Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Pathway – Purple

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Pathway – Purple

Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot card The Priestess. Bow, chalice moon, fruit, flowers, crystals, diamond, pyramid, pine cone, camel, veil, crown, grapes

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot card The Priestess. Bow, chalice moon, fruit, flowers, crystals, diamond, pyramid, pine cone, camel, veil, crown, grapes

Pathway

A pathway represents a way through, the way to healing, and a way to return to a former state or to move into the future.

The robe of the Princess of Disks unfolds before her to create a path much easier to traverse than the one she has just come by signaling that the hardest part of the journey is behind her.

Peacock

The peacock is found on the Knight of Cups.  The peacock is a symbol of immortality, grace, beauty, and nobility.  The tail of the peacock symbolized the watchfulness of the Goddess and her many colored veils.  The plumes of the peacock, like the plumes of the ostrich, were symbols of justice.  The hearts of men were weighed against them.

Alchemists were thought to use the tail of a peacock in the process of turning base metal into gold.  To the alchemist the peacock represented the transition from base matter to spiritual matter.

The ancients believed that a peacock could eat poisonous snakes and plants without harm and that they transformed the toxins into the iridescent colors seen on the peacock’s tail.  The Greeks associated the peacock with Juno, the Goddess of sky and stars and saw the heavenly bodies in the eyes of a peacock’s tail.

It can also represent a kind of overblown pride and even arrogance.

Pelican

An allegory involving the pelican held that she fed her young from the blood of her own breast and thus was a paragon of motherhood.   The pelican is nesting with a brood of chicks in the lower left hand corner of The Empress card and is demonstrating motherly attributes and devotion to her young.

On The Empress the pelican is shown as a female nesting with her young and thus embodies nurturance, and motherly love.  Pelicans can appear awkward on land but are graceful once in full flight indicating that the lack of physical grace and beauty in no way impedes our ability to soar.

Pentagram

In the upright position with a single point of the star pointing upward the pentagram symbolizes the domination of the human mind over the four elements; the demons of air, the spirits of fire, the phantoms of water and the ghosts of earth.  When inverted with two points in the upper position the situation is reversed and the human mind is dominated by the earthly elements and their minions.

The Hierophant bears two pentagrams and a third implied geometric figure that could be interpreted as a pentagram or a hexagram depending on how your vision completes the image.  I see it as a hexagram.  The two pentagrams represent the microcosm while the larger hexagram represents the macrocosm.  The Hierophant therefore holds the microcosm within the macrocosm, the natural condition of exoteric belief.

The 5 of Cups bears an inverted pentagram that symbolizes that the spirit is being dominated by the earthly elements, desires or concerns.  The fact that the bottommost point has come in contact with the rising butterfly would indicate that the situation has the potential to change for the better because the butterfly represents the soul.

The 5 of Swords also bears an inverted pentagram formed by the five swords and the torn apart petals of a 49 petaled rose which represents the emotions and love.  The powers of the mind may be overriding the emotions and subordinating love to logic.

The 5 of Disks bears the inverted pentagram amidst much darkness and disorder.  The disks are deteriorating and the whole energy is grinding to a halt.  There is not enough energy to break the jam and move forward.  Progress is blocked.

Phallus

You don’t have to study The Devil card too hard to see a rather explicit depiction of a penis and yoni, indeed, the card seems to be bursting with sexual potential.  You can also read this is creative potential because sexual energy and creative energy are very similar if not identical forces.  The penis is a representation of neutral potential that can be used for good or for evil.

Pink

Pink indicates good health and pleasant emotions and love.  Pink predominating in a reading suggests that the situation is high-energy and fast moving.  Hang on tight.

Pillars

Pillars found in the form of obelisks, spires, Maypoles, sacred tree trunks and upright crosses are phallic symbols concerned with the male part in procreation.

The Priestess sits between two pillars.  Four pillars appear on The Chariot support the magic blue canopy.

Pineapple

The Queen of Disks is enthroned on a pineapple that represents hospitality and welcome which would indicate that she is finally at home, at ease, and living a midst abundance.

This card reminds me of my vegetarian diet and often prompts me to ask about dietary issues in my recipient’s life.  It seems to be an appropriate question most of the time and carries us deeper into the reading.

Pine Cone, Pineal Gland

Pine cones are symbols of eternal life because the pine tree is an evergreen.  The pineal gland resembles a pine cone and was named for it.  Because of the resemblance the pine cone has been held to be symbolic of the pineal gland and its functions.  Both the pine cone and the pineal gland are symbols of human enlightenment, the All Seeing Eye, the third eye, the Eye of Shiva,  the ‘seat of the soul’, and the internal guru known as the Eye of Knowledge.

The Queen of Disks wears a pine cone helmet adorned with magnificent spiraling horns that give a clue to the potential of her vitality, power and her sexuality.  The pine cone shape of her helmet indicates the potential that is held in the pineal gland.  The pineal gland is the repository of creativity and imagination.

Priest

The Priest seen on The Lovers is clad in violet that represents spiritual influence.  His posture implies a blessing.  Pay attention to cards that fall beneath The Moon to see what aspects of your recipient require attention, what aspects of her life need to be blessed and encouraged.

Priestess

The Priestess appears on The Priestess as the earthly embodiment of Isis.

On The Hierophant she represents the bygone Age of Isis.

In Egypt and the Mediterranean lands the menstruum (menstrual secretion) of the goddess was derived from the earthly representatives of the Goddess of Life, her sacred virgin priestesses who were known as ‘Scarlet Flower’ or ‘Scarlet Women’.   This substance was known as Star Fire.  The Star Fire substance was fed to select individuals who were chosen for positions of power, influence or leadership.

These women were usually named Lily, Luluwa, Lilutu, Lilith and Lillette, and other names reflecting the lily or other flowers.   They were from the dragon succession otherwise known as the Messianic blood line.  The women who were the source of the Star Fire substance were known as ‘flow-er’, (‘she who flows’) and were represented as a lily or lotus flower.  This is the source of our word flower.

The super nutrients of the Star Fire substance were supposed to endow those who consumed them with higher intelligence, more physical power, and charisma than ordinary humans.  The recipients of the Star Fire substance were usually of a messianic bloodline also known as the dragon succession.

Purple

Purple is the color of royalty, implies dominion and rank.  On a more spiritual level purple indicates higher consciousness and spirituality.  When purple predominates it is advisable to pay careful attention to the rules and regulations and to avoid contact with legal situations.

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Oculus – Ouroboros

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot:  Oculus – Ouroboros

Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot card The Hierophant showing Isis, torch, bull,lion, elephant, 5 pointed star, Horus, Beard, triple ring staff, eagle, crescent moon, man, five pointed star, inverted five pointed star,oculus

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot card The Hierophant showing Isis, torch, bull,lion, elephant, 5 pointed star, Horus, Beard, triple ring staff, eagle, crescent moon, man, five pointed star, inverted five pointed star,oculus

Oculus

The circular opening in a dome or wall is called an Oculus and may have been employed to allow the gaze of the goddess or god to enter a space. The round window on The Emperor represents the constant gaze of the goddess or of god.

Orange

Orange is the color of mercy and compassion. It is the “I” of red blended with the “concern for the other” of yellow. It represents hearth, home, sexuality and hospitality.
When orange predominates make an effort to stay balanced in your approach to all that you do.

Osiris

Osiris appears on The Aeon seated in his throne. In this context he represents the present age. Osiris was the source of many of the appellations attributed to the figure of Jesus Christ. His flesh was eaten in the form of wheat communion cakes. Osiris was even canonized as a Christian saint as the “Good One”. The worship of Osiris dates back to Neolithic Egypt. Mithras also contributed heavily to the persona of Jesus Christ.

Ostrich

It was a plum from the ostrich against which the soul was weighed to determine if it was fit to enter heaven. It was this association with judgment that associates the ostrich feather with truth and justice. It is Truth and justice that are represented on the headdress of the Adjustment card.
Ostrich eggs were once placed in the grave of the deceased, especially those of children and rulers. They symbolized resurrection and immortality.
The Princess of Wands wears a headdress of gold and red ostrich plumes. This connects her to the card Adjustment and reveals her mission, because she is on a mission. The fiery color of the ostrich plumes indicate that she might be acting impulsively but her cause is just but her idealism may be blinding her to the dangers of acting rashly.

