Golden Dawn Title
Book "T" - The Titles of the Tarot Symbols 1
57. Fool. The Spirit of Ether
(0) The Foolish Man
Crowley: 0 - The Fool
|Notes on the Tarot by Frater SRMD 2||O. Fool = The Crown of Wisdom, the Primum Mobile acting through the Air on the Zodiac.|
|Book of Thoth: The Atu: Mnemonics 3||
Truth, laugher, lust: Wine's Holy Fool! Veil rent;
Lewd madness is sublime enlightenment.
|Hebrew Letter Type 4||Mother|
|Hebrew Letter 5||
Aleph meaning Ox
Eliphas Levi attribution: Shin meaning Tooth
|Hebrew Letter Numerical Value 5||1|
|Hebrew Letter Corresponding Path and Key Scale 5||
Between Kether and Chokmah (#11)
Above center to above right; First motion to right
Kircher's Tree: 1 to 2 Proto-Tree: 4 to 5
|Cube of Space Dimension 6||Height-Depth|
|Intelligence According to Sepher Yetzirah 7||
Scintillating (or Fiery in some sources)
The Eleventh Path is the Scintillating Intelligence, because it is the essence of that curtain which is placed close to the order of the disposition, and this is a special dignity given to it that it may be able to stand before the Face of the Cause of Causes.
|Traditional Image 8||A bearded ancient seen in profile|
|Suggestive Correspondences from the Hebrew Alphabet 1||Aleph - The Holy Ghost - Fool - Knight-Errant. Folly's doom is ruin.|
|Element (Mother Letter) 5||Air (Spirit or Life-Breath)|
|Color of Aleph 9||
King Scale: Bright Pale Yellow
Queen Scale: Sky Blue
Prince Scale: Blue Emerald Green, Princess Scale: Emerald, flecked gold
|Color of Kether 9||
King Scale: Brilliance
Queen Scale: White Brilliance
Prince Scale: White Brilliance, Princess Scale: White flecked gold
|Color of Chokmah 9||
King Scale: Pure soft blue
Queen Scale: Grey
Prince Scale: Blue pearl grey (like mother of pearl), Princess Scale: White flecked red, blue and yellow
|Supplemental Planet (Mother Letter) 10||
(which was known in the GD's time as Herschel)
|Planetary Dignities for Uranus11||
Rules Aquarius (with Saturn)
Exaltation: Scorpio, Detriment: Leo, Fall: Taurus
|Kircher's Allocation for the Path as Gods 12||Infinity|
|Levi's Allocation for the Path as Magical Powers 12||To behod God face to face without dying|
|Part of the Body 13||
|Magical Weapons 14||The Dagger or Fan|
|Precious Stones 15||Topaz, Chalcedony|
|Animals, Real and Imaginary 17||Eagle or Man (Cherub of Air) [Ox]|
|Plants, Real and Imaginary 18||Aspen|
|Egyptian Neters 20||Mout, Nu, [Hoor-pa-Kraat]|
|Greek Gods 21||Zeus|
|Roman Gods 22||Jupiter, [Bacchus, Juno, Aeolus]|
Crowley in Book of Thoth 24
General Characters of the Trumps as the Appear in Use
ALL WAYS ARE LAWFUL TO INNOCENCE.
PURE FOLLY IS THE KEY TO INITIATION.
SILENCE BREAKS INTO RAPTURE.
BE NEITHER MAN NOR WOMAN, BUT BOTH IN ONE.
BE SILENT, BABE IN THE EGG OF BLUE, THAT THOU
MAYEST GROW TO BEAR THE LANCE AND GRAAL!
WANDER ALONE, AND SING! IN THE KING'S PALACE
HIS DAUGHTER AWAITS THEE.
In spiritual matters, the Fool means idea, thought, spirituality, that which endeavours to transcend earth.
In material matters, it may, if badly dignified, mean folly, eccentricity, or even mania.
But the essential of this card is that it represents an original, subtle, sudden impulse or impact, coming from a completely strange quarter.
All such impulses are right, if rightly received; and the good or ill interpretation of the card depends entirely on the right attitude of the Querent.
0. The Fool
This section is too lengthy to reproduce here. Read the text here.
