Copyright 2008-2015 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
☵ Dedication ☲
For my friend, the Tetractys of the Decad.
☵ Acknowledgements ☲
All of these people contributed in some way, laying the foundation for ideas that made their way into the deck: Kathryn Manzo, Bob “MythMath” Phillips, King Louis XIV, William Bouguereau, Pierre Paul Prud’hon, Siva Six, Timothy Leary, Johann Braums, Albert Hoffman, Richard Alpert, Richard Wilhelm, Cary Baynes, Aleister Crowley, Isaac Luria, Israel Regardie, Humphrey Osmond, George Gurdjieff, Carl Jung, Yang Hsiang, Confucius, Lao Tzu, Tony Smith, Gottfried Liebniz.
Also a special thanks to John Hu and Shenzhen Wangjing Printing Co.
☵ A List of Charts and Diagrams ☲
☵ Foreword ☲
Every man and every woman is a star.
The Mutational Alchemy Tarot Deck is a revolutionary approach to esoteric Tarot, that will forever enhance your divination skills, on many levels at once.
The Body of Light physics it defines will stand the test of time for many centuries to come. Embedded in this remarkable deck is a coherent model of *star alchemy*, unlike anything that has ever been published before. Every effort has been made to ensure that conventional Tarot practitioners can bridge the gaps between old association and new, but it has to be said, that once you begin to grasp and apply this new paradigm, you are not likely to ever return to the more limited perspectives of bygone eras.
Modern Tarot has been through a whirlwind of transition, originating as a popular card deck across medieval Europe, until being seized upon as a vehicle of divination in the latter 1800’s. Numerous individuals have added or subtracted from its occult form, while its underpinning rationale has remained fundamentally astrological, with a faint sprinkling of western, alchemical doctrines, tossed in the mix. Many contemporary decks have taken to encapsulating folklore and mythologies that make for attractive novelties, but do very little to advance cartomantic divination itself.
The Mutational Alchemy Tarot Deck returns us to a sense of purpose so often missing from other decks. It tells a story of unfolding destiny that is balanced against the evolutionary potential of us all. It outlines a model of Completion rarely imagined by the most daring of visionaries. It is as much a book of magickal instruction, as it is of divination, wherein the properties of conscious *stars* are finally laid bare for all to contemplate and master.
m1thr0s aka Magister 0r0b0r0s 729 ~ (author, artist)
Izikisikil Sesa Ningishzidda (izi) ~ (artist, co-author)
The Abrahadabra Institute
☵ Preface ☲
This deck was begun as a casual artistic project by me, Izi Ningishzidda at the end of 2008, on Abrahadabra Forums. When I say it was a casual project, it may be worthwhile to note that both m1thr0s and I were, and are, very serious magicians, dedicated to the work, and as intensely wrapped up in occult studies as one can possibly get. Within two days, m1thr0s had invited himself onto the project in a huge capacity, he wanted to direct the project. I was motivated to encourage this desire in him, as he would be bringing his immense knowledge of Eastern and Western occultism to the project, expanding its scope considerably.
We could not hide our thrilling excitement for each other. Our blossoming romance was augmented by our nearly perfect zodiacal alignment: He is a Dragon/Aquarius and I am a Monkey/Gemini. We constantly feed on each other’s energy and have a natural artistic and scholarly synergy. We also shared a strong desire to burn down the world, together, in the Saivic Tandava, no earth fairy passivity for us, no. Our sinister sides are driven primarily by our will to defend the planet’s fragile diversity, both of us are staunch enviromentalists at heart, even though we both loathe Greenpeace immensely. Secondly, in the face of crushing injustice we both sought to bring balance and order. In a world fraught with the horrors of incredibly depressing abuses of power, and rampant neglect of mankind’s stellar destiny, we sought to change all of that, through our art and science.