Ouroboros

Ouroboros is a Greek word that means ‘tail swallower’. The symbol probably originated in Egypt. It represents the cycle of nature; life, death and rebirth.

It appears in a modified form on the 2 of Disks.

In alchemy it is the symbol of Mercury.

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Nudity – Numbers

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Nudity – Numbers

Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot The Star with symbols stars, chalice, nudity, butterflies, long hair, blue hair

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot The Star with symbols stars, chalice, nudity, butterflies, long hair, blue hair

Nudity

We come into the world naked and in a state of pure innocence but nudity can also represent the inner self, the divine self or authentic self.    Nudity can be symbolic of vulnerability, reality and exposure.  In ancient times warriors often went into battle nude to demonstrate their fearlessness and courage.  Nudity can also exhibit great confidence.  Then there is the naked truth which is pure truth.  Nudity can express inner longing or the desire to connect to someone else. It may also signify moving beyond conformity and often represents the expression of one’s true identity. Nudity can express inner shame or the embarrassment of one’s sexuality. On the other hand, it can also represent a person’s inner power or authority over others.

Nudity can express inner longing or the desire to connect to someone else. It may also signify moving beyond conformity and often represents the expression of one’s true identity. Nudity can express inner shame or the embarrassment of one’s sexuality. On the other hand, it can also represent a person’s inner power or authority over others.

Other themes of nudity include beauty, fragility, shame, fertility and power.

All of the Princes and the Princess of Wands are nude. Nudity can express inner longing or the desire to connect to someone else. It may also signify moving beyond conformity and often represents the expression of one’s true identity. Nudity can express inner shame or the embarrassment of one’s sexuality. On the other hand, it can also represent a person’s inner power or authority over others.

On The Fool two children embrace at the bottom of the card.  Their nudity illustrates their innocence.  These same two children occur on The Lovers, The Sun and The Universe aging and maturing with each appearance.

The figure on The Magus card is nude to emphasize that she/he is androgynous.

The Priestess is nude to express her connection with the divine.

Babalon on Lust is nude, indicating her lust for life, her sexual nature and the ecstasy derived from sex when it transcends the physical and enters the spiritual realm.

The two children on The Lovers are nude to represent their innocence.  The woman on the Lust card is nude to illustrate her magical, sexual, passionate, ecstatic being.  These same two children occur on The Fool, The Sun card, and The Universe aging and maturing with each appearance.

The Hanged Man is nude to reinforce the helplessness of his situation.

The Star is nude to reveal her divinity for she is Nuit, the Goddess of The Sky, and the Goddess of The Night.

On the The Sun card the children are nude to convey their liberation.  These same two children occur on The Fool, The Lovers, and The Universe aging and maturing with each appearance.

The Aeon bears both Nuit and Horus as nude figures.  Their nudity emphasizes their status as divine beings.

The Universe bears the figure of a nude woman whose nudity portrays her total liberation and her full acceptance and appreciation of her personal power.

Nuit (Nut)

Her name means Sky and she is Goddess of the Sky, the heavens and the starry night.  She is the keeper of the unconsciousness mind and the Ruler of the Stars.  She protects those who journey to the land of the dead.

Her skin is deep blue, the color of the night sky and is strewn with stars that are the souls of the dead awaiting rebirth and she thus becomes the Goddess of Resurrection.  Her girdle is the Milky Way and her nipples are universes.

She is one of the oldest deities of the Egyptians.  Her husband was Geb, the earth god.  She is most often depicted as a blue bodied goddess stretched over the earth in her guise as the night sky.  Beneath her stretches the body of Geb, the earth god, and together they are the parents of mankind.   She arches over the earth both day and night and protects the earth and all of its inhabitants.

On The Star the woman represents Nuit.   On The Aeon we see Nut’s rich blue body studded with stars, girded by the Milky Way and with two universes serving as her nipples.

Numbers

Odd numbers are considered masculine.  Even numbers are considered feminine.

1       Initiation, the first action, planting a seed – The Magus, Fortune, TheSun

2       Development, doubling, the seed is fertilized and given water – The Priestess, Lust, The Aeon

3       Fertility, potential for growth, the seed has sprouted – The Empress, The Hanged Man, The Universe

4       Stability and order are achieved but stasis threatens – The Emperor, Death, The Fool

5       Crisis and challenge come forward.  Five represents human perfection because the human body with outstretched arms and legs forms a pentagram with the head (Spirit) dominating the four limbs (the elements) – The Hierophant, Art

6       A harmony, established rhythm success and new connections – The Lovers, The Devil

7       A turning point, achievement is met with a new challenge and weariness sets in – The Chariot, The Tower

8       Change and a new beginning – Adjustment, The Star

9       Introspection and planning for a new endeavor – The Hermit, The Moon

10 Initiation, first action, planting a seed – The Magus, Fortune, The Sun

11 Development, doubling, the seed is fertilized and given water – The Priestess, Lust, The Aeon

12 Fertility, potential for growth, the seed has sprouted – The Empress, The Hanged Man, The Universe

13 Stability and order are achieved but stasis threatens – The Emperor, Death, The Fool

14 Crisis and challenge come forward.  Five represents human perfection because the human body with outstretched arms and legs forms a pentagram with the head (Spirit) dominating the four limbs (the elements) – The Hierophant, Art

15 A harmony, established rhythm success and new connections – The Lovers, The Devil

16 A turning point, achievement is met with a new challenge and weariness sets in – The Chariot, The Tower

17 Change and a new beginning – Adjustment, The Star

18 Introspection and planning for a new endeavor – The Hermit, The Moon

36 is the number of completeness and wholeness.

72 is the number for all people.

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Man – Musical Instruments

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Man – Musical Instruments

 

Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot card The Tower showing the symbols All seeing Eye, Dove, Abraxas, Crystallized people, the Maw of Hell

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot card The Tower showing the symbols All seeing Eye, Dove, Abraxas, Crystallized people, the Maw of Hell

Man

The figure of a man on a tarot card can represent the male aspect of your being.  The male figure also represents mankind, the collective consciousness and earthly realities.  Man is the reflection of the universe, a microcosm of all that is. He is the animus to the female’s anima.

Mask

While on the Queen of Swords the Queen holds a mask that resembles the mask worn by The Hierophant, the eyes are now closed and the beard has “lost its set”. She has just removed it and is exhausted from the struggle involved to free her from the need for a mask.  She is no longer willing to tolerate in-authenticity in herself or others. I also see this card as an allusion to the possibility of the female pope that lurks in the dust of history.

The figure on the Adjustment tarot card wears a mask in which one eye is sealed but the other is open.  Is this telling us that justice is, in fact, not always blind?

On The Hierophant the seated figure seems to be wearing a mask that represents a rigid belief system. Notice that the expression is fixed, the beard is carefully arranged and appears to be a solid mass and the eyes are blank.

Masks create the illusion of stillness while growth and change occurs without being immediately evident to the observer.  Masks hid the emotional state, personality and temperament of the wearer from the observer.  Masks are not to be trusted; they can hide the identity of a person who then feels free to commit acts that are out of character and potentially destructive.  They are rigid and unchanging and conceal what is with the illusion something else.

Maw of Hell

The Maw of Hell is that cavernous opening wherein lurks the cause of our disasters and upheavals.  Herein lay our darkest impulses and our deepest secrets.

The Maw is always present and if we gain the courage to look into the fathomless depths of Hell we can often find our way to safety and salvation.  If we enter the maw and persevere we will emerge transformed.  This is a frightening task to undertake but a sure source for growth.  It cannot always be avoided.  Whether entered by choice, by chance or by force The Maw of Hell yields the same result.

The Maw of Hell lies in the foreground of The Tower card spewing flames, fear and unavoidable change.  It is the source of the destruction that is occurring for the tower.  The source of upheaval here is so deep that it cannot be avoided or controlled but must be met head on and dealt with.

Moon

The Egyptians called the moon “the Mother of the Universe”.  The moon is symbol that connotes feminine energy.  It has been associated with everything from the irrational mind, the unconscious mind, madness, the intuitive mind and death.

The ancient Vedic concept of the moon was the moon as death’s gate where the moon was ruled by the Goddess and guarded by her two dogs.

