord of Ruin
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #10 – Air of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #58 ( duì), The Joyous (Lake)
Tiered Bigrams: Earth (Above), Air (Middle), Fire (Below)
Element/Planet: Air of Earth (Malkuth, Kingdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Sol in Gemini

 

 

 

Keywords: Silence hiding an Active Force, Hacking, Subterfuge, Brilliance, Interdimensional Warfare, Technological Breakthrough, Uniting by Military Might, Sneak Attack, Powerful Alliances, Unavoidable Destruction, High Orbital Space Warfare, Black Sun Interstellar, New Military Technology

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Undetected Betrayal, Hidden Treason, Rebellion, Arrogance, Abandoning Logic

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Ra Hoor Khut stands before a holographic representation of his fleet, ready to do battle with enemies of his crown and reign. The presence of enemies in this card is at its peak, it is where all the problems are. As the Lord of War and Vengeance, Ra as Ra Hoor Khut or Montu’s Aeonic presence is also called The Age of Science, and so a scientist, an anthropomorphic bird man as depicted in Sumer or Egypt, stands beside him.

Ra Hoor Khut is a dangerous character and has made himself known in the modern era through the reception of the famous Liber Al Vel Legis, or, Book of the Law. The messages in the book are most dire about the state of the world and mankind’s purpose in it.

While there are highly militaristic technology and strategy inferred here, there is also Silence and Strength, Vengeance, and Abrahadabra.

It is true that Mutational Alchemy takes a completely different view of the marriage of Malkuth and the Elements. The horror of Choronzon’s demiurge rule has no real place in a conversation about how the sacred elements should in fact interact with Kingdom. This may not be the case now, here in the place we find ourselves, but it is the divine imperative of Abrahadabra to restore the true state of things

mini-063-ten-pentaclesTen of Pentacles: Wealth
Historical: Lord of Wealth
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #10 – Air of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #51 ( zhèn), The Arousing (Shock, Thunder)
Tiered Bigrams: Water (Above), Air (Middle), Earth (Below)
Element/Planet: Earth of Earth (Malkuth, Kingdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mercury in Virgo

 

 

 

Keywords: The Unexpected, Warriorship, Pleasure, Marriage, Fertility, Protection, Stability, Play, Distraction, Fun, Tribe

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Sterility, Scarcity, Poverty, Sadness, Loneliness,

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Bes, the Ancient cat god who is described visually as a sand cat or lion cub with a large phallus, an upright stance wearing the a cat’s skin  and a crown, came from a very ancient class of deity in Kemet, that is, Modern Day Egypt. A god of physical pleasure, he also had the endearing characteristic of being extremely protective of women and children – the center of the family unit. The cat of course was a very valuable asset in a desert country that was probably at the mercy of the local rodent population who could decimate the graineries if mice and rats were not kept under control.

Lions have always been closely associated with the Great Beast, who is the Emperor of all things and connects the Kings of the Earth together, and the Queens of the Earth through his consort the Great Mother. While unnecessary to put a face or single name to this The Beast, it is true that he can be equated to every single male deity in existence, representing the totality of the divine divided from what becomes the Goddess or the Scarlet Woman. This Goddess is merely an aspect of God. As the star goddess aspect Nuit said, she is divided for Love’s sake for the chance of union. That original monotheism, founded by the Sumerian Avraham, revealed this in another way by the command of his God to obey his wife in all things. Here, goddess is defined as the oracle, the one who can scry the complexities of reality and map out the true path for her masculine counterpart. Hints of this ultimate reality about the divine feminine can be found everywhere, from the status of real human women as the best oracles, to the feminine figureheads on ships, or the Judaic concept of God’s visible shell, Shekinah, that blinding bright light who is synonymous with the Indian concept of the Lord’s Maya.  This fundamental difference between the original concept of Monotheism and the derivative Monotheism of the Islamic and Christian cults is irreconcilable. They of course place the authority and importance with the man, which is pointless as it denies that the division is of no concievable purpose. The purpose, the Great Work, as it were is the essence of all the true religions of the world, without which mankind’s destiny and path are ultimately lost.

When the conception of God as Male, Female, Quintessential one, as Alchemy defines it,  is grasped fully, life may be viewed as a great journey of learning and expansion by that great being, who is both man and woman, whole universe, and ultimate reality:  The Ardhenarishvara.

The connection between Malkuth, the feminine (Earth+Earth= Daughter) is very important in this case, as it is the place where everything happens. Malkuth translates as “Kingdom”. The importance of this Sephira cannot be overstated. It is here that the Magus, or Kings and Queens of the Earth must exercise their royal and sacred magickal authority.

Bes is the archetype of the evolving masculine aspect of God, the essential male product of this alchemical division between God and Goddess. He is attributed leonine characteristics, with beard, ears and  as well as being, small, virile, fertile, protective and entertainer of women and children, a warrior. Taking all of these important and preserved duties into account, his universality, offering fertility to any women and protection to any child, Bes makes the best representation of the all-father here on earth.