It’s a little hard for me to believe that it has taken seven years to complete and publish the MAT. During that time, we wrestled with the many problems of the tarot, tying up the loose ends left by Crowley, rectifying problems with the way tarot had been handled, and abused, and finally we crowned it with the best new and important knowledge both of us had gathered in our personal Dragon’s hoards of wealth, in Sofia, and Da’ath, Wisdom and Knowledge. A great many mysteries were uncovered throughout the early years of discussion at abrahadabra.com, that had to be resolved through careful research. This was, after all, to be the heir and answer to a legacy of careful research by many minds that had come before us – not merely a picture-tarot or Golden Dawn clone.
I couldn’t stop sketching and painting versions of m1thr0s of course. We were both focused on each other, each a muse to one another. He hid his affection more cunningly in his geometry, which would be released to Abrahadabra Forums publically, after a romantic tete e tete betwixt us over the significance of each new image. The love letters between us were only hinted at in his minimalistic images themselves. An intensely private individual, his subtle gestures were all but missed by the majority of AF’ers as we called them – the then denizens of Abrahadabra Forums, which were closed in 2013 due to lack of funding for the overwhelming amount of visitors we were getting, 16 million hits per month, and who were adding nothing to our work. But his face in the paintings? I couldn’t hide that. I must have appeared obsessed by comparison. But at least we were obsessed together, secretly. Some of the people in the deck are friends and family. A lot of them are me…we couldn’t afford models, so I took nude shots of myself in the poses I needed to sketch!
I went to school at The Contemporary Realist Academy in Memphis, Tennessee, studying for two years under Kathryn Manzon – the CRA was her atelier in the European Academic Tradition. This tradition is lineaged to Michelangelo so it is very classical, and nudity in the form of live nude models were the cornerstone of my education. Nudes never frightened or offended me, not even pornography. But the MAT was not a pornographic deck, nor even intentionally erotic, although it can be that for anyone who would like it to be. They were made nude intentionally, for the symbology of what it means, and when they are clothed it also means something. We both agreed very early on there would be lots of nudes. As m1thr0s said early on “They will be clothed in magick and mystery.” He was completely self taught out of necessity, his college education focused on philosophy. In his early years as an occult artist he was the stockroom manager at the famous Seattle Art Supply store, and he had daily access to a huge array of graphing products which saw use in his continued experimentations with Abrahadabra, Qabbalah and Hermeticism. The earliest versions of The Abrahadabra Grid which he invented, the TwinStar, and the Tree on the Abrahadabra Grid, were all done meticulously by hand on graph paper throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Even though the tools have changed, the methodology is still by hand – each chart must be pixel perfect or it won’t work – any of the handful of people who study Mutational Alchemy know that if the geometry is off by even one pixel it throws the whole meditation off, like an unbalanced engine.
The first year of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot project saw the integration of the third generation of m1thr0s’ Twin Trees, (the Sephiroth and I Ching marriage) into Mutational Alchemy, as well as the Tarot itself. The Tarot was quite generative, it would produce many more such “babies” over the course of its development including the Hidden Diamond Sutra which I will discuss a little later on. We would often actually refer to it as a child, it was at times belligerent, and then surprising, taking on a life of its own. The first major union of Eastern and Western magick was taking place in the formulas m1thr0s was laying out, and I was there to witness it all. It all felt extraordinarily special, and not merely because I was in love with the man. It was just fascinating watching all of the connections between wholly alien systems come together so perfectly, without forcing things to fit arbitrarily. I am an occultist first and foremost, and Mutational Alchemy was now my favorite branch of it. Even though the project could be exhausting, we couldn’t believe some of the correspondences that were emerging from the pairings of the Tarot, Tree and I Ching together, using m1thr0s’ proximity principle. The secret relationships and instant synergy, as if the I Ching had been made for the Tarot and the Tree for the I Ching. There was mastery being revealed within the correspondences.
The desire to see the great Eastern mysteries united harmoniously with the great Western mysteries was quite pressing. Communist China had been trying to kill The Changes for nearly a hundred years – before then it had been fading into the backdrop, and day-to-day drudgery. Western Mystery Schools fared little better – they too had needed a renewal and a period of vigor.