The full moon was used to represent Thoth in ancient Egypt.  In this capacity its name was A’ah.

The power of the moon is indisputable; it has the power to move massive amounts of water in the ocean tides. The moon can represent romance, earthly impulses and passions. It can reveal things about the nature of your soul and your unconscious mind.

A full moon can indicate a sense of security or completion and is a symbol of the soul.

In its other cycles it represents the rhythm of time and cycles.

The moon represents the cycle of human life; each phase of the moon carries a meaning in the life cycle of humanity.

The new moon represents infancy.

The crescent moon represents youth and adolescence.

The full moon represents maturity, pregnancy and limitless potential. It indicates a sense of security or completion and is a symbol of the soul.

The waning moon represents the decline of life.

On The Priestess the moon appears as both full moon and crescent moon on the crown of The Priestess and is echoed downward in larger and larger crescent moons.  From the tips of each horn hangs a diaphanous veil. The seven veils and seven crescents could represent the seven chakras, or seven levels of consciousness. The horns of the moons are all upturned, as are the arms of The Priestess, indicating her receptiveness to divine inspiration.

The horns of the crescent moon and a globe topped by an equal armed cross, that represents the Earth, form the crown of The Empress.  Here again, a veil hangs from each horn of the crescent. Two moons that are partially illuminated to show the old moon on the left and the new moon on the right that appear behind The Empress demonstrate the cycles of the moon and the potential for rebirth.

On The Empress card The Empress sits in front of the full moon signifying maturity and pregnancy.

On The Hierophant card Isis holds a crescent moon in her hand demonstration her command of the feminine mysteries.

Two crescent moons appear at the top of the Art tarot card and represent the cycles of the moon.

Mountains

Mountains represent challenges and their peaks represent attainment of a goal.  The ancients believed that the mountains contain divine inspiration and hence the pilgrimages to the mountains that have been made by mystics down through the ages.

Symbolically their height implies that you are nearer to god and at the peak you have achieve total consciousness.  In many cultures mountains represent the Goddess.

On The Magus the magician balances on the peak of a mountain and on The Sun the peak is walled off by a red wall.

On The Moon the blue mountains in the background represent Nuit’s thighs.

The Princess of Disks appears to have put behind her an exhausting journey through mountains that are faintly visible in the background apparently indicating a time of rest that has been hard earned.

On The Princess of Swords the Princess has attained her peak of success and is still in a battle with unseen forces (depression) as she struggles to maintain contact with reality, represented by the altar behind her.

In the background of the Knight of Wands an apparent mountain of flames burns as the Knight prepares to take the fire of passion and inspiration forward into some new horizon.

The Knight of Disks looks forward to a mountain that seems to be coming into the green of life in the reflected sunlight from his shield.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments represent enchantment.

Sometimes the object lying on the lap of The Priestess looks like a lyre, and sometimes it appears to be a bow and arrow.  When my eyes behold a lyre instead of a bow I interpret it as such.

We can all use enchantment in our lives at one time or another and we should never let enchantment leave us without our defenses.  Maybe that is why it is an enigmatic representation.

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Lamb – Lion

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Lamb – Lion

Tarot Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot: Emperor with the symbols Lion, Eagle, Shield, ram, IV, 4, Cross and Orb, Bees, 16 pointed Star

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Emperor with the symbols Lion, Eagle, Shield, ram, IV, 4, Cross and Orb, Bees, 16 pointed Star

Lamb

The lamb is found on the Emperor tarot card.

The lamb is emblematic of Jesus Christ.  The lamb represents forgiveness (and I never fail to mention this) when the Emperor turns up in a reading.  A lamb also represents pure thoughts of a just person.

The lamb also represents humility, purity, and gentleness to the point of becoming meekness, patience, innocence and even a little naivety.   It can also represent apparent innocent dependence of the person being read for or someone else’s dependency on the recipient.  This state of dependence may not be as harmless as it appears and needs to be examined.  Remember the sacrificial lamb?

Lantern

The Hermit carries a lantern into the darkness which symbolizes a search for wisdom, also spiritual wisdom, inner vision, illumination and spiritual liberation.   He can be both a messenger and a receiver of spiritual wisdom, both a student and a teacher.

Leopard

The Leopard is found on the Queen of Wands and symbolizes speed of movement, fierce loyalty to offspring, valor, and stealth.  Ancient Egyptian priests wore leopard skins to ward off evil spirits.  The Queen of Wands is touching the leopard and thus indicates that she is in touch with her power, stealth, speed and all that the Leopard implies.

From ancient Egypt and the Sphinx to the New York City Library and in art and artifacts all over the world, leopards and other large cats are symbolically posted at repositories of wisdom as guardians of esoteric knowledge.

Lilith

Lilith is found on The Lovers in the upper left hand corner.

I am going to take you back to the very roots of Lilith, before she was retrofitted to become the first wife of Adam.  Lilith was a goddess who once protected mothers and children.  She was worshipped as a creatrix and defender of life.  Lilith was believed to help women in childbirth and the nursing of infants.  She was a goddess of agriculture.

When patriarchy retold the story and Lilith entered the Jewish tradition she was made the first wife of Adam.  She refused to take the submissive role in intercourse.  Lilith contended that she was made at the same time and of the same stuff as Adam and was therefore equal.  She spoke aloud the unspeakable name of god (to speak the secret name of a god gave the utter power over the god and would have been done to prove her assertion that she was at least equal to Adam), she then cursed Adam and left the Garden of Eden and returned to her home on the shores of the Red Sea.  It was her refusal to submit to her husband that made her into an evil demon.  Lilith was the personification of female sexual power and that made her a threat to men.

Lilith’s powers are at their height during the waning of the moon.  Her symbols are the crossroad, owl, serpent, tree, and the dark moon.  Lilith is believed to help women in childbirth and the nursing of infants.  Lilith is decisive and courageous.  Call upon her when you need to act decisively.   For women she can restore your power.  For men she can bring a clearer understanding of the female energies in yourself and your life.  She was the Sumerian Goddess of the Night and was sometimes called the left hand of Inanna.

See Flower, and Fleur-de-lys.

Light

Light is a universal symbol. It represents the spiritual and the divine, purity and morality.  It signifies knowledge, wisdom and intelligence.  There is a stream of light rising from the cauldron on the Art card representing a quickening, the awakening of spirit, and released energy.

Light rises in a v from the torch of Isis on the Hierophant tarot card bringing wisdom to the Hierophant.

Light shoots off the lantern on The Hermit enlivening the spiritual aspects of the card.

A stream of light circles The  Fool bringing quickening, a fully awakened spirit and a fresh burst of energy.

Five rays of light shoot out of the chalice on The Lovers energizing their union.

Lightening

Lightening is a powerful force that changes everything it touches.  It is high energy and fast moving.  It can herald a sudden shift in awareness or bring unexpected news.  Lightening represents divine focus whether for positive or negative focus.  On the Fortune tarot card eight bolts of lightning seem to be reaching for the earth to bring a form of enlightenment to ground.  Lightening appears on the 8 of Wands reinforcing the traditional meaning of the card as a force for things happening quickly and echoing the 8 bolts visible on the Fortune card.

If these two cards appear together in a reading they can be a dynamic force loose in the life of the recipient.

Lion

Lions are symbolic of the Sun in Greece and Rome.  In the Middle East and Egypt they associated with the Goddess.  Ishtar, Astarte and Cybele either rode of drove lions to pull their chariots.

Lions are ferocious, dangerous, courageous, and powerful.  They are associated with the unconscious mind, restrained passions that threaten to break free at any moment.  They are emblematic of fire and the sun.  They are known for their pride.

From ancient Egypt and the Sphinx to the New York City Library and in art and artifacts all over the world, lions and other large cats are symbolically posted at repositories of wisdom as guardians of esoteric knowledge.

And when we get past all of the hype, the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

On The Lovers the red lion represents the conscious masculine energy of the Emperor.

The Lust card bears a lion whose head is composed of seven heads and alludes to The Beast in the Book of Revelations.

On the Art card the lion is white in color (in alchemy it is most often portrayed as red) indicating a more feminine and reflective aspect of the nature of the lion.

