Mystical Keys to the Tree of Life

The Trees of Eternity

The Building of a Tree of Life

The Circles of the Tree of Life

The Tarot Major Arcana

The Cube of Space

The Ideal Numbers

The Planetary Paths

The 22 Letter Labels

The Color Codes

The Lightning Flash

The Star Structures

The Swirling Tree of Life

The Playing with Words

The Holy Grail

The DNA Structure

Zero-in to Zero-out

 

Astrology Charts and Reports

 

 

The Ten Actors and the 12 Acts of the Tree of Life

The 10 Actors

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The Fool The Magician The High Priestess The Empress The Emperor The Hierophant The Lover The Charioteer The Strength The Hermit
Sun Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Pluto Neptune

The 12 Acts

Cardinal


The Tower
Aries

The Moon
Cancer

The Scales
Libra

The Devil
Capricorn

Fixed


The Sun
Leo

Death
Scorpio

The Star
Aquarius

The Wheel
Taurus

Mutable


Temperence
Sagittarius

The Hanged Man
Pisces

Judgement
Gemini

The World
Virgo
 

FIRE

WATER

AIR

EARTH

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The Ten Actors and the 12 Acts of the play of life

In this play of possibilities we use the first ten major arcana cards of the Waite tarot deck to illustrate the ten major planetary characters of our solar system; and the remaining twelve major arcana cards to illustrate the nature of the twelve different experiences of the solar journey through the zodiac. Also included with the twelve signs are the court cards of the minor arcana corresponding to the lunar journey through the zodiac.

In this system the major arcana is a representation of the different types of public characters (representatives of the planets nature) we may embody over the years (solar cycles); and the different types of experiences we have to go through in life, to fully know, who we truly are. The themes of the major arcana are of a larger and longer social scale of consideration than the minor arcana.

The minor arcana represents the more personal and emotional influences and experiences of our lives. This whole category has its' own rhythms, which are similar yet separate from the major arcana. The more mundane routines and rhythms of life that occupy most of our attention, concerns and dreams, night in and night out, can effect our lives just as profoundly as our major social considerations. Mundane activities like counting down the days until the next pay check, or marking the calendar to keep track of a menstrual cycle, are all fall under the minor arcana's' sub-category of the Moons' characteristics as it orbits the Earth.

The similarities between the major and minor arcana is not as start as it may look on face value due to unwarranted changes to the minor arcana. There is an addition to the minor arcana deck that was not present in the original 52 card deck of common playing cards or there older 52 card deck of the Mamuk culture from which both are derived. The more modern tarot, in keeping with the changing times in Europe at the time, added the four queens to the deck of 52 common cards and combined then with the regalia of the major arcana deck and called it the Torroci, i.e. the Tarot. New games were derived and a new tool for divination was developed.

But instead of throwing the baby out with the bath water, they threw a rock into the stew. For on we went from there without ever questioning what the original esoteric intent was for the original structure of the minor arcana. While adding an additional ruler, the Queen, seemed simply to be a modernization of outdated misogynistic structure, in actuality it was a misunderstanding of the significance of the ten plus three, times four, structure of the deck. The four elements is the excepted correlation of the four suites, however, the addition of the fourth court card ignores this significance by abandoning the original correlation of the court cards to the three modalities of each element as well. The common playing cards added the queen at this time also, however, it was important to keep the same numeric structure intact to keep it compatible with the multitude of games that had developed over the many years that were dependent on ten plus three court card architecture of the deck.

With the old minor arcana deck in mind, let us now reexamine at the similarities between the major and minor arcana. The major arcana has two major groups: The ten character cards, which are the single digit cards 0-9; and twelve zodiac cards, which are the twelve double digit cards 10-21.

 The minor arcana has the four categories of elements, two male and two female; and each element has ten number cards and three court cards: The court cards representing the three different modalities each element has; cardinal, fixed and mutable. The majors correlate to the twelve stages of the suns and its'  supporting cast of planetary players as they progress through the zodiac. They are an attempt to reflect the characters and nature of our solar systems; its' recurring themes, like the equinox and solstice, and other predictable planetary patterns throughout the years, within the framework of the zodiac. Whereas the minors correlate to the four seven day weeks of a lunar month, i.e. a moon cycle divided into four elements, with three modalities each (Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable/Pages, Knights and Monarchs). The total minor arcana of fifty-two cards parallels the number of weeks in a year and thirteen cards per suite parallels the number of  Moons cycles in a solar year. This is were the fourteen cards per suite system simply falls short of the classic thirteen cards per suite system.

The Gypsies psychics brought the common cards into the west and used them for gambling and divination in the fourteenth century. They weren't alone either. The Jewish community were also immigrating into Europe at the same time and bringing with them new notions on religion, kabbalah, business and mathematics. Having come from the east the gypsies and the Jews would have been very aware of the Arabic number system and their use of the number zero (0-The Fool). These were excitingly new and radical notions to the backward westerners: For at that time Europeans were considered barbaric to the Arabs, Asians and Indians in the east for their lack of sophistication and culture. The westerners were still brutish; the adolescent bullies on the global block you might say.

And out from these exciting times, when all these exotic stories and goods from the outside world were flooding into Europe, some ambitious European Lord was bound to eventually take notice and see an opportunity to bring the west up to speed with the east esoterically.  Then along comes Cosimo Medici, and the hip and famous families of his day. A rich man from all the flourishing trade with the rest of the world. In keeping up with the trends of the times, he was totally into astrology and the study of eastern esoterica and the stories of the Jewish mystics.

But of course, if he was going to recreate a western esoteric system it had to be better than what the popular gypsies fortune tellers us of the classic cards and certainly as good as the Arab cultural standards. So he one ups the old deck by adding a queen to the minor suites, a reflection of the changing times he lived in; and then by merging the revived version of the gypsy playing cards, plus four newly added queens, with a new deck of the western astrological system and the new Indian/Arabic numbers based on the Ideal numbers zero thru nine. And there you have it, the first complete deck of Tarot cards, a loose leaf book on the major and minor cycles of life, both solar and lunar respectively, hidden within in a card game with pictures and numbers.

 

 

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