For me, and undoubtedly for m1thr0s, the greatest joy in life was witnessing the unfolding of the characteristics of the Hexagrams, Trigrammaton and Tetragrammaton within the beloved Tarot. It is an unprecedented marriage of Hexagrams to Sephiroth, and all able to achieve mathematical perfection within the bounds of the Tarot!
The Twin Trees and the Twin Serpents mirrors were stunning in and of themselves, as Mutational Alchemy tools and as art, but this deck gave a whole new dimension and purpose to the work outside of alchemical projection, the prime vehicle for Mutational Alchemy practice. Fortunetelling has often acted as the honeyed delivery system of major Occult breakthroughs and secrets. I had been studying for eighteen years by the time I came to The Abrahadabra Institute – I was born into the occult, and my entire female line was comprised of witches. In my opinion it is not possible, without some rare coin, to get a finer education in the occult mysteries than I was offered by life: I knew I had struck gold at Abrahadabra.com, like so many others tell m1thr0s and I today.
The deck’s art, corners and the documentation on the corners was completed on time in December 2013, but The Abrahadabra Institute did not have the means to publish it. Bob Phillips, “MythMath” on Abrahadabra Forums, tired of waiting for the deck, offered to publish it as a handmade item, having much experience doing so, and three published decks were created. (These include the original purple mohawk Prince of Blades and feature a grey swirl back) They were expensive, and printed on premium casino grade poker paper. Furthermore the printer couldn’t handle centering the back image of the card. m1thr0s didn’t want to go ahead with the printing at all if it couldn’t be done as he envisioned it, but MythMath somehow convinced him to go ahead with it. I felt strongly that people would need an affordable copy, I was not interested in creating an art grimoire out of the reach of the people who might actually use it as it was meant to be used.
Several publishers were contacted, but only one sent word back to us, and that was US Games. They told us that their customers would be offended by the nudity, and that it wouldn’t make any money. Llewellyn and others simply ignored our submission, which we sent twice. I had to trust that there was a way forward. It must be self publishing, but it was just too expensive. Finally in 2015 we were able to secure a loan for the business and it was done.
Self publishing has many advantages – The Abrahadabra Institute would own all the copyrights and exclusive publishing rights, forever. And once I navigated the maze of the publishing industry, I would know how to easily publish anything in the future, and I could help guide others through the process as well. The Abrahadabra Institute would not be required to give over its reins of sovereignty and command to anyone else, except in adherence to The United States Government, which we love and cherish.
In many Tarot sets today the pictures chosen are chosen based on the artist’s moods – they offer insight into the particular mind of an artist and perhaps an alternative view of the classics. The Mutational Alchemy Tarot does something different in that it examines the roots of the assumptions made within Tarot and changes them, based on knowledge, mathematical calculation, and careful, hard, scholarly work hitting the stacks, not guesswork. There were pitfalls. Sometimes the knowledge is just someone else’s guesswork, even though it may have been passed down through quite a few generations. Just because it’s old, doesn’t mean it’s good or accurate.
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, where any number of scarab species would have worked fine) and each element was chosen based on tradition or some chart or color scale, drawn from m1thr0s’s immense storehouse of knowledge as well as pre-sketch research through our library of occult books. A few items in the thematic scenes which could go in many optional and correct directions were finally decided based on the globally-at-home standard we had set for the final product. Both of m1thr0s and I have always been fundamentally global syncretists and unapologetically treat the occult as a universal field with no regard for national or genetic borders or purist and fundamentalist sensibilities that get in the way of power and truth.
However, a standard has been adhered to with respect to authenticity, where we did seek to stay close to the indigenous details, for example once an element was chosen, the color scales of deities or their correct form was given much attention. Strong invocation techniques were used during the painting, where ritual engaged a conversation with the God before attempting union and then putting it down on the canvas, although much discussion on a scholarly level took place and decisions about the best course of action were already in place before attempting invocation.
