109: An Ovate’s Primer: The Rorian Tarot

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INTRODUCTION: A WAY TO USE the RORIAN TAROT

An Ovate’s special domain is the Intuitive or Buddhic Realm of the Heart chakra, represented by the Archangels and their Devic or Elemental counterparts. As Clerics of the Heart, the Ovates mediate between the Bards’ Magical or Atmic Realms of the Throat, and the Sovereigns’ Causal Realms of the Solar Plexus; through ritual and divination an Ovate channels the symbolic energies of the Spirit into Soul-forms the Ego or Middle Self can understand and act upon. One way to channel such energies is through the Rorian Tarot. The Full Rorian Tarot consists of 169 cards: one unnumbered Maximum Arcanum, which represents the Monad, High Self, or Christos/Magdalen (in both male and female form: the Monadic Realm of the Druids); 24 Major Arcana, representing twelve Atmic Demiurges (the Atmic Realm of the Bard or Magical Self) and twelve Buddhic Archangels (the Buddhic Realm of the Ovate or Intuitive Self); and 144 Minor Arcana, representing the Causal Solar Angels (the Causal Realm of the Sovereign or Middle Self). The 144 Minor Arcana are derived from the various combinations of the twelve Demiurge Arcana and the twelve Archangel Arcana.

To mediate between the Atmic realms of Spiritual inspiration and the Causal realms of Middle Earth, we might first remember the unnumbered Card of the Monad, the White/Black card of the “I AM” itself, reminding us of the essential nature of our Higher Self: Perfect, eternal consciousness, the Christos/Magdalen divine child, the Light of Love which resides within our Brow or Third Eye. Then we might begin our reading with one of the twelve Atmic Demiurges. The Demiurge Arcanum we select reminds us of our Atmic or Throat level of innate magical gifts, spiritual enthusiasm, creativity, ecstasy and freedom, and specifically invokes that Apostle or Atmic Archetype which our Christos/Magdalen or Monad or Higher Self has called into play at this time. The Demiurge is like a planet, singing as it wanders through the various signs of the zodiac in perfect freedom, or an actor at large.

Next, we draw a Buddhic Archangel to determine the specific zodiacal sign through which our Atmic Planet currently operates; the spacetime theater in which our actor is appearing. We might first determine the nature of our inquiry: Are we concerned with place? Each of the twelve Archangel Arcana governs one-twelfth of the compass circle, and one-twelfth of the world. Are we concerned with the day, the month, or the year? Each of the Archangel Arcana governs one-twelfth of this chosen cycle: two hours of the day, 2.5 days of the month, and one month of the year. The Archangel Arcanum is essentially the Sign of the Zodiac which concerns us at the moment, and brings us to the broad understanding of its Buddhic or Heart level of highest-soul acceptance, peace, compassion, and gratitude.

After drawing both an Archangel and a Demiurge, we can combine them to arrive at the one specific Solar Angel or Minor Arcanum that they have in common; this is like the drama itself, the specific dramatic role that our Actor is playing in a given theater. A Solar Angel derives its main-ray or overall nature from its Buddhic Archangel, and its sub-ray or specific qualities from its Atmic Demiurge: e.g. the Pink Rose (5:10) is the combination of the Buddhic Archangel Uriel of the World Flower (5:0) and the Atmic Demiurge of the Abbess or Diviner (0:10), and is thus the Flower of the Rosy Abbess. Conversely the Blue Thunderbolt (10:5) results from the combination of the Buddhic Archangel Rapahael of the World Treasure-Tower (10:0) and the Demiurgic Archetype the Blue Planter (0:5), and is thus the Treasure of the Planter. Each of the 144 Solar Angels governs ten minutes of the day, five hours of the month, and 2.5 days of the year. Meditation on the specific Solar Angel is in effect a Solar Initiation that realigns us with our own Solar Angel and helps us recall that we are walking our perfect path, remembering how to manifest our own heaven-realm here on earth.

Because the Rorian Tarot reveals a rich complex of interconnected magical links, we can also use the Solar Angel card to arrive at this moment’s correct Angelic sounds, symbols, chakras and colors, as well as to provide extremely specific guidance on timing, right places, names, numbers, etc., which familiarity with the Rorian Tradition shall illuminate.

PART ONE: OVERVIEW of the FIRST TWELVE MAJOR ARCANA and the DEMIURGES

By the middle of The Grail Restored: The Original Zodiac and the Planetary Double Helix, we established the pattern of signs and planets shown below. To trace the signs through the wheel of the year (or any equivalent cycle), we can begin at the bottom with Mid-Winter Solstice, and run from the bottom left (Violet/Aquarius/Jupiter) up the left side to the top left (Orange-Yellow/Cancer/”Moon”), then through Mid-Summer Solstice at top center, then down the right side from top right (Sun/Leo/Yellow) to bottom right (Saturn/Capricorn/Blue-Violet), and so back to Mid-Winter Solstice. The planets form a perfect double helix braiding through the whole: thus, from the Sun at top right, we spiral across and down zigzagging through Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Bacchus (Asteroids), and Jupiter. We then spiral or zigzag back up through Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, North Node (Proserpina), South Node (Isis), and the “Moon,” or outermost veil of the solar system.

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[Orange-Yellow] CANCER (“Moon”) * (Sun) LEO [Yellow]

[Orange] GEMINI (Mercury) * (South Node) VIRGO [Yellow-Green]

[Red-Orange] TAURUS (North Node) * (Venus) LIBRA [Green]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto) Mid-Fall Equinox

[ Red ] ARIES ( Mars ) * (Neptune) SCORPIO [Green-Blue]

[Violet-Red] PISCES (Uranus) * (Bacchus) SAGITTARIUS [Blue]

[Violet] AQUARIUS (Jupiter) * (Saturn) CAPRICORN [Blue-Violet]

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Winter Solstice * * * * * * * * *

Although this information may not seem particularly relevant to the Tarot, it provides the proper linkage between the Macrocosm (the wheel of the year) and the Microcosm (our own body) for us to properly practice magic and consciously manifest our heaven on earth. As we noted toward the end of The Grail Restored: The Original Zodiac and the Planetary Double Helix, the Mid-Summer Solstice resonates with the Crown chakra; Moon and Sun with the Brow; Mercury and South Node with the Throat; North Node and Venus with the Heart; Earth and Pluto with the Solar Plexus; Mars and Neptune with the Navel; Uranus and Bacchus (Asteroids) with the Sex; Jupiter and Saturn with the Base; and Mid-Winter Solstice with the Feet. Misapprehension of the proper planetary rulerships of the lower half of the divine body, particularly the “feminine” half, caused an immense rift in our consciousness during the Interregnum which is only now beginning to heal. As we recall and reconstruct the ideal pattern, our inner “masculine” and “feminine” celebrate their alchemical marriage, we attain the Grail, and walk heaven on earth. From The One Monad and the Twelve Demiurges, we can assign the Monad to the center (Earth & Pluto), and the twelve Demiurges around the wheel as follows:

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[Orange-Yellow Sage] CANCER (“Moon”) * (Sun) LEO [Yellow Creator]

[Orange Mage] GEMINI (Mercury) * (South Node) VIRGO [Yellow-Green Enchantress]

[Red-Orange Abbess] TAURUS (North Node) * (Venus) LIBRA [Green Priest]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto: Monad) Mid-Fall Equinox

[Red Hunter] ARIES ( Mars ) * (Neptune) SCORPIO [Green-Blue Fowler]

[Violet-Red Forester] PISCES (Uranus) * (Bacchus) SAGITTARIUS [Blue Planter]

[Violet Smith] AQUARIUS (Jupiter) * (Saturn) CAPRICORN [Blue-Violet Mason]

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Winter Solstice * * * * * * * * *

Now let’s see how this pattern relates to the first twelve Arcana of the traditional Tarot. After placing the Monad’s unnumbered Maximum Arcanum (traditionally called The Fool) in the center, we can overlay the first twelve Major Arcana of the traditional Tarot on this arrangement in a rather complex but essentially symmetrical double-helix pattern, forming a vertical braid with a large oval at the top, two smaller ovals in the middle, and a large oval at the bottom. The large oval at top contains Virgo, Gemini, Cancer and Leo; the small oval just below embraces Taurus and Libra; the small oval next below embraces Aries and Scorpio, and the large oval at the bottom comprises Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. We can visualize the order of the cards as a snake with its head at Virgo (1) spiraling down and left across to Taurus (2), down and right across the center point to Scorpio (3), then left across to Aries (4), up and right across to Libra (5), up and left across to Gemini (6) up and around Cancer (7) and Leo (8), then down through the center, across to Leo’s opposite: Aquarius (9), and around through the lower oval to Capricorn (10) and Sagittarius (11), with the snake’s tail at Pisces (12):

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[(7) Chariot] CANCER (“Moon”) * (Sun) LEO [(8) Strength]

[(6) Lovers ] GEMINI (Mercury) * (South Node) VIRGO [(1) Magician]

[(2) Priestess] TAURUS (North Node) * (Venus) LIBRA [(5) Priest]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto: (0) Fool) Mid-Fall Equinox

[(4) Emperor] ARIES ( Mars ) * (Neptune) SCORPIO [(3) Empress]

[(12) Hanged Man] PISCES (Uranus) * (Bacchus) SAGITTARIUS [(11) Justice]

[(9) Hermit] AQUARIUS (Jupiter) * (Saturn) CAPRICORN [(10) Wheel of Fortune]

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Winter Solstice * * * * * * * * *

By comparing these two previous charts, we see that these first twelve Major Arcana of the traditional tarot correspond to the Demiurgic Archetypes, as follows:

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[(7) Chariot = SAGE] (“Moon”) * (Sun) [(8) Strength = CREATOR]

[(6) Lovers = MAGE] (Mercury) * (South Node) [(1) Magician = ENCHANTER]

[(2) Priestess = ABBESS] (North Node) * (Venus) [(5) Priest = PRIEST]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto: (0) FOOL) Mid-Fall Equinox

[(4) Emperor = HUNTER] ( Mars ) * (Neptune) [(3) Empress = FOWLER]

[(12) Hanged Man = FORESTER] (Uranus) * (Bacchus) [(11) Justice = PLANTER]

[(9) Hermit = SMITH] (Jupiter) * (Saturn) CAPRICORN [(10) Wheel of Fortune = MASON]

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Winter Solstice * * * * * * * * *

PART TWO: OVERVIEW of the LAST TWELVE MAJOR ARCANA and the ARCHANGELS

From our work with The Twelve Archangels and the 144 Solar Angels, we can assign the 12 Archangels as follows:

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[Myrrhael; World Planet] CANCER (“Moon”) * (Sun) LEO [Michael; World Constellation]

[Eremiel; World Name] GEMINI (Mercury) * (South Node) VIRGO [Iofael; World Song]

[Raphael; World Tower] TAURUS (North Node) * (Venus) LIBRA [Anachiel; World Throne]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto: Monad) Mid-Fall Equinox

[Zadochiel; World Dragon] ARIES ( Mars ) * (Neptune) SCORPIO [Aurael; World Phoenix]

[Shaishunael; World Tree] PISCES (Uranus) * (Bacchus) SAGITTARIUS [Uriel; World Flower]

[Gabriel; World Grail] AQUARIUS (Jupiter) * (Saturn) CAPRICORN [Rebekael; World Stone]

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Winter Solstice * * * * * * * * *

We can overlay the last nine or twelve Major Arcana of the traditional Tarot in a very simple clockwise circle of the year, beginning at bottom left with (13) in Aquarius:

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[(18) Moon] CANCER (“Moon”) * (Sun) LEO [(19) Sun]

[(17) Star] GEMINI (Mercury) * (South Node) VIRGO [(20) Judgement]

[(16) Tower] TAURUS (North Node) * (Venus) LIBRA [(21) World]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto) Mid-Fall Equinox

[(15) Devil] ARIES ( Mars ) * (Neptune) SCORPIO [(22) None or Phoenix]

[(14) Temperance] PISCES (Uranus) * (Bacchus) SAGITTARIUS [(23) None or World Bloom]

[(13) Death] AQUARIUS (Jupiter) * (Saturn) CAPRICORN [(24) None or World Stone]

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Winter Solstice * * * * * * * * *

These last nine or twelve traditional Major Arcana correspond to the Realms of the Buddhic Archangels, as follows:

* * * * * * * * * Mid-Summer Solstice * * * * * * * * *

[(18) Moon = PLANET] (Cancer) * (Leo) [(19) Sun = CONSTELLATION]

[(17) Star = NAME] (Gemini) * (Virgo) [(20) Judgement = SONG]

[(16) Tower = TOWER] (Taurus) * (Libra) [(21) World = THRONE]

Mid-Spring Equinox (Earth & Pluto: (0) FOOL) Mid-Fall Equinox

[(15) Devil = DRAGON] (Aries) * (Scorpio) [(22) [None] = PHOENIX]

[(14) Temperance = TREE] (Pisces) * (Bacchus) [(23) [None] = FLOWER]

[(13) Death = GRAIL] (Aquarius) * (Saturn) [(24) [None] = STONE]

PART THREE: THE MAJOR ARCANA in the RORIAN ORDER

(0/13:1) THE YELLOW CREATOR (Arcanum 8: STRENGTH)

The Yellow Creator’s hair is a fiery corona; he touches the third finger of his right hand to his right eye, which is weeping. His left hand holds his Solar Spear Boaz upright. Golden bees adorn his cloak, and a crowned Lion stands at his feet. At his middle is the roundel of his Archangel Michael (1:0) and the Solar Pitris (1:13) who oversee the World Constellation; it contains thirteen stars in the pattern of the Vector Equilibrium Matrix, like the U.S. Great Seal. Around the Creator on a tressure rayonne, hatched roundley, are the Solar Angel roundels of the Creator’s Attributes, the twelve Minor Arcana which share his subray (1): Above his head is his Constellation, Leo (1:1), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right (his left) by the Lydian Song (11:1), the Fiery Crown (3:1), the Cock (9:1), the St. John’s Wort (5:1), and the Topaz (7:1). Beneath his feet is the Gold Ring (6:1). Ascending on the card’s left (his right) are the Holyoke (8:1), the Lion (4:1), the Golden Spear (10:1), the Solar Mantra (2:1), and the crescent-atop-cross Solar Planetary Sigil (12:1).