The Formula of Tetragrammaton
The "Green Man" of the Spring Festival, "April Fool," The Holy Ghost
The "Great Fool" of the Celts (Dalua)
"The Rich Fisherman"; Percivale
The Crocodile (Mako, Son of Set, or Sebek)
Dionysus Zagreus; Bacchus Diphues
ii. De Sapientia et Stultitia; De Oraculo Summo;
iii. De Herba Sanctissima Arabica;De Quibusdam Mysteriis, Quae Vidi; De Quodam Modo Meditationis; Sequitur De Hac Re; Conclusio De Hoc Modo Sanctitatis; De Via Sola Solis.
Waite - Pictorial Key 25
21--which, however, in most of the arrangements is the cipher card, number nothing--The Fool, Mate, or Unwise Man. Court de Gebelin places it at the head of the whole series as the zero or negative which is presupposed by numeration, and as this is a simpler so also it is a better arrangement. It has been abandoned because in later times the cards have been attributed to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and there has been apparently some difficulty about allocating the zero symbol satisfactorily in a sequence of letters all of which signify numbers. In the present reference of the card to the letter Shin, which corresponds to 200, the difficulty or the unreason remains. The truth is that the real arrangement of the cards has never transpired. The Fool carries a wallet; he is looking over his shoulder and does not know that he is on the brink of a precipice; but a dog or other animal--some call it a tiger--is attacking him from behind, and he is hurried to his destruction unawares. Etteilla has given a justifiable variation of this card--as generally understood--in the form of a court jester, with cap, bells and motley garb. The other descriptions say that the wallet contains the bearer's follies and vices, which seems bourgeois and arbitrary.
Mathers' 1888 document 26
0. - Il Matto (MAT) - Le Fou - The Foolish Man - Shin. - SH
0. The Foolish Man — Folly, Expiation, Wavering; R. Hesitation, Instability, Trouble arising herefrom.
The Divine Folly of which St. Paul speaks:
1 Corinthians (King James Version)
3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
2 Corinthians (King James Version)
12:11 I am become a fool in glorying; ye have compelled me: for I ought to have been commended of you: for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing.
See here to pursue this biblical line of thought.
Book of Thoth 24
The design of the present card resumes the principal ideas of the above essays. The Fool is of the gold of air. He has the horns of Dionysus Zagreus, and between them is the phallic cone of white light representing the influence from the Crown [Kether: see the position of the Path of Aleph on the Tree of Life.] upon him. He is shown against the background of air, dawning from space; and his attitude is that of one bursting unexpectedly upon the world.
He is clad in green, according to the tradition of Spring; but his shoes are of the phallic gold of the sun.
In his right hand he bears the wand, tipped with a pyramid of white, of the All-Father. In his left hand he bears the flaming pine-cone, of similar significance, but more definitely indicating vegetable growth; and from his left shoulder hangs a bunch of purple grapes. Grapes represent fertility, sweetness, and the basis of ecstasy. This ecstasy is shown by the stem of the grapes developing into rainbow - hued spirals. The Form of the Universe. This suggests the Threefold Veil of the Negative manifesting, by his intervention, in divided light. Upon this spiral whorl are other attributions of godhead; the vulture of Maut, the dove of Venus (Isis or Mary), and the ivy sacred to his devotees. There is also the butterfly of many-coloured air and the winged globe with its twin serpents, a symbol which is echoed and fortified by the twin infants embracing on the middle spiral. Above them hangs the benediction of three flowers in one. Fawning upon him is the tiger; and beneath his feet in the Nile with its lotus stems crouches the crocodile. Resuming all his many forms and many-coloured images in the centre of the figure, the focus of the microcosm is the radiant sun. The whole picture is a glyph of the creative light.
Waite - Pictorial Key 25
With light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him, a young man in gorgeous vestments pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world; he surveys the blue distance before him-its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below. His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the given moment; his dog is still bounding. The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him, if it came about that he leaped from the height. His countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream. He has a rose in one hand and in the other a costly wand, from which depends over his right shoulder a wallet curiously embroidered. He is a prince of the other world on his travels through this one-all amidst the morning glory, in the keen air. The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days. He is the spirit in search of experience. Many symbols of the Instituted Mysteries are summarized in this card, which reverses, under high warrants, all the confusions that have preceded it.