Mutational Alchemy is at its heart a Tantric discipline. This means that it supports the King. This King is at the heart of all Tantric practice. It is not necessarily the same as a worldly King or Queen with a court and all of that, although in antiquity it was just that. It means that there is a certain standard of rule that we adhere to and it is the rule of higher intelligence, Abrasax (Abraxas) or the Adam Kadmon, the most primordial being. Logos, Atman, Wakȟáŋ Tȟáŋka and Tian all adequately infer this higher intelligence.
As the first Nu Aeon order to accept the Book of the Law, The Abrahadabra Institute and its members support the path of Sinister Knowledge fully, and in fact it was born from this current. Satanists are welcome here as well as other darker sects. The darkness is Yin and TAI supports both male and female equally. The war was declared in 1904. The Abrahadabra Institute will make no apologies or concessions for anyone aligned to organized religion who seeks to disrupt the higher conversation going on here or those who will have nothing to do with Tantric practice as defined classically. Consensus opinions have no place here, only reality and if that is not known, the traditional knowledge. Revisionism is the bane of syncretism.
Artist, The Mutational Alchemy Tarot
September 23rd 2015
☵ Introduction ☲
The traditional charts of the Tarot against the Sephiroth, or, Tree of Life, were analyzed at every step to make sure it agreed with the most current understanding in the occult. A few major decisions had to be made in order to reconcile The Book of the Law with Ankh-ef-en-Khonsu’s interpretation of the transmission.
Arrangements of the Hexagrams on the Tree of Life are precisely chosen according to a strict rational ordering. Explanations for why this ordering has been devised can be found all over abrahadabra.com.
Traditional attributions have been used when appropriate and correct, 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, as it crawls along the course of centuries.
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. They were discovered by myself initially but most of the work of examining them correctly and identifying their unique properties was done by m1thr0s.
A decision was made at the completion of the deck to name the Pentagrammal Structures after the Hebrew names of the steps of creation. These are the intelligences of Berashith. m1thr0s and I are both at least half Hebrew and cannot escape our genes.All in all this decision should also serve to please that percentage of our audience who feels a close kinship with the Torah. It is the only reference to post Babylonian monotheism (As opposed to Hebrew magick predating the fall of Jerusalem) you will find in this deck. A global deck would in fact be remiss not to include at least some of the so-called Abrahamic religions of the world, considering “Judaism” is the font of monotheism which is the essence of the Tetractys as well. (The Monad.)
It is important to note, since we are utilizing it to understand the Tarot, the order of creation in Berashith is not considered the order of the tree, at least in 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. 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, the intelligence, and line, are stunningly well paired with the Pentagrams, and cards. For example, Fortune corresponds to the intelligence of creation called “Fulfilled Desire”! Or, if the translated Hebrew does not seem to make sense, the line from Berashith is amazingly 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 “Elohim 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. This is a kind of work which serves to offer recognition to those systems which are complete, inherently built on some kind of rational principle, and deserving of attention from occultists. At the same time, it also validates our underlying suspicion, as occultists, that the ancients did their work very diligently, and created a system (Tarot) based on astute observations of the natural world, from the observing of animals, to forays into mathematics or geometry, recording patterns of behavior in people, and in analyzing the stars.
My only hope with this deck is that it will pave a clearer path towards starhood for budding Mutational Alchemists. This deck is not for everyone. There isn’t a single element in it that was bent to appease consensus occultism. I wish any pure-hearted seeker lots of luck and love, in their life, and inevitably, starhood.
Right is Yang, Left is Yin: The Twin Trees
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.
Here we’re going to splay out the guts of the Mutational Alchemy Tarot Engine. You may want to skip this part, unless you are interested in how the system works, or want proof that it is actually a logically tight and perfect system.
The charts on the following few pages define the number and kinds of pairs throughout the Twin Trees systems.
