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The Kabbalah and the Tarot

The Kabbalah also known as the Tree of life and the Tarot are connected to each other by shared symbolism. A short explanation can be found below

The Kabbalah by Ina Auderieth

The 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot

Each Major Arcana can be connected to a path on the Kabbalah.

There are three elements (water, air, fire) bound in one (earth), seven planets and twelve zodiac signs.

3 + 7 + 12 = 22 Great Arcana

You can find the respective path to the corresponding Major Arcana below.

0 – The Fool 
I – The Magus 
II – The Priestess 
III – The Empress
IV – The Emperor 
V – The Hierophant 
VI – The Lovers 
VII – The Conqueror  
VIII – The Witness  
IX – The Hermit 
X – The Wheel of Fortune 
XI – Passion 
XII – The Hanged Man 
XIII – Death 
XIV – Art 
XV – The Devil 
XVI – The Tower 
XVII – The Star 
XVIII – The Moon 
IXX – The Sun 
XX – The Aeon 
XXI – The Universe

The 56 Minor Arcana of the Tarot

There are 56 Minor Arcana cards, 14 cards connected to each set.
These sets are called „Wands“, „Cups / Chalices“, „Swords“ and „Disks / Pentacles“

The sets are connected to the four elements and to the worlds of the Kabbalah:

Wands – Atziluth – the world of emanation – element: fire
Cups – Briah – the world of creation – element: water
Swords – Yetzirah – the world of formation – element: air
Disks – Assiah – the material world – element: earth

Each of these sets is composed of cards from one to ten (connected to the 10 planets/spheres) of the Kabbalah and four royal cards, again connected to the elements:

One – Kether
Two – Chokmah
Three – Binah
Four – Chesed
Five – Geburah
Six – Tipareth
Seven  – Netzach
Eight – Hod
Nine – Yesod
Ten – Malkuth

Princess – Earth
Prince – Air
Queen – Water
Knight – Fire

The Kabbalah by Ina Auderieth
The Kabbalah by Ina Auderieth
The Kabbalah by Ina Auderieth
The Kabbalah by Ina Auderieth

To summarize: The 78 cards of the Tarot represent connections between the planets and elements and zodiac signs.

These correspondences are the basis for studying the Tarot and the symbolism connected to the cards and of course the gateway to incredibly much more!

If you want to look into these correspondences and symbolism I recommend for starters:


DION FORTUNE’S The Mystical Qabalah

HAYO BANZHAF’s The Crowley Tarot

ALEISTER CROWLEY’s The Book of Thoth


If you don’t know where to start your journey or have difficulties on interpreting symbols on your path, just write me a note and I’ll try to help.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

– The Kabbalah can be a map to the body, to nature and to the cosmos, a geometric schema, a system of correspondences and much more – start exploring it’s mysteries.

– Each Sephira / Planet has infinite Kabbalahs within itself like worlds within worlds, so the correspondences and correlations are often difficult to define, endless and infinite, never absolute.

 – The planets are not actual planets of the solar systems, but only symbols of their own. The same counts to zodiac signs and elements. There are correspondences to physical planets, elements and zodiac signs, but that’s only part of the whole story – dig deeper than that.

– each symbol is subjective to the mind and can never have a definite and absolute meaning.

– if a symbol appears as a card, in a vision or a dream it can mean very different things. The answer is within you and can’t be found in a book or the internet.

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