The Prince of Wands has his chariot pulled by a fiery lion symbolizing that he is learning to harness and control some of his impulsive nature. Lamb

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Ibis – Isis

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Ibis – Isis

 

tarot card Tarot: Aleister Crowley's Thoth Tarot card The Hierophant showing Isis, tourch, bull,lion, elephant, 5 pointed star, Horus, Beard, triple ring staff, eagle, crescent moon, man, five pointed star, inverted five pointed star

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot card The Hierophant tarot card showing Isis, tourch, bull,lion, elephant, 5 pointed star, Horus, Beard, triple ring staff, eagle, crescent moon, man, five pointed star, inverted five pointed star

Ibis

The ibis is found on the Queen of Cups.

The Ibis is an animal representation of the Egyptian god of Wisdom, Thoth in his moon aspect.  In alchemy the Ibis is linked to “lunar functions” and while it does not appear on the Moon it points to the Moon card for more information and is significant if the Moon appears in the same reading.

The ibis represents abundance, time, prosperity, birth, and happiness.

Note that the Queen of Cups is touching the Ibis indicating that she is in touch with the attributes of the ibis and with the god Thoth and all he represents.  In alchemy the Ibis is linked to “lunar functions” and while it does not show on the Moon card it points to the Moon card for more information and is significant if the Moon appears in the same reading.

Also see Thoth.

Indigo

Indigo is the color of clarity in the spiritual sense and unconditional love.  It is a state of thinking and being that inspires peace and at-one-ness with all of existence.  It inspires us to act out of our most mature and enlightened self.

Infinity

Infinity ∞ refers to something without any limit; the word is derived from Latin infinitas, which translates to “unboundedness”.  That pretty much says it all.

Infinity grows as our base of knowledge grows.

When I was a child it was said that the universe is infinite, now we know it is not and speculate that it is but one in an infinite number of universes.  As our knowledge increases we may speculate that the number of universes of universes is infinite.

Infinity appears as a mask covering the eyes of The Priestess indicating that her vision goes beyond the boundary that most of us accept as the limit of our vision.  She sees past those limits into realms beyond our vision, knowledge and understanding.

My eyes turn the testes on The Devil into an infinity symbol.  Others don’t see it at all.  I’ll leave it up to you to see it or not.  To my eyes, this gives The Devil an ancient and infinite scope. The shadow world of greed, excess, and lust for power, boundless appetites, and megalomania we frail humans are subject to may become so formidable that we allow them to run our lives. And so we are encouraged to develop self-discipline to rein in the infinite excesses The Devil might lead us into.

The 2 of Disks shows us a large infinity sign that points to the constancy of change in our lives and our world.  The capacity for change is infinite.

The 4 of Cups harbors an infinity sign in the roots of the Lotus flower that tells me that the potential for joy and abundance is as infinite as the potential for excess and the constant wanting that The Devil may inspire.

Isis

In the beginning there was Isis, Oldest of the Old.  She was the Goddess from whom all becoming arose.

Isis is pictured on The Hierophant as a woman with a sword and bearing a light.  Isis sought out the body of her murdered husband by torch light and reconstructed his body, except for his phallus which had been swallowed by a fish.  She fashioned him a new phallus made from gold and by the use of magic she managed to conceive a child by him.  She raised her son, Horus, alone and was fierce in her protection of him.  For this act she is known as Giver of Life, The Goddess of Magic and protector of women and children.

Isis is worshiped as one who restores life, heals, and mends what is broken.  She is a mother goddess.  Many of her attributes and names were borrowed by the Catholic Church and applied to Mary, mother of Jesus.  Many portraits of Mary reflect ancient statues and depictions of Isis.

On the August 12 Festival of Lights, otherwise known as The Lychnapsia or in Latin as the Navigium Isidis is the celebratory day for Isis.

In the 2nd century AD the Roman writer Apuleius wrote the book The Golden Ass and included this paragraph that was her speech to Lucius who had a vision of her rising from the foam of the sea.

You see me here, Lucius, in answer to your prayer. I am nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen of the ocean, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are, my nod governs the shining heights of Heavens, the wholesome sea breezes. Though I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names … some know me as Juno, some as Bellona … the Egyptians who excel in ancient learning and worship call me by my true name…Queen Isis.

Isis’ appearance on The Hierophant is a reminder to follow and serve life and to avoid getting bogged down in crusted and dead religious practice and beliefs.  Her powers are limitless and they live in you, be you man or woman.  Here she also represents the bygone age of Isis.

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Hadit – Horus

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot:  Hadit – Horus

The Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Cards - The Aeon card bears the symbols of Horus as an adult, as a child and as Hadit, the winged sun disk. Nuit and the Uraeus, and the Hebrew letter Shin also appear.

The Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Cards – The Aeon card bears the symbols of Horus as an adult, as a child and as Hadit, the winged sun disk. Nuit and the Uraeus, and the Hebrew letter Shin also appear.

Hadit

The red winged fireball in the lower third of The Aeon tarot card is Hadit.  Hadit is the Thelemic version of Horus.  In the guise of Hadit he represents the union of heaven and earth.

Hair

Hair can represent the soul of an individual and this is probably why there are cultural restrictions on hair styles throughout the world.

Hair also symbolizes strength and virility (Delilah cut Samson’s hair and look what happened!).

Look at the general condition of the hair.

Controlled, tightly styled hair could represent self-discipline, submission to external forces, vanity or arrogance

Disheveled hair indicates loss or bereavement.

Flowing hair represents freedom, instinct, seduction and physical attraction.

Long hair represents inspiration and the life force, connection to the cosmos and the human soul.

Curly hair can indicate artistic ability or verbal dexterity.

Color adds depth to the meaning of the kind of hair that is depicted.

Gold or yellow hair is related to the sun and illumination.

White hair represents wisdom and maturity.

Gray hair is associated with wisdom and maturity.

Red hair represents dynamic energy, impulsiveness and jealously.

Violet hair is associated with goddesses, tranquility and meditation.

Blue hair represents peace, tranquility and concern with spiritual matters.

Brown or black hair can represent occult forces, power, wisdom, earthiness and endurance.

Green hair is associated with life-giving, and verdant growth.

The hair of The Priestess appears to flow loosely down her back indicating her freedom and independence. The Priestesses hair is white implying wisdom and illumination.

On the Lust tarot card the hair of Strength is loose and flowing and would hint that one must be strong in order to be free. The woman’s hair and the loin are both gold in color which is the color of the sun connecting the card with the life-giving force of the sun.

On The Universe the hair of the woman is voluminous and unrestrained which would indicate freedom and it is gold alluding to the highest stage of spiritual development.

Hair represents the life force, hence the bald head of The Hanged Man could indicate that he has lost his life force and, indeed, he did hang upside down until nearly dead.  Baldness also represents sterility and may apply in the context of a male recipient.

The Hermit’s hair is disheveled and gray and would indicate that he is looking for something that is lost and that he is wise.  Perhaps he is entering the darkness in order to recover lost knowledge.

Long hair represents inspiration, connection to the cosmos and the human soul.  The hair of the figure on The Star is long and extends beyond her feet and indeed, the card represents the bringing of something from the ether into reality.  How is that for a connection to the cosmos?

Hands

Pay attention to hands in the cards.  What gestures are they making?  What are they pointing to?  What are they pointing to in nearby cards?

I read hands and I can tell you that it would take volumes to discuss all the meanings of hand gestures and mudras (hand postures).  I will limit the discussion here to hand signs that actually appear in the Crowley Tarot Deck.

First what each hand is associated with in simple terms.  The left hand is considered passive, represents justice, is lunar in nature, emotional, receiving, and unconscious in nature.

The right hand is assertive, represents mercy, and is solar in nature, logical, giving, and conscious in nature.

On The Fool, The Emperor, The Chariot, Adjustment, The Hermit, Death, Art, The Moon, and The Universe the hands are used to support, possess, carry or manipulate objects which is a good and valid use of hands.

On The Magus the hands are highly mobile and relaxed indication a relaxed attitude toward what he is doing, he is, after all, a skilled magician, he should be relaxed.

On The Priestess her hands are raised toward the heavens forming a chalice of her body indicating that she is opening herself to receive divine inspiration from above.

