Most commonly, people prefer the so-called Waite method associated with the Rider-Waite-Smith deck and subsequently the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Another highly popular method is the one associated with Aleister Crowley’s Thoth Tarot deck. However, few people are aware that both occultists were members of the Golden Dawn and the foundation of interpreting the cards originates in the work of famous French cartomancer Etteilla. Several other occultists, including Gérard Encausse – better known as Papus and Samuel Liddell Mathers, one of the founding fathers of the Order, also used as reference Etteilla’s interpretation.
While the artwork of the Rider-Waite-Smith and Crowley’s Thoth deck inspired several generations of artists and deck creators, the interpretation of the cards may vary from one deck to another.
On the other hand, the interpretation, according to Etteilla’s system, does not fit the astrological attributions proposed by the Golden Dawn and other occultists.
Therefore, in the following, I present both the traditional method of Etteilla and the interpretation according to the astrological attribution of the cards in conformity with the traditional Golden Dawn system.
The Traditional Divinatory Tarot is the most complex and advanced learning and study deck introducing correlated aspects of Astrology, Numerology and Kabbalah. It is based on the Chaldean astrological and numerological system, which is the most appropriate to be used in correlation with the kabbalistic principles.
Although the astrological attribution of the twenty-two Major Arcana cards may be subject of debates, this “classic” association rigorously follows the scheme according to Sepher Yetzirah as it was translated and adjusted by William Wynn Westcott, scholar and another founding father of the Order. The cards were distributed according to their numbering with Roman numerals, respectively The Fool which traditionally is unnumbered or numbered with an Arab zero is positioned as the penultimate card between The Last Judgement and The World.
Therefore, some cards may not be the perfect fit for some of their designated planets or Zodiac signs.
Both Waite and Crowley have operated small changes to obtain better astrological matches for some of the cards. Waite switched the position of Strenght and Justice, while Crowley placed The Fool at the beginning of the Major Arcana in an attempt to obtain some better astrological attributions for some of the cards.
However, in order to operate changes, one should understand and perceive the deck of cards as a whole, complex, clockwork-like system. Learning this first comprehensive system is the ground stone of the educational process and the foundation for developing other viable alternatives.
01. Ace of Wands
02. 2 of Wands
03. 3 of Wands
04. 4 of Wands
05. 5 of Disks
06. 6 of Disks
07. 7 of Disks
08. 8 of Swords
09. 9 of Swords
10. 10 of Swords
11. Ace of Cups
12. 2 of Cups
13. 3 of Cups
14. 4 of Cups
15. 5 of Wands
16. 6 of Wands
17. 7 of Wands
18. 8 of Disks
19. 9 of Disks
20. 10 of Disks
21. Ace of Swords
22. 2 of Swords
23. 3 of Swords
24. 4 of Swords
25. 5 of Cups
26. 6 of Cups
27. 7 of Cups
28. 8 of Wands
29. 9 of Wands
30. 10 of Wands
31. Ace of Disks
32. 2 of Disks
33. 3 of Disks
34. 4 of Disks
35. 5 of Swords
36. 6 of Swords
37. 7 of Swords
38. 8 of Cups
39. 9 of Cups
40. 10 of Cups
The Court Cards
41. (Aries) Knight of Wands
42. (Taurus) Queen of Disks
43. (Gemini) Page of Swords
44. (Cancer) Knight of Cups
45. (Leo) Queen of Wands
46. (Virgo) Page of Disks
47. (Libra) Knight of Swords
48. (Scorpio) Queen of Cups
49. (Sagittarius) Page of Wands
50. (Capricorn) Knight of Disks
51. (Aquarius) Queen of Swords
52. (Pisces) Page of Cups
53. (Spring – Venus in Taurus) King of Disks
54. (Summer – Saturn in Leo) King of Wands
55. (Autumn – Mars in Scorpio) King of Cups
56. (Winter – Moon in Aquarius) King of Swords
57. (Air – I) The Magician
58. (Mercury _ II) The (High) Priestess
59. (Moon _ III) The Empress
60. (Venus – IV) The Emperor
61. (Aries – V) The Hierophant (The High Priest)
62. (Taurus – VI) The Lover
63. (Gemini – VII) The Chariot
64. (Cancer – VIII) Strength (Lust)
65. (Leo – IX) The Hermit
66. (Virgo – X) Wheel of Fortune
67. (Jupiter – XI) Justice
68. (Libra – XII) The Hanged Man
69. (Water – XIII) Death
70. (Scorpio – XIV) Temperance (Art)
71. (Sagittarius – XV) The Devil
72. (Capricorn – XVI) The Tower
73. (Mars – XVII) The Stars
74. (Aquarius – XVIII) The Moon
75. (Pisces – XIX) The Sun
76. (Sun – XX) Last Judgement (The Aeon)
77. (Fire – -/0) The Fool
78. (Saturn – XXI) The World (The Universe)
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