Note that for the purposes of this document, I analyze whether symbolic elements which could be interpreted as supporting GD correspondences can be found in the various cards. This is not to say that symbols found were intended by Waite to support those correspondences; there is support for the proposition that Waite did not agree with those correspondences. Read this page for a persuasive argument about what Waite's intent probably was.
Mathers' 1888 document 26
0. The Foolish Man. A man with a fool’s cap, dressed like a jester, with a stick and bundle over his shoulder. Before him is the butterfly of pleasure luring him on (while in some packs a tiger, in others a dog, attacks him from behind). It signifies Folly, Expiation.
Fool, unless specified otherwise (Book "T" [Foolish Man/Fool], Waite-Smith, Thoth, Hermetic (Dowson), Ceremonial Magick (DuQuette), Magickal (Clark), Golden Dawn Ritual, Gill, Sephiroth, Spirit, Light and Shadow, Marseilles, Rohrig, Cosmic Tribe, Gendron, Haindl, Vision Quest, Ancestral Path, Rock Art (word only), African, Arthurian, Buckland Romani, Spiral, Cosmic, Melissa Townsend, Londa, World Spirit, Robin Wood, Herbal, Old Path, Morgan-Greer, Hanson-Roberts, Hudes)
Zero (Book "T", Waite-Smith)
Thoth, Hermetic (Dowson), Ceremonial Magick (DuQuette), Magickal (Clark), Golden Dawn Ritual, Gill, Sephiroth, Spirit, Light and Shadow, Marseilles, Rohrig, Cosmic Tribe, Gendron, Haindl, Vision Quest, Ancestral Path, Rock Art (word only), African, Arthurian, Buckland Romani, Spiral, Cosmic, Melissa Townsend, Londa, World Spirit, Robin Wood, Herbal, Old Path, Morgan-Greer, Hanson-Roberts, Hudes
For Zero, Symbols of Ain, Ain Soph, Ain Soph Aur
The Ain contains all possibilities and potentialities. Ultimately all the emanations of creation are derived from it. It is the infinite negative existence from which everything comes and to which everything is destined to return.
Infinity Symbol ()
Ten Emanations out of Nothing (Waite-Smith)
Waite-Smith: the 10 circles on the Fool's tunic.
Creative/Destructive Cycle ()
Vulture, for Maut ()
Lotus and/or Nile ()
See also Unborn Babe or Infant (Harpocrates, God of Silence) in next section
Symbols of AIR and the 11th Path
Crossing the Veil of the Presence of the Most High
Hermetic Air Symbol (the upward pointing triangle with the horizontal line) ()
Air (the word) ()
Hair and garments blowing in the wind (Waite-Smith)
Bright Pale Yellow (King Scale) or Sky Blue (Queen Scale) (Book "T", Waite-Smith)
Felkin says "The colors are pale yellow, pale blue, greenish yellow - suggestive of the early dawn of a spring day". Waite-Smith has the yellow sky, and the Fool's hair is blond.
The Ciceros mention "The roses are also yellow signifying that the grasping child is about to take his first breath of air. Thirsty for experience, he seeks an initiation of spirit-life."
Dawn (Book "T")
Felkin says "The colors are pale yellow, pale blue, greenish yellow - suggestive of the early dawn of a spring day".
Spring (Book "T")
Felkin says "The colors are pale yellow, pale blue, greenish yellow - suggestive of the early dawn of a spring day".
Dagger, Fan ()
Topaz, Chalcedony ()
Eagle (Waite-Smith (eagle-head embroidered on bag))
An argument could be made that Waite's statement "He signifies the journey outward..." indicates that the Fool is intended to represent the 11th path. However, the argument that Waite did not agree with assigning paths to Trumps in general can be supported by other statements. This is what Waite said about the "wallet curiously embroidered" in PKT: "His wallet is inscribed with dim signs, to shew that many sub-conscious memories are stored up in the soul." In the BOTA deck, the eagle is drawn as the entire bird, and not just the head.
Butterfly (see butterfly of pleasure in section below; a butterfly is another common symbol for Air)
Symbols of Spirit
Eight Spoked Wheel (Waite-Smith)
Waite-Smith: emblazoned on tunic. Waite did say that "He signifies... the graces and passivity of the spirit."