On The Empress is using one hand to hold the symbol of her fertility and femininity and the other rests open in her lap ready to accept and receive whatever creative impulse comes to her.

The Hierophant is making the sign of benediction with his left hand.

The priest on The Lovers is conferring a blessing on the couple before him; his hands and arms are in the position called “The Sign of the Enterer of the Threshold.”  The couple is joining hands in a gesture of union of opposites.

On Lust and The Star the hands are arrayed in a manner that link Heaven and Earth.

On The Hanged Man the hands are immobilized by nails and the fingers are displayed in a gesture of surrender.

On The Aeon the childlike aspect of Horus is making the gesture of silence and secrets. With his index brought to his lips.

And on The Sun the two children are joyfully praising the Sun.

Heka

The crocodile clinging to the wheel on the Fortune card fits the description of the Egyptian god Heka well.  Heka was often portrayed holding the Heka staff and the ankh as a badge of office.  The Heka staff is very similar to the hieroglyph meaning language and also rule or ruler.  Heka was a healer and the Heka staff his instrument of healing.   Heka was the patron of wizards and doctors, so close was the association with healing that doctors were considered to be priests of Heka.

Hell, Maw of

The Maw of Hell is that cavernous opening wherein lurks the cause of our disasters and upheavals.  Herein lay our darkest impulses and our deepest secrets.

The Maw is always present and if we gain the courage to look into the fathomless depths of Hell we can often find our way to safety and salvation.  If we enter the maw and persevere we will emerge transformed.  This is a frightening task to undertake but a sure source for growth.  It cannot always be avoided.  Whether entered by choice, by chance or by force The Maw of Hell yields the same result.

The Maw of Hell lies in the foreground of The Tower card spewing flames, fear and unavoidable change.  It is the source of the destruction that is occurring for the tower.  The source of upheaval here is so deep that it cannot be avoided or controlled but must be met head on and dealt with.

Hieros Gamos

In Sumar, Babylon and Canaan and other areas of the Middle and Near East there was an annual festival that celebrated the death of the king, his burial and sometimes his resurrection.

In the process of king making in ancient times a high priestess would anoint the head of the candidate with oil in an act that had erotic connotations.  This was the preliminary part of the sacred mirage that conferred the right of kingship on the consort of the lady of the land, the representative of the Earth Goddess.

The sacred marriage, also known as hieros gamos, and its successful consummation gave the candidate the right to rule over the land.  In some cases the newly made king would rule for one year and then be killed to make way for a new king.  Other people watched their king carefully for signs of illness or aging and when they were discovered the king was dispatched to make way for a new and vital king. In some areas this death required the torture of the king before the killing.

The tortured and/or killed king would then be planted (buried) to enrich the earth.  In some areas he would then be resurrected and in others he would be replaced by another sacrificial king.

The vitality of the land was linked to the vitality of the king and it was essential that the king not be allowed to loose vitality.  He had to remain vital to keep the land vital.  He could not be allowed to age, lose vitality and die.  This would weaken the land, crops, livestock and people.

In short the king ruled because he was married to the High Priestess of the land.  The High Priestesses were of royal linage and the hieros gamos conferred the right to rule upon the consort of the High Priestess of the land.

The ritual anointing, torture, murder, burial and resurrection of a newly chosen king by the High Priestess, who was also the royal bride, continued well into the 4th century AD.  Eventually the act of anointing was taken over by priests as the patriarchy crept into society.

The ceremony depicted on The Lovers is the hieros gamos, performed by the figure from The Hermit card.  He stretches his hands out over the heads of the royal couple about to be wed.

The hieros gamos and its significance deepens the meaning of The Lovers card considerably by introducing the theme of sacrifice for the sake of the whole by the couple being married by the priest.  It is an especially high price that must be paid by the newly made king.

Horns

An animal’s horns are weapons; on males they demonstrate his power, his aggressiveness and his virility.

Horns represent the creative force in every aspect from sexual to spiritual.  Horns have been used as amulets to ward off evil, charms to cure the ill.  Cakes and breads have been shaped like horns as a means of honoring gods and goddesses associate with the moon (think cream horns, croissants and crescent moons).

Prehistoric hunters believed that the strength and virility of the horned and antlered animals they hunted resided in the animal’s horns or antlers.  Even today rhino horn and the velvet off of deer antlers are prized in some cultures as aphrodisiacs.

Horns were a sign of divinity giving the bearer the strength, virility, supremacy, power and weapons of the animals they derived from.  Because of the strength and durability of horns they are sometimes used to represent salvation and immortality. The sight of an ancient king bearing horns bestowed the regal dignity of kings and intimated at the ferocity and protective instincts of the wearer.

Charms to avert evil have long been shaped like horns. These, or making a sign of the horn with the fingers and “butting” with them, wards off the “evil eye.”

Sacrificial breads and cakes were crescent shaped, in deference to the moon gods, which of course wore horns. French croissants are a common manifestation of horn shaped bread.

The Fool is displaying a fine set of horns.   He is the “divine fool” and the horns denote his status because they connect with the divine.  The “divine fool” is a solitary being braving the unknown to discover her/himself and to take the chances that are required in order to discover their own limits.  We only discover our limits by going to the very edge of our limits and sometimes one step beyond them.

Horns also appear on the goat on The Devil tarot card.  Here they can denote that the goat is “horney” or that he is connected with his instinctual or sexual nature.

Horse

The horse is found on the Knights of Swords, Cups, Wands and Disks. Since all of the horses depicted on the Knight cards are war horses, we will look at the war horse as the symbol rather than horses in general. We will also pay attention to the color of the horse, as well as his relationship to his rider.

In a reading, pay attention to which direction the knight and his mount are going. Is the horse taking the knight toward an issue or away from it? Also pay attention to the relationship between horse and rider. Is the rider in control of the reins or has he released control, is he at rest or charging off in one direction or other.

A war horse is at once a means of transportation, a weapon and a shield. In the chaos of battle a panicked or wounded horse can be a danger to the rider so it behooves the rider to keep the animal under control and as safe as possible.  It was common for war horses to be armored as a means of protecting them from danger.  In the time of knights and damsels in distress a knight valued his horse above all else, next in his affections came his horse and finally his wife.

The Knight of Disks sits astride a sturdy brown horse. The brown horse represents a solid, stable, determined, and enduring form of transport. The brown horse may not be flashy but it endures all things and can be relied on when the world around you is crumbling.  Meditate on this card when you can see no way out of a difficult situation.  Mount the brown horse and let him find your way home.

The Knight of Wands mount is supposed to be a black horse (I see more of a roan) with a single horn on its snout.  The dark color of the horse implies Mystery with a capital M, a connection with the underworld, death or change, the dark night of the soul, a secret trying to surface, or a teacher of esoteric wisdom.  The single horn rising from the horse’s snout represents a single minded determination.  This card can be used in meditation to help you focus more effectively.   Among the four horses of the Apocalypose the black horse represented famine.

The Knight of Cups charges the gates of heaven on a white horse. The white horse may bear the news of a victory, a pregnancy, a physical birth, a burst of creativity or illuminative energy.  The cycle of life, death, and resurrection is also symbolized by a white horse. You can use this horse symbol as your metaphorical transport to other levels of consciousness.  A white horse may be an omen of death, or of innocence.  Among the four horses of the Apocalypose the white horse represented Conquest either present or hoped for.

The Knight of Swords is apparently airborne on a palomino.  The golden color of the Knight of Swords mount speaks of generosity, nobility, wealth and power.  I see this golden horse as a symbol of the transformation from base matter to gold, the evolution of the human spirit and possibility of the evolution of animals and their relationship to humans.  Meditate on this knight and his golden mount when you wish to gain a higher understanding of life or of a specific issue.

Horus

Horus is depicted on The Hierophant card as the star child on the chest of Osiris and representing the coming Age of Horus. The Aeon in his child form which symbolizes the dynamic power of youth.  He is depicted with his finger to his lips the magical gesture for initiation through silence.  This indicates that it may be time to be silent and observe the situation and meditate on it before you speak.

On The Aeon he is also depicted in his adult form as a falcon headed g

Horus is depicted on The Hierophant card as the star child on the chest of Osiris and representing the coming Age of Horus.  On The Aeon tarot card he is depicted in his child form which symbolizes the dynamic power of youth.  He is depicted with his finger to his lips the magical gesture for initiation through silence.  This indicates that it may be time to be silent and observe the situation and meditate on it before you speak.