The importance of the ten of pentacles is in its status of the essence of God’s Kingdom, the place where all creation is at its apex and many important things are happening all at once. Events and processes which we as humans cannot understand or fathom yet, but which take place all the same, in our world and in the events that shape it.

All of the auspiciousness of the god Bes, the sacred Djed pillar behind him, and the fertileness of the Nile Delta as well as the abilities of intelligence and knowledge in the material world are present and active in this card, Ten of Pentacles.

 

mini-077-ten-alembicsTen of Alembics: Satiety
Historical: Lord of Perfected Happiness
Ruling Pentagram:
Pent #10 – Air of (Sun) The Penetrating, Wind
Ruling Hexagram: Hex #52 ( gèn), Keeping Still (Mountain)
Tiered Bigrams: Air (Above), Earth (Middle), Water (Below)
Element/Planet: Water of Earth (Malkuth, Kingdom)
Planet/Sun Sign: Mars in Pisces

 

 

 

Keywords: Vacation, Relaxation, Religious Clarity,  Security, Placid, Death After a Long Life

Keywords (Ill-Dignified): Lingering on before Death, Backlog, Old Emotional Pain, Quarreling based on Old Memories

Interpretations

Historical: 

Golden Dawn: Called The (primary) (secondary), the (****) card corresponds to the (****) and places between Sephira #? (????) and Sephira #? (????) in the Golden Dawn system.

Thoth: 

Mutational Alchemy Interpretation: *

The Scene: Connected with the waters of Malkuth, Kingdom, Satiety features Dôn, the Welsh name of the Mother Goddess. She is the sister of Math fab Mathonwy, a sacred King and later regarded even today as a god of Magick, Sorcery and Enchantment.  Married to Beli, God of Deth, she is not featured in the Mabinogian, that collection of Welsh literature, even though she is an ancestor or relative of many of its actors. She is the penultimate goddess of the concept of Courtly Love. As ladies beloved by the chivalrous knight are extensions of the Queen, so too are Queens extensions of the ultimate feminine goddess who is represented here by the mother of the children of light. A “Wife of the Deep” like Melusine on The Princess of Alembics, Dôn is also a fully realized Goddess, like Lakshmi or Nu Kua.

The bright faeries who surround her are exactly that, the Children of Light, as opposed to Lyr’s Children of Darkness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LINK: independent expert confirms that the “impossible” EM drive actually works

In a step forward for space exploration, Roger Shawyer’s controversial EM drive that defies current physics laws is confirmed to actually work. It is proposed it could propel us to Mars in less than 3 months without using rocket fuel.

Original article here: http://www.sciencealert.com/independent-scientists-confirm-that-the-impossible-em-drive-produces-thrust

Scientists have been relying on hard rhetoric to disprove the drive so this comes as some vindication for people who dislike scientists who try to disprove theories on the basis of “He’s an asshole and I don’t like him.”

John Costella, an Australian physicist wrote in response to the Chinese testing his enginge previously that  “His analysis is rubbish and his ‘drive’ impossible.”

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For more information on Pazuzu, please check out this wonderfully well-researched article over at Shadows of the Sun by :

https://warboar.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/pzzgde/

 

“While Pazuzu is most frequently referred to as “King of the wind-demons” in various ritual texts and accompanying incantations recorded on tablets and other Pazuzu artifacts unearthed at Nineveh, Sultantepe, and Uruk (Heeßel, 2002), I claim contrary to Heeßel in particular that it is made abundantly clear by a number of artifacts that Pazuzu was respected as a God, not merely as a helpful demon Who reigns in or banishes malevolent lesser demons. A remarkable item on display at the Israel Museum, 93.45.73, is a bronze head with a suspension loop on top. What is remarkable about this Pazuzu head is that it possesses pair of horns which encircle the top of the head, and turn up at the front, typical of those shown on crowns festooning the heads of revered Gods such as Šamaš and Ištar. (Gabbay, 2001) Another find that shows Pazuzu with Divine rather than mere demonic trappings also comes from the Israel Museum’s collection. It is an octagonal pyramidical carnelian seal — BLMJ Seal 1060 — that bears a well-defined relief of Pazuzu on its bottom. He is depicted in His unmistakeable chimeric form with a leonine or canine face, four wings, erect penis, and scorpion tail. Here He is given a crescent headdress and a ball-staff, which rests before His feet. (Gabbay, 2001) Both the crescent and the standard have obvious Divine connotations, though the reader should not assume that Pazuzu was in any way being merged with the Moon God, Sin.” – 

Pazuzu seal at The Israel Museum
Pazuzu seal at The Israel Museum

Sound familiar? Yes, the figure of Pazuzu in the Israel Museum resembles the creatures on the Ningishzidda Grail. They are Djinn! Fire critters:

 

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