The Yellow Imaginer or Creator is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Apollo, Abel, Bael, Beli, Baldr, Liber, Brahma, and Abraham, as well as St. Mark, St. Batholomew, St. Barbara, and the Theosophical Masters of the Third Ray, or Yellow Ray of Active Intelligence. This card refers primarily to the Yellow Creator, but also secondarily to his month of Late-Summer or Starmonth, ca. June 22 – July 22. and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the Rebirth of the Creator’s daughter, the Indigo Mason, immediately following Mid-Summer Solstice (ca. June 22-24), and her Epiphany at Summer-Wane a fortnight later (ca. July 7-9). The Birth and Epiphany of the Mason show us that just at the height of Mid-Summer, we begin our waning descent towards the dark of Mid-Winter, and the strongest light casts the deepest shadow. It is in the House of the Indigo Mason that the Solar Creator’s “lower-self” is slain by his son the Violet Smith at Winter-Start (ca. November 23-25), and descends a fortnight later, at Early Winter (ca. December 8-10). The card thus not only represents the Creator’s influence of sunny creativity, imagination, and seership, but also hints at the opportunity for surrendering the Solar imbalance of “lower-self” excessive pride into the Smith’s humility and responsibility. However, since this is the Creator’s card, and the Creator reborn as the Smith’s son eventually slays the Smith’s “lower-self” in turn, we may say that here any “lower-self” weighty guilt of the Smith is “lightened up” and immolated by the Creator’s blazing self-confidence, solar fortitude, and imagination.

(0/13:2) THE ORANGE MAGE (Arcanum 6: LOVERS)

The Orange Mage wears the winged hat of Hermes; he touches his left hand to his mouth and his little finger to his left ear. Crooked in his right arm is a large wand with spiralled serpents or ribbons. His right hand holds his collar, which appears to be a noose, reminding us of his manner of death as a Hanged Man. His cloak is lined with ermine, and May’s Twins (Lovers) stand at his feet. At his middle is the roundel of his Archangel Eremiel (2:0) and the Mercurial Elves (2:13) who vibrate the Name of the World. Around the Mage on a vairy tressure hatched paly-roundley are the Solar Angel roundels of the Mage’s Attributes, the twelve Minor Arcana which share his subray (2): Above his head is his Name, MAI (2:2), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right (his left) by the horned-orb-atop-cross Planetary Sigil of Mercury (12:2), the Constellation Gemini (1:2), the Ionian Song (11:2), the Persona-Mask (3:2), and the Marten or Swallow (9:2). Between his feet is the Jonquil or Narcissus (5:2). Ascending on the card’s left (his right) are the Fire Opal (7:2), the Quicksilver Ring (6:2), the Hawthorn (8:2), the Serpent (4:2), and the Caduceus Wand (10:2).

The Orange Mage is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Yama-Maya, Hermes, Varuna, Wodun, and Gwydion, as well as St. Simon (Magus), St. Hermia, and the Theosophical Masters of the Fifth Ray, or Orange Ray of True Science. This card refers primarily to the Orange Mage, but also secondarily to his month of May or Name-Month (ca. April 21 – May 21), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the Mage’s Accession upon the Death of the “lower-self” of his father, the Blue Planter, at Early-May (ca. April 29 – May 1), and the Mage’s Coronation upon his father’s “lower-self” Ascension a fortnight later at Late-May (ca. May 14-16). The large ornate wand on this card is not only the Mage’s caduceus; it is also the Blue Planter’s phallic maypole raised at those High Feast celebrations. The card thus not only represents the influence of the Mage’s poetry, magic, truth-speaking, and right naming, but also hints at the opportunity for the sublimation of the Planter’s “lower-self” excessive lust into the Mage’s poetic inspiration, or the efficacious use of such “lower-self” lust in Tantric Sex Magic.

(0/13:3) THE GREEN PRIEST (Arcanum 5: HIGH PRIEST)

The Green Priest wears clerical vestments and the triple-crowned Mitre or Mithra; he holds his hands over his breast: left palm in; right palm out, with thumbs interlocked. At his middle is the roundel of his Archangel Anael (3:0) and the Venereal Sylphs (3:13) who rule the Throne of the World. Around the Priest on a dove-tailed tressure hatched bendy are the Solar Angel roundels of Priest’s Attributes, the twelve Minor Arcana which share his subray (3): Above his head is his Gift or Dharma-Symbol, the Scales (3:3), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right (his left) by the Dove (9:3), the Trefoil or Shamrock (5:3), the Emerald (7:3), the Copper Ring (6:3), and the Apple (8:3). Between his feet is the Wolf or Wolf-Hound (4:3). Ascending on the card’s left (his right) are the Triple Brooch (10:3), the Name DhA (2:3), the orb-atop-cross Planetary Sigil of Venus (12:3), the Constellation Libra (1:3), and the Mixolydian Song (11:3).

The Green Priest is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Nuadha, Tyr, Zeus, Dharma, Mohammad, Umaill, and Savitri, as well as St. Jude (Iudha), St. Anne, and the Theosophical Masters of the Fourth Ray, or Green Ray of Harmony. This card refers primarily the Priest or Cleric, but also secondarily to his month of Early-Fall or Gift-Month (ca. August 24 – September 23), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the birth of the Cleric’s daughter, the Turquoise Fowler, at New Fall (ca. August 24-26), and her Epiphany a fortnight later at Early-Fall or Fall-Wax (ca. September 8-10). It is in the House of the Fowler that the “lower-self” of the Priest is slain by his son the Hunter; the card thus evokes not only the Priest’s compassion, balance, harmony, divine drama, and right action, but also hints of the opportunity for surrendering the Priest’s “lower-self” excessive envy and martyrdom into the zeal and strength of the Hunter. However, this is the Priest’s card, and because the Priest takes rebirth as the Hunter’s son and slays his “lower-self” in turn, we may say here that any excessive “lower-self” rage and anger of the Hunter is transmuted and cooled by the compassion and love of the Priest.

(0/13:4) THE RED HUNTER (Arcanum 4: EMPEROR)

The Red Hunter is clad in lion-skins and wears the stag’s antlers on his Horned Crown; he wears goat-footed greaves on his shins and an ancient sword at his side. He holds his left palm over his spleen, and is seated on a tiger’s skin with his legs arranged in a figure-4. At his middle is the roundel of his Archangel Zadochiel or Azazael (4:0) and the Martial Salamanders (4:13) who animate The Dragon of the World. Around the Hunter on a dancetty tressure hatched paly are the Solar Angel roundels of the Hunter’s Attributes, the twelve Minor Arcana which share his subray (4): Above his head is his Beast, the Red Ram (4:4), followed in clockwise order down his left by the Horned Altar (10:4), the Name ZO (2:4), the cross-atop-orb Planetary Sigil of Mars (12:4), the Constellation Aries (1:4), and the Dorian Song (11:4). At his feet is the Fiery Sword (3:4). Ascending on his right are the Falcon (9:4), the Quatrefoil (5:4), the Ruby (7:4), the Iron Ring (6:4), and the Alder or Red Oak (8:4).