Symbols of ALEPH
Aleph is the beginning of the Hebrew alphabet. According to Cicero, the Zohar states that Aleph is absolute unity, therefore it cannot be give a number, since numbers are set apart from one another.
Hebrew Letter (Book "T")
Hulse vol 2 argues that the Waite-Smith's little white dog's position forms the letter Aleph. I am not convinced however.
The Word ALEPH In Roman Letters ()
An Ox or Ploughshare ()
Symbols of SHIN (Levi instead of GD correspondence)
Hebrew Letter (Waite-Smith?)
It's indistinct, but is that Shin or something else upside-down in one of the tunic's emblazoned circles over the Waite-Smith Fool's thigh. It is Shin in the BOTA deck. However, Waite states in PKT, "I have also not adopted the prevailing attribution of the cards to the Hebrew alphabet." He also states "In the present reference of the card to the letter Shin, which corresponds to 200, the difficulty or the unreason remains. The truth is that the real arrangement of the cards has never transpired."
The Word SHIN In Roman Letters ()
A Tooth ()
Three tongues of flame (Waite-Smith)
Emblazoned on the circle over the Fool's heart on the Waite-Smith Fool's tunic
Symbols of KETHER, Origination Point of Path
Kether is where the Unmanifest first begins the process of manifestation. Kether contains everything in itself, but unmanifested; in embryo as it were. In Kether, everything contains its opposite.
Perhaps the Wheels on the Waite-Smith's Fool's tunic are also intended to depict whirling. Perhaps not.
White Sphere (Waite-Smith)
The White sun in the upper right corner of the Waite-Smith card can plausibly be interpreted as a symbol of Kether. Waite does state in PKT "He signifies... the state of the first emanation".
Primum Mobile, First Whirlings ()
White Brilliance (Queen Scale) or Brilliance (King Scale) (Waite-Smith (the sun))
Silence Prior to the First Sound: Sign of Silence (Cicero)
See also Unborn Babe or Infant (Harpocrates, God of Silence) in next section
The Ciceros say "Harpocrates is also the god of silence and here he is shown giving the Sign of Silence, one of the grade signs of a Neophyte."
Rose of Silence (Book "T")
Also related to Harpocrates. Greek myth relates that Eros, the son of Aphrodite, gave the rose to the god of silence, Harpocrates, to induce him not to gossip about Aphrodite's amorous indiscretions. As a result of this myth, the rose became an emblem of silence and secrecy. In the middle ages a rose was suspended from the ceiling of a council chamber, pledging all present to secrecy,or sub rosa,"under the rose".
Twin Peaks below Fool's Cliff (Waite-Smith)
These blue peaks might represent Chokmah and Binah.
Neither Male, nor Female but Potential for Both / Androgenous / Bi-Sexual ()
While Waite does describe the Fool as "a young man" in PKT, the artwork is sufficiently vague to leave some doubt as to the youth's gender.
Undifferentiated Unity/Equilibrium of Forces ()
Symbols of CHOKMAH, Destination Point of Path
Chokmah is the first differentiation of the energy coming from Kether. Specifically, the asexual nature of the impulse is polarized in a masculine direction here.
Grey Sphere ()
Zodiac as a Whole, 12 signs and/or 7 planets (Waite-Smith) Perhaps if you could count behind the Fool, you could prove that there are 12 knots in his belt. As it is, there are only 7 showing. There are also 7 trefoils surrounding a yellow circle. 7 has also been interpreted by some authors as referring to chakras.
Grey (Queen Scale) or Pure Soft Blue (King Scale) ()
Waite says he "pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world... His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the moment... The edge which opens on the depth has no terror; it is as if angels were waiting to uphold him if it came about that he leaped from the height".
Symbols of URANUS (because Uranus is a sky god, and this is the element Air. This attribution is not found in the collection of GD materials published by Regardie)
Astrological Symbol (Book "T")
This symbol is shown on the illustration found in the online version of the Felkin document. The Felkin document is not illustrated in my version of the GD volume published by Regardie.
