Sunday, March 8, 2015

Learning the Tarot: Basic Meanings (Minor Arcana)

I'm mostly posting this here for my own reference purposes. Meanings for cards 2-10 are taken from the Golden Dawn Magical Tarot.

Suit of Wands (Fire/Yod)
  1. Creation
  2. Dominion
  3. Established Strength
  4. Perfected Work
  5. Strife
  6. Victory
  7. Valor
  8. Swiftness
  9. Great Strength
  10. Oppression
Suit of Cups (Water/Heh)
  1. Preservation
  2. Love
  3. Abundance
  4. Blended Pleasure
  5. Loss in Pleasure
  6. Pleasure
  7. Illusionary Success
  8. Abandoned Success
  9. Material Happiness
  10. Perfected Success
Suit of Swords (Air/Vav)
  1. Destruction
  2. Peace Restored
  3. Sorrow
  4. Rest from Strife
  5. Defeat
  6. Earned Success
  7. Unstable Effort
  8. Shortened Force
  9. Despair and Cruelty
  10. Ruin
Suit of Pentacles (Earth/Heh-final)
  1. Redemption
  2. Harmonious Change
  3. Material Works
  4. Earthly Power
  5. Material Trouble
  6. Material Success
  7. Success Unfulfilled
  8. Prudence
  9. Material Gain
  10. Wealth
My quick-and-dirty meanings for the Aces are inspired by a passage from Liber I:
7. With the Wand createth He.
8. With the Cup preserveth He.
9. With the Dagger destroyeth He.
10. With the Coin redeemeth He.
(While typing up this post, I just noticed the linking of the line number for each of the weapons, with that of the appropriate Sephira. Seems Crowley did indeed have the Qabala ingrained as part of his psyche.)

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