The Red Hunter (also known as the Red Warrior and the Red Herdsman, Lord of the Animals) is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Mavors or Mars, Rudra, Ruad, Ziu, Zoruan, Wynn, Gwynn, Vaino, Fionn, Faunus, Pan, Adon, David, Dagda, Deor, Ares, Arya, Arawn, and Herne, as well as St. Judas the Zealot and St. Zoe, and the Theosophical Masters of the First Ray, or Red Ray of Will. This card refers primarily to the Red Hunter, but also secondarily to his month of Early-Spring or Beast-Month (ca. February 20 – March 21), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating New-Spring (ca. February 20-22), when the Hunter’s spouse, Turquoise Fowler, gives birth to the Rosy Abbess, and her Epiphany a fortnight later at Early-Spring (ca. March 7-9). It is in the House of the Rosy Abbess that the Red Hunter’s “lower-self” is slain by the Green Priest during Mid-Spring Equinox. The card thus not only represents the Hunter’s influence of martial zeal, vigor, strength and fortitude, but also hints at the opportunity for surrendering the Hunter’s power-based anger into the Priest’s love-based compassion. However, this is the Hunter’s card, and because the Hunter is reborn as the Priest’s son and slays the “lower-self” of the Priest in turn at Mid-Fall Equinox, we may say that here any inappropriate “lower-self” envy and martyrdom of the Priest is warmed and melted by the zeal and fiery will of the Hunter.

(0/13:5) THE BLUE PLANTER (Arcanum 11: JUSTICE)

The Blue Planter wears a kilt of leaves and flowers, a blue mantle with collar of thistle and rue, and the five-spiked Flowery Crown, adorned with five lapis lazulis and tipped alternately in fleur-de-lys and broom-blssoms. His right forefinger points to a Blue Garter at his right knee; on his left knee he rests the upright thunderbolt. At his middle is the roundel of his Archangel Uriel (5:0) and the Dionysian Centaurs (5:13) who tend the Blossom of the World. Kneeling at his feet are a woman and a man with a noose around his neck. Around the Planter on a raguly tressure hatched barry are the Solar Angel roundels of the Planter’s Attributes, the twelve Minor Arcana which share his subray (5): Above his head is his Flower, the Blue Flax (5:5), followed in clockwise order down his left by the Lapis Lazuli or Blue Topaz (7:5), the Tin Ring (6:5), the Blue Oak or Horse-Chestnut (8:5), the Horse (4:5), and the wajur Thunderbolt (10:5). At his feet is the Name JU (2:5) Ascending on his right are the cross-atop-horned-orb Planetary Sigil of the Asteroids (12:5), the Constellation Sagittarius (1:5), the Aeolian Song (11:5), the Fire-drill, Bow, and Pestle (3:5), and the Eagle or Woodpecker (9:5).

The Blue Planter is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Perun, Parjanya, Zhur or Thur, Taran Thunderer, Hu, Indra, Dionysos, and Amaethon, as well as St. Andrew and St. Julia, and the Theosophical Masters of the Second Ray, or Blue Ray of Love-Wisdom and Generosity. This card refers primarily to the Blue Planter, but also secondarily to his month of Hallows or Seed-Month (ca. October 24 – November 22), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the Planter’s accession upon the death-by-hanging of the “lower-self” of his father the Orange Mage at Early-Hallows or Hallows-Wax (ca. October 31 – November 2), and the Planter’s Coronation upon the Descent of his father’s “lower-self” at Late-Hallows or Hallows-Wane a fortnight later (ca. November 15-17). The card not only symbolizes the Planter’s lusty strength, generosity, insemination, and electric inspiration, but also provides an opportunity to correct any “lower-self” excess of satire, sarcasm, mis-naming and disempowering Black Magic by the Mage.

(0/13:6) THE VIOLET SMITH (Arcanum 9: HERMIT)

The Violet Smith wears a cloak, leg armor, hexagonal chain mail, and the Phrygian-capped Grail Crown of six spikes. He holds his bare left foot crossed over his right knee; his left middle finger prominently displays a ring. He is seated on an anvil bearing the rune ING which in turn stands upon a mill-wheel. He rests upon a scythe at his left; over his right shoulder is the crescent of the New Moon. At his middle is the roundel of his Archangel Gabriel (6:0) and the Jovial Dwarves (6:13) who administer the World Metal, the Grail of the World. Around the Smith on an engrailed tressure hatched bendy-sinister are the Solar Angel roundels of the Smith’s Attributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share his subray (6): Above his head is his Metal, the Violet Lead, in the shape of a plumb-bob, resembling the traditional Hermit’s Lantern (6:6), followed in clockwise order down his left by the Grey Birch (8:6), the Elephant (4:6), the Violet Mace (10:6), the Name GW (2:6), and the cross-atop-decrescent Planetary Sigil of Jupiter (12:6). At his feet is the Constellation of Aquarius (1:6). Ascending on his right are the Phrygian Song (11:6), the Anvil (3:6), the Pelican (9:6), the African Violet (5:6), and the Amethyst (7:6).

The Violet Smith or Alchemist is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Lugh, Ing, Yang, Chango, Ianus or Janus, Gaia, Geb, Gu, Ge, Gog, Gough, Bhaga, Goibniu, Gofannon, and Hephaestos, as well as St. Iago or St. James, St. Luke, St. George, and St. Gaia, and the Theosophical Masters of the so-called “Seventh” Ray (corrected to Sixth Ray in Gnostic Magical Patterns in the Theosophical Rays: Notes on their Numbering, with some Corrections and Additions), or Violet Ray of Alchemy and Ceremonial Magic. This card refers primarily to the Violet Smith, but also secondarily to his month of Late-Winter or Metal-Month (ca. December 22 – January 21), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating Mid-Winter Solstice (ca. December 23-24), when the Smith’s spouse, Indigo Mason, gives birth to the Lunar Sage, and to the Sage’s Epiphany a fortnight later at Late-Winter or Winter-Wane (ca. January 6-8). It is in the House of the Sage that the “lower-self” of the Smith is slain by his son the Yellow Creator, at New Summer (ca. May 22-24) and ascends at Early-Summer or Summer-Wax (ca. June 7-9). The card thus not only represents the Smith’s influence of jovial prudence, alchemical transmutation, craftsmanship, acquisition, amalgamation, and responsibility, but also hints at the opportunity for surrendering the Smith’s “lower-self” excess and destructive guilt into the Creator’s single-pointed imagination. But this is the Smith’s card, and as the Smith is reborn as the Creator’s son to slay the “lower-self” of the Creator in turn, we may say that here any excessive solipsism and pride of the “lower-self” Creator is transmuted and corrected by the responsibility and alchemical powers of the Smith.