Symbols of PLUTO (because the planet is not found in the earliest materials, Pluto seems to be used on some GD-influenced decks, though most GD derivative books put Pluto with Judgment)
Astrological Symbol ()
Unborn Babe or Infant (Book "T")
See also Egg, under Ain
In Book "T", the child is naked, reemphasizing the innocence. Felkin does not identify him beyond "a naked child". She does say that he represents "perfect innocence". The Ciceros identify the child as the child-god Harpocrates, and say "a child has the sum of all possibilities of life yet to come therefore he has the potential to do anything."
White Rose of Purity (Waite-Smith)
As the rose is a symbol of desire, the white rose is specifically a symbol of purified desire. Note that the Waite-Smith rose has two groups of three leaves branching off from the stem.
White Shirt (Waite-Smith)
Black outer tunic (Waite-Smith)
Daphna Moore states "In order for the life power to come down into the flesh he must put on the robe of ignorance."
The Young Prince or Knight-Errant
Princely Garments (Waite-Smith)
Waite describes him as "a young man in gorgeous vestments".
Cap and Bells ()
The Tramp or Ragged Beggar
Torn clothing ()
Not looking where he/she is going (Waite-Smith)
Waite says "he surveys the blue distance before him - its expanse of sky rather than the prospect below".
The Opposite of Blindness, Vision
In the BOTA deck, the top flap of the wallet is fastened with an eye-shaped clasp. It is a mere dot in the Waite-Smith version however.
Eagle (see Air, where Eagle is the kerub of Air)
Gaze, Visage (Waite-Smith)
Waite says "his countenance is full of intelligence and expectant dream."
Mania, Delirium, Frenzy
Crazed look ()
Folly of Inspiration of Wine or Divine Ecstasy / Intoxication
Led by Desire or Pleasure
Child stands beneath a rose tree bearing yellow roses (Book "T")
The "golden Rose of Joy as well as the Rose of Silence". The traditional language of flowers associates the yellow rose with joy.
Butterfly of Pleasure ()
Mathers 1888 describing a traditional image: "butterfly of pleasure leading him on".
Something is About to Happen, but Has Not Happened Yet
The Child is about the pluck the rose (Book "T")
The Fool is about to step off the cliff (Waite-Smith)
Waite says "with light step, as if earth and its trammels had little power to restrain him..." He "pauses at the brink of a precipice among the great heights of the world... His act of eager walking is still indicated, though he is stationary at the moment".
The Companion or Attacking Animal(s) (Astral?)
Companion Dog (Waite-Smith)
"The great pleasure of a dog is that you can make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, he will make a fool of himself too." - Samuel Butler
For Waite-Smith, the notion of "conventional wisdom" might be a clearer description of the dog's meaning than "intellect". At any rate, by making the creature a dog, the notion a dog needing a master is brought in. Also see note about the letter Aleph. Waite points out that "his dog is still bounding."
Attacking Dog ()
Leashed Wolf (Book "T")
Felkin implies that the wolf represents the false wisdom of the world referred to in 1 Corinthians 3 when she states "he yet holds in leash a gray wolf, worldly wisdom held in check by perfect innocence". The Cicero's bring out another meaning for the wolf.
Attacking Lynx/Tiger/Cat ()
Waite-Smith identifies it as "a costly wand". It is black with a tan knob-end. Jayanti calls the BOTA Fool's staff "the wand of willing action". Hulse vol 2 states that this is the symbol of the path between Kether and Chokmah.
Second staff ()
Bag with Embroidered Eagle (Waite-Smith)
This is what Waite said about the "wallet curiously embroidered" in PKT: "His wallet is inscribed with dim signs, to shew that many sub-conscious memories are stored up in the soul." He also states, of traditional depictions of the Fool, "The other descriptions say that the wallet contains the bearer's follies and vices, which seems bourgeois and arbitrary." Some authors state that the wallet contains the tools which appear on the Magician's table.
Victory and (Vegetable/Etheric?)
Wreath on Fool's Head (Waite-Smith?, )
On the BOTA deck, it is definitely a green wreath. It is far less clear if that is the case in the Waite-Smith deck. The coloring in that deck is not terribly distinct from the Fool's blond hair.
The Cliff (Physical?)
Truth, Justice, Morality, Balance
Feather of Maat (red feather) (Waite-Smith)
World of Divinity/Spiritual Plane
White Sun (Waite-Smith)
Waite identifies three worlds: Divinity, the Macrocosm and the Microcosm. Of the sun he says, "The sun, which shines behind him, knows whence he came, whither he is going, and how he will return by another path after many days."
