Hermetic Tarot

Tarot divination is a great way to connect with the universe through symbolism. The universe speaks the lanquage of symbolism, so as you connect with the Tarot cards, they will respond and help reveal the path that you're on. As a spirit of free will, you have to opportunity to change anything at any moment, so you are not "doomed" to what the cards speak, but they always speak the truth. They are also used to meditate on, as you can align your energy with the energy of the symbols on the cards. The Tarot is metaphysical tool to help you connect with your higher self.

I synchronically received a Hermetic Tarot deck at a Japanese Hostal while I was travelling through San Cristobal, Mexico. The Hermetic Tarot deck is detailed with symbolism and esoteric teachings from the Order of the Golden Dawn. I learned that the Tarot corresponds to astrology, hermeticism, the Qabalah, and the Tree of Life. The Tarot Deck consist of 22 Major Arcana cards and 56 Minor Arcana cards (The regular playing cards we use today derives from the Minor Arcana cards).

 

The 22 Major Arcana Cards:

Major Arcana Card Numeral
Name
Zodiac Sign, Planet, or Element
Meaning
0

The Foolish Man

The Spirit of Ether

Pluto ♇

Air Air

Idea. Thought. Sensitivity. The Flesh. Eternal life. Spirituality. Initiative. Folly. Foolishness.
I

The Magician

The Magus of Power

Mercury
Wisdom. Skill. Adaptation. Originality. Self-Confidence.
II

The High Priestess

The Priestess of the Silver Star

Moon
Change. Alteration. Fluctuation. Wisdom, Sound Judgement. Common Sense.
III

The Empress

Daughter of the Mighty Ones

Venus
Beauty. Happiness. Pleasure. Success. Action. Development. Luxury.
IV

The Emperor

Son of the Morning

Aries ♈
War. Conquest. Victory. Strife. Wordly Power. Ambition.
V

The Hierophant

Magus of the Eternal Gods

Taurus ♉
Divine wisdom. Manifestation. Ritualism. Teaching. Explanation. Kindness. Timidity.
VI

The Lovers

Children of the Voice Divine

Gemini ♊
Inspiration. Motivation. Love. Beauty. Action. Impule. Harmony.
VII

The Chariot

Lord of the Triumph of Light

Cancer ♋
Triumph. Victory. Perseverance. Health. Success, though temporary. A possible voyage.
VIII

Fortitude

Daughter of the Flaming Sword

Leo
Strength. Fortitude. Courage. Power. Control.
IX

The Hermit

Magus of the Voice of Light

Virgo ♍
Wisdom saught. Knowledge. Divine inspiration. Counsel. Inner strength.
X

The Wheel of Fortune

Lord of the Forces of Life

Jupiter
Good fortune. Happiness. Destiny. Fate
XI

Justice

Daughter of the Lord of Truth

Libra ♎
Balance. Eternal justice. Strength. Fairness. Equity. Good intentions.
XII

The Hanged Man

Spirit of the Mighty Waters

Neptune ♆

Water water

Enforced sacrafice. Punishment. Loss. Suffering. Suspension.
XIII

Death

Child of the Great Transformers

Scorpio ♏
Time. Involuntary change. Transformation. Death. Destruction.
XIV

Temperance

Daughter of the Reconcilers

Sagittarius
Realization. Combination of forces. Temperance. Moderation.
XV

The Devil

Lord of the Gates of Matter

Capricorn ♑
Material force. Material temptation. Subordination. Bondage. Ravage.
XVI

The Blasted Tower

Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty

Mars
Ambition. Fighting. War. Courage. Destruction and ruin. Change. Breakdown of beliefs.
XVII

The Star

Daughter of the Firmament

Aquarius ♒

Hope. Dreams. Faith. Unexpected help. Promising opportunity.

XVIII

The Moon

Ruler of Flux and Reflux

Pisces ♓
Deception. Error. Falsity. Dissatifaction. Change.
XIX

The Sun

Lord of the Fire of the World

Sun
Glory. Gain. Riches. Satisfaction. Arrogance.
XX

The Last Judgement

Spirit of the Primal Fire

Uranus ♅

Fire fire

Final descision. Judgement. Sentence. Determination. Atonement. Rejuvenaion.
XI

The Universe

The Great One of the Night Time

Saturn
Synthesis. World. Kingdom. Perfection. Recognition.