(0/13:7) THE BLUE-VIOLET MASON (Arcanum 10: WHEEL of FORTUNE)

The Indigo Mason wears an apron of snakes, a necklace of skulls, and the Crystal Crown of seven stones. She holds her right foot crossed over her left knee; a ring flashes prominently from her left middle finger. She is seated on a throne of mill-stones, and rests upon a scythe at her right. Over her left shoulder is the decrescent or Old Waning Moon. At her middle is the roundel of her Archangel Rwkael (7:0) and the Saturnine Gnomes (7:13) who sculpt the World Crystal, the Diamond of the World. Around the Mason on an invected tressure hatched barry-bendy-sinister are the Solar Angel roundels of Masons’s Attributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share her subray (7): Above her head is her Stone, the Indigo Sapphire (7:7), followed in clockwise order down her left by the Pewter or Zinc (6:7), the Elder tree (8:7), the Goat (4:7), the Coffer (10:7), and the Name KW (2:7). Between her feet is the cross-atop-crescent Planetary Sigil of Saturn (12:7). Ascending on her right are the Constellation Capricorn (1:7), the Hypoaeolian Song (11:7), the Compass and Square (3:7), the Raven or Crow (9:7), and the Chicory or Columbine (5:7).

The Indigo Mason is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Kali, Cailleach, Coatlicue, Cybele, Kiva, Kubera, Hecate, Tvastri, Athena (as Potter, Sculptor, and Mason), Visvakarma, Krittika, Nike, Loki, as well as St. Peter (Cephas), St. Nicholas, and St. Rebecca, and the Theosophical Masters of the so-called “Sixth” Ray (corrected to Seventh Ray in Gnostic Magical Patterns in the Theosophical Rays: Notes on their Numbering, with some Corrections and Additions), or Indigo Ray of True Religion (as evidenced in the celestial architecture of the Templars and Freemasons). This card refers primarily to the Indigo Mason, but also secondarily to her month of Early-Winter or or Crystal-Month (ca. November 23 – December 21), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the Accession of the Mason upon the death of the “lower-self” of her mother the Lunar Sage, at Early-Winter or Winter-Wax (ca. December 5-7), and the coronation of the Mason upon the Descent of her mother the Sage’s “lower-self,” at Mid-Winter (ca. December 20-21). It is in the House of the Sage that the Mason’s “lower-self” dies, at Early-Summer (ca. June 4-6), and ascends, at Mid-Summer (ca. June 20-21). The card therefore evokes not only the Mason’s influence of freemasonry, architecture, sculpting, polishing, editing, critiquing, trickery and humor, but also hints at the opportunity for surrendering the Mason’s “lower-self” criticism and rebellion into the Sage’s all-embracing wisdom. But this is the card of the Mason, and since the Mason slays the “lower-self” of the Sage here, we may say that here any “lower-self” lunacy, elitism or overly abstract lifelessness in the Sage is tickled by the Mason’s quirky humor, wise trickery and sharply earthy critiques.

(0/13:8) THE VIOLET-RED FORESTER (Arcanum 12: HANGED MAN)

The Magenta Forester wears an ornate cloak of Celtic knotwork and clasped with a Vesica Piscis, and a dagged dress embroidered with leaves and hemmed in Celtic knotwork. She wears the Leafy Crown, adorned with eight garnets and its eight spikes tipped alternately in Oak and Holly. On her left knee is the Magenta Garter. She prominently displays her index fingers as in her lap she holds an infant Mage (the traditional Hanged Man) upside-down by his feet; the infant has a cord wrapped around his neck, across his torso and around his right leg. At her middle is the roundel of her Archangel Shaishunael (8:0) and the Uranian Undines (8:13) who tend the World Tree. Around the Forester on a tressure undy hatched paly-bendy-sinister are the Solar Angel roundels of the Forester’s Atributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share her subray (8): Above her head is her Tree, the Rowan or Ash (8:8), followed in clockwise order down her left by the Fish or Dolphin (4:8), the Chalice (10:8), the Name SHU (2:8), the H-cross-atop-circle Planetary Sigil of Uranus (12:8), and the Constellation Pisces (1:8). Between her feet is the Hyperdorian Song (11:8). Ascending on her right are the Axe (3:8), the Stormy Petrel (9:8), the Octafoil or Wisteria (5:8), the Garnet (7:8), and the Aluminum or Uranium Ring (6:8).

The Magenta Forester is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Nereus, Nerthus, Nephthys, Neter, Nature, Mitra, Ourania, Sheshennu, Shenu, Shoney, Vishnu, Lakshmi, Shawwat, Shiva, Hawwa, Hera, Yashai or Jesse, Shulia, and Sulevia, as well as St. Ioshenu (John) and St. Sylvia, and the Theosophical Masters of the Eleventh Ray, or Magenta Ray of Communal Magnetism. This card refers primarily to the Forester, but also secondarily to her month of Imbolc or Oiwolch or Tree-Month (ca. January 22 – February 19), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating Oiwolch-Start (ca. January 24-26), when the Forester gives birth to the Orange Mage, and Mid-Oiwolch a fortnight later (ca. February 5-7), at the Mage’s Epiphany. It is in the House of the Mage that the Forester’s “lower-self” meets her end in May-Month, when she is slain by her daughter the Yellow-Green Enchanter. The card thus not only represents the Forester’s influence of adaptability, fluidity, openness, temperance, generosity, and forgiveness, but also hints at the opportunity for surrendering the Forester’s “lower-self” confusion and victimization into the Enchanter’s innocence, music and magical memory. However, this is the Forester’s card, and as the Forester is reborn as the Enchanter’s daughter and slays the “lower-self” of the Enchanter in turn, we may say here that any “lower-self” inappropriate and falsely-innocent denial in the Enchanter is dissolved by the Forester’s communion, forgiveness, and magnetic associations.

(0/13:9) THE GREEN-BLUE FOWLER (Arcanum 3: EMPRESS)

The Turquoise Fowler wears a feathered cloak over a robe embroidered with a Labyrinth of nine circuits on her pregnant belly. She wears the Plumed Crown, adorned with nine aquamarines and tipped with nine Ostrich plumes. A turquoise bat hangs from her necklace of nine blue-green tourmalines. She holds her right palm over her liver; at her middle is the roundel of her Archangel Aurael (9:0) and the Neptunian Genii (9:13) who animate The World Phoenix. Around the Fowler on a tressure potenty hatched bendy-barry are the Solar Angel roundels of the Fowler’s Attributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share her subray (9): Above her head is her Bird, the Egyptian Vulture (9:9), followed in clockwise order down her left by the Lotus (5:9), the Aquamarine (7:9), the Bronze Ring (6:9), the Vine (8:9), and the Bear (4:9). Between her feet is her Treasure, the Turquoise Vessel (10:9). Ascending on her right are her Name SO (2:9), the faceup-E-atop-circle Planetary Sigil of Neptune (12:9), the Constellation Scorpio (1:9), the Hypomixolydian Song (11:9), and the Knotted Cord of Nine Bells (3:9).