Another perspective - From Joan Bunning's site
1. p. 542 GD, p. 34-35 of 777 col CLXXIX (numbers printed on tarot trumps), col CLXX (titles of tarot trumps: The Spirit of Alpha-iota-theta-eta-rho), p. 40 of 777 (suggestive correspondences from the hebrew alphabet), p. 278 BoT, p. 245 Wang, p. 223 Whitcomb, p. 284 and 334-5 Hulse vol 2, p. 228 Whitcomb: Paul Christian's System: Card Number 0, Card Title: The Crocodile, Attribution: Expiation, Archaic Letter Name: sichen, English Letter: S, Numerical Value: 300 [GD and Crowley Title]
2. p. 72 GD, http://www.angelfire.com/ab6/imuhtuk/gdmans/ntarot.htm, p. [Notes by Frater SRMD]
3. p. 219 BoT [The Atu Mnemonics]
4. p. 67 GD Third Knowledge Lecture, p. 125-128 and 245 Wang [The Division of Hebrew Alphabet into Mothers, Doubles and Singles in the Sepher Yetzirah]
5. p. 52 GD First Knowledge Lecture [Hebrew Letter, Numeric Value and Meaning], p. 62 GD Second Knowledge Lecture (serpent path), p. 71 GD Fourth Knowledge Lecture, p. 3 of 777 col I (key scale), col III (english of col II, hebrew names of numbers and letters), p. 2 col VII (english of col VI, the heavens of assiah), p. 5 col XII (the tree of life), p. 35 col CLXXV (hebrew letters), col CLXXVII (yetziratic attribution of col CLXXV),
p. 49 of 777 "ALEPH means Ox, principally because the shap of the letter suggests the shape of a yoke. There is also a reference to the mildness and patience of Harpocrates: indeed, to his sexual innocence. The function of ploughing is clearly the chief idea involved: herein lies a paradox - to be studied in the last act of Parsifal."
p. 56 777 "RUACH means air, also breath and mind, though being the expression in expansion of the union of Chokmah and Binah in the subconscious. Ruach is also translated spirit - Latin spiritus. There mus be no confusion between this "spirit" and that symbolized by the letter shin. The distinctions are of the utmost importance and so manifold and subtle that the subject demands a complete essay in itself.",
p. 63 Garden of Pomegranates, Wang p. 125 and 128 and 136 and 137 and 245, GD Ritual p. 22 and 24, p. 25 and 30 and 32 and 111 and 117 and 118 Hulse vol 1, p. 284 and 327 and 328 and 334-5 and 339 and 343 and 350 Hulse vol 2, [Attribution to Trump, Path Number, Astrological/Elemental Attribution]
6. p. 134 Wang, p. 14 Ceremonial, p. 128 Hulse vol 1 [cube of space]
7. p. 4 of 777 col XIII, p. 139 and 245 and 266 Wang, p. 21 Ceremonial, p. 141 Hulse vol 1, http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/1896/sepher.html (Sepher Yetzirah Westcott translation) [intelligence]
8. p. 34 of 777 col CLXXXI (correct designs of tarot trumps), p. 21 Ceremonial
p. 145 of 777 "He laughs; bearing a sphere containing illusion in his left hand, but over his right shoulder, and a staff 463 lines long in his right. A lion and a dragon are at his feet, but he seems unaware of their attacks or caresses." [traditional image]
9. p. 99 GD, p. 4 and 7 of 777 Table I (King: col XV, Queen: col XVI, Emperor/Prince: col XVII, Empress/Princess: col XVIII), p. 245 and 263 Wang, p. 279-281 BoT, p. 266 Fortune, p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates, p. 119 Hulse vol 1, p. 284 Hulse vol 2
p. 75 of 777 (col XVIII note) "Air has been made fertile, so that the golden flecks of the Sun are able to illumine it. Air is naturally barren. The green represents the Lotus on which Harpocrates is seated, or from which he is born."