There is a word, that needs reiteration, regarding the notion of chronology, as the Mutational Alchemy system relies upon accurate chronological ordering of hexagrams. It was Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz, that first observed the binary ordering of the oldest known arrangement, called the Early Heaven arrangement. The hexagrams can be ordered numerous ways, but I have opted for chronological ordering, as it best coordinates with the qabbalistic Tree of Life. Two chronological orderings are especially important: The Heaven Descending, and the Earth Ascending, orders. In the Heaven Descending arrangement the first hexagram is made up of 6 Yang lines (numerating 000000), and progresses towards 6 Yin lines at the end (numerating 111111). In the Earth Ascending arrangement, the opposite occurs, where Yins are counted as 0’s and Yangs as 1’s. The pairing of these two great chronological arrangements is what gives us the balanced pairs, throughout the entire system. Of these, it is the Heaven Descending arrangement that most closely resembles the chronology of the Tree of Life. Similarly, it is referred to as the dominant, where the Earth Ascending is the subdominant arrangement. While it has become habit to always assign odds to Yangs, and evens to Yins, with chronologies, no such rule actually exists. With respect to the binaries, whatever comes out first counts as 0, (or 0’s) and whatever comes out last, counts as 1 (or 1’s). All other combinations fall logically somewhere between the two polar ends. The numbers assigned to Mutational Alchemy hexagrams are from the King Wen system as these are universally, the most recognized by a clear majority of readers.
The first chart, above, (Figure 1) is the Primordials. The Primordials are the set that are found on this Tarot deck. So, in the Twin Trees system, and in the single tree system, what the hexagrams provide us with, is a balance of opposites along all 32 Paths of Wisdom, within the Tree of Life. These are called the P’an Ku, (Yangs), and Nu Kua, (Yins), arrangements, respectively, aka the Heaven Descending and Earth Ascending arrangements, chronologically. Not only do they tell us which hexagrams correspond to any given paths, but they also tell us how to construct these paths, tantrically, for those who have reached a more advanced level of Tree of Life mastery. References to “hexagrammal fields” allude to this more advanced level, where the adage “0=2” serves to remind us of the “alchemical levity” principle at work in the tantric construction process.
These are the two prevailing chronologies.
The Primordials chart (Figure 1) is based on the strict chronological ordering of Heaven Descending and Earth Ascending orders.
There is another tree arrangement which I will explain below.
The arrangement of the hexagrams on the Tree of Life we just discussed, (Figure 1), was created originally by myself, after many years of trial, and error. One prior attempt was made at doing this using the eight binary trigrams, by Aleister Crowley. It was arbitrary, and, lacked the perfection of mathematics, which is fundamental to creating a rigorous and useful system of magick, which will stand up to the most demanding of scrutiny.
Crowley did not associate Qian with Kether, in the highest, a terrible mistake, based on a lack of understanding of Abrahadabra, (and not elucidated until I applied the Tree of Life to the Abrahadabra Grid in the 1970’s, published online in 2001) and, a terrible misunderstanding of the nature of the light of Kether, in respect to the higher form, Ain Soph Aur. Kether is NOT the Tao, in other words, and the light of the mezla or *diamond light* is NOT emanating directly from Kether. Kether is merely the channel through which it flows.
The chronology is based on the mathematical ordering of the binary hexagrams, which is inherent in their form and intrinsic to their natures. There are 64 of them, and they come down to us via the mythical Fu Hsi, after which countless Chinese, Japanese and Korean scholars analyzed them, for thousands of years. This span of time is often overlooked when examining the occult work of the East. It underlines their immense importance to royalty, sages and scholars. It’s recorded that Emperors of Chung Kuo would have a reading every morning, before attending to the affairs of the country, the reliability of the wisdom of the oracle was so revered. Japan or Nippon, was so enamored with them, and so caught up in nationalistic pride, that fierce arguments were put forward that the Hexagrams MUST have originated in Nippon originally! (Which isn’t true, by the way.) Who can blame them. The binary hexagrams and the lesser known, but equally important ternary tetragrams are a major part of the crowning achievement of Eastern magick and yes, science and mathematics. Today, the I Ching lies face down in the dirt, forgotten and derided under the communist regime. It is probably one of the holiest records of universal truth regarded by The Abrahadabra Institute.