The Turquoise Fowler is the Archetypal Energy behind (among others) Leto, Lata, Lilith, Clidna, Artemis (as Huntress), Vivasvat, Sarasvati, Naos, Ausa, Avis, Vesta, Hestia, Iuno, Una, Nuala, Rhiannon, Nantosuelta, and Taus, as well as St. Thomas, St. Anthony, and St. Sarah, and the Theosophical Masters of the Twelfth Ray, or Turquoise Ray of Soul Regeneration. This card refers primarily to the Fowler, but also secondarily to her month of Late-Fall or Bird-Month (ca. September 24 – October 23), and more particularly to the High Feasts acknowledging the last days of Mid-Fall Equinox Week (ca. September 26-28), when the Fowler celebrates her Accession, and a fortnight afterwards at Late-Fall (ca. October 11-13), when the Fowler is crowned. Over this period the “lower-self” of her mother, the Red-Orange Abbess, dies and descends into the Underworld. This card therefore symbolizes not solely the Fowler’s traits of seeking, gestation, and flight, but also depicts the surrendering of the Abbess’s ‘Lower-self” greed and jealousy into the Fowler’s soul-searching and self-fulfillment.

(0/13:10) THE RED-ORANGE ABBESS (Arcanum 2: HIGH PRIESTESS)

The Red-Orange Abbess or Diviner wears clerical robes and the Mural Crown with ten windows and ten battlements. On her lap is the TARO-TORA scroll with the Chancellor’s pentacle sigil. She holds her hands to her heart, which is framed by her prominent thumbs. At her middle is the roundel of her Archangel Rathael or Raphael (10:0) and the Persephonic Manes who inhabit The World Tower. Around the Rosy Diviner on an embattled tressure hatched paly-roundley-paly are the Solar Angel roundels of the Abbess’s Attributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share her subray (10): Above her head is her Treasure, the Chequered Board (10:10), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right (her left) by the Name THA (2:10), the circle-atop-facedown-E Planetary Sigil of Persephone (12:10), the Constellation Taurus (1:10), the Hypoionian Song (11:10), and the Mantle (3:10). Between her feet is the Crane (9:10). Ascending on the card’s left (her right) are the Rose (5:10), the Carnelian (7:10), the Antimony Ring (6:10), the Willow (8:10), and the Bull (4:10).

The Rosy Abbess is the Archetypal Energy beind Eithne, Athena (as Tower-guardian), Tara, Taurh, Torah, Aphrodite, Astarte, Inanna, Anna, Danu, and Amsa, as well as St. Matthew, St. Martha and St. Mary Magdalen, and the Theosophical Masters of the Rosy-Pink Ninth Ray of Devotion. This card refers primarily to the Abbess, but also secondarily to her month of Late-Spring or Treasure-Month (ca. March 22 – April 20), and more specifically to the High Feasts marking the last days of Mid-Spring Equinox (ca. March 24-26), when the Abbess celebrates her accession, and a fortnight later at Late-Spring (ca. April 8-10), when the Abbess is crowned. At the same time, the “lower-self” of her mother, the Turquoise Fowler, dies and ascends into the Overworld. The card thus not only represents the Abbess’s influence of devotion, love, acceptance, perfection, and intuition, but also provides an opportunity for surrendering the Fowler’s “lower-self” obsessive seeking and flight, and transforming Fear into the Abbess’s Love and devotion.

(0/13:11) THE YELLOW-GREEN ENCHANTER (Arcanum 1: MAGICIAN)

The Yellow-Green Enchanter wears diaphonous robes, pendant earrings, and the Lyre Crown; around her neck is the Fialh necklace of eleven points. She holds her right hand to her mouth with the little finger to her right ear. In her left hand is a wand, which she has transformed into a loaf of bread: the staff of life. She sits at a table with the magical dagger or athame, the double pentacle, and the chalice, and a plate of fruit; in front of the table is a lute and a cornucopia. At her middle is the roundel of her Archangel Iofael (11:0) and the Isian Fairies or Elves (11:13) who embody the World Song. Around the Enchantress on a firry tressure hatched roundley-bendy are the Solar Angel roundels of the Enchanter’s Attributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share her subray (11): Above her head is her Hypolydian Song (11:11), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right (her left) by the Harp and Horn (3:11), the Swan (9:11), the Artemisia Absinthe (5:11), the Peridot or Jade (7:11), and the Platinum or Copper-Gold Ring (6:11). At her feet is the Hazel Tree (8:11). Ascending on the card’s left (her right) are the Stag (4:11), the Torque (10:11), the Name FE (2:11), the circle-atop-H-cross Planetary Sigil of Isis (12:11), and the Constellation Virgo (1:11).

The Chartreuse Enchanter is the Archetypal energy behind (among others) Io, Melia, Demeter, Flidhais, Freya, Shakra, and Brigit, as well as St. Alphaeus and St, Meriamh (Mary) the Virgin, and the Theosophical Masters of the Green-Gold Eighth Ray of Enchantment. This card refers primarily to the Enchanter, but also secondarily to her month of Lammas or Song-Month (ca.July 23 – August 23), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the rebirth of the Enchanter’s son, the Blue Planter, at New-Lammas (ca. July 23-25), and to his Epiphany a fortnight later at Mid-Lammas (ca. August 8-10). It is in the House of the Planter that the Enchanter’s “lower-self” meets her end, in Hallows-month, when she is slain by her daughter, the Violet-Red Forester. The card thus not only represents the Enchanter’s influence of innocence, enchantment, music, and memory, but also hints at the chance of surrendering the Enchanter’s denial into the Forester’s communion and forgiveness. However, this is the Enchanter’s card, and as the Enchanter is reborn as the Forester’s daughter and slays the Forester’s “lower-self” in turn, here we may say that any inappropriate “lower-self” confusion and victimization in the Forester melts into the Enchanter’s musical innocence.

(0/13:12) THE ORANGE-YELLOW SAGE (Arcanum 7: CHARIOT)

The Orange-Yellow Sage wears a cape with two lunettes on the shoulders and fastened with a fleur-de-lys; she wears the Lunar Crown and touches the third finger of her left hand to her left eye, which is weeping. In her right hand she holds the Iachin column upright. She drives a chariot with silver wheels, drawn by two unicorns. At her middle is the roundel of her Archangel Myrrhael (12:0) and the Lunar Phaeris or Piris (12:13) who inhabit the World Planet. Around the Sage on a tressure nebuly hatched roundley-paly-roundley are the Solar Angel roundels of the Sage’s Attributes, those twelve Minor Arcana which share her subray (12): Above her head is the decrescent-atop-cross Planetary Sigil of the Moon (12:12), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right (her left) side by the Constellation Cancer (1:12), the Hypolocrian Song (11:12), the Lunar Lamp (3:12), the Owl (9:12), and the Fleur-de-Lys (5:12). At her feet is the Amber or Pearl (7:12). Ascending on the card’s left (her right) are the Silver Ring (6:12), the Live Oak and Spanish Moss (8:12), the Unicorn (4:12), the Soma-Flask (10:12), and the Name PI or PHI (2:12).