p. 96 GD Fifth Knowledge Lecture: "The Tree of Life for the use of an Adeptus Minor is compounded of the first two scales. The Sephiroth are in the feminine, passive, or Queen Scale. The paths are in the masculine, active or King Scale. It thus represents the forces of Atziluth in the Paths uniting the Sephiroth as reflected in the Briatic World." [color scales]
10. p. 284 Hulse vol 2, p. 51 GD First Knowledge Lecture "Since the discovery of two more distant Planets Neptune and Uranus or Herschel, these two terms [Caput Draconis/Head of the Dragon and Cauda Draconis/Tail of the Dragon] have been partially replaced by them. The effect of Caput Draconis is similar to that of Neptune. The effect of Cauda Draconis is similar to that of Uranus." p. 537 GD "Caput Draconis is strong in the dignities of Jupiter and Venus. Cauda Draconis is strong in the dignities of Saturn and Mars." [Supplemental Planet]
11. p. 27 of 777 Table V col CXXXVII (sign), col CXXXVIII (ruler), CXXXIX (exaltation), p. 284 BoT, p. 537 GD, p. lxxvi Hulse vol 2, p. 482 and 167 and 169 and 173 Whitcomb [planetary dignities]
12. p. 111 of Hulse vol 1 [Kircher's and Levi's Allocations]
13. p. 36 of 777 col CLXXXII (the human body), p. 38 col CLXXXVIII (the body), col CLXXXIX and col CXC (bodily functions), p. 115 and 140 Hulse vol 1
14. p. 13 of 777 col XLI, p. 108 "The Dagger, the characteristic elemental weapon of Air. The Fan - This symbolizes the power to direct the forces of Air.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates, p. 115 Hulse vol 1 [magical weapons]
15. p. 10 of 777 col XL, p. 103 "Topaz is the pure transparent yellow of Air.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates, p. 475 Whitcomb: Topaz, Opal [precious stones]
16. p. 13 of 777 col XLII, p. 115 "Galbanum represents the element of Air in that exceedingly powerful incense of Tetragrammaton whose invention is ascribed to Moses.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates, p. 115 Hulse vol 1, p. 473 Whitcomb [perfume]
17. p. 10 of 777 col XXXVIII, p. 90 "The Eagle, King of the birds. Man as the Kerub of Air. Ox - actual meaning of Aleph.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates, p. 115 Hlse vol 1 [animals]
18. p. 10 of 777 col XXXIX, p. 98 "Aspen resembles Air, by its trembling.", p. 115 Hulse vol 1 [plants]
18. p. 20 Jayanti [herb]
20. p. 6 of 777 col XX (complete practical attribution of egyptian gods), col XIX (selection of egyptian gods), p. 82 "Nu is the Lord of the Firmament. Hoor-pa-Kraat is the Fool of the Tarot. Air.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates [egyptian]
21. p. 8 of 777 col XXXIV, p. 84 "Zeus, God of Air.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates [greek]
22. p. 11 of 777 col XXXV, p. 86 "Jupiter, Lord of Air. Bacchus connected with Atu 0. Juno, Goddess of Air. Aeolus, God of the Winds.", p. 69-70 Garden of Pomegranates [roman]
23. p. 542 and 584 and 588 GD (Book T, Tarot Divination: Brief Meanings of the 22 Keys, The Tarot Trumps by G.H. Soror, Q.L.)