On The Aeon he is also depicted in his adult form as a falcon headed god which indicates that he has solidified his power.  Horus is the product of a miraculous conception between the living Isis and the deceased Osiris.  He is the sky god of Egypt and the god of hunting and war.  Horus is also a healer

The traits of strength, courage, cunning and healing that belong to Horus also reside in you and the appearance of Horus calls on you bring them to the forefront of your thinking.

If both The Hierophant and The Aeon appear in a reading it is time to seek out and exercise the traits of strength, courage, cunning and healing that belong to Horus that  also reside in you.  The appearance of Horus calls on you to bring these traits to the forefront of your thinking and your behavior.

od which indicates that he has solidified his power.  Horus is the product of a miraculous conception between the living Isis and the deceased Osiris.  He is the sky god of Egypt and the god of hunting and war.  Horus is also a healer.

The traits of strength, courage, cunning and healing that belong to Horus also reside in you and the appearance of Horus calls on you bring them to the forefront of your thinking.

If both cards containing the image of Horus appear in a reading it is time to seek out and exercise the traits of strength, courage, cunning and healing that belong to Horus that  also reside in you.  The appearance of Horus calls on you to bring these traits to the forefront of your thinking and your behavior.

 

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Gateway – Grapes

Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot: Gateway – Green

7 of Disks, Seven of Swords, The Moon from The Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck

7 of Disks, Seven of Swords, The Moon from The Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck

Gateway

A gateway is the entrance into the unknown.  At the gateway we should always pause to contemplate that if we enter the gate may close and we will have to find another way to return if it is possible.  It may be the threshold that connects the living and the dead.  It may be the Gateway to Heaven.  Gateways are usually guarded as the gateway on The Moon card is guarded by two jackal headed men who are representations of Anubis and Set.  Passing through a gateway may be part of a rite of passage.

The gateway itself represents the vulva and circle below the vulva represents the uterus.

Girdle or Belt

A girdle is synonymous with authority and strength.

The Empress wears a belt (girdle) adorned with the symbols of the zodiac to state her authority over people of all kinds.  The figure of the mature Horus on The Aeon wears a green girdle to signify the renewal of life.  The Queen of  Swords wears a shining girdle of blue, the color of truth.

Goat

The goat is found on the Devil.

In more esoteric circles this particular goat may be called Baphomet.   If the Atbash cipher is applied to the name Baphomet the result is ‘Sophia’ the embodiment of sacred female wisdom.

Raw instinct, base sexual urges, the part of us that defies any failed attempt at self-discipline are represented by this animal.  The goat does have a sense of humor that will help us in keeping him under some semblance of control.   He can teach us to safely release the raw energy in creative and constructive ways but he is the devil, after all, and we must keep an eye on him.

The goat may appear in a reading at times you need help to see the humor in a situation or when you need to break out of an old pattern.

Gold, The Metal

Gold is considered to be illuminating and alludes to the highest stage of spiritual development.   It is a sacred metal and is found in many religious relics.  The sun and gold are closely associated and one can represent the other.  Gold does not rust and for this reason it was believed to be an immortal metal and therefore defied the corruption of death and as such represents immortality.

The roots of the tree of life are said to be made of gold.  The major arcana of the Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Deck is literally scattered with gold of one hue or another and it appears on many court cards and on many of the minor arcana cards.

Gold, The Color

Gold represents joy, abundance, completion, perfection and purity.  When a lot of gold shows up in a reading it is time to set a short term goal and to pursue it immediately.  It is also a good time to make important decisions regarding a long term goal.

Grapes

Grapes are found on The Fool and The Priestess.  Grapes are often used to represent the sweetness of life.  They can lead to intoxication and to the extreme of debauchery.  They are a universal symbol of abundance.

Green

Green is the color of redemption, life, regeneration, growth, contemplation, wealth in the form of money, mercy and hope.  Green is the color of the transcendent state.  Since transcendence was denied to the uninitiated though it was coveted and sought by the uninitiated it created envy and thus green became the color of envy.

Green can also reflect love that is not sexual in nature.  Green brings fertility, life, natural growth and is a celebration of life.

When green is predominate in a reading it is a good time to prepare for the future.

Grey

Grey is the color of intellect, dignity, knowledge, authority and wisdom.  It can also indicate a state of confusion.

When grey predominates in a reading use extreme caution in making decisions.

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Symbols: Face – Fruit

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Symbols: Fruit, Camel, Grapes, Flowers, Crystals, Pyramid, Pine Cone

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Symbols: Fruit, Camel, Grapes, Flowers, Crystals, Pyramid, Pine Cone

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot: Faces – Fruit

Faces and Facial Expressions

Facial expressions on individuals on the tarot cards range from the wide eyed and slightly crazed expression on The Fool to the languid expression on the Queen of Swords.

The Hanged Man is portrayed as a faceless being.  Being faceless represents a crisis of identity.

Faces of saints lie on the ground beneath the paws of the lion of the Lust tarot card indicating that virtue may be trampled under foot during the energetic scramble to consolidate a strong position.

Pay attention to the facial expressions and the direction in which the individual is looking and at what they are looking at or what they seem to be ignoring.  Often the object of scrutiny is located on a nearby card.  Interpret the expression and the symbolism of the object.  Is the figure on a card coveting the object and what it represents, holding it in contempt, or displaying fear or aggression toward the item?

Sometimes the faces on two tarot cards will be clearly facing each other or clearly looking away from each other and this may reflect the attitude of two people in a relationship.

Falling

There are four figures falling from the tower on The Tower tarot card.

Falling represents your feelings when your world is out of control or you seem to be caught in a cycle of deteriorating finances, health or relationships.

Feathers

Feathers represent truth.  On the 7 of Disks the background is made up of blue feathers that are bent and dark blue in color.  The background creates a depressing mood for the tarot card.  Their dark color and condition indicates that we are seeing the truth in a dark and distorted way.

Feet

In esoteric terms the feet represent the human soul because it is the foundation of the human being charged with keeping the body upright and bearing the weight of the entire being.  Feet on the ground keep us grounded and add stability to our lives and our bodies.  By paying attention to the feet of the characters in the tarot deck you can better understand the direction your querant is heading.

Armored feet may indicate a need to separate the self from the grounding influence of the earth allowing one to retreat within.  It may be necessary for a warrior to isolate himself from the destruction he is called upon to perform.  When both the feet and the head are armored, as in The Chariot a condition of inward focus is portrayed.

Shod feet can be a symbol of civilization or status.  Look at the color and type of footwear for clues to the meaning of the shoes.  The golden souls on The Fool may well illustrate the enlightened state of unworldliness that we experience when our “feet don’t touch the ground”.

Bare feet are a sign of innocence, humility, respect and of mourning.  Many religions decree that worship should not be done while the feet are shod.  Bare feet can also be seen as a sign of poverty or even slavery.  Going barefoot is sometimes seen as a sign of rebellion or even liberation.

It is unclear as to the message of the feet on The Hanged Man.  His left foot is clearly performing an impossible contortion.

Fire

Fire is often seen as the bringer of destruction, chaos and war.  Fire banishes the darkness and cleanses and purifies everything it touches, it consumes, warms, destroys and illuminates.

Fire symbolizes the transforming power of love and the treacherous energy of hate.  It represents our desires and our determination.  Fire represents enlightenment.  Fire also symbolizes energy, fear, pain, danger, anger, action, power, healing, authority, passion, sexuality, intellect and creativity.

Clarity and vision cannot truly be unleashed without the element of fire.

Kindling a fire is equated with birth and resurrection.  It is the only element that man can produce and as such it is the link between man and gods.

The Elemental Attributes of Fire:

Stage of Life: Youth

Time of Day: Noon

Season: Summer

Elemental: Salamander

Ruling Planet: Mars

Polarity: Masculine also straight flames represent feminine energy, wavering flames represent masculine energy

Quality:  hot and dry

Colors: red and orange

Animal:  cats of all kinds but especially lions and tigers, the phoenix, dragon, also predators of all kinds

Tarot suite:  Wands

Magickal Tool: ceremonial dagger (athame)

Suggests: vital cosmic force, purification, creative energy, destructive energy, initiation, new beginnings, instinctive biological and subconsciousness dynamism, The God

Function:  Emotional and intuitive

Direction: South

Five Petaled Rose

five petaled rose is said to represent the five wounds of Jesus. The five petals can also represent the four elements with the additional element of spirit or it can represent the physical body of a human.