The ordering of these hexagrams was applied to the Sephiroth of ancient Israeli, specifically, Tribe of Judah, Kabbalah, according to the Proximity Principle, a system of rational ordering identified in about 1996 by m1thr0s. Though the search continues, there has yet to appear any mention of its property prior to this more recent discovery. The Proximity Principle organizes paths according to their numerical proximity to Sephiroth, starting from 1, advancing systematically all the way to 10, with paths 11-32 emanating logically, from lesser to greater numerical distances. While there is some indication that the paths may have been organized this way at some unknown past, it is not until the emergence of this deck that paths are meticulously adhering to this underlying principle from beginning to end.
(Note: It is the opinion of The Abrahadabra Institute that the Sephiroth, or Tree of Life had prototypes stretching back to Sumer, due to the archaeological evidence surrounding it. No prototypes of the tree can be found in Egypt, so the claim that it came from there via the Hebrew people is probably a myth. The Tree of Life was not applied to the Flower of Life until MythMath did so at Abrahadabra Forums, and from there it became popularized around the web. There is no indication in the archaeological record that the Egyptians had any idea that the Flower of Life fit the Tree of Life. It would be much more likely the Tree would have originated from within the tribes after they arrived in Israel, even though it is clear the Egyptians, and Sumerian immigrants, Abraham’s children, would have been trading ideas in a friendlier political climes. Many interesting trees at least slightly resembling the final Sephiroth can be found in Mesopotamia. This is part of an ongoing study we have undertaken, in order to get to the bottom of baseless assertions people have brought to us, insisting the Tree originates from Egypt. I have seen people quoting this as a known fact, but any actual evidence supporting the assertion is not found in any reputable book on archaeology or anthropology, or religious study to date. It is bound to remain a mystery until the end of time, possibly. All that we know for sure, is that the intact Tree of Life as it is used today, in Hermetic Alchemy and Magick, can only be found in the Jewish historical record, and a close approximation can be found in parts of the pagan Ancient Near East, namely Sumer, Akkad and Assyria.
In turn, the anatomical body parts of the Tarot were analyzed according to their fundamental numerical, and elemental, properties. It was found that the 64 Hexagrams of Ancient China, already a perfect marriage with Ancient Israel’s Sephiroth, or Tree of Life, arranged excellently into the Tarot, using the paths of the Sephiroth and Tetragrammaton itself.
The Temporals Arrangement in the second chart, (Figure 2B) is not present in this deck, but is included for academic reference. It applies the balanced hexagrams to the Sephiroth, and these come out first. As a matter of divination, a conscious choice towards the Primordials Arrangement was opted for as opposing the Temporals Arrangement, which is better suited to the more advanced business of emulating the hexagrammal fields tantrically. In any case, the very serious student will want to consider BOTH arrangements. Even so, experience has shown that divination is a very intuitive art that utilizes technical information more as a general guidelines than an absolute or empirical credence.
Both arrangements 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.) A balanced hexagram always has three Yang, and three Yin, lines, in any order. All other hexagrams are classified as imbalanced regardless of their importance.
The red highlighted hexagrams below, (Figure 2A and Figure 2B) are paired against themselves. There are eight of these special pairs.
These pairs 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 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.)
Hexagrams noted with an asterisk, (in the charts below) signify balanced hexagrams. A balanced hexagram ALWAYS has 3 Yin and 3 Yang lines, in one of all possible combinations. That there happens to be 20 of 64 balanced hexagrams (or 10 perfect pairs) is a mathematical miracle of its own kind, since there exists no better way of distinguishing 10 of 32 “special” epicenters, than according to this miraculous anomaly.
You’ll need a copy of the I Ching to utilize this chart as the numbers correspond to hexagrams 1-64.
You are looking at the TwinTrees method of connecting hexagrams to the qabbalistic Tree of Life. The blue boxes tell us the whereabouts of the balanced hexagrammal pairs. A hexagram is considered to be balanced, if it has the same number of Yin lines, andYang lines – always 3 of each, in any order. It is a quirk of mathematics that we get exactly 20 of 64 hexagrams which are balanced. It is hard to convey what an amazing discovery that is to a Qabbalist, as these 10 pairs CAN be aligned to the ten Sephiroth. This validates the doctrine of the Sephiroth, rendering them special in some way.