24. p. 53-69 and 120-128 and 253-254 BoT
25. http://www.sacred-texts.com/tarot/index.htm A.E. Waite, The Pictorial Key to the Tarot (1910)
26. Mathers 1888
32. p. 235 Spirit
33. p. 196 Gill
34. p. 178-179 Light and Shadow
35. p. 147 Magickal
36. p. 94-5 Herbal
37. p. 176-177 Cosmic Tribe
38. p. 92 Hallowquest
39. p. 116-119 Haindl
40. p. 120 Spiral
41. p. 137 Cosmic
42. p. 152-3 World Spirit
43. p. 114-116 Wood
[GD] = Regardie, Israel. The Golden Dawn: A Complete Course in Practical Ceremonial Magic. Four Volumes in One. The Original Account of the Teachings, Rites and Ceremonies of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (Stella Matutina) as revealed by Israel Regardie, with further revisions, expansion, and additional notes by Israel Regardie, Chris Monnastre, and others, under the editorship of Carl Llewellyn Weschcke. Complete index compiled by David Godwin. Sixth Edition. orig 1971. 1995: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul, MN. ISBN 0-87542-663-8
 = Regardie, Israel, ed. 777 and Other Qabalistic Writings of Aleister Crowley. orig 1973, 777 orig 1909. 1997: Samuel Weiser, York Beach, Maine. ISBN 0-87728-670-1
[Fortune] = Fortune, Dion. The Mystical Qabalah (First published 1935) 1991: Samuel Weiser. ISBN 0-87728-596-9
[Garden of Pomegranates] =
[Wang] = Wang, Robert. The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy. (First published 1983) 1992: Samuel Weiser. ISBN 0-87728-672-8
[Chicken] = DuQuette, Lon Milo. The Chicken Qabalah of Rabbi Lamed Ben Clifford 2001: Weiser Books. ISBN 1-57863-215-3
[Whitcomb] = Whitcomb, Bill. The Magician's Companion: A Practical & Encyclopedic Guide to Magical & Religious Symbolism. 1993: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul MN. ISBN 0-87542-868-1
[Hulse vol 1] =
[Hulse vol 2] = Hulse, David Allen. The Key of It All: An Encyclopedic Guide to the Sacred Languages & Magickal Systems of the World. Book Two: The Western Mysteries. 1996: Llewellyn Publications, St. Paul MN. ISBN 0-87542-349-5
[Astrology] = Brodie-Innes, J.W. The Astrology of the Golden Dawn. Edited by Darcy Kuntz. 1996: Holmes Publishing Group.
[BoT] = Master Therion. The Book of Thoth (Egyptian Tarot). orig 1944. 1991: Samuel Weiser, York Beach, Maine. ISBN 0-87728-268-4
[Wicked] = Decker, Ronald, Thierry Depaulis & Michael Dummett. A Wicked Pack of Cards: The Origins of the Occult Tarot. 1996: St Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-16294-4
[Mathers 1888] = MacGregor Mathers, S.L.. The Tarot: Its Occult Significance, Use in Fortune-Telling, and Method of Play, etc. 1888: George Redway. Webbed at http://www.hermeticgoldendawn.org/Documents/Archives/Matherstarot.htm
[Ceremonial] = DuQuette, Lon Milo. Tarot of Ceremonial Magick: A Pictorial Synthesis of Three Great Pillars of Magick: Enochian, Goetia, Astrology. 1995:Samuel Weiser. ISBN 0-87728-764-3
[GD Ritual] =
[Spirit] = Eakins, Pamela. Tarot of the Spirit. 1992: Samuel Weiser. ISBN 0-87728-730-9
[Gill] = Gill, Elizabeth Josephine. The Gill Tarot. 1996: US Games Systems. ISBN 0-88079-963-3
[Light and Shadow] = Williams, Brian and Michael Goepferd. The Light and Shadow Tarot. 1997: Destiny Books. ISBN 0-89281-503-5 (comes with deck)
[Magickal] = Willis, Tony. The Magickal Tarot Handbook. 1992: The Aquarian Press, London. ISBN 1 85538 093 5 (came with deck)
[Herbal] = Michael Tierra and Candis Cantin. The Spirit of Herbs: A Guide to the Herbal Tarot. 1993: US Games Systems. ISBN: 0880795255
[Cosmic Tribe] = Ganther, Eric. The Cosmic Tribe Tarot. 1998: Destiny Books. ISBN 0-89281-700-3 (came with deck)
[Hallowquest] = Matthews, Caitlin & John. Hallowquest: Tarot Magic and the Arthurian Mysteries. 1990: The Aquarian Press, London. ISBN 0-85030-963-8
[Haindl] = Pollack, Rachel. The Haindl Tarot: Volume II: The Minor Arcana. 1990: Newcastle Publishing, North Hollywood, CA. ISBN 8-87877-156-5
[Spiral] = Steventon, Kay. Spiral Tarot: A Story of the Cycles of Life. 1998: US Games Systems. ISBN: 1572811315
[Cosmic] = Huets, Jean. The Cosmic Tarot. 1997: US Games Systems. ISBN: 0880796995
[World Spirit] =
[Wood] = Wood, Robin. The Robin Wood Tarot: The Book. 1998: Robin Wood. ISBN 0-9652984-1-8
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