The Amber Sage is the Archteypal energy behind (among others) Lyr, Pralaya, Pwll, Pallas, Arianrhod, Luna, Selena, Soma, Daksa, and Artemis (as Goddess of the Moon), as well as St. Phillip and St. Helene, and the Theosophical Masters of the Tenth Ray, the Golden-Orange Ray of Bodily Wisdom. The card refers primarily to the Sage, but also secondarily to her month of Early-Summer or Planet-Month (ca. May 22 – June 22), and more specifically to the High Feasts celebrating the accession of the Lunar Sage at New Summer (ca. June 4-6), and her coronation a fortnight later at Mid-Summer (ca. June 20-22). At the same time the “lower-self” of the Sage’s mother, the Indigo Mason, dies and ascends into the Overworld. The card thus not only represents the Sage’s influence of wisdom and observation, but also hints at the surrender of the Mason’s “lower-self” excessive rebelliousness and trickery into the dispassionate observation of the Sage.

(1:0/13) THE WORLD CONSTELLATION (Arcanum 19: SUN)

On a yellow background a Sun appears in Splendor with his right eye weeping; above is the Solar Seraph Michael pr Michiel and below is a Griffin ridden by two children. Bordering the card is a tressure rayonne hatched roundley, with Solar Angel roundels of the twelve Constellations, those Minor Arcana which share the World Constellation’s Mainray (1): Top center is the Constellation of Leo (1:1), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right side by the constellations for Virgo (1:11), Libra (1:3), Scorpio (1:9), Sagittarius (1:5), and Capricorn (1:7). At bottom center is the Constellation Aquarius (1:6). Up the card’s left side are the constellations for Pisces (1:8), Aries (1:4), Taurus (1:10), Gemini (1:2), and Cancer (1:12).

The Solar Seraph of the World Constellation rules the South-Southwest and the Cathedral of the South Pacific (centered on Malden or Starbuck Island), and Star-Month or Late-Summer (ca. June 22 – July 22; the month following Mid-Summer Solstice). This card refers especially to the High Feast at the end of Mid-Summer Week (ca. June 24-26), celebrating the Accession of the Yellow Creator, when his father the Violet Smith is reborn as the Creator’s son, and to the High Feast a fortnight later celebrating both the Creator’s Coronation and his son the Smith’s Epiphany at True Lughnasad, Late-Summer or Summer-Wane (ca. July 9-11). The card thus hints at the birth of Imaginative Creator’s opposite: the Smith or “dark sun” with his emphasis on responsibility, feed-back and group-dynamics. But this card is the natural Home of the Yellow Creator, the Star-Seer, and by celebrating his Accession and Coronation here, the card primarily represents an environment supporting the strongly individualistic qualities of Seership, Creativity, and Imagination.

(2:0/13) THE WORLD NAME (Arcanum 17: STAR)

On an orange background the Mercurial Cherub Eremiel forms with twin breaths a circular Cloud enclosing a Dodecagon or twelve-pointed Star. Within the star is a circle enclosing the YHWH, with Y above, W below, and H to left and right. At the twelve points of the Star are the letters I, E, A, O, U, UU, UU, U, O, A, E, I. Below the Cloud, a Well or Pool contains an Elvish woman who pours two vials of liquid into the pool. Bordering the card is a tressure vairy hatched paly-roundley, with Solar Angel roundels of the twelve Mantric Names, those Minor Arcana which share the World Name’s Mainray (2): Top center is the Name of VE (2:2), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right side by the names PI (2:12), BI (2:1), FE (2:11), DhA (2:3), and SO (2:9). At bottom center is
the name JU (2:5). Up the card’s left side are the names KW (2:7), GW (2:6), SHU (2:8), ZO (2:4), and THA (2:10).

The Mercurial Cherub of the Name of the World rules the Southeast and the Cathedral of Great Britain, and Name-Month or May-Month (ca. April 21 – May 21); this card refers especially to the High Feast of Name-Month’s first days: May-Start or New-May (ca. April 21-23), when the “lower-self” of the Mage’s mother the Magenta Forester is slain, and to the High Feast of the Forester’s Ascent a fortnight later at Mid-May (ca. May 6-8). The card thus hints at the release or “slaying” of the Forester’s “lower-self” qualities of victimization and confusion. But this card is the natural Home of the Orange Mage, the True-Rhymer and True-Namer, and by celebrating his Accession and Coronation here, the card primarily depicts an environment supporting the Mage’s qualities of Vibration, Naming, Poetry, and Magic or Subtle Science.

(3:0/13) THE WORLD THRONE (Arcanum 21: WORLD)

On a green background a Cathedral Seat stands flanked by two winged Scarabs or Cherubs; above is the Throne Archangel Anael or Aniel and below are the Venereal Sylphs. The card is bordered with a dovetailed tressure hatched bendy, with Solar Angel roundels of the twelve Dharma-Gifts, those Minor Arcana which share the World Throne’s Mainray (3): Top center is the pair of Scales (3:3), followed in clockwise order down the card’s right side by the Belled Cord of Nine Knots (3:9), the Fire-drill, Bow, and Pestle (3:5), the Trowel, Square and Compass (3:7), the Hammer, Tongues and Anvil (3:6), and the Laybyris-Axe, Trident, and Broom (3:8). At bottom center is the Sword (3:4). Up the card’s left side are the Mantle (3:10), the Persona-Mirror (3:2), the Soma-Lamp (3:12), the Fiery Crown (3:1), and the Harp and Horn (3:11).

The Venerable Throne Archangel of the World Throne rules the West-Southwest and the Cathedral of Kashmir, and Early-Fall or Gift-Month (ca. August 24 – September 23). This card refers especially to Gift-Month’s High Feasts of Early-Fall or Fall-Wax (ca. September 5-7), marking the Accession of the Green Priest when his father the Red Hunter is reborn as the Priest’s own son, and of Mid-Fall a fortnight later (ca. September 21-23), celebrating the Coronation of the Green Priest and the Epiphany of his son the Red Hunter. The card thus hints at the birth of the Hunter’s qualities of zeal, willpower, ardor, and fortitude. But this card is the true Home of the Green Priest, and by celebrating his Accession and Coronation here, the card primarily symbolizes an environment supporting the Priest’s qualities of Compassion, Divine Drama, Giving, Love, Balance, Harmony, and Right Action.

