The Unified Esoteric Tarot deck. Explaining the design of the cards.
Reading the Unified Esoteric Tarot deck is a very simple and intuitive process. Each card contains all the information you need to read them at first glance.
Let’s start with the Numerals – the small numbered cards from 2 to 10 of each suit.
This is the Two of Wands.
In most of the systems, this card represents Mars in Aries.
The centre graphic of the Numerals represents the position of the planet on the Zodiac Wheel.
The background colour of the card is the first and most obvious clue (A1).
The reddish colour represents the element Fire.
In the case of the other cards, blue represents Water, yellow represents Air and green represents Earth. These are faded pale colours.
In the upper left corner, we also have the symbol of the element, in this case, an upward triangle and beneath it has also written “Fire”, respectively “Desires” while I consider that Fire represents our primary, basic instincts.
The second colour clue is noted with B1 and represents the nature of the energy.
According to the Law of Three, in nature – and in the universe – there are three types of active energies: active, reactive (or passive) and neuter (or reconciling).
The active energy is represented by intense red colour, the reactive energy is represented by intense blue colour, and the neuter energy is represented by intense green colour.
Mars represents the reactive type of energy, so B1 is coloured with intense blue.
These three types of energies in the Astrology are represented by the 3 Qualities and in Alchemy by the three so-called primes: Sulfur, Salt and Mercury.
These are represented in the right upper corner and marked on this picture with B2.
C1 and C2 represent the card “name” or “title”, C1 when the card is in straight (upward) position, C2 when it is reversed (upside down). These keywords, tags express the basic and general meaning of the cards.
D is the numerological key. The first number represents the numerological value of the card, in this particular case 2, which is assigned to Mars. The second number is the number of the card in the deck, I have ordered all the cards in natural order from 1 to 78 – you can find the detailed explanation in the book.
E is the mark for the astrological references of the card.
E1 in the case of Numerals indicates which decan of the Zodiac sign and which period represents the card. In this particular case, Mars in Aries represents the first decan which is the period, roughly between 21 and 30 March (depending on year and your location).
E2 explains the astrological aspect based on geometry. Mars in Aries is home, it is in Domicile, and this is represented by Conjunction, respectively an angle of approximately 0-10°.
E3 is the written version of the main design, respectively the position of the planet on the Zodiac Wheel, in this case, Mars in Aries, but also with some additional information: the house and what it represents. In this case the First House, the house of “Self”, respectively ego and impulses related issues.
F is the psychological profile of the individual represented by the card. In this case: “Reactive-Instinctive-Extrovert”. We explained already what Reactive, respectively Instinctive mean and from where it comes. The trait of extraversion-introversion is a central dimension of human personality theories. The terms introversion and extraversion were popularized by Carl Jung. Extraversion is the state of primarily obtaining gratification from outside oneself. Extraverts tend to enjoy human interactions and to be enthusiastic, talkative, assertive, and gregarious. Introversion is the state of being predominantly interested in one’s mental self. Introverts are typically perceived as more reserved or reflective.
G is the traditional name of each card, in this case: Two of Wands.
Finally, H is the name of the Alchemical process assigned to each card, in this particular case “Calcination”.
See also: The World Tree spread (with explanation).
The Unified Esoteric Tarot deck is a standard 78 cards Tarot deck, resulted from 25 years of research, study and practical experience of card reading. The main idea at the foundation of this deck was to reveal the hidden connection between all the branches of the esoteric sciences and provide a very intuitive instrument both for beginner and advanced Tarot practitioners. I provide a modern instrument of prediction, self-exploration and development based on both the ancient teachings and modern psychology. An instrument of self-observation and self-remembering, based on the teachings of Gurdjieff.
The system resulted from the interconnected study of Tarot, Astrology, Numerology, The Fourth Way, Kabbalah and Alchemy, and it’s based on the triune nature of everything in the universe.
You thought that Astrology, Numerology, Kabbalah and Alchemy are all very complicated and hard to understand? Too many books to buy and study? My deck and my system offer you a simple and logical method to learn, understand and use all of them in an integrated manner. Everything you want to know about the cards is printed on the cards. Don’t even need the accompanying book to perform a quick, but elaborated reading.
I also think many of the original esoteric symbols were altered by artists through time.
Instead of replacing the classic figures of the cards with diverse kind of fancy artwork, with funny animal pictures, fairies, angels or scary demonic creatures, I chose a simple, but elegant, easy to understand design, based on geometry and commonly known esoteric symbols which enable a fast and intuitive reading. It’s easy to distinguish between the different group of cards, and each card contains all the relevant and necessary information to interpret the meaning of the cards, but also to identify easily the balance and the connection between the cards in a spread.
I created 6 easily distinguishable layouts for 6 groups of cards I have identified as different. These graphical representations reveal the connection between the Tarot and other branches of the esoteric sciences such as Astrology, Numerology, The Fourth Way, Kabbalah and Alchemy.
The Unified Esoteric Tarot system explains in a simple and accessible manner all these connections.
The cards are also double colour coded, and for the very first time in the history of the Tarot, each card bears two titles, one for the straight and one for the reversed meaning of the card which facilitates the reading and interpretation of the cards substantially. Still, each card features the traditional name of the card for those who are familiar with those names, meanings and interpretations.
The Tarot didn’t change since the first known Tarot deck surfaced 500 years ago in Northern Italy. However, our perception and understanding of this mysterious deck of cards have changed constantly and continue to change.
The U.E.T. deck is the Tarot deck of the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Reason and the times of major changes and transformations for the humankind.
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