Five Pointed Star

Five-pointed Star is the star of Venus, the star Sirius and the star of Mary Magdalene.  When placed in a circle it was also the Egyptian symbol for Duat, the Egyptian word for heaven where the soul of a departed pharaoh would go to be transformed into a god.  It can symbolize life, the body of man or even the Microcosm.  It is sometimes but not always called a pentagram.  The five pointed star appears on The Hierophant in both its upright and inverted positions.  More celestial representations of a five pointed star appear on Fortune.

Fish

Fish represent the soul, fertility, wisdom, happiness, luck and transformation.  Fish can also represent a spiritual epiphany.  They are creatures of the water and thus are associated with the unconscious mind and the world of emotions.

Fish resemble the yoni in shape and are therefore are symbols of the creatrix powers of the feminine.  Fish can represent either the Goddess or the planet Venus.

Fish may bring messages from your unconscious mind to the conscious mind.  Pay attention to nagging thoughts or concerns that may be affecting your current situation. They may also symbolize a deep and still unconsciousness.

They are keepers of secrets, and represent abundance, wisdom and faith.  They can also represent strong impulses and urges.

In Egypt fish were representive of crime, fear and enforced solitude.

The Empress card bears two small fish swimming in the water that flows from the white rose at the base of her throne.  The fish are symbols of feminine power or of the soul.

The Death card holds a fish in part to emphasize that the figure of Death and all of his actions take place in the Waters of Death.

Princess of Cups card bears a dolphin which is symbolic of the creative feminine principle.

Flag

A flag can represent either victory or surrender.  It appears on The Emperor in the possession of the lamb representing the victory (flag) of humility, purity, gentleness, patience, or innocence (lamb).

Flowers

Flowers represent femininity and fecundity, hope, growth, innocence, and virginity.  They also imply gentleness and love.

Flowers, fruit and grain are all strongly associated with Isis frequently appearing as part of her crown or scattered about her feet.

Wilted flowers represent transience and decay to nourish new life.

In Egypt and the Mediterranean lands the menstruum of the goddess was derived from the earthly representatives of the Goddess of life, her sacred virgin priestesses who were known as ‘Scarlet flower’ or ‘Scarlet Women’.  These women who were the source of the Star Fire substance were known as ‘flow-er’, (‘she who flows’) and were represented as a lily or lotus flower.  This is the source of our word flower.  These women were from the dragon succession (Messianic bloodline) and were usually named Lily, Luluwa, Lilutu, Lilith and Lillette, and other names reflecting the symbolized lily.

Red flowers symbolize ardor and passion, blue flowers epitomize tenderness, purple flowers represent grief, green flowers represent freshness and new growth, while yellow flowers represent happiness.

Lily – The flower of the lily is loaded with symbolism.  It can represent rest, peace, tranquility, death, purity, beauty, innocence and fertility.  Health and abundance are implied by the presence of lilies on a card.  The lily may also indicate new relationships and births and female sexuality

Depending on the surrounding cards, the lily may also indicate new relationships and births and female sexuality.

Lilies appear on The Fool and Death. Should both cards appear in a reading there can be a message of a new relationship, a pregnancy or of a new beginning in some other aspect of life.

Lotus – The lotus sits atop the scepter cradled in the arm of The Empress, on Death, on The Devil and all the Suit of Cups except for the 7 of Cups and the Knight of Cups. It represents the emotions, feminine creative power, demonstrative love, purity, feminine instinct, beauty both of being and of works, and is indicative of the life force in us all.  The condition of the lotus represents the state of emotional well-being reflected in the card.

The lotus is considered a symbol of immortality and resurrection.

Rose – Roses represent beauty, passion, vitality, life and love.  They symbolize magnificence, where ever they appear the implication os one of grandness. Roses appear on The Hierophant in the form of the rose window or oculus behind the head of the seated figure.

Princess of Disks bears a shield of a rose painted in white, rose, and yellow.

Roses are symbolic of love, faith, hope, esoteric knowledge, passion, honor, beauty, eternity, fertility and truth. The color, condition, position in its lifecycle, quantity of roses determines the interpretation applied to any representation of a rose.

A red rose is a symbol of sacrifice, lasting love, good health and passion.  Three red roses appear on the bottom right corner of The Star.  On the 5 of Swords a forty-nine petaled rose is seen only as its petals are scattered to form the inverted pentagram.

A yellow rose indicates joy and mature love.  The center of the sun on The Sun is a golden yellow rose.

Pink roses are symbolic of healing and innocence.

The white rose appears on The Fool at the bottom of the card.  On The Lovers the white child holds a bouquet of the two elements that must be present to produce a successful alchemical operation.

The 2, 3, and 4 of Swords bear white roses in various states from the glowing health of the forty-nine petaled rose of the 4 of Swords, to the pierced and picked apart blooms on the 2 and 3 of Swords.

A white rose represents purity, sacredness, and mystical matters.  White roses are symbolic of the Goddess Venus.

A five petaled rose is said to represent the five wounds of Jesus. The five petals can also represent the four elements with the additional element of spirit or it can represent the physical body of a human.

Seven petals indicate perfection.

A rose with eight petals represent rebirth.

A rose of forty-nine petals represents love and harmony.

Fleur-de-lys

The fleur-de-lys is actually a stylized lily.  The phrase “fleur-de-lys” translates to “flower of the lily” though it most closely resembles the iris bloom.  The fleur-de-lys appears on both The Empress and The Emperor symbolizing their divine right to rule.

Among Sumerians and Egyptians a substance called Star Fire was considered to be nothing less than the life-giving extract from the divine menstrual blood of the Goddess of Life, an Anunnaki.  This substance is seen on The Moon card in the form of the nine red drops descending from the moon.

The Anunnaki were supposedly a race of gods or beings from outer space or some other super race that may have manipulated life on earth, particularly human life by feeding certain preferred people super-foods to increase their longevity, physical stamina and intelligence.   Among these foods was Star Fire, as described above, and Orum, a powder of sub atomic particles of gold called ‘Gold of the Gods’.  These super-foods were fed exclusively to the Kings and Queens of the Dragon succession.  The Dragon succession was also known as the messianic bloodline which included Jesus and Vlad the Impaler, better known as Dracula.

In Egypt and the Mediterranean the menstruum (menstrual secretion) of the goddess was derived from her earthly representatives, her sacred virgin priestesses who were known as ‘Scarlet Flowers’ or ‘Scarlet Women’.  These women who were the source of the Star Fire substance were known as ‘flow-er’, (‘she who flows’) and were represented as a lily or lotus flower.  This is the source of our word flower.  These women were from the messianic succession and were usually named Lily, Luluwa, Lilutu, Lilith and Lillette, names reflecting the symbolized lily or fleur-de-lys.

Now you might ask why this was done.  A pretty common theory is that menstruum is a substance rich in endocrinal secretions, especially those of the pituitary and pineal glands that were believed to offer a nutrient that extended the life span and enhanced the mental and physical capacity of the recipient.  The secretions from the pineal gland, in particular, were believed to extend life and vitality and to increase the powers of intuition.  The pineal secretion was sometimes called soma, or ambrosia.

Since the fleur-de-lys was a symbol reserved for royalty before such things got out of hand and the symbol was co-opted by the Catholic church and finally (gasp!) by the common people, it might seem that the symbol itself was the symbol of the ‘flow-ers’ who produced the substance that set royalty apart from the rest of us by supposedly making them smarter, stronger and longer lived.

So the symbol may have been a coded message that said, “fed by the blood of the Goddess of Life” and therefore worthy of kingship.

Flying

Flying often expresses the need to escape some kind of restriction or limitation.

The Knight of Sword and the Knight of Cups are depicted flying.  These Knights can bring messages of impending growth in the mental (Swords) and emotional (Cups) realms.  They can also register a desire for freedom.

Flying can be a precursor to lucid dreaming so when the two flying Knights show up it can mean that it is time to do some dream work.