We have to break our chronology to achieve this, and that’s where the Temporals arrangement comes into view. The Temporals allow for this *Division*, where the Primordials do not. In the Primordials, The Heaven Descending arrangement is married to the Earth Ascending arrangement, and the pairs just naturally unfold from there…no special emphasis on the 10 sephiroth.
In the Temporals, an allowance is made where the 10 Sephiroth are numerated first and then, the 22 paths unfold. The 10 sephiroth are all balanced pairs, and the 22 paths are all unbalanced. We still have operational chronologies but they are staggered, not unlike extrapolating Primes in chronological order. This staggering gives us a division between balanced and unbalanced pairs, or, the Sephiroth and paths accordingly. This is a very important discovery, if perhaps a little technical.
This image in 4B, The Twin Trees Temporals, is what we get when we extrapolate the balanced pairs, and align them to the 10 sephiroth. With respect to tantric applications, I am of the opinion that this is a much stronger way of approaching the Tree…that it is *closer* to us in general proximity and thus, more likely to produce the kinds of tantric results we may be after. The Mutational Alchemy Tarot inspired the discovery of the Temporals, but the art was modelled after the Primordials. Thus, the Primordials will undoubtedly have a more ethereal, lofty and ancient feel to them than any Temporals deck that The Abrahadabra Institute might produce.
A handful of single Tree arrangements, some handmade, on graph paper from the 70’s and some digital copies from the turn of the 21st century, with the full gamut of the 64 Hexagrams on them exist in the archive of The Abrahadabra Institute. We will not show or discuss them here, in this particular book, so as not to confuse anyone further. We merely mention this to indicate that this did discovery did not pop out of thin air, it was not conveyed to us by UFO’s or anything like that. It was merely the result of one man, carefully studying the properties which anyone could have done with enough work invested.
The Da’ath Hack: The Hidden Diamond Sutra
The Hidden Diamond features prominently in The Mutational Alchemy Tarot. Why? The short answer, is that the sixteen hidden paths of the Tree of Life, also known as The Hidden Diamond Sutra, have a direct correlation to the sixteen court cards of the tarot. Also, the sixteen binary tetragrams are represented, in the sixteen hidden paths.
We were having an open discussion about the Tree of Life in general, in the Mutational Alchemy Tarot building thread, on Abrahadabra Forums. Someone by the screen name of Kuroyagi, raised the question as to the hidden path’s relevance to the discussion. As is the usual routine, the information was brought to me and I analyzed it and recognized that the Hidden Paths in general was an area that needed much deeper investigation. Kenneth Grant has his nightside tree, which is quite different. Aleister Crowley has the inverse or reversed Tree of Life, which is also quite different, so don’t mistake it for that. I was surprised no one had looked into the Hidden Paths before and I still am. It’s been years since this discussion went down in 2007 and I haven’t heard a peep from anybody about the Hidden Paths. There will be at least a chapter in the upcoming Book of Mirrors about the Hidden Diamond Sutra, for those who want to learn about it, although students who purchased the Symposium series guidebook by me when it was still in print have the most complete information on hand that there is so far. The data just hasn’t come in on it to say much more than what one can do with it, although reports from various Abrahadabrites indicate that it is pre-eminently sinister tree, a Satanic tree if there ever could be one. I named it The Hidden Diamond because of the way it looks – it has a diamond like appearance. I call it a sutra because of its application. It’s a tantric visualization device. You’ll find it on each of the aces, which is purely an intuitive call. I felt that their overall import matched the concept of the aces.
The path of the Magus is never an easy one. In my case is has been incredibly rewarding, yet also painful. I expect the path to finding out our True Will and manifest destiny will also be quite painful. The Mutational Alchemy Tarot will, hopefully, alleviate some of that pain, in the right hands, those of you who feel inexorably drawn to the occult, and especially to something real, not, yet again, another sham artist. This deck is designed for those of you who can smell the difference between truth and frauds. Remember that I did not have this information at your stage of the game, and so you are much further along already than I ever was.