The 56 Minor Arcana Cards:

The four suits and the court cards correspond to the four elements: Fire, Water, Air, Earth. The Pip (number) cards, Ace through 10, fit perfectly to the ten sephirah of the Tree of Life.

The Suits:

fire water Air earth
Fire
Water
Air
Earth
Wands
Cups
Swords
Pentacles
Spiritual Level
Mental Level
Astral Level
Physical Level
Masculine. The will. Creative energy. Enterprise. Initiative. Progress
Feminine. Love. Marriage. Emotions. Sensitivity. Pleasure.
Conflict. Cruelty. Pain. Suffering. Misfortune.
Earth. Material Concerns. Money. Property. Status. Security.

 

The Pip Cards:

Pip cards Sepheriah Astrology Meaning
Ace

Kether

Source

Root of the four elements

firewaterAirearth

Provide the initial thrust of the pure elemental energy in each of the four suits. This initial energy progresses materially as we go from the aces to the tens.
2

Chokmah

Zodiac

1st decans of cardinal signs

The elements are in their original harmonious condition, uncontaminated by any outside influences. Imply the initiation power of the four elements. First tangible manifestation of the elemental energy.
3

Binah

2nd decans of the cardinal signs

Express understanding and the idea of stability as well as action commenced.
4

Chesed

3rd decans of the cardinal signs

Express solidification, crystallization, materialization, completion, and making a situation fixed.
5

Geburah

1st decans of the fixed signs

Suggest the idea of ultimate success or failure and the appearance of obstacles. The obstacles are not necessarily evil, but rather are seen as trials to be overcome.
6

Tiphareth

2nd decans of the fixed signs

Represent accomplishment and demonstrate the respective elemental energies at their practical best.
7

Netzach

3rd decans of the fixed signs

Each element is in degeneration and at its weakest point in the material plane. The meaning is dependent on the neighboring cards which may strengthen or weaken them.
8

Hod

1st decans of the mutable signs

Show solitary success and remedy of the error seen in the sevens. They are a reaction to the previous imbalance.
9

Yesod

2nd decans of the mutable signs

Great crystallization of energy, powerfully formed on a strong and firm foundation for good and evil.
10

Malkuth

3rd decans of the mutable signs

Elemental forces of the suits reach their ultimate materialization, for either good or evil. The situation or circumstance is finally and thoroughly determined. Concrete force.
Pip Cards
Wands
Cups
Swords
Pentacles
Sepheriah

Ace

Root Power of Fire

fire

Root Power of Water

water

Root Power of Air

Air

Root Power of Earth

earth

Kether

The Crown

 

2

Dominion

♈♂

Love

Peace Restored

Harmonious Change

Chokmah

Wisdom

Zodiac

3

Established Strength

Abundance

Sorrow

Material Work

Binah

Understanding

4

Perfected Work

Pleasure

Rest from Strife

Earthly Power

Chesed

Mercy

5

Strife

Loss in Pleasure

Defeat

Earthly Trouble

Geburah

Strength, Severity

6

 

Victory

Joy

Earned Success

Material Success

Tiphareth

Beauty

7

Valour

Illusionary Success

Unstable Effort

Success Unfulfilled

Netzach

Victory

8

 

Swiftness

Abandoned Success

Shortened Force

Prudence

Hod

Glory

9

Great Strength

Material Happiness

Despair and Cruelty

Material Gain

Yesod

The Foundation

10

Oppression

Perfected Success

Ruin

Wealth

Malkuth

The Kingdom

The Court Cards:

Court Cards
Wandsfire
Cupswater

SwordsAir

Pentacles earth
Sepheriah

Knight

fire

Lord of

Flame and Lightning

♐♐

Lord of

Waves and Waters

♓♓

Lord of the

Winds and Breezes

♊♊

Lord of the

Wild and Fertile Land

♍♍

Chokmah

Zodiac

Queen

water

Queen of the

Thrones of Flame

♈♈

Queen of the

Thrones of Water

♋♋

 

Queen of the

Thrones of Air

♎♎

Queen of the

Thrones of Earth

♑♑

Binah

King

Air

Prince of the

Chariot of Fire

♌♌

Prince of the

Chariot of Waters

♏♏

Prince of the

Chariots of the Winds

♒♒

Prince of the

Chariot of Earth

♉♉

Tiphareth

Princess

earth

Princess of the

Shining Flame

Princess of the

Palace of the Floods

Princess of the

Rushing Winds

Princess of the

Echoing Hils

Malkuth