(4:0/13) THE WORLD BEAST (DRAGON) (Arcanum 15: DEVIL)

On a red background the Dominion Archangel Zadochiel brandishes a flaming sword while riding the World Dragon contourne passant, with barbed tail wrapping around a crowned Martial Salamander in flames reguardant with tail nowed around its hind leg. Bordering the card is a tressure dancetty hatched paly, with Solar Angel roundels of the twelve Animals, those Minor Arcana which share the World Beast’s Mainray (4): Top center is the Ram (4:4), and running down the card’s right side are the Bull (4:10), the Snake (4:2), the Unicorn (4:12), the Lion (4:1), and the Stag (4:11). At bottom center is the three-headed Dog (4:3). Running up the card’s left side are the Bear (4:9), the Horse (4:5), the Goat (4:7), the Elephant (4:6), and the Dolphin (4:8).

The Martial Dominion of the World Beast rules the East-Northeast and the Cathedral of Easter Island, and Early-Spring or Beast-Month (ca. February 20 – March 21). This card refers especially to Beast-Month’s High Feasts of Early Spring (ca. March 4-6), marking the Accession of the Red Hunter when his father the Green Priest is reborn as the Hunter’s own son, and of Mid-Spring a fortnight later (ca. March 19-21), celebrating the Coronation of the Red Hunter and the Epiphany of his son the Green Priest. The card thus hints at the birth of the Priest’s traits of compassion, love, balance, harmony, and right action. But this card is the natural home of the Red Hunter, and by celebrating his Accession and Coronation here, the card mainly depicts an environment supporting the Hunter’s qualities of Will, Zeal, Ardor, Power, and Fortitude.

(5:0/13) THE WORLD FLOWER (Arcanum 23: NONE)

On a blue background the Virtue Archangel Uriel oversees the World Blossom: a white cinquefoil slipped and barbed black, with roots framing a Dionysian Centaur. Bordering the card is a tressure raguly hatched barry, with the Solar Angel roundels of the twelve Flowers, those Minor Arcana which share the World Bloom’s Mainray (5): Top center is the Flax (5:5), and running down the card’s right side are the Columbine (5:7), the Violet (5:6), the Thistle or Wisteria (5:8), the Nasturtium or Blood Rose (5:4), and the Pink Rose (5:10). At bottom center is the Asphodel or Daffodil (5:2). Running up the card’s left side are the Iris or Fleur-de-Lys (5:12), the Sunflower (5:1), the Rue or Artemisia (5:11), the Shamrock or Trefoil (5:3), and the Lotus (5:9).

The Dionysian Virtue of the World Flower rules the Northwest and the Cathedral of New Zealand, and Hallows-Month or Seed-Month (ca. October 24 – November 22). This card refers especially to the High Feast of Seed-Month’s first days: New-Hallows or Hallows-Start (ca. October 24-26), when the “lower-self” of the the Planter’s mother the Yellow-Green Enchanter is slain, and to the High Feast of the Enchanter’s Descent at Mid-Hallows a fortnight later (ca. November 8-10). The card therefore hints at the release or “slaying” of the Enchanter’s “lower-self” qualities of denial and false innocence. But the card is the natural home of the Blue Planter, and by celebrating his Accession and Coronation, this card primarily depicts an environment supporting the Planter’s qualities of Mercantile Generosity, Physical Inspiration, Astral Insemination, and Electric Life-Force.

(6:0/13) THE WORLD METAL (GRAIL) (Arcanum 13: DEATH)

On a violet background the Archangel Gabriel blows his horn atop the World Grail: A hexagram of six interlocking honeycombs around a central sun atop the Violet Rod of the Ostiarius. which spirals down through the alchemical workshop of a Jovial Dwarf who smites an ingot on his anvil. The laboratory also boasts a bellows, a pelican retort, and a human skull. The card’s border is an engrailed tressure hatched bendy sinister, with the Solar Angel roundels of the twelve Metals, those Minor Arcana which share the World Grail’s Mainray (6): Top center is the Ring of Lead (6:6), and running down the card’s right side are the Rings of Uranium (6:8), Iron (6:4), Antimony (6:10), Mercury (6:2), and Silver (6:12). At bottom center is the Ring of Gold (6:1). Running up the card’s left side are the Rings of Platinum (6:11), Copper (6:3), Bronze (6:9), Tin (6:5), and Zinc or Pewter (6:7).

The Jovial Archangel of the World Grail rules the North-Northeast and the Cathedral of Zaire, and Metal-Month or Late-Winter (ca. December 22 – January 21). This card refers especially to the High Feast at the close of Mid-Winter Week (ca. December 24-26), marking the Accession of the Violet Smith when his father the Yellow Creator is reborn as the Smith’s own son, and to the High Feast of Late-Winter or Winterwane a fortnight later (ca. January 8-10), celebrating the Coronation of the Violet Smith and Epiphany of his son the Yellow Creator. The card thus hints at the birth of the Creator’s traits of imagination and seership, but as the card is the natural home of the Violet Smith and celebrates his Accession and Coronation, it mainly depicts an environment supporting the Smith’s qualities of Responsibility, Gravity, Amalgamation, and Alchemical Transmutation.

(7:0/13) THE WORLD STONE (DIAMOND) (Arcanum 24: NONE)

(To be Continued)

… The Saturnine Archangel Rwkael …

(8:0/13) THE WORLD TREE (Arcanum 14: TEMPERANCE)

… The Uranian Virtue Archangel Sheshunael …

(9:0/13) THE WORLD BIRD (PHOENIX) (Arcanum 22: NONE)

… The Neptunian Power Archangel Aurael …

(10:0/13) THE WORLD TREASURE-TO
WER (Arcanum 16: TOWER)

… The Proserpinian Tower Archangel Rathael …

(11:0/13) THE WORLD SONG (Arcanum 20: JUDGEMENT)

… The Isian Cherub Iofael …

(12:0/13) THE WORLD BODY (PLANET) (Arcanum 18: MOON)

… The Lunar Seraph Myrrhael …

Footnotes

169 13 squared; the number arrived at by using the twelve Planetary Rays and 0/13 as the unnumbered Absolute (Earth/Pluto). We may also establish a fuller deck of 196: 14 squared, using the twelve Planetary Rays and both 0 as male (Earth) and 13 as female (Pluto) Monads. In the expanded deck, we would have 4 Maxima Arcana (0:0, Yahu or Metatron; 0:13, Christos; 13:13, Wohe or Sandalphon; 13:0, Magdalen) and 48 Major Arcana (12 male and 12 female Atmic Demiurges; 12 male and 12 female Buddhic Angels) as well as the standard 144 Minor Arcana.

Bacchus : During the Interregnum (after the destruction of the planet whose remains are the asteroid belt, and before that planet’s restoration to the zodiac as Bacchus in the Rorian Tradition), Sagittarius belonged to Jupiter, who was considered the ruler of the gods: hence his associations with Justice.

Jupiter : During the Interregnum (after the destruction of the planet whose remains are the asteroid belt, and before that planet’s restoration to the zodiac as Bacchusin the Rorian Tradition), Aquarius belonged to Saturn, who was considered melancholy, hermit-like, and morbid.

Nine or twelve; Phoenix, World Bloom; World Stone: The Rorian Tarot has 24 numbered Major Arcana, not 21. These 24 Major Arcana of the Rorian tradition include the Phoenix (22), the World Bloom (23), and the World Diamond (24).