Forest

See the section on Woods, Forests, Trees.

Fountain

The four cherubim with water flowing from mouths on The Universe represent liveliness of creation.  They may also represent motherhood or the beginning of life and all things, especially good things like vitality, grace, power and healing.

Four Pointed Star:

Four-pointed Star found on Fortune and The Universe is often found on maps representing the four directions of the physical world and/or the four elements earth, air, fire and water.

Fruit

The presence of fruit on a tarot card indicates the presence of Isis.  Fruit, grain, and flowers are often included in the crown of Isis.  Fruit represents abundance, it is the result of toil and reminds us that if we wish to reap the harvest we must sow and plow, or it can represent a situation of plenty and peace.

Fruit appears on The Fool as a bunch of grapes indicating plenty and ease.

On The Priestess grapes appear on the lower portion of the card representing abundance and ease.

The Queen of Disks is enthroned on a pineapple that represents hospitality and welcome which would indicate that she is finally at home, at ease, and living amidst abundance.

Fruit represents abundance, it is the result of toil and reminds us that if we wish to reap the harvest we must sow and plow, or it can represent a situation of plenty and peace.

Full Moon

The full moon represents maturity, pregnancy and limitless potential. It indicates a sense of security or completion and is a symbol of the soul.

 

Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Symbols: Death – Dove

Tarot Symbols: Death – Dove

Death, Eagle, Web, Scythe, Spirit People, Crown of Osiris

Death, the Tarot Symbol

The Death Tarot card is probably the most frightening in any tarot deck and the figure of Death does nothing to alleviate that reaction.  The tarot card itself and even the fighre are not as fearsome as they first appear.  Death is usually symbolic of some kind of closure or the end of something.  It heralds change, but unlike the out of control change of The Tower you have the ability to use the scythe that death wields to make a more controlled and beneficial change if you get active early in the process.  It is a part of a process or cycle that replaces old with new.

The figure on the Death card wears the crown of Osiris which represents life, death and rebirth.

Desert

On the Queen of Disks the desert is seen at a distance so might indicate a separation form your unconscious mind.  It can also represent a dry and barren time.  Again it is seen as distant and in the past so the Queen would seem to be looking back over a dry and barren time in her life.  The desert symbolizes the unconscious mind.

Disks and coins represent Earth and earthly matters and deeds.  They concern things in the direction of North, things to the right and things that are located downward.  They help us center and develop our security; they help us build on the foundations of the past.  And yes, disks and coins represent money.

Diamond

Diamonds are the hardest substance and are representative of indomitable strength.  Diamond shapes appear on The Priestess and on the staff of the Queen of Disks. The presence of diamonds on these cards indicate an added strength, clarity and endurance to the meaning of the tarot card.

Directions, The Four Sacred Directions

East

Capacity:  Spiritual

Time of day:  Dawn

Season:  Spring

Element:  Air

Angel:  Raplael

Animals:  Cardinal, Hawk, Wolf, Deer, Eagle, Raccoon,

Activity:  Thinking, The Path of Sun

State of Mind:  Communication, Collaboration

Represents:  Newness, fresh start, inspiration, illumination, expansion, Vibration, Scent, Wind, Sky, Clouds

Color: Yellow

Power:  Mind, Intellect, Breath, Music, Perspective, Ocular Vision, Clear seeing

Phrase:   “the light of a new day”

Lessons:  Movement, Transition, Rebirth, Renewal, Clarity, Expansion

Stage of Life:  Childhood, adoleaence

State of Mind:  Illumination, wonder

Archetype:  The Teacher

Emblem:  Rising sun

South

Capacity: Natural

Time of day:  Noon

Season:  Summer

Element:  Fire

Angel:  Michael

Animals:  Badger, Hawk, Coyote, Fox

Activity:  Planning, Exploration, Evaluation, Path of Peace

Represents:  The sun, transmutation, relationships, insight, understanding, innocence, celebration, travel, sharing, compassion, passion, exploration

Color:  Red

Power:  Abundance, Compassion, Protection, Understanding, Purification, Healing, Change

Phrase:  “I see, understand, protect and heal”

Stage of Life Young adult

State of Mind:  Innocence, trust

Archetype:  The Visionary

Emblem:  Noonday sun

West

Capacity:  Physical

Time of day:  Dusk

Season:  Autumn

Element:  Water

Angel:  Gabriel

Animals:  Elk, Jaguar, Raven, Heron

Activity:  Living, Navigation, Research, Path of Introspection

Represents:  Moon, feelings, emotions, inward journey, wisdom within, releasing old habits, ancestral roots,

Color:  Blue

Power:  controlled thought, deep insight, reflection, epiphanies mature into philosophies, purification, releasing, balance

Phrase:   “I recreate myself”

Stage of Life:  Adult, Middle Age

State of Mind:  Introspection

Archetype:  The Healer

Emblem:  The Setting Sun

North

Capacity:  Mental

Time of day:  Midnight

Season:  Winter

Element:  Earth

Angel:  Ariel

Anomals:  Mythical Beasts, Buffalo, Wolf, Owl, Heron, Dragon

Activity:  Evaluation, Navigation, Course plotting, Research, Path of Quiet

Capacity:  Mental

State of Mind:  Synthesis, Presentation

Represents:  Foundations, grounding, bareness, retreat, silence, self-knowledge, mature wisdom, dreaming

Color:  White, Black

Power:  Deep wisdom

Phrase:  “I prepare for the Great Mystery”

Stage of Life:  Advanced age

State of mind:  Wisdom

Archetype:  The Warrior

Emblem:  Starry Sky

Disks, Suit of

The suit of coins or disks represents:  finances, possessions, accomplishments, business, trade, land, home, our abundance.  Also our bodies and it’s vitality, the Earth and Nature, inherited traits, fertility, nurturance, stable, solid, enduring, strength, abundance, the physical body, the sun, the cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth.

Direction:  North

Element:  Earth

Color:  brown and green

Season:  Winter

Function:  Social status, personal values and self-worth, safety, security, creativity, beauty, strength, talent, and our families

Polarity:  Feminine

Positive attributes:  abundance, fertility, creativity, optimism, positive values, sense of self, strength, security, stability, and endurance

Negative Attributes:  material loss, low self-esteem, pessimism, materialism, compromised values, stubbornness, inflexibility, greed, possessiveness, spiritual poverty, discontent, anxiety and insecurity .

Dog

The dog is found on The Moon card.

The dog can serve you both as a companion and as a protector, and because the dog is a palindrome of the word god, it can be interpreted as divine protection.  Dogs also symbolize companionship and loyalty.  Dogs are the guardians at the threshold.

A dog will lick a wound to speed healing and this may be the origin of dogs as a symbol of healing or it could be that Gula, a Mesopotamian goddess of healing, is depicted with a dog as a constant companion.

The Roman Goddess Diana was accompanied by her hounds.  Hel and the three headed hound Garmr guarded the gates of the underworld to keep those who had entered Hel from returning across the River Styx to the land of the living, much like Cerberus.

Dogs are sometimes seen as warriors against injustice; think avenging hounds of hell.

The Egyptians believed a dog could guide the dead to the next world and dogs were often found buried alongside the body of their masters to serve this function.  Dogs can also represent hostile or outcast individuals, or can be symbols of lust.

Dolphin

Dolphins are found on the Princess of Cups and the 2 of Cups.  They represent joy, sexuality, sensuality, and communication, communal living, and affection.  The dolphin is sacred to Isis, a creation goddess, which links these two cards to the creative impulse.

Dolphins can be seen as a guide through an emotional morass.  Dolphins ally well with the Cerberus when your emotions are out of control and you are reacting to old patterns rather than the situation of the moment.

They often represent messengers from your unconscious mind.

Dove

A dove is found on The Fool, The Empress, The Hierophant, The Tower and four are found on the 4 of Wands.

In the Ancient Near East the dove was a symbol of the Goddess.

If the dove appears in a reading it can point to where you are harboring anger and how to soothe it or how to bring inner peace into your life.

If three or more of the cards bearing a dove turn up in a reading it is significant enough to pause and examine the situation more closely.

Dove and Ram Staff

See the sections of Staffs, Scepters, or Wands for more information.

The Aleister Crowley Thoth Tarot Cards